Montage: 18 Rooms with Woven Wall Hangings

In November I blogged about the revival of the house plant in contemporary decor. Today, it’s about another 1970s decorating phenomenon, woven wall hangings. Woven wall hangings, be they monochromatic macrame wall hangings that look like they came from camp or more involved multicolored multi-textured fiber art extravaganzas, or even just a flat weave rug on the wall with some string pulled out (seriously, I’ve seen that), are everywhere.

Yes, you can find  funky woven wall hangings at Urban Outfitters and several beautiful hand-woven tapestries at Anthropologie, and of course Etsy has a plethora of woven wall hangings. All this weaving is actually referred to as fiber arts by serious artists, and I believe the art is thriving.

When I was visiting a friend in NYC this fall, I noticed a little place on an Upper East Side side street that offered weaving classes. I have a design-oriented friend who was so inspired by the recent spate of wall hangings in decor that she bought her own loom! I can’t wait to see the results. My mother-in-law has a huge, wonderful loom in her attic (she was a weaver before she became painter); perhaps I can get her to stage a revival and whip me something up.

The fiber wall hangings look really beautiful in isolation. I have been tempted to purchase one. But then I wonder if I could really pull off the look. Will it look too wooly? Too hippie? Too trendy? Here are 18 rooms with woven wall hangings that get it right. If you’re interested, I’ll follow up next week with a buying guide. Here’s that buying guide: Get the Look: 18 Woven Wall Hangings.


Wall hanging in L.A. home of fashion designer/boutique owner Chay Wike
Interior design by Lauren Soloff and Chay Wike
Photo by Brittany Ambridge  •  Domino


Wool fiber wall hanging by Lisa Garcia of Sonadora x Urban Outfitters


Wall hanging in California home of Erin Taylor of Bustle Events
Photo by Jessica Burke  •   The Everygirl


Fiber & feather wall hanging in restaurateur Ali Cayne’s West Village bedroom
Photo by Brittany Ambridge  •  Domino


Large macrame wall hanging in Brooklyn home  •  Apartment Therapy

Wall hanging for Room 404 in ACE Hotel, Portland, Oregon.  

Wall hanging by Sally England  in the  Ace Hotel, Portland, Oregon

wall-hanging- Smitten Studio & A Sunny Afternoon ABM

DIY Copper Wall Hanging  by  Smitten Studio


Vintage wall hanging in home of photographers Cody Cloud + Julia Galdo of JUCO
Design Sponge


Vintage wall hanging in LA home of artist Karen Kimmel
Photo by Sarah Shreves  •  Design Sponge


Wall weavings by Rachel of Smile & Wave in home of Arrow & Apple blogger
A Beautiful Mess


DIY tapestry wall hanging by Laura Gummerman  •  A Beautiful Mess


All Roads Mineral Collection


Macrame wall hanging in a room by Jenny J Norris Interiors


Wall hangings by fiber artist Julie of  Hazel & Hunter x Urban Outfitters


Wall hanging by Brooklyn-based Aussie weaver Maryanne Moodie


Sally England  •  Ace Hotel, Portland, Oregon


Platform Pop Up Shop in LA by Justina Blakeney of The Jungalow


Lena Corwin x Urban Outfitters

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ARTmonday: 16 Pieces of Sports Artwork

Ok, so first #PatsNation #WeWon #Phew. I watched the Patriots/Seahawks Superbowl game last night, obviously. Or at least the half time show. (Dancing sharks?) Actually, I watched the second half of the game (half watched as I sourced these sports artworks). I was a little bit worried about my son, who takes all things Patriots very seriously. Even the phone call canceling school didn’t get a cheer. But the Patriots pulled it off again. So, yay. But boo to the snow day.

Here are 16 sports artworks, covering one angle or another of skiing, fishing, swimming, sailing, ice hockey, volleyball, ostrich racing (huh?), surfing, tennis, cycling, cheerleading, football, golf, and boxing. Now bundle up and go sledding.


Maria Plotnikova, Double Flip
$150 at UGallery


Nonna Originals, Racing
$14.56 at Society6


Patricia Freeman, Fishing Creates Serenity of Mind
$775 at UGallery


Zena Holloway, Schön!
$2,000 at Saatchi Art


Anthony Dunphy, Reach For It
$340 at Saatchi Art


Alexander JE Bradley, Course d’Autruches // Ostrich Racing
$75 at Society6


Jackie Weisberg, Ski Tracks and Bare Trees
$300 at SaatchiArt


Kammy Nature Prints, Ball
$17.99 at Society6


    Stephanie Sherman, Wipeout
$375 at Serena & Lily


Leo Wijnhoven, home sweet home
$6,500 at Saatchi Art


Lucille Pack, If You See Somebody without a Smile, Give Them Yours!
$2,625 at UGallery


Yuji Yamada, Le Tour
$60 at 20×200


Ray Lego, Yellow Football Helmet
$2,500 at Saatchi Art


Silvia Krupinska, Organic Growth Balls
$200 at SaatchiArt


Igor Ondruš, Sharapova
$4,800 at Saatchi Art


Kelly Puissegur, Muhammad Ali
$450 at Saatchi Art

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Sunday Bouquet: Sprigs in Sleek Vases

Modern Vases By Ferm Living in White Interier

Collect Vases by Ferm Living SS15

Set of Ferm Living vases
made of ceramic with soft rubber paint
in black, grey, rose and blue.

