We visit the very best design and interior textile shows to bring the biggest trends back that are set to storm the year ahead.
1. MAKE & REMAKE
This trend embraces second hand scraps and encourages designers to embrace being creative to repurpose a product or material. Celebrate inconsistent print, pattern, and texture with unexpected, joyful mixes of colour.
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2. FROM EARTH
A trend focusing on eco conscious textiles with nature at the forefront, embracing it’s imperfect diversity and well being benefits that it can bring. It’s aim is to ensure we collaborate with nature to benefit the warmth and softness of organic material.
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Without flaunting it’s eco credentials, this trend is practical, paired-back and timeless. Modular and mono is key to keep universal appeal and to create an easily accessable circular loop of recyclable and reusable material.
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4. NATURE ENGINEERED
A combination of organic material and new innovation to enhance natural characteristics. Textures such as hemp, linen and nettles are being used for there regenerative properties. Look to clean lines as well as tactile softness for a warmer take on utilitarianism.
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Colour trends 2022
Here at The Woven Edge, our dedicated design team look to the latest interior trend resources to bring the biggest colour looks for this year.
1. Inspired Earth.
A palette of grounded tone cushions your surroundings with warmth to help create that cozy and intimate interior. Plaster inspired pinks, deep burnt orange and brown tones as well as dark golden greens, gives that much needed nod to nature. Layering such tonal shades can give a minimal look with added depth without having to use the standard go to backdrop of brilliant white.
Imagery from left to right...William Morris Sunflower Bedding, Dulux-Restore, Homes & Garden-Neptune.
2. Colour Blocking.
A simple but sophisticated way to introduce a multitude of colour and easily achieved by using a variety of pattern. Integrate blocked shapes, curved line, spliced stripes and abstract geometrics within your interior scheme as a starting point and then zone areas to plan your approach to pin point what you’d like to highlight. You can paint sections of the walls, the ceiling and even the furniture, there’s just no constraints to this look.
Imagery from left to right...Real Homes, Portuguese patterned Tile by Elina Passina.com, Habitat roomset, Designers Guild 'Achara' Wallpaper.
3. New Neutrals.
No longer are we constrained to decorating with a standard backdrop of beige, greige and all the safe shades inbetween. Now we see modest tones of green, blue and terracotta take centre stage as a new alternative to what we normally know as neutral. The latest looks and big brands such as Dulux back this, with the release of their colour of the year 2022, ‘Bright Skies Blue’. Green has also been a highlighted staple hit for the past few years now and continues as a strong starting point to a neutral and nature inspired colour palette.
Imagery from left to right...Resene - ‘Yucca’, Dulux - ‘Bright Skies’, Pantone Chips.
4. Very Peri.
Pantone have released their color of the year for 2022, ‘Very Peri’ and has been described as a color whose courageous presence encourages personal inventiveness and creativity. ‘With the stability of blue being the base of it’s tone, it also captures a redness of violet’. Quoted from Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute.
For broader palettes look to shades of yellow and green for a complementary contrast. This look really will put a spring in your step.
Imagery from left to right...Pantones colour of the year 2022 ‘Very Peri’, Arley House Oxidize - Purple Moss Fabric
5. Bold and Bright.
With more time spent at home, our interior surroundings are as important as ever to evoke good mental wellbeing and mood. In the well said words of Sophie Robinson, ‘Dull and drab is no longer acceptable for those wanting to live confidently, creatively and escape the prison of the beige-box-home. People in their droves are recognising that their home is the foundation of a life of creativity, happiness, inspiration and joy.’ Integrating bright shades of sunshine and playful patterns can really uplift a room. Accentuate the intensity of tone by working on to ivory backgrounds and also, look to how opposites colours attract. Don’t be afraid to mix, match and maximise.
Imagery from left to right...Sofa and Stairway from Furniture Choice, Artwork by Frea Buckler, Paints by Yes Colours.
The high-end residential interior design event.
1. The Creative hub of design is back, both on and offline.
Decorex is an exhibition that has now ran for over 40 years has created a central platform for high-end interior design professionals to meet and grow their business. Over time the show has evolved and in 2021 their year round digital service, where they hope to provide new opportunities for the creative industry, was launched. The aim is to help people connect, learn and flourish as well as utilise peoples expertise and in-depth knowledge of the design world without the constraints of time around the show.
