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Global Finds Enrich a Young Family’s Home in Arizona

by Garrett Fleming

Global Finds Enrich a Young Family's Home in Arizona, Design*Sponge

Five to six times a year, Meg Van Lith heads out on a global shopping spree in order to snag interesting inventory for Tierra Del Lagarto, the shop she co-owns with her parents. The trips are supposed to be all business, but Meg admits she oftentimes can’t help but do a little shopping for herself while perusing the markets in Marrakesh or spying one-of-a-kind finds in India.

Given this penchant for global goodies, it’s not surprising that the home Meg and her husband Doug own in Phoenix, AZ has become a layered trove of worldly pattern and color. In one corner, for example, an Indonesian wood carving rests on an antique cabinet full of curiosities. In another, tile from Morocco sparkles amid Mexican souvenirs. And it doesn’t stop there. The sprawling, 5,000-square-foot space is chock full of these cultural mash-ups.

These combinations are not only courtesy of Meg’s eclectic eye for design, but her dedication to supporting makers from the countries she visits. Admirably, nearly all of the decorations at the shop and in her home are handmade by local craftspeople in India, Mexico, Morocco or Turkey. In a world full of knockoffs and counterfeits, that’s something we can all applaud. Scroll down to check out her entire home, and enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Meg Van Lith

Image above: An Indonesian cat stands guard over the living room. Meg wanted this room in particular to be a fun, carefree space where her family can relax. Hanging chairs and layers of textiles from all reaches of the globe achieve just that. 

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It's taken six years for Meg and her husband to accumulate the goods that make up their eclectic, Moroccan-style home.
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The large Mauritanian rug in the living room has proven to be an excellent choice because no matter what the couple’s kids throw at it, the durable piece still looks great. A collection of glass bottles from India, Java and Turkey sit atop an Indian cabinet in the background.

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Meg tore out the home's floor-to-ceiling, faux-stone fireplace and replaced it with a streamlined wooden mantel. The Moroccan zellij tile border contrasts nicely with the patterned pillows and decorations that surround it.
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The couple recently spearheaded a kitchen makeover. One of Meg's contributions to the project was the island's design. Once she had the form figured out, she had it made in India. With space for five stools, it's the perfect spot for family meals.
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The old kitchen cabinets were replaced with reclaimed barn wood. The accompanying tile is Moroccan.
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Meg and Doug's bedroom is also a global affair. Their pillows are from Africa, their bedding is from India, and an Indian mirror cloth hangs on their bed frame.
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Five to six times a year, Meg heads overseas and brings back shipping containers full of fabulous finds for her shop. She often finds so many fantastic things, she can't help but keep a few for herself. Over time, these selected decorations have found their way into every room of her home.
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The home's original, 1930s-era banister guides you upstairs past a collection of vintage mirrors and textiles.
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This coffee table was strategically chosen for the upstairs playroom in particular. Its lip ensures Legos and little toys don't fall off the edge come playtime.
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Meg never thought she would have fake plants at home, but the reading nook gets so much direct sunlight, real ones simply aren't an option. They'd get fried by the constant rays.
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"What I love most about our home is... it is a map of our travels together." -- Meg Van Lith
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The downstairs floor plan.
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Source List

Kitchen

Floor tile – Handcrafted Tile Inc.

Shelving wood – Porter Barn Wood

Encaustic tile – Morocco (similar available at Cement Tile Shop)

Textiles – vintage

Bar cart – Tierra Del Lagarto

 

Dining Room

Floor tile – Handcrafted Tile Inc.

Decorations – Tierra Del Lagarto

 

Owners’ Bedroom

Prints – vintage

 

Office, Reading Nook, Living Room

All items – Tierra Del Lagarto

 

Playroom

Floor pillows – Turkey

Banner – India

All other items – Tierra Del Lagarto

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