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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.

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

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Refresh Your Home for Spring

After a long, gray winter, it feels good to finally look forward to the lengthening days, fresh flowers, and cheerier spirits of spring. As soon as the first hint of spring peeks its head up in the garden, I like to begin making little changes around my home to reflect the new season. This can be as simple as scooping up a big bunch of fresh cut flowers at the market to plunk into tiny bud vases or pretty water glasses…or as ambitious as painting and wallpapering!

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Spring color inspiration: In spring, we can draw inspiration from the new shoots, pale blue sky, and blossoming trees for a palette of mint, aqua, sky blue, sunny yellow, and petal pink. If you’re a bit of a color-phobe, dip your toes into this spring palette by placing a few fresh, cheerful accents against a backdrop of white walls and pale floors. For a spring party, try hanging blooms in all shades of pink from a ladder (or from the rafters), and layer the table with linens and glassware in watery blues and greens.

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VT Wonen

Spring project ideas:

  • Put wallpaper scraps or pretty gift wrap to use by framing pieces with lattice from the home improvement store. Alternatively, pop your favorite sample into a picture frame and hang it on the wall.
  • Give a basic bulletin board a fresh look by painting the cork minty green. For contrast, give the frame a coat or two of metallic or glossy white paint.

  • Keep an eye out for pretty packaging, and use it to plant spring bulbs. Imported tea and cookie tins are some of my favorites!

  • Change up the art around your house, swapping out artwork that feels too wintry for something bold, fresh, and fun, like a graphic poster.

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Decorate with Flowers

Enhance your workspace: Get motivated and inspired by giving your workspace a spring refresh, too. A small vase of cut flowers on your desk, a few bits of inspiration taped to the wall at eye level, and a cup full of freshly sharpened pencils will get your Monday morning started on the right note. If you’re looking to make more of a change, consider recovering a boring office chair with a fun, floral fabric; or roll out a vibrant area rug under your desk. And don’t forget to take plenty of breaks to get outside and smell the spring blooms!

Rug shopping guide (clockwise from top left): Jaipur Rugs Coastal Lagoon Palm Breezy in yellow and white; Nourison Waverly Sun and Shade in Seaglass; Dalyn Torino Ombre in teal; Surya Aberdine in teal, charcoal, light gray and lime.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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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!

The Everygirl

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.

Joanna Henderson

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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via Domino

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

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Boost Happiness With The Right Color In Your Home

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From fiery, hot-tempered red to cool, soothing blue, colors can elicit strong reactions, both positive and negative. By tapping into the power of color psychology (and by noticing how you respond to color) you can create a home that plays up the positive and leaves negativity at the door.

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Minna Jones stylist

Red, orange, and yellow are warming, social hues, making them a good choice for areas of the home where you like to gather with friends and family.

Red is the color of passion, action, and anger, so it’s no wonder many folks have a love-it or hate-it reaction to red! Reds with a bit of brown in them are usually perceived as more mellow, while a bright, clear red is fresh and modern.

Orange is the color of optimism, happiness, and social communication, making it a wonderful hue for a living room. Rich saffron feels warm and exotic, while a bright tangerine hue is youthful and fun.

Yellow is the color of joy, cheerfulness, and mental stimulation. This hue can make a delightful accent in any social space or study, but remember, a little goes a long way!

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Green and blue are cool, relaxing hues ideal for spaces where you want to encourage rest and relaxation.

Green is the color of growth, freshness, and harmony, and tends to make people feel safe and secure. A soft green can make a calming choice for a nursery, while a deeper forest green would be ideal in a cozy library.

Blue is the color of sea and sky, and just being around this hue can have a calming effect. Blue represents truth, trust, wisdom, and stability. It’s lovely in the bedroom and bath, but intensely saturated blues can also hold their own in a living or dining room.

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With a bit of blue and a bit of red, purple is something of a mysterious color. This hue has long been associated with royalty, and still conveys feelings of wealth and abundance. But it’s also a spiritual color, and can represent the imagination. Try using purple in the bedroom for a serene escape.

Overdyed rugs have deeply saturated hues that can completely transform a space – try one in a hue that makes you happy!

Rug shopping guide (clockwise from top left): Louis de Poortere Fading World rug in Pink and Light Burgundy; Surya Hathaway rug  in Rust; Oriental Weavers Revival rug in Purple and Gray; Artistic Weavers Elegant Maya rug in Green and Teal.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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