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Montage: 18 Rooms with Lacey Round Jute Rugs

Earlier this year I met Boston-based prop stylist Kara Butterfield for hot chocolate at Burdick’s off Newbury Street. (Best hot chocolate ever. Like sludge.) It had been a while since Kara and I connected at any events. I always enjoy Kara’s company, but this meeting was extra excellent because we took a little excursion right across Clarendon street to H&M.

I hadn’t realized that as part of the H&M store remodel last summer that they added home goods. I’ve been admiring H&M Home items online for a while now, so I was really excited. Sure enough, I went crazy, snapping up several hundred dollars worth of pink and grey and copper accessories for the model apartment I’m decorating at Troy Boston this spring.

Kara, who has impeccable taste, admired lacey round jute floor mats, musing that one could easily sew them together to create a larger area rug. Indeed. I wasn’t far along in the design process so left them behind, and of course now they are gone.

On the Cape we  have two celadon green jute bouclé rugs from West Elm, which are great for the subtle wash of color, added texture, and durability. Normally I’m not one to lust after natural fiber rugs, although I know many designers consider sisal rugs a must-have for beach house decor.

Since our jaunt to H&M, I’ve been noticing round jute rugs in interiors all over the place online, and have come to appreciate them more, especially the flower-like ones. After tracking down the first few, I’ve noticed that many lacey, round hemp rugs by Armadillo & Co., which makes the most divine flower-inspired styles. You’ll see many examples of them below.

Browse these 18 rooms with lacey round jute rugs, and tomorrow check back for a round jute rug buying guide.

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Armadillo & Co. Marigold jute rug in the Melbourne, Australia home
of stylist Simone Haag, decorated with help from Hecker Guthrie
Photo by Sean Fennessy  •  The Design Files

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Rylo Interiors

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Round hemp rug with border from home furnishings company HK Living.

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Melbourne-based lifestyle brand Hunting for George.

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Entry hall with round jute Dandelion rug by Armadillo & Co.
in the home of  Melbourne-based Canvas Home designer Sarah Quin.
Photo by Brooke Holm  •  The Design Files

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Woody Wood Rug by FEST Amsterdam designed by Yvette Laduk.

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Armadillo & Co. Marigold Flower jute rug in Brisbane, Australia home of
prop stylist and interiors photographer Kara Rosenlund.
Inside Out Magazine

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Armadillo & Co. Daisy Flower Rug

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Round hemp rug with pink border from HK Living.

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Round grey jute rug at San Giorgio Hotel Mykonos.

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Jute rug with  FEST Amsterdam Avenue sofa and Myato side table.

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Lacey natural jute rug as a wall hanging above the bed.
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Daisy Flower natural jute rug from Armadillo & Co. Junior Collection.

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Daisy Flower jute rug with pastels from Armadillo & Co. Junior Collection.

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DIY Sisal Rope Wall Hanging Project  •  Design Sponge

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Armadillo & Co. Geranium jute rug in home on Formentera, Spain
belonging to stylist Daniela Cavestany + photographer Jordi Canosa.

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Armadillo & Co. Geranium jute rug in home on Formentera, Spain
belonging to stylist Daniela Cavestany + photographer Jordi Canosa.

The stylish home of Kate Sparks with a lovely kids room featuring our Cloud pillows, Fine Little Day blanket and Pear poster. via Adore

 Lacey flower jute rug in Sydney, Australia home belonging to
Little Dwellings interior designer Kate Sparks.
Photo by Hannah Blackmore  •  Adore Home

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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.

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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

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

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

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

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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

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DIY Copper Wall Hanging  by  Smitten Studio

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Vintage wall hanging in home of photographers Cody Cloud + Julia Galdo of JUCO
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Vintage wall hanging in LA home of artist Karen Kimmel
Photo by Sarah Shreves  •  Design Sponge

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Wall weavings by Rachel of Smile & Wave in home of Arrow & Apple blogger
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DIY tapestry wall hanging by Laura Gummerman  •  A Beautiful Mess

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All Roads Mineral Collection

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Macrame wall hanging in a room by Jenny J Norris Interiors

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

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Wall hanging by Brooklyn-based Aussie weaver Maryanne Moodie

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Sally England  •  Ace Hotel, Portland, Oregon

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

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Lena Corwin x Urban Outfitters

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Montage: 28 Rooms With Roller Shades

Yesterday I was having lunch with a friend who also happens to be an interior designer about to embark on gutting her family’s new home. “I hate roller shades,” she said, to which I gleefully replied, “I love our roller shades! They disappear at the top of the window; you can’t see them at all.”

She reasoned we must have had a good installer, rather than the cheapie versions meant for homeowners to pop in themselves. Nope. My husband put them up, and did a damn fine job. It’s pretty easy to get a great look out of a roller shade on your own, assuming you can measure (and re-measure) accurately and are semi-handy with a drill. Neither are strong points of mine, but luckily my husband is good at this sort of thing.

