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10 World Traveler Decorating Ideas

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Unavoidable Clichés and How to Exploit Them

Now, that looks like a cozy bed.
Now, that looks like a cozy bed.
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A leather trunk, an atlas that spins, African masks, lacquered cabinets encrusted with semi-precious gems, and specimen cases filled with mounted butterflies are all clichés that announce that someone steeped in worldly tradition and possessed of arcane knowledge lives here. You can turn your back on brass accents, boldly patterned textiles and grasses woven into everything from brooms to baby beds, but why not revel in all things rare and far-flung? Install mosquito netting around your bed. That gauzy stuff can be an aphrodisiac as well as a vermin repellent. Walk on the wild side with faux tusk-handled steak knives and a zebra-hide ottoman. At first it may seem too Tarzan, but after a while, it'll grow on you.

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