I'm a big fan of the look my brother refers to as "world traveling supermodel" -- clean line modern classics mixed with cowhide rugs, kilim pillows, Moroccan tables, Chinese chests, Japanese influenced pottery -- so it probably comes as no surprise that Indian block prints figure right up there in my lists of loves. Both geometric and exotic, they have a casual, slightly hippie vibe that's at home anywhere on the globe. Les Indiennes: Les Indiennes is a classic stop for this look. Putting a modern and sophisticated spin on an ancient art form, you'll find Indian block prints here at their most elegant. Airy prints on fine linens and cottons scream summer but their freshness is inviting all year round. The catalog, too, is inspirational, a virtual primer on how to mix these fabrics with clean-lined pieces to create a look that's inviting all year round: keep it simple, keep it light, keep it otherwise plain.
Cost Plus: Cost Plus takes the cue for their Voyage Les Indiennes collection not only from India, but from Morocco and Africa as well. Grab the simplest of their designs -- block print lumbar and paisley toss pillows, Parnavi and Tamara towels, Khara bedding -- as well as some of their furniture (we especially love the Kanta Chaise, the Ninda upholstered bed, and both the Cala hammered and tribal carved coffee tables) to mix in with your decor for a look that's both timely and timeless at prices that will leave you enough money to travel to their countries of origin.
IndusDecor.com: Looking for the real thing? Indus Decor carries classic looks in spicy colors -- saffron, indigo, umber -- as well as saturated pastels. Mix their densely patterned bedding with solid sheets. For an update n the classic summer look, try the Pushkar collection, in navy and white, mixed with solid color and striped bedding in white and blue.
(Images 1 & 2: Les Indiennes; Images 3 & 4: Cost Plus; Images 5 & 6: Indus Decor)