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Scheming: Patterned Rugs for the Living Room in Florida

As you know, I’ve been fixing up our condo in Florida. Now that the walls are white, the cork flooring is installed, and the furniture is in place, it’s time to start thinking about rugs. Colorful patterned rugs.

Wayfair provided me with the perfect incentive, a $100 gift certificate for myself and an exclusive promo code for you. The promo code (RUGLUV33) is valid from today through Monday,  7/31/14 — 8/4/14. StyleCarrot readers get 15 percent off all area rugs with promo code RUGLUV33

I’m hoping to find a rug (or two) for Florida. I’ve created living room schemes with seven different rug options, all pulled from Wayfair. Working off  the artwork and pillows, I’ve chosen pink, orange, and coral colored patterned rugs. I’d love to hear your input. Comments please. (And, if you find any rugs for yourself, feel free to ask me to have a look.)

Airy Living Room With Cork Floor

Here’s the new cork floor in the living room. Plus Oakley, our cat.
(See Tuesday’s post for more cork floors.)

Organic Moroccan Patterned Living Room Rug

Safavieh Moroccan Rug

I love the naturalistic, mountain design as well as the colors. It’s inspired by the classic Beni Ourain rugs woven by nomadic tribes in Morocco’s Atlas mountain region, but doesn’t feel too of-the-moment thanks to its white and pink palette. It’s a top choice. Plus, my 12-year old son, and more importantly, my husband, are ok with it.

It’s a knotted piece that’s 80 percent viscose and 20 percent cotton, which gives me some pause. Anybody have experience with viscose rugs in terms of durability and feel?

Pricing: 6×9 $1,208.84; 8×10 $1,765.35; 9×12 $2,435.80

Small Scale Geometric Living Room Rug

Safavieh Tiny Diamond Rug

I chose this for it’s coral color and small scale, subtle pattern. (I’m kind of over large scale, bold geometrics.) It’s listed as being part of a bath mat collection, though comes is full room sizes. It’s cotton, from India, and looks wonderfully soft.

Pricing: 5×8 $205.12; 8×10 $430.50

Modern Floral Living Room Rug

Surya Bombay Floral Rug

This ivory rug with its bold hot pink bloom could be really fun. Almost like having another pillow and/or artwork on the floor. It’s a tufted rug in 100 percent, hand-spun New Zealand wool and there are plenty of sizes to choose from.

My husband probably isn’t all that keen on it, (it IS quite the explosion of pink), so I’m going to put the aqua version in rotation as a choice for the bedroom.

Pricing: 5×8 $712.20; 8×11 $1,566.60; 9×13 $2,293.80

Ikat Pattern Living Room Rug

Jaipur Rugs Maroc Tribal Rug

I was planning to avoid the been-there, done-that ikats, but this particular design appeals to me for its simple, blurred-edge pattern and soft coral color scheme. It’s a flat-woven wool rug from India, which means its reversible, durable, and really well priced.

Pricing: 5×8 $322; 8×10 $644; 9×12 $956

Organic Moroccan Patterned Living Room Rug

Capel Fortress Trellis Rug

A more geometric take on a Moroccan style Beni Ourain rug. This one handmade in India from knotted 100 percent wool. I like the subtle color palette, which, along with the orderly pattern, works well with the colorful artwork and accessories. Top contender for sure, and again, my son and husband like it too.

Pricing: 7×9 $1347.75; 8×11 $1797.75

Pink Ombre Fade Living Room Rug

nuLOOM Moderna Morderna Ombre Rug

This 100 percent tufted wool from India is probably too pink for the rest of the family, but I love ombré. I especially like the dot string pattern that runs across half of it. Another problem: it’s only available in a tiny size.

Pricing: 3×5 $124

Geometric Ikat Chevron Pattern Area Rugs

Capel Cococozy Twirl Rug  +  Surya Frontier Ikat Rug

I know, I  know, I said I was over geometric and global prints. I totally am, but couldn’t resist layering these bold designs. The larger twirl pattern rug is made with knotted 100 percent New Zealand semi-worsted wool with an Indo-Tibetan weave, and the ikat is a woven flat weave wool rug from India.

