Sunday Bouquet: Russian Sage With A Glimpse of Ocean

Russian Sage Against Outer Cape Dunes By StyleCarrot
Photo by Marni Elyse Katz/StyleCarrot

Russian sage against the dunes of the Outer Cape.

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Saturday Say It: Oh Yeah, It’s Hot Outside

Sun Print

“Sun Sun Sun”  
artist unknown

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Foodie Friday: 10 Summer Salads With Greens and Grains

A lot of people use Pinterest primarily to track recipes. My Pinterest boards focus mainly on decor and art, with a healthy dose of style. At some point I created a desserts board, then expanded into breakfast in order out separate out all the muffins and waffles.  I just added cocktails since I was collecting so many great ones for Matouk’s Pinterest boards that I was inspired to perhaps mix up some of my own.

And. . . I’ve finally succumbed to adding additional real food boards, including one for soups, salads and sandwiches.  I’ve been pinning photos of gorgeously styled, delicious looking food, most linked to recipes. Have I cooked any? No. But I might. Really. I have every intention of concocting one of these healthy vegetable and grain salads before the end of summer. And, if I do, I’ll pin that too.


Green Herb Couscous Salad  •  ManMade


Chili Lime Cucumber Noodles  •  The First Mess


Guacamole Salad  •  Simply Delicious


Lemony Orzo Salad With Cucumber and Feta  •  Fork Knife Swoon


Lemony Lentil and Chickpea Salad  •  Cookie + Kate


Creamy Avocado Pasta Salad  •  The Sassy Life


Soba Noodle Vegetable Salad  •  In Pursuit Of More


Sweet Pea & Avocado Salad  •  Glamour


Spiralized Raw Zucchini Salad with Edamame  •  Skinny Taste


Roasted Sweet Potato, Wild Rice & Arugula Salad  •  Pinch of Yum

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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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Montage: 20 Bathrooms With Contrasting Tile Floors

Hopefully you’re not too overloaded with floor and rug posts. I want to forge ahead with all the Florida stuff while I’m focused on it. Last year we had the pink-tiled master bath (photo at the bottom of this bathroom tile post) reglazed in bright white. Very cost effective at $600 if you don’t mind the all white grout and tile look, which I don’t. They did the bathtub too. (Maybe I can have them in again so I don’t have to clean the rust stains.) But I still need new bathroom floor tile.

Unfortunately, they recommend against glazing the bathroom floor tile because it becomes glossy and thus too slippery. So, while we have pristine white walls and a white (if not slightly dirty) tub, we still have pale pink bathroom floor tiles and a pink sink in a pink Formica topped vanity. (More on that solution later this summer.) I’ve been browsing for inexpensive slip resistant tiles at Tiles4All,, Home Depot, and Wayfair. Other sourcing suggestions welcome.

On one hand, I’m tempted to do identical (but slightly textured) white square tiles with white grout on the floor, for the simplest look. On the other hand, I love a contrasting floor, and a color or pattern could be fun, especially if everything else is a consistent bright white. The other thought is to do big pieces of a natural stone, like slate, for a durable outdoorsy neutral effect. I’m taking ideas!

Here are 20 bathrooms with contrasting bathroom floor tiles.


Klopper + Davis Architects  •  Stylist Jo Carmichael  •  Photo by Jody D’arcy  • Inside Out


Gwen Hefner •   The Makerista  •  Home Depot’s The Apron Blog

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Alvhem Mäkleri & Interiör


Hulburd Design


 House Beautiful


 Better Homes & Gardens


 Better Homes & Gardens


Ferm Living


Paola Navone  •  Photo by Wichmann + Bendtsen  •  Dwell


Murphy & Co Design


Cayono By Kaldewei




 Better Homes & Gardens


Elizabeth Roberts of Ensemble Architecture   •  Photo by Sean Slattery  •  Remodelista


DAP Stockholm   •  Photo by Ake E:son Lindman

Stylist Linda Bergroth/Viewmasters


A21 Studio


Capree Kimball  •  Curbly


Form Interior Design


De Meza + Architecture

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Montage: 24 Rooms with Cork Floors (Plus My Own)

The cork floors have been installed in our Florida condo! And the walls are all a bright, sparkly white. So happy. The cork floor is amazing. It feels good under my feet (it’s not squishy though, more like a pressboard with a coating, like you’d find as the backing of a picture frame, as unappealing as that sounds), cleans well, and looks cool.

