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    Interior Chatter — ruffled linen

    How To Create The Perfect Farmhouse Holiday Bedroom

    How To Create The Perfect Farmhouse Holiday Bedroom

    Holiday decor ideas are easy to come by when you're styling the living room or dining room. These spaces lend themselves well to the season, with trees, lights, fireplaces and dining tables creating a natural centre and focus to build from.

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    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. 

     

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

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

    THE DARKER THE BETTER

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    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 

     

    What's The Difference? Farmhouse vs. Shabby Chic

    What's The Difference? Farmhouse vs. Shabby Chic

    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). 

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    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

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    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.

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    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? farmhouse style, joanna gaines, fixer upper

    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? 

    Xx, 

    O&F 

    7 Ways To Create The Perfect Summer Porch & Patio

    7 Ways To Create The Perfect Summer Porch & Patio

    Summertime is here and it's one of our favourite seasons! Sure, the heat can be overwhelming, and the sunburns may be uncomfortable. But the warmer months are full of outdoor celebrations, late nights spent on the patio and early mornings with tea on the porch. 

    As much as we love linen interiors, we love a chance to create comfy, cosy spaces outside as well. And there's plenty of options when it comes to incorporating our shabby chic, farmhouse style into the porch and patio. 

    1. Mini Mud Room

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    We love an indoor, fixer upper style mud room. But we love an outdoor mini mud room even more! Keep the mess outside this summer by creating your own patio space for all the goods.

    Vintage crates and baskets can be used for storing linens, towels and other outdoor necessities, hooks can be hung for clothing and other items, and chalkboards can be used for family reminders and notes. All you need to create the space is a simple desk, shelf or table - perhaps repainted to match your outdoor decor - and voila! You've got a mini mud room ready to go. 

    2. Bar Cart

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    Okay, we're not going to lie - this is one of our favourite trends this summer. The vintage bar cart is such a versatile and useful accessory, we don't know how we ever entertained or got a long without one!

    You can find them everywhere, but searching for the perfect one may take some time. Fill them up with your drink of choice, a few linen napkins, glasses and an ice bucket and you're ready to go. You can place them on your front porch, back deck or patio - and roll them inside once the weather cools down. 


    3. Linen, Linen & More Linen 

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    Linens are our jam, and - of course - our go-to summer decor textile. From linen throw pillows, cushion covers and throw blankets, to linen napkins, towels and seat covers, there's simply a place for linen in every nook and cranny. And it's simply the best summer material you can choose. 

    The flax fabric literally helps your body stay cool in the summer months and absorbs more moisture (or sweat) than cotton and other fabrics. Our stonewashed french linens also offer super soft and comfortable spaces for you and your loved ones, all year long. 


    4. Tiered Planters

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    We always say the more green the better! And tiered planters are the perfect way to display your best summer blooms. Stacked next to the front door, surrounding the patio or anywhere they can find the right amount of sun needed to grow, these convenient and design-friendly accessories are a classic. 

    Some of our favourite summer florals include daisies, morning glories, ivy and lavender (yum!). Depending on your decor colour scheme, you may choose to incorporate more colourful blooms or more pure greens - either way you can't go wrong with a few tiered planters, water and sunshine! 


    5. Lighting

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    Lighting is just as important outside as it is inside. The dynamics may be different, and the design choices more limited, but if you get creative you can create a summer wonderland right tin your own backyard. 

    From white christmas/string lights to hanging vintage lanterns and tiki lamps, you can use outdoor lighting to not only cultivate a whimsical and cozy space, but to also keep the pesky mosquitos away. And there's nothing better than a fun summer night spent outside with friends, family and a few good drinks. 


    6. Hanging Seats

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    Hanging porch swings and chairs are a must-have when it comes to summer style. The best place to cozy up with a good book, cup of tea or cold beverage, and the place where so many memories are made. From first kisses, to hellos and goodbyes, engagements and family photos - the porch swing has a long standing tradition of love and family in our home. 

    Take your hanging seat up a notch this year and add thick rope for a vintage, fixer upper feel, and (as always) throw as many linen pillows, cushions and items as possible. We love whites, beige and natural tones for the summer, but if you have young kids you might want to mix it up to avoid constant cleaning. 

    7. Fire pit

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    Our favourite way to end a summer weekend is by the fire pit. Roasting marshmallows, sipping rose and laughing with the family, there's simply nothing better than time spent around the fire. And you don't have to be a camp, or inside to enjoy the flames, it's now easier than ever before to have your own outdoor pit. 

    Whether you purchase a portable fire pit or build your own, it's easy to keep the pit mess localised and to your liking. The flames will also help keep away bugs and offer a soft, ambient light - perfect for every occasion!