It seems like lace has been popping up everywhere lately. Lace, and its grandmotherly sister, the doily, have been gracing the design blog world for months now. Yesterday I stumbled across a gorgeous etsy site featuring jewelry made from vintage lace and for the first time I started considering lace as a viable, non-elderly design option. Not only are these inspiring, they would make gorgeous pieces for a bride (and/or bridesmaids), especially if you are striving for a modern spin on a vintage, romantic feel.
These pieces have a soft, sculptural quality that is very provoking. As alluring as they would look accenting the line of a woman’s collarbone or the curve of her neck, they may be equally interesting as inspiration for home decor.
I find myself pondering the topic of appliques and wondering if it is time for a revival of that decorating technique. Appliques in other forms (wool felt flowers, for instance) have been popping up on pillows and the like for a while now. I wonder if a simple, clean-lined chair upholstered in a quiet grey wool would look good accented with a lacy decoration, contrasting soul-pleasing simplicity with a bit of filigree to excite the eye. Although not an applique, this project utilizes a doily as the seat of a piece of industrial/modern furniture.
If I’ve already sold you on the idea of lace as decoration, here are a few lace-related craft projects to put to the test:
- Doily Stencil Lampshade
- Embroidery Hoop Doily Earring Display (featuring embroidery hoops, another textile-related design trend)
- Lace-Inset Table Runner
- Lacy Candle Centerpiece
- Doily Side Table
Have any other ideas? Is lace a rising trend or an unfortunate side-effect of the “granny-chic” movement?