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Rustic beauty meets ethnic edge in these three nomadic style interiors, where crisp white backdrops hold a myriad of natural wood and rattan furniture. The home accessories that fill the shelves, tables and floor space of these homes look like they have been personally handpicked from around the globe, painting a picture of a well travelled and cultured home owner – even if they were just picked up at the local market! The successful creation of this interior aesthetic requires the curation of interesting things that seem to tell a story: Imperfect pots and bowls, handmade mirrors, textiles and baskets. Everything should appear individual yet part of the soothing meld.

Visualizer: Lilia Mukhamedshina

Our first ethnic style meets rustic living room is a beautifully soothing spot, where wood and cane furniture is complemented by rattan home accessories. The raw natural materials bring warmth and texture to clean white walls and floors. The eclectic pieces contrast with plain white modern soft furnishings. A tall rustic living room stands like a throne, holding court in front of a contemporary sofa.

Behind the wicker chair, a rustic wooden console table is dressed with a couple of formal lamps and a decorative vase on top; wicker storage baskets relax the vibe down on the lower shelf.

A pair of elongated rattan pendant light shades dangle over the sofa at different heights to create a layered look.

Two arched wall recesses have been fitted out with rustic wooden wall shelves. Decorative vases and handmade bowls dot the display space, like a treasure trove of found items.

Inside the master bedroom, an attractive vista has been made by clustering together an art canvas, a wicker basket with dried foliage, and an elegant cane lounge chair.

A four poster bed gives the white space a sense of grandeur, whilst simplistic accessories bring the scheme back down to earth. A basic wooden stool makes a bedside table, and Macramé textiles hang decoratively against the walls.

White wooden shutters filter the daylight into the bathroom. Green plants peep through the slats.

Neutral toned scatter cushions, a matching bed throw and a natural rug break up the white sleeping area.

A handmade mirror adorns the area above a white concrete vanity unit.

A rustic towel ladder climbs the wall behind a freestanding bathtub.

Dried pampas grass feathers the corner of the room.

Daylight shines through the shower enclosure by the windows.

Our second home tour with an ethnic rustic mix gains extra visual warmth from a red accent rug in the living room. A store of cut logs beneath a console table adds to the cosy effect.

Textured vessels dot the room, like this spherical planter on the rectangular coffee table, which matches the vessels on the console.

A stone feature wall is highlighted by LED strip lights, which underline the shelves of a display unit that stands in front. Trailing plants and decorative items fill the shelf space.

An outdoor modern fireplace blazes on the patio outside.

Eight outdoor chairs surround a long wooden table poised for alfresco dining.

Inside the house, a ten place dining set stands in a formal dining room.

Wrought kitchen bar stools line up along the edge of a smooth white kitchen island, which creates clean contrast with the industrial decor.

Another stone feature wall forms the kitchen backsplash.

A decorative wall mirror hangs in the hallway, reflecting a modern staircase design.

Copper table lamps gleam inside a cosy master bedroom suite.

Throw cushions and a thick rug make a swing chair into a soft perch.

A hammered copper bathtub brings a deep and earthy tone to the white bathroom.

Natural coloured accessories complement the dark finish of the bath.

Wrought iron wall sconces light a wooden double sink bathroom vanity with stone vessel basins.

A monochrome paint effect patterns a kids’ room. Botanical prints bring in a little colour. A Miffy lamp brightens a darkened corner.

Book ledges fill the wall space next to the kids’ beds.

A round chalkboard matches the round kids’ table, and a circular play mat.

A shiny copper pendant provides the bathroom vanity lighting.

Inside a second bathroom, a modern wall sconce lights up a stone accent wall.


Our last home tour takes place in a Scandinavian apartment, with a 30.5 square metre floor plan. A tribal patterned rug brings a hint of blue to an otherwise neutral space.

The studio apartment has a portiere to separate off the sleep space.

A custom built platform bed fills the entire floor area of the bedroom nook.

Drawers have been built into the base of the platform bed to maximise storage space.

A wooden kitchen island takes up the centre spot in the compact room.

The cooking hob is set into the kitchen island worktop. A white chimney style cooker hood blends quietly into the background.

The one wall kitchen with island is an amalgamation of white, grey and wooden units, which act as an optical illusion to minimise its impact on the small living space. A white integrated oven blends in with the tall white cupboards.

White countertops run up against a Belfast sink. A white LED strip light underlines the wall cabinets to provide task lighting to the work area below.

A bank of cabinets line the entryway of the home, serving as a closet and general household storage.

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