All posts filed under: Rugs

Ruggable Review

I needed a rug for the entryway and because of the depth of the antique console a runner would not work. I originally picked out a rug made by Magnolia Home. The Magnolia Home rugs are comparable in price to retailers like Pottery Barn but the particular rug I found and a number of other rugs made by Magnolia Home received a lot of negative reviews regarding the quality. My mother had mentioned Ruggable and I was seeing a lot of ads online for the brand so I thought I would do a little research. Ruggable makes washable rugs that consist of two pieces, a pad and a cover. The pad is rubber and the cover sticks to the textured top. This two-piece system is less expensive than a regular rug and since the cover can be removed and washed in the washing machine I thought a Ruggable rug would work great at the front door. You can vacuum the rug (on a hard floor setting), you can wash the rug, and it still feels …

New House

I read somewhere that when you first move into a house, it is best to perfect one room at a time rather than stressing about trying to decorate the entire house. I have inherited a lot of traditional and Asian style decor and furniture but I still need to purchase a lot of furniture to fill the house. Right now, the dining room, master bedroom, kitchen, and foyer are relatively complete. Since moving in, we have changed plugs, switches, and their covers. We have installed light fixtures, hung paintings and pictures, installed and changed cabinet knobs, removed curtain rods, and touched up some of the walls and cabinets (it has been tricky identifying paint colors). My parents brought our belongings that had been stored at their house for the last five years and they worked on some of our projects. We have gotten a lot done so far but there are many projects planned. Eventually, we’d like to paint the walls and trim, install a new tub, and replace some of the flooring, windows and …

Chinoiserie and Rug Inspiration

I have been on the hunt for the perfect rugs to coordinate with all the chinoiserie pieces I have recently acquired. Chinoiserie is the 17th and 18th century Western style of interior design, furniture, pottery, textiles, and garden design that represents fanciful European interpretations of Chinese styles (Encyclopedia Britannica). Both of my grandmothers, my aunt, and my mother have blue and white ceramics in this style throughout their homes. I inherited a lot of pieces from my grandmother and aunt. I have also purchased Chinoiserie-inspired ceramics, planters, lamps, and plates from HomeGoods, antique malls, and Replacements, Ltd. Here are a few articles about Chinoiserie style, in case you were interested: Three Designers Take on Chinoiserie, Everything You Need To Know About Chinoiserie, and 10 Fascinating Facts About Chinoiserie. I think the blue and white pieces look great in contrast with Persian style rugs (I’m especially fond of the medallion patterns). Here is a little Chinoiserie and rug inspiration and some examples of beautifully decorated rooms. Image Sources: [Crush Cul de Sac, Sarah Bartholomew, Becki Owens, Chinoiserie …