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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: 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.
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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
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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: 27 Rooms with Boucherouite Rugs

What is a boucherouite rug you ask? Boucherouite rugs (pronounced boo-shay-REET) have been a thing for a while, infesting design blogs and Pinterest for well over a year.  They’re the colorful Moroccan rugs that seem to have replaced the now ubiquitous Moroccan Ben Ourain rugs that are ivory with sparse black diamond-shape markings.

 The New York Times published a piece about boucherouite rugs in 2010, though it was an art review of the show  “Rags to Richesse: Rugs From Morocco”  at the Cavin-Morris Gallery, not a decor story. According to the NYT article, “boucherouite” means torn and reused clothing. Boucherouite rugs, the author points out, are really just a variation on the “humble rag rug” made by semi-nomadic Berbers. (Berbers, by the way, are an indigenous people of North Africa.)

Apparently, the style is relatively new, growing out of the collision of global interest in Berber culture and design and a scarcity of wool, given that Berbers have become increasingly less nomadic, herding fewer sheep, and producing reduced quantities of wool. In a resourceful turn, weavers began adding recycled fabric and less expensive, un-naturally dyed, brightly colored synthetic fibers into the mix. The results are celebratory. 

Here are 27 rooms with boucherouite rugs (and boucherouite style rugs), and a little shopping widget at the end, for those who must have one now.

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Photographer Julie Ansiau  •  Secret Berbere  •  Miluccia

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Home of Tina Seidenfaden Busk
Photo by Louise Desrosiers  •   Milk Magazine

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Home of stylist/photographer Anne Millet  •  Handmade Charlotte

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Beldi Rugs

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Photo by Wichmann + Bendtsen  •  Bolig Magasinet

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Milk Magazine

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Photographer Julie Ansiau  •  Secret Berbere  •  Miluccia

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Browns Focus by Studio Toogood

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Stylist Sander van Eyck  •  Photographer Pam Kat  •  Carpet of Life

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Stylist Sander van Eyck  •  Photographer Pam Kat  •  Carpet of Life

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Matchbook Magazine

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Home of Dusen Dusen designer Ellen Van Dusen
Photo Maxwell Tielman  •  Design Sponge

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The Beetle Shack

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El Ramla Hamra

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Ideat Magazine

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Pink Rug Co., Etsy

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San Francisco Girl By the Bay

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The Apartment

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The Apartment

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The Apartment

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The Socialite Family

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Photographer Julie Ansiau  •  Secret Berbere  •  Miluccia

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BCN Locations

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Fossik

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HK Living

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The Design Files Open House  •  Photo by Brooke Holm

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Montage: 13 Bathrooms With Tiled Vanity Countertops

I still haven’t figured out what to do about the pink Formica countertop on the vanity in Florida. Buying a piece of stone is out—definitely no budget for that. And really, it’s a basic, white tiled bathroom, so it doesn’t call for a slab of luxurious stone anyway. There’s no way I am paying for an updated lamintate countertop. Blech. So I’ve been looking at tiled vanity countertops.

I think tiling the vanity countertop is the way to go. I’ve come across a number of how-to articles for installing tile over laminate;  how-to tile is a rather popular DIY project. We also need to swap out the light fixture above the mirror. The vanity lighting fixture that’s there is now  more appropriate for a C-lister’s dressing room. Maybe we can tuck some LED strip lights behind molding and add a more contemporary light fixture. This industrial-style bathroom light bar could also be an interesting look.

Perhaps my husband could get to work on some simple changes over winter break when we’re there. After all, he has all sorts of tools—step ladder, pliers, wrenches, and plenty of stuff I can’t even name. It’s nice that he’s handy : )

It’s hard to find examples of cute bathroom vanity countertops with tiles, I’m guessing because it’s a low budget solution and gorgeous, photographed homes showcase more upscale materials. I did find 13 bathrooms with tiled vanity countertops that are quite nice. I should go for it, right?

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 Photo by Jonas Ingerstedt

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Home of architect Lisa Breeze  •  Design Sponge

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Home of designer Ana Spiro  •  Apartment Therapy

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Maison Hand Design

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Bathroom of blogger Iris Vank of Enigheid for Ixxi

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Marie Claire Maison

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Tracy A. Stone Architect

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Maison Hand Design
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Photo by Julie Ansiau

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Fired Earth via Sunset Magazine

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Home of vintage furniture dealer Annabel Gueret  •  Elle Decoration South Africa

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Montage: 30 Kids Rooms with Teepees

Teepees, wigwams, play tents  (whatever you want to call them) have been trending for a rather long time.  However last week, the Wall Street Journal proclaimed them a trend:  Teepees: The New Urban Hideaway.  I’m not sure why a newspaper would be so slow to catch onto this (it’s not like there’s a three-month lead time). No matter, they’re still going strong. We had a refrigerator box playhouse for a while; admittedly not nearly as chic. But that was a dozen years ago.

The teepee is great because it looks good not only in a kids room, but in adult spaces too. As you can see from these 30 rooms with teepees, they work well in white Scandinavian interiors, minimalist black and white living rooms, nurseries with traditional childrens bedroom furniture, and of course colorful playrooms. You can even erect one outdoors.

I was obsessed with building forts as a kid, always enclosing my bunk beds with blankets, and wishing I had a way to hang a sheet from the ceiling. My kids, too, used to love taking all the blankets they could gather and draping them over chairs and ottomans to create fun enclosures. There’s definitely something satisfying, and practical too, about a kid constructing a hideaway on his own. That said, it’s also nice to have a ready-made private quiet space. Wonder if my boys are too big for one now?

 

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Photo by Lönngren Widell

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L.A. home of fashion designer Jenni Kayne
Photo by Roger Davies for Architectural Digest

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Home of architect Clare Cousins
Photo by Sean Fennessy  •  The Design Files

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Sukha Amsterdam  •  Vosgesparis

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Apartment Therapy’s My Bedroom Retreat Contest

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Weekday Carnival

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Pour Jolies Momes

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Time of the Aquarius

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Little Birds Boutique

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Interjero Patarimai

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Little Kind

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Design Sponge

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Design Sponge

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Photo by Krista Keltnanen

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Desire to Inspire

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6th Street Design School

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Aesthetic Outburst

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Varpunen

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Moozle

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Home of Minnie Mortimer
Photo by Claiborne Swanson Frank for Vogue.com

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The Handmade Home

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IKEA Family Live

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Mokkasin

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Fawn Over Baby

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The Design Files

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Bolig Magasinet

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Jute Interior Design

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Photo by Christina Kayser Onsgaard for Bo Bedre

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