I love rugs. Beyond grounding the room, the right rug can be the jumping off point for the style of the room and set the tone for the space. Your rug is the foundation of your room so everything should feel grounded by it rather than having it serve as a small accent piece that floats in the middle of the room.
Good rule to follow: Most living rooms will need a rug that is at least 8×10 with some even needing 9×12 if the room is larger.
3 tips when buying a rug:
Measure your space! So many people forget to measure the area they are buying for. Get that tape measure out! The bigger the rug, the better. (usually) A 9×12 or 10×13 sounds huge, but when you get it in the space and scooted under the furniture, it doesn’t look as big as you’d think. Huffington Post has a great article on choosing the right size of rug.
Knowing the style of the rest of your room will give you a great idea of how to buy a rug that fits with your aesthetic. If you’re going for a boho or mid-century modern look, a damask print rug will look a little out of place. Make sure you stay within your style when choosing. Patterned rugs are a good way to hide stains and you can have some fun with it.
The best fiber for rugs is wool. It’s the easiest to clean & most durable. Think about what type of weave you want for your space? Does a jute rug make sense under your bed? Might not be the most pleasant thing to step on first thing in the morning.
This is now the 2nd time we have changed things around in her room in the past 7 months. But I think we finally got it right, I hope! (transformation above) Last summer we painted the walls white and switched around the layout of the room. My mom was super happy with it, but wanted to update her furniture at some point, which is the big change we did this time around.
What we did:
Switched out the 4 poster bed for a linen sleigh bed we found on Facebook Marketplace for $350! Always looking for a good deal 🙂 Similar one.
Added a 9×12 Ralph Lauren rug we found at HomeGoods. Similar one found here.
If you’re a minimalist, this room might make you dizzy! My dad’s office has been a work in progress for a few years. This space transports you to a cabin in the woods far far away from Texas! We used lots of cozy patterns, different textures, family memorabilia, and artwork to bring it all together for a cozy cabin look. I can just see him now balancing his checkbook, cowboy hat on, and hot cocoa in his other hand!
Happy check book balancing and cocoa drinking to you dad!
Art can come across as fancy and intimidating. Sometimes you don’t even know where to begin. Here are 5 tips to get started and help you pick out some pieces you love! *Cost saving tip! Rip out pages from magazines or newspapers and frame them.
Color Scheme: To begin, determine if you have certain color preferences or a style you’re trying to stick to. Abstract, modern, classic, prints, landscape, etc.
Mix It Up: It’s OK to take some risks and mix high end and low end or oversize with small and vintage with new. Mix canvas with framed art or your kids artwork with a more mature print.
Lacking character? Art can fix this by elevating a space, adding meaning and personality. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box – this is an area of decorating where you can bend the rules a bit and have fun with it! It can be moved easily and isn’t so permanent as other pieces you already have in your home.
Art fits into any room: From the bedroom to the bathroom, art can be used anywhere.
Go BIG: Large art pieces can open up a space and make it feel bigger and can be a focal point for a room. Maybe a big piece above your bed or couch.
When it came time to re-decorate a wall in our bedroom/nursery, I knew wallpaper was the way to go without spending too much money (and putting more nail holes in the wall). Wallpaper can be EXPENSIVE but I found lots of affordable options on Carter and Main, Amazon and Walls Need Love. We wanted a print that was mature enough for adults but young enough for baby. We decided on a peel and stick wallpaper because we live in a rental and it will be easy (hopefully) to take down. We landed on a whimsical forest print and love the way it turned out! You would think with the bold and dark pattern it might make the room feel smaller, but it actually made it feel bigger. Wallpaper is also a safe way to decorate a wall where a crib is up against – there’s no heavy mirror or framed art that could fall on your little one.
Some Tips:Before ordering, measure your walls to see how much you’ll need. We got by with 4 rolls for 1 wall that measures 14 feet by 16 feet and had enough leftover to cover part of my closet. You could also use the leftovers in a drawer, cover the back of a bookshelf, or frame it for a piece or art.
Before & After
Below are some prints that might just be what you’re looking for to add some flavor to a room.
Mirrors bring a good energy to a room. They are great for many reasons, they reflect light, open up spaces, allow you to check if your hair looks good! But when it comes time to hanging one on the wall, there is a little bit of an art to it.
What Does The Mirror Reflect?
Mirrors are usually hung based on available wall space, but it’s important to think about what will be reflected in it. When hung opposite of a painting or piece of furniture, it will give that item even more importance—as it will if hung across form something unattractive. Hanging a mirror across from a window will increase the amount of light in the room. I also really love when a mirror reflects a pretty light fixture or chandelier.
Don’t be afraid to use a large mirror in a small space. Mirrors create the illusion of depth and space so they can really help a small room feel bigger. A full-length mirror leaning against the wall is a great decorative element to use in a tiny room. Mirrors are also great for narrow spots such as hallways.
Create A Focal Point
Mirrors make great focal points. It’s why they are often placed above mantels. Hang sconces on either side and you’ve got the perfect focal point in any room. If you really want to go all out, cover a wall entirely in mirrors for a wow effect!
A room or corner in your home has probably been put to use a lot more recently (if you’re working from home). That space can sometimes get overlooked and might not get styled like the rest of your home. Whether you have a full room or just a wall, you can carve out a work oasis anywhere. If you don’t know where to start, add greenery, fun artwork and a lamp to begin with!
I know some people are against mixing brown and black, but I think it gives an eclectic look and can prevent a room looking matchy. Mixing the pink chair with neutral pieces allows it to be the pop piece in the room without being too bold.
There are some movies I watch because it’s a great story and sometimes just because I like the setting. Maybe it’s filmed in a romantic city or town – or it’s that perfect house on a perfect tree lined street and it just sucks me right in and I start imagining myself living there. Do you do this?
Have you seen The Break Up? If you haven’t, it’s an anti-romantic comedy from 2006 and it was on TV the other day and I forgot how much I love this apartment! The couple (Jennifer Aniston & Vince Vaughn) share a condo in Chicago and one of their biggest fights is over who gets the apartment. And rightfully so because the apartment is worth fighting for. It’s vintage, cool, artsy, chic, clean, cozy, has amazing crown molding and I love it!
It seems like most people (including myself) now have a ficus lyrata in their home. Commonly known as the fiddle-leaf fig, native to western Africa and can grow up to 12–15 m tall! It brings the outside inside in a very minimal way and isn’t too overbearing of a plant. I think it can help liven up any room and make it feel happier!
Below is a round up of some of the best looking ones on the market right now!