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70s Design Trends with A Modern Take

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You’ve probably been seeing this list of trends everywhere, but maybe didn’t put together what the bigger picture entailed – a return to the best parts of 70s decor! I’ve slowly pulled several of them in my own home over the past year and only just realized it myself. The boho aesthetic has pulled the best parts of the era and modernized them for a contemporary interpretation.

FIBER ART
Textile wall hangings were one of the first on the scene, gracing vertical surfaces in every well-curated magazine spread and pin. The best part is that if you don’t want to spend the money for an artist’s work you can easily – and affordably – create your own!

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RATTAN
This trend has been a little bit slower to grab hold, but with warmer weather just around the bend it’s gaining momentum. While old school rattan might give you bad vibes from The Golden Girls, much of today’s designs are streamlined and beautiful.

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WALL HANGINGS
When you want to make a statement, there’s no better bang for your buck than a wall hanging. Hang these tapestries like art or use one as a room divider, if you have a large window hang one up as a curtain. They’re super versatile pieces that can easily move from function to function within your home.

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VELVET
Covering furniture, cushions, and beds in every color of the rainbow, velvet has such a luxe vibe that we’re likely to forget its days as a 60s and 70s mainstay. Velvet is such a cozy fabric to snuggle up to, why not take advantage?

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MACRAME PLANT HANGERS
I remember three of these hanging in our living room windows when I was a kid! I’m so happy to see this particular accessory back in style, macrame plant hangers just go hand in hand with the rediscovered popularity of indoor plants. And again, this is something you could easily make and customize to your space rather than buy.

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WOODEN TABLEWARE
Nothing says the 70s like wooden tableware, especially a salad set. I swear greens never look as delicious as when they’re scooped up with a set of wood salad servers, a must for any casual summer dinner get together.

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HAMMOCKS
Another piece of decor that’s been making a slow but steady return to the limelight. Whether they’re easy on the eyes or more utilitarian, hammocks are showing up everywhere – indoors and out. In fact, picking up the perfect one is high on my to-do list this spring!

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FAUX HIDES
While the 70s didn’t care so much about their hides being synthetic, the 2010s do, and they look just as chic. Whether they’re large and layered on the floor or draped over a chair or ottoman, hides add an element of earthy cool to whatever space they’re a part of.

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HANGING CHAIRS
This might be my favorite, and I might want one in no fewer than three rooms and on two porches. Too much? Hanging chairs offer the perfect spot to curl up with a book or a cocktail and they’re just so darn lovely.

Natural Rugs

NATURAL RUGS
Think jute, hemp, seagrass – natural fibers underfoot feel great and are super sturdy if your home is particularly hard on wear and tear. Layer a few rugs with complementary patterns and colors on top of one another for a unique look.

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Bringing Hygge into Your Home

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Hygge (hue-gah) by definition is a feeling or mood that comes from the pleasures found in ordinary everyday life. Sounds easy enough right? The Danish word most associates itself with winter, and since it’s 27º out as I write this it couldn’t be more timely. Let’s dive into the world of hygge and some ways you can bring into your own space!

Fireplaces.
I realize this is a luxury not everyone has in their home, but lounging by a fire is one of the best ways to cozy up and get some serious relaxing done. Grab a book or turn on the show you’re currently binging on and get to work already!

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Throw pillows and blankets.
A deep chair, a nest of throw pillows, and the softest blanket – it really doesn’t get much better on a cold winter’s day. Add a dimmed table lamp and you have a recipe for total comfort and serenity, and probably a nap as well.

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Rituals.
Whatever that is to you: a good long soak in a bath with salts and essential oils, grinding beans and making a pot of French press coffee, there’s no right answer. It’s all about taking the time and being present through the paces on the way to that ultimate satisfaction.

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Candlelight.
This seems like a no brainer, I’m sure, but candlelight is pure and utter magic. I love adding it in unexpected places like a dark bathroom, in an empty fireplace, or on my bookshelves. It’s so romantic with that soft glow.

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Gather.
While we tend to go into hibernation, winter socializing is a big part of Scandinavian life. Comforting foods and coming together make chilly days all the warmer.

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Warm beverages.
Mulled wine, hot toddies, freshly steeped tea, the options are endless! There are few things better than holding a warm mug of something delicious in your hands and savoring the moment and being present.

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Soft rugs.
Obviously you don’t want your tootsies touching the chilly floor, so add a few floor rugs for some extra coziness and texture throughout your home. And of course put on some thick socks and slippers, too!

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Richly Colored Rooms Done Right

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I’m really feeling jewel toned colors right now, especially on walls and especially when done just right. Once upon a time I lived in a house with a navy blue guest room that was one of my favorite spaces I’ve ever designed. The perfect navy offers darkness, but also warmth. It feels luxe and cozy and welcoming, and the bathroom above nails it.

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But no one says bold, rich color needs to be relegated to walls alone. This living space daringly pairs unexpected mauve toned walls with rusty, velvet furniture and it looks amazing! The things that hold it all together are those you might not even notice – the neutral rug, white frames, and baseboard.

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This bathroom is the stuff dreams are made of, at least my dreams. If these luxurious hand-glazed tiles blanketed my bath you’d never get me out! The various green tones cover not only the floor, but also the tub itself and the walls. There are only two words to describe it – ALL IN.

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A guest room with a relaxing turquoise wall color is the perfect retreat, not only for guests but for you! All off those neutral colored pieces of art, along with the natural wood floor, help balance things out. And let’s not forget rugs…they can be downright bold in their own right when it comes to adding a big ol’ pop of color to any space.

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Fashion Translation: Incorporating Denim-Inspired Rugs into Your Home

It’s a well-established fact that anything blue is trending right now. From shades of pale blue to rich navy, these inky hues are everywhere, especially in the home decor world. The look can quickly cross over into preppy style territory, so my favorite way to incorporate this trend into my home is by pulling inspiration from a true fashion staple: my favorite pair of jeans!

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These denim-inspired rugs are the perfect way to embrace the blue trend in your home, while also maintaining a laid back, casual vibe. There are many opportunities for patterns in this look, as well. A simple geometric stripe or skinny stripe takes the blue rug to a totally different place, one that’s perfect for a kitchen or sunroom. Similarly, an ornate overdyed rug provides the perfect foundation for a mature master bedroom. When shopping for this trend, look for striations in color, rather than solid fields of blue. This simple tip will keep your look looking more boho than preppy!

A few favorites (from top to bottom, left to right):

Surya Zahra rug

Surya Amadeo rug

Dalyn Torino ombre rug

Surya Trenza rug

Jaipur Rugs Coastal Shores stripe rug

Surya denim rug

Jaipur Rugs Britta rug

Safavieh Himalaya rug

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

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