Wicker - the Southern Favorite

Now that we’re enjoying our porches, patios, decks, and sunrooms, let’s pay tribute to the versatile, southern favorite--wicker furniture. You probably own some of this in your home and it may have been in your family and passed down for a few generations. Wicker is a classic! Whether in its natural state, painted a bright accent color, or in the classic, crisp white, wicker pieces are one of the most adaptable furniture accents around and here’s a few pieces we have in store.

Large Wicker Pieces

There’s nothing like a rocking chair on a front porch--bonus points if it’s a wicker rocking chair.

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Can’t you just envision sipping mid-morning coffee with a dear friend, soaking up some rays in your sunroom in a couple of wicker chairs?

Upstated Vintage   has a pair!

Wicker shelving units are the perfect way to add texture, height, and storage to a space.

The modern, cozy shape of this rustic, wicker chair is begging for someone to lounge and read a book.

Accent Wicker Pieces

Every room needs at least a touch of natural accents and wicker provides that for your home decor.

These wicker bar stools can be used anywhere--at your kitchen counter or pulled outside for extra seating during your summer soirees.

You can’t go wrong with a classic white wicker coffee table.

Everyone needs a pop of color and painted wicker is a great way to modernize the style.

Look at the cute loop details on this wicker stool--perfect for holding a plant or as an accent table beside occasional chairs.

Accessories

How cute is this small wicker shelf? What a presentation for serving happy hour! It’s also the optimal size to hold small planters for your summer herb garden in your kitchen.


Wicker baskets can be used in countless ways; storing extra blankets and pillows, holding a large indoor plant like a fig or palm tree, corralling magazines, etc.

Rattan and wicker are a big trend in the fashion industry right now; this handbag is too cute--add a tassel and you’ll look like you’ve just come back from a tropical vacation.

This two tone picnic basket can be used for more than on the go meals. Leave it open for easy access to your summer reading books.

Bar carts can be used for more than just cocktail pieces. Their size makes them ideal to fit most any space and they can utilized as a coffee station or even a mobile office for someone who works at home.

Up your charcuterie game for summer and serve appetizers on this wicker tray.

This wicker carrier would be perfect with water filled glass bottles as an outdoor beverage station at a party.

The scale of this lamp is stunning and the neutral tones make it perfect for any decor.

This letter holder is the perfect way to keep pertinent info front and center.

Wicker is one of the most versatile styles of furniture and we’ve got plenty in store for every style and size. Visit us in the store and we’ll be glad to help you find a piece to suit your needs.

Trend Report from High Point Market

We went; we saw; we conquered! Several team members from Cottage Grove Vintage Market visited High Point Market on Monday scouting the latest trends and upcoming directions of home interiors. These are the top styles seen throughout showrooms and we’re eager to share them with you!

Blue and White

This color scheme has been around for centuries and has definitely experienced a resurgence in recent years. It’s hard to call it a trend when it’s a classic combination, but the blue and white color grouping was everywhere! And in all types of styles! If your brain immediately jumps to chinoiserie when you think blue and white, imagine it in bohemian vibes, modern shapes, touches of brush strokes, and marbled textures.  Blue and white has no limits in home decor.

Take note: blue and white in marble tie dye with a painted frame.

Take note: blue and white in marble tie dye with a painted frame.

Blue and white was on everything…big pieces and accents.

Blue and white was on everything…big pieces and accents.

Natural Textures

Woven styles of rattan, wicker, bamboo, and all types of natural elements are being incorporated in interiors through furniture, lighting, and accessories. Many showrooms displayed it with a contrasting smooth structure, like brass or lacquered furniture. Nearly every brand had some sort of rattan lighting in oversized pendants or chandeliers.  

Notice how the natural wood is capped with a brass accent.

Notice how the natural wood is capped with a brass accent.

Here, the natural caning is paired with a glossy, white chair frame.

Here, the natural caning is paired with a glossy, white chair frame.

Rattan, wicker, natural elements on all types of lighting!

Rattan, wicker, natural elements on all types of lighting!

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Gold and Brass

We’ve been saying for a while that “brass is back,” and from the looks at market, it’s here to stay. The warm metal truly brightens spaces and offers a warm reflection. Lighting fixtures, small furniture, decorative objects and accents--brass isn’t disappearing!

From accents to tables, gilded items were all around.

From accents to tables, gilded items were all around.

Notice how this large piece incorporates many trends: the bright brass, wicker underneath the pattern, and glossy white as a background for the floral motif.

Notice how this large piece incorporates many trends: the bright brass, wicker underneath the pattern, and glossy white as a background for the floral motif.

See how the natural rope is wrapped around the brass frame of this chandelier.

See how the natural rope is wrapped around the brass frame of this chandelier.

The light, washed wood capped with brass ends.

The light, washed wood capped with brass ends.

Big Hardware

Pulls and knobs are a great way to transform a piece of furniture and the styles we saw at market were statement making pieces. Chunky knobs in brass and oversized pulls were on all types of furniture.

Again, lots of gold!

Again, lots of gold!