For the nurseries back in our bungalow in D.C., and then for the boy’s bedrooms in Boston I ordered white duck Roman shades from Smith & Noble. They worked out well; I particularly like the wooden piece on the pull cord (what’s that called anyway?).

Then I discovered The Shade Store. I ordered a zillion roller shade samples in every kind of white, from blackout to solar to papery linens, and made my picks. I used bright white blackout roller shades in the bedrooms (we face East… the sunrises over the Atlantic Ocean and is blinding). If you look at the first photo below, carefully, you can make out the shade rolled up neatly at the top of the window. Basically invisible, right? (I realize the shade on the door is hardly ideal, but I couldn’t come up with another solution.)

Ready to measure: Have a look at my post “Workbook: How to Measure Windows for Blinds

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Master bedroom in our house on the Cape

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White roller shades over wood framed doors  •  Champion Blinds

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Laura Garner  •  GKW Working Design

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Vermont Integrated Architecture

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White roller shades in Portland, Maine bedroom
Whitten Architects  •  Photo by Rob Karosis

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Solar shades on sun porch windows by The Shade Store

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Black solar shades in contemporary Charleston, SC living room
All About Windows Inc.

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Bismut + Bismut Architects  •  Photo by Francis Amiand

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Black roller shade in the kitchen of Rita Hazan’s home
Photo by Brittany Ambridge for Domino

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Gradient blind DIY project  •  Bambula

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Mountain shade DIY project  •  Bambula

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Cortinas roller shades by Hunter Douglas/Luxaflex

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White roller shades and a sheepskin rug  •  Design Sponge

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Solar shades in contemporary dining room in Chelsea,NYC
Brett Beyer Photography  •  Drew McGukin Interiors

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Ikea Urban blind with added red trim  •  Bambula

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Nursery with white shades in Amsterdam  •  Apartment Therapy

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White roller shade in pastel living room in Rotterdam  •  VT Wonen

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 Rattan chairs, oak flooring and white roller shades
Photo by Mia Linnman • Solid Frog

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Tree roller blind in blue by Bodie and Fou

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Victorian home in London  •  Air Space Locations

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Eichler home  •  Apartment Therapy

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 Black roller shades at American Blinds

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Roller shades built into wood framed windows in Brooklyn brownstone
Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture

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Large white roller shade in Grand Rapids, Michigan kitchen
Green Apple Design  •  Solomon Building Group

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Roller shades in contemporary kitchen with Wishbone chairs in Toronto.
Croma Design   •  Michael Graydon Photography

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Stenciled roller shade  •  Photo by Tjitske Lions  •  VT Wonen

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Montage: 20 Fall Tablescapes for Thanksgiving

We’ll be spending a blissfully low key Thanksgiving at home this year, free of travel and extended family dynamics (not that there’s much drama, but still, there’s something to be said to sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner in one’s pajamas).

It will just be the four of us, with a turkey prepared by my handy kitchen husband. While I love the idea of creating an earthy and modern Thanksgiving table, I won’t put in much effort since I’ll spend this spare time working rather than playing. (I will however be styling a home bar for Absolut, so stay tuned for that in the next few days.)

Just because I can’t muster the time and motivation to style a creative Thanksgiving table, doesn’t mean I don’t love to look at them. (Pulling tablescapes from Pinterest takes much less energy after all.)

I’ve been perusing Pinterest for fall tablescapes for a blog post I did for Fall River, MA-based bedding brand Matouk. Since they make beautiful linens as well as (the most comfortable) sheets, we do a fair number of tablescape stories. Recently, my Matouk co-blogger Meredith Barnett met up with Boston interior designer Gary McBournie to learn how to fold a napkin, which you should definitely check out. You can also find all sorts of how to set the table infographics on my “For Your Information” Pinterest board.

First, scroll through these 20 Thanksgiving table ideas. If I were to spend the time and creative energy styling a Thanksgiving table, it would be inspired by these autumnal displays of flowers, leaves, and harvest happiness.

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Moody fall table with cheery leaves by Dabito of Old Brand New.
Design Sponge

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Modern black & white Thanksgiving tables by Kristin Murphy.

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Rustic fall tablescape by Simone Lennon
Delbarr Moradi Photography

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Rustic autumnal table by Erin Hiemestra of Apartment 34  •  Photo by Aubrie Pick
Magnolia leaves garland & floral arrangements by Natasha Kolenko

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Harvest rustic farm tablescape by Jess Canovas
Tomatoes and dahlia centerpiece by Love N Fresh Flowers
Love Me Do Photography  •  Green Wedding Shoes

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Country harvest tablescape with gingham runner and gourds centerpiece.
Jillian Event Design •  River Flowers
Photo by Robert Sukrachand   •  100 Layer Cake

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Mums in mini pumpkins on textural twig placemats.
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Organic white fall table with leaf on plain white plate.
Photo by Kathleen Stalzer Bly  •  DesignLoveFest

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Feather and rosemary spring on scalloped edge plate, gray linens.
Stylist Kara Rosenlund

