We’re loving the shift toward more relaxed furniture and decor! Gone are the days of karate chopped pillows and meticulously organizing your trinket collection and hello to laid back and relaxed interiors. Furniture and home ware designers are using more easy to clean materials and avoiding anything high maintenance. There’s more focus on how something is made, how it will stand up to time, and the end user.
As a result, our homes are becoming easier to maintain and our time is free to spend doing things we want to.
Additionally, we’re seeing many people embracing this relaxed styling and leaning into it, with intentionally wrinkled linen sheets or slipcovers, worn and distressed antique furniture, and rugs that have the appearance of being decades old. The result: interiors that are lived in and comfortable, that have character and personality and don’t appear to have been purchased out of a catalogue.
We understand all too well that it’s a fine line between laid back and just plain messy. Achieving this look requires careful planning and thought. Which is why we’ve put together a list of some must haves to help pull off this laid back style!
First, you need a comfy sofa or sectional!
We LOVE the Carmel Sofa from Gus* Modern! This slipcovered sofa is comfortable and laid back but in a sophisticated way. The machine washable slip cover comes in two colours: Washed Denim White and Washed Denim Indigo. The denim like fabric is relaxed and highly durable and the fact that its machine washable is an incredible bonus.
The Carmel is also environmentally friendly! It’s deep seat cushion and loose luxurious back cushions use eco-friendly PET synthetic-down which is created from recycled water bottles. Plus, the frame is made with kiln-dried FSC®-Certified wood, in support of responsible forest management.
Next, you’ll need a rug!
Not just any rug! To pull off this relaxed style, you’ll need a rug that looks like it’s been around for a few decades. Of course, these aren’t always easy to find and the true antiques often come with a hefty price tag. Don’t despair, we’ve got the solution: Loloi Rugs! Loloi manufactures beautiful rugs that are made to look worn, as if they’re decades old but they are, in fact, brand new!
The Loren Collection
Timeless and classic, the Loren Collection offers vintage hand-knotted looks at an affordable price. Created in Turkey using the most advanced rug-making technology, these printed designs provide a textured effect by portraying every single individual knot on a soft polyester base.
2’3″ x 3’9″
2’6″ x 7’6″
3’6″ x 5’6″
5’6″ x 7’6″
7’6″ x 9’6″
8’4″ x 11’4″
Even better, layer a Loloi rug with Gus* Modern’s Harvest Rug!
Layering your rugs is a great way to add another element to your room and step up the cozy factor! We love these distressed rugs paired with the Gus* Modern Harvest Rug!
The Harvest rug is a hand-braided, natural floor covering, which combines golden jute strands with contrasting thread options to create a relaxed, bohemian design. Versatile and durable, this rug will adapt to many different interior styles, providing a subtle foundation of colour and texture to any space. Handcrafted in India using 100% jute, it is available in two sizes and two colourways.
Mix in some different materials, like a beautiful leather arm chair.
Mixing materials is crucial to perfect the laid back styling. We recommend a mix of fabric and leather to get the look just right. A luxurious leather will get better as it ages, developing a beautiful patina. Plus, it’s easy to maintain. A light dusting from time to time is typically all it needs.
As pictured above in Judith’s cottage, the Gus* Modern Cabot Chairs are the perfect leather armchair. The Cabot Chair features a tight seat and back, with architectural, wood block feet and simple French seams, offering a comfortable, modern take on a traditional, masculine design.
Available in three vintage leathers chosen for their unique grain characteristics that will age beautifully and develop a rich, natural patina over time. Also available as a sofa.
And of course, accessorize with plenty of cushions and throw blankets!