We've been searching for new and creative ways to incorporate the Fall season into our home, and have found some major inspiration along the way. We wanted unique ideas. Something fresh for fall.
Linen - It’s our love. It’s our passion. It’s our business. And its best time of year is here! There’s truly nothing better than slipping into linen in the summertime. But there’s more than one way to do linen.
Linen is a naturally breathable textile. Woven with flax, and stonewashed, our classic french linen is super soft, fully washable and naturally cooling (perfect for those hot summer days). When you’re body temperature rises, linen allows air to keep flowing, while also being super absorbant (more so than cotton) - helping fight off pesky sweat-spots. It’s a comfortable, classic and stylish way to enjoy summer.
Again, because linen is naturally cooling, it’s the perfect choice for bedtime. Summer nights include some of our favorite memories, and climbing into a cool, fresh bed of soft, ruffled linens after spending an evening outside is simply the best feeling. If you love vintage, farmhouse and romantic, shabby chic style - linen is a must-have bedroom textile.
GRAB SOME SHADE.
From curtains to lampshades, linen is a the perfect summertime choice. The organic, flax fabric allows light through, while proving shade from hot summer days. Cafe curtains are our favorite way to spruce up our kitchen and bathrooms for the summer months. And our vintage lampshades are a year-round must have.
SET THE TABLE.
We like to go all out in the summer with our tables. From the kitchen to the patio, holidays to nightly barbecues, we deck our tables with linen on linen all season long. Placemats, cutlery holders, napkins, tablecloths and table runners, and of course - the icing on the summer decor cake - our signature linen chair slip covers!
You hear the words "Shabby Chic" and you think soft cottage style with distressed, vintage items. This can also include new items made to look old, or reused materials turned into something different (such as using old doors or shutters as a headboard).
You hear the words 'Farmhouse Style" and you picture a rustic, country look with earth tones and natural textures (such as wood and greenery). This includes other organic items like burlap and twine, as well as cottage style items like mason jars and linen
When you start hunting for either style, you begin to see the line between the two blurs. Shabby chic is a term that was created in the early Eighties by a British designer in an interview with the American 'The World of Interiors' magazine. But it was Rachel Ashwell that created the movement.
She used shabby chic as well when she described her style in the early Eighties. It then became so popular that she trademarked the term in 1989. She started the shabby chic, french country chic on the west coast and it spread like wildfire.
More recently, you see the words "Farmhouse Style" being used to describe what looks like, in many ways (to us), shabby chic style. With the immense popularity of Joanna and Chip Gaines, the "Fixer Upper" style took over in the past few years, creating a new way of looking at both shabby chic and farmhouse style.
Joanna loves to use shiplap, rustic wreaths and greenery, as well as linen and burlap and industrial farmhouse items. It's almost as if shabby chic has evolved into farmhouse style. Or perhaps farmhouse style took what it liked from shabby chic and added it's own twist?
We don't know exactly how to pinpoint it, but either way you look at it - farmhouse style can be shabby chic, but not all shabby chic interiors are farmhouse style. Just a little interior chatter this week as we search for our own interior inspiration. What do you lean towards when designing your interiors? Farmhouse or Shabby Chic?
We love a good dinner party or brunch, and we love hosting them even more! It's so much fun setting the table and decorating for a special occasion, especially in the Spring. Easter is just days away and we could not be more excited. It's the best season for linen (our favourite!) and of course muted pastels, creating the perfect opportunities for shabby chic interior lovers. And the perfect opportunity to gather friends and family for a celebration of fresh starts, new beginnings and renewed life!
Layers, layers and more layers. Use the entire table, from plate ware, cutlery and napkins, to table runners, tablecloths and placemats, the more the merrier! And you can be a little adventurous and crafty with Easter. Bunnies, eggs, flowers, really anything goes when it comes to celebrating the Spring holiday.
The key to layering successfully is introducing different textures to the table. Mix and match metals, natural textiles (like linen), colour (pastels) and white within the decor. Add fresh flowers and, of course, the food to tie it all together.
The centre of the Easter brunch (or dinner) is where it gets really fun. Boxwood wreaths wrapped around candle holders full of pastel eggs, fresh bouquets of spring flowers and pastel coloured eggs are just the beginning! Get creative and mix and match texture. Look at what you have in the house let the kids join in the fun.
Start from the middle of the table and work your way out. The centrepiece should set the tone of the table, and help tie together the colour scheme. If you're using natural linens, try a splash of coloured eggs in the centre, or an O&F boxwood wreath to help bring a touch of the outdoors inside.
Too often the seats at the table go forgotten. Even if you have beautiful chairs and benches, it never hurts to add a touch of decor to each one. Our ruffled linen seat covers are, of course, among our favourite seating accessories. As well as our boxwood wreaths.
Ribbons, linen ties and name tags are just a few ideas. If your hosting a large family including children of all ages, seat covers are always a great option for gorgeous easter decor, as well as functional option making cleanup and messes easy as pie.
Last, but never least, the extras. Accessorise the table and the space with your favourite Easter decor. Maybe it's your mother's old china, or your child's best Easter art from school. Whatever you choose, tie it into the table with our theme of the season - mixing and matching textures and colour.
We just love Rae Dunn Clay and anything homemade, as well as Easter trees, wreaths, banners and floral garlands. And of course, as awlays - bunnies and more eggs! Just have fun with it and enjoy the day celebrating with your loved ones.