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Fashion Translation: Neutrals with a Twist

Apologies if this post feels a bit retro again, but I just can’t help myself! This season, it feels like vintage hues are here to stay, not to mention pulled-from-the-’70s style inspiration. Right now, I find myself drawn to the colors: burnt orange, terracotta, olive drab, shades of khaki and taupe. When combined, I feel like these tones are harmonious in an unexpected version of neutrals.

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I simply find myself tiring of deep, dark, rich tones — instead, I’m craving neutrals that can be mixed and match. No longer do I want simply white and black. Rather, this season I’m all about shades of ivory as my new base color. From there, I pile on additional washed out hues. Even my pop colors feel neutral. Plus, how special is this bluish shade of grey? For me, that really tips the color palette into new territory.

 

Shopping Guide:

Surya Candice Olson Modern Classics rug

Nourison Marina Persimmon rug

Milliken Mix and Mingle Cloud Break rug

Couristan Moonwalk Roswell rug

Oriental Weavers Brentwood rug

Surya Rhapsody rug

Jaipur Rugs Coastal Tides rug

Milliken Mix and Mingle Urban Order rug

Loloi Rugs Orian Shag rug

For more inspiration from Joanna, follow along with her at Jojotastic!

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Fashion Translation: Just a Bit Retro

Fashion is cyclical, right? What’s old becomes new again and vice versa. Sometimes it feels like I’ve just put away my high-waisted flared jeans when they are about come back. One style that feels like it’s recently reemerged in multiple variations is the retro ’70s vibe. We know this look well: satin baseball jackets, ringer tees, high waisted denim, embroidered patches… I could go on and on and on.

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If there’s one color that stands out in my mind as being totally on trend for this evolution of retro style, it would be tangerine orange. Actually, all shades of orange feel on-trend to me when it comes to this style, but I’m loving how fresh and new tangerine feels. Maybe it’s thanks to the doldrums of winter? Either way, I’m loving it and definitely plan to incorporate more of this happy hue into both my home and wardrobe.

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I also love the secondary colors that this shade of orange is paired with: pale pink, lavender and navy blue being my absolute favorites. The feeling of these rugs is a bit boho and found-in-a-faraway-flea-market, don’t you think?

Shopping Guide:

Surya Banshee rug

Jaipur Rugs pendant rug

Jaipur Rugs Preston rug

Jaipur Rugs Coastal Tides rug

Surya Banshee rug – my personal favorite!

Surya Gemini rug

Surya Zahra rug

Surya Caesar rug

For more inspiration from Joanna, follow along with her at Jojotastic!

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Texture! Texture! Texture!

While pinning my face off the other night, I noticed something interesting. Each drool-worthy space had little to no color, yet I was drawn to them like a moth to the flame. Every image was captivating. Now I have one room in my home decorated in all neutrals, but normally I’m a, “shazam, look at all that color”, kinda girl. So I started examining what exactly was drawing me into these simple yet intricate rooms.

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Way back in the day, I worked for a furniture store, and the VP of Merchandising told me interiors were, “a beige, beige world”. At the time, she was referring to the world of sofas, but suddenly I found that phrase running through my head…only this time, in a good way. A really good way. After analyzing the taupe, beige, and cream spaces, it hit me. Each room oozed texture! Jute on rattan on sheepskin on wool on linen on cotton, oh my! Add in some brass to bounce light around the room and lemme tell you, you’ve got some serious eye candy happening.

Warm. Inviting. Sophisticated. I wanted to sit on each bed or chair, curl up in a nook, and enjoy a cup of coffee. So how do you get that look for yourself? Well, first and foremost, channel Switzerland and stay neutral. Keep your pops of color to a minimum.

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When it comes to hanging art on the wall, opt for something a bit more interesting…unique. Simple baskets, musical instruments, juju hats, or get crazy with vintage tennis rackets. Let it be something that represents you, but is also dimensional.

Patina on leather just gets better with age, but to jazz it up even more, drape a sheepskin, cable knit throw, or vintage wedding blanket over the armrest for added depth. Get even cozier with soft linen pillows.

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Want more visual interest? Ground the space with a Moroccan style rug or layer a beautiful shag over simple sisal. This added texture is a fun surprise and will warm up the room.

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Shopping Guide:

Surya – Berkley

Nourison – Graphic Illusions

Loloi Rugs – Journey

Savavieh – Moroccan Shag

Nourison – Amour

Savavieh – Natural Fiber

So the next time you’re feeling stumped on what pattern might work in your space, turn everything on its head and try just adding in some texture for fun and see what happens.

For more inspiration from Kyla, follow along with her at House of Hipsters!

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Decorating with Mud Cloth

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If there’s one standout patterned textile as of late, it’s mud cloth. Originally designed in Africa for use as as camouflage, ritual protection, and a sign of status, telling a story through the use of lines, dots, and geometric shapes. Traditionally mud cloth is handmade using Malian cotton and fermented mud to produce pigment for dye, hence the name. However now you find it in a variety of homewares stores as well as DIY it in a variety of ways.

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As with any trend, there are varying levels of commitment–one of my favorites are kitchen and dining textiles. A pretty tablecloth or set of fabric napkins lend a dose of pretty pattern and texture to a dinner party or a simple date night meal.

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An accessory that has a touch more staying power, like a shower curtain, can be swapped out in a few minutes should you tire of it. Mud cloth’s traditional black and white color scheme happily partners with just about any color you might already have on your walls.

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Art is one of my go-to ways of introducing a trend to my space. It’s serendipitous that textile art is having a real moment right now because mud cloth looks mighty fine hanging up.

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Now if you’re really in love with the mud cloth trend, you might consider investing in a lifetime piece of furniture. Mud cloth stands the test of time.

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For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at DesignCrush!

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