If ikat’s your style, then you can’t help but admire Custom Cool’s “Summer Ikat” rug. Hand knotted by artisans in Nepal, this piece is made from wool, nettle and silk.
The rug has a retail value of $7,000, 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.
I posted about that cool, psychedelic Trina Turk rug only a day or two ago, and I normally wouldn’t post about rugs so soon after that, but I think there are exceptions to every rule — and these Carini Lang animal print and textured rugs are pretty exceptional, no?
Animal prints have been enjoying a revival in fashion for a bit now, so it’s nice to see that glam trend extend to the home space as well. But the thing I like best about these animal prints in particular (leopard and zebra are also in Carini Lang’s offerings, FYI), is that they are a little less traditional, especially when done up in these colorways. The Fishskin becomes rippling water, the Python is all gold geometry and the Tiger goes abstract in green and pink. It’s a bit like the trick Carini Lang pulled off with the English Floral I liked so much: Take a classic pattern and turn the colors upside down. Now that’s what I call wild.
For some reason, it never occurs to me to buy multiples of home decor items. Jeans that fit well, I almost automatically buy two pairs, but I hadn’t considered doing the same thing in the home until I saw this clever DIY about buying multiple inexpensive rugs and fitting them together so it looks like one custom area rug. When there’s a pattern repeat, if you match it up well, the effect is almost flawless. That’s one thing for rugs, but this Haviland Table by DwellStudio proves the concept works with furniture, too.
One of these French-Deco-inspired beauties would make quite the end table, but putting three together for a coffee table effect heightens the drama and really calls attention to those gorgeous curved legs. The lesson is: Less isn’t always more. Sometimes more is more!
You know how much I love a sweet, sweet tiled floor, but lately I’ve found myself warming up to rugs. Possibly literally. We are having a cold snap here in NYC, and rugs are so much better at keeping my tootsies toasty! I spotted a Linus Dean rug on a friend’s holiday wish list and now I’m wishing for one, too. They remind me of cool roadside signs I’ve seen in the desert cities near Palm Springs.
Graphic vintage typography has never looked so appealing, and Linus Dean is considering a child-labor free certification thanks to GoodWeave. (Which warms my heart as much as the rug warms my feet.)
Sometimes my Internet searches feel a bit like kismet. I had just read Kim‘s great post on using flags, buntings, and banners as party decor, and then I was trying to track down a rug, and oh my, won’t you look at what I found.
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Just like buntings lend some whimsy to a party, Hable Construction’s Flags Dhurrie rug lends some whimsy to the floor. Using it as an anchor for a room would be brilliant, since there are so many colors you can pick up and echo with other accents. It’s an obvious choice for a nursery, but I love it in a living room context, as depicted here. Who says grown-ups can’t have a little flag fun, too?
(Oh, BTW, are you looking to step up the surfaces you step on in your own home? You could win a floor from HGTV HOME Flooring by Shaw! Go check it out and enter now.)
Are you looking for towels that are modern, featuring bright colors or bold stripes…and that feel incredible? That’s exactly what I found on a trip to the Eastern Market in Washington, D.C. My sister and I came across the Bath Style booth, and they specialize in Turkish bath towels, or peshtemals. I could not get over their beauty. I knew I absolutely had to learn more about these hand-woven pieces and what other incredible designs are coming of Turkey. After a bit of digging, I came across some beautiful Turkish designs that range from bath towels to rugs, pillows and even ceramics. My four picks offer perfect ways to infuse culture, color and one-of-a-kind design in your home.
While Turkish bath towels can’t be found everywhere just yet, the Etsy shop Bath Style has an incredible array in stock. Peshtemals are known for their absorbency and unique styles, which are representative of different regions in the country. I think these towels are so appealing, why limit their use just to a bathroom? They would make gorgeous table cloths or throws for a casual living room.
Yastik, based in Istanbul, presents a new collection of Turkish pillows every season. “Yastik” is the Turkish word for cushions, and these cushions are absolute works of art. The colors and attention to detail in each one is breathtaking. I’d love to have an entire collection at home.
Do you suffer from flooring envy? Perhaps you bought a house, like me, where for some unknown reason the previous owners installed different hardwoods in different rooms for no logical reason. Or maybe some person in your family (who shall not be named) spilled nail polish/wine/nail polish remover/mustard/you name it on the carpet you’ve been meaning to replace. Others of us strategically place slippers by the side of the bed during the winter because our search for the ideal area rug so far has been a bust, and those floors are sooo cold at six in the morning. We…we are the ones who, when we visit another person’s home, notice gorgeous flooring with great longing. We marvel at the glow of hardwoods. (Yes, they can glow.) We desire a barefoot run across our host’s welcoming carpet. We experience awe at how one area rug has the power of an instant makeover.
Well, there’s no more need to suffer from flooring envy. Thanks to HGTV HOME Flooring by Shaw, a variety of stylish designer flooring options now available nationwide at authorized Shaw retailers. I spent some time online window shopping the new HGTV HOME Flooring by Shaw collection, and here’s what I fell in love with instantly:
Carpet is all about elegant colors, patterns and textures that fill a home with warm, welcoming feelings as well as durable, stain resistant comfort that encourages relaxed living.
Whether you’re looking for an instant makeover or a seasonal change, area rugs have the power to transform a room. Make a big or subtle design statement with your choice of color and pattern.
Hardwoods bring distinction to a home and a natural touch that can be enjoyed for decades.
Laminate offers active families a variety of stylish and affordable looks that stand up to everyday wear and tear.
Visit www.hgtvhome.com and let us know… are you inspired by the new HGTV HOME Flooring by Shaw collection? Will you finally install those new hardwoods? Add wow to your living room or bedroom with a new area rug?
Tell us in the comments below.
As I desperately yearn for a Spring that must surely be somewhere in my future (I refuse to wear my winter coat again), I find myself drawn to the colors of the elusive season.
At first glance, I thought that this rug by Lulu & Nat might be a bit much, but after seeing it in a room setting with that soft gray sofa, I think it’s sunny and delightful. The design duo behind this eponymous line is split between Mumbai, India and London, England. They blend their Anglo-Indian influences perfectly in this lively collection. Might even be bright enough to buoy me until sandal weather.
Lately cotton and wool dhurrie rugs have been everywhere. These traditional Indian floor coverings are made from flat-woven cotton or wool. They’ve been completely modernized, and today they are offered in a number of beautiful patterns and colorways.
Saturated Rhombus Rug, Anthropologie
Put Style Underfoot
Maybe it’s because my own handwriting resembles that of my internist. Or maybe it’s because it’s been years since I’ve received a handwritten letter. Whatever the reason, I’m enchanted over and over again by decor that incorporates scripted text. The loops and curlicues speak of romance and lost traditions. The vintage sources suggest lengthy journeys by train and by boat. And perhaps most appealing, the collages of prose and poetry, postmarks and Lepidoptera look perfect whether in a study, bedroom, sitting room or porch.
DBL Collection by Vicente Wolf