Trimmed with Tassels

In my previous post, I wrote about the re-emerging trend of the classic Greek key. Well, here is another iconic design element, the origins of which also date back thousands of years. It, too, has demonstrated a pattern of re-emergence over time, the latest being during the late 1980s: it’s the tassel!

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Earrings, Oscar de la Renta; Shoes, Sperry Top Sider; Necklace, Tory Burch.

While this point ornament is referenced in the Old Testament, it was the ‘Passementiers’, a textile guild in 16th-Century France, which elevated the craft to an art form. While the material, scale and aesthetic of the tassel continued to change and evolve according to varying art and design movements, the basic form of the tassel remained the same: a suspended cord, the ‘body’ or the knot, and the skirt.

It’s no secret that design of fashion and interiors can influence each other from season to season. This year is no exception – whether you’re fancy, preppy or hippie, there’s a tassel for you!


Clayton Gray Home

I really enjoy when classic design elements are given a contemporary twist. This Arteriors Home lamp has an effortless style – it’s distinct and unique without being loud or ‘over the top’.


Spice Home Decor

A graphic-printed pillow is a fun and young way to incorporate tassels into a space. It’s so versatile that it could work just as nicely in a masculine study as in a Parisian-inspired bedroom!

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Speaking of bedrooms, how about these rather ethereal, tassel-inspired light fixtures in lieu of table lamps or traditional wall sconces? Can you just imagine walking into this space at night with no other lighting except the glow of these stunners? I certainly can…

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House of Honey

Gold has made a huge comeback in recent years, bringing with it the warmth that other metallic finishes often lack. This side table will instantly add a ‘wow’ factor.


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House Hunter

Is DIY more your thing? Get inspired by this revamped dresser. The tassels on the top drawers are what really elevates it from ‘unique and chic’ to ‘striking showstopper’.



I find that candles are frequently added to a room as a quick ‘after-thought’. More often than not, they have over-powering scents and are housed in lack-lustre glass vessels. Take the extra time to choose candles that complement, rather than dilute, your space. I love that this candle from L’Objet has a lid, and can perform double duty as a beautiful artifact long after it’s ‘pink champagne’ scent is gone.




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