Monday, March 20, 2017

Rattan Revival

Rattan has been making a comeback for the past few years. And, it is really mainstream this year! Have you noticed the big box stores are introducing their version of rattan furniture along with their spring/summer outdoor merchandise? Ikea has launched the coolest Boho rattan furniture called Jassa. This line also includes bright colored textiles that are perfect for the warmer months. Target also has a smaller, more conservative rattan set called Latigo which includes 2 chairs and a small table. It is already in limited stock which tells me that it is one of their more popular styles! Of course, if you are looking for original vintage rattan from the 70s, you can always search antique stores or online sites like Chairish. They have an extensive inventory of vintage rattan from clocks, bar carts, name it, they probably have it!

Ikea's Jassa Boho line which includes stylish vintage inspired rattan and bright colored textiles.

 Vintage dining room chairs from Chairish. You can find many vintage rattan pieces on
their site from furniture to mirrors. They also offer white glove delivery.

A more modern timeless style of rattan called Latigo from Target

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Eat, sleep, beach and repeat

The east coast is getting hit by a late winter snow storm this weekend. However, I am working on a design for a beach house so I'm sitting at my desk dreaming of sunshine and trying to ignore the yucky weather outside. While constructing a design board for my client, I found a few beachy accessories and ideas that I thought worth sharing. These are the extra little touches that take a typical beach house to unique and interesting level.

Love this idea of using wallpaper patterns on the stairs. It's a peel and stick
so it can be easily removed and replaced. (paper from walls need love)

More wallpaper/fabric patterns...these are from Spoonflower (their site is addicting!).
You can choose from thousands of designs to have wallpaper or fabric printed for
your dimensions. Perfect for an accent wall or pillows.

Another design tip that I love for a home on the coast is to bring in a darker blue color.
I like using it on furniture and/or trim and then using it in one room like this master bedroom. (Photo: Elle D├ęcor, Designers Andrew Kotchen and Matthew Berman)

I also suggest using pops of color throughout the house especially on furniture and linens.
This was a  chest that I painted many years ago using SW Decisive Yellow.

Buying vintage pieces from a local thrift store to repurpose as art is also a favorite of
mine. I love it when I see a collection of old bathing suits, straw hats, or maps on a wall. (Town and Country)

I'm always on the hunt for cute cabinet hardware and decorative hooks. These are all coastal themed from of my favorite sources for knobs and handles.