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A Refresh Around The House with Parachute

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In the one week between Halloween and Christmas (we adhere to a special calendar over here) I put my house back to “normal”. There was nary a large spider or snowman around. Around that time Parachute asked to partner on a post, showcasing some of their newer, yet always classic pieces, and wanting the excuse to pull things together I said, ‘Yes’.

We’ve worked with them before in a handful of posts (My Old Home, Brady’s Bedroom, Scott’s Bathroom, Setting the Table, Scott’s Bedroom) and we continue to love everything they introduce to their collection. It’s high quality textiles, in very timeless colors and the company is run by a bunch of very smart, progressive women in LA.

Their line is not filled with crazy colorful or patterned pieces that can amp up a bedroom or living space – instead it’s subtle soft textures and sophisticated designs that will stand the test of time (and the current trends). So I styled out some of their new items throughout my house, layering them in with things I already own to demonstrate to you how you can incorporate their simple textiles into your own home, too.

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Let’s start in the living room. If you haven’t noticed in recent insta-stories (and the halloween decorating post) we sold the persian rug and replaced it with a much more neutral version and I am loving how calm the room feels now. We kept the “calm” going by using Parachute’s new linen pillows on the sofa both in the lumbar size and square and then kept things visually interesting by layering a patterned throw behind it. A quick tip when it comes to layering patterns like I have with the rug and the throw – to keep things from looking too busy or visually chaotic, keep the patterns varied in size and scale. The smaller scale grid pattern on the rug plays well with the larger scale abstract pattern on the throw. That pillow would look even better on a queen or king bed.

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Over in the corner of the living room, I ended up keeping the book spines turned towards the wall (despite my original feelings about it – see halloween post) and I have to say I love how neutral it feels. I can’t promise that things will stay that way but during the fall months it has been a very nice change from the colorful spines that we usually have over there. I’m still looking for a better solution …

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Their cashmere throw has been very cozy to cuddle up under with the kiddos when it’s story time and it helped to bring the grey from the pillows over to that side of the room. I also love the detailing on the fringe that you can see in the pic below.

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Yes, it is not a graphic pattern or crazy color, but the small details of texture are what makes Parachute’s items so timeless and easy to incorporate into your home – no matter the style.

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Over on the demi-lune we cleared it off and styled it out with just a few neutral books and their Dusk candle which is quickly becoming one of my favorites and has a very subtle woodsy smell. I’m finally one of those people whose house smells good when you walk in. Life goal, achieved.

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Moving up into the master bedroom we again took it neutral and layered on the texture to warm things up for the colder months (which in LA means 60’s instead of 90’s – ha!) but this Pacific Northwest girl needs it to feel cozy and cold inside even if it might not be outside.

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We took out the bright white bedding and swapped in their fog colored linens in a flat sheet and pillows. It is a very, very light grey that still feels light without being a stark white. On top of it we layered on a their essential quilt in the coal color way and matelasse coverlet in pebble grey at the foot of the bed for those extra cold nights (you know where the temp dips below 60 degrees). One of my favorite features of their essentials quilt is that it’s made with washed linen on the front and percale on the reverse. Coupling the lightweight, subtly textured qualities of linen with the soft, lived-in feel of percale is a win for me as Brian typically doesn’t love the feel of linen and prefers percale where as I love both the feel and look of both on the bed. Win-Win for beds and marriages across the country.

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Then for the pillows we used a combo of the fog linen sham and the essential quilted linen shams in coal for our larger pillows and the natural chambray linen pillow and a smaller lumbar pillow from Rebecca Atwood in the front which brings the tiny bit of pattern the bed needs to keep it interesting.

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Down in the dining room things started feeling VERY fall with this little vignette we created. And before you think that I always have 6 perfectly ripened organic pears on the table and my serviceware ready to go at a moments notice you are mistaken, but the setup does get me excited for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday (which we did pull together a few inspirational looks for last week on the blog in case you missed it).

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Parachute recently introduced these linen napkins and I love the simple detailing of the burgundy color around the edges. They also come in a white and grey option if that is more your vibe. And while they aren’t the price of your store bought paper napkins, do yourself a favor and invest in some beautiful linen ones. They get better and better with every washing and are something that can be used for every table setting both formal or informal.

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Last but not least we brought their waffle hand towel into the powder room and it’s making drying my hands a much more enjoyable experience. And while having a nicer hand towel in your powder room may not seem like something that will make a huge difference it is the little things like having a fresh nice towel in the powder room and a little bud vase that your guests (read: mother in law) will notice when they (she) comes over for the holidays.

