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The hunt for a dining room rug is a task most people face at some point – area rugs come in all shapes and sizes and are made of many different kinds of materials, from wool to polypropylene.  Area rugs are available at a wide variety of price points but thankfully there are modern choices to fit every budget.

An area rug is important to a dining space because it adds both comfort and style, frames the table, and can also define the room itself, especially in open floor plans. There are no rules about what style to choose, that is a personal choice, but there is a general rule when it comes to the proper size. 


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What size your rug should be? Here’s a handy formula: measure the width and length of your table and add 18-24” to each of the four sides to allow extra room for the chairs. (Be sure to include your table leaf in your calculation.) For most spaces, that means a 5 × 8’ rug is too small and you should invest in a rug that measures somewhere between 6 x9’ and 9 x 12’. 

Those necessary extra inches are important because they allow guests to slide chairs out from under the table without falling off the edge of the rug. If the rug is too small, chairs can still scratch the floor or get tripped up on the edge of a rug when trying to slide them back in. 

It’s also important to purchase a rug that is not too big – it’s best that your area rug does not trespass into the space where a sideboard or buffet sits, and so there is a visible border of flooring as well.


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An exception would be a cowhide rug, the nature of it means some legs will be on, some will be off, so just go with it!

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An area rug can be a jumping off point for your dining room’s design style and palette – play off the color cues with complementary fabric and accessories. 

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The style of your dining rug can vary according to your lifestyle, budget, and personal tastes. A geometric motif is a popular modern approach – botanical patterns and stripes are also classic choices.

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A neutral sisal rug is a sure bet – it adds subtle organic texture and won’t compete with any of your other design choices.

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A round or oval table does not necessarily mean that the shape of the rug must also have round edges. Mimic the circular shape for consistency or choose a basic rectangle, either look works well. 

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But remember, there is no rule that commands a dining space must have an area rug so feel free to go without. If you’ve got beautiful or interesting floors, whether they’re painted or hardwood, ceramic tile or brick, or if you simply prefer your space without an area rug, then eliminate it entirely. It’s that simple! 

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Do you have an area rug in your dining space?  How did you choose yours?



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Oh there’s nothing quite like dining alfresco is there?  Those longer summer nights beckon us outdoors where the air is pleasant and the barbeque is ready for dinner!  Eating outdoors is a break from the ordinary, and a chance to watch the garden grow while you linger with friends and family over delicious seasonal preparations.

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Alfresco dining gives you the opportunity to set a table outdoors among the botanicals and nearby vegetable garden. Make it formal with glassware and dishes brought out from your china hutch, or keep it casual with melamine dishes and a few linen napkins.

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I went virtual shopping over at BH&G shop for melamine plates and pretty napkins and gathered some new ideas for setting an outdoor table this summer, here are a few favorite pairings sure to brighten your summer table too!

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From top left: Red Vine, Kohls; Red & Orange Chevron Napkin, Target; Foulard Napkin, Anthropologie; La Med Plate, Williams Sonoma; Venice Napkin, World Market; Kiwi Plates, Bed, Bath & Beyond; Watercolor Floral Napkin, Target; Bright Shapes Plate, West Elm; Pine Cone Hill Napkins, Wayfair; Zig Zag set, Hayneedle; Floral Napkin, World Market; Magenta Melamine, Casa.



A child’s bedroom space is one of the most fun places to decorate in the home because children will always welcome bright colors and playful patterns. Last year I wrote an article all about color in boy’s rooms so today let’s focus on girl’s rooms, and all the ways to add color to these youthful yet feminine spaces. 

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I just finished up my own daughter’s room a few months ago in her preferred shades of aqua and lavender, adding layers of pattern and color with fabric, bedding, painted pieces, and accessories. Here’s a peek at twenty favorite feminine spaces from the archives, and five different ways to add color to a special little girl’s room in your home. 

Add Color With Paint.   Tried and true, a coat of paint on the walls is the easiest way to add a lovely shade of color to a girl’s room, choose a soft pastel or a vibrant hue to set the palette for the space.

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The use of marble in interior design has a long history, dating back as far as Ancient Rome. Marble has been used over the centuries to embellish everything from iconic architectural structures to modern day kitchens and bathrooms. Sculptures as famous as Michelangelo’s David have been carved from this prized stone and it has always held its appeal throughout the years.

Marble is a luxurious choice and is often more expensive than other solid surfaces, but is worth the investment since it’s unquestionably elegant and forever timeless. There are two varieties of Italian marble that are similar in appearance, both milky white with gray veining, and they are Carrara and Calacatta. Carrara has more delicate, lighter veining; Calacatta is a rarer, pricier stone and has bolder more defined strokes, yet both are a desirable luxury stone.

