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Wednesday February 26th, 2014

Tuesday February 18th, 2014

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#DSNiceRug

On Sunday I found myself facing an all-too-familiar feeling. I was crouched on the floor of the furniture shop Nightwood, trying to convince myself that I had a reason to buy the gorgeous Turkish rug in front of me. I rolled and unrolled it several times, trying to imagine how and where I would use…

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Friday February 7th, 2014

Friday November 22nd, 2013

Monday September 9th, 2013

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Fair Isle for the Floor

Today was the first morning since I adopted Hope that I was able to wear a sweater, scarf and jacket out to the off leash hour at the park. I LOVE fall, so being able to break out a good cable knit seriously made my day. While it’s supposed to get back up to 92…

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Wednesday August 21st, 2013

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Mio Karo

I recently splurged on a very nice black and white rug for my living room that, despite my best efforts, has become more of a tan and black rug thanks to my dog. It is 100% my fault for thinking I could somehow always keep her feet clean (in NYC? What was I thinking?) so…

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Thursday August 15th, 2013

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Fossik

I think the life of a professional prop stylist must be the greatest job in the world. Not that I’m not completely grateful and happy to have the job I do, but if I had the skills (I don’t) and could run away to do an even dreamier dream job it would involve shopping all…

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Tuesday July 30th, 2013

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Rouse Phillips

I must have been a textile designer in another life, because there’s something so visceral about my response to fabrics and news of new textile design studios. A part of me leaps with excitement about new fabrics to enjoy and another part of me longs to run away and join them and play with colors…

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Thursday July 18th, 2013

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Whirlwind Jute Rug

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a dinner party at an apartment that gave new meaning to the idea of textile envy. Around every corner there was a beautiful antique rug waiting to be found and, when I peeked into the bedroom, there were layers upon layers of small kilims just hanging out…

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Wednesday June 26th, 2013

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New from Aelfie Rugs

I’m on the hunt for patterned rugs right now, so I was thrilled to hear from Aelfie of Aelfie Rugs in Brooklyn. They just launched a new collection of kilims for summer and the patterns and color combinations are so beautiful. I love this modern spin on a classic style, and the light flat weave…

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Monday April 29th, 2013

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Char-Bea by Ashley G

Ashley G is one of my favorite artists and people, period. I’ve been following her since her early Etsy success back in 2007 (the bearded men!) and was thrilled to get to know her better when I was living in Portland a few years ago. She is as delightful, smart and creative as her work…

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Tuesday February 26th, 2013

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Rugs: Less Shedding, Please

I’ve been having a bit of an internal struggle lately regarding everyone’s favorite rugs right now, Beni Ourains and Azilals. This classic style has had a major resurgence lately, and rightfully so — they’re gorgeous. But when I finally gave in to my desire to own one, I was struck by how much they shed….

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Wednesday January 23rd, 2013

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Aelfie Rugs

On cold days like this, I’m glad I developed a rug obsession a few years ago. Despite a long history of despising carpets and only wanting to walk on bare wooden floors, I embraced area rugs a few years ago, and my feet are thankful for the warm cushion on days like today. I’m always…

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Wednesday October 17th, 2012

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New at the Mociun Store

Caitlin Mociun’s store has become something of a mecca for me. I can rarely afford anything in it, but that never stops me from dropping in and coveting everything on its minimal shelves. From tiny earrings to gorgeous ceramics (which are, happily, sometimes under $100), Caitlin is an expert curator and knows precisely how to…

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Thursday October 11th, 2012

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new from proud mary

Oh man, do I love Proud Mary. Every time I hear from Harper about a new collection, I get excited, and the color and pattern lover inside me jumps for joy. Proud Mary’s latest collection was inspired by — and made in — Guatemala. The rich colored pillows, totes, clutches and rugs (my favorite!) come…

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Thursday September 20th, 2012

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applique jute rugs at west elm

This afternoon I’m posting a near obsessive roundup of black & white objects (inspired by my favorite paper bag), so I’ve had high contrast on the brain for a few days now. Simple, bold shapes in contrasting colors are my favorite way to add visual interest to a room without adding clutter. These simple jute…

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Friday September 7th, 2012

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tigris carpet

I love the idea of animal rugs (because I love animal imagery at home) but hate the idea that any animal would have to give its life for them. So I’ve never owned or really wanted one. Until I saw this Tigris carpet at Plumo. It’s an animal rug . . . but only in…

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Thursday August 23rd, 2012

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boucherouite rugs at beldi

I have a very vivid picture of what my life, wardrobe and home will look like when I’m an older woman. It will clearly involve about a dozen cats, I’ll learn to embrace white hair and statement jewelry and I’m pretty sure my house will be covered in layers of colorful rugs. Every inspiring older…

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Friday May 25th, 2012

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icff 2012: pattern

Even though I covered new wallpaper from ICFF yesterday, there was still plenty of pattern floating around the show. From flat weave rugs to incredible woven seating, designers definitely didn’t forget about the power of pattern. I’ve chosen my favorites above and below, so I hope you’ll enjoy them! xo, grace Images above (including header):…

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Monday May 21st, 2012

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home terrain

When summer comes, I love rolling up the heavy winter wool rugs and swapping them out for something softer and lighter. These patterned rugs are handmade by Lydia Trott using 100% reclaimed fabrics. Each small rug is machine washable and would be perfect to use in a bathroom, kitchen or entryway. I really love the…

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