So I had a reader come to me with a really fun request -
"Have you seen those Dos Equis commercials, about 'the most intersting man in the world?'
I have a library that I'd like to decorate like that - leather, skeletons, artifacts, books - and I was wondering if you could do a blog post on rooms that have that sort of 'worldly' look." -V
In case you're not sure about the ad she mentions - you can watch it here.
Here is a shot from the ad and two photos I found on the Dos Equis website.
Here are some images I dug up to provide some more ideas and inspiration for achieving that old-world, well traveled look.
This library is very similar because of the stone fireplace and rich upholstery and fabrics. Notice also a globe, stacks of old books, and the scientific painting of the skull.
via Fresh Home
From a Buenos Aires bed and breakfast.
via Claundine's Homes
Maps are an easy way to accomplish an worldly look, also they are affordable and widely available. You could even go to a used bookstore and find maps in books to cut out and display.
via Apartment Therapy
via Great Interior Design
via Ralph Lauren Home
two above via Style Rumors
via Design is Mine
via Point Click Home
Notice that in all of the rooms that dark walls instantly create a sense of intrigue. Also - keep in mind that most objects should not match -or come as a set. Curiosities and artifacts are gathered overtime from different places. You'll have different textures and colors in your fabrics, furniture, and objects.
An academic atmosphere also contributes to a worldly look - journals, good illumination, and organized collections.
via Point Click Home
Classic architectural sketches are also a nice touch - and can be found in flea markets and bookstores - even better if from your travels!
via Home Interior Design Themes
A faux stucco plaster treatment is a gorgeous way to create an antiquated look.
via Sandy Foster
Turn to libraries and museums for ideas.
Specimen drawers, apothecary jars, and specimen mounts are all ways to give your objects an "interesting" look. You can find these supplies at specimen and lab suppliers.
Two above images from via Curious Expositions
Thanks Victoria for a great idea! Does anyone else have some tips or ideas?