The library and living room got an update!
Matching rugs, finally! This has been the vision from the beginning, but I messed around, experimenting with every other possible variation. Annie Selke has provided products in the past for my One Room Challenge spaces, and while I didn’t need a new rug for my ORC office, I was excited about working with them to get the double parlor settled. I ordered samples of different options I had been considering. Some were more colorful and some more plush, but I kept coming back to the classic greek key tufting of the Beekman rug in semolina, a great golden/wheat neutral.
I love color and a big, bold moment, but that’s not what I wanted here. The two spaces needed to be unified with something soft and understated. Quietly luxe.
The details in the Beekman rugs make these feel really special. They come in a handful of other colors, but obviously this one is my favorite. Plus it’s 100% wool, so the rugs will stand up to the kids and pets (we still have the guinea pigs and one cat, and when we’re ready, maybe another dog someday).
My rug design for Annie Selke will be available next year (!), and I’m looking forward to incorporating it into a room. For this space though, the tone on tone tufting and classic style is just right.
There are still things to do in here. I want to address the windows (hello, curtain rods that I hung forever ago!). The art could be more layered, especially in the library. The coffee table is not my favorite, the styling of the fireplace mantel could use some work, and I want to bring in more pattern. But overall it’s feeling really good. I like how it has evolved over time to come together.
These matching rugs are a giant step in the right direction. (Thank you, Annie Selke.) The whole first floor feels much more polished and beautiful.
JessibeeOctober 26, 2017 at 6:22 pm
“Quietly luxe.” So perfectly put. Those rugs are beautiful! So into that gorgeous black secretary too!
MarissaOctober 27, 2017 at 6:52 am
They’re lovely! It’s been so fun to see the different iterations of the room. Just curious– did you have the corner of the rug recut to fit around the fireplace? It looks like a custom fit.
Does the flower chair have a new home?
Kimberly WestbyOctober 27, 2017 at 10:51 am
Absolutely love, love, love the black and white stripes on the chair at the desk, with the striped couch. Happy accident or intentional??
CelesteOctober 27, 2017 at 10:54 am
Whoa! I don’t mean to be The Dude here, but these rugs really do tie these rooms together in such a special way. I couldn’t ever put my finger on what wasn’t working about previous rugs, but I think you nailed it!
Valerie HillOctober 27, 2017 at 2:11 pm
I love the change. I like that it is a little more moody/broody in the space. Brings some sophistication after the light and fun pink. Love following your blog!
EmilyOctober 30, 2017 at 1:44 am
Jay VOctober 30, 2017 at 5:11 pm
Not quite the pizzazz I have come to expect from you. Yes, the rugs look elegant, but… YAWN. I have followed you for about 10 years now, and I feel that those rugs are quite a departure from your usual bold funky traditionalism.
NikkiNovember 3, 2017 at 9:33 am
Lovely! The living room and library combo is looking really nice together.
katwachter80November 3, 2017 at 10:52 am
Love! I just want your house. It’s so gorgeous, and you’ve done such a wonderful job decorating it. Sigh.
Deborah RaneyNovember 7, 2017 at 8:33 am
I could absolutely LIVE in those two rooms forever! Just stunning, and the rugs unify the space beautifully and offer a perfect backdrop that only highlights your trademark funky vibe.
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