This really is not breaking news in any sort of manner, but rather a reminder that texture, especially through natural materials like rattan, wicker and wovens is an essential part of making a room feel interesting and layered. I think a lot of people associate wicker with old lady outdoor patio furniture and rattan with boho/California style only. But you can work these materials into any kind of room- be it modern, traditional, beachy, country or anything in between.
This new collection above by Sarah Bartholomew for Pottery Barn is chock full of woven goodness!
I haven’t done one of these posts in a while, but when Nordstrom reached out about partnering on a spring trends post, I thought it would be the perfect time to finally bring this kind of post back! I went through some interiors trends and coordinated them with great items from Nordstrom that echo the sentiment- proof positive that fashion and interiors are linked arm in arm!
Blue Chinoiserie Paper OR Mules?
The other day I was trying to finish up my pillow scheme for my “formal” living room and a CRAZY idea popped into my head. Should I use some brush fringe on one pair of pillows? I nearly stopped dead in my tracks at the fact that I was even entertaining that thought. Five years ago- heck, one year ago, I would have told you brush fringe and ANY fringe really, was a design no-no and made a face.
But here we are. Bullion and brush fringe is making a comeback. It’s kind of like shoulder pads being revamped- super 80’s and 90’s, looks good on 1% of people/rooms but most will hate that it’s back (I, for one, have a deep disdain for shoulder pads). But it’s so interesting to me how trends recycle in this way. Things you thought you hated slowly become something you think is cool again.
I mean, I’m not mad at this room. It’s fun. It’s not something I personally would do in my current living room, but I like it in someone else’s!
When you notice that every catalog and magazine and every other Pinterest pin has a specific trend shown over and over it’s probably time that trend rode off into the sunset. Here are some of the looks I think need to be retired, and what you may try replacing them with.
OVER IT: BANANA/ PALM PRINTS
Done SOOOOO much and often badly, it’s time to find a new organic, botanical print to work with.
ALL ABOUT IT: VINTAGE FLORALS
Vintage inspired florals are BACK. Try mixing them with modern accents and graphic patterns for an “of the moment” look.
I’ve noticed a lot of goods coming out of retailers these days that use botanical sketches in cool ways- from bedding to rugs to personal accessories. I have always loved using botanical prints in my work, such as in my guest room below, but haven’t used them in any other application other than wall art.
photo by Sarah Winchester
I came across this adorable bedding from IKEA in the new O Magazine and think it is perfectly darling for a little girls room (I’d pair the set with bordered sheets in green or pink and a solid blanket, to keep it from getting overwhelming!)