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Jane Birkin carried one, Kate Schelter can’t part with hers, and La Ligne starting selling them specially for summer. What are we talking about? Basket bags. Woven beauties representing a looks-good-anywhere and goes-with-anything kind of laid-back chic. They’re the accessory that says I’m stylish and low-maintenance, and I know exactly what I’m doing. That in mind, it dawned on us that this is one fashion trend easily translated to home decor—and it brings the same in-vogue insouciance to your living room as it does to your go-to summer dress. From chairs to pendants to rugs, there’s ample opportunity to experiment with all things natural and woven for a look too pleasing to ever go out of style. Get inspired by a few shots from our archives below.

In the dining room of Sophia Bush’s California home, designer Alex Reid mixed a set of contemporary cane chairs with a distressed table. Crafted in a style known as binding cane, the strips of rattan palm are woven around the frame of the seat, creating a pattern that’s both beautiful and strong. Translate this room into an outfit and you’ve got your boho-chic go-to: a balanced combo of high fashion and neighborhood thrift.

In the dining room of Sophia Bush’s California home, designer Alex Reid mixed a set of contemporary cane chairs with a distressed table. Crafted in a style known as binding cane, the strips of rattan palm are woven around the frame of the seat, creating a pattern that’s both beautiful and strong. Translate this room into an outfit and you’ve got your boho-chic go-to: a balanced combo of high fashion and neighborhood thrift.

A Marcel Breuer armchair featuring a hole-in-cane pattern complements the desk of photographer Laura Resen. One could say it adds warmth to the space in the same way a woven handbag adds warmth to a white suit and Prada pumps.

A Marcel Breuer armchair featuring a hole-in-cane pattern complements the desk of photographer Laura Resen. One could say it adds warmth to the space in the same way a woven handbag adds warmth to a white suit and Prada pumps.

One of the easiest ways to incorporate this trend into your home is through a collection of curated accents. Here, Kendall Conrad turned open shelves into an Insta-worthy display, stacking larger vessels below and leaning a pair behind dishes up top.

One of the easiest ways to incorporate this trend into your home is through a collection of curated accents. Here, Kendall Conrad turned open shelves into an Insta-worthy display, stacking larger vessels below and leaning a pair behind dishes up top.

Transform a lonesome bulb into a major statement with a wicker shade. Above, Sara Ruffin Costello did just that in one of her children’s bedrooms, mixing tones and textures to create an age-appropriate layered look.

Transform a lonesome bulb into a major statement with a wicker shade. Above, Sara Ruffin Costello did just that in one of her children’s bedrooms, mixing tones and textures to create an age-appropriate layered look.

A natural-fiber rug with a basketlike weave lends any room a feeling of breezy comfort. In Kelly Klein’s living room, jute mimics the tone of the planked ceiling, preventing the modern architecture from feeling cold. As an outfit, it’d be the equivalent of a farmers’-market tote paired with a linen ensemble by some Scandinavian designer too cool for labels.  

A natural-fiber rug with a basketlike weave lends any room a feeling of breezy comfort. In Kelly Klein’s living room, jute mimics the tone of the planked ceiling, preventing the modern architecture from feeling cold. As an outfit, it’d be the equivalent of a farmers’-market tote paired with a linen ensemble by some Scandinavian designer too cool for labels.  

Not to be overlooked, smaller baskets for decoration or storage are as handy as your grandmother’s hand-me-down rattan clutch. Elizabeth Bauer used a pair as planters in her Nantucket dining nook, creating lasting arrangements suitable for dinner parties or a casual lunch for one.

Not to be overlooked, smaller baskets for decoration or storage are as handy as your grandmother’s hand-me-down rattan clutch. Elizabeth Bauer used a pair as planters in her Nantucket dining nook, creating lasting arrangements suitable for dinner parties or a casual lunch for one.

Bedside, taller versions work wonders in a guest room as magazine holders or resting places for a few rolled-up throws. It’s just another example of form meeting function in more ways than one—the golden rule for wardrobe staples and decorative necessities alike.

Bedside, taller versions work wonders in a guest room as magazine holders or resting places for a few rolled-up throws. It’s just another example of form meeting function in more ways than one—the golden rule for wardrobe staples and decorative necessities alike.

Related: Spotlight on Wicker, Rattan, and Raffia

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