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Rattan stools, chairs, tables and more — bringing this ‘70s decor trend into your modern Nashville home


It makes sense: The ’50s and ’60s have had such a long run in home-design trend circles, with the long-standing midcentury-modern decor boom, it feels about time for the ’70s to really reemerge in high-style homes.

And so many ’70s decor touchstones are thoroughly re-established in 2018 — shaggy rugs, macrame wall hangings, hanging chairs and planters, brass accents, jewel tones and on and on.

One of our team’s personal favorites of the mix: rattan. Homeowners went completely bonkers with it back in the day, and then, as most things do, the material got mostly relegated to the ash heap of style, outside some overtly beach-y spaces. As is often the case, the trend shift unfairly maligned what was and is really a cool material with tons of potential.

Rattan can be fun and fresh, and it’s durable and inexpensive, and works in just about every room in a home if you use it pointedly and somewhat sparingly. So we’re glad to see it back at the fore, from beach-y homes to more modern ones.

Pondering working some rattan or wicker into your Nashville home’s decor? Below, a few of the pieces we’ve been sharing with each other, from dining chairs to wall decor.



Jofran Urban Dweller Dining Chairs
We’re seeing this mix of70s rattan and midcentury hairpin legs popping up with a lot of furniture designers, and we’re all for it — it takes the rustic and natural look of rattan and smoothes it with the simplicity and sleekness of the metal hairpin design. If your space leans midcentury and you’d like to mix it up a bit, this feels like a perfect way to do it. ($251/pair, via Hayneedle)



Palmyra Chair
The big rattan peacock chairs of the ‘70s are coming back too, but while we love a natural statement chair in a space, we’re finding ourselves more drawn to new twists on the idea. Pieces catching our attention take the vibe and bring a little more of a minimalist inspiration to a high-back, woven statement chair, but still make a big, big statement. (To keep the look, we’d skip the cushion and add a soft, faux sheepskin throw for a little extra comfort.) ($798, via Anthropologie)



Haven coffee table
Coffee tables feel like the place you can go really, really wrong here, and make your space feel less like a fresh take on a throwback look and more like a dumping ground for misfit furniture. For our money, going round is the key, with a looser weave. To take it up a few notches, this piece brings in black lacquer and a marble base — one of those cool instances where a simple, natural material gets elevated and made elegant, and it totally works. ($799, via CB2



Avalon Daybed
On a bed, tight-woven rattan still feels really dated and tends to clutter up a room. But wide-open weaving, like on this daybed, feels fresh and light and fun — not to mention like a welcoming place for a mid-day nap. ($1,198, via Serena & Lily)



Lupini Rattan Bench
Target’s emergence as a trend-leading furniture presence has really been something for homeowners who have champagne taste and PBR budgets. Take this piece — it’d amplify your entryway style in a serious way, for well under $200. Wait for a sale (Target’s always great for home sales), and you can probably snag it for even less. ($180, via Target)



Rattan Wall Planter
Plants as wall decor rank high on our collective list. We extra-love this rattan planter, since its lines are simple and modern, but the material is natural and fun. A perfect way to plant some pretty blooms for a pop of life and color. ($24, via Joss & Main)



Marte Storage Cabinet
Traditional woven cane/rattan can be dicey, but it’s hard to deny the draw of this storage cabinet — it gives off beachy vibes and still has clean lines that feel very today. ($729, via Urban Outfitters)

Are you feeling inclined to try out this look, or is ’70s inspiration not your style, so much? We’d love your feedback.

And if you need to find a new Nashville home before you start flexing your decor muscles, we’d love to help. Reach ACRE here, or for an easy way to get your Nashville househunting started, fill out this quick form.

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