We found this Need We Say more table at the Maison & Objet Paris Trade Fair. Ooh la la!
About the Pieces by designer Eduard Locota: “The work was largely fueled by a”primitive” form, the rock. A natural inspiration formed a unique contrast to the humanly fabricated roman column, resulting in a distinctive blend of modernity and timelessness. A vertical work, in strong contrast with the negative space. Representing a radical experimentation of materials and forms, and most complex exploration of the shades of Fern Green color. Each artwork design is entirely made by hand.”
As spring cleaning begins to wrap up, we thought we would share our philosophy and tips for choosing a beautiful rug for your home. From the materials to the size and orientation, we got you covered (bad pun intended).
Often times, the best designs begin with the rug. The right rug creates the vibe, the color palette, and the actual texture of the room. Here are some examples and tips to choosing the perfect rug for you.
Natural Materials and Construction: Our favorite material for rugs is one that has been around for thousands of years- wool. Hand-knotted wool rugs are still the gold standard in terms of durability, color and look. Many people pass hand-knotted rugs from generation to generation. They seem to last forever and look beautiful even when they are slightly frayed and worn. For hand-knotted wool rugs, the knots per inch and age of the rug will be factored into the cost. Usually, the higher knots per inch, the more time it takes to create and thus, the price goes up. For smaller budgets, you may want to consider a hand-tufted wool rug. These vibranat beauties will also last a long time (15-25 years), if they are well taken care of.
Size Matters: The rug is the main element that unites a seating arrangement. Ideally we like to have at least the front legs of the furniture on the rug. Placing the rug under the majority of the furnishings creates a cohesive look, and collects the seating area together. We have found that a typical sized living room will often use an 8′ x 10′ rug. A larger family room usually starts with a 9′ x 12′ and can even go as large as a 10′ x 14′, or larger. As you can imagine, these larger rugs begin to add up in cost, so our trick – when the cost is too high- is to do a natural fiber rug under the smaller rug. The large natural fiber rug (like seagrass, jute or sisal) grounds the furniture and the smaller rug is placed on top.
Vintage Rugs We have found vintage rugs to be one of a kind and many times very cost effective for a memorable and cozy look. Most cities have rug retailers that are getting their rugs directly from their sources in Turkey, India, Nepal and Afghanistan. These countries have been creating rugs for centuries, and they are incredible works of art. Whether new or vintage, discover the story behind the maker and pattern history of your favorite rugs.
Indoor/Outdoor Rugs Smaller budget? Consider indoor/outdoor rugs. Indoor/Outdoor rugs have come so far in their texture and durability over the past decade. Some of them are so soft, that they can easily be enjoyed inside. Indoor/outdoor rugs are also a wonderful solution if you have a pet, as they are easy to clean yourself! Typically these rugs are made of polypropylene and/or recycled plastic materials.
Save Some Rugs for the Bedroom Some materials do not wear as well as others, so you need to put rugs with materials like rayon, bamboo silk, and viscose into less traveled spaces like bedrooms. These materials have a beautiful and luxurious feel, but really struggle with maintaining their sheen and texture if there is an errant liquid that spills on the rug.
The most important thing when choosing a rug, is that you love it. It is the artwork for your floor and lays the foundation (pun again!) for everything that you put on it. Choose wisely, and enjoy the results.
As we enter our third month of quarantine, places of business in our community are beginning to open up slowly. For many people, ourselves included, working from home will be the new normal. As we spend more time in our homes, we have heard from several clients who are wanting to utilize additional space in their homes and/or update a current space that they have, all on a very strict budget. This week, we decided to challenge our designers with updating the living room with only $4500 and $6500. This is perhaps one of the most challenging rooms to do within these budgets, because we are environmentally conscious and we wouldn’t want anyone to invest in “throw away” furniture. For this reason, we started the designs with a good quality sofa. We hope you enjoy what you see!
My happy place is the beach. Currently, I am wondering if our annual beach vacation will happen due to the virus. So, I decided to create a space that invokes the light, the breeze and the easy going lifestyle of my beach vacation. I started with a high quality sofa made in North Carolina, and added an indoor/outdoor rug and a wonderful scandinavian inspired chair for texture. The large 48″ square art is a fun, photographic print with bold colors. For an added punch, you could consider an accent color like a clay terra cotta behind the floating media stand, and keep the rest of the walls, trim and ceiling a clean white.
Sometimes, when in a space that you frequent, bold pops of color paired with a multitude of textures is just what you need to feel cozy and relaxed. A fresh, green velvet makes the sofa the focal point, while the leather chair and marble coffee table ground the space. The ample wood shapes and textures help to bring a bit of the outside in, and brass accents and abstract art elevate the design. However you choose to adorn your space, make sure that you invest in pieces that stay true to you and the feeling you want to have while enjoying the space.
Reach out to us if you would like some upgrades to your spaces. We can help you find creative solutions that reflect your style and fit within your budget!
Stephanie loves family, community, and design, and tries to roll all three together in her close
knit Atlanta, GA network. She launched her own interior design firm, Balance Design, in 2002
and is a strong promoter of handcrafted items, especially from her friends. Using this approach
when selecting art, furniture, and accessories, she makes homes feel inspired and unique.
Shelby pulls from her coastal roots by adding natural light, soft tones, and textural pieces for a
clean and breezy design aesthetic. She has rarely met a stone she didn't love and could spend
all day pairing stone and playing with tile pattern in her kitchen and bath designs. When she
isn't immersing herself in design or eating chocolate she is at a yoga class, reading, playing with
her many pups, spending time with her cute hubs, and just enjoying all that is Atlanta.
Melody is a born and bred Atlantan, with an international point of view. She loves to celebrate
different cultures and incorporate their influences into her designs. Color and texture are what
she's inspired by- especially with a great rug!
Jennifer is an Atlanta native with a passion for blending the old with the new. Her love of mixing
color, pattern and texture in all of her designs, as well as her hands-on approach to working
with building materials of all kinds, drive her to create spaces that not only have a collected
feel, but that are comfortable to live in too.
Margo’s personality is a colorful as her design aesthetic. She’s a free-spirited, vintage-obsessed,
vibrant, old-soul who loves to meet new people and learn their stories. Patterns and bright
colors perfectly articulate her everyday living. From florals to knitting to baking, if your
Grandma likes it, Margo probably loves it! When she’s not at the studio, she enjoys reading,
fashion, crafting, mysticism, thrifting and most of all, her pup, Chauncey.