The road less traveled is not in all likelihood in reference to our Silk Road of the Orient, which happens to be not only well traveled, but cycled through often as far as trends are concerned. The good news here for those of you who already own any variety of Oriental rug, or would like to own one in the near future, is that a well-made version never really goes out of style and always looks glamorous in a space.
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With so many zip codes (or the regional counterpart) calling the Orient as home base, there are quite naturally a great many varieties of rug included under the umbrella term of Oriental. The ever so fabulous Persian rug and many Turkish styles of rug, of which there are more than I can count on my two little hands, are currently enjoying quite a design moment, especially if they happen to be of the vintage variety.
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I have found that some of these specimens come in some oddly sized pieces, and some may not do much in the way of covering any actual surface area, though virtually all of the designs are spectacular and complex, not to mention typically hand knotted and made from gorgeous natural materials. If you happen to have an aversion to faux fibers, this might be a route you would do well to consider, assuming you can find a size that suits your space. Many styles of Oriental rug actually seem to stick to some semblance of habit when it comes to size. Some tend toward larger sizes on the whole, while others seem to produce a very consistent array of the most beautiful oversized door mats you have ever seen. If you are looking for accent pieces, this might be perfect, but if you need a full sized rug to fill your family room you may need to consider this in your search.
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While this trend has moments of rise and fall in popularity among the masses and in particular the young, given the propensity for these pieces to keep their ‘cool’, it might be safe to say they are worth the investment. Since you can track down some mighty fine rugs at stellar prices on the second hand market, that investment may turn out to be one that deals more in time than dollars. With such a wide variety of styles, colors, patterns, and regional differences that set these rugs apart from one another, perhaps while one is on the rise and trending, it just might be time to focus your energies on another region’s goods and get your dollars’ worth while no one is looking.
Other animals have been challenging birds’ supremacy in design for a while now, and though creatures like horses have been making strides, birds are still ever-present. Maybe it’s because there are so many kinds of birds and they all signify different things. Owls were a noticeable stand-out for a while. Could hummingbirds be next? According to Yahoo!, searches on hummingbirds are spiking this week, perhaps due to the return of warmer weather. If you’re looking to incorporate them into your decor, this stunning Alexander McQueen rug (below) would be my first choice, but Hummingbird Dinner Plates and this Hummingbirds and Succulent Blossoms Art Print are also delightful.
Prefer to watch them outside rather than bringing them into your home? Then I suggest colorful feeders from J Schatz. Watching the tiny birds flit near these mod feeders would be a perfect way to usher in the spring. Beat that, horses!
You know the saying, “If you love something, let it go. If it comes back to you, it’s yours forever”? That’s how I feel about this Trina Turk Coachella hook rug. I spotted it on Zinc Door a while back and fancied it, but had too many other delights on deck to post about it at the time. Then I saw Trina’s Palm Springs recommendations on The List Collective yesterday, and it came back to mind. (Fun fact: Palm Springs is in California’s Coachella Valley, the rug’s namesake. Also, I love Palm Springs.)
It’s so psychedelic in the best way possible. Remember the trippy animation they used to have on Sesame Street segments from the 70s, like the Pinball Number Count? It’s been distilled in rug form here. Fluid lines, groovy colors and happy nostalgia — they can be yours forever. I know I’m not letting this stunner get away from me a second time.
Check out one of my favorite design trends: felt. Affordable, natural and recyclable, felt is an eco-friendly alternative to synthetic fabrics. It can be dyed any color and molded into any shape, making it a favorite for everything from lights to pillows to furniture.
Philadelphia-based company Iannone Design has taken the felt design trend to a new level, placing color blocks of wool felt onto their Chroma Armoire.
At FilzFelt, you can customize felt floor coverings, panels and tabletop accessories in your favorite Pantone colors. Their Wool Felt Circle Mat comes in more than 30 vibrant shades, making it an ideal way to add a pop of color to your floors.
The Wool Felt Placemat is durable and moisture-resistant, making it the perfect fabric for kids.
Rebecca Barton of Cushlab crafts felt into distinct shapes — origami, florals and loops — to create her unique line of cushions.
The colors in Rebecca’s collection of cushions are brilliant. Hot pink and red blend in this fun and eye-catching pink-and-red loop cushion.
Gray felt and polished nickel come together to create a Short Drum Pendant from West Elm.
And with felt’s ability to mold to different forms, Buzzilight created this striking pendant.
Got a favorite design in felt? Tell me in the comments below.
Fall’s flying by, and I’ve done a lousy job of leaf peeping. I should be taking walks in Central Park or driving up to the Berkshires, but all of my usual fall frolicking has been curtailed by me catching a nasty cold. I think I have a solution, though. While some of my colleagues are at High Point Market right now, scoping out all the amazing exhibits, I have my favorite finds from the Las Vegas Market I attended in August socked away.
If I owned this Company C crimson landscape rug that I loved in Las Vegas, I wouldn’t even need to step outside my door to peep the foliage at all. It’s like a beautiful painting under your feet, just like all the real fall leaves that have fluttered to the ground.
What’s black and white and elegant all over? How about this English Floral rug by Carini Lang? I love that this needlepoint-inspired motif could have come off as prissy, but the colorway plays with that expectation and goes mod instead. Plus, the palette is so classic, you know it’ll never go out of style.
The rug has a retail value of $6,534, but it could be yours for the price of a $25 raffle ticket to benefit GoodWeave, an organization that’s committed to ending child exploitation in the rug industry. Supporting a good cause with good design? Talk about a double delight!
Don’t you just love the beauty of fresh flowers at home? Every week, I head to the local farmer’s market and purchase bunches of flowers to place in my living room (peonies are my favorite). They are the most amazing pick-me-up. While I love my regular trip to the market, it would be so nice to be surrounded by flowers every day, no matter the season. These rooms highlight the sheer beauty of floral prints, and how you can make them a part of your interior throughout the year.
Nate Berkus used silk wall panels by de Gournay to create a secret garden in this bedroom. The hand-painted flowers are light, whimsical and absolutely charming.
Fresh Flowers Vs. Floral Prints
Fall is upon us, and I’m in search of snuggle-up-by-the-fire-inducing designs.
It seems furniture artist Claire-Anne O’Brien had the same idea when she created these adorable knitted stools, which tap right into a recent hot trend in home decor: warm, cozy weaves. I love the playful quality of Obrien’s designs. One of these stools would look cute in an office or even a kids’ room.
Are you yearning for color but a little hesitant? Here’s a suggestion: don’t look around…look down.
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Instead of wall color and room-centering pieces of furniture, focus on your floor. Building a color palette from the ground up is a great way to create a color story for a space in your home. Here are some tips on how colorful flooring can add wow factor to a new room or easily transform an existing space, whether through solid blocks of carpet or the layering of decorative rugs.
You don’t have to be a decorating pro to make your space gorgeous. From color theory and fabric basics, to displaying art and using area rugs, we’ve got you covered.
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