It’s probably better to have the flat woven on the bottom, but I’m not really going with this scheme, as fun as it is.

Twirl pricing: 5×8 $1,797.75; 7×9 $2,922.75; 8×11 $3,822.75
Ikat pricing: 3 1/2×5 $202.20; 5×8 $345; 8×11 $760.20

Jute Natural Fiber Rug In Red

LR Resources Natural Fiber Rug

Wayfair has a pretty varied assortment of natural jute and sisal rugs too. This one is a bit on the red side, but I really like the pattern. The price points on the jute and sisal rugs are quite good, but I think we want to be cozier in the living room. However, there’s an interesting jagged chevron jute rug that resembles deep teal ocean waves that I’m considering for the boys’ room.

Pricing: 7’9″x9’9″ $340; 9’2″x12’6″ $570

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Scheming: Boys’ Bedroom in Florida

What do you think of unfinished/unpainted furniture? I’ve pretty much always hated it. But when we were faced with furnishing the condo in Florida on a tight budget, I found myself buying several pieces from Ikea’s Tarva line. Namely, a pair of twin Tarva bed frames and Tarva chests to put beside each.

In my defense, my plan was (and still is) to do the condo in glossy whites and light woods. (White + wood inspiration photos here and white + wood shopping guide here.)  So far so good. I’ve been able to stick to the white and wood scheme in terms of furnishings.

I had planned on having a contractor put in a plywood floor (plywood wall and floor inspiration here), but after several false starts, a neighbor referred me to Steve Gee at Tiffany’s Flooring, who (re)sold me on a cork floor instead. The new cork floor is amazing. Sneak peek coming Tuesday. Today, I’m trying to decide what to do in the boys’ room. So, back to the unfinished wood beds and chests. The bed frames are staying as is, that is, unfinished.

I am playing around with the idea of painting part of the little chests that are beside each bed as night stands. I don’t want to paint the drawer fronts—that seems really dated (or too DIY “see what you can do with a coat of paint”). But what about painting the top and sides? Or just the legs (or are we done with dipped)?

I realize this scheme looks a bit too plucked right from the Ikea catalog, but I’ll remedy that. I have promised them a rug, but that’s a whole other post.

B O Y S  B E D R O O M  i n F L O R I D A 

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Ikea furniture, cork flooring, and Etsy artwork in the boys’ room.

WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE CHESTS?
Leave both chests unfinished?
Paint one white, leave the other?
Paint the tops of the chests white? 
Paint the tops & sides white?
Dip the legs in white paint ? 

Here are half a dozen rooms with unfinished elements. Thoughts?

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Photo by Martin Cederblad

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Dutch houseboat on Airbnb

Girls Room With Unfinished Wood Furnishings

Children’s furniture by Bedzrus

Plywood Decorations For Kids Rooms

VT Wonen

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Ikea hack via House & Home

Crafty Quirky Boys Room With Plywood

Photo by Sam McAdams Cooper for Home Life

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Scheming: Meredith + Daniel’s Dining Spaces

It’s been a while since I’ve reported on Meredith & Daniel’s apartment; I definitely owe you some schemes. It’s coming together. The apartment has two living room/dining room spaces, each on either side of the kitchen. One will function as the playroom/family room with a casual eating area. The other is a more grown-up living room and dining room. Both are still usable by any age—the grown-up one is hardly formal, but it will be  a toy-free zone (we hope!). As you can see, the tables and chairs for both are quite durable and versatile. A glam sputnik dresses up the adult space.