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Slabs are the most expensive but smaller scale tile patterns tend to be more affordable per square foot. The mixture of small and medium scale motifs add interest to any bathroom space from petite herringbone to offset brick pattern tile.

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Calacatta marble appears on the walls in this bathroom, adding drama and one-of-a-kind pattern. One thing is true about slab marble, it doesn’t need embellishment of any kind. Marble has earned its beauty and is best left with its stunning and unique veining on display.

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Instead of slab on the floors or walls, look for large scale marble tiles that will give the same look, but broken up into smaller sections.


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Or consider a marble basket weave tile for a decorative inset pattern that is both intricate and exquisite.

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One of the most popular ways to add marble to the bathroom is with slab countertops. Mix it up with tile or wallpaper in the same gray and white palette to bring additional pattern to your bathroom space.

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Looking for the ultimate in luxury?  How amazing is this retro inspired vanity washbasin with spectacular Lucite legs – stunning!

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Whichever way you choose to use it, from tile on the floor to slabs on the walls to the simplicity of a countertop, you can never ever go wrong with marble in the bathroom.  Carrara and Calacatta marble are surfaces that hold a rare title, they have stood the test of time for not just decades, but centuries!



I’ve been on the hunt for some nesting tables for our family room, to take the place of a plain end table. I love the versatility of nesting tables, and the fact that they can be compacted together in a matching set tucked away, and then separated for any day when you need an extra surface to rest a book or drink upon.

Nesting tables come in all shapes, sizes, and finishes, choose a warm metallic like classic brass or gold leaf to add a dose of elegance.

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A contemporary white set looks lovely paired with traditional furnishings and provides extra storage for magazines, keeping remote controls handy for surfing on the television.

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Wood always warms a space, and a shapely modern trio provides a perch for plants or reading material.

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Or introduce an industrial element to your home with a metal and wood combination!

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I rounded up a dozen favorites, from the gilded and glamorous to colorful and cottage styles, enjoy!

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From top left: Bronze Mirrored Tables, Lamps Plus; Peekaboo Tables, CB2; Woodland Tables, Walmart; Astair Tables, Z Gallerie; Hailey Tables, Grandinroad; Maharaja Tables, Home Decorators; Durham Tables, Ballard Designs; Jenna Tables, Pier One; Stella Tables, Horchow  Blue Tables, Overstock; Granger Tables, Pottery Barn; Gray Criss Cross, Overstock.


Which set is your favorite?





Today we’re wrapping up the Outdoor Room Series with a look at spaces that aren’t enclosed or covered like we’ve seen with previous articles. Now we’re talking about outdoor rooms that anyone can create in a small area with just a patio, deck, or balcony. All it takes is a few square feet, some furnishings, and accessories to make a sweet and scenic space for enjoying the summer months!

The best outdoor rooms mimic what we love about indoor spaces – they include comfortable seating and practical and pretty accessories, but they have the added benefit of being situated out in the sun and surrounded by foliage. What could be better? So I rounded up five favorite elements for creating your own blissful outdoor room!

A Gathering Space.  There must always be seating for a group, so consider a small sofa and chairs with a coffee table or ottoman in the middle for setting beverages or reading material.  Choose neutral seating or make it colorful!


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A Cooking Place.  Outdoor kitchens come in many shapes and sizes, but having a barbeque, perhaps a sink, and some prep space are all you need to create memorable meals infused with seasonal flavor.

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A Dining Space.  Once the meal is prepared, there’s nothing quite so delightful as dining alfresco on a warm summer night. Combine a table and chairs for a sit down experience or get creative with a bar type scene for enjoying informal appetizers and beverages.

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A Growing Place.  An outdoor space is incomplete without greenery – your blooms can consist of just a few succulents, an enchanting collection of thriving botanicals, or could include a lush pathway that welcomes anyone who enters your patio scene.

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A Warming Space.  Mankind has gathered together around the fire for centuries, and in modern times we use fireplaces and fire pits to warm our surroundings and also to create ambiance. Invest in a permanent structure with a chimney or a simpler chiminea or fire pit.

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You’d never need a vacation away from home if your outdoor patio possessed all five elements mentioned.  The most perfect outdoor room would incorporate seating, dining, cooking facilities, greenery, and warmth! 

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This concludes the Outdoor Room Series, I hope you’re inspired to create a fabulous space of your own!  To read the entire series, don’t miss the other spotlights on covered porches and patios, screened porches, sunrooms, and cabanas!



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