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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.

via Gardenista
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.

via Country Living
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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Fashion Translation: Fall Harvest

I don’t know about you, but summer ended quite suddenly for those of us here in Seattle. I looked out my window the other day and saw crunchy leaves on the ground beneath a maple that had literally changed colors over night! There’s a snap in the air in the mornings and dew on my car. If there’s one color that makes me think of fall, it would be a rusty hue of orange. This harvest-inspired color can be found in all sorts of fashion essentials: a sherpa moto jacket, tweed trench, and corduroy pants. Not only do the silhouettes feel like they are borrowed straight from the closet of your mom in the ‘70s, but the colors do, too… and I simply love it! This is definitely my favorite fall trend by far.

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Photo Credit: Sessun found via Honestly WTF

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Harvest orange is a simply fantastic color to include in your home, too — and not just for fall! I love this color for home decor year round. But in the interest of making your home extra cozy for the colder months, I suggest warming things up by introducing these harvest-inspired rugs. The patterns vary, but I’ve rounded up some of my favorites that can veer a little bit retro/’70s. I’ve been completely obsessed with this vibe lately and just couldn’t help myself!

Shopping Guide:

Dalyn Lavita rug

Feizy Rugs Coronado rugs

Amer Rug Makamani burnt orange rug

Surya Mandela rug

Surya Robert Langford rug (my personal favorite!)

Origins Sheridan Bennett rug

Safavieh Classic II rug

Oriental Weavers nomad rug

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

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Fashion Translation: Modern Folk

My love of ‘70s style is well-documented here on TRENDCenter. The easiest way to latch onto this fashion trend is through color, but today I want to talk about the lack of color in a way that feels modern, but still embraces the folk vibe of this era. The key here is to embrace a solid white background. Don’t go totally optic white (i.e. where it feels very cool and sterile). Instead, go for more of a vintage vibe with a warm white. Not quite ivory and not beige. While totally simple, the right shade of white is what veers this look toward a modern edginess.

Photo Credit: Chloé Fall 2016 ready-to-wear via Vogue

Once you’ve nailed down the perfect shade of antiqued white, it’s time to layer on the color. I’m personally partial to pretty much any hue of orange when it comes to this Modern Folk trend. Tangerine, terracotta, persimmon, amber… I love ‘em all! Shake things up by adding in small pops of color in shades of pale pink, dusty blue, lavender, and charcoal grey.

Then, in terms of pattern, the sky’s the limit. Lately I’ve been loving two-color geometric rugs that feel Moroccan-inspired, but still really modern.

Which of these picks is your favorite?

Rug Shopping Guide:

Couristan Super Indo-Natural rug

Safavieh Wyndham rug

Safavieh Barcelona shag rug

Couristan Mesquite Bayou rug

Geoloom Carousel dots rug

Safavieh Moroccan shag rug

Feizy Rugs Raphia rug

Surya Frontier rug

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

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