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How to Use Rugs in Small Spaces

Mademoiselle Claudine
Mademoiselle Claudine

There’s an argument to be made that when you’re living in a small space, whether out of choice or necessity, that it’s even more important to hone in and establish your interior style. Having fewer square feet to work with doesn’t mean you have to compromise on aesthetics, but it does mean you need to make better decisions because every inch of space counts for more. One decor element that can make a huge difference is the right floor rug because it can serve any number of purposes.

If you’re dwelling in a studio, drawing an invisible line between areas of use can get tricky because you want your space to feel as open as possible. Opting for a floor rug that coordinates with the area you’re putting it in is a great place to start. For example, if it’s the living room, bring in some tones from your couch. That’s not saying you have to go super trendy or make a huge statement; sometimes sticking to a more neutral, budget-friendly option is the way to go.

Just laying down a simply designed floor rug can make your place feel instantly more pulled together, particularly if you have a collection of mis-matched home goods. An extra soft rug will add layers of texture and a feeling of homeyness that we can never get enough of. Pro Tip: Think outside of the norm and place your rug vertically rather than horizontally for an unexpected design decision.

Bring an entire space together with one large floor rug that compliments everything from your bed to your sofa, and it will also serve to create a great focal point for your living area. Go with a bold pattern or unexpected rug shape to make a real statement.

Just because you’re short on space doesn’t mean you need to skimp on color! Choose an unexpected hue that gets along with whatever other colors are present for a bit of energy. This is also a great technique for delineating space between bedroom and living room – you’ll spend far less time watching TV from bed. Using a rug with an unusual texture or layering several together is another good way to achieve this separation when using multiple rugs in your small space.

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Dreamy Sheds

What’s not to love about having a mini-getaway right in your own backyard? Whether you opt for a garden retreat, backyard art studio, party shed, or solo relaxation zone, a shed to call your own can be a fantastic way to de-stress, practice a craft or hobby, or even start a side business. Read on for five totally swoon-worthy examples of backyard sheds, plus tips on decking out your own tiny backyard dream shed.

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PeasAndNeedles
Peas & Needles

First up is this glorious shed created by a textile designer in the UK who wanted her own weaving studio where she could set up her loom, work on projects, but also relax with a cup of tea. I love how the layers of cozy rugs, cushions, and weavings create a cocoon-like effect — don’t you just want to jump in and snuggle with all of those fluffy pillows?

Lesson learned: If your shed isn’t feeling as comfy or inviting as you would like, add more soft stuff!

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Alice
Alice in Scandiland

Next up, we have an adorable little backyard office and studio for a Cornwall-based blogger and work-at-home mom. The interior style is very clean and Scandinavian with a natural fiber rug, light blue armchair, and mirrors reflecting the greenery outside — but my favorite part has got to be the fort addition for her daughter! This seems like the ideal solution if you want to be outdoors with your kids, but also perhaps sneak in a little work or (ahem) write a blog post.

Lesson learned: A shed doesn’t have to be just one thing. Make it work for your family by incorporating a fun element or two.

BHG
BHG

If you’re looking for complete and utter relaxation surrounded by nature, this is the shed for you. A converted greenhouse design, this shed is all fresh air and glass, so you can enjoy birdsong and fresh breezes as you read a book or cat nap on the daybed.

Lesson learned: Context is everything. What makes this space so great is that it’s tucked back into a quiet corner of the garden and completely surrounded by lush green foliage.

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BHG

It’s shed party time! From the black-and-white striped floors and hanging chair to the bar cart and fringed chandelier, this super fun space has a lot going on, and it totally works. If you love to entertain but are getting tired of having everyone in your house, an entertaining shed could be just the ticket.

Lesson learned: You don’t need a shed big enough to fit a crowd to count as a party shed! If you can fit the drinks cart and a seat or two, you’re good. Guests can drift in and out, and the party fare will stay out of the sun.

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Style By Emily Henderson

Sometimes you just want somewhere to get away from it all and relax. If that’s the case, may I recommend outfitting your shed with a daybed, topped with loads of soft blankets and cushions? Add a tree stump table and oil lamp for a back-to-the-woods feel, but keep the palette light with shades of cream and driftwood.

Lesson learned: Sheds are awesome, no matter how you use them. Now if you need me, I’ll be in the greenhouse with my dog-eared copy of Anne of Green Gables and a tall iced mint tea.

Dreamy Shed Shopping Guide

Dreamy Shed Shopping Guide (Clockwise from top left): Boho Paisley Elephant II by Danhui Nai; Not All Who Wander by Katie Doucette; Momeni Boho rug in ivory; Surya Jute Natural Woven rug in natural.

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6 Impactful Weekend Warrior Projects For The Home

A Beautiful Mess
A Beautiful Mess

I saw SO MANY people out in their yards taking care of business this past weekend! Trimming, sprucing, planting, and generally tidying up and adding a little extra appeal to their homes for the summer months. My own game is slightly behind schedule, but I did manage to pot a bunch of plants so I’m calling that a small win. The end of May and early June always kicks my desire to complete manageable home projects into overdrive, so I’ve gathered up a few that are completely manageable for my fellow weekend warriors.

