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September 1st, 2012

Hello all and Happy Labor Day weekend everyone!  We’re spending a few days down in San Diego visiting some family and hanging out at the beach, soaking up the sunshine on the last summer weekend.  I helped my stepdaughter fix up her first off campus college room yesterday and snapped a few pics of the space, will share this week!  

Meanwhile, it’s "best of the blogosphere" weekend again where Amanda and I scout out our favorite picks to share them here, enjoy these amazing spaces and clever projects!

Tour Mabrey’s beautiful nursery over at House Tweaking.

mabreysnursery house tweaking

 

There’s a fun, functional, and stylish study space in the Just a Night Owl home.

study space justanightowl

 

Hide an eyesore in your home with built-in Billy bookcases from Living with Lindsay.

living with lindsay bookcases

 

 

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Rugs in the Casa

August 31st, 2012

I’ve had a lot of questions lately about the rugs in our house so today I thought I’d share a little more about them and some of my favorite sources for rugs.   We have hardwood floors downstairs so I have rugs in all of the spaces, and a couple upstairs on the carpets too, just to add color and pattern.   I don’t want to spend a fortune on a rug because I don’t want to freak if something spills on it like wine or chocolate or kid crud, so I’m always looking for affordable options.  Maybe someday I’ll have a Madeline Weinrib or a Thomas Paul, but for now, I try to keep rug purchases under $400, preferably less. 

Area rugs always ground a space so I like to use them to set the style or palette for the room or sitting area.  I prefer when the style of the rug coordinates with the style of the room, so that’s where I begin when searching for a rug but you’re always free to mix it up!  For the living room, I went with a traditional style, it’s a rug I bought on clearance at World Market two years ago, it used to sit in the family room but it has now made itself at home in the living room.  

winter living room cg

I get a ton of emails about this rug, but unfortunately I can’t find it anywhere, even on eBay, but here are some comparables!

comparable rugs

Caspian Blue + Coliseum + Blue Medallion

 

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