Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Decorating With Rope

Although rope is often associated with it’s utilitarian purposes rather than a decorative accent, recently it has popped up in interiors of all styles. Rope is a fun way to add texture and style to your interiors and the price point cannot be beat!  The  possibilities are endless.
This clever coffee table forever catches my eye.
rope display in table
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We are using these Restoration Hardware mirrors in our Tahoe project. 
Iron and Rope Mirror
Heartmainehome has a tutorial here on how to make this rope doorstop.

Love these pendant lights.  We are hoping to use something similar in our Tahoe project.

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World Market has a knock off of these pendant lights below here http://www.worldmarket.com/product/galvanized+metal+and+rope+pendant+lamp.do?&refType=1&from=Search  that need a little shooshing to make them look up to snuff. I bet if you coated this with Amy Howard’s zinc solution here http://shop.amyhowardathome.com/Zinc-Solution/ they would be a close second!

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Rope + Metal Hook - JuteRope + Metal Handle - Jute
Love this rope cloche created by Stephen Gambrel

Another clever offering from Restoration Hardware
Industrial Pipe & Rope Shelf
Decorating With Rope | House & Home Online TV
Rope doorstop
Nautical rope: Remodelista


How about these from Anthropologie?

Grab an inexpensive florist container (we all have several around) and fill it with rope!
rope coil in glass vase
I am going to try these at the lake.  My curtains are always blowing all over the place
Rope Curtain Ties- I'm doing this with outdoor drapery on the pack patio by the pool.
Clever  use of rope as curtain by Erin Martin in this Northern California home.
Unique Maritime Decor in a California Home via House Beautiful-knotted rope for curtains and salvaged metal baskets upside down for coffee tables
Restoration Hardware also has these extension ropes.  We might just use these for the pendants we are designing for the kitchen in Tahoe.
Vintage Birdcage Chandelier Extension Rope
My daughter snatched up this Pottery Barn lamp on sale
Rope Table Lamp Base
Have you used rope in your decor? If so I would love to hear how. I had a great trip to Tahoe.  I will report on that in my next post.


  1. These are all great inspirations for using rope in the home and I am a huge fan of this since I have the door stopper and the floor lamp version of that rope table lamp!

  2. Hey Cindy - Such a coincidence: I spent a good part of today searching for rope / nautical light pendants, mirrors and hardware for our home in Maine. I found a bunch of DIY projects that look easy enough. Hope to tackle this summer once we are settled. xo

  3. These are great! Love the cabinet pulls and large knots under the lucite table


  4. Cindy, You never cease to amaze me with your creativity! Cheryl

  5. I love all of these ideas Cindy but I think my favorites are the rope pendants and drapery tiebacks!

  6. Hi Cindy, Thank you for all of these links! I like the rope hang for the mirror from RH. It's fun in the summer to change things up and add the rope accessories. I like the beach vibe. Hope you are having a nice week.


  7. I thin rope is so rustic chic, and your post proves there is so many ways to use it for the added texture to a space, really great post!!

  8. i do like the rope thing!
    these are really great examples.


  9. Cindy, what a wonderfully original post! I don't think I've seen a entire post filled with such creative options using rope. I agree, there's so many possibilities and now that I've seen some of these examples, you've got me thinking. I can't wait to see photos of your Tahoe place.

  10. What fantastic ideas here. I am definitely going to try that rope in the vase idea, much cheaper and more long lasting than flowers! x Sharon

  11. You find the best stuff. I love the RH shelves. I attached heavy rope to an IKEA pendant in my son's last room...I want to try that zinc solution!

  12. sharp eye cindy to find all these great examples. now, where does one find such thick rope, my mind is spinning!

  13. I LOVE every last one of these images. The cool thing about the drapes attached to the rod with rope is it's a good way to deal with drapes that are little too short. Great post!


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