New (Free) Area Rug

What's better than a new rug? A free one! A friend of mine bought this beautiful rug for her home, but decided after a while that it didn't really fit with the room. Now it's mine!

Since painting my living room blue last year, the space hasn't had a suitable rug. I've had some beautiful flat weave rugs, but they aren't really practical for us because our youngest is either in his wheel chair smooshing the rug up with turning wheels or he's getting caught up on the edges scooting around on his bottom. Now I have a rug that stays put and meshes perfectly with the vibe of my living room. I'm a happy mama!









Most recently I had a beautiful rug from Pottery Barn, but the color wasn't right for the space - see the photo below. I've moved that rug to my dining room where it is much happier.




Woven Textiles | Layer it On

A smattering of boho textiles for a Wednesday morning? Yes, please. Honestly, when my home needs a pick-me-up, layering woven textiles is my go-to decorating trick. Pillows, rugs, tapestries, window treatments and wall hangings are the quickest and least permanent way to spiff up your space. And to prove my point, I submit the evidence below:

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Magic Carpets

Why put something bland on your floor when, for just a few thousand dollars, you can have something spectacular? These area rugs have captured my imagination but the price tags are crazy balls. I wonder if you could take a plain flat weave rug and just paint a similar design over top?  No?  Yeah, I thought so.


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My Living Room is Finished!

I painted my living room blue last weekend and the results are in!  I snapped photos yesterday morning while fixing oatmeal for my 5-year-old and intermittently picking up a crying 2-year-old. So while they're not top notch photos, you'll get an idea of what I've done!  Presenting my very blue living room:







And just for fun, here's a before shot:









I painted with Benjamin Moore's Symphony Blue, which took four coats.  It was crazy but worth it.  Most of the room is comprised of furniture I already had on hand. However, there are a few new things in place.  The primary purchase was a set of red ikat curtain panels from Castle Creek Designs on Etsy.  They are beautiful and I'm in love with these curtains.  The other new piece is the red tripod table pictured above from West Elm - an early Christmas gift from my husband.  It was on sale!


Where did everything else come from?  Here's the breakdown:

Everything below came from Craigslist:
pair of yellow Midcentury chairs
pair of blue barrel back chairs
brown sofa
both sofa side tables
coffee table
circular table between blue chairs

Thrift Store
all four table lamps, each lamp was 5 dollars or less
(I spray painted two of them in turquoise)

Etsy
red ikat curtains from Castle Creek Designs
grey chevron pouf by Aleta Fae - I won from a blog giveaway at Head Over Heels

Joss & Main
blue Ikat pillows on sofa
lumbar ikat pillow I won from a blog giveaway at Deliciously Organized

Pottery Barn
red paisley throw pillow and blanket
area rug

Stuff I made:


And just for fun... here are photos of our eat-in kitchen and dining room, both of which share space with our new living room... 







P.S.  All of the art in the photos below were painted by my son, Walker. 
Our dining room is like his little gallery.





Thanks to everyone who encouraged me to go bold and paint my living room dark indigo blue.  I love the look of it, as does my family.  It's warm, dramatic, energizing and just plain fun.  Have a GREAT weekend!

Pattern Under Foot

Its a gray, damp Tuesday and I'm at home with my kiddos in our pajamas.  Despite the weather, I am cheered - as always - by my home.  As I look around the house, the thing that cheers me the most, besides the great company, is the eclectic mix of pattern.  The only place that lacks big pattern is the floor.  Most of my area rugs are a solid color or if they do have pattern, they're on the small side.  I'm always drawn towards ethnic weaves, but I also love a bold floral print every once in a while.  I'm definitely inspired by the area rugs in the photos below.

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It Never Fails - The Red Rug Fix

I've posted about this BEFORE, but it bears repeating.  Can't figure out what to put on your floors?  Looking for an area rug that will tie everything together without distracting from the overall intent of the space?  Red Persian, patterned, Oriental or ethnic weave rugs will always go with everything.  Really, they will!  Try it and you'll see.

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Global Texture

Nothing is more exciting to me than the idea of traveling around the world collecting gorgeous global textiles and then coming home to strew them all around my house.  I love this look.  I always have and probably always will.  When I hear the phrase, "Live with what you love", these are the kinds of images that pop into my head.

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Browsing Cost Plus World Market

I had a few free moments yesterday, so I popped in to my local Cost Plus World Market for a look-see.  I love this place.  I always find something fun and interesting for my home or my kitchen cabinets.  I can pick up a great bottle of wine, a set of fresh towels, some ethnic jewelry and a little goodie for my three year old.  I haven't been in to the store in a while and I was so happy to see their most recent collections.  These are some of the items I might come home with if I were on a little spree.



Natural Fibers

I've always loved the look of a woven grass ottoman or a natural sisal rug.  I've always had something woven and natural in my home, starting with my childhood bedroom, through my first apartments and now in my family home.  It doesn't matter where you use it - a little sisal something can be incorporated in your home as rugs, as pillows, as containers, as chairs and more. 

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Ikat Cacophony

I'm sure you've seen this photo all over the internet.  Its from a house tour in the January issue of Elle Decor.  I love everything about this house, but the photo below really inspired me.  I love the bold rug, the brash Ikat curtain panels, the gray patterned wallpaper, the miss-matched Ikat throw pillows and the edgy art.  Its a fantastic mix.  I really want this kind of look in my living room.  The thing that most excites me about this look is I think I could pull it off without changing any of my furniture.  Its all walls, floors and curtains. Hmmm....

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Here are some beautiful Ikat rug patterns to get me going:








Most of the rugs are from ABC Carpet in NYC.