Pretty In Pink

I’m gonna put it all out there. I love pink (ok, and Molly Ringwald too), but hands down it’s one of my favorite colors. Every single shade from blush to bubblegum to hot pink to coral to deep dark magenta, pink makes me squeal with delight. Lucky for me, Pantone announced Rose Quartz as color of the year, so pink is trending – especially in home decor. No longer is pink only for Barbie and her Malibu dream house. No way José. This color is simple, modern, and beautiful.

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There are so many ways to celebrate this fantastic color in your own home. You can be bold and make a statement with bright splashes or keep it subtle with hits of soothing bashful blush. Now, you might be thinking to yourself, “Woah, she’s crazy. Pink is soooooo not versatile”, but i beg to differ. Let’s look as some of my favorite pink color combinations, shall we?


See, I told you pink wasn’t just for little girls and grandmas. Pink can be sophisticated, glam, or romantic.

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Another thing to keep in mind when decorating with pink is that you don’t have to stick to one shade. Experiment a bit by mixing fuschia with blush for balance. You want to be impactful, not distracting.

Have I convinced you to add in some pink to your home decor? Where would you put it? In the bedroom? Living room? Dining room? I presently have pink and navy in my bedroom and am gearing up to decorate my dining room with the same color pairing. Here are a few of my favorite rugs that will make pink shine in your room and give your space that “Wow” factor.


1 Surya – Zahra – Magenta, Teal, Eggplant

2 Loloi Rugs – Lola Shag – Blush, Ivory

3 Loloi Rugs – Lola Shag – Pink, Purple

4 Jaipur Rugs – Ann – Raggedy – Red

5 Oriental Weavers – Kaleidoscope – Pink, Navy 

6 Surya – Luna – Coral, Sea Foam, Lemon, Violet

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Lovely Layering

The look of layered rugs is trending right now and there’s oh so many reasons why you should do it. Maybe you picked up one that you love but it’s too small, and you need a larger rug under it to hold the space. Maybe you want to add some texture to give your space that extra pop. Either way, we’re here to teach you how to layer a rug like a pro. Ready? Let’s get at it.

Image Via MyDomaine | Photo by Ryan Ford

The basic rule of thumb is to keep it simple by choosing only one rug with a pattern. I personally like the idea of a simple jute or sisal rug under a pattern or hide rug. These natural fiber rugs tend to be rather affordable, so having them as the larger, bottom piece makes layering rugs more affordable…especially if you are looking at a 10’ X 14’ rug.

Image via MyDomaine | Photo By Julia Brenner

Looking to duplicate the look above? Check out these great options!


Surya Jute Natural Bleached Rug


Safavieh Sisal Rug


Top with this fabulous Loloi Rug

However, that doesn’t mean if you already have an existing larger rug with a pattern that you can’t make the layered look happen. If this is the case, look at layering a textured, shag, or flokati rug over the larger, busier pattern rug. The mixing of texture, will make for a very unique space.

Image via Apartment Therapy | Photo by: Jill Slater and Trevor Tondro

By layering your rugs, you’ve created a focal point in your space. Here are a few examples of what we think will make your space cozy, warm and inviting. What do you think?

Moroccan Medley


Bottom – Safavieh Natural Fiber
Top – Safavieh Cambridge Navy (available in additional colors)

Cozy Corner


Bottom – Surya Zahra
Top – Surya Candice Olson Whisper (available in additional colors)

Ikat See You


Bottom – Safavieh Natural Fiber (available in additional colors)
Top – Surya Frontier

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

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Creating A Cozy Outdoor Space

I don’t know about you, but I live in the Midwest. If the weather is above 45° and the snow has melted, Spring has sprung. I’ve been hunkered down for the last 4 months, and I want some sunshine on my legs and fresh breeze on my face…even if that fresh breeze is crisp. That’s what coffee and blankets are for. Needless to say, I’ve been begging my husband to pull out the patio furniture from storage.

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Last year I started to decorate my outdoor space, but I stopped when it came to rugs. With so many beautiful patterns, shapes, and colors to choose from, how could I choose just one direction? This year is another story. I’ve got my inspiration set, and I’m ready to shop.

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An outdoor rug will give your space that needed focal point. It really doesn’t matter if it’s small or large. What does matter is creating that cozy space…the space you want to relax in. By defining your space, you tie all the patio decor together. It’s an easy way to bring in some extra color, texture, and pattern. Plus, you are increasing your square footage. Outdoor rugs are just the foundation you need that will take your space from ho-hum to shazam!

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Whether your style is chic, eclectic, boho, modern or romantic, here’s some inspiration that’s sure to dazzle your eyes. Here are a few that have caught my attention:


  1. Surya Alfresco

  2. Jaipur Rugs Desert Mojave

  3. Trans Ocean Imports Toulouse Kilim

  4. Trans Ocean Imports Toulouse Texture

  5. Kaleen Five Seasons

  6. Surya Picnic

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

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Refresh Your Home for Spring

When the short, dark days of winter are over, you can practically hear the collective sigh of relief … spring is here, hooray! Why not take advantage of the natural boost in energy and positivity you feel at the start of spring to refresh your home? A bit of cleaning, clutter clearing, and decorating, and your home will be feeling fresh and new.

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Photo credit: Laura Gaskill

It’s best to do the cleaning and decluttering steps before moving onto decorating, because in the process of clearing things out you will find fresh new ways to use your old things.

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Photo credits: Real Simple, Ikea, Shira Gill.

Step 1: Clean. To make cleaning chores more pleasant, I think it’s so important to use tools you really like, like a cheerful vintage enamel bucket and natural fiber brushes. Also, there’s really no need to use the harshest cleaning products on the market – choose some natural products that smell great, and you won’t dread cleaning. Remove dust from window ledges, baseboards, and blinds, clean the floors, shine up mirrors and windows, and launder small washable rugs and cushion covers.

Step 2: Declutter. Clearing clutter can make your space feel larger and lighter. This is an essential step to work through before moving on to decorating, because sometimes simply having less stuff in your home can make it feel so much better, you realize you don’t need a thing!

Step 3: Decorate. Once your space is fresh, clean, and clutter free, it’s time to look around and consider what small tweaks would make the biggest impact to update your home for the season. For spring, consider lighter rugs, floaty white curtains, or new pillow covers in fun prints. And of course you can never go wrong with flowers – pick up a bouquet and divide it up between small vases to place in each room.

Step 4: Enjoy! When your work is done, sit down with something yummy to drink and a good book or fresh magazine, light a few candles, and savor your beautiful space.

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Rug Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Lotta Jansdotter for Surya TextilaAmer Rugs ElanaLotta Jansdotter for Surya Textila in Cobalt and MossGenevieve Gorder Spear collection in beige and blue.

What are you planning to refresh in your home this spring?

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