Decorative Rattan Roundup

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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BHG Style Showcase Event

August 26th, 2014

I had the privilege to travel to Des Moines two weeks ago to tour the Better Homes and Gardens headquarters, it’s one of those things I’ve dreamed of doing for years so it was thrilling for me! There was a group of us invited to the BHG Style Showcase event where the focus was on the new line of BHG products available at Walmart.

The big highlights for me were touring the facilities including the photo sets, prop rooms, photography studios, and test kitchens and gardens. When you admire a magazine for over a decade (and have the opportunity to work for it too!) it’s so nice to get a peek at where all the magic happens.

The studios have a dozen stages where they construct scenes for photo shoots for various projects and publications, here they are photographing BHG Products for Walmart in a bedroom scene. 

bhg stage

That set becomes this lovely “bedroom”, how pretty are these layers and touches of aqua? And that headboard is really gorgeous in person (it comes in linen fabric too). 

bedroom scene on set

Here’s another scene being shot for a future issue of DIY Magazine where they team is creating a living room and photographing some projects for an upcoming spread.

future spread

We got a peek into a few of the prop rooms, hello can you imagine?! They’re a stylist’s dream, I could have played in here for DAYS.

bhg prop room

 

prop room bhg

 

chair prop room

 

Our tour led us into a photography zone off of another kitchen where the magazine was shooting a delish dish.

food photography

  

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