Reader Question: Picking A Rug for My Space

Its been too long since I’ve tackled a reader question – so here goes. This one is from Kate in Stockholm:
This living room of mine in Stockholm needs a rug. Here is the question: Do I go dark to draw the space together, or lighter? Fluffy or patterned?
I have a mixture of earthy yet clean style but I love midcentury-mod and want to bring more of that in. Any thoughts overall for this living room?

 

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Ok, you are off to a good start – great gallery wall (I appreciate that it isn’t just a dinky collection right above the sofa) and your sofa/coffee table are really simple and easy to style with.

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So you have a few choices and it really depends on a few questions/answers:

1. How energetic do you want the space to feel? Right now there are no patterns, which is absolutely fine because you do have a lot going on the walls. But if you want the space full of energy then bringing in color/pattern would definitely achieve that. But if you want it to feel less energetic, more calm, then keep to a solid.

2. How low maintenance are you? I love a light rug, truly, but I’m not, well, clean enough to deal with them. Lighter rugs definitely make a room feel bigger, and this room doesn’t look that big to me so it could help. But going even more medium toned will be so much easier to care for. I have a white rug in my guest room that is BEAUTIFUL and far away from outdoor spaces, and isn’t used often, so its fine. And then in my master bedroom, where I REALLY wanted a light-colored rug I bought this quilted hide because cowhides are pretty much indestructible. You just wipe them off with a wet towel. They are also not terribly cozy, as you can imagine, but they reflect the light in such a pretty way and allow you to have white without the maintenance of white.

So here are some that I like that could look really nice in your place – some more affordable than others. Again, if you like a big high contrast pattern then these might not be the right selection, but I think that in a small space with all the art on the walls that a big high contrast pattern would make the space look small and busy.

The first group is soft texture without much pattern (so easy to hide dirt/stains, but not busy:

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1. Safavieh Denim Jute, $199- $299 | 2. Vines Wool Rug, $169 – $999 | 3. Pencil Stripe Rug $195 – $895 4. Harper Denim Rug $195 – $945

Then if you can handle a bit more pattern, I’m pretty into these guys. Again, not toooo busy but busy enough that it adds more energy into the space:

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5. Threshold Criss Cross rug $74.99 – $249.99 | 6. Painters Rug $595 – $1595  7. Beaded Rug $149 – $289 | 8. Loloi Rugs, Anzio $139.00 – $539.00 | 9. Scallop Rug, $99 – $199 | 10. Multi Pixel Rug $249 – $999.

Finally, if you want to splurge on a white cowhide, I love these guys very much:

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11. Natural Hide Rug  $695 – $1900 | 12. Scallop cowhide $495 – $2950 |  Bristol Cowhide $713 | 14. Jasmine Cowhide $549 – $976

There you go, Kate! Hopefully you still read this blog because I can’t seem to find your original email. If anyone knows Kate from Stockholm tell her that I’ve finally answered her reader question.

To submit your reader questions, email them to brady@emilyhendersondesign.com  (also, hint, the better the photo and the more specific the question the easier/most likely it will be to get picked!)

Bloggers loving Target – A roundup

Today is like my wedding + christmas, but for my career. Well, that might be a bit superlative but its a big week, folks. I am shooting a bunch of styling videos with Target the next six days with some of the most creative, smart and generally just lovely people from Target and their Ad agency, Partners and Spade. When I saw the set on Saturday (which i can’t wait to show you – its BEAUTIFUL) I had kinda the same feeling/nerves that I had when I thought about walking down the isle – all those people are going to be looking at me? But it was quickly followed by, total excitement – not because they are looking but despite it. Its going to be super fun.

Obviously you’ll hear all about it and I’ll be instagramming all week some behind the scenes, but I figured it was a good time to share with you some things that some of my favorite blogs have been doing with Target as well. Target challenged the best design/diy blogs to use one Room Essentials piece, and style it out three different ways in their space. I’m only posting one way so this post isn’t like 15 pages long, but click on the link to see how else they used the piece. I have a decent amount of the Room Essential line pieces at my house because they are just super simple, sleek and modern looking and yes, flexible pieces – you can kinda use them anywhere which is what all these bloggers demonstrated so well. Nice job, friends. Take a gander.

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A Merry Mishap I mean, that desk is very chic.

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Oh Happy Day – Naturally Jordan Ferney killed it. And that coat rack is ridiculously cute, too.

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Darling Magazine, these accent tables are so versatile

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The Design Confidential – I have two of those standing lamps. So good. (Nesting Table | Standing Lamp | Mug)

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Justina Blakeney My friend, Justina, never disappoints.

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Little Green Notebook Duh. What can’t Jenny do? P.S. did you see her house in Domino? So lovely, but I want to see more!!!!!

