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Granny Chic

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Granny Chic Lamp and Rug

When I first saw the rug, I couldn’t decide if I liked it or not. I mentioned it on twitter and facebook, and the responses were pretty divided (with references to both Missoni and the Golden Girls). After thinking about it for a bit though, I’ve decided that I quite like it! Finding the lamp to go with the rug really helps pull the two together with a little style, albeit it a granny chic style.

What do you think? Love it or hate it?

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  • Rose @ Art of Dealing
    January 3, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    I like it!

  • barb
    January 3, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    i like it to…a little stepped up ‘vintage’? feel?

  • Vic
    January 3, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    I quite love it… and I don’t really see granny chic at all… I see chic, but more like preppy Springtime chic!

    • Making it Lovely
      January 3, 2010 at 9:12 pm

      I think the rug makes me think ‘granny’ because I think of cozy knit afghans.

  • Jules
    January 3, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    I like it, but we both know my taste runs toward the geriatric.

  • Desiree Fawn
    January 3, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Oooh, I dig that lamp! Very lovely.

  • Anne Good
    January 3, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    I’m a fan…probably because it does look like Missoni

  • Heather Bourgeois
    January 3, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    I love the lamp but I think it would go better with the rug if the base was white, it would def. be more updated and chic and less granny. The color is too mustard for the rug.

    • Mischala J
      January 5, 2010 at 8:02 am

      I agree with the lamp colour needing a lift…I’d go with any of the red/torquoise/white shades in the rug to add a contemporary zing to the look!

  • Michelle
    January 3, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    I am not a fan of the rug, but I LOVE that lamp!!

  • Aimee
    January 3, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    The rug does remind me of an afgan, but not in a bad way. It’s more really quiet fun if you ask me. :) The lamp has a great shape, is that the color you would do? Or does it come in a color that would be in the rug?

  • Lana
    January 3, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    embrace the granny chic! Its warm, cozy, and colourful. LOVE.

  • dianna
    January 3, 2010 at 9:21 pm


  • Jessi
    January 3, 2010 at 9:30 pm


  • Michele
    January 3, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Love it too! where are you going to put it?

  • Judi
    January 3, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Love the rug and the lamp.

  • sarah
    January 3, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Totally love the lamp, I think the rug is great, as long as it has something other than a dog on top to tone down the zig zag.

  • Your Mother
    January 3, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Love the rug and the lamp, but that is the funniest looking dog (the coloring of it) that I have ever seen. The head looks like it doesn’t match the body. Don’t get me wrong, love dogs but that one looks funky!

  • How Tweet It Is
    January 3, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    I have to say I LOVE it and am jealous :) a great combination!

  • Amanda
    January 3, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Love it! Very cute. I love the combination too.

  • Ashley
    January 3, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    love the lamp! definitely updates the rug.

  • Catherine
    January 3, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    I love them both together and I love accenting the mustard from the rug in the lamp; I just wish the rug was zigzag instead of steps. I think I’d have a hard time not trying to follow the step pattern across the room…and end up running into a chair!

  • Lauren @thelittlethingswedo
    January 3, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    i love both of these items…although i’m maybe a bit biased because i love me some granny chic :).

  • Cristina
    January 3, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    I can see where you’d get the “granny afghan look” but I think this rug looks really nice. The colors are totally you and I’m pretty sure you could make it work. :)

  • puck
    January 3, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    but where are they going??

  • Jeni
    January 3, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    I think it’s great! Definitely has a bit of a vintage vibe :)

  • Marissa
    January 3, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    I love it

  • Christie
    January 4, 2010 at 12:36 am

    I dig it, and especially love the lamp. But as mentioned above, where are they going?? :)

    • Making it Lovely
      January 4, 2010 at 9:11 am

      I’m thinking of putting them in my office.

  • cindi
    January 4, 2010 at 12:37 am

    Love it!

  • Samantha
    January 4, 2010 at 12:54 am

    I love the pairing. I think the rug does give off the ‘granny’ and ‘afghan’ vibe but in a very modern way. The colours are gorgeous together.

  • CreativeButterflyXOX
    January 4, 2010 at 3:13 am

    I think it’s pretty. Not sure if it would go with my decor though.

  • Marie
    January 4, 2010 at 3:48 am

    Love the rug and the retro feel of the lamp, there’s nothing wrong with a bit of Granny Chic!

  • Michelle
    January 4, 2010 at 4:08 am

    That rug does not scream Golden Girls. It’s much to hip to have any link to anything granny. The colors are fantastic…so you!

  • Barb F (Australia)
    January 4, 2010 at 4:12 am

    Love it! I’m definitely in the Missoni camp.

