Houndstooth in black and white is a classic design that originated in the Scottish lowlands. Being an Aussie, I have always associated the pattern with the iconic Australian retail store David Jones, who have long used it as part of their corporate logo design. Being this steeped in tradition and association can have it’s drawbacks. Is it possible to have a fresh take on this classic design?
Here are some examples of designers who have taken the challenge to modernise Houndstooth. Successful don’t you think?
Fluoro Pink Neon Punk Houndstooth Rug – Floor to Heaven
Happy Houndstooth Textile – Ivy and Piper
Houndstooth Patterned Coasters – Masters Of None
Merino Wool Interlocking Houndstooth Table Tiles – Masters Of None
Houndstooth Tea Towel – Avril Loreti
Houndstooth Shelving by Julia Quancard
(Unfortunately I cannot locate where to purchase these (Grrr… shakes fist in the air!) If you know please share with us all in the comments section below)
Pink and Blue Houndstooth Cot Blankets – Lil Bonbon
Nautical interiors usually involve the use of stripes, driftwood or whitewash and as much as I love all of the above, it is really refreshing when you come across homewares that carry the theme without the clichés.
1. Zero Fisherman Light – available in Australia through Great Dane
2. Morgan Sailing Rope mat by Serpent Sea
3. Welcome to the Ocean – Seagull in flight by Mingta Photography
4. Flow I wall mounted Shelf by Le Mouton Noir & Co
5. Thomas Paul Lobster Cushion – Contact Gidd Agencies for Australian Stockists
6. Thomas Paul Knot Melamine plates – Contact Gidd Agencies for Australian Stockists
7. Thomas Paul Crab Cushion – Contact Gidd Agencies for Australian Stockists
Looking for something unique, a piece with character, a history, and a whole lot of attitude? Patchy Rugs just might be your ticket.
They stock the most unusual rugs I have ever come across, re-dyed kilim rugs or patchwork creations. Traditionally kilim rugs are flat woven tapestry rugs used for decoration or prayer and can generally be distinguished by their earthy tones and geometric patterns. Patchy Rugs modernises these classics through creating a patchwork of the various patterns or the process of over dying. Both treatments result in a unique textural finish that is so unusual and one of a kind.
As fascinating as I find these rugs, I’m not really sure what side of the fence I sit on with them. What are your opinions? Would you like a Patchy Rug in your home? Post a comment and tell me what you think.
Isn’t it about time your home went on a holiday? How about somewhere exotic, untamed, wild? Go on, be adventurous and treat yourself to some safari inspired homewares, after all you know what they say, a change is as good as a holiday!
1. Thomas Paul Giraffe Tray Set – available in Australia through Gidd Agencies
2. Safari Campaign Chair – Dunlin Home
3. Monkey see Trinket Box by Anthropologie
4. Bloom Floor Lamp by Mickey & Stevie
5. Zebra Pico Pillow by Areaware
6. Black King Snake Pillow by East Camp Home
So I’m having a moment with parquetry, in particular herringbone parquetry. Everywhere I look I see these amazing floors screaming out to me. My husband has already said “We are not replacing our floorboards with parquetry” yet I am secretly planning how to work it in when we do the new extension of our house. Mmmmm herringbone heaven…
* All images from Pinterest*