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    Interior Chatter — linen

    The Beginners Guide To Seat Covers: Simple Ways to Slip Into Linen!

    The Beginners Guide To Seat Covers: Simple Ways to Slip Into Linen!

    Slip covers are not only our specialty, but also our first love! When we started this little engine that could, our ruffled linen slip covers quickly became our signature product. We discovered what our customers wanted along the way and how to create timeless pieces for any home.

    But where to begin when decorating? Even if you don't have a large dining room, or have a mix of open-back and closed-back seating, there's always a space for a little romantic, shabby chic, ruffled linen love! 

    Kitchen & Dining 

    The obvious first choice - the kitchen and dining room. The kitchen and dining room always offer a few fun ways to use our slip covers, and the best part - no insert necessary! If you prefer a little more padding than your chairs provide, simply lay our covers on top of your cushion of choice. We find this to be much more practical, especially when there's food involved. They're quickly removable and machine washable, and are the perfect touch for island seating, small window seats or large tables. 

    Porch & Patio

    We have to admit, as much as we love linen slip covers indoors, our favorite season for them is the warmer months! Summertime perfection is sitting on our back patio and porch, with our pups and a glass of vino (or the beach, but we take what we can get). From front porch rockers, to iron patio chairs, a bit of ruffled linen adds comfort and vintage charm to any outdoor space. 

    Stool & Desk

    One of the less likely spots you may find our linen slip covers is in the office (or at the vanity)! So often we come across friends that want to add a little comfort to their small spaces, but don't have much to work with. Throw a simple linen slip cover on your stool or chair and voila! You've completely changed the tone (and comfort level) of your area. 

    Garden & Cabin

    And last, but never least, our gardens are not complete without a cozy place to sit and enjoy a cup of tea (or a fresh cocktail). It may not be the first place you think of to decorate a table, but trust us when we say creating a garden sitting area will change your life. Get off the porch and patio and surround yourself with the scents and colors of the garden! Seaside or backyard cabins offer the same - a quaint, cottage style space for a touch of ruffled, romantic goodness. 

     

    How To Make Your Bed For Summer

    How To Make Your Bed For Summer

    Summer is (almost) here - it's time to give your bed a makeover! It's the season to lighten things up and create a more comfortable, cool and relaxed sleeping experience. One that will have you rested and ready to enjoy sun and fun all season long.

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    How To Use Linen - The Fabric of Summer☀️

    How To Use Linen - The Fabric of Summer☀️

    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.

    WEAR IT.

     

    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.

    SLEEP EASY. 

    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!

     

     

     

     

    What’s In, What's Out - Decor Scores for 2018

    What’s In, What's Out - Decor Scores for 2018

    THE DARKER THE BETTER

    ultraviolet, decor inspiration

    Winter is (still) here and it's all about staying warm & cosy. Pantone is right on board, making ultraviolet their colour of the year. It's an energising colour, one that mixes well with emerald greens and sapphire blues. If the intensity of these colours it too much for your personal style, tone it down with charcoals, pale violets and natural greens. You'll see this trend extending beyond the living rooms and bedrooms, into shabby chic kitchens and dining rooms as well. Expect to see more warm green and navy blue cabinetry, sinks and accessories. 

    THE BRASS SECTION

    We've been loving brass for a while now, so we're not surprised to see it trending big in 2018. From light fixtures, mirrors and cabinets, to furniture and silverware, you'll be in a brass wonderland all year long. We adore the vintage, shabby chic feel of the metal and love how it pairs with the trending darker colours of the year. 

    FIND THE IMPERFECTION

    There is character and beauty in imperfection. Kintsukuroi - the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold - is a wonderful example. By adding gold leaf to the cracks, you make the pottery new again. A unique piece, even more special than before. From fabrics and natural textiles, like linen and burlap, to hand-painted pottery and furniture - it’s In the imperfect that you’ll find your perfect decor style this year. Shabby chic is still in - it’s just getting a face lift. Get creative, use pieces that have special meaning to you and your family, and truly make your space your own! 

    FLORALS, FLORALS, FLORALS

    In tune with Pantone's colour of the year, ultraviolet, - and our love of shabby chic floral prints - go for bold and colourful flowers this year. Mixing and matching florals with organic textures and neutral palettes is definitely cultivating a new kind of attention, and if full size furniture or walls are a bit too much for your personal taste, try going for smaller decor items - such as pillows, bedding or lamps. 

    What's catching your eye this year? We would love to know - and are always on the look out for new inspiration and collaboration opportunities! Shoot us a quick email with your thoughts and subscribe to our mailing list for more regular updates! 

    xx O&F 

     

    5 Ways To Create A Farmhouse Christmas On A Budget

    5 Ways To Create A Farmhouse Christmas On A Budget

    Each year when the holiday season rolls around we find ourselves in the typical Pinterest black hole (we all know so well). In constant search of new and original festive decor. 

    To make it a little easier this year we've gathered our top 5 ideas for creating the perfect farmhouse Christmas, even when you don't have much to spare after gift shopping. 

    1. USE WHAT YOU HAVE

    Have a pair of ice skates in the garage? Or perhaps an old lantern in storage? These can both be easily repurposed as winter decor items. A quick clean up and a fresh coat of red paint later and all you need to find is the right setting to create a vintage, country style holiday space. And the best part is you didn't spend a dime. 

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    2. BURLAP, BURLAP AND MORE BURLAP

    Burlap fabric can be found for excellent prices online and in stores. And it's one of our favorite go-to's when decorating a cottage farmhouse style home. Add it to wreaths, banisters, mantles, trees, you name it - burlap can make it a little festive. 

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    3. ALWAYS ADD A TOUCH OF GREEN

    Boxwood wreaths are the perfect touch of rustic charm to any farmhouse space, especially during the holiday season. It's fun to play around with different ribbons and uses, from table centrepieces and chair decor, to the more traditional doors and walls - the wreaths will last you all year long (making them an economical choice) and add a classic touch of christmas spirit to any room.  

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    4. DIY YOUR HEART OUT

    Pinterest is also heaven for any DIY fans. And when you're working with a tight budget, what better time of year to get your craft on? A few of our favorite DIY festive ideas include adding paint and glitter to pine cones (simple, but stunning) and wall art including lyrics to your favorite christmas carol. Go to town, and use what you already have in the house - paper, markers and glue still go a long way. 

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    5. DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE RED

    Literally any red item you have in the house, use it. Your kid has a red toy truck or old red wagon, clean them up and find a spot for them. Red Flyer wagon's are a great place to stack gifts next to the tree, and a toy truck can make a perfect little vintage touch to the mantle. Ribbons, wrapping paper, ornaments - all of these items can all be used to add the perfect finishing touch of red. 

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