If you've missed Decorex in person, see below our round up of the latest show trends but also be sure to check out their virtual event from the 16th to the 18th of November.
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The Entrance installation by M. Waldemeyer.
Decorex show logo.
The Circus Bar designed by Sara Cosgrove Studio.
2. What's on...
The talks programme gave us a star studded line up of 80 design experts there to share ideas and practical advice. The agenda ranged from subjects such as craftmanship and the importance of heritage within design, to the impact the pandemic has had on the interiors of our house, home and work space. Speakers also touched on key trends including maximalism and the importance of colour, as well as the balance between luxurious product and sustainability, can they combine?
Discover who else featured on the Talks Programme on the Decorex website.
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Speakers within the scheduled programme for Decorex 2021.
A snapshot from talks held in 2019.
Jay Blades during his talk at this years show.
3. Future Heritage.
Not only does Decorex host the latest design brands, they reach out to up and coming designer makers and give them the opportunity to take centre stage through the Future Heritage platform. Now in it’s seventh year the curators give ten talented makers the platform to showcase their work. Below we’ve highlighted three of our favourites. First off, a glass artist Amanda Simmons creates the most exquisitely patterned glassware through manipulating mass, heat, and time to form intense colour and pattern. We just love the individuality of each piece and how the finished work of art changes with the surrounding light.
Next up, jewellery designer Lynne MacLachlan uses plastic from renewable sources to create 3D printed products. Here at The Woven Edge, we’re all about pattern and colour placement and just loved the impact these hanging works of art create. She communicated her appreciation to Decorex saying, “Moving into interiors and beyond my jewellery practice meant Future Heritage was a great springboard to catalyse and launch these ambitious and larger-scale works.”
Lastly but by no means least, Anna Ray a specialist in soft sculpture who takes inspiration from texture and structure found around the world. She likes to work with humble crafts to create mesmerising works of art. At Decorex, she created three large wall hangings/screens, as well as doing a live making demonstration.
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Work from glass artist,Amanda Simmons.
Lighting from Adam Nathaniel Furman.
Soft sculptures by Anna Ray.
4. The Trends.
Current looks are still very much focused on the world around us, striving to become greener, looking to sustainable resource, bringing nature into our homes and improving mental wellbeing. Exhibitors from the show, and inparticular those highlighted below caught our eye as pinical design movements for 2021 going into 2022. Focus areas include...
Natures Reflection: Our decisions in life has great impact on the world around us and we are quickly learning we need to rebalance our ecosystems. Natural resource and biodegradable material bring us untamed textures and real life colour. One example below comes from Bethan Gray giving new life to discarded scallop shells that would have been left as waste product, creating beautiful, contemporary patterned furniture. Another example comes from Timourous Beasties newest design, the Matzu Tree encapsulating and almost overprinting a past design, The Japanese Tree uses sponged colour, fluid line and textured strokes to create almost an impact of time and natural growth.
Cultural Identity: Emphasising the importance of heritage crafts takes influence from around the globe to renew a connection with the past and invigorating long established processes for future generations to learn and use.
For example, Ian Mankins Gradient Stripe below uses traditional weaving techniques with regenerated cotton yarns that would have otherwise been sent to landfill. It’s just a timeless piece that can fit within any era of interior.
House to home: With more people spending increased time in their home we reevaluate the function and impact of day to day life. Layouts are being redesigned for multifunctional use, colour is being used to uplift and promote positivity and material is well thought out for both comfort and environmental impact.
At The Woven Edge, we strive to be ahead of the trend and have a dedicated design team to ensure we optimise on the quality and look of our products. One of latest lines, The Eco range really ticks the boxes of the above trends taking traditional craft with recycled material, fit for a variety of settings in and out of the home. Keep up to date with our social media platforms to find out more information surrounding this collection.
Looking back to the show, we have loved seeing the buzz around an actual face to face live event and look forward to discovering the virtual world that Decorex sets to present to us.
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The Liberty Cafe at Decorex.
Furniture and homeware designer, Bethan Gray.
