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Thursday, November 8, 2012

(How to Use) Thursday's Cheap and Chic

When I spotted this rattan console table with a tortoise finish on the Kirkland's website the other day, I loved it.   

While you typically see bamboo and rattan pieces lacquered bright colors, sometimes it is refreshing to keep a piece in its natural finish.  I think this table would be right at home in a room like those in Janet Gregg's Charleston cottage, as seen in Cottage Living.  The key is to mix a natural rattan table with sophisticated, modern pieces (think gourd lamps and abstract art), so it doesn't take you down that dreaded shabby chic road.  Janet is a great teacher for how to use natural bamboo.

Remember the rattan chairs she kept in their natural finish?

And the matchstick blinds in the same tortoise finish?  I love her choice of lampshades in the same color, as well as the coffee table.  Everything doesn't have to be lacquered white!

Her dining room walls echo the same tortoise finish, tying the small cottage's rooms together.

Would you use bamboo/ rattan in a natural finish, or do you prefer a colorful lacquered finish?


3 comments:

Ashley said...

My preference is definitely evolving. Initially, I would have said 'lacquer all the way' but lately I'm leaning towards a natural finish on bamboo/rattan pieces. Love that Kirkland's table!

Betsy said...

Love the natural finish and am glad you pointed out how good it can look. Painted isn't always better!

Anonymous said...

Natural finish is nice but those rooms are so cluttered!

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