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Home Decor Trends

Trends: Leafy Greens

Whether in high contrast photography, watercolor or flattened graphic illustration, the botanical prints I’ve been seeing around lately are exciting. It’s a welcoming way to bring some of that SoCal sunshine aesthetic into homes all across the nation, don’t ya think?

Sarah M Dorsey Designs framed-leaf-print-7

A few weekend posts ago, I hollered at Sarah M Dorsey Designs for her DIY leafy greens print.
Will you give it a shot yourself? I snapped one or two of my fiddle leaf fig, and shared via Instagram.


The Aestate, a favorite in the design blog community, peddle their leafy wares on Society6.
As a result we can reap the advantages of the extended product offering there, like this wall tapestry!
(They also offer leggings, which I’m thinking about testing out.)

Leo’s Oyster Bar in San Francisco

M and S Home Leafy Botanical Upholstery

Check out this luxe use of botanical prints on upholstery. Source unknown.

 Peter Dunham Fabric Pillow

I’m enjoying the Peter Dunham Fig Leaf pattern more at this moment than I was when it first started popping up on everything. A design classic choice for sure, and in my opinion – used sparingly and well mixed, is an alright idea. Frankly, I couldn’t leave it out of this round up, you know?

Nicolette Mason’s living room by Emily Henderson

 House of Hackney InfernoRecently, someone told me that this practice of covering walls, shades, curtains and soft upholstery in thematic matching patterns, a ubiquitous practice in the 60s, might be making its comeback. That was hard to imagine until I saw it done by the masterful stylists of the House of Hackney.

What did I miss? Share yours with me!


I was just cruising the ever-inspiring Justina’s Instagram and she’s created a fun new hashtag. In the spirit of yesterday’s post, let’s explore #plantsonpink.

Instagram funsies hosted by Justina Blakeney of The Jungalow

Trends: Persian Rugs

My most recent fascination with persian rugs snuck up on me, and suddenly I’m all about ’em.

Are you guys on top of this already?

I articulated my fascination through an image that I snapped on one of the house tours I was on. You may have seen it already. I’ve since used it for several graphics here on the blogo. Since I kept going back to this, I decided to start my own hunt.


It’s hard to call the Persian rug a “trend” when it is such a classic and traditional choice, but below I’ve gathered a few examples that we feel are a super hot modern application. Ones that make us feel all wanty for our own persian rug!

They look so inviting in a hallway, unexpected in a kitchen, and sophisticated in a nursery!

I’ve come across so many different patterns in my pursuit, all hand knotted by tribes from different regions of Iran. My understanding is that it is this provenance that makes them a true Persian. Turkish rugs can be quite similar in style and design and I imagine that we are all fans of the now ubiquitous Turkish kilim. All of these rugs fall under the category of Oriental Rug – which I suppose is a broad enough term to aid you in your search.

I like digging through the piles and keeping my eye out for the rusty earthy oranges, the fiery crimson reds and the berry pink bases mixed with blues. As soon as I realized that this was a real obsession I started digging through Craigslist until I found my guy (and I even got one for my dollhouse project).

I recently read that VISS rugs are a rare find to keep your eye out for. They have nomadic patterns that are typified by a single hexagonal shape in the middle, bordered all along the edge. Their overall aesthetic leans more geometric than floral, which sounds appealing to me. That also sounds similar to the rug that I found on Craigslist, pictured here. But, I’m about 99% sure that what I scored from Craigslist is actually vintage Ikea. I’m pleased to find that it does appear to be hand-knotted. Ikea carried a lovely oriental option for awhile, called the Persisk, but if you compare the UK Ikea offering to the current US Ikea rug offering, you’ll see we’re not as lucky here in the states.

Here are few that I’ve been peaking at.


Ikea once had a nice collection of persian inspired rugs. Here is one that I found online in the UK.


From Etsy Seller UniqueRugStore
I’d look into this one. The seller is in Istanbul and I believe that would make this less Persian, and more Turkish. But I’ve had some luck with ordering specialty items from Istanbul based Etsy shops.

Persian-Rug-Love-by-The-Estate-of-ThingsBordered Cross Rug – from Target
This machine-made option is priced right for those of you that want the look for easy access. It looks great in this photo, but at that price point I can’t help wonder if it’s not a better idea to dig a bit deeper and find a deal on a hand-knotted option, like the one from Etsy.


Here is a more geometric pattern – a feature of the rugs woven in VISS.


Trends: Busted

Stately, abstract and a bit surprising, we think the bust is a fantastic accessory for the modernists to the new traditionalists. These figures are more than just art, they are creative and artful storage solutions.

Now more than ever, with flash-sale sites like One Kings Lane and curated thrift retailers like Chairish, it shouldn’t be too tough to get your hands on the bust that suits your space, and if you need more inspiration, check out the bust love on my Pinterest board. Happy hunting.

bust polaroid

A tall and narrow bust makes a fantastic hat rack as well. This particular bust recalls the ’20s, but any vintage, carved wooden piece like this one will add fantastic texture and help your hats maintain their shape when it’s not derby season.

Hat Stack Rack


John Y Wind FIgures


Jenny’s idea to have the demure statue “disappear” into the backdrop of the vanity is brilliant, and you can do the same by painting a classic Diana statuette the same color as the walls or surrounding area. It took me a minute to source an inexpensive solution, and of all places, I found it on SkyMall.

Jenny Komenda Painted Diana bust 2



















Trends: Breadboards

If you have the eye for spotting recurring themes in nicely styled editorial home decor features, you too may have spotted the stacks of warm, rustic breadboards making their way into our hearts as a staple kitchen accessory. Both old or new, lean them two or three deep to warm up the kitchen. Here’s a dive in to the breadboard done right.



I dug a couple out of the cabinets to place on display on my new open shelf addition! Thanks for the inspiration Sari.


breadboard vignette


breadboard rustic kitchen


white kitchen breadboard


modern white kitchen breadboard


blue kitchen cabinets breadboard


cottage kitchen breadboard


white kitchen breadboard2


black stools breadboard


breadboard bowls vignette




eclectic cottage kitchen


gray cabinets breadboard



Sarah and I have both been a little jonesy over Eskayel and their watery tie-dye designs. Are you hype to this hipness already!? I’m climbing on board in a big way.

The most fascinating part of this incredible line of inky blues and other extra-terrestrial color combos is the range of application that I have seen. From boho beachy bungalows to southern traditional powder rooms, this rorschach like graphic is carving a deep want into the hearts of many.

Peep a few of our favorites from their portfolio of applications and then tell me where you want yours!? I’m thinking it would have been perfect for the powder room at the house on the hill that we didn’t get. Maybe I should contact the buyer to see if they want me to help them decorate!


Trends: Metal Shelves in Kitchens

Metal shelving and brackets…making kitchens special everywhere.

Sometimes they are made out of pipe which I know you’re really thrilled about and even better if there’s a DIY prospect in it right? We love that industrial look. Kudos to those of you that can pull that kind of stuff off or who have partners or roommates that are all handy like that.

Have you noticed this phenomenon?

This is just the right kitchen to kick this off,

metal elle decor
























If you know with a large degree of certainty that you have to have this type of your shelving in your kitchen talk to us about it.