A Dining Room Rug And Food. Can It Be Done?

After we bought our new home, my husband and I debated about the dining room. To have or not to have. I think it’s a discussion many people have now days. China and fancy dinner parties are not part of our everyday lifestyle. In fact, the vintage china my mother gifted to me 14 years ago is still in the original gift wrap. Shhhhh, please don’t tell her. But in this home we needed a better place to sit and enjoy dinner as a family.

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The formal dining room in our old home was the kids playroom, but now that the children are a bit older, I don’t feel the need to hover over them like a nervous nelly. Discussions were had. A decision was made. The toys would move to the basement, and the formal dining room makeover was a go. Bring on the fancy…let’s go shopping!

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If you read my post about how the foundation of any room design should start with a rug, I’m sure you can guess what I started to shop for first. But then a little voice in my head started nagging at me. Kyla, you’re investing money into a rug your kids will be eating spaghetti and chocolate over…was that really the smartest idea? I mean, they aren’t savages, but they are 3 and 6…ok, yes, yes, they’re savages. They spill and drop crumbs all the time. And who am I kidding, I’m a savage too. I spill all the time.

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As a busy family, we needed a rug that would work with us, not against us. White shag was definitely a hard no. But by adding a busy pattern and a darker color, I felt more confident that my children would not destroy it in two point five seconds. Honestly, it was one of those unicorns are real moments. Here are my 5 top tips for buying a rug for your dining room:

  1. Find a rug with a busier pattern. Come Thanksgiving, you’re not crying over spilled gravy.

  2. Go for a darker color to hide stains.

  3. Be sure the rug is large enough. You want the entire table and chairs set to sit on the rug. Always err on the side of large. Too small of a rug and it looks awkward.

  4. Spills will happen so steer away from shag and go with a flat weave or low pile rug.

  5. Search for rugs that are easy clean/stain resistant. 

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Here are a few rugs that I think would be genius for any formal dining room.


1/ Courtistan – Rainforest

2/ Karastan – Euphoria

3/ Loloi Rugs – Giselle

4/ Dalyn – Modern Greys

5/ Jaipur Rugs – Tabor

6/ Rugs America – Talbot

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


Get The One-Of-A-Kind Rug Look Without The Price Tag

I don’t know about you, but when I troll Pinterest and spy beautiful vintage Persian and Oriental rugs, I swoon and gasp for joy. Rug after rug, room after room, I yell at my phone, “Give me all the stuff!”. They’re classic pieces that go with pretty much every home decor style but are near impossible to find. And if by chance you happen upon one, it usually comes with a hefty price tag. Traditional, boho, farmhouse, mid-century modern, it really doesn’t matter. These bad boys go with anything.

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I mean seriously, how inviting and cozy does that room look? That vintage beauty is worn in just the right places with its ornate floral medallions. So what’s a vintage lovin’ rug gal have to do? How dare these rugs be so beautiful when I can’t find them anywhere? Or can I?

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Challenge accepted. I went on a mission to find new, look-a-like rugs (without the hefty price tag). No more fruitless Googling and emailing strangers, “Where did you get that rug?” only to be told, “Sorry, it’s vintage.” What I soon found out, was there really are some fantastic vintage inspired rugs that aren’t one-of-a-kind. Don’t believe me? Let’s take a looksy at the pretties I found!


Not too shabby huh? I’d say they have that perfectly worn vintage look! Wouldn’t you? They have all the old world charm you need to redefine your space. So what are you waiting for? Go make a style statement and add some luxury to your room.

Rug Shopping Guide:

1 Surya Zahra ZHA-4003 

2 Nourison Karma KRM-01

3 Surya Antolya ANT-9712

4 Loloi Rugs Anastasia AF-09

5 Surya Caesar CAE-1145

6 Karastan Spice Market 80153

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

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Setting The Foundation with Rugs

Much like your home has a foundation, your room does as well. Set a solid foundation with a rug. It sets the tone and defines your space. They come in every color, pattern and many different shapes and sizes. So if rugs are so diverse, why begin here? Let’s dig in with these helpful tips.

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COLOR. Whether you like muted tones or bodacious bold colors, let your rug do the talking for that pop of color. You might think necessary pieces like sofas and tables may come first, but ask yourself this, “What crazy sofa color am I going to design around?” Chances are beige, cream, navy, gray, or black. Am I right? Ok, maybe throw in red or turquoise if you’re really shaking things up.

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Go ahead, get crazy with the rug color. It’s easy to swap out when you’re ready for a change, and much more practical on your wallet.

PATTERN. Not only do rugs come in every color, but also every pattern. Serious floor flair will kick your space up a notch. Personally, this is where I tend to get tripped up if I don’t start with the rug as my foundation.

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From a beautiful hand knot to funky graphics to Moroccan casual, a rug will set the tone of your space. If you lean on the traditional side, look at our oriental rugs or a muted damask. Want a boho feel with a pop of color? Try an over dyed rug in turquoise or fuschia. Feeling casual beachy? Our nautical rugs are exactly what you need to make you feel ocean side even if you live in Nebraska.

SIZE. When it comes to rugs, size matters. Measure your seating area first and take into account any weird corners, stairs, or fireplace.

If you’re asking yourself, “Should I go bigger”?, the answer is almost always yes. Yes a smaller rug costs less, but trust me, go big or go home. You don’t need your guests whispering, “Honey, You Shrunk The Rug” during your next cocktail party. If you have a rug that you must have, but you know full well that it’s too small, go for the layered look.

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If possible, you want all four legs of your furniture on the rug, but if your room is in the #smallspacesquad just float it. Whichever you choose, be consistent. Try your best to have either all legs on or all legs off.

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Are you ready to start shopping? Go ahead! Define your space, set the foundation to your room, and let your personality shine. By following these helpful tips, you’ll find the best rug to fit your style.

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

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Pretty In Pink In The Home

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 this hue 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