Take a look at the size of the drawers compared to the samples of hardware on the front—large and in charge!

Take a look at the size of the drawers compared to the samples of hardware on the front—large and in charge!

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Jewel Tones

Deep colors of emerald, raspberry, and sapphire (more tones of blue) were lacquered on furniture and upholstered in luxurious velvet and soft, leather on sofas, ottomans, and wingbacks.

Turquoise velvet piped in deep indigo.

Turquoise velvet piped in deep indigo.

Making a statement with reflective emerald!

Making a statement with reflective emerald!

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Plush leather and velvet in emerald.

Plush leather and velvet in emerald.

Painted Furniture

Continuing with the bold colors, furniture was showcased in all hues, on all types of pieces. This is another area designers are adding blue, jewel tones, and big hardware--combining three trends just in one piece!

Notice the glossy lacquer of the furniture (in multiple colors) that allows the gold and lucite giant pull to standout.

Notice the glossy lacquer of the furniture (in multiple colors) that allows the gold and lucite giant pull to standout.

Combining three trends here: painted furniture, grasscloth, and big hardware.

Combining three trends here: painted furniture, grasscloth, and big hardware.

Marbled, Painted Brush Strokes

Again, in lots of blue and white, marbled techniques and painted strokes are being added on everything from glossy furniture, to canvases and art, to ginger jars and small accessories.

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These Tempaper marbled wallpapers are available in the store!

These Tempaper marbled wallpapers are available in the store!

First, check out the canvas in the back—painted, loose, dripping hues. Then, notice the jars—deep blues with brush strokes of gold with a very large handle.

First, check out the canvas in the back—painted, loose, dripping hues. Then, notice the jars—deep blues with brush strokes of gold with a very large handle.

Blue and white has gone modern on classic shapes.

Blue and white has gone modern on classic shapes.

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Coral

Sherwin Williams declared coral is the 2019 color of the year and it was visible at market. Many showrooms featured slight deviations of the hue, going slightly deeper into oranges and almost red, or into the pink spectrum.

The pink end of the coral spectrum.

The pink end of the coral spectrum.

And the orange end of the coral spectrum.

And the orange end of the coral spectrum.

Stay tuned for an upcoming posts of items in store to bring these trends to your home and come visit— we’ll be glad to help you select on trend, vintage items for your home and personal style!

How to Refresh Your Space

Lately on Instagram and Facebook, we’ve explored ways to refresh your space. It’s been a lot of fun taking suggestions and ideas from our followers and vendors in the shop! You may be surprised there’s no need to completely refurbish your home or start all over; adding a single new element can easily transform the look. Below are several examples of how you can keep your home decor updated and fresh!

Pillows and Upholstered Items

Did you know 99% of people’s large pieces of furniture are neutral? We honestly don’t know the exact percentage, but many folks lean toward neutral sofas, occasional chairs, etc. so that you can easily swap out the accessories. The multi-colored pillow from Wheaton Whaley Designs adds a fun punch on this occasional chair from Eileen and Co.

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Slipcovers and upholstered seats are another option to update chairs. The modern blue malachite fabric slipcovered over the occasional chair from Eileen and Co. instantly renews it.

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Painted Furniture

Speaking of occasional chairs, check out the fresh white coat on this cane back chair from Fox Hill Vintage. Paired with the bright new coral upholstery (the color of the year--might we add), this vintage piece is easily updated.

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And if you are part of the 99% of people who own neutral upholstered furniture, painting other pieces in the room are sure to add a pop to the overall scheme. Just imagine this bright coral buffet from The Dropped Leaf in your dining room.

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If painting the entire piece feels like too much, painting partial elements, like the frame or just the drawers, adds modern flair. We love how this antique dresser from The Dropped Leaf allows the beautiful wood drawers to shine against the grey painted frame.

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Lamps, Shades, and Finials

Similar to pillows, lamps offer the opportunity to completely change the look of room with just a quick switch. How fun is the orange lamp from Upstated Vintage?! Jaws will drop when they enter the room and see this fun, unexpected pop.

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Did you know 99% of people also own white or ivory lamp shades? Again, we have no idea if this statistic is true, but if you’re not ready to completely replace a lamp, adding a colored shade can finish the overall look. This coral-y orange shade from King’s Classics brings out the colors in the vintage lamp base. Might we also suggest updating your finials to complete the ensemble.

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Walls

We’ve already mentioned how paint can transform furniture and it can certainly do that for your walls as well. If you’re not ready to undertake such a project, consider updating your walls in other ways. Recently, we discussed how wallpaper can update your home. Check out the blog post here and consider our selection of Tempaper to update a wall, staircase, furniture, small room, and more.

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Another alternative is to create a focal point through art or displaying a collection. This abstract piece by Melissa Connor adds modern interest to home decor.

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If you own a collection of similar items (like china), create a wall display. This creates a focal point in the room and shows off your compilation of curated collectibles.

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Let’s keep this discussion going! We’d love to see you in store and hear how you’re updating your space and help you find the perfect piece to refresh the look.