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Once fall rolls around and turns into winter, I find myself gravitating aesthetically towards buffalo check anything (check out that wallpaper above!). More than ever, you can find buffalo check on practically everything from fashion (like these adorable J.Crew vests) to tree skirts and stockings. Simply put, buffalo check brings in some holiday cheer and a healthy punch of graphic pattern along with a classic American design sensibility.

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Buffalo check is cousins with the more spring-y gingham. (Often gingham appears in a smaller scale while buffalo check is big and bold.) Most often buffalo check will be found in red/black and navy/white, although it can come in many colorways in a more contemporary riff. If you’re a history buff, I really enjoyed reading this little spotlight on buffalo check at Tidbits & Twine. Apparently buffalo check dates back to the 17th century and was made popular by Queen Charlotte and was even used in decor at Colonial Williamsburg! Woolrich, who designed the blankets in my lake house guest bedroom above, has a buffalo check shirt in its archives from the mid 1800s.

Buffalo check can feel modern and fresh despite its traditional roots. I love it paired with the white shiplap walls and simple farmhouse table.

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But it’s also fun when created in an unexpected colorway (pink!).

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Play around with scale if you love patterns. You can easily mix and match buffalo check in the same colorway for a new result. I love the emerald green with this – it feels old school and campy for a boy’s bedroom.

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Another fun play on patterns with the bold stripe red chair.

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Red buffalo check curtains bring some Christmas cheer to this pretty country kitchen along with the twin wreaths in the windows.

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Ticking stripe is also a favorite with buffalo check in a more casual country setting.

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But if your aesthetic leans more polished and contemporary, look for textiles that have been slightly reinterpreted, like this watercolor-inspired buffalo check fabric. The legs on the ottomans are more streamlined to continue the sleeker and sophisticated look of the room.

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Finally, for the ultimate in casual luxury, this marble buffalo check floor on the diagonal provides a major graphic accent to an otherwise simple space. Wouldn’t this be amazing in a lake house? It’s like a checkerboard floor totally reimagined. I can’t get enough of this one!

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Hip hip hooray for buffalo check!


TREND: Bold Patterns

A couple weeks ago, someone said to me, “Your style has changed.” And while they didn’t say it in a mean way, I did take slight offense at the statement. Upon reflection, however, I realized they were right. My style has changed. Well, not changed, but evolved. I grew up in a small town and never really had access to all that was happening in the design world. Lately however, thanks to the Internet and opportunities to travel more, I’m seeing new things and finding an appreciation for different styles, colors, and patterns. Needless to say, this has been such an exciting and eye-opening process.

Recently, one of my favorite elements to play around with is bold patterns, specifically geometric designs. And while, in my opinion, these designs favor a more modern style, they are fabulous patterns that can certainly suit any decor.

One of my most recent purchases was this bold, graphic, and colorful rug. It received rave reviews when I shared it on social media and on my blog. The colors and patterns really create a bright, fun, and beautiful space. As much as I loved the rug before I showed it to the world, I was even more excited when everyone else appreciated its awesomeness, too.

Using bold geometric pattern, especially when you are more comfortable with solids or more subtle designs can be a bit nerve racking. And while these patterns still may not be for everyone, it doesn’t hurt to give them a try in your own space.

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I’ve gathered a few of my favorite faceted and geometric patterned pieces to get you started. Even something as simple as a vase or a small accessory can add an interesting, unexpected element to your space.

Which of these pieces are you loving the most?

Happy Decorating,

Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm


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