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Art Meets Rug

ReCheng-Tsang+Rug
Artist: ReCheng Tsang  Rug: Surya Summit SMT6600

If rugs can look like art in their own right, why can’t they be art? Each day as I research art and design for my day job I come across numerous pieces that would translate so well to home decor. So much so that the idea of pairing artists up with floor rugs that look almost inspired by them seemed like a natural fit to talk about in this space.

ReCheng Tsang’s beautiful sculptures are created out of porcelain, yet have a look about them that seems almost textile-like. You can almost see the motion if you look hard enough! The perfect match would be this handmade wool Surya Summit rug with tufts that begs to be walked upon.

Maud-Vantours+Rug

This one is for all of the color lovers out there. Artist Maud Vantours works with paper to create intricately put together patterns and sculptures. I love how this particular Surya Banshee rug plays with so many colors in an equally method-to-the-madness mindset.

Olivier-Mecker+Rug

Olivier Umecker’s mixed media works of art feel full of energy and tension, and I’m getting that same vibe from this Surya Gypsy rug design. The freeform shapes and overall design lend a fun devil-may-care attitude whatever room you place it in!
Matthew-Stone+Rug

Sometimes paintings (and decorating) with abandon is a direction that’s just asking to be explored. Matthew Stone’s thick and heavy paintings aren’t questions, they’re statements. Want the same result in your space? I’d opt for something like this unencumbered beauty from Tayse International Trading to anchor everything.

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Get the Boho Chic Look

Laid-back, flea market-inspired bohemian style is a look that’s easy love, and easy to live with. Think of wicker swing chairs draped in fluffy sheepskin, layered rugs and textiles, and eclectic accessories and artwork. Achieving this look might seem tricky, but it’s actually quite simple, because it’s all about collecting what you love. Building on a base of simple budget basics and hand-me-down furniture, you can easily layer on treasured finds from vintage shops, garage sales, and yes, flea markets, for a unique look that’s all your own.

 

To break it down, here are a few trademark boho chic “essentials” to keep an eye out for as you are strolling the Sunday flea market (or online marketplace) with your chai latte and french market bag in hand:

-Colorful, ethnic-inspired rugs

-Sheepskins and flokatis

-Vintage wicker and bamboo furniture

-Midcentury modern teak furniture

-Colorful pottery

-Paper lanterns

Textiles in general, and rugs in particular, are key to the boho chic look, so don’t be shy in picking out a bold pattern or color … or two or three!

Rug Shopping Guide: (clockwise from top left) Safevieh Belize Shag rug in ivory; Tayse International Trading Concept rug in teal and taupe; Surya Zahra rug in hot pink and burnt orange; Rugs Direct Gallery Sienna rug in black; Safavieh Kilim rug in pink and ivory; Jaipur Rugs Desert rug in Mojave.

Photo Credits: (from top to bottom) Refinery 29Armelle Habib for Inside Out magazine; SF Girl By BayBrittany Ambridge for Domino magazine.

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Fashion Translation: The Preppy-Cool Way to Pattern Mix

While preppy looks aren’t exactly my day-to-day vibe, I can definitely appreciate them when it comes to pulling inspiration for your home. Just think of all the rich tones of navy, black, and ivory, as well as the plethora of simple patterns. From buffalo checks to stripes of all varieties to the ever popular polka dot, the preppy look is a great way to inspire an interior space.

Preppy

The first look is rather restrained, but the fun comes in the pattern mixing. For these selections, I actually chose not to heed my own advice. Instead, I thought it would be more fun to let the patterns mix and mingle at similar scales. You can definitely get away with this when the patterns are simpler in nature or if the colors veer more toward the neutral end of things.

Photo Credit: True Life of a Southern Belle.

Shopping Guide:

Capel Genevieve Gorder spots rug + Trans Ocean Imports Sorrento Pinstripe rug

Nourison Luminance rug + Loloi Rugs Harper Stripe rug

Casual for Life medan Border rug + Capel Mercia rug

Preppy 2

For a preppy look that’s even more fun, I suggest going bold and mixing your geometrics with oversized florals. I especially love the addition of chinoiserie patterns to this look for that delicate, airy effect. Colors are a fun addition to this look: the geometric can be more neutral in tone, while the florals are bright and cheerful. I recommend this look for sunny patios or a screened-in porch.

Photo Credit: Who What Wear.

Shopping Guide:

Jaipur Rugs Blue Petal Pusher rug + KAS Oriental Eternity Checkerboard rug

Safavieh Chelsea rug + Surya Rain rug

Bashian Tribeca rug + Nourison Impressionist rug

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Fashion Translation: Pattern Mixing, the boho way.

Whether spring is in full-effect where you live… or you’re buried under a blanket of snow, it’s the perfect time to update your space. One of my favorite fashion trends is still going strong: print mixing. Today I want to share some of my favorite ways to incorporate this fashion-forward look into your home, but with bohemian vibes.

Pattern Mixing

The first look is rather rather bohemian and colorful, don’t you think? Now, this is a look that reminds me of being on vacation. I suggest taking cues from far off places and adding a global touch to your home. Then, make it feel more modern by layering on a touch of geometric. My biggest piece of advice centers around the scale of each pattern: make sure to select prints that are different enough so that they don’t compete visually.

Photo Credit: Tory Burch.

Shopping Guide:

Dalyn modern greys rug + Jaipur Rugs Manhattan Abbot rug

Karastan Panache Archipelago rug + Loloi Rugs Charlotte rug

Dalyn modern greys rug + Surya Beth Lacefield Calaveras rug

Pattern Mixing 2

If layering rugs isn’t your speed, perhaps it’s best to try mixing and matching pillows and rugs. I suggest identifying a single color from your patterned rug that really speaks to you and using that to inspire your pillow pattern selection. I also love the idea of adding a suzani rug to pretty much any space for that special, boho look.

Photo Credit: Ing Things.

Shopping Guide:

Surya Mike Farrell Polka Dot pillow + Safavieh cedar brook rug

Surya Indoor/Outdoor pillow + Concord Global Matrix Susani rug

Surya Moroccan Ikat Dots pillow + Trans Ocean Imports Liora Manne rug

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