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Smitten Studio What a hideous bathroom. #opposite. (ottoman)

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Studio DIY Curious is those are temporary or permanent ice cream handles. Either way, very cute. (Kitchen Cart)

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SF Girl by Bay Victoria used hers as a barcart, too. There is something so utilitarian and simple about that cart. (Kitchen Cart)

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Making It Lovely Always lovely. That wall color is awesome. (Desk)

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Design Mom Gabrielle knows anything that has to do with kids, as she should with 6 of them. (Metal Cart)

Nice job, ladies. And good job, Target. You guys are going to freak out at some of the fall and holiday stuff that is coming out that I’m styling with this week. It’s AWESOME. Stay tuned and happy monday!

Lisa’s House: The Bedroom Makeover

Welcome to the last post of Lisa’s house. I’ve blogged about the living room, dining room and office already, so here’s the bedroom.

Lisa had just moved in and the only thing she did was have the walls painted with this texture – well, and the chandelier, but otherwise it was just kinda left over furniture from her old house/life. She wanted it to feel calm, feminine, pretty, french country but updated. Not to mention, cohesive and finished.

Designers are constantly asked what room people should prioritize – what room to start with and I don’t really know the answer. I used to say wherever you spend the most time – which is usually the living room (or family room) – that’s the room people are going to see, where you spend most of your (awake) time entertaining. No one really sees your bedroom but you. But at the end of the day walking into a pulled together and inviting room is such a luxury and really does make you feel more special and grown up.

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Click through to see the afters …

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Materials Girl #4; Wild, Strong and Earthy

Welcome to another ‘Material Girl’ post.

This chick… she be wild. You know in Dirty Dancing when whats her name (‘Baby’, I’ll presume) screams “You’re Wild!” after Patrick Swayze’s character breaks his car window with an exterior light post thing on the way to the water/lift scene? Yea. Wild like that. By the way after a lot of time, effort, thought, and serious analysis I’ve determined that Dirty Dancing is indeed my favorite movie (I’m serious). Between the story, production design, casting, entertainment value, acting and hip thrusting, it’s just really, really good and I can and have watched it over 20 times. Footloose and The Notebook were strong contenders but I actually think that Dirty Dancing beats them out on a couple of categories.

Anyway, the girl that we were ‘designing for’ in this materials board, Nicki, is a bit fiery, but with some restraint – like Patrick Swayze’s hip thrusts.

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She is a creative TV executive, in charge of many men, confident in the way she controls them, while holding a little bit back. They like her because she doesn’t have to prove it all and lets her actions and past speak for her. Design-wise she can handle some pattern, but grounds it with earthy-ness. She can handle some color but grounds it with neutrals. She loves to layer textures, and always adds a bit of metallic.

The more I stare at this (I created/shot it like 6 weeks ago so its been a while since I stared at it) the more I actually really want to be this chick. To use red and pattern so confidently, and combine it with softness and earthy-ness, is indeed very enticing.

Resources:

1. Red & gold wallpaper | 2. Blue palm wallpaper | 3. Blue fabric | 4. Tile |  5. Wooden tray – vintage | 6. Stones | 7. Red & white striped fabric | 8. Blue leather | 9. White leather | 10. Grasscloth wallpaper | 11. Leather remnant | 12. Paint swatches | 13 Brass cabinet knob | 14. Stone

Material Girls #1, #2, and #3.

Photos shot and styled by me, with the help of Emily Lyn for gathering resources. Thanks, Emily! (Lyn, not me:))

Material Girls #3, ‘Contemporary, Masculine Glam’

If you follow me on instagram you might have seen my Materials Girls post today. To recap – its a series where we shop/style/shoot a bevy of interior design materials that we would use for pretend clients. Fantasy clients. Clients without a budget and that let us have full control.

So todays material board is very glamorous and yet contemporary in a kinda masculine way. Its actually totally not my style, but its a good excersize in how I would do styles outside my wheelhouse. ‘Contemporary’ is never really a word I love, but at the same time there are a lot of good contemporary design elements out there. So here goes:

She lives in Beverly Hills, wears skinny jeans and stilettos, and likes her place really clean and perfectly styled. She doesn’t buy vintage, she likes things with character, but she prefers texture over color, and loves a strict color palette. Like so:

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1. White tile | Porcelanosa 2. Flooring Birch Metallic Collection in Platinum by Vanier | Build Direct3. Gold fabric swatch Home Fabrics4. Tan leather scraps Michael Levine 5. Black pebbles Bourget Bros 6. Rectangular cream tile | Porcelanosa 7. Metallic wallpaper | Astek 8. Black and white fabric on left Rain in Slate, Clay McLaurin | Nicky Rising 9. Stone Scraps from the stoneyard 10. Black and white stripe wallpaper Horizontal stripe in Onyx | Sydney Harbour11. Black and white knob | Anthropologie 12. Leather | Edelman leather 13. Leather | Edelman leather. 14. Black and white fabric on right Edo by Clay McLaurin | Nicky Rising 15. Tan leather scraps Michael Levine 16. Silver textured tile | Porcelanosa 17. Black, white and grey pattern swatch (top Home left) Fabrics.

In case you missed the last two Material Girls, here they are. click on the photo to go to the post with all the resources.

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Click HERE to see the post with resources.

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Click HERE to see this post with all the resources.

photographs shot/styled by me.