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Work-at-Home Chic

Whether you work from home full-time, once a week, or simply want a corner to call your own where you can blog and be creative, having a lovely home office space will help you get the job done in style. And the best part about setting up a workspace at home? It doesn’t have to look the least bit office-y!

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Photo credits throughout: The Glitter Guide

Take the lovely, sunny space shown above for example: I know I wouldn’t mind spending all day working here, what about you?! If you have an entire room to devote to your office, this is also an excellent example of how to use the space – an extra-large desk floating in the center of the room rather than pushed against a wall allows light to flow in and around your workspace, and offers a much more pleasant view. This is also a good setup if you ever take client meetings in your home, because you can easily pull up a few chairs on the other side. A tray keeps desk accessories neat and tidy, and a cozy flatweave rug and throw bring some warmth to the space.

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Go ahead and make your workspace a place that you LOVE and that puts a big smile on your face…after all, why not love where you work? A grid of simple bulletin boards from the office supply store can easily become an inspiring mood board when covered with your favorite bits of inspiration and magazine tear sheets. Or hang an inspiring + motivating message above your desk in the form of a removable decal or wooden sign. Fresh greenery, cut flowers, a scented candle, and a comfy chair and pillow will round out your space and make it your own.

Want to add big color to your workspace without painting the walls? Take a cue from this deliciously bright office and prop up an oversize canvas behind your desk – either purchased or DIY-ed, a great big piece of art is the quickest way to add style to a room. Style tip: pick up the hues from your artwork in the rug you choose to roll out underfoot for a polished, put together look.

And if you don’t have even a corner to spare for a dedicated home office, who’s to say you can’t simply take over the dining room? Making this space work overtime is a great excuse to give it a revamp with fresh and fun wallpaper, a new rug, and some really cool chairs. After all, if you work on a laptop anyway, you can plug into any room in the house!

One of the best things about working from home is being able to surround yourself with cozy comforts, and there’s no better way to do that than with a lovely rug. Above you can see four of my favorite rugs for a home workspace, from a simply gorgeous natural fiber, to bright and cheerful blue or yellow, and always-chic navy and white. Designing a work-at-home space just begs for a little extra dose of style, so choose with your heart and go for the look that really inspires you.

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Shopping Guide: 1. Jaipur Rugs Naturals Lucia Marvy rug in natural beige; 2. Feizy Rugs Harlow rug in teal; 3. Jaipur Rugs Urban Bungalow Farid rug in white and butter; 4. Surya Frontier rug in navy and cream.

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

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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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Via Dwell

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?

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

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Via Russell Smith

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.

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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.

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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.

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Image via MyDomaine | Photo By Julia Brenner

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

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Surya Jute Natural Bleached Rug

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Safavieh Sisal Rug

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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.

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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

Moroccan-layers

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

Cozy Corner

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

Ikat See You

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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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Fashion Translation: Modern Folk

My love of ‘70s style is well-documented here on TRENDCenter. The easiest way to latch onto this fashion trend is through color, but today I want to talk about the lack of color in a way that feels modern, but still embraces the folk vibe of this era. The key here is to embrace a solid white background. Don’t go totally optic white (i.e. where it feels very cool and sterile). Instead, go for more of a vintage vibe with a warm white. Not quite ivory and not beige. While totally simple, the right shade of white is what veers this look toward a modern edginess.

Photo Credit: Chloé Fall 2016 ready-to-wear via Vogue

Once you’ve nailed down the perfect shade of antiqued white, it’s time to layer on the color. I’m personally partial to pretty much any hue of orange when it comes to this Modern Folk trend. Tangerine, terracotta, persimmon, amber… I love ‘em all! Shake things up by adding in small pops of color in shades of pale pink, dusty blue, lavender, and charcoal grey.

Then, in terms of pattern, the sky’s the limit. Lately I’ve been loving two-color geometric rugs that feel Moroccan-inspired, but still really modern.

Which of these picks is your favorite?

Rug Shopping Guide:

Couristan Super Indo-Natural rug

Safavieh Wyndham rug

Safavieh Barcelona shag rug

Couristan Mesquite Bayou rug

Geoloom Carousel dots rug

Safavieh Moroccan shag rug

Feizy Rugs Raphia rug

Surya Frontier rug

For more inspiration from Joanna, follow along with her at Jojotastic!

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