Gingham has always been a go-to fabric for summer dress shirts and outdoor tablecloths, but itâ€™s a fun pattern to work in at home, too. Crisp yet casual, it adds a bold pop of color without getting in the way.
Sprightly gingham is paired with refined linen on this CB2 throw pillow. $34.95.
linen check 18" pillow
Contain that sea of pens and pencils lurking in the bottom of your bag with this sharp case from Muji. $7.25.
Gingham Pink Pen Case
Gingham gets all grown up on this black and grey duvet set from IKEA. $24.99.
BRUNKRISSLA Duvet cover and pillowcase(s), black, gray
This boldly blue rug from Williams-Sonoma would enliven even the dullest of spaces. On sale for $119.99.
If Dolly Parton had a fancy powder room–which Iâ€™m sure she does–I imagine it would feature dainty lampshades like this one from JC Penney. $15.
Gingham Lamp Shade
These earthenware BBQ boats may be intended for hotdogs and fries, but would be equally fun to eat cereal or soup out of. $33.99 from Target.
Gingham BBQ Burger Boat-3 Colors
Mix some gingham into baking time with this tastefully trimmed mixing bowl from Crate & Barrel. $16.95.
Gingham Mixing Bowl
My infatuation with copper deepened this holiday season when I came uponâ€”and attempted to ransackâ€”my motherâ€™s copper cookware collection (turns out sheâ€™s rather partial to the collection herself). The oh-so-shiny, oh-so-conductive metal looks great whether freshly polished or slightly tarnished, whether hung majestically from a rack or used as a casserole dish. With copper prices continuing their upward trajectoryâ€”and not wanting to have to lift and scrap copper in order to afford some of my ownâ€”I began hunting down some affordable pieces to get a collection going.
Moscow Mule fans will clamor for these solid copper mugs, but theyâ€™ll keep other drinks pleasantly chilled too. $19.99 each from Kitchen & Company.
Moscow Mule Copper Mug
A mixing bowl worthy of Julia Child herself: Mauvielâ€™s copper 4.9-QT beating bowl with handy holding ring. $89.99 from Bed Bath & Beyond.
Mauviel M'Passion Copper 4.9-Quart Beating Bowl with Ring
Made of copper wire and lined in mesh, this handmade tea strainer is pretty and practical. $58 from Canoe.
Copper Tea Strainer
This 4-piece set of copper-plated canisters would look right at home in a French farm houseâ€”or your houseâ€”and is the perfect place to store flour, sugar, coffee and other staples. $61.99 from Overstock.
Hammered Copper 4-piece Canister Set
This very solid-looking copper and brass nautical oil lamp isnâ€™t just for skippers and lighthouse keepersâ€”use it in place of candles for a cozy winter dinner. In the warmer months it makes an awesome outdoor lantern.Â $169.95 from Garret Wade.
Solid Brass & Copper Nautical Oil "Anchor Lamp"
Just imagine the sheen youâ€™d achieve by hanging your copper cookware from a copper rack! The top shelf is ideal for storing lids or cookbooks. $144.99 from Home Depot.
Old Dutch Bookshelf Pot Rack with Grid and 12 Hooks, Satin Copper
A conventional sofa can feel like a cumbersome block of junk, especially when decorating small and/or irregular shaped rooms. The next time you need to furnish a living room or designated seating area, here are a few un-sofa options to consider.
A set of 3 club chairs squished together like this ebay find gives a sofa-like appearance, but with way more versatility.
Vintage 70's ultra MOD Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs , $899
What better way to decorate a living room than to make the ultimate symbol of relaxation its centerpiece? These images prove that hammocks indoors are a great idea…
images from the blog moon to moon
…Etsy shops carry some unconventional styles, like this handmade piece from Hamanica, $38.
Black Magic Single Hammock from Hamanica on Etsy, $38
Be stylish without even trying by swapping your sofa for a rectangular floor cushion. Add layered rugs, baskets to double as coffee tables/media bins for the ultimate relaxed living room. Set off the lowness of it all with a tall lamp and wall decor hung high…
…for a similar effect, layer two of these cushions from Urban Outfitters.
Persian Tile Floor Cushion, $69.99 each
Floor cushion idea too scary? A statement chair with fancy floor pillows strewn about is a safe compromise…
…Moroccan poufs don’t come cheap, but Nate Berkus saves the day with his HSN line at $119 a pop. In white, silver and gold.
Nate Berkusâ„¢ Ivory Pouf with Metallic Stitching, $119
In the world of stains and finishes, whitewashing is like the perfect pair of sheer tights: whatâ€™s underneath is showcased, yet with just the right amount of cosmetic camouflaging. The understated effect of whitewashed wood is perfect for airy, shabby chic interiors and we foresee a big comeback in coming seasons. Get ahead of the curve with one of these pocket-friendly pieces available now.
These whitewashed bins from the Container Store look simultaneously vintage and brand spankinâ€™ new. $14.99.
Whitewashed Wood Bins
Whitewashing gives these solid wood dining chairs a soft, finished feel. $205.99 for a set of four.
Camden Dining Chair (Set of 4)
If you dream of big, fluffy, white beds, then this whitewashed teak frame could be the perfect foundation. $329.
Cassidy Washed Teak Twin Panel Bed
This adorable 5-Drawer Popsicle Dresser is proportioned for young ones (only 29â€ inches high), but would also work well in an entryway or as lower extra storage. $189.99.
Popsicle Whitewash 5-drawer Dresser
Buddha looks even more at peace in whitewash. $21.50.
Buddha Statue in Whitewash / Brown
Cardboard is gaining popularity as a quirky, environmentally-friendly design material. But just because itâ€™s a cheap material doesnâ€™t mean that all cardboard furniture is affordable. Designer cardboard still carries a very designer price tag: the Frank Gehry Wiggle chair (designed in 1972) will put you back $985 or more.Â Here are some affordable cardboard options that add an element of fun, but wonâ€™t leave you broken-hearted once it falls apart because itâ€™s made of cardboard.
Giles Millerâ€™s cardboard mantle clock is fashionable at any hour. $53.
Mantle-C Cardboard Mantle Clock
Get out your favorite Sharpie marker, because this Executive Table from Karton looks like the sweetest doodle pad ever. Just $148.
The Chairman's Table
Also from Karton, the Ewe storage unit is a cute way to stay organized. $55.
The Barnyard Method - Ewe
This funky kidsâ€™ chair is perfect for the play room. $19.99 on Amazon.
Cardboard Toy Chair
The Dickens sideboard from Fashion4Home is fantastically fashionable and 100% recyclable! $369.
Dickens Cardboard Bookshelf