I was worried that the 1′x3′ tiles would read too traditional, but the look is practically seamless. There are a number of manufacturers of cork tile out there, in different shapes, colors, and finishes, though I chose the plainest one possible. (I wouldn’t have minded a lighter color, but this is probably more practical.)

The cork floor has the funky, almost unfinished loft look of the plywood floor I had been contemplating, but is much better in terms of feel and durability. The price was very reasonable. They even installed new sharp-edged baseboards. I’m thrilled. Thanks to Steve Gee/Tiffany’s Flooring for doing an impeccable job.

Cork Floors In South Florida Condo

Photo by Marni Elyse Katz/StyleCarrot
New cork floor in Florida condo.

M O R E   C  O R K  F L O O R S



cork-floor-DISC Interiors-remodelista

DISC Interiors


Good Housekeeping


Real Cork Floors


This Old House  •  Photo by Susan Teare


Christina Simon  •  Apartment Therapy


Home Life  •  Photo by Richard Powers


Taalman Koch Architecture  •  Dwell  •  Photo by Lisa Romerein


Photo by Leela Cyd Ross

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Taalman Koch Architecture  •  Dwell  •  Photo by Lisa Romerein


Taalman Koch Architecture  •  Dwell  •  Photo by Lisa Romerein


Home Life  •  Photo by Richard Powers


Home Life  •  Photo by Richard Powers


Butler Armsden Architects


Tom Scheerer  •  Elle Decor •  Photo by William Waldron


Sunset Magazine


Real Cork Floors


Design Sponge


Design Sponge  •  Photo by Emily Gilbert


House & Home


Home Life  •  Photo by Richard Powers


Better Homes & Gardens


Real Cork Floors


Real Cork Floors

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ARTmonday: My Instagram Pics

With all my Instagramming of late, there have been a few photos I’ve been thinking about getting printed. Experience tells me, though, that the prints won’t look great; they’ll either be too blurry, or too glossy, or just not a good enough image. I could go through a high end printing place, but I have another idea—canvas prints.

Recently Canvas Republic got in touch about its service of transferring one’s own photos to canvas. (They also sell ready made canvas print artwork, including abstracts, florals, and pop art prints. It got me thinking that maybe I should try it. I rifled through Instagram images I’ve saved over the past year.

Do you think any are worthy of transferring to canvas (or to a high end print)?

amelias batmitzvah

Amelia’s Lights


Peony Explosion

pink jean

Pink Lady


Out On the Esplanade

socks aglow

Dance Glow


Copper Colander


Pret a Manger

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Rose Tangled in Beach Grass


Salmon Bites


Seersucker And Such




Lunch at Louis’


Socks Rolled Down


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Sunday Bouquet: Becky’s Bridesmaids’ Bouquets

Bridal Bouquet By Bee & Blossom

Instagram photo by Marni Elyse Katz/StyleCarrot

Bridesmaid’s bouquet by Louanne Colombo
Bee & Blossom  •  Hyannis, MA

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Saturday Say It: The Name Thief

Earlier this month my husband’s brother got married in Provincetown. He pursued her. She took his name. These shots by Cape Town-based wedding photographer Catherine Mac reminded me of them. I love the idea of putting up sassy signs for guests to enjoy along the approach.


Now She's Stealing His Surname Photograph

Photography by Catherine Mac
Charmaine + HP’s wedding

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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 


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

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?


Photo by Martin Cederblad


Dutch houseboat on Airbnb

Girls Room With Unfinished Wood Furnishings

Children’s furniture by Bedzrus

Plywood Decorations For Kids Rooms

VT Wonen


Ikea hack via House & Home

Crafty Quirky Boys Room With Plywood

Photo by Sam McAdams Cooper for Home Life

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