Add some house numbers.
Let’s start with a little curb appeal! The house numbers on my place are in the most ridiculous spot – below the front door frame. I have a plan to add some incredible stickers to the transom above the front door, but there are so many great options to call out your address. I love this DIY planter box that not only adds some mid-century personality but also provides a place for more plants to thrive.

Repaint the front door.
While we’re discussing curb appeal, let’s talk about arguably one of the fastest, easiest, most impactful projects you can tackle – repainting your front door. While bright pops of color are the current trend, there’s nothing wrong with staying tried and true with a bold red or deep rich black. Check out a color wheel and choose a hue that complements the rest of your home. Most times there’s no need to remove the door from the hinges, and it’s your prerogative to paint only the exterior or both sides. And hey, maybe there’s an opportunity to add some of the aforementioned house numbers on your newly updated entrance.

Frame something unexpected.
If you’re after something unique don’t be afraid to think outside of the box and turn the unexpected into some fresh wall art. Some ideas: a deck of cards, a favorite photo blown up as a black and white engineering print, a swath of your favorite fabric pattern. The possibilities really are endless – above you’ll see a couple’s handwritten wedding vows perched above their bed. (Swoon.)

Paint your window frames. 
A weekend project currently sitting on my own list is painting my home’s window frames. When paired with white or light grey colored walls they just about take on the feeling of art! While I’m leaning more towards black in my own space, I love the bright personality this cobalt adds to the kitchen seen above and may even pop something unexpected into the guest bathroom if I’m brave! (Maybe some light pink?)

Rethink small corners.
The foot of the bed makes a fantastic space for extra book storage when a bench is added. That little nook at the end of the hallway has endless potential for either a cozy reading chair or small desk. You get the idea – use all of your space to its full potential with a few creative solutions. A trip to a big box store or simply repurposing other storage devices will make you feel like you’ve retaken control of your home in no time.

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Give the backyard a little upgrade.
I have yet to tackle my deck this spring, which needs power washed to within an inch of its life and repainted. But you can bet as soon as that happens I’ll be bringing in a new fire pit, circling it with my Adirondack chairs, adding a few light blankets and pillows, and settling in for plenty of relaxing late summer nights. The DIY project above was actually made from the laundry drum of a defunct washing machine – people’s creativity will never cease to amaze me.

Put a rug on it.
I change out several of my floor rugs seasonally, it’s a texture thing. Soft and cozy when it’s chilly and flat and fibrous when it’s not. The impact it makes when I swap them out every six months or so continuously surprises me, and with so many affordable options available this is one of the easiest – and fastest! – weekend projects you can take on.

For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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5 Paint Colors That Can Transform Your Room

White walls and neutral spaces beginning to feel a bit meh? Brushing a new color on your walls (or even just one wall) can make your space instantly feel more put-together, and telegraph a whole new sense of style. Five wow-worthy paint color ideas straight ahead.


Sincerely, Sara D. via Design Mom | Paint color: Valspar Reserve Paint in Nighttime View


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1. Navy

If you want to branch out from neutrals, but still play it safe, navy is my top recommendation. It feels current, yet classic, and goes well with just about any other colors you want to use. Navy looks elegant in the living room, and dramatic in the bath. Play up your navy walls with warm metals like brass, crisp white trim, and black and white accents. For a finishing touch, be sure to include a few items that bring some warmth to your space: natural fibers, woven baskets, houseplants, and warm hues like red and pink all work well.


Studio McGee | Paint color: Benjamin Moore Paint in Forest Green

2. Deep Green

This hue is enjoying a renaissance in popularity, especially in the kitchen! Try a deep, dark green on your kitchen cabinets for a classic-with-a-twist look. Be sure to choose a glossy finish for cabinetry, as it will stand up better to everyday use. To keep the green from overpowering your space, consider painting only the lower cabinets — keep the upper cabinets white, or replace some with open shelving for a lighter look, as shown here.


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3. Warm Pink

Pink walls aren’t just for pretty princess bedrooms — in fact, warm pink is a surprisingly versatile hue. A warm, flattering shade of pink can be a great way to tiptoe away from white walls. Try a single accent wall in the dining room, living room, or hall, and bring it to life with soft gray, greens, and plenty of white.


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Apartment Therapy | Paint color: Benjamin Moore Paint in Burnt Red

4. Statement Red

If you just want to make one big color statement in your home, my vote goes for red. A single wall painted in this fiery hue will bring your space to life in a way that no other color can match. If you paint the wall and are feeling a bit intimidated by the redness of it, try using it as the backdrop for a massive gallery wall. Hung with artwork or 3D objects like baskets or plates, a red wall brings intense focus without overwhelming.


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5. Rich Turquoise

I love turquoise. It’s rich and vibrant, yet (so unlike red) actually soothing to the spirit. If you are on the hunt for that perfect hue — one that’s attention-grabbing but not overbearing, current but not trendy — let turquoise be your new color love. Use it in the bedroom, bath, living room, dining room, or anywhere you want a hit of tropical relaxation.

Looking to complement that new wall color? Consider swapping out your (boring) old rug for something with a bit more pizazz. Here are four of my current colorful favorites:

Rug Shopping Guide (Clockwise from top left): Dynamic Rugs Metro in ivory and light blue; Safavieh Kilim in pink and ivory; Kate Spade New York Gramercy Leopard Ikat in green and ivory; Loloi Rugs Kalliope by Justina Blakeney in blue.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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