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"Design Trend: Ikat!"

Since starting to blog, I must admit that I sometimes feel pressured to stay up on the current trends.  In the past, I pretty much liked what I liked and that was it.  However, when you have an audience depending on you to provide ideas, tips and inspiration, it's no longer just about what you like.  While recently reading the April issue of Traditional Home, I was elated to see one of my favorite design trends featured in an ad.  Honestly, I feared it was on it's way out.  It's Ikat (pronounced 'e-kot')

What is Ikat? Well, it's a dyeing technique used to pattern textiles that employs a resist dyeing process similar to tie-dye on either the warp or weft fibres.  The defining characteristic of ikat is the dyeing of patterns, by means of bindings, into the threads before cloth construction, the weaving of the fabric, takes place. Herein lies the difference between ikat and tie-dye. In tie-dye the fabric is woven first and the resist bindings are then applied to the fabric which is dyed.

You may have noticed (if not, you will now) that is seems to be EVERYWHERE. 

J Crew

Z Gallerie


Rugs USA


I love it!  So, what's the easiest way to incorporate this trend into your home?

  • Bedding - Easily changed out from season to season and a low-cost investment.

    Williams-Sonoma Home

  •  Pillows are an even lower cost option that are ideal for adding a quick update to a space. 

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  • Drapes - As you know, I'm a huge fan of print drapes, since most people tend to lean toward solids for upholstery, walls and even floor coverings.  Print drapes instantly give a drab room life.  Although this one may be a little too "lively" for most, Ikat fabric is available any a variation to suit just about everyone's taste.

Southern Living/Photo by: Laurey W. Glenn

  • Rugs - There are so many more options available than in the past.  A rug, is another great way to add a little (or a lot) of pizazz.

Emily A. Clark Interiors (Rug by Rugs USA)

Finally, speaking of rugs, we've got a Fabulous Giveaway coming this week.  So get ready! 

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