Instant Update: Area Rugs

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Constant exposure to amazingly decorated homes, via shelter mags, blogs and Pinterest boards, can make our own spaces look drab and blah in comparison. I find it hard to not “add-to-cart” each time I fall in love with a beautiful piece online. While most of us would love to give our homes a decor makeover often, in reality, a complete redo is impractical and, well, excessive. Also, upgrading the look of any room can often become overwhelming and demotivating with nothing more than frustration and, holes in walls and wallets as a result.

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A more practical, and budget-friendly approach to decorating is….patience. Yes, wait it out.  If you long, lust and still love that piece a month, three months, and even a year later, go for it. Except for a few small accessories, anything you are going to love forever, and would want to see everyday, needs to be not just a “Summer-fling”.

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Design solution? One high-quality purchase at a time. Adding just one upscale collectable item, such as an area rug, can instantly transform and upgrade the look, and feel of the space. Luxurious-looking handwoven rugs, in pretty prints and patterns, are like works of art, bring warmth and a cozy feel to the room, and are tasteful design solution to tired rooms looking for an instant upgrade.

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I have wanted a light-colored, handwoven Persian handwoven rug from the day I had my own place. I even tried talking my mom into giving me one of hers, and failed.

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So, when Medallion Rugs asked if I would like a rug from their handpicked selection, I had the biggest smile on the block. An “At last..” moment.  I selected a 10′ x 13′ semi-antique Persian rug with a lovely blend of colors and pattern. It is even more beautiful in person. It ties all my eclectic finds together and makes my living-dining room look cozy and sophisticated.

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As you can see, I am not the only one in love with it.

 

More pics soon.

xo

From the Archives | Monochromatic Halloween Bash

My Halloween projects for DIYNetwork have been making me feel a little nostalgic about the monochromatic Halloween Bash look I created for Bright.Bazaar a couple of years ago. (has it really been that long??)

To refresh your memory:

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While not particularly fond of Halloween, mostly because it shadows my birthday, I really enjoyed designing and crafting this tablescape.

How do you feel about Halloween? Are you working on any spooky craft projects?

xo

Yappy Hour

From walks to treats, belly rubs to playing fetch, leisurely naps to mundane errands, our pups love every moment we spend with them. In return for their unconditional love, they deserve to be spoiled shamelessly. Here are few handpicked accessories sure to keep their tails stylishly wagging during yappy hour.

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Horn, Hide and Mother of Pearl | HGTV’s Hot Three Decorating Trends this Fall

HGTV’s hottest decorating trends this Fall are all about natural elements. Go big and make a bold statement, or go mall understated  with the natural textures and shapes of  horns, hides and mother of pearl details to bring a back-to-Earth aesthetic to your home. Not a fan of these prints and materials? Opt for faux pieces instead and use them in unexpected ways like lining a tray with an animal print wallpaper. Or paper mache sculptures from West Elm to create a layered look for a tablescape. Salvage an old mirror frame and refinish it in zebra-hide fabric for an instantly chic makeover.
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Head over to One Kings Lane for more tips and ideas on how to decorate with horns, hides and mother of pearl.