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Part VI: Rug + Room | Dining Rooms

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Sometimes it doesn’t matter how beautifully a room is designed, without a floor rug it just feels like something is missing. The perfect rug has the power to be a unifying force as well as a soft layer beneath your feet, and there are few rooms more demanding than the dining room. It’s a space that’s part cozy and part utilitarian which means the right rug needs to be as well.

The warm burgundies and golds in this fringed rectangular Karastan have just what the design doctor ordered, warm tones to pull together the floor and farm tables as well as some darker areas that will tie in those chairs.

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The right rug won’t stick out like a sore thumb, it’ll fit right in like a member of the family. This one is stunning, with plenty of grey to balance out those pops of vibrant color so that it won’t overwhelm this otherwise neutral dining space. I’d bring it in to add some dimension to that already beautiful table and chairs.

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Who says a rug has to be a rectangle? Not us! A circular one is perfect fit for a round dining table, particularly when space is at a premium. This dark grey beauty is art in its own right, adding an unexpected area of graphic interest to a sparsely designed area.

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Let’s do another one! I very much love both the 6-person table and the art on display in this dining area, but think it could be punched up one step further. This rich golden rug would blend in oh so well with all of that warm wood, adding another level of design depth to what is already a fantastic space.

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Even more than circular rugs, square rugs aren’t utilized nearly enough in my opinion. Put one under your traditional 4-seat dining table to mix things up and make it interesting! I’d use this green and cream chevron one to pick up on that incredible window full of greenery that looks to take up an entire wall. Bring the outdoors in!

For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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5 Heartfelt Touches for Valentine’s Day and Beyond

Growing up, my grandfather always made a point of surprising me and my mom with cards, flowers, and raspberry pastries from our favorite bakery on Valentine’s Day morning, so I still associate this holiday more with family and love in general than romantic dinners. So whether you are planning something special for your sweetie, or want to celebrate with friends (or your kids!) here are 5 great ideas to make the day special.

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1. Breakfast in bed. Who can resist a special tray of sweet treats and freshly brewed coffee enjoyed propped up in a comfy bed? Bring a bit of extra sweetness in by adorning your bedside with a vase of flowers, and swapping out your usual pillow cases for dusky pink versions.

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2. Light it up. If you’re planning a Valentine’s Day party, the quickest way to create a festive, romantic atmosphere is by boosting the mood lighting. Wrap a pillar in strands of twinkle lights or drape them across the ceiling, and load up on candles. For a really special smile booth worthy prop, consider tracking down a great big light-up heart, which can double as decor long after the holiday.

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3. Get creative with flowers. Tired of the same-old same-old red rose bouquets? Try something unexpected and crafty instead by hanging single stems of flowers from the ceiling using fishing line. Hung above a self-serve bar, it looks like a modern art installation!

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4. Set a special table. Whether you are planning an intimate dinner for two, or a sweet school day breakfast, taking the time to pull out the “fancy” dishes and fold the napkins into hearts is all it takes to set the meal apart.

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5. Get crafty. If you’re searching for a Valentine’s Day craft project that won’t get tossed after V-day, I suggest this embroidery hoop project from The Nester. Simply fill embroidery hoops of various sizes (available at any craft store) with linen fabric, and embellish with sequins, embroidery thread, pom poms, or any other fun supplies you happen to have on hand.

And of course, to set the mood, wouldn’t it be fun to roll out a super-soft pink rug underfoot? I would love to use any of these options in the dining room for a Valentine’s Day dinner party:

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Rug shopping guide (clockwise from top left): Safavieh Vision in pink; Artistic Weavers Madeline Rosey in brown and pink; Safavieh Valencia in pink; Jaipur Rugs Ceres Eris in grey, silver, blue and pink.

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

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Richly Colored Rooms Done Right

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I’m really feeling jewel toned colors right now, especially on walls and especially when done just right. Once upon a time I lived in a house with a navy blue guest room that was one of my favorite spaces I’ve ever designed. The perfect navy offers darkness, but also warmth. It feels luxe and cozy and welcoming, and the bathroom above nails it.

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But no one says bold, rich color needs to be relegated to walls alone. This living space daringly pairs unexpected mauve toned walls with rusty, velvet furniture and it looks amazing! The things that hold it all together are those you might not even notice – the neutral rug, white frames, and baseboard.

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This bathroom is the stuff dreams are made of, at least my dreams. If these luxurious hand-glazed tiles blanketed my bath you’d never get me out! The various green tones cover not only the floor, but also the tub itself and the walls. There are only two words to describe it – ALL IN.

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A guest room with a relaxing turquoise wall color is the perfect retreat, not only for guests but for you! All off those neutral colored pieces of art, along with the natural wood floor, help balance things out. And let’s not forget rugs…they can be downright bold in their own right when it comes to adding a big ol’ pop of color to any space.

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For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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Fashion Translation: Incorporating Denim-Inspired Rugs into Your Home

It’s a well-established fact that anything blue is trending right now. From shades of pale blue to rich navy, these inky hues are everywhere, especially in the home decor world. The look can quickly cross over into preppy style territory, so my favorite way to incorporate this trend into my home is by pulling inspiration from a true fashion staple: my favorite pair of jeans!

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Image credit: J.Crew via Fashion Gone Rogue.

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These denim-inspired rugs are the perfect way to embrace the blue trend in your home, while also maintaining a laid back, casual vibe. There are many opportunities for patterns in this look, as well. A simple geometric stripe or skinny stripe takes the blue rug to a totally different place, one that’s perfect for a kitchen or sunroom. Similarly, an ornate overdyed rug provides the perfect foundation for a mature master bedroom. When shopping for this trend, look for striations in color, rather than solid fields of blue. This simple tip will keep your look looking more boho than preppy!

A few favorites (from top to bottom, left to right):

Surya Zahra rug

Surya Amadeo rug

Dalyn Torino ombre rug

Surya Trenza rug

Jaipur Rugs Coastal Shores stripe rug

Surya denim rug

Jaipur Rugs Britta rug

Safavieh Himalaya rug

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

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