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Get the Look: 20 Almost Solid Color Rugs

Almost a year ago we repainted our family room in Benjamin Moore Steel Wool, which I detailed in a Family Room Makeover post. We hung different artwork as planned, but I never got around to choosing a new rug. Now that our older son, who likes to use the floor as a picnic blanket, is in boarding school, I feel a little more comfortable splurging on a new rug.

It should be an almost solid color rug, but not quite. It should have some variegated color, but not actual texture. The rug we have now is chunky and loopy, and I imagine the crumbs embedded in it could feed a family of four for a month. (Yeah, we’re gross.)

The room is a narrow rectangle with a slightly odd extension off one side and a bay window on the other. I’ve often thought about having a rug custom cut, but not sure if I can bear the expense. Here are 20 almost solid color, not quite patterned but not completely plain rugs.

Solid and Subtly Patterned Area Rugs Solid and Subtly Patterned Area Rugs Solid and Subtly Patterned Area Rugs Solid and Subtly Patterned Area Rugs

S H O P P I N G

Shop StyleCarrot partners and other retailers for subtly patterned solid rugs. 

1 Grace Rug at Angela Adams

2 Oceans Rug at My Rug Store

3 Blurred Lines Rug at West Elm

4 Asplund Sahara Rug at Horne 

5 Surya Mugal Rug at YLiving

6 Rica Rug at Lulu & Georgia  

7 Chunky Braided Rug at Restoration Hardware

8 Pasargad Silver Rug at 2Modern

9 Calligaris Giano Rug at Wayfair

10 Opulent Sky Rug at Wayfair

11 Nourison Glistening Nights Rug at Overstock

12 Surya Mystique Rug at YLiving

13 Maya Etched Rug at AllModern

14 Sunburst Rug at Jonathan Adler  

15 Paola Lenti Accordi Rug at Switch Modern

16 Trystan Rug at Crate & Barrel 

17 Solid Shine Rug at West Elm  

18 Jaipur Apache Rug at Wayfair

19 Nanimarquina Noche Rug at 2Modern

20 Joseph Abboud Sand & Slate Nature Rug at Overstock

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Get the Look: 33 Marble Top Coffee Tables

Marble is everywhere. It’s leaped out of bathrooms and kitchens onto living room furniture. Marble top coffee tables and marble top side tables are available in so many styles and materials— brass bases with black marble tops, reclaimed wood bases with white marble, blackened iron bases with green marble.

All these marble top coffee tables make me wish I were in the market for one myself, but we’ll be sticking with our vintage Heywood Wakefield lazy susan coffee table that we inherited from my husband’s grandparents.

You, however, should feel free to explore.

Modern Coffee Tables With Marble Tops

Modern Coffee Tables With Marble Tops

Modern Coffee Tables With Marble Tops

Modern Coffee Tables With Marble Tops

Modern Coffee Tables With Marble Tops

S H O P P I N G 

1 Jonathan Adler

2 Jonathan Adler

3 Lekker Home

4 West Elm

5 Lekker Home

6 Design Within Reach

7 BG Galleries

8 BoConcept

9 Wayfair

10 Williams-Sonoma Home

11 Wayfair

12 Normann Copenhagen

13 Jonathan Adler

14 Chairish

15 Blu Dot http://rstyle.me/~8YgKD

16 Arteriors Home

17 Dwell Store

18 DwellStudio

19 Burke Decor 

20 CB2

21 Burke Décor

22 Worlds Away

23 Ferm Living

24 West Elm

25 Burke Décor

26 Burke Décor

27 Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

28 West Elm

29 Wayfair Aurora

30 Jonathan Adler

31 Arteriors Home

32 Design Within Reach

33 Wayfair

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Get the Look: 12 Boho Headboards

The July/August issue of Design New England just dropped, complete with a feature I wrote about Boston area interior designer Heather Vaughan’s beach house. It’s a tall, cedar shingle structure with a huge wrap around porch fronting the ocean on an isthmus in Scituate, where families tend to keep their houses rather than flip them. Vaughan happened to be attending a wedding next door and knew her search for a summer home was over.

Vaughan used lots of bright color in her new summer home, from flea market sideboards repainted chartreuse to consignment shop armchairs re-upholstered in teal velvet, to orange drapery fabric she first used for a teenage client, to vibrant artwork purchased in both galleries and junk shops.

As a beach house should, Vaughan’s summer house has plenty of bedrooms, and she had a ton of fun decorating them. Each room has a quirky headboard, be it a chinoiserie concoction from Serena & Lily, or a vintage find from a funky shop in Palm Beach. (This summer I’m also working on a story about a home with the most fantastic Indian-inspired bed too.)

Inspired by Vaughan’s summer house headboards, here are a dozen boho headboards, with roots in Art Nouveau England, ’60s Palm Beach, and ancient Southeast Asia. Shop StyleCarrot sponsors and others for boho headboards, both vintage headboards and new styles for your bedroom.