 

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Scheming: Meredith and Daniel’s Entry

FINAL  E N T R Y   SCHEME

Jonathan Adler “Greek Key” wallpaper in gray/white
Jonathan Adler  “Queen Anne” mirror in orange lacquer
Bungalow 5 “Odom” console in gray lacquer
George Nelson “Pear” lamp, YLighting

West Elm “Crescent” bench in whitewashed ash
Timorous Beasties “Butterflies” wallpaper in frost

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THE  P R O C E S S 

I started out by ordering swatches of about a dozen wallpapers. Some were great, others were unpleasant surprises. (Oversize metallic patterns on mylar—no thanks.) My favorite was Timorous Beasties “Thistle Superwide” in black on ivory; no surprise to those of you who read regularly.

Meredith wasn’t crazy about the more illustration-like choices, though eventually “Thistle” grew on her, and she asked about a less bold version.

I liked the idea of doing “Thistle Superwide” in gray on ivory, with Timorous Beasties “Birds’n’Bees” in the powder room. Neither one of us are huge bird fans, but the quality of the papers and the colors look beautiful together. Nevertheless, we decided to hold out for a swatch of the new “Butterflies” paper. We’re still waiting!

I stopped by Jonathan Adler on Newbury to take a look at some furniture and rugs. They had a wall with a console done in  “George“. Fab!

Cole and Sons “Hicks Hexagon”  |   Jonathan Adler “George”


Photo: Mikkel Vang for Domino

Then it hit me: David Hicks “Hexagon.”  It’s fresh, but timeless. Daniel liked the blue colorway, but Meredith preferred a more subtle pattern, so I put this together:

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Lights: West Elm “Polyhedron” – Sonneman “Castelli” – George Nelson “Pear Criss Cross” – Z Gallerie “Glo” – IKEA “Knappa”
Wallpaper: Ferm Living “Ribbed” –  Kreme “Chevron” – Jonathan Adler “Greek Key”
Consoles: West Elm “Source” – Bungalow 5 “Odom” – World’s Away “Noho”
(Meredith & Daniel’s own octagonal mirror)

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Meredith loved the chevron and the Greek key papers, along with the simple gray lacquer console. Many of the pendants I had chosen only used 60-watt bulbs, so we went with a George Nelson; they’re great functionally, aesthetically, and budget-wise.  Then I added  a couple of other consoles that look pretty with the chevron paper.

Wallpaper: Kreme “Chevrons”
Light: George Nelson “Pear Criss Cross”
Consoles:  Bungalow 5 “Parsons” – Bungalow 5 “Marco” – Bungalow 5 “Odom”

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I also suggested a bench for around the corner, since there was plenty of room, and with a toddler, quite useful. Here’s the “Butterflies” paper that we’re still waiting to see in real life. Love the green; perhaps for the powder room?  Details for the consoles show the lacquered grasscloth finish and nailhead detailing.

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The nailhead console was too short, the white too white (plus, no drawer), so the glossy gray lacquer it is. With a pale gray paper and the console’s simple silhouette, I was afraid the finished look wouldn’t make enough of an impact. Although we never discussed orange for anywhere in the apartment, I couldn’t resist adding this mirror. She loved it!  Yay! Now we need to find somewhere else to put the octagonal mirror.

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And finally . . . 

Do you love it? We do!

I love the quirky silhouette of the mirror paired with the clean-lined console. Its curves, plus that of the classic modern pendant, provide contrast against the pale backdrop of the bold Greek Key pattern, while the shape of the console echoes it. And the orange and glossy gray colors really pop. Can’t wait to see it IRL!

MORE: Scheming: Meredith & Daniel’s Master Bedroom

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Scheming: Meredith and Daniel’s Master Bedroom

If you read my blog post about gray sofas earlier this month, then you know I have sashayed into the realm of decorator. To recap: A friend asked me to decorate her new four bedroom apartment in New York City. There’s no construction, kitchens or baths involved; it’s the paint and wallpaper, furniture, rugs, lighting, and accessories. There are a few pieces making the move that I’ll need to integrate, and the toddler’s room is pretty much set, leaving the master bedroom, nursery, guest bedroom/office, playroom, living room, and dining room.

The master bedroom seemed like the easiest place to start. Meredith is really drawn to this bedroom, particularly the jade color, designed by New York City designer Fawn Galli.

