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70s Design Trends with A Modern Take

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You’ve probably been seeing this list of trends everywhere, but maybe didn’t put together what the bigger picture entailed – a return to the best parts of 70s decor! I’ve slowly pulled several of them in my own home over the past year and only just realized it myself. The boho aesthetic has pulled the best parts of the era and modernized them for a contemporary interpretation.

FIBER ART
Textile wall hangings were one of the first on the scene, gracing vertical surfaces in every well-curated magazine spread and pin. The best part is that if you don’t want to spend the money for an artist’s work you can easily – and affordably – create your own!

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RATTAN
This trend has been a little bit slower to grab hold, but with warmer weather just around the bend it’s gaining momentum. While old school rattan might give you bad vibes from The Golden Girls, much of today’s designs are streamlined and beautiful.

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WALL HANGINGS
When you want to make a statement, there’s no better bang for your buck than a wall hanging. Hang these tapestries like art or use one as a room divider, if you have a large window hang one up as a curtain. They’re super versatile pieces that can easily move from function to function within your home.

Velvet Willoughby Grand Sofa

VELVET
Covering furniture, cushions, and beds in every color of the rainbow, velvet has such a luxe vibe that we’re likely to forget its days as a 60s and 70s mainstay. Velvet is such a cozy fabric to snuggle up to, why not take advantage?

DIY macrame plant hanger-Hey Lila Hey

MACRAME PLANT HANGERS
I remember three of these hanging in our living room windows when I was a kid! I’m so happy to see this particular accessory back in style, macrame plant hangers just go hand in hand with the rediscovered popularity of indoor plants. And again, this is something you could easily make and customize to your space rather than buy.

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WOODEN TABLEWARE
Nothing says the 70s like wooden tableware, especially a salad set. I swear greens never look as delicious as when they’re scooped up with a set of wood salad servers, a must for any casual summer dinner get together.

Douane Fringed Cotton Tree Hammock

HAMMOCKS
Another piece of decor that’s been making a slow but steady return to the limelight. Whether they’re easy on the eyes or more utilitarian, hammocks are showing up everywhere – indoors and out. In fact, picking up the perfect one is high on my to-do list this spring!

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FAUX HIDES
While the 70s didn’t care so much about their hides being synthetic, the 2010s do, and they look just as chic. Whether they’re large and layered on the floor or draped over a chair or ottoman, hides add an element of earthy cool to whatever space they’re a part of.

hanging rattan chair-Serena & Lily

HANGING CHAIRS
This might be my favorite, and I might want one in no fewer than three rooms and on two porches. Too much? Hanging chairs offer the perfect spot to curl up with a book or a cocktail and they’re just so darn lovely.

Natural Rugs

NATURAL RUGS
Think jute, hemp, seagrass – natural fibers underfoot feel great and are super sturdy if your home is particularly hard on wear and tear. Layer a few rugs with complementary patterns and colors on top of one another for a unique look.

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