Favorite Things

Area Rug Crush

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

I went searching for a new rug for our entryway last week, it had to be either a 6′ round or 4 x 6′. Size is always the first consideration! After much research I finally ordered this vintage viscose rug for my entryway.

In my search I visited many of my favorite sources for affordable rugs and some new ones too. Kilim or navajo rugs are still trending, as are blue or over dyed rugs. Marbled or painterly rugs are also a contemporary look, these rugs below caught my eye, if only I had a dozen spaces in which to place them!

on trend rugs

From top left: austin diamond / dimension rug / magical thinking / yellow gray kilim / overdyed patchwork / ikea marslev / arrows woven kilim / rush wave (multiple colors) / skye monet / watercolor / surya watercolor / marbled

Here are my favorite sources for affordable rugs, what are yours?

Going Green: Botanicals on Display

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Winter, spring, summer, or fall, there is one subject perfect for any wall: those leafy green botanical prints that bring the outdoors in for a display of greenery year round. Botanical illustrations have been around for centuries but their appeal remains timeless, even as modern artists find new ways to express the features of leaves we love in sketch or watercolor or digital forms.

It’s universally known that the effect of green plants on humans is stress reducing. If you lack a green thumb for keeping the real ones alive indoors or simply have a desire to surround yourself with leafy plants, look to art and illustrations to make it so.

I attempted my own version of framed ferns years ago, they were simple and pretty and lasted about a year but eventually because of their organic nature and lack of any preservative turned brown, boo. Oh well, there are hundreds of alternatives.

The options for display vary; keep it classic with a balanced set of prints hung equidistant from each other or opt for an artful arrangement of botanical prints in an asymmetrical display. I’m inspired by botanicals framed traditionally as well as modern gallery wall collections.

framed fern art prints

   

veranda large scale botanical prints

  

framed ferns velvet green sofa

  

symmetrical botanical art collection

  

botanical leaf art print display

 images: my deer art shop / veranda / harper’s bazaar / oliver and rust / vt wonen

  

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