  • Vonnie
    January 4, 2010 at 4:15 am

    I love them both! I’m a big fan of bright colours and patterns so the rug is just gorgeous in my eyes :)

  • cat
    January 4, 2010 at 4:55 am

    Didn’t think I would like it, but really, I do. The colors make it look modern, not granny…

  • Patrice
    January 4, 2010 at 5:08 am

    It’s very different, but I like it. If it weren’t for the lamp though, the rug would not work for me.

  • Alicia
    January 4, 2010 at 5:12 am

    The lamp is great – and the German Shorthaired Pointer is even greater! But I’m not a fan of the rug.

  • Danielle
    January 4, 2010 at 6:19 am

    See, now I think I like the rug and lamp. They go very well and both give off a very nice vintage flair. I even think a bit of contrast, like a chocolate brown, would go well with it!

  • Kate
    January 4, 2010 at 6:34 am

    I like it and I like modern things

  • Kate
    January 4, 2010 at 6:34 am

    Oh sorry. Just read the post properly. I like the rug and the dog, not so keen on the lamp sorry :S

  • Caitlin
    January 4, 2010 at 6:49 am

    I like the rug, but it’s definitely a “I’d like it in someone else’s home but not mine” kind of way.
    I’m not really keen on the lamp.

  • Rosaline
    January 4, 2010 at 7:40 am

    I don’t like either one. The lamp is boring and the rug has to much going on.

  • Dee in BC
    January 4, 2010 at 8:07 am

    I love this combo. I wouldn’t call it granny-ish – maybe a bit retro?

  • Trina
    January 4, 2010 at 8:27 am

    This is a FABULOUS RUG, and totally suits you Nicole. LOVE IT!

  • Trina
    January 4, 2010 at 8:27 am

    This is a FABULOUS RUG, and totally suits you Nicole. LOVE IT!

  • The Maiden Metallurgist
    January 4, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Love it! It always amazes me the things you find that are so awesome. If I was doing the shopping i might walk right on by them and never notice.

  • Sandy
    January 4, 2010 at 8:54 am

    I like it! If anyone can pull off grandma, it’s you!

  • viva cindy
    January 4, 2010 at 8:55 am

    I really like the rug, its like a great chevron afgan! and i can see it in your house!
    i do agree with the above, that a white lamp shade would look nice. the shape of the lamp is too cool.

  • Helen
    January 4, 2010 at 9:29 am

    LOVE it. It really is so Missoni.

  • Hilary
    January 4, 2010 at 9:56 am

    I like both the lamp and the rug. I think the rug can go lots of ways, though- depending on the furniture and wall color. I could see the rug adding some funk to a room that has a lot of clean lines, or giving a vintage feel to plain room.

    I think it would look nice in your office.

  • Rebecce
    January 4, 2010 at 10:03 am

    love it!

  • Brigite
    January 4, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Officially converted. Love it!

  • Michelle
    January 4, 2010 at 10:43 am

    I like the lamp and the doggy!

  • Sealicious
    January 4, 2010 at 10:57 am

    LOVE IT!! I think the colors are soft enough to keep it “fresh”

  • Landry
    January 4, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I actually have the rug and I LOVE it!

  • Sleeping Spot
    January 4, 2010 at 11:38 am

    That rug is. P E R F E C T

  • Averill
    January 4, 2010 at 11:45 am

    I like it! Definitely more Missoni than granny in my book.

  • Karen
    January 4, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    LOVE both.

  • Kristen
    January 4, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Love it! Granny Chic is my favourite kind of chic! I think the lamp helps take the rug from plain old granny to granny chic by making it look more modern.

  • Melissa
    January 4, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Love it!

  • Lucy Loves Fabric
    January 4, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    I love it!! As I do your blog which I have just stumbled across.

    I like the colours in it too.

    Lucy x

  • jbhat
    January 4, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    I vote YES on both. You have such a good eye!

  • Fiona
    January 4, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I like the lamp. I don’t *hate* the rug, but I can think of better things to spend my hard-earned money on. :)

  • Meredith from Penelope Loves Lists
    January 4, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    I love the rug and don’t hate the lamp. I think they’d look lovely together.

  • Kelly
    January 4, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    love, love, love it!

  • Live a Colorful Life
    January 4, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Love, love, love!

  • Paula
    January 4, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    a yes and a yes. . .

  • Katie Stephenson
    January 4, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Love it! I actually bookmarked this rug after you tweeted it. I hope you get it so I can see it in your house and stalk a little bit. I wish it had 9×12 size, that’s the perfect size for my living room.

  • Laura A.
    January 4, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Not digging this design idea… sorry :(

  • Nicole
    January 4, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    I love the vintage modern feel of both. Are you planning on keeping the walls light pink? If so, how do you feel about the purchasing the lamp in white? Just a thought. I do love the mustard color but think the combo of the two would look better with a different wall color.

