Last week we talked about where to buy these basket beauties, and today it's time to talk about what to do with them. While walls of baskets may conjure up images of country homes resplendent with rooster decor and flowery upholstery, the textures and graphic patterns of winnowing baskets are fit for the clean-lined sensibilities of any modern home. Like plates, winnowing baskets have a pleasing shape, but without the fussier associations. I'm drawn to their earthy, warm textures and their subtle ethnic edge that doesn't scream global bazaar.
• 1-3. Many large retailers like West Elm carry their own interpretations of winnowing baskets, while other retailers like Room & Board have partnered up with African artisans to bring authentic woven baskets mainstream. While I prefer the more authentic varieties, the talented retail stylists in both arenas give great examples of how well the baskets work with a global modern style.
• 4. Clusters of baskets work well over credenzas and tables, but I also love this meandering trail of baskets featured in Living Etc. which is a nice counterpoint to the straight angles of the sideboard.
• 5-7. South African designer, Stephen Falcke, has made the blogworld rounds with his breathtaking wall of baskets made famous in the Saxon Hotel. Like most of his work, the enormous collection of baskets infuses the room with natural warmth and earthy texture while still remaining somehow quiet. Check out the rest of his inspiring portfolio on his website StephenFalcke.com.
• 8. Clusters of baskets make a graphic, un-fussy addition to a kitchen or breakfast room's decor. Carleton Varney used baskets from Macy's (originally made in Rwanda) to punch up this Wisconsin cottage.
Images: 1: West Elm; 2: Room & Board; 3: Room & Board via Designer's Library; 4: Living etc.; 5: Stephen Falcke; 6: Simon Baker; 7: At Home With Art by Tiddy Rowan via Art Propelled; 8: Mikkel Vang for House Beautiful