Ian Mankin Gradient Stripe Blue stone.
Timorous Beasties Matzu Tree.
Little Greene latest National Trust collaboration.
Country Town and House The Monkey Puzzle Tree.
We're On The Move!
The past 18 months has been a time of uncertainty and change for many, but thankfully with new developments and continued support The Woven Edge has kept the creativity going strong.
1. The Showroom
We're super excited to welcome you to our brand new showroom readily open to the public with a diverse range of luxury handmade rugs on display.
Still situated within the renowned carpet town of Kidderminster we have countless hand crafted samples and rugs to takeaway, or with the help of our dedicated design team, you can design your very own custom made rug there and then.
Give us a call for more details and come and say hello!
Imagery of The Woven Edge Showroom.
Address: Unit B9-B10, Ratio Park, Finepoint Way, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY11 7FF
2. Retail Opportunities
We are also looking to partner with like minded retailers, furniture stores and designers who have an interest in bespoke interior accessories.
Get in touch to arrange a meeting with our sales manager, Michelle where we can talk and guide you through our customisable rug ranges and in store sampling solutions.
Imagery from left to right. One of our retailers in store display, Arighi Bianchi. The Woven Edge Accent range displayed on our sample stands.
3. The Studio.
Based in the historic market town of Kidderminster, we are proud to have now taken residency in the infamous Museum of Carpet and we certainly feel welcomed.
Also home to our sister company, Forte Cloth, we bring both trend driven design and traditional technique to the forefront of rugs.
Imagery from left to right. The Woven Edge office at The Museum of Carpet. The Woven Edge team at Decorex. The Museum of Carpet entranceway.
Address: Stour Vale Mill, Green Street, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY10 1AZ.
4. The Museum of Carpet Milestone.
The Museum of Carpet opened on the 19th of October 2012 and is the only museum in the UK dedicated to celebrating the heritage, art and industry of carpet making.
This month, the team celebrate their 9th anniversary and welcome you to join in the celebrations.
Visitors are invited to discover the unique story of Kidderminster, once known as the 'carpet capital of the World', through visuals, photos, films and interactive displays which children and adults alike can enjoy. The Museum is brought to life through their dedicated team of volunteers, most of whom lived and worked in Kidderminster during it's carpet industry hey day.
Fascinating displays of both hand and power loom demonstrations are available for you to take part and watch.
For more information and to find out when to see traditional weaving in action, visit the website.
Imagery from left to right. Traditional design methods using point paper to plot patterns. Looms on display at The Museum of Carpet.
We look forward to seeing you all soon.
interior Trends 2021 / 22
In this post we'll be giving you an inside overview of the home decor trends that influence our latest collections, highlighting the interior must have looks of 2021 that are set to stand strong going into 2022.
1. Let The Sunshine In.
A design style often referred to as the architecture of life, Biophilia manifests our innate need to connect with the great outdoors. This look continues to grow as an important consideration when designing an interior that is both beautiful and works for every day functional life.
Pattern is light and bright creating an uplifting feeling through the effortless beauty that nature brings. A more relaxed approach focuses on natural day light, raw material and greenery, whilst bold tropical prints and dense leafy foliage allow for vivid colour palettes to take centre stage.
Fancy this look? We have the perfect hand tufted rug for you.
Paradise Spring Green.
Imagery from left to right: William Morris wallpaper, Keli curtains from Anthropologie, Floreana wallpaper by Harlequin.
2. It's All In The Details.
Aerial views and macro close ups bring an endless supply of artistic takes on sculptural and textured pattern. Look to the finer details to reveal an exciting source of hidden design with the earth from above and layered rock formations being a great bank of inspiration.
New found contours and carved shape come together to create a new depth of interest bringing together nature and contemporary art for an organic look.
Recreate this design style with Amplify Dove Grey.
From left to right: Image from Pixabay, Susi Bellamy at Liberty, Abstract pastel leaf by Miss Belle at Redbubble.
3. In Check.
Offset stripes, checks and checkerboards make the perfect pattern addition to any room. This reformed take on a timeless style brings a contemporary classic back to centre stage with catwalks leading the way on this linear look.
