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Decorative Rattan Roundup

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

A few weeks ago I bought a pair of decorative rattan chairs at an antique shop, I snagged the pair for $60 from the Charleston Antique Market in Las Vegas. I fell in love with them from across the room and consider them a total score since they’re in perfect condition and thankfully have no funny smell or cigarette smoke odor.  

I’m not sure where I’ll use them, right now they’re sitting in the corner but I will eventually stitch up cushions in a rad fabric and let them be awesome wherever they land in the house, either the sunroom or living room, who knows.  

vintage rattan chairs

Rattan is a natural material and a species of palm, its strands can be woven tightly into patterns and its thicker stems sculpted into shapes. Rattan accepts paints and stain making it ideal for furniture making. Rattan is having its own little moment in the design world right now with leisure pieces popping up at home furnishing retailers and with the comeback of the peacock chair.

rattan peacock chair

Decorative rattan furniture is also showing up in magazine spreads and on flash sale sites. Decorative rattan can look kitschy if used excessively in a space but it does possess a retro tropical vibe. When paired with modern furnishings, stained or natural decorative rattan acts as a chic textural accent.

rattan chair lonny

 

rattan chairs house beautiful

lonny / house beautiful

Woven rattan is readily available everywhere, we see it used frequently for baskets or mass produced outdoor furniture. Decorative rattan is the sassy bohemian sister of our beloved authentic or faux bamboo. I’m drawn to these openwork rattan pieces where the wider canes are shaped into Chippendale motifs or interesting geometric patterns.  

emerald nightstand

one kings lane

David Francis Furniture is a source for high end residential and hospitality pieces in this style, I am crushing hard on so many of the painted and dark stained pieces in the brand’s collection. I do see them pop up often on One Kings Lane and sometimes on Joss & Main. Many retail at Carolina Rustica and Home and Patio Decor. I’m completely smitten with this white headboard but it’s just not in my budget right now. *sigh*

david francis rattan furniture

emerald etagere / tiffany headboard / seaglass chair / chippendale bar stool / sunshine bookshelf / koi chair

Dining or accent chairs are wonderful way to introduce this natural material with an island vibe into your home.

white rattan chairs bhg

 

black ikea rattan chair

 

rattan chair serena and lily

better homes and gardens / ikea share space / serena & lily

     

More decorative rattan pieces from splurge worthy to budget friendly:

decorative rattan furniture

axteca chair / butler tray / koi chair / paxton blue chair / swinging chair / murphy side chair / regeant nugmeg chair / kiwi headboard / storsel chair / darlington chairs, pair / bar cart / bermuda chairs, pair 

 

What are your thoughts on decorative rattan furniture? Are you loving any of these pieces or is the style not your taste? .

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Our New Teal Blue Sectional

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Long time readers know my passion for the color blue, the hue finds its way into so many spaces and projects I touch. I’ve been dreaming of a teal blue sofa for a long time and teal/peacock blue continue to be my all time faves.

When designer Kyle Schuneman (who I interviewed years ago) made the announcement over the summer he had partnered with Apt2B to create a sofa collection, my little heart leapt for joy when I spied one in his collection that had everything I loved in a sectional sofa: clean lines, a bit of tufting, midcentury styling, and that color I adore.

teal sectional sofa apt2b

I crushed hard on the Logan Sectional in Chicago Blue and requested a fabric sample be sent to my door pronto. Upon its arrival, our fate was sealed, the sectional needed to be mine! So I made a bold choice and ordered it from Apt2B for the Nevada house and I’m so so in love with it!

teal logan sofa from apt2b

The fabric is a tweed like poly blend fabric with interwoven threads of deep turquoise, teal blue, and black and the sofa is made in the USA.

pillows on sofa

coffee table and teal sofa

The mustard yellow ikat and zebra pillows are from a local RC Willey; the teal geometric pillows and blue inlay tray are from HomeGoods; the throw blanket and wood lantern are from World Market; the Palm Springs Kayla rug is from Joss & Main; and the coffee table I found for $20 at a thrift store. Chrome base + solid surface top = total score!

We have no television or media stand or curtains or art, but we’re hoping to fill that in time as the renovation continues. For now I’m just enjoying the beauty of our new teal tufted sectional – I want to make out with it but that would be gross and weird so I’ll settle for fondling and caressing its tailored curves…

teal logan sofa

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Today the team at Apt2B is bringing you a giveaway, they’re offering one lucky winner a $500 gift card to their store (they ship all over the US).

Eligibility to win the $500 Gift Card to Apt2B:

1) Pay a visit to Apt2B and pick a favorite home accent! Name it in a comment on this blog post.

One winner, US residents only, winner chosen at random. Giveaway ends Friday August 29th at midnight PST. By entering this giveaway you agree to this site’s giveaway policy and Official Rules of Entry. Good luck!

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