Style Director Tori Mellott on the Timeless Appeal of Wicker

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June 21, 2022

Wicker is a classic, summer staple—it embodies a casual elegance and lends a hand-made, earthy quality to one’s wardrobe or home. I have a small collection of wicker bags that I rotate throughout the summer.  My little bags are somehow the perfect punctuation for white jeans and a billowy top and seem to soften the look of my more structured dresses.

In addition to making a sartorial statement, wicker is the perfect answer to any room that needs an infusion of character or is perhaps too serious or formal.  Small touches like an errant wicker side table or stool, a pair of wicker urns, or even a singular wicker table lamp add a layer of interest. Wicker has a cool factor that just can’t be beat—it’s the final say in effortless style.

  • A room clad head to toe in blue and white, checks and wicker by designer Mark D. Sikes.

    Amy Neunsinger
  • This porch designed by Markham Roberts holds a quaint elegance while giving off nautical vibes.

    Nelson Hancock

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  • “I love this classic shape! It looks like something Audrey Hepburn might carry in Roman Holiday or Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It’s the perfect size for buzzing around town during the day—large enough to fit the essentials and yet small enough that it’s not cumbersome!”

    Shirin Mini Wicker Top Handle Bag, $198. jmclaughlin.com

  • “My original love of wicker started with handbags and baskets. My grandmother had loads of wicker baskets that she would line with white linen napkins and use them to serve chips and rolls for every occasion. She also had a sweet little wicker handbag that I admired and dreamed about carrying! This little clutch is the perfect summer bag and the bamboo clasp is the cherry on top.”

    Tracey Wicker Clutch, $168. jmclaughlin.com

  • “There is nothing quite as luxurious and civil as a picnic on a summer day—a shady spot, some delicious Rosé, cheese, crackers, and a beautiful wicker picnic basket!”

    Belmont 22-Piece Picnic Basket & Cooler Set, $134. saksfifthavenue.com

  • “I’ve seen a lot of wicker daybeds and most are fussy and frilly. I love the understated profile of this piece. The sleek silhouette could handle a stripe, a floral, or a solid fabric.”

    Dunley Faux Wicker Indoor Daybed by Made Goods, $4,350. stephaniecohenhome.com

  • “I usually prefer symmetry, but there is something very appealing about the undulating lines of this table lamp—it almost feels like it’s dancing!”

    Seta Wicker Table Lamp, $349. crateandbarrel.com

  • “Like the wicker urn, this sconce is all about the joy of juxtaposition—a familiar form in a very unexpected material! Plus, everyone needs a useful and chic task lamp.”

    Trousdale Wall Light with Rattan Up Down Shade, price available upon request. soane.co.uk

  • “When I envision the French countryside, I envision sweet tabletop pieces like this dotting the kitchens of my chateau daydreams. Just imagine cakes, croissants, muffins, scones, and other delicious pastries staying fresh under this chic cloche!”

    Kiernan Tray with Large Cloche, $134. hudsonandvine.com

  • “I’d like to own the orange box that this trolly comes in! I love how Hermes made something so functional and practical also very beautiful.”

    Equipages d’Hermes “Diligence” Side Table, $42,600. hermes.com

  • “This pagoda is so whimsical and fun—the perfect stand-in for a large center hall table when you can’t have a towering vase of fresh flowers.”

    Tall Pagoda, $260. amandalindroth.com

  • “I love the look of taxidermy, but I don’t actually care for dead, stuffed animals, so little guy is the answer to taxidermy woes! He is adorable, playful, and adds wonderful dimension to any room.”

    Wicker Elephant Wall Art, $995. jonathanadler.com

  • “Because we all secretly want our children to play with beautiful toys.”

    Wicker Wagon by Olli Ella, $160. anthropologie.com

  • “A classically shaped urn would have historically been made from marble, basalt, or another stone material, which is why seeing it made from wicker is such a lovely surprise. Add a maidenhair fern for the ultimate easy-breezy look!”

    Braided Square Wicker Urn, $394. wickerhomepatiofurniture.com