Designer Spotlight: Lotta Jansdotter


From the fresh, modern color palette to her signature nature-inspired aesthetic, there is a lot to love about designer Lotta Anderson, creator of popular brand Lotta Jansdotter. Born on Aland, a small group of islands between Sweden and Finland, Anderson now works from her Brooklyn, New York, studio; runs creative workshops on her home islands of Aland as well as in Japan; and has published several books on sewing, craft, and home design.


Anderson’s studio space is a light-filled, creative wonderland brimming with inspiration in the form of colorful fabrics and craft materials, shelves of inspiring books, and cozy spots to curl up with a mug of hot tea. The designer’s aesthetic is influenced heavily by the scandinavian landscape and lifestyle, from the ease of a daily fika (coffee and cake) break, to the organic forms of seed pods and flowers that grace her fabrics, rugs, and ceramic designs. Lotta Jansdotter is all about slowing down, and finding ways of making the little things in our daily lives both practical and beautiful.


Lotta Jansdotter prints mix and match with ease, making it simple and stress-free to bring more color and pattern into the home. If you’re nervous about piling on the pattern, take a cue from Lotta’s own home and studio, and paint a calming, neutral backdrop with white paint and wood floors; then bring in color with rugs, throw pillows, and ceramics.


The Lotta Jansdotter collection for Surya rugs is packed with fun, fresh designs that would look stunning in just about any room in the house, from the living room and dining room to the entry hall, master bedroom, or kids’ playroom. And with their clean, scandinavian design, any of these pieces would work beautifully to elevate light wood and white basics from Ikea — make the look your own with small accents like handmade ceramics, artwork, and fresh green houseplants.

Are you a fan of Lotta Jansdotter? Share which piece is your favorite in the Comments!

Rug Shopping Guide: (clockwise from top left) Surya Lotta Jansdotter Decorativa DCR-4016Surya Lotta Jansdotter Decorativa DCR-4005Surya Lotta Jansdotter Decorativa DCR-4006Surya Lotta Jansdotter Decorativa DCR-4010Surya Lotta Jansdotter Textila TXT-3007Surya Lotta Jansdotter Textila TXT-3009.

Image Credits: (from top to bottom) Lotta JansdotterDesign Sponge.

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Featured Designer – Candice Olson

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Interior designer and popular television host, Candice Olson has helped literally millions of people throughout the US and Canada to solve a huge variety of decorating problems with her fun, no-nonsense approach to furnishing your home. In addition to her broadcasts on HGTV and the W Network in Canada, Olson has also written two books that present her appealing and practical approch to home decor.

candice-olson2Her guide, Candice Olson Kitchens & Baths, is brimming with hundreds of full-color, before-and-after photos of Candice’s stunning room makeovers. Recommended by numerous Rugs Direct customers, this book invites you to choose colors, materials, and furnishings to achieve a dream kitchen or bathroom that fits your unique style. It is available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon and Books a Million stores.

But that’s not all. Olson also has attached her name to a wide variety of home furnishings ranging from wood furniture to lighting, paint, wallpapers and area rugs. Her partnership with Surya, one of the country’s premiere manufacturers of top-quality area rugs, has been a highly successful endeavor. There are currently dozens of styles available, organized into five exciting collections.

The Fusion Collection is a set of lustrous ribbon shag rugs that are hand-woven out of 100% polyester. They are great for children’s bedrooms and play areas, as well as kitchens and bathrooms.

Her Modern Classics Collection is hand-made of 100% New Zealand wool. There are over 20 different styles with patterns that are graphic and flowing. You’ll find an array of hues ranging from warm red to cool blue color palettes.

The impressive Sculpture Collection consists of close to 40 different rugs that are very difficult to describe in words. The are mono-chromatic but, as the name implies, they have depth and texture that gives them a totally unique look and feel.

At the opposite end of the spectrum is Olson’s Decadent Collection. Here you’ll find some rather wild patterns with mansion-size rugs available in the 9′ x 13′ size.

A new set of rugs from Candice Olson is called the Luminous Collection. They are classic and sophisticated, but with a contemporary edge. Rugs in this collection are hand-made of 100% wool and represent some of the finest craftsmanship available for your floors today.

If you’ve ever had the opportunity to watch one of Candice Olson’s television programs, you know her approach to interior design is one of practicality, simplicity and durability. She takes the same approach to the area rugs bearing her name. If you want to decorate your floors with area rugs that have a timeless beauty that will serve you well for many years to come, explore the Candace Olson Collections available at the nation’s leading source for area rugs, Rugs Direct.


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Stunning Wildlife Impressions for Your Floor

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American rug manufacturer Milliken has long sought to put more on their floor coverings than beautiful patterns and colors. With their Wildlife Impressions Collection they have managed to capture some of the most stuffing wildlife art from two of the country’s premier studios on area rugs that are now available to you from Rugs Direct.

