Don’t you just love to hear stories about far away places from people who are passionate about travel. Conversations like these make great table discussion and gives everyone a chance to share their unique experiences. Furthermore, if this “Modern Traveler’s” home reflected their penchant for adventure visiting them would take you to a distant land without you ever having to leave your town…Case in point, this dining room
1.|TALL TALES These Aztec totem poles turned lamps tell a story through original carvings on its base. (SOLD, piecesinc.com).
2.|SCULPTURED MIRROR Pier 1’s Honeycomb Mirror features mirrors within its crevices and serves dual purpose as a mirror and sculpture. ($249.95, pier1.com).
3.| LITTLE BRONZED STATUES Dransfield and Ross’s wax cast horse napkin rings bring a Middle Eastern influence to the table. ($56, horchow.com)
4.|ADD A BIT OF SPICE Ikea’s Ritva Curtains in Orange bring warmth to the room and fit any budget. Try customizing them for a high end look. ($19/pair, ikea.com).
5.|BLACK SILK This wooden drapery rod by Houseparts shows attention to detail really does pay off. ( houseparts.com).
6.|IT’S ALL GREEK TO ME Adding trim is a creative way to embellish ready made curtains. This greek key pattern takes your Ikea curtains from Sweden to Greece in just a few minutes. ($12/yd, lsfabrics.com)
7.|ON DISPLAY Place small collectibles under a cloche and use as a centerpiece. Consider placing it on a pedestal for all to see. ($69, westelm.com).
8.|WING IT Overstock.com caught me by surprised with the Malia White Leather Chair. This is an unlikely pair to be seen at the dining table, but I think it’s a welcomed deviation from the traditional dining chair. It’s white leather upholstery also makes it easier to clean. ($375.99, overstock.com)
9.|TABLE TOPICS Ibizia dining table has a beautiful architectural base and inlaid starburst pattern. The use of a tablecloth is so passe. ( brownstone.com via erikaward.com)
10.|NEPALESE DELIGHT Paul Smith for The Rug Company has designed this festive rug made from Tibetan wool which evokes an atmosphere of celebration. Party over here! (www.therugcompany.info)