I've always enjoyed a desert/safari-inspired style. I had a friend in elementary school whose parents were architects, and I remember they had statues of giraffes all over their house. It made a big impression on me.
I love Meryl Streep, and from a young age I've been familiar with Out of Africa. My mom used to play the soundtrack, and I've always remembered the scene in the beginning of the movie where she stands up to her husband at dinner when he tries to put her in her "place".
The thing about that movie that resonates with me is how she quietly commanded attention and respect. She was strong, beautiful, and the lady of her house. And the house was beautiful.