Double Parlor Home Library The Victorian House

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

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  • kates
    April 15, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    I really like the layout of this room! It feels very bright and inviting…like I would want to sit and stare at the painting and all the fun colors and think of new and fun things! I have to ask where you got your painting from? Is it custom? I am having a hard time finding a colorful painting in a good price point for my living room. I want something colorful and vibrant but not too $$$ Where do you source your artwork from? Have you talked about this before and I totally missed it?

    • Making it Lovely
      April 16, 2015 at 10:33 am

      The painting is by Emily Rickard. I have the original, but she sells prints of it!

      I buy art directly from artists, prints from places like Minted, Society6, Etsy, or Artfully Walls, and vintage from flea markets, eBay, and Etsy. That isn’t an exhaustive list (I look elsewhere too), but you would find plenty just from those.

  • Feisty Harriet
    April 15, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Give me ALL THE UNSTYLED PHOTOS! I love seeing how your house looks on, you know, a random Wednesday without the special lighting and special rearranging.


  • judy
    April 15, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Wow-That is a beautiful shot through the two rooms. You are right ……it is definitely coming together beautifully. I guess we have to slow down and smell the roses. The world has become instant everything. I scoffed when remotes came out for TVs? Like we can’t get up and change the channel? But now I find myself pressing the house key and expecting the door to open. I only did it once-well maybe twice. Anyhoo… as usual Nicole the effect is lovely. I don’t know how you do it.

    • Making it Lovely
      April 16, 2015 at 10:34 am

      I used to be my parents’ remote control when I was a kid!

  • zandra zuraw
    April 15, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Hi Nicole,
    I LOVE that you decorate however you want regardless of the kids and dog! Life is too short to put off the style you want to express right now. (I’m also in love with that wall color. Is it black?).

    • Making it Lovely
      April 16, 2015 at 10:34 am

      It is! The wall color is Black Beauty, by Benjamin Moore.

  • Karen
    April 15, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Yeah, the rug is great. But, what I’m really excited about is that I bought the exact same lumbar pillows, pom pom pillow and tray a few months ago in my quest for replacing all the red in my living room with pink. I am beyond thrilled to see that what I bought is “design approved” by someone with taste such as yours. Please don’t write a post about how you have to get rid of those items! :-)

    • Making it Lovely
      April 16, 2015 at 10:35 am

      Oh, how funny! I fully support the addition of pink to anyone’s home. ;)

  • Kari
    April 15, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Nicole– I just love your style! Where did you purchase each of your couches? I’m on the hunt for a whimsical couch that is of good quality and practical!

    • Making it Lovely
      April 16, 2015 at 10:36 am

      The teal couch was from Anthropologie, and the striped sofa was from Chairish.

  • georgia
    April 15, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    Hi Nicole !! Why don´t you try to move the black and white striped sofa to the second parlor and the blue one in the library?Are they both the same size ? You have probably thought about it and think its a bad idea but the truth is that for me the sofa in the library is looking too big , it needs something smaller for sure.
    Thanks XX

    • Making it Lovely
      April 16, 2015 at 10:37 am

      I agree that it’s too long (it’s 83″ inches, longer even than some standard sofas), but the other one is even bigger (98″).

  • Susie
    April 16, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Beware! I have that rug too in the other color. The blue one. I loved it until it started to show wear really unevenly. The stripes show through way more where people have been walking and the rest of the rug still looks whitish. It is not a good look.

    • Making it Lovely
      April 16, 2015 at 8:31 pm

      Nooooo! That’s not good to hear. (I mean, I’m glad for the warning, it just isn’t what I wanted to hear.)

  • Bethann
    April 16, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Ooohhh!! I love the subtle pink color of your rug!!! Love your taped rug too!!


    • Making it Lovely
      April 16, 2015 at 8:30 pm

      It might look a little better once it’s filled in. ;)

  • emily
    April 22, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    i like the part in the post where you say Ta-Da! Ha! It’s so much work to change rugs! I just changed out a rug in one of my rooms and I was huffing and puffing when i was done…good workout! Really love this soft option.

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