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Bring on the Plaid

Urban outfitters
Urban Outfitters

Autumn is my absolute favorite season and I’m beyond ready for it. Summer was beautiful this year — more so than most — but I’m ready for football, layers, and plaid! While I don’t have a lot of the classic pattern lining my wardrobe, I do have a few pieces for my home that I really look forward to digging out as soon as the temperature starts dropping below 50-degrees in the evenings.

Ralph Lauren
Ralph Lauren

The obvious way to bring out season patterns is through accessories and small textiles — think throws, kitchen linens, etc. But another way is by switching up your bedding. I have the sweetest set of light grey flannel plaid sheets that more or less live on my bed during the chilliest months of the year.

Apt Therapy
Apartment Therapy

Done right plaid can look downright modern. It’s all about the setting you place it in as well as the style you choose. A pattern with fewer color tones and a larger graphic look does the trick quite nicely.

Eat Sleep Live
Eat Sleep Live

If you’d rather bring plaid into your space in a more year round permanent way I’d suggest sticking to that same idea. Stick to the same color family as your other large pieces, a big and bold pattern instead of a smaller more detailed one, and sleek lines.

Christopher Patey
Christopher Patey

Plaid is one of the most timeless patterns, it’s been around for centuries and will be around for many more. Fall is a welcome time to experiment with this bold look in an unapologetic way.

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1. Milliken Magee Plaid  2. Surya Rain  3. Loloi Rugs Tyler  4. Joy Carpets Whimsey Bit o Scotch  5. American Rug Craftsmen Dryden Billings  6. Milliken Shortstop

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Fashion Translation: Gold Coast

Now that we’re officially in the hottest days of the summer season, I’ve noticed a shift in the colors that catch my eye. Maybe I have a tropical vacation in mind (guilty), but everything I’m loving right now is inspired by beachy vibes in a very retro kind of way. The look is very beachy, but not in a coastal vein. Instead, it’s more about earthy colors, bold tropical motifs, and global ambience.


Besides the obvious tones of golden yellow, this trend’s color palette also includes terra cotta, olive green, dusty grey, and sandy beige. Truth be told, the palette is inspired by all the hues you’d find at a sun-bleached beach resort. The vibe sort of has that feel, too — super casual and laidback, with lots of bohemian influence.

Photo Credit: Fashion Gone Rogue.

Gold Coast Shopping Guide:

Trans Ocean Imports palms rug

Rugs America torino fireworks rug

Trans Ocean Imports terrace rug


This trend can also veer into a more tried-and-true tropical look, complete with on-trend palm trees, enlarged leaves, and sand-inspired stripes. While this look can end up looking quite Hawaiian shirt, it can also be very sophisticated. The essential component to consider is color palette, as well as overall number of tropical elements. I suggest sticking to one or two statement pieces to get those gold coast vibes, while leaving the rest of your home fairly neutral. What’s especially fun with this trend is that it lends itself rather nicely to the inclusion of jet black within your color palette. Don’t be afraid to mix in onyx lacquered pieces and darker tones!

Photo Credit: Fashion Gone Rogue.

Gold Coast Shopping Guide:

Karastan Panel Kirman rug

Anji Mountain jute collection rug

Loloi Xavier rug

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Fashion Translation: Desert Hues

Can you even believe it’s July? I, for one, cannot. It seems like just yesterday I was carrying around an extra sweater to take away the chill in the morning and once the sun goes down for the day… but now the days are longer and the colors are reminiscent of the desert, both in my home and in my wardrobe.

There’s something about desert hues that just feels so right for summer, especially as the months get hotter and longer. Spice tones are a great accent for both fashion and home. When I think of this theme, I’m especially drawn to rope details, kilim patterns, even textural monochromatic neutrals.The vibe is really casual and relaxed, with lots of layering but in a light, airy sort of way. For example, I’d totally pair together both of these great patterned pillows from Surya. Or even asymmetrically layer the oval rope rug over the more pattern-dense kilim. This look is definitely all about the layers.

Photo Credit: Vogue UK via Honestly WTF.

Desert Hue Shopping Guide:

Surya Beth Lacefield Pillow

Surya Candice Olson Pillow

Jaipur Rugs Bedouin rug

Homespice Decor Hudson rug

 

There’s also something about this trend that feels very bohemian to me, too. Maybe it’s all of the global, vintage-inspired patterns or the dusty, neutral tones, but this is exactly what I envision when I daydream about having a yurt in the middle of Joshua Tree one day.

Photo Credit: Mango via Fashion Gone Rogue.

Desert Hue Shopping Guide:

Karastan Panel Kirman rug

Anji Mountain jute collection rug

Loloi Xavier rug

 

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How to Get a Beach Style Bath

Beach Bathroom

Does beach style makes you think of over-decorated vacation rentals packed with kitschy finds? If so, you may be refreshed to find there is another (chicer) way to do coastal. For a bath makeover, start with a few inspired hues: serene ocean-inspired shades of blue, frothy white, and sun-bleached neutrals. Even if you’re not planning to remodel, you can repaint the walls, or perhaps give an old clawfoot tub a colorful makeover. Gather treasures along the shore from seaside cottages, and display them along narrow picture shelves painted the same watery hue as the walls for an easy, natural display.

Beachy Bath Style

Next, gather the essential details: stacks of fringed Turkish towels, woven baskets, and details made from driftwood will bring in a seaside spa ambiance. If you’re feeling crafty, clean up a branch washed up on the beach and hang it between two hooks as a towel rod alternative. Clear away the sinkside clutter, and streamline your routine. Getting the beach house vibe is as much about living an easy, simple lifestyle as it is about the look!

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If you are planning a full-on bathroom remodel (lucky you!) consider ways to incorporate tactile natural materials. Smooth river stones make a wonderfully beachy material for showers and floors. And if you have the resources to add an outdoor shower, you can’t get much beachier than that!

Beach Bathroom Style

Because the bath tends to be one of the smallest spaces in the house, it is quite easy to change the look with just a few tweaks to the details. Replace a tired bath mat with one made from bamboo, or a bright and cheerful turquoise cotton rag rug that you can easily toss in the wash. Hang a fresh piece of art, swap out the shower curtain for something white and floaty, and soon your master bath or powder room will be transformed into a peaceful place to unwind.

Shopping Guide: (clockwise from top left) Beach One artworkTyler 4-drawer white storage cabinetArtistic Weavers Easy Home Delaney rug in teal; Anji Mountain bamboo bath mat.

Photo Sources: (from top to bottom) CococozyDomino MagazineMr. Jason Grant.

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