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Another Rug! (Yes, Again!)

‘Tis what I do. I remember reading a blog post by Michelle Kohanzo (Managing Director of The Land of Nod) and loving that she describes herself as “changing rugs like most women change their sheets.” YES.

Anyway, with every tweak and addition (or take away), the double parlors are getting closer and closer to what I would consider done. After trying out the layered rug trend, I’m certain it’s not for me. I still wanted a rug down though, at least in the back parlor, and preferably something plush.

Ta da — plush, the right size, affordable (relatively), with just a bit of pink.

Double Parlor with Parallels Rug

Obviously that’s not a styled photo (I held the camera in one hand and the baby in the other, and took a quick snap), but you get the idea. This is the rug, close up.

Parallels Wool Rug, Macaroon Pink

I’m forever arranging and rearranging the library, wishing that black and white striped sofa was 18″ smaller, but it’s working. I’m thinking of adding a matching rug in there too. I only hesitate because really? A couple of huge, almost all-white rugs in a house with three young kids, a dog, and a couple of cats? Eh, I think it will work. They’re wool, which cleans up nicely, and we have a big runner in the entryway so nobody would be stepping directly on the white rugs after coming in from outside.

Pretend there’s a rug inside those two measuring tapes, deal? I think that having a rug to define the library’s floor plan will help. (Magically shrinking the sofa would help, too.)

Area Rug Outline

I’m gonna go for it.

Neutrals Plus Pink for the Downstairs Bathroom

I usually keep a few plain white towels on a Thonet chair next to the sink in our downstairs bathroom, but I loved the stack of coral towels that the stylist swapped them out for during our shoot last week. She also hung one of my own pink towels (number three, below) on the wall to cover an outlet. Think it’s safe to do that for real life? Wet hands + kids + electricity… it doesn’t sound like the smartest idea. Would it be overkill to use a weatherproof outlet cover (they’re ugly, but it wouldn’t be seen), or would we just rely on the gfci outlet to do its job? Either way, I’m planning on picking up a few new towels for the bathroom to bring back in some more color.

Pink and Coral Towels for the Bathroom

  1. Fouta Bath Towels (Juice), Serena & Lily

  2. Fouta Color Block Towels (Coral/Melon), Serena & Lily

  3. Honeycomb Tassel Hammam Hand Towel (Rose Bisque), West Elm
    These look great, but they are very thin.

  4. Threshold Textured Floral Bath Towels (Coral Island), Target

  5. Woven Ombré Towels (Coral), Anthropologie

  6. Channel Pink Towels, CB2

  7. Threshold Textured Damask Hand Towel (Pink), Target

A reminder: This is what our bathroom looked like when we moved in. Perfectly neutral and vintagey and lovely.

Bathroom, First Floor

Bathroom, First Floor

The room doesn’t need much, but while I’m at it, I figured I’d make a few other changes too. The extra-long silk shower curtain there now has seen better days and it’s time for a replacement, along with a new bath mat. Everything but the towels will be neutral, but I’m not against bringing in a little texture or pattern.

Bathroom with Neutral Accessories

  1. Painterly Stripe Shower Curtain, Schoolhouse Electric

  2. Vintage-Washed Belgian Linen Shower Curtain, Restoration Hardware
    Comes in tons of colors, including many neutral shades.

  3. Iron Shower Curtain Rings, Anthropologie

  4. Black and White Apothecary Bath Accessories (Wastebasket), Pottery Barn

  5. Black and White Apothecary Bath Accessories (Soap Pump), Pottery Barn

  6. Antique Thonet Chair

  7. B&W Wall Hook, Anthropologie

  8. Ella Hook (Antique Brass Finish), Pottery Barn

  9. Fringed Hand-Loomed Rug (Taupe), Pottery Barn

  10. Cotton Woven Bath Rug, Restoration Hardware
    Again, many colors (including plenty of neutral options) are available.

Which combination of shower curtain, rug, and towels would you go for?

The Moroccan Rug

Black Walls, Teal Sofa, Moroccan Rug | Making it Lovely

The blue rug that I styled here recently, while beautiful, has been returned. Going back to bare floors was kind of sad! I’d had the Azilal rug that I brought back from Morocco down before though, and I figured it was time to bring it back.

Black Walls, Teal Sofa, Moroccan Rug | Making it Lovely

Pink Tulips and a Moroccan Rug

I’m considering buying the blue rug for the dining room if I want to hold off on wallpaper, but I haven’t decided yet. It’s out of stock in the size I would need, so I’ve got a little time to think about it. I am however keeping one of the pillows from before! It’s got all of my colors going on, and I love the texture.

Throw Pillows | Making it Lovely

The Moroccan rug is a decent size (6×11) for the back parlor, but I wanted to try out a layered look with a couple of pale pink flatwoven rugs. You’ve seen them before; I like them a lot, but I didn’t choose them and they’re a bit too small for my house. I lined them up to create a larger rug because I thought the colors and pattern would complement the Azilal, and layering it on top covered most of the seam. And our corner fireplace is always an issue with rugs in this room. These are thin enough that I can fold the corner under to fit, but anything thicker would have to be trimmed and bound to custom fit the space.

Corner Fireplace

Oh, hey, different plant. I moved the other fiddle leaf fig upstairs to a window with the same exposure in hopes of letting it recover, but it’s not doing so well. This other little guy is happy though, and has sprouted new baby leaves toward the bottom! I need to properly plant him soon — the plastic pot it came in is just sitting inside there.

Black Walls, Cream and Pink Moroccan Rug | Making it Lovely

Anyway that’s how we came to have three rugs in the living room. None of them are perfect on their own, but together they’re better than the sum of their parts. I don’t know how long they’re going to stay like this though — the kids run around the house and as they run through the room, everything is kind of sliding around! (Rug pads aren’t doing enough to stop the problem.) It’s a good look, but maybe not the most practical for us.

Layered Rugs | Making it Lovely

Black Walls, Fiddle Leaf Fig | Making it Lovely

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