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Saturday Say It: Not Me, But Others


“I went to art college and all I got was this fucking attitude.”

Is this stereotype about artists (or at least art students) true these days?

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Design Diary: citizenM Hotels

I used to write the “Destination Design” column for Design Milk, and I keep “Hotel Style” Pinterest board, but lately I haven’t been keeping up on all the best new hotels. That’s not to say that I don’t welcome the chance to stay somewhere fabulous, or at the very least, blog about it. I was glad to hear about citizenM hotels, an innovative and budget-friendly, but style heavy, international chain of design hotels.

The New York Times described the citizenM hotel as “a cross between a style-conscious boutique and a pod hotel.” The Dutch company, led by Rattan Chadha, a New Delhi-born entrepreneur who sold his Dutch clothing company, Mexx, to Liz Claiborne in 2001, cuts costs but cultivates a hip vibe. citizenM stands for “citizen mobility.”

According to an article in Inc. Magazine, Chadha came up with the concept from observing how the young designers who worked for him at Mexx craved cool hotels, though not necessarily overtly luxurious ones. He tells Inc., “I wanted to create a hybrid: great style for a price a 25-year-old designer could afford. That concept existed in fashion but not in hotels.” 

Dutch architectural firm Concrete designed this design hotel concept. The rooms are individual modules prefabricated in their own factory, then stacked shipping container style. The rooms are all the same small size, with the same size windows, and all cost the same per night. They sport must-have amenities including large custom mattresses, high thread-count sheets, high pressure showers, free Wi-Fi and free bottled water.

Reservations are taken online only,  and check in and check out are done via lobby kiosks. There are no concierges, but there are “ambassadors” on hand to help if you ask. (Interestingly, they’re not from the hotel industry, but rather, at least in New York, drama students.) In place of the ubiquitous hotel  restaurant is a “canteen” that provides good quality food like sandwiches, salads, sushi, and such, open 24 hours a day.

The public areas of these design hotels are set up as communal living rooms with different types of spaces for working and lounging, furnished with sublime pieces by Swiss design company Vitra. There’s abundant and enviable high end artwork by the likes of Julian Opie, Andy Warhol, Tracey Emin, and David LaChapelle. Chadha told Wallpaper, “[The lobby is] styled to look like the living room of a very well-travelled person.”

In a number of the hotels, citizenM collaborates Amsterdam-based bookshop Mendo, the self-described as a “candy store for book aficionados.” The pop-up bookshops sell glossy books on photography, architecture, fashion, and  travel, and will send them directly to one’s home. 

The company is expanding its chain of design hotels, and has named Boston, Miami, Los Angeles, and San Francisco as target locations for new citizenM hotels. I’d love to see a citizenM hotel in Boston. Perhaps they’ll offer me a bed for a night. 

Let’s take a tour of five citizenM hotels:


The citizenM hotel Paris at the Charles De Gaulle Airport, which opened in June 2014, has 230 rooms and is the chain’s seventh location.


A commissioned art piece by contemporary London-born artist Julien Opie covers the entire full-glass front façade of the six-story citizenM Paris. 


More of Julien Opie’s artwork lines a black accent wall in the lobby living room, above an extended, multicolor George Nelson Marshmallow sofa.


There are XL king size beds, Hansgrohe power rain showers, wood ceilings, and mid-century modern furniture. There are customizable playlists by 22tracks, a music discovery service curated by top European DJs.


canteenM Paris is designed like an open kitchen.

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The 151-room citizenM hotel in Rotterdam, The Netherlands is the company’s fifth property.


The black walls are on trend, as is the hanging bicycle. Not sure if it’s art or readily available for a ride.


Tablet mood pads allow guests to dim or change light colors, draw the curtains, cool the room, and control the television. Unlike most hotels, every room is equipped with a small desk with sockets to charge mobile devices no matter what the plugs origin.

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New York City

The first Manhattan location (another will soon go up in The Bowery) is a 230-room structure in Times Square.


A commissioned artwork by Jen Liu wraps around the exterior façade of citizenM NYC.  The hotel collaborated with s[edition] to allow guests select contemporary digital artwork for the displays in each room, with works  by Mark Titchner and Tracey Emin.


canteenM Time Square rocks a coffee house vibe. Food is locally sourced from New York suppliers.


In addition to a wraparound terrace, the rooftop bar has a fireplace and cocktail menu curated by celeb mixologist Mayur Subbarao.

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There are two citizenM hotels in Amsterdam. One at the airport, and this one, with 215 rooms close to city center.


Living rooms sport comfy green couches and iMacs on long communal work (or pretend to work) tables. 


Rooms have XL king beds with Italian linens and super fluffy feather pillows, and as they tout on their website, “the best showers this side of the rainforest.”

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The group’s fourth hotel went up in London in 2012. It’s in walking distance of the Tate Modern.


Conference tables evoke a party atmosphere.


A spiral staircase leads to the first floor where there are seven meeting rooms. Artwork includes pieces by Hans op de Beeck, Gavin Turk and Mario Testino.


So many George Nelson bubble lamps.


The exterior of citizenM London features a piece of text art by Turner Prize-nominated artist Mark Titchner that says “Another World Is Possible.”

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