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Christmas and Hanukkah are now behind us. This can only mean one thing: We have a long, cold, dreary winter ahead of us. Or at least, that's how I sometimes feel the day after the holiday hustle and bustle has had its way with me. But then I remind myself that it's more productive to put a positive spin on our outlook—and on our home decor!—in order to make the season that lies before us one of regeneration.
So once the Christmas decorations are put away, I'll be turning to layered rugs and textiles in my favorite patterns to make the house feel vibrant and fresh yet still protected from the elements. I draw upon cultures that have traditionally had to design their lives around long winters when I decorate this way; Scandinavian styles in particular resonate with me, but you can also look to Native American, Tibetan, and any other global influence for inspiration. Color, pattern, and texture all come into play for pieces you can mix and match while the soup bubbles away on the stove!
From the enveloping warmth of animal hides and knit blankets, to the bright energy of Scandinavian-inspired florals, the options for decorating don't end just because the holiday season has!
Shopping Guide: 1. Cow Hide Pillow 2. Faux Cow Hide Rug 3. Moroccan Print Pillow 4. Red Ikat Rug 5. Paisley Floral Pillow 6. White and Orange Floral Rug
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Anne Sage is a design and lifestyle editor based in San Francisco. Her daily interiors and fashion blog The City Sage was named a must-read by Martha Stewart Living, and she was featured in the New York Times for her co-founding of the online shelter publication Rue Magazine. She also works as a stylist and art director for brands such as Target and Anthropologie.
In her spare time, Anne is most likely to be found color coding the books on her vintage Paul McCobb shelving unit.
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All it needs is a clever bus scroll and it would be sweet. But in all seriousness i'm not a fan of the animal skins, but adored the stitch theme.
I'm not feeling the animal hide look either. They always say rustic to me more than glamour, and I think there are better ways of adding texture to a room. :)