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Neutral Rugs To Keep Your Home Cozy

Owning a fixer upper is a big undertaking, especially when every room will eventually need to be renovated! My upcoming project will be the bedroom. I want the room to feel comfy and cozy, with a spa-like feel. I’ve decided to keep the color palette neutral and subdued to help achieve this look. The room also tends to get pretty chilly during the winter, so I’ve been researching ways to keep the room cozy without adding an unsightly space heater. One great way is to add a well-constructed rug to help insulate the room. There are some truly great options like a wool area rug or a silk area rug — here are my favorite styles in each category!

Cozy Neutral Rugs

Wool is a natural fibre that is fantastic for keeping your feet warm, especially in a bedroom. I love that a wool rug is traditional, but comes in a multitude of modern, updated formats as well. This fabrication also works especially well when it comes to embracing a neutral color palette. The wool fibers have a matte look, which helps the rug look more elevated.

A few of my favorite options:

Couristan Bromley Jakarta rug

Surya Anchorage rug

Surya Berkley rug

Surya Papyrus rug

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Not many people realize this, but silk is another amazing material with insulation properties. Believe it or not, silk can keep you quite warm! I even have a silk-filled duvet for those cold winter nights. A silk rug will definitely be a higher price point, but the gorgeous, elevated sheen of the fiber cannot be ignored. The look is also a little bit more traditional, which encourages a fun mix-and-match look for styles.

A few of my favorite options:

Nourison beige rug

Nourison silk elements rug

Nourison silk elements rug

Capel Williamsburg Linc rug

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

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Inviting Fireplaces

Ourico Arquitetura

With winter only a few weeks away for most us, now is the time to focus on the fireplace. (If you have one in your home it’s also the time to have it serviced for the year to make sure you won’t burn the place down.) There’s something exceptionally cozy and relaxing about lighting a fire, layering on a blanket or two, and letting the rest of life fade into the background even if it’s just for a bit.

Melissa Oholendt

I’m endlessly fascinated by the variety of fireplaces there are these days, and I appreciate every last one. I love the way this traditional Craftsman style mixes with the pieces around it. The similarity in wood tones really ties everything together so nicely and the metal coffee table is a punch of unexpected shine.

Betty Wasserman Art & Interiors

You can always build a room around a fireplace, but in this case I think you could probably build the entire house! This monolithic beauty is the focal point of the whole home it seems. I love how there’s an attached space to store wood nearby, because when it’s cold out who wants to run out to the back porch to get more?

Adrienne Breaux

Who said a standard brick fireplace needs to be boring? NO ONE. Add a coat of paint for a bright pop of unexpected color and keep mantel decor to a minimum for the best impact. All of the natural materials in this particular room – leather, wood, metal – make the fireplace feel like art.

Mikkel Adsbol

This is the epitome of a rustic fireplace in my opinion, clean with a slab mantel and hearth. Sigh. That plush, shaggy rug just makes the space all the more welcoming. Who needs furniture when you have a cozy floor rug and a pile of pillows?

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Create a Comfy Dining Room Your Guests Won’t Want to Leave

The dining room may play second fiddle to the kitchen table for much of the year, but from Thanksgiving through the new year, it’s the place to be. Think of your dining room as the backdrop that makes all of your most memorable holiday meals possible. From rich wall colors to soft lighting and conversation-sparking details, here’s how to get your dining room in tip-top shape in time for the holidays.

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Paint colors: If you’re thinking of repainting your dining room, consider going bold with rich red, sophisticated smoky gray, or a bitter chocolate. These fully-saturated hues have a jewel box feeling that is just right for creating a convivial dinner-party atmosphere.

Art: Including some conversation-sparking artwork in the dining room is a wonderful way to get mingling guests chatting. Hang a unique painting, create a salon-style gallery wall of quirky photographs and small prints, or set an interesting sculpture or artistic object on the credenza.

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Warmth: Whether you use a crackling fire in the fireplace, sheepskins draped over the chairs, a cozy rug, or an abundance of twinkling candlelight (or all of the above!), creating a feeling of warmth and comfort is the best way to encourage guests to linger at the table.

Cozy Table Setting

Table settings: The final details to attend to are how you choose to set the table, from linens to place settings to flowers or foliage. I love setting the table the day before a big holiday gathering, as this relieves so much last-moment stress on the big day…plus you get to enjoy the beauty of your handiwork just a bit longer! If you are just beginning to collect items for your table, I’ve found a classic linen tablecloth to be the most versatile. Dress up your everyday white dinnerware with a special set of colorful salad or dessert plates, and go for something low and organic as a centerpiece, like a piece of driftwood draped in tiny twinkle lights and berry branches, or a display of fall gourds and fruit. As a finishing touch, include something special at each place: a tiny jar of homemade jam, a delicate sprig of herbs tied with twine.

Choosing a rug: The dining room is a tricky place for a rug, because it is quite likely it will get more than its fair share of crumbs and spills! The key is to look for a flat weave (deep pile is incredibly hard to keep clean) in a deep color. You can skip the rug, but there’s nothing like having a cozy rug to warm up the dining room in the depths of winter! If you want to save wear-and-tear (and cut down on cleaning), consider leaving the rug out for fall and winter, and rolling it up and storing it for the spring and summer months.

Dining Room Rugs

Rugs Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Safavieh Tunisia rug in dark brown; Nourison 2000 rug in lavender; Loloi Rugs Anastasia rug in slate; Loloi Rugs Anastasia rug in granite.

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Make Mine Rustic | How To Create A Cozy Rustic Space

Hunted Interior

I wore a hoodie this week, which means autumn is officially here in my book. Now I’ll be changing up my bedding to something a little heavier and also switching up some of my living room decor to embrace the cooler temperatures. October always makes me think of cabins, roaring fires and hot beverages – all things cozy and welcoming really – and no interior style says cozy and welcoming in a bigger way than rustic.

Lakber Magazin

If faux fur blankets aren’t your thing, that’s completely okay, there are lots of ways to embrace a rustic feel. Textured woods and natural tones give off a chic vibe that might be more your speed, whether it’s an accent wall or a piece of pallet art you DIYed one weekend. Don’t be afraid to add more modern touches, like this tub and those sinks, if you’re drawn to them – there is no right or wrong when it comes to mixing styles and making your space your own!

Werner Straube

Whitewashed wood and lighter, almost pastel tones, are a nice take on the traditional look. Add some industrial style lighting to take it to the next level — your own take on a rustic farmhouse can be both old school and modern if you choose. One of my favorite parts of the room above are the simple window treatments that don’t distract from those beautiful walls.

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Different shades of white give a style that’s normally thought of as heavy and dark, a refreshing upgrade. I love how the metal pieces in this kitchen make everything feel so light and airy without taking away from the overall look. Scandinavian rustic tends to be more minimal, so if that’s your style, look into clean lines in furniture and fixtures.

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Layering rugs and adding plush textures to otherwise modern furniture pieces give a space depth and warmth. If you have a fireplace, keep a stack of logs nearby for an impromptu art installation that’s also functional. And last but not least, a dog at your feet never hurts.

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