Finding the right rug can do so much for you space. A rug can provide the jumping off point for which you build everything around in the room. Using a rug to anchor and define a space is essential in an open room that serves multiple functions. You can also use a rug as a featured statement piece in a room just in the same way as you would use a piece of art work. Clearly the right piece underfoot can truly work to pull an entire look together.
Kilim rugs are everywhere right now. This look is the latest iteration in the global and ethnic inspired pattern trend. They are great because they are so versatile and really provide amazing color and texture into any space. If you are looking for a more traditional classic looking rug, remember that you have more options beyond orientals! I love the range of looks that are available today. You can find both very traditional patterns and colors and also very bright and fresh options as well. Next time you are on a treasure hunt at an antique or flea market, keep your eyes peeled. You will find amazing pieces or remanents of restored vintage rugs. Sometimes they are even over dyed in fun bright hues.
I love this style of rug because it can live in any space. It is a flatweave rug meaning it has no pile, so they are just as great to anchor a seating area as they are as a splash of color as a runner in the kitchen.
Kilims are fantastic off the floor as well! You can find beautiful pillows made from pillow weaves and use them to bring a little bit of a bohemian feel to your space. They are also fantastic as decorative wall hangings.
It is almost time for turkey, pumpkin pie, and egg nog. Can you believe it?! We are closing in on the holiday season, friends, and it is a great time to keep your eyes peeled for fun pieces that can become part of your holiday decor and tablescapes. Before you can start collecting take some time to figure out who you want to be this holiday. For some of you this may be obvious. Maybe your are hollywood regency through and through and this style is clear throughout your home. Perhaps some of you enjoy taking a bit of a departure from your everyday decor during the holidays or when you throw a sweet soiree. Either way having a general direction in mind will keep your eye focused when you hit the antique markets, thrift stores, or ebay!
This concept certainly has a feminine edge so make sure you’ve got a nice scotch handy for the boys in your life! Think the softer side of holiday colors if you want to go pretty to the max. Soft pink and minty greens and muted gold accents. Balance out these soft tones with deep burgundy, deep jewel toned teals, and warm leathery browns. Bring in some soft texture with these sweet throw pillows. Chose pieces that whisper ladylike. Beautiful crystal barware and a lace inspired table runner will do the trick.
Is sleek and clean where you like to hang your hat? Keep your party modern and chic with lots of black and white with hints of metallic. This look is a great place to mix those metallics. Keep layering and patterns minimal and let the repetition of black and white and textures lead the way. I LOVE a good white out when it comes to holiday styling!
I just love the easy “I woke up like this” feeling of a bohemian home. This look feels as though it has been collected over a lifetime. To achieve this look you can not shy away from color and pattern. Layer, layer, and layer some more! Be sure you have an easy going organic element. Keep arrangements light hearted and not over worked.
TREND: Channeling bohemian style in a new, more tailored way.
Take one part vivid colors, one part rough-hewn vintage texture, and one part pattern. Mix well and serve as the new take on bohemian style. The cozy spot above is a home office that embodies the look, and you can get a similar room with the items below. Get those dining chairs in multiples and set the table with dishes instead of books, and it would make a fantastic dining room, too!
- Parker Settee, Ballard Designs
- Solid Slate Kantha Throw, West Elm
- Phaleonopsis Orchid, Hooks and Lattice (this one is faux, but real ones are easy to come by at florists)
- Simone Wicker Dining Chairs, Ballard Designs
- Vintage Ladders, Treasures by Betsy
- Parallel Reality Rug, FLOR
- Wine Barrel Chandelier, Restoration Hardware
– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely