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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.

Velvet Willoughby Grand Sofa

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?

DIY macrame plant hanger-Hey Lila Hey

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.

Douane Fringed Cotton Tree Hammock

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.

hanging rattan chair-Serena & Lily

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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Dark Moody Florals

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Just because it’s winter and the days are short and dark doesn’t mean we have to deny ourselves beautiful flowers. In fact, I’d actually say it’s an argument for exactly the opposite. While I always try to have a vase of florals or greenery in the house, it might be nice to embrace darker, moodier blooms and have something more permanent. Read on for ways to include moody florals into your space!

H&M Home

I love the thought of adding a dark duvet to the bedroom mix for these winter months. These aren’t an old woman’s florals; they’re elegant and chic and thoroughly sexy. This particular duvet is extremely affordable and can be taken off the bed as soon as spring shows her pretty face with the real deal.

Lottas Trad

As we all know, wallpaper is a more permanent way to embrace any trend. I love this particular take on florals, with its smaller more detailed blooms rather than the large-scale we’re most used to seeing. The dark background also makes this wallpaper feel daring and modern rather than stuffy and boring.

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Or maybe consider the middle of the road with a tapestry like the one above. Other options down this same path could be an enlarged engineering print of a photo or a framed length of wallpaper. Don’t be afraid to think creatively, even if your idea isn’t something you’ve seen on the pages of a home decor magazine!

My Scandinavian Home

Throw pillows, a blanket, floor rugs; all are ways to incorporate this emerging trend into your own space and your own style.

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Marble Mania: Marble in the Home

Marble as a home decor trend has only continued to gain steam in recent years, and it’s now showing up on everything from floors and walls to smaller accessories. The perfect blend of classic and current, you really can’t beat including a bit of marble (or marble pattern!) in your home.

Some innovative designers are taking marbling to new levels – like the technicolor-marbled wood flooring shown above. Wow, right!?
Marble
Images (clockwise from top left): The Blondilocks, Only Deco Love, Domino, Martha Stewart via Elements of Style.
Who doesn’t love the look of classic Carrara marble in the kitchen? Whether you use a small slab as a cheese board (or prop for your foodie photos) or go full-on marble with a waterfall counter, marble is a look that will never be out of fashion.
But what if the wall-to-wall look is a little…out of the budget? Enter the new marble contact papers and wall coverings! Use these realistic (and really affordable) finds to cover a small side table, backsplash, or an entire accent wall.
Marble Mania
And of course, an easy and high-impact way to add a splash of marble style to your home is with a marbled rug – go for colorful marbling for a playful look, or choose elegant charcoal if you’re going for cool, modern, and chic.
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Cool Concrete Floors

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Desire to Inspire

One thing I know if I ever move back to a warmer climate, and that’s that I want (need?) concrete floors, from the outside all the way through the inside. They’re so cool in ever sense of the word, and the possibilities are endless when it comes to what they look like. If the traditional grey look isn’t for you, well, you’re in luck because concrete can be stained, patterned, and more.

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One obvious place to use concrete – that I’ve admittedly never considered – is the bathroom. Just think about how easy it would be to clean, and little you’d worry about anything getting wet! Genius at work really.

Adrienne Breaux

Concrete has the ability to take an already industrial space to the next level almost instantly. The white walls, stainless steel, and wood accents of the kitchen above show just how homey a concrete floor can be.

Lovely Life

This glossy version might be my favorite. The floor manages to look like a watery surface just waiting to be broken with a footstep! Add a blue wash and you’re all set.

Dustjacket Attic

The texture and variation a concrete floor can add to your home is anything but boring. It can work in a minimal space or just the opposite. They give off a casual vibe that makes a space feel all the more relaxed, add a few floor rugs and you have an eclectic look that’s all your own.

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