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A Touch of Terra Cotta

Tess Guinery
Tess Guinary

A full range of earthy terra cotta hues have been making their presence known in interiors as of late – from pastel cantaloupe to deep rust – replacing the whites and cooler tones we’ve seemed to favor for so long with some warmth. I’m very drawn to this neutral, especially with autumn just around the corner and chilly nights ahead. Surrounding yourself with a few things in terra cotta just might trick you into believing it’s a few degrees warmer than it actually is if you’re trying to hang on to summer for just a little while longer.

This little corner painted a pale terra cotta and brought to life with a few vibrant plants and that fantastic piece of art is sure to be a warm spot on even the dreariest of days. A color like this would make a big difference in the energy of a space that doesn’t get a lot of natural sunlight.

In Bed
In Bed

Don’t you just want to climb right under those covers?! Bring terra cotta into your home in the form of fabric textiles in the bedroom and bathroom and instantly up the coziness factor or give a relaxed earthy vibe, depending on what you surround it with. A thick duvet and plush pillows on the bed would be ideal for fall and winter while some soft Turkish towels in the bathroom would be so refreshing come warm weather.

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via Gardenista

When you think of terra cotta chances are the first thing that comes to mind are traditional terra cotta pots. They’re great homes for your plants, age beautifully, and are generally affordable. Why not make them a focal point by grouping several together or going so far as to create a sort of installation like the one above? It would work indoors or out depending on what kind of climate you live in and would make such a fantastic herb or succulent garden!

Block Shop Textiles
Block Shop Textiles

I’m so inspired by terra cotta that I’m already thinking ahead to the holidays and what a wonderful color it would be to base my entire Thanksgiving table off of. With earthy orange tones being a hallmark of autumn it’s such an beautifully obvious choice! I love the persimmons on branches above paired with a gorgeous tablecloth or runner. Adding terra cotta pots filled with greenery or a pile of pumpkins would make for a great look.

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via Country Living

Of course, some of the first terra cotta that may have come to mind are the long-lasting floor tiles popular across Mexico. The look is terribly charming and fits any number of styles – I love it in the kitchen above with all of that traditional black cabinetry! Retiling isn’t in the cards for everyone, so why not consider adding a touch of terra cotta to your floors with a new rug? Check out a few of my favorites below.

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1/ Couristan Recife Saddle Stitch   2/ Rizzy Home Mesa
3/ Liora Manne Ombre Horizon   4/ Kaleen Ziggy
5/ Surya Caesar   6/ Safavieh Cape Cod

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

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6 Unexpected Places to Use Wallpaper

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Wallpaper – it’s not just for the walls these days. The returning trend of huge, beautiful patterns doesn’t need to be relegated to one surface, instead consider all of your options. Anywhere in your home that’s asking for a little (or a lot) of pattern is fair game, and when you add in all of the removable options that exist, your options unfold exponentially. One use that I’m considering for my own home can be seen above, on the kitchen island. Paired with that oversized butcher block countertop it’s an unexpected dream!

If you prefer a platform bed or are feeling noncommittal might I recommend creating a faux headboard with a favorite wallpaper pattern? Not only can it easily be changed out with whatever decor you’re currently feeling, but it also doesn’t have to break the bank. I particularly love this idea for renters and college students who may only have a bed frame because it offers so much personality to a bedroom.

Maybe you’re minimal enough to have open cabinets in your kitchen, but are still aching for a little something extra. Think about wallpapering the back wall of each cabinet. Not only will the right pattern create a stunning backdrop for whatever you place in the cabinets, it will also act as the only art you’ll need in the kitchen.

One of my favorite ways to put wallpaper to work in an unconventional fashion is one that makes you look up! A clean pattern design like the one used here makes this office space look indescribably classy, almost creating a modern version of tin tiles in the process. The sputnik chandelier and luxe blue velvet armchair further up the class level in this lovely space.

I’d never entertained the idea of wallpapering a fireplace until seeing this one because WOW. I love that this could act as a fast fix for one that needs to be redone or as an easy facelift when you want an affordable update. Go big and bold like this dining room that’s full of character and charm or back off a bit with a more muted and refined pattern – no matter what I think it’s a super smart decorating solution.

