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Pattern Play

Guess what's fun again? Ornamentation, motifs, and cozy, studied clutter

Pattern Play
Photo by A. Steinberg/Sidecar

Goodbye, sharp angles and palettes of ecru, eggshell, and taupe. Farewell, minimalism. It was good while it lasted—can we still be friends? It’s not you, it’s us. We admit: we’ve had a wandering eye. Pattern layered upon pattern has sashayed past us down the runway, and now we’re ready to meet something new for the home, too. Hello, polka dots; hello, stripes! Hello, wall-hangings of all kinds! You feel so fresh and inspired—we’re thoroughly besotted with you.

1. Woven basket, $49 @ Zinnia Folk Arts, 826 W. 50th St., Mpls., 612-824-4342, zinniafolkarts.com 2. Danish mahogany cabinet, $985 @ Danish Teak Classics, Northrup King Building, 1500 NE Jackson St., Mpls., 612-706-1747, danishteakclassics.com. 3. Vase, $75 @ Spinario, 3338 University Ave. SE, 612-396-1860, spinariodesign.com 4. Pink box, $28 @ Anthropologie, 917 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-224-0349, anthropologie.com 5. Decoy Lab rabbit clock, $58 @ Forage Modern Workshop, 4023 E. Lake St., 612-886-3603, foragemodernworkshop.com 6. Deer skull, $72 @ Zinnia Folk Arts. 7. Emily Isabella Rabbit-Tat-Tat wallpaper, $165 per roll @ hyggeandwest.com. 8. Danish modern lounge chair, $1,985 @ Danish Teak Classics. 9. Jonathan Adler elephant needlepoint pillow, $120 @ Jonathan Adler, 1439 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-353-5311, jonathanadler.com. 10. Chevron pillow, $110; Brasilia diamonds pillow, $165 @ Jonathan Adler

This fun contemporary geometric print is the perfect foil to neutral furniture. Orange is still trending in home décor, too. Ruten cushion, $10 @ Ikea, 8000 Ikea Way, Bloomington, 952-858-8088, ikea.com pillow
Stark black and white is still making a statement, even without bright color. Embrace bold graphic patterns and classics like houndstooth. Lappljung Ruta cover, $10; inner cushion, $7 @ Ikea pillow
Emerald is making a comeback. Watch for rich greens and golds. This pillow is practically a Van Gogh—perfect for art lovers and those that gravitate away from strong graphic designs. Pillow, $198 @ Anthropologie pillow
 Zig here, zag there: chevron patterns are still highly covetable. This gray-and-white beauty pairs well with jewel tones or sorbet-like pastels—even pops of neon, if you're feeling extra bright. Zigzag pillow, $110 @ Jonathan Adler



Throw out the rulebook and embrace a little bit of chaos, because when you give up a little white space, you get a lot in return. To keep things looking tidy, stick to furniture silhouettes with clean lines. Pick a few colors for your palette and stick close to them. After that? Anything goes. Pair bold black-and-white patterns with watercolors or abstracts. Mix pieces from around the globe (Moroccan-style rugs and Danish sofas, anyone?). And don't forget texture: pair pottery with cashmere, tweed with metal. Make your home your own.

1. Bend Bunny Chair, $450 @ Forage Modern Workshop, 4023 E. Lake St., 612-886-3603, foragemodernworkshop.com
2. Evan Ishmael painting, $700, evanishmael.com
3. Symphony in Three Movements mobile by Flensted, $66 @ Forage Modern Workshop
4. Black and white pillowcase, $39; cushion, $16 @ West Elm, 3879 Gallagher Dr., Edina, 952-835-8332, westelm.com. Green pillow, $198 @ Anthropologie
5. Danish modern sofa, $2,495 @ Danish Teak Classics
6. Squared Quotidian coffee table, $875 @ Forage Modern Workshop
7. Circle throw, $595 @ Jonathan Adler
8. Robert Lawson painting, $450 @ Forage Modern Workshop
9. Raymor & Bagli vase,  $325; studio pottery box, $38 @ Spinario, 3338 University Ave. SE, 612-396-1860, spinariodesign.com
10. Polka dot mug, $8 @ West Elm
11. Wanscher lounge chair, $1,995 @ Danish Teak Classics
12. End table, $148 @ Anthropologie
13. Beni Ourain rug, $1,200 @ Pretty Mommy, shopprettymommy.com

pattern wallpaperDeck the Walls

Wallpaper is now truly a work of art, thanks to the labor of Kick.Stand.Press, which is issuing its first collection of hand-screenprinted wallpaper. The collection is inspired by nature and nostalgia, modernizing traditions we’ve known and loved forever.  Available at kickstandpress.com and Forage Modern Workshop, 4023 E. Lake St., Mpls., 612-886-3603, foragemodernworkshop.com

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