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Black and Tan

Canary Architecture

There’s just something about black and tan. Yes, of course it makes for a lovely drink, but it also has the ability to make your home feel warm and sophisticated. Whether you’re relying on rich leather or warm wood accents, this palette offers touches of masculinity that lend themselves well to the perfect unisex space.

Brooke Holm

Worried that too much of the two hues could feel heavy and overbearing? Add plenty of white to the equation for a more modern take. White walls can not only make a room feel much larger than it is, they can also provide the perfect background for your favorite photos and art pieces.

Jeff Herr

You can also approach the black and tan look in a more subtle way as well, with small doses of both colors rather than a deluge. Break up the area with a few lightweight pieces – think metals – and bring in a few lusciously green plants to take the edge off.

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Like I mentioned before, black and tan can feel a bit masculine at times. Combat the tendency by bringing in furniture with softer edges and other pieces with finer lines. Plenty of cozy textiles will make the space feel welcoming and lived in while giving you just the right vibe.

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The Revival of Rattan

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Petite Passport

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.

Wisteria

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.

Serena & Lily

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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Fashion Translation: Dreamy, Beachy Whites

Bear with me on this one: If there is one home decor trend that I am absolutely loving right now it’s the infusion of crisp, bright white. I know, I know… how boring. But, truly, when used in a modern way, all white can feel like a breath of fresh air in your home and wardrobe. For clothing, I like to take cues from the Elizabeth and James 2017 Resort collection. The use of all white feels measured and balanced in a very modern way. I love how tiny hints of pattern peek through the sheers, while the head-to-toe white looks are natural and textural.

Photo Credit: Elizabeth and James 2017 Resort via Vogue.com

This collection is fantastic inspiration for your home. I suggest keeping things minimal and simple, almost like a 1990s Calvin Klein ad (also trending this summer…). White rugs can definitely be risky in the home, especially if you’re a pet owner like me or a parent. But boy, are they worth it! If you’ve ever wanted your home to feel like a resort or beach house, this is how you achieve that look. I will eternally be a fan of pattern and can’t keep my boho inclinations away from this trend! Instead, I’ve found balance with monochromatic and tonal patterned rugs in an assortment of great motifs: ornamental old world patterns, modern grids, and simplified geometrics. Take your pick and you’re guaranteed a gorgeous beach-inspired outcome!

 

Shopping Guide:

Loloi Rugs Phoebe rug

Surya Trail rug

Safavieh Manhattan rug

Jaipur Rugs Scandinavia rug

Jaipur Rugs Fables rug

Dalyn Dover rug

Rugs America Cortland rug

Feizy Rugs Indochine rug

 

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Southwestern Flair

When I was around 12 years old my mom decided it was time to abandoned the pale blue painted walls that had been in my bedroom since before I was born (yeah, they thought I was going to be a boy). Even though we lived in Pennsylvania I immediately gravitated towards a roll of Southwestern-inspired wallpaper with accents of green, purple, and peach pastels. The patterns and textiles of the southwest have a way of resonating like that, whether you go big or small in impact.

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Pillows, throw blankets, and upholstery can each add their own touches of rich texture and design to a space. Pull colors into the rest of the decor from the palette created in each design as easy ways to accent. Group together a few pillows or throws of different patterns for a serious pop.

The Brick House

I’m not sure what the full story is here, but I love the idea of taking a traditional southwestern rug and casually layering it over a headboard. It’s a fast and easy way to insert some flair into an existing decor style. I’ve been toying with the idea of hanging on the wall behind my bed in place of a headboard as well.

Lauren Logan

A more permanent idea would to reupholster an existing piece of furniture in a southwest-inspired fabric. By choosing neutral colors – say black and white – a piece of any structural style would be at home with whatever other styles of furniture you already have in place.

Thoughts from Alice

A useful middle-of-the-road piece of southwestern inspiration could be a pouf for extra seating, patterned curtains, or an intriguing rug. Check out six of my favorites below!

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