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Fashion Translation: Dark Florals

With winter extending wayyy too long and hopeful thoughts of spring on the brain, I wanted to steer this post into a bit of a new direction. Fashion is always such an inspiration for me and I always try to take it beyond the obvious, beyond just my apparel choices. I want to inspire you to take cues from fashion trends (even your everyday staples) and apply them to the home.

If there’s one fashion trend that I hope to never see go away, it’s dark florals. One may argue that they feel ancient and outdated… but I cannot and will not apologize: I simply love this look. Lately, I’ve noticed that the aesthetic of dark florals has shifted. The look is much more painterly, even bordering on watercolor and digitized. While this lends a more modern vibe to the look, I can’t help but also be drawn to vintage florals. Whether shown in smaller scale, calico-type prints or oversized, giant cabbage roses, I love it all.

Dark Florals

When it comes to adding this vibe to the home, it’s pretty darn simple. These rugs are bold and impactful, so it’s best to keep everything else in the room simple and straightforward. Just imagine how modern, yet bohemian, vintage, yet updated your living room would be with a slouchy white linen sofa and an oversized dark floral rug. This inspiration works perfectly for the bedroom as well, although I suggest steering the look to be even more romantic by adding a glass-topped vanity.

Photo Credit: Chanel and Vogue.

Links: (from top to bottom, left to right) Safavieh Lyndhurst rug, Oriental Weavers Kharma rug, Oriental Weavers Knightsbridge rug, Rugs America Capri Orchid rug, and Surya Flor Rug.

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Trend Watch: Folklore Decor Inspiration

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If you like boho style–with its global influence, layered textiles, and relaxed vibe–you’ll love its latest evolution! Introducing folklore-inspired interiors, which take their cue from early American style as well as from the handicrafts of Central America. Folklore decor is a little less glam and a bit more primitive than boho, making it great if you love colorful, handmade pieces but also lean towards a restrained approach to decorating.

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Get the look with traditional pieces such as patchwork quilts, embroidered throw pillows, rustic wall hangings, and unfinished wood furnishings. Focus on a subdued palette of sunbleached neutrals, then accent this foundation with needlework in either bright hues like turquoise and geranium for a ‘south of the border’ effect, or nature-sourced shades like burnt sienna and olive to conjure a sophisticated southwestern sensibility. The result will be a warm and welcoming space with serious personality!

Photos (top to bottom): Domaine HomeDustjacket Attic, Old Brand New

Shopping Guide: 1. Quiltwork Rug 2. Wood Accent Table 3. Embroidered Throw Pillow 4. Desert Art 5. Cowhide Rug

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Winter White Interiors

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Susanna Vento

White might seem like the furthest color from your mind when it comes to winter decor, especially if there’s snow on the ground outside your windows. However, it has to be one of my favorite looks. Maybe it’s the clean slate appearance that comes to mind in the new year, or maybe it really is a desire to mimic nature. Here are a few tips for achieving this fresh and clean look.

Fru Fly

Fru Fly

Mixed Textures. Not only do different textures — like the wood, paper, and laminate look above — add dimension to a palette that could easily feel flat, they all add an element of coziness.

Decordots

Decordots

Lots of Light. Plenty of white in your home is already going to make it feel larger and lighter than before. But by throwing open all of the window shades (curtains, drapes, what have you) you’re going to add to the illusion of a big ‘ol space that’s oh so inviting on the coldest of days.

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vtwonen

Black’s Best Friend. The combination is tried and true, so if all white isn’t your thing, don’t fret — just add some black (or grey, or tan, or whatever). The thing about a mostly white palette is that any hue you add to the mix in moderation is going to pop like WHOA.

White Rugs

1. Dalyn Dover  2. Jaipur Rugs Bergen  3. Jaipur Rugs Devin 4. Surya Grizzly Shag  5. Rugs America Gramercy  6. Jaipur Rugs Alta

Don’t Forget the Floor. Not only will a throw rugs keep your tootsies warm this winter, it will also add tons of that texture we talked about. Feel free to layer a few on top of one another for a super chic luxe look.

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Sherpa Chic | Fashion & Home Decor

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I sit here writing this from sunny, warm California… not to gloat or anything, but winter feels quite far away for me. However, I know better. I’ve braved many a bitter cold January. Being an eternal optimist, my best advice is to look forward to changing up in your wardrobe and your home during this chilly period. Embrace the cozy comfort of layers including chunky knits, thick wool, and luxurious sherpa. But worry not, you don’t have to look like Nanook of the north when donning sherpa. Instead, opt for a chic, sophisticated look full of rich neutrals and gorgeous embellishments. Instead of overt prints, go for texture that reads like a print. For example, an oversized rib knit reads as a tonal stripe.

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When it comes to your home though, I don’t recommend straying from pattern! Instead, keep your color palette neutral and restrained. Then, layer together rugs that feel related, but different… sort of like cousins! I also recommend adding a cozy chair to your living room or bedroom area with a gorgeous dec pillow. Speaking of pillows, how great is this Surya kilim pillow?? I’ll take 2, please. This neutral look sets the mood for a cozy space where you can sip cocoa and indulge in a good book, all while avoiding all the snow outdoors. Really, this is only way to survive winter as far as I’m concerned!

Photo Credit: embellished faux fur jacket from Nordstrom, Vogue Is My Religion, and Autumn Fever.

Shopping Guide: (from top to bottom, left to right) Surya kilim pillow, Safavieh vintage rug, Safavieh white club chair, and Loloi akina rug.

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