Go as bold and as bright as you like adding contrasting sections to emphasise colour blocking. A toned down and more crafted approach takes focus on woven details dotted and dashed line emphasising a modern take on traditional techniques.
If you're not quite ready for full on tartan then we've created a woven work of art for you. Retro PW NightlifeRetro PW Nightlife
From left to right: Kirkby Design Northern Blossom, Nomadic Check by Dunelm, Resort by Burberry, Basque by Jean Paul Gaultier.
4. Cue The Curve.
A hand drawn and fluid approach to geometric design can soften hard architectural line with rounded edges, arched doorways and irregular shapes.
More repetitive patterns use curved and circular form to allow designs to flow and looks to revive a more retro feel. Colours are soft with neutrals and pastel tones keeping the look sophisticated and serene.
Here's a classic scalloped design that fits this trend perfectly. Remember you can custom colour to suit your scheme. Loop Nordic Blue.
From left to right: Tourbillon wallpaper by Farrow and Ball, Circles wallpaper by Tres Tintas, Cushion print by Niki Jones Hepworth at Swoon, Ondulation wallpaper by Caselio.
5. Reinvent The Traditions.
Classical style continues to rise with new millennial twisting traditional design to meet the demands of everyday modern life. A balance between the old and new characterises this look with nostalgic prints and crafted details brought up to date with a contemporary colour palette . The simpler pleasures in life define this Cottagecore trend having an overall cosy feel to an interior with an array of ditsy prints and an eccentric nod to an English country garden.
You cannot go wrong with a traditional Tibetan weave for this design trend. Take a look at this showstopper. Carthage TK Teal Grey. Get in touch for custom sizes.
From left to right: Tapestry Fabrics at Liberty, Image from Homes and Garden, Floral wallpaper from Korund.
6 tips for Life After Lockdown
With lockdown soon coming to an end and restrictions gradually easing, we look at how to help yourself adjust back into a normal life that works for you.
1. HOPE FOR THE FUTURE
With the vaccine being quickly rolled out and a ‘road map’ now in place, we can move forward with a proposed structure of dates. Although subject to change, we can at least have an aim of expectation and therefore make a plan to slowly adjust back to a sense of normality.
Although the pandemic has brought great sadness and unimaginable stress, losing loved ones, losing jobs and generally struggling to cope, we can try to look back at this past year and ask ourselves questions like; What have we learned? What did we do that we wouldn’t have done before? What can we take forward? Life cannot instantly change and fall back into place to exactly how we remembered it, so it is best to try not to compare or recreate the past. This will only cause frustration and
hinder your thought process to be able to move on. Taking time to reflect is really important on the road to recovery, so take time to sit and note down any worries you may have and try to chat through these with a friend or loved one to help make little steps to overcome any fears or anxiety.
3. IN YOUR OWN TIME
Is it a normal feeling to be worried about what life will be like after lockdown? Whilst some people are poised, ready and raring to hug loved ones, get out of the house and live life to the full, many of us are feeling more apprehensive at the thought of what the new normal will hold and may not want to dive straight back into crowded places.
Our mental wellbeing has been of great importance during this pandemic and every individual person has dealt with the situation in their own way. Feeling anxious, emotional or even excited is completed acceptable and we should all take this transition back to pre covid life at our own pace. The virus won’t altogether disappear so this is something we have to accept to live with. The most important thing post pandemic is to respect one anothers feelings and give people the time and space to
adjust to what’s comfortable for them in their own time. Peer pressure is not acceptable. We’ve had a year of uncertainty and equally the next year or more will need an aspect of flexibility and understanding to adapt and accept.
4. LOOK FORWARD
Although it is important to reflect on and learn from the past year it is equally important to look forward and make a plan. Initially, try not to organise anything too far in advance, perhaps look week on week rather than months ahead to avoid overwhelming change or disappointment. Setting unrealistic expectations will only lead to feelings of frustration and failure, so start with little steps. Maybe make a
trip to your favourite shop, book a weekend away or even get back to the gym, whatever you enjoy, create a purpose and a routine to ensure you have some sort of focus. Maybe you discovered new hobbies during lockdown? Try to continue with the things that you enjoyed. Keep walking, take time out, get outside and exercise and most importantly keep connected with loved ones. This is all key to achieving happiness.