Wallpapering a staircase is so unexpected and eye-catching! This is another idea I’m considering for my own home because it has a curved staircase that would become such an amazing element with the right pattern. I really love the graphic appeal and detail the wallpaper brings to this space.

How would you use wallpaper besides your walls?

Wallpaper Inspired Rugs

1/ Surya Quartz  2/ Oriental Weavers Tommy Bahama Atrium
3/ Dalyn St Croix  4/ Safavieh Courtyard II
5/ Rizzy Home Zingaro  6/ Artistic Weavers Stella Dalmation

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

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Nail the Look: Desert Modern

A little bit midcentury, a touch bohemian, and a whole lot of warm Southwest texture and textiles makes up this popular look. If your dream home is a cool adobe in Joshua Tree with a pottery studio out back, you’re in the right place. Read on for interior inspiration and practical get-the-look tips to bring desert modern style home, no matter where you live.


Emily Henderson

Furniture: This is where the modern in desert modern comes in. Think vintage mid-century modern pieces in warm wood tones, like the bookshelf shown here. Sofas and chairs with simple, straight shapes work well, as do campaign furniture (like the folding leather stool seen here) and woven pieces.

Accessories: A few small accent pieces can go a long way towards creating a great desert modern look. Poke around in thrift shops, mineral stores, and antique fairs for hunks of crystal, cool rocks, and vintage pottery. Use your finds to perk up bookshelves, hold down a stack of papers on your desk, or add interest to your coffee table.


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Textiles: Bring warmth to simple, clean-lined modern pieces (like the sofa and pendant light shown here) with rich, colorful, southwest-inspired textiles. A great big rug in the living room is a great way to ground the space and set the color palette.


Style Me Pretty

Lighten up: What sets desert modern style apart from straight-up southwest or desert style is a lighter touch. Instead of bringing in lots of heavy, rustic wood furniture and painting the walls in earth tones, lighten things up with airy wire furniture legs, crisp white walls, and delicate vases of flowers.


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Cultivate your desert garden: Thankfully, cacti and succulents make excellent houseplants no matter where you live! Bring in little terracotta or handmade pots and fill them with a variety of cacti to create your own mini-southwestern indoor garden. Don’t have a green thumb? Consider picking up an art print or photo featuring desert-inspired plant motifs instead.

Desert Modern Rug Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Surya Scion Tribal rug; Safavieh Aspen rug; Rizzy Home Tumble Weed Loft rug; Nourison Tribal Decor rug in red.

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

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Blissful Blue Decor

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If you’re looking for a color trend that’s stood the test of time and then some, look no further than blue. From indigo to periwinkle this hue has never shown a sign of slowing down in popularity and it’s easy to see why. Not only is blue considered the most relaxing color on the spectrum, it also has the ability to ground a space and is a great way for colorphobes to experiment. A piece of art or furniture is a great way to introduce something fresh into your decor because both are fairly non-committal and can be resold if you end up unhappy.

This take on everyone’s favorite tile, subway, gives the standby new life in a soft baby blue. The pastel hue manages to work in both a classic decor scheme as well as modern thanks to the subtle gradient present in the patterning. Can’t you just imagine wanting to cook so many meals in this kitchen because it looks so relaxing and welcoming?

I’d definitely use those baby blue subway tiles in a bathroom as well, but these square patterned ones offer so much when paired with the stark white vanity and accompanying shower tiles. This is definitely a situation of using pattern as art – there’s no way you’d want to cover up or bring in anything that might want to compete with these beautifully intricate pieces.

Smoky blue is such an unexpected hue for the kitchen, and that’s the biggest reason I’m loving it. By using such a soft accent color to all of the natural tones in this space, the designer managed to show off the warmth present in the woodgrain and bricks as well as the brightness of all that white. One of my favorite unexpected touches is the blue on that island facade!

If you’re all in on blue, this space has your name on it. Walls, ceiling, doors, mouldings – all the same, gorgeous shade of the most perfect blue. It feels like a slightly softer take on the currently popular all-black room, offering a sense of depth and sophistication that’s magnetic. If you’re looking to diversify and add something relaxing and blue to your space, another fantastic way is to bring in a floor rug like the ones below.

Blue Rugs

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

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