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leslie-rascoe“I am a firm believer that any day at the beach is…well, it’s better than just about anything!

I wish I could bottle the feeling of excitement, waking before dawn with the realization that I’ve made it to my peaceful place. Before the sun even thinks about rising, I bound out the door, headed straight to the sand for a walk and exploration. I’m constantly inspired by nature, but especially by coastal areas.” – Leslie Newsom Rascoe

Over the years I’ve amassed quite a collection of artifacts from beloved beach trips. I keep these objects close to me…so close, in fact, I’ve started decorating around them!

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You would be hard pressed to find a room in my home without some sort of shell, rock, sea glass or driftwood. I treasure these objects for the memories they recall, but also because they invoke a feeling of organic, light-filled spaces I associate with living on the water.

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We are hours from the coast, yet our home could easily be transported to Nantucket, the South Carolina Lowcountry or Catalina Island. I tend to keep the interior palette white, layering in furniture pieces that complement a more relaxed, coastal feel.

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“A home should be a reflection of who you are no matter where you live, so for this beach girl, ‘Going Coastal’ is a way of life!”

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Want the Coastal Look? Be inspired by our Wisteria favorites:

Seaside Welcome Entryway | Nantucket Entryway

Coastal Breeze Dining Room | Winward Retreat Dining Room | Nantucket Dining Room |  Coastal Resort Dining Room

Coastal Resort Living Room | Modern Retreat Office

  • Linda C

    Inviting casual & beautiful work! Thank you for sharing, Linda C

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Frame by Frame: Creating a Salon Wall

So, you have that one empty (and consequently massive) wall that’s been staring at you far too long. Or maybe you have a collection of decor pieces, photos, and prints that you have yet to find the perfect place to hang in your home. Well, there’s a solution that may initially seem intimidating, but just might be what your polished home is missing. Enter the salon wall (AKA the gallery wall). A salon wall is a great way to infuse some personality into your space and really make a statement. You may not have all the right pieces laying around and find they may take some time. But don’t get overwhelmed—we have some tips and tricks to help you along the way.

Start by selecting a consistent color palette or theme. In our example, we’re highlighting all things avian in a range of natural hues. We suggest starting with a piece or two that you adore, then build your collection around that. Ultimately, your salon wall should reflect your personality and showcase your favorite things.

Once you’re happy with your collection, it’s time to play with the layout and put it all together.

First, anchor the collection. We think this is best done with one large piece. A dominant piece will serve as the foundation and dictate the flow of other smaller pieces. There is, however, an alternative if you don’t have this piece. In it’s place, use two to four pieces hung at matching heights to establish your focal point.

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We suggest starting from the center then working outward and upward. This will help maintain balance within your designated space.

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Vary the sizes and orientation of each piece. A variety of shapes and sizes will help the wall feel balanced and keep the eye entertained.

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Be sure to keep the distance between the pieces consistent. It doesn’t have to be exact but you don’t want it to look cluttered and completely unplanned. Also, take time to make sure each piece is level. Creating a salon wall is no easy feat, so details matter.

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Our favorite part of creating a salon wall is watching it all come together. It may seem like a daunting task at first, but trust us, you’ll love it. An added bonus is that you can break up the gallery at any time and rehang the pieces throughout your home (although we suggest you enjoy the finished product for awhile first)! Love our salon wall? You can purchase all pieces as a set or individually to suit your collection (at 20% off until 9/21)!

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  • Chrissie Cheshire

    The products you have are amazing, interesting, decorative and fabulous. However, one sad point…….you do not ship to the UK.

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#365daysforchange

The idea is simple, really. Each month we share the story of an organization that’s making a difference in their community. Now it’s your turn. Share your good deeds using the hashtag #365daysforchange on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Then follow along as we devote this month to honoring those good deeds and the people behind them.

Below you’ll find a note from founder and CEO, Andrew Newsom, explaining the history of our commitment to honoring those who make the world a better place:

“From the beginning of Wisteria, we wanted to honor people all over the globe who do amazing things in their communities. Shannon and I both started our careers in the nonprofit world after graduating from college and, while we now work in the for-profit world, we’re still inspired by these incredible works and want to tell the stories of those people in every thing we do.

In June, we’re highlighting a Burmese organization that helps support orphanages in their area. When we first met them over a year ago, we were so inspired by their story that we decided to give 10% of all our Burmese Rattan sales to them. That means, the lives they impact are all a result of the people who make these beautiful products, the hard workers at Wisteria who get them out there, you, the customer who purchases them, and the selfless people who work for the nonprofit.

It’s a global collaborative effort where everyone wins. Thank you!”

Every day is a great day for good deeds. Big or small, they all make a difference. We hope you’ll join us by sharing yours. 365daysforchange

  
  
  • Elaine Turner

    VERY VERY COOl. I admire your commitment to giving back and bringing awareness to these causes across the globe. I Love feeling educated and inspired and using your platform as a vehicle to change lives. I’ve been a Customer of wisteria for a long time and also have my own business where charity is at the heart of who we are and why we exist. Many many blessings to you! Elaine

  • Candace

    Thank you Elaine!

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A Well-Traveled Space

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At Wisteria, we are ever inspired by travel. We traverse the globe in search of unique pieces that exude the personality of their country of origin. The absolute best part of collecting such charismatic pieces is blending them all together to create inspired spaces. Interested in recreating this traveled look?

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Begin with traditional pieces that have European sophistication. We recommend a couple of our Gustivian Tub Chairs—they’ll anchor your space with timeless style.

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Then, add in unexpected elements of classical architecture like our Corinthian Capital Table.  Deco Corners Mirror

It dually serves as a element of beauty and function, while it hints of exotic textures too. Our Deco Corners Mirror, featuring a stylistic twist on Chinese fretwork, will add a golden glimmer of antiquity to any wall or mantel.

Gold Greek Key Pillow

Pillows are always the perfect finishing touch! Pair a bold color that reminds you of your favorite sunset abroad with a fierce animal print. Then throw in a couple of these Gold Greek Key Pillows for a unique, collected look.

  
  
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Form Meets Function: The Cannon Apartment Bench

There are some pieces that have an expected place in every home. And then there are some pieces, like the Cannon Apartment Bench, that can look right at home in any space. Form meets function with this versatile bench, and we have a few ideas of where it could fit in your home.

The Cannon Apartment Bench is perfect in any casual living space that sees a lot of movement and traffic. Its sturdy oak frame is sure to stand the test of an energetic little one and the high-quality linen slipcover can be easily changed to keep it looking fresh and inviting.

Form Meets Function: The Cannon Apartment Bench

Looking for an imaginative seating option for your dining room? This bench’s slim frame allows it to easily slide under your dining table and ensures that you’re always prepared for that unexpected plus one. Add a couple throw pillows of your favorite variety to accessorize and enhance your existing décor.

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The compact nature of this bench also lends itself to being a fixture in any entryway or corridor. It’s ideal as a stylish place to slip your shoes on and off as you come and go. Slide some baskets under it for a little extra storage—an easy way to corral unsightly objects that tend to gather in these areas.

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The slipcovers are available in five colors, making this bench perfect for anyone who loves to update their space frequently. Keep it traditional with Natural or try it in Royal Blue for an instant pop of color! Try it in one space or try it in them all—we’re certain that this bench will be right at home in your space!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  
  
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