5. BUSINESS IMPLICATIONS
The pandemic has brought huge unforeseen problems for many companies worldwide. Unfortunately we have had to witness so many historic brands close their doors, watched small businesses struggle and seen the numerous amount of redundancies that follow such difficult times. We are so glad to hear that retail will again open on the 12th of April and hope this kick starts the uphill climb to get the economy back on track. For the Woven Edge, it hasn’t been easy but where and when possible, we have continued to supply custom made rugs throughout the pandemic, supported our manufacturers and kept contact with retailers to help them through these difficult times. Not all business suffered, opportunities arised and new start ups have been born and with this new job opportunities and developments have arised. When safe and when restrictions lift, we look forward to welcoming you back into The Woven Edge studio and hope to see you soon at an exhibition near you.
We want to take this moment to reflect and remember the lives lost, thank all the NHS staff and the superheroes that gave up their free time to help people less fortunate than them. We really hope our blog helps you start your journey to a new normal so take a moment and step by step, slowly but steadily, we will recover from this.
Top 6 Tips when working from home
1. Plan your day
Having set tasks and a regular routine with help your maintain normality in these uncertain times. Have a list of to do’s and feel the enjoyment of ticking them off one by one. Take breaks. Even taking 10 minutes can make a big difference to a full days work sitting in one spot.
2. Get outside
You can’t beat the Great British outdoors and although with the current restrictions it is only advised once a day at a safe distance from others, taking a walk outside can really help. Even opening windows for fresh air will keep you awakened and full of ideas.
3. Take care of your eyes
Your eyes are one of the most important body parts and
especially to the likes of us working in design. Look away from your screen every 20 minutes or so and give your eyes a well deserved break.
4. Ensure you sit correctly
Where possible, sit at a table or desk on a suitable chair.
Ideally your elbows should be at a 90 degree angle with
your hands resting flat on the work surface. If adjustment is needed and to reduce the risk of neck strain, ensure screens are level with your gaze.
5. Create a work area
Ensure your work space is seperate to your normal every
day living areas. If possible, designate a space for your working environment with plenty of natural sunlight. Add elements that can help de-stress and bring calm to such as plants or pictures.
6. Fuel for your body
Drink plenty of water throughout the day and always ensure that you take a lunch break away from your work area. Eating healthy snacks will boost energy levels and keep you going until home time.
January 2020 SHOW HIGHLIGHTS!
January means one thing for the Interior Design industry and that’s the January Shows.
The Woven Edge loves the excitement and inspiration each new year brings. Some of the more established shows include: Heimtextil, Top Drawer, Maison & Objet Paris, Domotex, and the January Furniture Show, to name just a few.
This year, The Woven Edge team managed to visit quite a few including; Heimtextil, Domotex and The January Furniture Show. How about you? Did you manage to squeeze in any show visits?
We hope you found some beautiful, stunning ideas that you can implement for your next interiors project? If so, we’d love to hear about them.
Perhaps you were too busy or simply need a reminder of all the upcoming trends highlighted by these amazing inspirational events?
Don’t worry The Woven Edge have it covered!
Grab a cuppa and watch our chosen highlights taken from this year’s introductory shows.
Take in the Heimtextil 2020/21 trends.
New Trend Pieces at Maison & Objet Paris Show
Take a leaf out of the Maison & Object Trendbook and see the latest pieces that will adorn all the coolest homes this year and into 2021.
A colour-palette of Classic-blue, dark, sultry green, neutrals and grey tones. Accompanied by interior styling with lots of curved shapes and natural elements too.
The keynote theme for DOMOTEX was ATMYSPHERE
Domotex uses the term Atmysphere to describe the importance of floors for our overall sense of well-being. The special "Framing Trends" showcase explored every aspect of ATMYSPHERE in a highly creative and inspiring manner.
Are you feeling inspired?
If you like the design and feel of any of these trends, get in contact and we can create a custom made rug based on this years hottest looks.
7 inspiring christmas themes for 2019
Christmas is undoubtedly a special time of year. But Christmas is also very personal, it can have different meanings for different people. Our surroundings and how we choose to decorate our homes has a huge impact on the atmosphere we are creating, so taking time to do a bit of research always pays off.
