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A Dining Room Rug And Food. Can It Be Done?

After we bought our new home, my husband and I debated about the dining room. To have or not to have. I think it’s a discussion many people have now days. China and fancy dinner parties are not part of our everyday lifestyle. In fact, the vintage china my mother gifted to me 14 years ago is still in the original gift wrap. Shhhhh, please don’t tell her. But in this home we needed a better place to sit and enjoy dinner as a family.

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Photo by Amber Interiors via MyDomaine

The formal dining room in our old home was the kids playroom, but now that the children are a bit older, I don’t feel the need to hover over them like a nervous nelly. Discussions were had. A decision was made. The toys would move to the basement, and the formal dining room makeover was a go. Bring on the fancy…let’s go shopping!

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Photo by Ball and Claw Vintage via Design Sponge

If you read my post about how the foundation of any room design should start with a rug, I’m sure you can guess what I started to shop for first. But then a little voice in my head started nagging at me. Kyla, you’re investing money into a rug your kids will be eating spaghetti and chocolate over…was that really the smartest idea? I mean, they aren’t savages, but they are 3 and 6…ok, yes, yes, they’re savages. They spill and drop crumbs all the time. And who am I kidding, I’m a savage too. I spill all the time.

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Photo by DesignLoveFest via Design Milk

As a busy family, we needed a rug that would work with us, not against us. White shag was definitely a hard no. But by adding a busy pattern and a darker color, I felt more confident that my children would not destroy it in two point five seconds. Honestly, it was one of those unicorns are real moments. Here are my 5 top tips for buying a rug for your dining room:

  1. Find a rug with a busier pattern. Come Thanksgiving, you’re not crying over spilled gravy.

  2. Go for a darker color to hide stains.

  3. Be sure the rug is large enough. You want the entire table and chairs set to sit on the rug. Always err on the side of large. Too small of a rug and it looks awkward.

  4. Spills will happen so steer away from shag and go with a flat weave or low pile rug.

  5. Search for rugs that are easy clean/stain resistant. 

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Photo via La Dolce Vita

Here are a few rugs that I think would be genius for any formal dining room.

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1/ Courtistan – Rainforest

2/ Karastan – Euphoria

3/ Loloi Rugs – Giselle

4/ Dalyn – Modern Greys

5/ Jaipur Rugs – Tabor

6/ Rugs America – Talbot

For more inspiration from Kyla, follow along with her at House Of Hipsters!

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How to Style a Kitchen You’ll Love to Spend Time In

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We use our kitchens for so much – cooking quick weeknight dinners, sure, but also hanging out with our little ones, catching up with friends, surfing the internet, and perhaps even working from home. Why not add a few special details that will make hanging out in the kitchen more fun? In fact, with a few styling tricks, you can quickly transform your kitchen into a super comfy hangout zone you and your guests will love spending time in.

An easy styling formula for the kitchen includes 3 things: color, texture, and life. As in, colorful rugs and tea towels, texture from handmade pottery and smooth wooden boards, and life from fresh flowers and potted plants. These simple additions will bring lots of personality to your space!

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If you own your home, adding a splash of color in the form of patterned tile on the floors, or a vibrant trim color (as shown here) can bring a white kitchen to life. If you rent, you can get the look by focusing on the details: a colorful blue espresso pot and kitchen towels, textural woven baskets, and fresh greenery in the form of potted rosemary plants lining the window.

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Also think about how your kitchen basics are organized – I love the clean, natural look of simple glass jars for storage. They are easy to use, and look chic lined up on open shelving. Mix in a few little house plants or pots of herbs in with the objects on your open shelves, letting the foliage trail over the edge of the shelves for a relaxed, bohemian vibe.

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Photo Credits: Domino Magazine, Practising Simplicity, Amber Interiors

A happy jumble of layered textiles, comfy seating, well-used pots and pans, and fresh linens makes for a welcoming space you will be happy to come home to.

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Rug Shopping Guide: 1. Surya Zahra rug in hot pink and burnt orange 2. Rugs Direct Gallery Kashkoli Kilim rug in camel 3. Jaipur Rugs Urban Bungalow rug in white & butter.

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

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The Most Popular Interiors of 2015

Another fantastic year is coming to an end but not before we do a round-up of some of the most popular interiors of 2015 according to you — our followers. We scoured our Pinterest page and found 15 of the most pinned interiors of the year.

Which one is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!

Neutral and Indigo Living Room
Neutral + Indigo Living Room | Amber Interiors

Moody Corner
Moody Corner Space | Design*Sponge

Cozy Bedroom
Cozy Loft Bedroom | Derek Swalwell

Natural Light
Natural Lit Hangout | Tumblr

Colorful Shelving
White with a Bit of Color | Not Just a Housewife

Neutral Living Room
Patterns and Texture | The Everygirl

Colorful Entry
Colorful Entryway | C Magazine

Nook
Libary Nook | Houzz

Pops of Orange
Bright Accents | Pelle Lundquist

Overdyed Rug
Overdyed Statement Piece | Studio McGee

Cozy Living Room
Contemporary Symmetry | Design Rulz

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Metal + Wood + Color | Emily Henderson

Outdoor Space
Cozy + Stylish Outdoor Space | Blackbird

Bathroom
Bathroom with Style | Dwell

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The Most Popular Interiors of 2014

With the new year on its way, we wanted to take a look back at some of the most popular interiors of 2014 according to you — our followers. We scoured our Pinterest page and found 15 of the most pinned interiors of the year. Enjoy!

Patterns

Via: Style at Home

Colorful Kitchen

Via: A Lovely Lark

black and white

Via: Modernisti Kodikas

Colorful Entry

Via: Design Mom

Minimal Kitchen

Via: Nordic Days

Yellow Bedroom

Via: Quintessence

Eclectic

Via: Design*Sponge

Blue Rug

Via: Emily Henderson

Southwest Entry

Via: Bowerhouse

Serene Living Room

Via: Lonny

Suzani Bedroom

Via: Carla Aston

Living Room

Via: designlovefest

Script Rug

Via: Decorated Life

Neutral Living Room

Via: Delight By Design

Kitchen

Via: Domino

Which room is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!

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