Yep, it has happened. Rattan is back with something to prove and the trend has spread to every corner of the design world. It has been on the creep for many years now, a slow methodical takeover perhaps, and it has managed to get its spindly tendrils wrapped around virtually every variety of taste-maker out there.
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From the scantily clad Scandinavian crowd (ahem, I wasn’t referring to their clothing) to the desert mod movers and shakers, no design stone has been left unturned by this organic material and its clear and present quest for world domination. So what gives? Well, I think this trend is right on track with several of our other recent trends and feeds societies’ basic need to focus on a more gentle and handmade aesthetic after coming out of a more mass produced period of time.
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I think the texture that these pieces add to a space is something we seem to be craving right now, and the unique qualities these pieces offer don’t require us to sacrifice that show-stopping nature we have become accustomed to in our recent glam-loving past. If we can’t have those shiny objects, we will at least have a rather tall peacock chair or a hanging egg chair to ease the pain of our loss.
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Those who covet that vintage vibe will be excited to know that there was wicker and rattan well before there was the wicker and rattan of the nineties. Normally I might say, “This ain’t your mee maw’s wicker,” but in this case, that’s precisely what it should be. It might just be your mama’s wicker you should avoid this particular go around, depending on her age of course. True vintage rattan furniture will come at a premium, and will be difficult to find for the average person, but the modern take on these pieces can be both fun and budget-friendly with retailers like IKEA getting in on the textural action these days. So what do you think, do you love it or hate it? Will you be partaking in some wicked, wicked wicker? Or is the Papasan chair better left in the past?
BRIANA: Wicker furniture was big up until the late ’70s, and then it seemed to be relegated to the backyard. Now it’s making its way back indoors, too. (Peep this wicker headboard and bedside table. Double trouble!) Are you pro-wicker furniture or do you think all this rattan looks ratty? Talk to me, people.
FARIMA: I am pro-wicker! I admit, it looks pretty ratty in natural form, but it looks refreshing and springy with a coat of paint.
LILI: This is only okay in a sunroom. And maybe not even then. I think of the wicker patterns smashed into the backs of my thighs as a kid and shudder at the memory. Furniture should never hurt you!
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What better way to enjoy your outdoor furniture year-round than by bringing it inside? Check out these creative and playful ideas.
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Check out this collection of outdoor/indoor furniture that’s sure to inspire.
Discover more ways to use your outdoor furniture at HGTV.com.
After two years of searching all over Manhattan, I bought a home! I’m so tangled in the red tape that I haven’t had time to think about actually LIVING there. It’s an old department store that was converted into a co-op: 800 square feet with 17-foot brick barrel ceilings. The previous owner drywalled the brick ceilings and walls and painted them an awful red faux finish. There’s an ugly staircase and salmon colored marble on every surface in the kitchen.
I thought living in my new space sans aesthetic improvements would be okay for the time being but now that I’m about to move in, I’ve had a change of heart. So I’ve prioritized: 2 cheap changes with a big impact.
First: The faux finish will be covered in a clean white paint to brighten and modernize the space. My second improvement is will surprise you…I want a swing. It’ll remind me not to take this so seriously. I’ve been consumed by the stress of buying, so the swing serves as a reminder that even though this new home is a huge responsibility, it’s first and foremost, HOME. So, What kind of swing do I choose?
This swing was on Apartment Therapy:
It reminds me of the swing we had at summer camp overlooking the lake.
How about this one? It reminds me of my backyard swing from my childhood home:
Ahhh, the Bubble Chair. A pricey modern classic. I love how it doesnt block the view:
The wicker hanging chair is a common option. It comes in many shapes and styles:
I love that these chairs look like they were made out of twigs and rope:
Which hanging chair do you think I should go with or are you totally opposed to my hanging chair idea all together?