If you like to go global from time to time, there's an inexpensive shop online called Importu that carries items from all over the world, many that would fit into a modern home. They carry everything from japanese noren linens to moroccan tea glasses (which are very in vogue now). I located a few fresh finds on thier website that are blogworthy - check them out! I like these items because they are very natural and textural. I think it's important to bring little bits of nature into your home, whether it's a bird feather you found in the park, or stones you collected along the coast that you rest on a table to remind you of the simple things that give such pleasure. Would any of these items fit your apartment or home?