  • laura trevey
    January 4, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    I love chunky lamps like this one!!

  • Melinda
    January 4, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    I love the rug – and by the way – where did you source the one in your living room? It is super too!

  • Sandy
    January 4, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Love it! The rug does in fact have the same color as the lamp base. Very chic!

  • Shrie >> Lo & Behold
    January 4, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    I SOOO consider my style granny chic (usually more quirky than these items) but I love them! And I think they’ll go fab together. Throw in a slightly rustic/kitschy piece of wall art and you’ve got a look lady!

  • Nicole B.
    January 4, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Love them both…. I don’t think the chevrons look too granny in the right context.

  • Shanon
    January 4, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    I like ’em both. I love granny chic! =)

  • Condo Blues
    January 4, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    I wasn’t too fond of the rug at first but the dog accessory makes it!

  • Holly @ Lucitebox
    January 4, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    I like the rug. It’s in keeping with something I suspect you like: bargello needlepoint pillows. It also seems thematically aligned with your Weinrib rug.

  • shahyppe
    January 4, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    I like the lamp, hate the rug. Where did u get the lamp?

  • Melissa
    January 4, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    I LOVE them both!!!

  • Pencils
    January 4, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    I love the rug, I’m definitely in the Missoni camp, not the granny one. I’m thinking of it for myself, in fact, although I’m having a hard time convincing my husband that we need a rug in the living room on top of the hardwood floors. Anyway, I’m not too thrilled with the lamp though. It’s, well, squat. And the color is blah, in my opinion, but then I don’t like those shades of gold.

  • Kimbydee
    January 4, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Love the two together. LOVE the colors in the rug, lamp is perfect with it…
    I would NOT love the rug in brown-orange-gold combo which brings back visions of the only afghan my family ever owned. Hated the colors in it, always wondered who picked that awful combination of colors. ;o)

  • Meredith
    January 5, 2010 at 1:07 am

    I love it! My husband has his parents first living room set, it is a vintage yellow sofa and chairs, I love it and am going to use it and this rug would look AMAZING…so thanks for the inspiration!!! I like the lamp as well.

  • Beth
    January 5, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Love them both!

  • jen
    January 5, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Love the multi-colored chevron rug, after seeing the other rugs in your home, it would be a good fit. Though I could also see a different retro/ vintage pattern in your office to avoid a “theme” type situation based off of the rug in your living room.

  • Lindsay @ Likely Design
    January 5, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I’ve always seen that in order to pull off a look like ‘Granny Chic’ you need to balance it with something on the opposite side of the style scale – like with more modern or contemporary pieces. Which I’m sure you’ll do.

    I love them both, and I think that it would totally work in your office! ;)

  • Christine
    January 5, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Go for it! Great find! Love the rug.

  • Aimee
    January 5, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Golden Girls? That’s wicker, huge fake palm fronds, and yellow paint (I know my Golden Girls). That rug is love!

  • Nicolette
    January 5, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    TOTALLY diggin the rug. Definitely a Missoni vibe (which I happen to be very fond of). I think the colors and pattern will really help energize your work space! The lamp is cute. Don’t LOVE it but don’t have anything against it either.

  • Robyn
    January 5, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    love it!!! im all abut granny chic. <3

  • Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself
    January 6, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Hello fellow Chicagoan! Just found your blog and I’m in love. The rug seems very you to be honest! Not that I know you… but based on what I’ve seen from your charming home. I think it’s great and want one for myself! But why are rugs SO expensive?!?! For now I have to stick to IKEA.


  • Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself
    January 6, 2010 at 11:54 am

    p.s. I too am addicted to ellipses.

  • Lesley @ TheDesignFile
    January 6, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Love the rug! The colors are fantastic.

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  • alli b
    January 7, 2010 at 2:07 am

    LOVE it! but i’m a granny chic fiend. AND i love the bird dog sitting on the rug too!!

  • GabrielSyme
    January 7, 2010 at 7:38 am

    I think the rug is very Sister Parish and I adore her. So I adore the rug.

  • Cassandra
    January 7, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Love it! it just needs a couple of cocktails and some smooth sounds to elevate it to office iconic ( and maybe a friend to drink the second cocktail if you’re meant to be working )

  • Fiona Hanley
    January 8, 2010 at 1:54 am

    How cute would Eleanor look on that rug? I’d never have thought of putting that lamp with the rug but it’s a great choice. The diagonals of the two pieces work together and the biege stops the rug from getting too pretty pretty.

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  • Cara @ Live the Home Life
    January 9, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Love love LOVE it! Not granny at all…well maybe a bit, but still love.

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