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The Revival of Rattan

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If you’re like me, rattan reminds you of two things: grandma’s house and patio furniture. The good news is that those stereotypes appear to be changing rapidly. Rattan is experiencing a resurgence of sorts, with plenty of modern options and fresh shapes that will breathe new life into the traditional material.

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If you have boho tendencies rattan easily fits into your wheelhouse. A lovely daybed that’s built to last will take advantage of two trends at once (rattan! daybed!) and transition with you as your tastes change and evolve over the years.

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One of the best parts of modern rattan is that it’s no longer only brown in color. The geometric pattern and black and white palette in a chair like this screams versatile, casual, and mid-century. Lots of rattan is weatherproof so you can haul it outside to enjoy summer weather and back in again once it cools down.

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I’ve never lived in a space that would accommodate a room divider, but if I did I’d jump on one in an instant. The key to a great one is just enough opacity to visually separate the areas, and just enough openness to make everything feel airy. Rattan is clearly a great fit on both counts.

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Then there are some rattan pieces that need no changes whatsoever, like this traditional Scandinavian-inspired hanging chair. Pieces like this are heavy-duty, sturdy, and meant to take a beating – the kind your grandkids will one day fight over.

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Warm Up Your Decor with the Best Rugs for Hardwood Floors

Shag Rugs for Hardwood Floors

There’s no question that hardwood floors are a stylish and practical choice for the home. They lay a solid, versatile foundation for any decor, and they have the added benefit of being easy to clean. But left totally bare, hardwood floors can look a little naked–and feel cold underfoot too. Fortunately it’s easy to warm up your hardwood floors, both aesthetically and literally, with a great rug!

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One of the best rugs for hardwood floors is a shag rug. The long pile adds textural contrast to the polished surface of hardwoods, and it feels inviting to bare toes. Look for neutral hues that can adapt to any interior style, from boho to modern, and consider a subtle pattern for additional visual interest. By combining a cozy shag rug with cool hardwood floors, you can enjoy the best of all worlds!

Shopping Guide: 1. Graphic Shag Rug 2. Fringe Neutral Rug 3. Neutral Shag Rug 4. Moroccan Shag Rug

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Fall For Knits

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Don’t you just love sweater weather? Honestly, it’s just the quintessential time to cozy up to that special someone with a mug of warm cider and a good book. Not to mention apple picking, finding the perfect pumpkin, and all the other fantastic fall activities. With all this great stuff to do, the perfect fall look shouldn’t be too complicated. My go-to of course is the chunky knit sweater in a range of neutrals. While shopping for the perfect fall sweater, be mindful of the different types of yarns for your choosing. From thick-to-thin varieties, wool or cotton, even a boucle…there are tons of options. As for color, I am obsessed with oatmeal and ivory for that classic, comfy layered look. It just feels so of-the-season, don’t you think? Plus, ivory sweaters pair really well with a favorite flannel and your boyfriend jeans.

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Then, for the home, I suggest staying within the same color palette and opting for these more textural rugs. One option is a chunky shag rug, like this one from Orian Rugs. The creamy ivory color goes with practically everything and the rug’s style itself can veer from loft-modern to global bohemian depending on your home’s existing style. Another option is to go for a chunkier woven wool rug. A great neutral base for any room, I am torn between whether I love the all ivory colored rug or whether I prefer tonal shades of ivory to grey to charcoal. Both are a winner in my book when it comes to getting your home ready for fall this year!

Rug Guide: Jaipur Rugs Scandinavia rugs, Orian Rugs Tribeca chunky shag rug.

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Prepare for Spring with Outdoor/Indoor Rugs

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As spring approaches, bringing with it the rain, slush, and puddles of winter’s thaw, appropriate floor coverings in high-traffic areas become all the more important. And when it comes to preparing for the wet season, outdoor/indoor rugs turn even the simplest entryway into a mudroom!

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Neutral outdoor/indoor rugs are especially versatile; they offer the texture of fibers like jute or sisal, but have water repellant properties that make them easy to clean. Plus with patterns like check, houndstooth, and subtle stripes, you can create a tidy and stylish welcome every time you step in your door!

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Shopping Guide: 1. Natural Outdoor Rug 2. Braided Outdoor Rug 3. Checkered Outdoor Rug 4. Outdoor Houndstooth Rug 5. Black Outdoor Rug

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