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How One Pottery Barn Exec Does 'Global' Interior Design

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Unsurprisingly, a peek into the "globally-inspired" California home of Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma executive vice president Monica Bhargava, a house tour recently published in House Beautiful, reveals a white space stuffed to the gills with dried up bits of coral, candles, coffee table books, throw pillows, decorative blankets, and industrial-style stools. Unsurprisingly, it's a Pottery Barn catalog without the pricing cheat-sheet and ordering information. For Pete's sake, the mantels overfloweth, plus there's a ceramic rhino and sliding barn doors!

Still, Bhargava says her home is a genuine cultivation of items from her travels and materials gleaned out of personal taste. She tells House Beautiful: "Someone once said that a home is like an autobiography, and my California living room is filled with things I love—a Beni Ourain rug, Indian sculpture, a wood mirror found at a local flea market." Also in the living room (above)? "Two Bedford sofas by Williams-Sonoma Home, slipcovered in washable Classic Linen," writes HB. Plus: "Williams-Sonoma Home's Chelsea wing chair, upholstered in Bitter Chocolate mohair" and a "floor lamp and sea-grass rug by Pottery Barn." (Hey, that lamp is on sale!)

The rest of the house is much of the same song: a Pottery Barn Chesterfield sofa and Williams-Sonoma wood-and-iron chandelier are spotted the family room (↑), while the study space (↓) brags an abacá rug (Williams-Sonoma) and a Bedford chair (from a local boutique in—just kidding it's Williams-Sonoma) is upholstered in "very forgiving" suede. There's also a noted lack of color, which Bhargava says is because she works so much with it during the day. "For me, a neutral palette is just more calming. It also works really well with my passion for collecting. It became a good filter. I could collect anything, from any culture, and I knew it would all go together—as long as it was white, black, or brown."

The master bedroom (↓) is anchored by Williams-Sonoma's Robertson bed, with a mercury glass lamp by Pottery Barn.

More photos, including of the "soulful" kitchen, are over at House Beautiful. The interview is this way.

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