The Hautman Brothers

bird-rugJames, Robert and Joseph Hautman have established themselves as America’s foremost family of wildlife artists. All three brothers have received numerous honors and awards, and have been a dominating presence in many state and national duck stamp competitions.

At last count, the three brothers have seen their art featured on over 50 state and federal conservation stamps. Jim, Bob and Joe are the only brothers ever to win the prestigious Federal Duck Stamp Contest. The talents of the Hautman Brothers as well as their unique family gift were mentioned in the motion picture “Fargo.” They have received national accolades on television and National Public Radio, and from newspapers such as USA TODAY, The Washington Post, Minneapolis Star Tribune and The St. Paul Pioneer Press, as well as TIME, US News & World Report, Sports Illustrated, U.S. Art and North American Hunter magazines. The Hautmans’ creations have been displayed in the Oval Office of the White House and at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.

dog-rugMilliken has placed close to 30 of their top designs on area rugs that are available in two different sizes – a small 2’8″ x 3’10″ and convenient 3’10″ x 5′ 4″ size. Unlike many rugs featuring fine artwork, some of the Hautman Wildlife Impressions rugs are available in what is known as “portrait” orientation. That is, the image is taller than it is wider. The decision was made to honor the vision of the artists and create the rugs in the style of the original artwork. This gives you many more options and possibilities when deciding where to decorate with one of these beautiful rugs.

The Milliken Hautman rugs are made of 100% nylon for durability and longevity. They are suitable for an entry way, although for obvious reasons, many people don’t like to place these rugs in areas of high foot traffic. Another great location is in front of a fireplace – although it’s not uncommon to see one of these rugs hung on a wall in a den, family room or lodge-theme living room.

Eddie Leroy

deer-rugWell-known wildlife artist Eddie Leroy comes from Eufaula, Alabama. His career as an artist began in college in 1986 when he entered an Alabama Wildlife Federation art contest in Birmingham. He did not win but a collector purchased his painting, his first art sale. Just two years later, he won that Alabama contest and has been chosen as the artist for a number of stamp-print programs since then.

About of dozen of his most beautiful wildlife paintings are available in the Milliken Wildlife Impressions Collection. Interestingly, Leroy is known for “painting from life.” That is, each picture he paints is from an actual place in North America and there is a factual story behind the image.


To explore the complete line of Hautman and Leroy Wildlife Impressions rugs from Milliken, take a look at Rugs Direct.

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Layered Rugs – a Hot, New Decorating Trend

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America’s top interior designers have hit upon a new technique that is greatly expanding their decorating options with area rugs – layers. That’s right – why settle for one rug on the floor when you can add one or two on top of it to make a totally new three-dimensional design?

Nicole Gibbons of So Haute in New York City calls this new look “a hot design trend.” She recommends placing multiple rugs on hardwood floors so that there is at least 12-18 inches of space on all sides. That way the contrast between the rugs is most evident. You want to stay away from placing two rugs on top of each other that are too close in their overall dimensions.

Some designers recommend looking for rugs that fall into the same pattern and color family so as to not create too “busy” of a layout on the floor. The same holds true for fabric. Most people find it more pleasing to put wool on wool rather than mixing in cotton or silk. However, don’t be afraid to experiment with using polypropylene and wool. They often match well enough not to create a problem.

Kristen Hutchins, a professional designer based in Los Angeles, sees a floor as a blank canvas on which to build a nice layer of art. Wh recommends starting with a large, neutral rug as the bottom layer and buiding up from there. You can add one patterned rug, or multiples to define seating or activity areas. The only limitation is your imagination!

If you are a bit bolder and more adventurous in your decorating, you might try an animal-skin print or a natural fabric such as jute or seagrass. It’s amazing what a black-and-white zebra pattern rug can do to enliven a room, especially when placed over a darker contrasting color. Give it a try!

Some people are afraid of layering because it means they are going to need to buy two or three rugs instead of just one. However, the fact of the matter is you end up buying smaller rugs than you would if you were covering the floor with only one. It’s pretty easy to do a cost comparison when starting with a room with nothing but a hardwood floor. Sketch out the areas, figure out how many rugs you will need and in what sizes. The go to Rugs Direct and have a ball figuring out what goes with what, and what will look fantastic on TOP of something else.

There are some very practical benefits to layering area rugs, especially over wall-to-wall carpeting. In a kid’s room, the extra layer will add a protective cushion to the inevitable falls. It also protects the carpeting from spills and stains. It is certainly more economical to have a rug cleaned than to call in the carpet specialists or rent a steam cleaner from the local hardware store.

As you experiment with layering your rugs, don’t fall into the trap of always aligning the edges parallel or perpendicular to one another. There’s nothing that says you can’t lay one rug on top of another at an angle. Also don’t be afraid to lay two small rugs side-by-side on top of a larger one. This effect can sometimes be very striking in that you are creating a design that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world.

So the next time you find yourself looking at a large, blank floor in your home, consider layering two or three rugs in the space to make it uniquely your own. Your options truly are limitless, and the potential unlimited. Visit Rugs Direct and start exploring.


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