What does Christmas mean to you?
For many, Christmas is a time of traditions, of getting together with family and enjoying mince pies and mulled wine. For others it may mean long winter walks and appreciating nature. You may look forward to spending time at home, relaxing and treating yourself to some quiet time, far away from our usual busy routines. Or maybe it is a time of celebration, and partying with friends?
Whatever Christmas means to you here are 7 inspiring Christmas themes that will help you to achieve the perfect Christmas mood that's the perfect fit for your home.
Themes adapted from John Lewis Christmas Decor Inspo
Why not support your local high street this Christmas?
Before you start buying your latest Christmas look, please don't forget your high street stores. Whether you're buying Christmas decorations or presents for our loved ones, Christmas is a great opportunity for us to shop locally and support our local independent retailers.
7 reasons to shop locally:
1. Your spending will boost the local economy
2. It is the ethical choice
3. They sell quirky, one of a kind gifts
4. You will be supporting British entrepreneurs
5. You can help build communities
6. You might get a better deal or some good advice
7. You can sometimes try before you buy.
Festive Treat from The Woven Edge
What better way to add instant, luxury and a warm welcoming atmosphere than with a Woven Edge Rug. We are running a fantastic Christmas Promotion on our very popular Indo-Nepalese Collection. Handmade from only the finest New Zealand Wool and Bamboo fibres, in a wide range of stunning styles. From now until Christmas all stocked items are 40% off.
Last orders for Christmas delivery 18th December! Simply call 01562 215 115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Top 5 Trends for Summer 2019
This cool shade is set to take the fashion and interiors catwalk by storm and is the latest update to the green colour family as we head towards 2020. This growing importance of connecting the technological world with nature gives fresh shades like Neo-Mint edge with a feeling of optimism and a sense of calm.
From left to right- Little Green Paint Pall Mall 309. Velvet Cushion by Chloe Craft £65 Wolf and Badger.com. Pantone Mint. Neo Mint WGSN. Claybrook Studio.com CAMPINOLA MINT 2.20 each. marshmallow-sofa_8210-product.
Tactile surfaces and variation of depth create interest without having to over power on colouration. Through enhanced 3 dimensional qualities we get a sense of architectural form somewhat inspired by organic matter. Again this balance of nature and structural material creates a balance of hard and soft surface giving us a complimentary contrast.
From left to right- Kristine-Morich-Clayhaus-signal-modern-tile-1. Cox and Cox £55 Bali Cushion. Habitat £125 Burdock lamp. www.christy.co.uk £210. Lux Deco £110 Guaxs Sky Somba Vase - small.
Adventurous pattern combined with bright colour makes a big statement in fashion and interiors. Quirky prints with intricate attention to detail draws attention, whilst large shapes daringly coloured gives impact on a larger scale.
From left to right- Bespoke_cushions_pouffe_for_Quince £70 Quince living .co.uk. Wolf and Badger Silk Cushion Gothic Floral Red Print £120. Little Greene. Ultra Blue. OsborneAndLittle-EnchantedGardensWallpapers-RainForest.
Kruger-Lime, Clarke and Clarke.com Emma J Shipley.
Inspiration from our natural surroundings influence our every day lives. The blur between indoor and outdoor decor allows for bold tropical prints and great walls of green foliage to give a sense of being closer to nature. From floral prints to organic material, the news surrounding climate change and our awareness of our individual impact on the environment is changing design, so it’s only natural that sustainability is one of the biggest interior design trends to emerge.
From left to right - outdoor-snake-plant-pillow WEST ELM £27.30. Image from Trend Design Book. Image from Cath Kidson. Imagefrom Patternbank. Image from Amara.com pinterest.
Incorporating different trend styles through combining well thought out pieces of interior accessories. Keeping colour simple allows for walls to become a neutral backdrop for bold stand out pieces of home furnishings. This trend allows for personality to thrive so mix and match to your hearts content, colour clash and dare to layer different elements.
From left to right - eclectic-clutter-2-849x1024 trenddesignbook.com Kelly Wearstler Interiors Spring Street Residence New York. Italian Bark. velvet-mey-meh-cushion.House of Hackney £148