Ikat done right
Table setting, Eddie Ross
I've made my feelings on ikat clear in previous entries. I like it, but I don't feel it's worth a huge investment. In 10 years, that ikat print club chair (with ottoman) won't be rocking your living room quite the same way. Of course, there are exceptions. You've got a neutral room with lots of African art? That bench with the ikat print is still going to work really well. For the rest of us, Eddie Ross has a great article on his site that shows how to do ikat beautifully (and temporarily).
As you can see, the "investment" items are all classic pieces that will age nicely: brass candlesticks (brass--the antiqued kind-- is so back, did you get the memo?), floral china, petite vases, and simple flatware. The runners provide the punch and those can easily be made with some fabric and iron on hem tape if you'd like to do something a little trendier, And yes, those are some funky chairs. But if you're say, throwing a baby or bridal shower, you can just as easily rent these as you can the plain ones, right? Fear not, the trendy ikat. You can participate without feeling foolish later.
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