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Rachel Cannon Lewis explains the 'granny chic' trend

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BATON ROUGE - Interior Designer Rachel Cannon Lewis stopped by WBRZ News 2 at 4 today to give some of her insight into the emerging interior design trend toward a style known as "granny chic".

Rachel said that while we are accustomed to fashion sometimes taking its cues from eras of the past, we normally tend to look forward to the future when making home décor decisions. That's not the case now, she says, as the trend of "granny chic" draws its inspiration from floral patterns that would have up until recently been reserved for your grandmother's curtains.

Rachel brought samples of chintz and cabbage rose classic fabrics with a contemporary spin to show off the styles that are central to creating the "granny chic" look. She said DIY decorators looking to tap into the style should look for updated colorways and over scaled versions of the vintage patterns that feature a modern twist.

To compliment the patterns, Rachel recommended hunting for "homey" pieces in vintage and thrift stores, and said decorators should leave the purchased items in their original condition if possible to add additional charm.

Assembling the vintage items into "eclectic collections of deliberately mismatched items", using hand knit textiles and those distinctive floral patterns rounds out a look that evokes comfort, ease and homespun individuality all at the same time.

For more tips from Rachel Cannon Lewis and a look at her interior design portfolio, please check out her website.


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