5 Tips For Selecting the Right Rug

There are many different things to take into consideration when shopping for a rug for your home – what size will work best, what , is it worth spending the money? The right rug can pull a room together and act as the perfect finishing touch, while the wrong one can make a room feel awkward or look like an after thought. We don’t want the latter! So, here are some tips to take into consideration when you’re ready to start shopping for that perfect rug.

 

1. Size – First and foremost, don’t skimp on size. Choosing a rug that is too small for the space will just make your room look smaller. In a Living Room, your rug lays the foundation for the conversation area, you want it to support the furniture around it. No floating carpets here!

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2. Rug Pad – Don’t let this be an afterthought.  A rug pad not only offers protection against slipping and damaging your floors, but also adds a layer of comfort underfoot – especially to flat weave rugs.

3. Statement – A rug is so much more than a space filler or sound embracer, take this as an opportunity add a pop of color or punch of pattern to your room. Function can be fun too! (Bonus Tip: The pattern need not match everything in the room, focus on the color tones in the design and coordinate those with the colors in your artwork, accessories or fabrics.) 

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4. Texture – When it comes to choosing a rug, the role of texture can play just as big of a part as color and design. If you want to keep it simple by avoiding bold colors and patterns but you still want your rug to stand out, choose a contrasting texture your flooring and other finishes. Leather sofa? Think fuller and thicker pile. Soft and warm upholstered seating? Consider a sisal or flat weave.

 

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5. Investment – Your rug is undoubtedly going to be receiving a lot of foot traffic, so make sure you choose one that will stand the test of time. Don’t forget to include this vital addition into your overall budget – it’s worth a little investment!

xoA

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Design Inspiration with Marie Flanigan

As a designer, I am always on the look out for my next source of inspiration and it can come from so many different places as well as in many different forms – a printed fabric on a blouse in a store front window, brushstroke colors on a piece of art, texture on a piece of pottery found at an estate sale, or simply through the work of others. Much of my inspiration comes while admiring the work of some of my most admired designers and artists, we all have our own unique style when it comes to designing, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be influenced by the creative works of others.

Today I’d like to spend a moment appreciating one of my sources of inspiration – Marie Flanigan. She is an extremely talented designer, I see her work as natural elegance and always so full of light.

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(All images courtesy of Marie Flanigan Interiors)

Upon “entering” any one of these rooms, you can’t deny the serene and calming vibe bouncing back at you. Neutral tones set off by flashes of gold, natural textures, tailored lines, all come together to create “refined elegance and innovative simplicity.”

An Andrea curation, with a little Marie flare, to get your juices flowing this fine Friday morning! Enjoy and remember, inspiration is around every corner!

 

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 1. Ikat Throw Pillow by Lillian August / 2. Brass Geometric Lamp by Currey & Co.  / 3. Espresso Velvet Sofa by Lillian August / 4. Orb Sculpture by Lillian August / 5. Free Form Platters by John Richard / 6. Geometric Print Throw Pillow from One Kings Lane / 7. Decorative Succulents by John Richard / 8. Exposed Wood Accent Chair by Hickory White / 9. Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree from Houzz / 10. Petrified Wood Side Table by Aire Furniture / 11. Driftwood Mirror from One Kings Lane

Toning into Fall

Summer 2017 has been fulfilling and one to remember, but I am ready to greet Fall with open arms, and in 15 days I will be doing just that! I’m feeling ready for a reason to wrap a scarf around my neck, fill up on lattes and pumpkin spice aromas, and all things in warm tones. Who’s with me!? The color experts at Pantone released their Fall 2017 Fashion Color Report for New York Fashion Week, and they are cozy. 

 

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So, for a little seasonal inspiration, I’ve put together a few of my favorite finds influenced by these trending shades. 

 

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1. Teal Table Lamp / 2. Metallic Decorative Pillow / 3. Coral Sculpture / 4. Quartz Obelisks / 5. Wall Art / 6. Embroidered Decorative Pillow / 7. Rug / 8. Copper Table Lamp / 9. Ceramic Garden Stool