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“Farm to Table” tablescape by Clayton Austin of The Sparrow & the Crow
Flowers by PANACEA   •  Awake Your Soul Photography

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Translucent leaf placecard from Pepperologie workshop.
Photo by Sara Haile  •  A Daily Something

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Fall tablescape with succulent at the place setting by Matthew Robbins.
Photo by Tory Williams

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Thanksgiving table  with copper striped pumpkins + copper striped candle holders
Homey Oh My

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Simple fall tablescape burlap napkins, and a leaf.
Design and photo by Tracey Leber of French Larkspur

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Tree bark placemats, gold flatware, white faux bois plate.
Martha Stewart

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Food styling workshop with blogger Émilie of Griottes

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Thanksgiving table by SF Girl By Bay blogger Victoria Smith
Design Sponge

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Autumn tablescape with ticking runner, tree slice chargers, and dusty green gourds
White Buffalos Style Co.

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 Black and gold Thanksgiving table by Smitten Studio

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DIY Thanksgiving placemat  •  Skies of Parchment

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Montage: 25 White Rooms With Plants

Decorating with plants is a thing now. I suppose, with the emphasis on nature and bringing the outdoors in, the re-appearance of the houseplant was inevitable. But why did they go away in the first place? It’s not like a plant should be a style statement. But yeah, it was, and is.

Houseplants were very in vogue in the 1970s. Decorating with plants probably started taking hold in the ’60s, with all the hippies, potters, and peace/free love stuff happening. Chunky gold wool and macramé plant hangers and brown glazed ceramic pots were a hallmark of 1970s interior design. Growing up, our house was rife with spider plants. I also remember my mother having plants called Wandering Jews. What’s up with that?

While platforms, cork wedges, flares, and jumpsuits came ’round again much more quickly, decorating with plants, macramé plant holders, and artsy crafty textile wall hangings have just returned to the mainstream as stylish interior accents. Of course, if you’re attuned to these sorts of style matters, you well know that it’s succulents, cacti, and air plants that hold the spotlight.

I’m seeing more and more examples of people decorating with plants all over Pinterest, as well as real estate sites, as more and more sellers become savvy to staging. A well-placed indoor tree never fell out of favor with designers and stylists who needed to add life and height to interior photos. But now we’re seeing maker and style types in general decorating with plants.

I often have a succulent in my living room. I like the idea of growing an aloe plant, lest I need fresh aloe for a burn or somesuch ailment. Trader Joe’s sells succulents for rather little money. Even if I can’t keep them alive for long, succulents have a more extended lifespan than flowers. I’ve also taken to buying stalks of bamboo at Ikea. They really thrive. I tried my hand at airplants too, but it turns out that even though they don’t need dirt, airplants need to be soaked in water overnight every few weeks. All three of my airplants died within six months. I haven’t had a cactus in a while. Maybe I should get a cactus.

These 25 of-the-moment white rooms feature plenty of plants—succulents, cacti, leaves and branches in vases, and common houseplants, in corners, as centerpieces, as part of mantlepiece and credenza vignettes, hanging in kitchens, and tucked into corners in the bedroom.

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Home of Happy Interiors blogger
Photo by Lina Gavénaité  •  Llamas Valley Magazine

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Apartment of interior designer and stylist Jantien de Bood
 Inside Out Magazine via French By Design

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Arhitektura Budjevac

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Catskills home  •  Photo by Maxwell Tielman  •  Design Sponge

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Australian country home  •  Photo by Tara Pearce  •  Design Sponge

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Geo wall art DIY project  by  Vintage Revivals

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Copper tubing plant rod DIY project by Plan B by Morganours

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L.A. apartment of graphic designer/photographer/blogger Jessica Comingore
Photo by Jennifer Young  •  The Everygirl

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Design by Orlando Soria  •  Photo by Tessa Neustadt  •  via Apartment 34

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Quebec apartment offered on Renter’s Pages

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Austin, Texas home  •   Apartment Therapy

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Catskills home  •  Photo by Maxwell Tielman  •  Design Sponge

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Bedroom makeover of designlovefest blogger Bri Emery  •  Photo by Laure Joliet

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Home of Fashion Toast blogger Rumi Neely
Photo by Tessa Neustadt   •  Elle

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Home of Avenue Lifestyle blogger Holly Marder

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Brooklyn brownstone bedroom design by Kelly Behun Studio
Photo by Douglas Friedman   •  New York Magazine 

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Australian country home  •  Photo by Tara Pearce  •  Design Sponge

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Home of Smitten Studio blogger Sarah Sherman Samuel

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Upcycled leather sofa DIY project by Vintage Revivals

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Manhattan Beach home by West Haddon Hall  •  Photo by Bethany Nauert

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Apartment offered by Swedish real estate agency Stadshem

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Apartment offered by Swedish real estate agency Erik Olsson

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DIY plant shelf project  •  A Beautiful Mess  •  Photo by Sarah Rhodes

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