Boho Headboards Rattan Headboards Vintage Headboards

Boho Headboards Rattan Headboards Vintage Headboards

S H O P P I N G

1 Lattice Wicker Headboard  

2 Soma Headboard

3 Jarokha Arched Carved Headboard 

4 King IronHeadboard  

5 Tulum Wood and Rattan Headboard  

6 Crafted Lattice Headboard  

7 Lulu Black Rattan Headboard 

8 Benzara Wooden Wall Plaques 

9 Boho Orani Headboard

10 Vintage White Rattan Headboard 

11 Vintage Boho Chic Bamboo Headboard 

12 1940s Chinese Carved Wall Plaque 

 

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Get the Look: Top 10 Modern Ceiling Fans

When Lumens asked me if I’d do a dedicated ceiling fan post I jumped at the chance because I had just purchased a gorgeous new birch wood modern ceiling fan to replace the mundane white ceiling fan in our Florida condo. I even found an electrician and set up an appointment, thinking it would be installed and ready to feature today. Not a chance.

I thought I had done my homework, researching the correct ceiling fan size and controller. But there were other considerations I had overlooked. Not only was the included downrod too short for my tall room, the remote control was a wall remote, not a handheld remote.

Of course, I discovered about these deficits on two separate occasions—electrician visit #1 and electrician visit #2, after having paid rush shipping for the new downrod. Hand held remote is now en route. (By the way, used the live chat function on Lumens to remedy both of these issues, and I’m not just saying that.)

So, yes, I am going to highlight my 10 top picks for modern ceiling fans from Lumens, but I am also outlining the major issues to consider when choosing a ceiling fan, so if you’re buying scroll beyond the shopping link for tips on how to choose a ceiling fan.

Top 10 Modern Ceiling Fans

Top 10 Modern Ceiling Fans With Lights

S H O P P I N G 

Riello Ceiling Fan by Casablanca Fan Company

2  Artemis Ceiling Fan by Minka Aire Fans

3  Slipstream Ceiling Fan by Minka Aire Fans

Halo Ceiling Fan by Ron Reek for Modern Fan Company

Innes Ceiling Fan by Kichler

6 Blow Ceiling Fan by Ferdi Giardini for Luceplan

Stella Ceiling Fan by Dave Ellis for Modern Fan Company

8 Zen Ceiling Fan by Minka Aire Fans

Altus Ceiling Fan by Period Arts Fan Company

10  Schoolhouse Ceiling Fan by Period Arts Fan Company

How to Choose a Ceiling Fan

Room Size. The larger the room, the larger the ceiling fan you will need. A ceiling fan is measured by its blade span, which is the diameter of the circle that you see when the fan blades are in motion.

Suggested blade span sizes:
If the room is…
Under 144-square feet >> under 42-inch blade span
144-225-square feet >> 44-50-inch blade span
225-400-square feet >> over 50-inch blade span
Over 400-square feet >> over 62-inch blade span; or more than one fan

You can also do it by wall measurement:
If the length of the longest wall in your room is…
Less than 12-feet >>  36-inch blade span (or smaller)
12-15-feet >> 40-18-inch blade span
More than 15-feet >> 54-inch blade span (or more)

Ceiling Height & Pitch. If your ceiling is high you you may need to purchase a longer downrod than what is provided so that the fan can hang lower into the room. The fan is not effective in moving the air around if it is stuck at the top of the room. If you have low ceilings, look for a very short suspension rod or even a flush mount ceiling fan. (You don’t want to behead anyone.) If the ceiling is sloped, you’ll need a sloped ceiling adaptor. You should also check the ceiling angle with which the fan is compatible.

Suggested downrod lengths:
9-foot ceiling >> 6-inch downrod
10-foot ceiling >> 12-inch downrod
12-foot ceiling >> 24-inch downrod
16-foot ceiling >> 48-inch downrod
18-foot ceiling >> 60-inch downrod

Operation Methods. A fan can be operated with a pull cord (make sure you will be able to reach it), wall switch, a wall remote control, and a handheld remote control. Find out what your ceiling fan is wired for, or if it is being newly wired, what makes the most sense for your setup.

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Beauty Break: 10 Products From Fresh

Beauty brand Fresh, known for their exquisitely wrapped oval soaps, was founded here in Boston back in 1991 by Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg, who opened an apothecary store on Tremont Street. Today the Fresh shop is on Newbury Street, where I recently enjoyed a little shopping spree, compliments of Fresh.

In 1993 Fresh beauty debuted those oval soaps, triple-milled, vegetable-based soaps infused with shea butter and laced with delicate, single-note scents, which they personally hand-wrapped in ornate cotton inlaid paper tied with a delicate wire and topped with a semi-precious stone. In 1998 came the Brown Sugar Body Polish, marking the first sugar exfoliant on the market. And on they go, developing fragrances and natural skin care products.

I left the shop with half a dozen goodies. I’m saving the body scrub and bath gel for Cape Cod, where I have a bathtub, but I’ve since become addicted to the Seaberry Nourishing Hand Cream and the Sugar Tinted Lip Treatments. Color, nourishment, and SPF . .  they’re basically a dream come true. So yes, Fresh beauty is now in my daily cosmetic lineup.

Here are some Fresh beauty products I really love. Hover over the icon for name and price, then click to link over to Sephora or Nordstrom, which carries Fresh skincare and cosmetics. Coincidentally, Nordstrom has a lovely gift with Fresh purchase promotion going on now.

 

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