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Here are some of our favorite items from their collection (some of which were so popular we couldn’t get a sample of). But I love #6 the Kat & Roger mug, #21 which are some additional patterns in their linen napkins, and #26 which if you are a robe person is so soft and warm.

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1. Graphic Throw | 2. Linen Pillow | 3. Linen Lumbar Pillow | 4. Striped Cashmere Throw | 5. Candle | 6. Mug | 7. Cashmere Fringe Throw | 8. Matelasse Euro Sham | 9. Linen Shams | 10. Essential Quilted Shams | 11. Linen Fitted Sheet | 12. Bed | 13. Matelasse Coverlet | 14. Essential Quilt | 15. Fringe Alpaca Throw | 16. Cashmere Baby Blanket | 17. Stars and Moon Crib Sheet | 18. Linen Crib Sheet | 19. Swaddle Blanket | 20. Essential Quilt Baby Sham | 21. Bold Stripe Linen Napkin | 22. Linen Tablecloth | 23. Linen Table Runner | 24. Contrast Edge Napkins | 25. Striped Linen Placemat | 26. Classic Bathrobe | 27. Merino Eye Mask | 28. Waffle Slippers | 29. Linen Shower Curtain | 30. Waffle Bath Towel | 31. Waffle Hand Towel

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  2. I 💗 parachute 🎈

  3. Not an interior designer here, I love your living room – those beams ;)))) – but every time i see pictures i feel like if the sconce on top of the built-in bookshelf and the one on top of the blue table were at the same height it would look more harmonious. Just a thought! Love your blog and your family!

  4. Love the new rug but aren’t you concerned about spot cleaning a nearly 50% viscose rug? They are the worst. I’d love to see a follow-up post on care and cleaning of rugs and how various rugs ‘wear’ over the years. How do you clean this rug especially with little ones spilling stuff all the time?

    1. I’d also be interested in a rug-care & longevity review of sorts. I bought my first house about a year and half ago, and it’s basically my first time not having wall to wall carpet. I feel like a couple of the rugs I bought since moving in haven’t held up well, and I know I’ll want to replace them in the near future but am worried about the replacement not lasting either. How do you choose a good rug that doesn’t cost a fortune?

      1. I don’t have experience with viscose rugs, but I always get wool rugs for high-traffic areas. It can be a bit more expensive, but well worth it. After that, wool-cotton blends. The most expensive rug in our house is actually in the playroom, and it is, of course, wool because my other wool rugs have been so easy to clean. My daughter squirted a blueberry packet onto a wool rug at our old house and I was able to get it out entirely with little effort (part of rug was cream too!)

  5. Lovely linens! Where is the white tray (on the bedside table) from?

  6. I love this. I love linens anyway.

    It is good to see what these simple changes ( the Parachute line) can bring to your space. A beautiful unifying design element that is calmer.

    As much as I appreciated the other version of the space, more color and pattern, this is feels more integrated.

  7. I think this is our first glimpse of the powder room Vanity! On the blog at least…

    1. yes, was wondering if I had missed a reveal somewhere…love the wallpaper!

  8. I love Parachute so much, all of their simple linens speak to me and my aesthetic. Love seeing it in your home.

  9. I have their bed linens and am SO happy they are finally making decorative pillows – no such thing as too much linen for me.

  10. Love the new rug! It completely changes the feel of the space!

  11. Your bed looks so cozy. I love the all grey/blue look you have in this setup. Going to have to check out that light grey linen you used on their site

  12. I love all of these Parachute products!! BTW, have we seen the powder room yet? Did I miss it? That vanity and wallpaper is adorbs!

  13. I love this more neutral version of you home with the classic blues and whites. 🙂

  14. While I love me a persian rug…a bright red persian rug…mmm…I love your new rug much better. It really pulls that chaise to the forefront and blends better with your contemporary vibe. Good call!

  15. Loving the soft, clean look of these photos. Makes me want to deciliter my house!

    1. Declutter! Ack. Two hours of sleep does that!

  16. I’m actually a huge sucker for persian rugs so this was a pleasant surprise for me in how beautifully simple this look is. I’m rethinking my rug choice for my family room now… 🙂

    I’d love to hear more about your art sources from your living room. You have such a great collection but I found that your previous post, “Living Room Reveal”, didn’t quite source every one of them. It’d be great to hear from you on this!

  17. Looks beautiful!

    Book idea: We had a huge bookshelf in our old living room, and I couldn’t take how chaotic it looked with all the bright covers (The spines of Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and a bunch of “chick lit” didn’t make for a cohesive look), so I covered the books in postal paper wrap (a la grade school) and wrote the names of the books on the spines. It took a while, but I did a few every night until I was finished. It was cheap solution!

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