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.

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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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Design Diary: Contemporary Home in Historic Modernist Neighborhood

This past Sunday, a one page design story I wrote called “Scandinavian Sleek” appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine. The article featured the living room and entry of a eco-friendly, new construction built in the modernist neighborhood of Lexington, Massachusetts called Five Fields.

The home was co-designed by architects Hank Reisen of Reisen Design Associates and Heinrich Hermann of Hermann Design, with interior furniture layouts and finishes by Britta McCarthy of Britta Design. The project contractor, who did the construction and high-energy efficiency systems was Dylan James of Patriot Custom Homes.

Here is a tour, with photos by the always excellent Eric Roth.


The homeowners wanted as close to a zero energy home as possible that honored the modernist roots of the neighborhood, and read as calm and peaceful. The wife told me that everybody comments on how serene it feels when they step inside.

Many pieces of mid-century furniture was passed down from the husband’s parents, the two Jens Risom armchairs, which were from his father’s psychiatry office. He grew up with the Dux sofas; he and his brother used to lie end-to-end on them. The trio of paintings above the sofa are by local Lexington artist, Sirarpi Heghinian-Walzer. The Arco floor lamp is a new piece. The vibrant red and purple rug, a traditional Scandinavian wool rya, is from his parents.


The molded fiberglass Eames by Herman Miller dining chairs are also from his parents. Originally they were white, but his dad painted them red, way back when, to match the rug. The chimney for the gas insert fireplace is clad with narrow, dry-set stone tiles with a velvet finish. Triple-glazed fiberglass windows are super energy efficient while allowing for large expanses of glass. The wood paneling and window frame interiors are finished in a maple veneer, which blend almost seamlessly with the bamboo floor.


McCarthy chose a fiery red mosaic tile for the kitchen backsplash, that they also used in a bathroom. The cabinetry, built by Furniture Design Services, is bamboo.


Four LEM Piston stools line the island, which has a bowed Silestone countertop. Light pours in from above, and the floor is cork.

Japanese Inspired Entryway Screen

Architects Reisen and Hermann, who co-designed the home, came up with this gorgeous design for the entryway. A slatted wood screen separates the front door from the stairs. The same design is also used as a drop ceiling, behind which are recessed lights that bathe the entry in a warm glow. has windows facing east, south and west, bringing in natural light that changes over the course of the day. The light colored maple slats reflect and soften this light as it is filtered through the screen from the stair tower into the entry.

The front door was custom made for the house, with a flush mahogany exterior face to complement the exterior finishes of the house, and a flush maple interior face to match the maple finish at the entry. The door dimensions are larger than a typical door to provide a substantial entry with a minimalist look, and was fabricated with a matching glass sidelight. McCarthy chose slate tiles—actually hand-picked every one, and laid them out, tile by tile until she the pattern was to her liking.


The walls and ceiling of the deck are lined in wood, lending a sauna-like feel to the outdoor space.

Red and White Tile Bathroom

The downstairs bathroom got red tile details; the same tile as the kitchen backsplash.

reisen-design-mud-bathPowder room.


Pretty white guest bathroom with green mosaic tile details.


Master bath. The tiles behind the tub are highly textured.

Contemporary Architecture Home in Lexington Massachusetts

A covered porch leads from the outside into the entry space. The dining room is straight ahead, the living room to the left, and kitchen to the right.


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