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? .


Trending: Copper for Fall

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

As we were driving home from our month in the desert I kept lamenting how I just didn’t want summer to end. Not yet! The warm weather, the laid back days, the time spent outdoors. When I arrived home I spied the pile of mail and fall catalogs that awaited me on the dining room table. Swiping the bills aside for a later, I dove right into my fall catalogs and after an hour of perusing them it hit me: I think I might possibly be almost ready for fall. Harvest time, pumpkin spice lattes, scarves and cable knit sweaters. Yes, I’m almost ready.

While reading, one of the things that stood out was the presence of copper in decor. While we’ve seen it popping up everywhere since spring it seems copper is officially the “it” metal for fall. While you’ll never erase my love of antiqued brass and gold leaf finishes, bits of copper feel so lovely right now. This warm metal with its underlying rose/orange tone is a traditional one and centuries old in its use; it’s fun to see it sculpted into new shapes and contemporary looks.

copper trays

two’s company trays at burke decor

Copper has been a staple in professional kitchens for decades, and copper pans, kettles, and canisters have always felt nostalgic and homey. Have you always dreamed of a collection of copper cookware in the kitchen?

copper pots on rack

apartment therapy

Search for vintage finds on eBay or Etsy or start your collection new with these finds:

copper cookware

saucepans / mule mugs / hammered spoon + rest / 2 quart saucepan / tiered stand / stock pot / salt + pepper mills / hammered canisters

Copper pendants and sconces in modern shapes whether shiny or matte bring the warmth of this Old World metal to a dining room, kitchen, or bathroom.

copper pendants crate and barrel

copper pendants and sconces

dumont pendant / hammered pendant / tom dixon round pendant / drum copper pendant / fluted cone pendant / gooseneck / baker sconce


Copper finishes are big on the home decor scene this fall with accents and accessories available at many retailers, allowing you to incorporate this warm metal into a seasonal vignette.

copper tray west elm

mirrored trays at west elm

copper home decor

sequin pillow / soap dispenser / scented candle / webb candleholder / square tray / 3 piece candlestick set / curvy stool / wall clock / tolix chair


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