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Decorating with Rugs in the Kitchen

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  • kristin @ W [H] A T C H
    August 22, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    i love typography and i had no idea about the one space rule. i feel like such a fraud — i love two spaces.

  • Whitney
    August 22, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    I still use two spaces. It’s hard to break a habit!

  • Staci
    August 22, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    The Gilmore Girls article had me laughing out loud!

  • Christina
    August 22, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    I can’t imagine NOT having a rug in the kitchen anymore. But mine is an inexpensive 4×6 cotton one from IKEA. I just throw it in the washing machine every other week. It has lasted a year so far!

  • Carol
    August 22, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    I love rugs in my kitchen. I have an eclectic collection of rugs I’ve found over the years….some at antique stores…some at dealers…wherever…as long as they fit my style. So, yeah, they get dirty, big deal. There are great places to get rugs cleaned and it’s not that expensive. Last year I brought them all in to get cleaned, including my favorite, that looks really similar to the one in your photo. The owner of the rug laundry was there and nearly fell over when I unrolled it and told him where I use it. Turns out my favorite rug was independently appraised at ten grand. Guess where it is today….right at home in my kitchen. I figure when it was new 400 years ago it saw worse conditions then my house. My philosophy is simple…if you love it, use it!
    Thanks for a great blog.

    • Deb
      August 23, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      Wow, awesome Carol. I agree with your philosophy of the rug! I think a lot of times we put precious things away to protect them but what’s the point of having them if you don’t get to see them, use them and enjoy them.

  • Abbey
    August 22, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    I love the idea of a rug in the kitchen! I think it might be the only way I can convince my husband to do hardwood floors in there. And THAT’S a whole other debate right there…

    Oh GG!! How I miss thee. I would die for a movie…Just Die!

    And, as you can plainly see above, I am a double space girl! That’s what I learned when I learned typing in high school…on a typewriter! (And I’m only 35!) It’s gonna be a hard thing to change…

  • Elizabeth
    August 22, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    The historical facts are inaccurate in that viral article on single spacing. It kind of undermines his argument.

    Spacing is really a matter of preference. But if someone is going to argue that it isn’t, he should do more thorough research. Check out this response, which gets pretty cranky about the Slate article and presents the other side: http://www.heracliteanriver.com/?p=324

    I am personally a double-spacer, not because I’m a traditionalist (although I am, in most things), nor yet because I hate modern typography (I don’t), but because as a writing teacher I like the way the double space underscores the period’s significance. It reminds me (and my students) that a period or full stop is a measured pause, rather than the rolling stop of the comma or semicolon. I don’t care how the text looks as much as I care how it works — indeed, I think its appearance should reflect and enhance its function.

  • Deb
    August 23, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    We have two runners in our kitchen, on both sides of the island. I love them and think they’re necessary for 2 reasons: 1) we have oak floors and after we moved in, a few times of dropping utensils and denting the floors within the first few weeks of living here sent me to the store for runners. 2) Oak floors, oak cabinets, too much freakin’ oak, man!! I don’t love that. The runners break up the wood and soften it up. Some day paint will take care of the cabinets. Regarding cleanliness: I vacuum constantly because we have pets that shed. We clean the rugs occasionally to take care of grease and food spills. AND finally they’re soft and comfortable to stand on when cooking. We got ours inexpensively at Home Decorators Collection – they’re thick.

  • larapporteuse
    August 25, 2014 at 5:41 am

    Totally agree for the rug… I assume those people don’t cook.

  • Feisty Harriet
    August 26, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    My kitchen rug is an outdoor rug from Pottery Barn, 5 years old and easy to scrub in the tub with a big soft scrub brush (if I had a bigger washing machine I could probably wash it in there too). I love the pop of color (red! moroccan print!) that it brings to an otherwise boring rental. ;)


  • nicki
    August 28, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    I have a washable 3×5 ft. rug in my kitchen, and I love it. It certainly gets dirty, but I just throw that bad boy in the wash every week or so and it’s good as new! Plus, it makes it so I don’t have to mop nearly as often – woot!

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