Decorating Trend: Nomadic

Thought the American West was a style desert? Not in our book… This furniture and accessories have a nomadic, free-spirited feel

Modern marquetry takes its inspiration from native motifs to create a new take on the tribal vibe.

Tito limed-ash and aged-mirror cabinet, £3,685, Julian Chichester. PK22 stainless-steel lounge chair, upholstered in Point rayon by Paul Smith for Maharam, £2,800, Poul Kjærholm for Fritz Hansen at Republic of Fritz Hansen. The Sailmaker’s House, on cabinet, £265, Yukihiro Akama at The Shop Floor Project. Rug, in cabinet, Ourika Diamond in wool, £1,500, The Conran Shop. Resin bison head, £75, Abigail Ahern/Edition at Debenhams. Laundry basket, £99, M&S. Mohair throw, £85, Bronte by Moon at Absolute Abode. Superlong stretched bleached cowhide rug, £1,308, The French Bedroom Company. Faux cacti, from £208 each, Abigail Ahern.

The cactus is famed for having myriad uses – not least as a handy hanger for kitsch key rings.

Cloud teak console table, £895, Gautier Pelegrin for Noble & Wood. Shaggy Palm lamp, £375, Abigail Ahern. Cactus vases, from £21.50 to £68 each, Holly’s House. Marble lens box (with lid), £55, Thomas Jenkins for Hay at Liberty. Boho key rings, £7 each, Bohemia Design. Small cacti, here and opposite, from a selection, Columbia Road Flower Market.

Matt leather and untreated wood are a smart combo, both in town and way out West.

Sonora Canyon sun-bleached-leather sling chairs, £4,800 each, Ralph Lauren Home. Kaleidoscope blanket, £72, The Shop Floor Project. Boucherouite (135) rag rug, £800; and Berber drum, £300 for a pair, Beldi Rugs. Elevation classical guitar, £44.99, Argos. Jungle Maun needlepoint boots, £229, Penelope Chilvers. Faux cacti, from £51.50 each, Abigail Ahern. Bamboo tray (used as a planter), £12, Linea at House of Fraser. Terracotta flower pots, from £1 each, Lassco.

Arrange textured cushions and pouffes for your next style powwow.

Jute knitted pod, from £70, Next Home. Cima wood coffee table, £2,000, Smarin at Bon Appart. Teak bowl, £45, Raft. Three Head Cactus candle, on left, £18; and Bold Strings Cactus candle, £18, Aram Store. Holst printed-cotton pouffe, £89, Alanya kilim floor cushion, £225, OKA. Dandy needlepoint slippers, £249, Penelope Chilvers. Skinny tipped ladder,  £375, Folklore. Brown Horse framed giclée print, £1,500, Meridith Martens at Trowbridge Gallery. For a similar metal cup, £20, try Very Good and Proper.

Like the noonday sun, a shot of orange pierces through a landscape layered with natural textiles in desert neutrals.

Hendricks three-seater velvet sofa, £1,600, Habitat. Alburni oak-veneer and steel low table, £458, Ligne Roset at Heal’s. Beni Ouarain (163) wool rug, on floor, £3,800, Beldi Rugs. Bolero nickel and cotton floor lamp, £1,429, Oriano Favaretto for Cattelan Italia at Harrods. Faux cacti, from £168 each, Abigail Ahern. Rugs, hung on balcony from left, Gafsa Arrow Edge wool rug, £2,995, The Conran Shop; Bucherouite (135) rag rug, £800, Beldi Rugs; Alasht Blaneh wool kilim rug, £3,200; and Boucherouite Harlequin mixed-material rug, £750, both The Conran Shop. Bamboo basket, £10; and bamboo tray, £12, Linea at House of Fraser. André wool pebble floor cushion, left, £88; and Jacques wool pebble floor cushion, right, £128, Bon Appart. Lens box in yellow marble, on low table, £65; and lens box in green marble, £55, Thomas Jenkins for Hay at Liberty. For similar rugs, on sofa, try goatskin rugs, £140 each, Nordic House.


Embellished wood brings a touch of rustic elegance to a campfire chow down.

Dressed in Wood breakfast board, £32; Dressed in Wood serving board, £59; and Dressed in Wood centrepiece, £89, all Marcel Wanders for Alessi. Enamel plates, £24.99 for a set of four, Falcon Enamelware. Esrum mugs, £7 each, Raft. Leather 973-39406-13 border, £18 per m, Samuel & Sons. Wooden spoons, from £80 each, Nic Webb. Cold Brew T bottle, £20, Hario at Whittard. Pick up Sticks linen napkins, £62 for a set of four, Holly’s House. Dolly pegs, £2 for a pack of 12, Hobbycraft. Wood trunk, from £24, Lassco.

Nothing says relaxed prairie chic quite like the widespread use of rattan.

Together walnut dining table, £3,550, Ilse Crawford for Studioilse by De La Espada at The Conran Shop. Älmsta rattan chair, £70, Ikea. Natural Peacock rattan chair, £795, Graham and Green. Block teak stools, £160 each, Raft. Marocco cotton-mix rug, £684, Matteo Cibic for Calligaris. Laine jute lamp shades, £45 each, Habitat. Ohio non-electric pendant, £25, Tesco Direct. Braided flex, £4.80 per m, Factorylux at Urban Cottage Industries. Esrum mugs and bamboo basket, as before. Stonewashed linen tablecloth in Silver, £54.99, Linen Me. Driftwood, from £20 per piece, Woodenzone. Faux cacti, as before. Vintage jacket, £75, Rokit.

With its Joshua tree silhouette, this portable valet is just the place for lonesome travellers to hang their headdress.

Sam canaletta walnut and wool valet stand, £2,404, Carlo Ballabio for Porada at Harrods. For a similar love seat, see the Ercol range, from £765, at Aram Store. Kashmiri Numdah Red Grid and Black Grid wool rugs, £480 each, Oliver James Mayes for Floor_Story. Rattan wall mirrors, £315 for a set of five, Graham and Green. Horse Jump framed giclée print, £1,500, Trowbridge Gallery. Belgravia suede espadrilles, £355 per pair, Aquazzura at Native American-style war bonnet, £54.95, Boutique Camping.

Cool, breathable and effortlessly stylish, sea grass makes the ideal textile for haciendas everywhere.

Brian King sea-grass wing headboard, £2,900, Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam. Oak and hazel tallboy, £2,140, Sebastian Cox for Heal’s. Berber stool, £400, Beldi Rugs. Mattress, £595, Loaf. Selena linen flat sheet in Yellow, from £108; and Selena linen pillowcases in Yellow, £44 each, Caravane at Bon Appart. Block Print cotton throw in Black, £89, Plümo. Nomad kilim rug, £109, M&S. Linen flat sheet in Pumpkin, approx £100, Merci. Folk cushion, £87, Niki Jones. Faux cactus, as before. On wall: dreamcatchers, from £25 each, and macramé jewellery stand, £30, all Urban Outfitters. Large Jannu Radhi wool rug, £552, Stitch by Stitch for Floor_Story. Lincoln leather backpack, £240, Forbes & Lewis. Plaited basket, £19.50, M&S. Tree Tops mug, £18, The Shop Floor Project.

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