Designed by Fawn Galli

I’m a huge fan of Fawn’s work. In this room, I  love the dramatic green headboard and wallpaper with surreal  tree forms. However, the bedroom that really spoke to me for this project was the one I wrote about for TradHome, by San Francisco designer (of whom I am equally enamored), Palmer Weiss.

Designed by Palmer Weiss

Some of the differences between the two rooms reflect how my tastes and Meredith’s can differ. She tends to favor curvier, more feminine styles, while I really like more spare, hard-edged lines. Luckily, blue and green are both of our go-to colors.

She knew she wanted an upholstered headboard. After sifting through styles and swatches from Jonathan Adler, Dwell Studio, Serena & Lily, West Elm, Crate & Barrel, Ballard,  Williams-Sonoma, Oly, Cisco, Vanguard, and Lee Industries, we chose the Serena & Lily Pondicherry trimmed with nickel nailheads. We haven’t confirmed an exact fabric yet, but it will be white.

For wallpaper on the bed wall, we ordered samples from Walnut Wallpaper, Graham & Brown, Burke Decor,and indie designers’ sites. I didn’t find a jade green—most were sea foam or pale sky blue. She liked several, and we narrowed it to two choices: Grow House Grow! ‘Mme. Jeanne’ and the new Timorous Beasties ‘Butterflies,’ which we have yet to see IRL (in real life).

Master bedroom floor plan

Which decorating scheme do you prefer?  
Feel free to leave feedback. Remember, I’m new at this.

Scheme #1

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Scheme #2

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Scheme #1
Wallpaper:
Grow House Grow! ‘Mme. Jeanne,’ Grow House Grow!

Bed:
Serena & Lily ‘Pondicherry’ Bed with Nailheads, Serena & Lily.

Nightstands:
Malibu Loft by Somerset Bay Concave Side Chest, Zinc Door.
Bungalow 5 ‘Jacqui’ Side Table, Clayton Gray Home.
Jonathan Adler ‘Preston’ Side Table, Jonathan Adler.

Rugs:
Suzanne Kasler ‘Oria Flower,’  Safavieh.
Jill Rosenwald ‘Fallon’ flat weave wool rug,  Zinc Door.
Surya ‘Spectrum’ wool rug, RugStudio.
Suzanne Kasler ‘Athene’ wool & silk rug, Zinc Door.
Martha Stewart ‘Ikat Marsh’ wool & silk rug, Zinc Door.
Frontier Moroccan flat weave wool rug, Zinc Door.
Bowron vintage shearling rug, Burke Decor.

Chandeliers:
Arteriors ‘Caviar’ Staggered Pendant, Candelabra.
Calais Glass Chandelier in Aquamarine,  Z Gallerie.

Dressers:
World’s Away ‘Studly’ Dresser, Zinc Door.
Jonathan Adler ‘Channing’ 6-Drawer Console, Jonathan Adler.

Scheme #2
Wallpaper:
Timorous Beasties ‘Butterflies,’  Timorous Beasties.

Bed:
Serena & Lily ‘Pondicherry’ Bed with Nailheads, Serena & Lily.

Nightstands:
Bungalow 5 ‘Jacqui’ Side Table, Clayton Gray Home.
Malibu Loft by Somerset Bay Concave Side Chest, Zinc Door.

Rugs:
David Easton Paro Grid wool & silk rug, Zinc Door.
Shabati Paxi wool & acrylic rug, Zinc Door.
Surya ‘Spectrum’
Thomas O’Brien Deco Garden wool & silk rug, Zinc Door.
Thom Filicia ‘Griffith Park’ wool & viscose rug, Zinc Door.

Chandeliers:
(Existing) Five-Light Coral Branch Chandelier, Ballard Designs.
Arteriors ‘Caviar’ Staggered Pendant, Candelabra.

Dressers:
Bennett Lowboy Dresser, Zinc Door.
Malibu Loft by Somerset Bay 12-Drawer Dresser, Zinc Door.
Vanguard Mirrored Chest, Horchow.

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