Published in 405HOME Spring 2022
Lattice is a familiar, multi-dimensional, criss-cross pattern often fashioned from wood and seen in gardens. If it supports a vine, it’s called a “trellis.” If it’s located in France, it’s called a “treillage.” And if it falls into the hands of a talented designer, it becomes a stunning design element.
Trellises with intricate latticework soared in popularity after King Louis XIV added them throughout the Palace of Versailles gardens in France. Lattice has been spotted outside and inside the grandest of homes ever since. In these pages, a few locals share and discuss their lattice-inspired designs, which are nothing less than spectacular.
“The overall goal for this lake house was taking the idea of farm house [design] and pushing the boundaries a little bit, making it a little more elegant,” said Rachel Shingleton of Pencil Shavings Studio, regarding the lattice-inspired woodwork she used throughout a new Lake Eufaula home.
“We experimented with some different pattern ideas, and our carpenter was gracious enough to provide samples,” Shingleton said. “Initially, I wanted to do kitchen cabinets with a woven cane inset. Though they are beautiful, the reality is that they aren’t practical for a kitchen. This was a way to get the look—to shrink that lattice scale down to get the same feeling—and also have it be practical.”
Lattice designs were incorporated into the home’s bunk room and primary bathroom, in addition to the kitchen.
“In the past, you would see a lot of larger-scale versions of lattice used in super traditional settings. I feel like what we’re seeing now is designers coming back to this traditional [design], but making it a
little more livable, a little more casual.”
Based on what she’s seen at market, Shingleton believes the lattice trend will last a while.
“There’s so much rattan and natural texture happening right now,” she said. “This is a good way to experiment with texture and pattern.”