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Visit Grandma's house for the hottest decor

Brush up on your needlepoint! Chassie Post from Domino highlights the latest home accessories, furniture and more from this nostalgic trend.
/ Source: TODAY

The new trend in home décor might have you running up to the attic to dust off those old hand-me-downs. Now hipper than ever, lace, crochet and needlepoint are back. Domino magazine's contributing style editor Chassie Post presents the latest must-haves for your home.

In home décor, what’s old is definitely new again — “granny chic” is here! Think romantic-shaped furniture, wallpaper, lace, wicker, needlepoint, and crochet, but reinvented or updated with modern materials, bold color and even a sense of humor. The hippest designers are veering away from cold, hard modernism and embracing warm, comfortable designs inspired by Granny — but with a twist. It's so popular because it's nostalgic. During this fast, complex time we’re living in, people are craving comfort and the familiar. Here are some tips for getting this look in three different rooms in your house:

Living room
Wallpaper Wallpaper is back! And this is not your Grandmother’s wallpaper. It's no longer heavy, dark, and stuffy. Today, we’re seeing fresh new takes on wallpaper like the Technicolor Bird and Butterfly Wallpaper with bright colors, blown-up patterns and modern designs. It’s like a pop art version of a 1930’s traditional hand-painted Chinese wallpaper, but with a sense of humor that makes us happy! Decorator’s Walk wallpaper, Birds & Butterflies, $95/roll; available at Design Professionals:

Cuckoo clockWhen was the last time you saw a cuckoo clock? These folk classics are cool again. This is a perfect example of the groovy granny trend — an outdated object reworked in an attractive and clever way. The Anthropologie clock featured on “Today” is a blue metal silhouette of a traditional cuckoo clock with the outline of a typical woodland scene, complete with deer and antlers on top. Decorative accessories are a great way to bring some granny chic into your room without a major commitment., $280

FurnitureIt's all about mixing different styles. The classic “salon” chair featured on “Today” is traditionally-shaped but reupholstered with modern fabric. This material is actually vinyl in chocolate brown (upholstered chair from Anthropologie, $998). To get this look and use what you have: update hand-me-downs or vintage furniture and give them an instant facelift by just reupholstering them in modern material. We get so many questions about upholstery that we put a fabric calculator on our web site ( to tell you how much fabric you need. Similar chair at Ballard Designs,, $423; acrylic “Peekaboo” Console,, $329

Accessories: Flame Stitch Rug,, $210; knit throw from Nate Berkus for Linens-n-Things,, $79.99

Dining room
Lace curtain
The wall covering featured on “Today” is an updated version of a lace curtain or paper doll cutout. It’s actually a paper curtain with flower and animal scenes that are intricately cut “paper doll”-style by a Dutch designer named Toord Boontje who has become a rock star in the design world. People are using this as art, wall covering, curtains or a room divider. He used to cut his designs by hand, but they have become so popular, he now does it on a computer. Until Dawn Panel by Toord Boontje, $100,

Another way to get this trend is by using something old-fashioned in a new way. We used traditional doilies from the grocery store to create a modern design on our table instead of using a tablecloth. Great for entertaining. We just taped/stapled different sizes together. It’s so easy — the more haphazard, the better. Parson’s Table,, $399; paper doilies, $2 at any grocery store

The candlesticks by designer Harry Allen are called “Gran’s Candlesticks” and they are exact reproductions of his own Grandmother’s beloved silver candlesticks. He reproduces them, but in plastic resin and six bold pop colors. Again, new materials can give an old-fashioned and staid item an edge. Gran’s Candlestick by Harry Allen Reality Designs, $45,

Accessories: Black and White Lace Glasses, ($13.50 for set of 2), Broadway Panhandler: (212) 966-3434; “Lace” Vases by Roost,, $45 and $65; floral paper napkins, Kitzu: (323) 655-1908, $5;Philippe Starck Ghost Chair, $334, from Design Within Reach,; Silver Mercury Glass Candlesticks, Anthropologie, $36; Cake Plate “porcelain platters”,, $130 and $150; Black and white solid vases called “Seven Days and Seven Nights Vases”,, $195

Needlepoint pillows
People are craving items that feel special and less mass produced. Personalized crafts, like knitting, crochet, needlepoint and quilting, are popular again. They give a sense of comfort and warmth. Jonathan Adler is the king reinterpreting the familiar and making it feel new, fresh, and fun. On needlepoint pillows, instead of designs that say things like “I’d rather be golfing”, Jonathan has shaken it up with fun pop references. And if you are a crackerjack needle pointer, you can make them yourself! Jonathan Adler,, $95-165

Bedding, quilt and crochet throw
Haul out your grandmother’s quilts and crochet throws again — craft is also back. But try them on a modern bed. We’ve paired a lavender star quilt from Pine Cone Hill and classic crochet throw by Nate Berkus with a modern headboard (again, mixing styles). Still with a vintage feel, but not tired or too country. Lavender Star Quilt, Pinecone Hill,, $275; crochet throw from Nate Berkus for Linens–n-Things,, $59.99

“Daisy Duo” Table
And lastly even teens think Granny is cool. The side table featured on “Today” is a direct send-up of a sweet, tiered Victorian side table called a “daisy duo table” from PBTeen. Looks like a cake plate your grandmother might have owned. Also comes in bright candy pink color. PB Teen,, $169

Accessories: Pillow Sham, ABC Carpet & Home, $150; striped quilt,, $275; Wallpaper, Paper Flowers designed by Cole & Son, available at Lee Jofa through Design Professionals,, about $80/roll; “Stevenson Headboard” by Ballard Designs,, $398; “Bubble Lamp” by West Elm,, $129