Guest Picks: Tell a Folklore Design Tale
Take a page from traditional crafts around the world with these accessories offering rich colors and patterns
I'm a Canadian collage illustrator and the editor of automatism, a blog where I share whatever I find inspiring, interesting, or simply beautiful in interiors, design, art, illustration and other creative fields. You can visit automatism here: http://lorilangille.blogspot.com/
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Whether your taste in interiors is traditional or bohemian, midcentury mod or glam, these inspiring vintage and modern takes on folkloric design could easily tempt even the most hardened minimalist to add the rich patterns, textures and colors of traditional crafts to their home. — Lori from automatism
Turn a sad little room into a bright and cheerful one with this happy Sun wallpaper by Jonathan Adler. It's guaranteed to make you smile every time you walk through the door.
This colorful little vintage plate is perfect for brightening a dark corner of your kitchen or dining room.
This lovely Blue & White Tile hook rug reminds me of the pretty blue and white tile surrounds of old Dutch fireplaces. It would really set off a collection of china.
Add retro charm to your next get-together with this cheerful Peacock bowl by Jonathan Adler. Made of porcelain with real gold accents, it will make even a humble serving of pretzels an event.
A beautiful vintage 1960s child's rocking horse is perfect for a baby shower gift, or simply displayed as an objet d'art in a living room.
Give your sofa instant boho chic with this brilliantly patterned antique suzani pillow.
The charming little Taika bowl by Iittala would make the simplest salad special. I love the sweet little bird motif.
With its warm raspberry red color and Southwest-inspired pattern, the Triangle Lattice throw from West Elm is perfect for adding a bright note to your living room — and for making movie night extra cozy too.
Drying the dishes would actually be a pleasure with this pretty hand-printed organic linen tea towel. Those fun little folk birds in cherry red would also make a great housewarming or hostess gift.
Pep up a dull office chair (and add a bit of lower back support) with this bright modern cushion in cotton and felt that was inspired by traditional Hawaiian designs.
As decorative as it is practical, the Raanu oven mitt by Sanna Annukka for Marimekko makes the humble task of taking supper out of the oven a fun event.
Want to decorate your wall but loathe putting up wallpaper? This lovely Bird Leaves wall sticker from Ferm Living makes it easy to create a new look in minutes.
The sweet Fika cup set is versatile: It's perfect for espresso and great for dipping sauces or snacks. And the gorgeous gift box makes this ideal for gifting.
Save your pennies in style with the Junior Sailor Mermaid bank by Jonathan Adler. It features a dapper sailor on one side and a charming mermaid on the other.
I love this set of two red and white coasters in a folk-inspired holiday design. With such pretty packaging, it would make a great hostess gift too.
Designer Sanna Annukka's pretty Raanu dishcloth set for Marimekko is a great way to brighten up a dull kitchen.
Cheer up your home office or hall with this pretty poster that celebrates the city of Copenhagen. A holiday trip to see The Little Mermaid, the Operaen, Nyhavn, the Royal Guard, the Metro and Rundetårn might happen sooner than you think.
The FaceMaker wooden blocks by designers Zoe Miller and David Goodman can be combined to create hundreds of faces. They're not only fun to play with, but decorative as well.
Inspired by the traditional Dala horse design, this lovely and colorful set of glasses features a hand-drawn and screen-printed design that is durable and dishwasher safe.
This beautiful Janssons Frestelse Swedish ceramic dish designed by Anita Nylund would look as lovely hanging on your wall as art as it would serving hors d'oeuvres at a party.
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Ideabook published on Jan. 6, 2013.
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