Rope has long been a staple in coastal style, but even for those of us inland dwellers, it can be an easy way to introduce texture and variety into a room. While researching a instructions for a rope frame mirror that I'm devising for my kids' playroom, I came across some other lovely unexpected applications.
• 1, 2 I love the unexpected nautical vibe of rope staircase railings in everyday homes— coastal but not too theme-y. The first is arresting with its subtlety and contrast. The second is from Thom Filicia's Designer's Vision Showhouse. I love the loose style of the rope railing in contrast with the strong stripes of the runner and exposed flooring.
• 3 Thankfully, we don't have the scalding water pipe issue in our own home, but if we did we'd surely be employing Maxwell's idea of wrapping the culprits with rope for stylish insulation and protection. Check out the full how-to here.
• 4 A rope wrapped lamp from Interior Transformations.
• 5 Rope also makes an easy, casual tie back either styled as this one or simply tied.
• 6 Not necessarily a solution for a bathroom or room where you need a lock, but I love the casual country simplicity of this makeshift doorknob. It was part of Country Living's 2009 House of the Year.
While most any rope will do, look for great vintage rope at flea markets (I've spotted multiple suppliers at the Georgetown Flea Market) and eBay.