Defining Lines

Open plan living.  Open plan offices.  Shared outdoor open spaces. I like where things are going. And even though I’m the type of person who needs a solitary quiet space sometimes, I love the concept of open plan living, particularly at home. All that light and space creates a certain fluidity.

When it comes to furnishing open plan spaces, some challenges arise. I mean, what do you do with the couch? Do you just plonk it in the middle of the room? If you want to make life a little easier for yourself when styling open plan spaces, start thinking about rugs.  They very quickly help you map out an open plan living space and in particular they help define your living and dining areas. Rugs are also a wonderful way to bring in more texture, colour and pattern to your space, so naturally, I’m a big fan.

This week I’ve pulled together some sample looks that work, and found a selection of great rugs for you to muse over.  My general rule of thumb for rugs in living and dining areas is keep all the furniture on the rug (or front legs of furniture on the rug at a minimum). Stick to this and you won’t go too wrong.

Now, here’s the eye candy…

Living Area

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Image: www.mydomaine.com
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Image: cargocollective.com
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Image: sulu-design.blogspot.com
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Image: www.suburban-bees.com

Dining Area

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Image: www.stylemepretty.com
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Image: design-milk.com
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Image: www.styleathome.com
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Image: oheightohnine.com.au

Rugs can be an expensive purchase. You can very easily end up spending more on a rug than a couch. That said, there are some affordable options out there. Target, Rugs USA and Overstock all offer some great options.  Rugs are also a great thing to snatch up during sales. Bigger really is better when it comes to rugs, so keep those eyes peeled for bargins!

If you are hesitant about getting your first rug, try a neutral or black and white option.  I’m loving black and white rugs at the moment.

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Available @ www.overstock.com
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Available @ www.rugsusa.com
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Available @ www.rugsusa.com

If you’re ready to ramp it up from a neutral but are still treading a little cautiously, go for a rug with muted colours.  Muted colours will blend easily with most colour schemes.

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Available @ www.anthropologie.com
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Available @ www.overstock.com
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Available @ www.westelm.com

However, if you’re feeling more adventurous, go big and bold with colour and pattern. Lots of homes will have couches and chairs in neutral colours, so a colourful rug will really make the area pop. As you’re scrolling below, please take a moment to check out the FABULOUS emerald skin that I found. I have fallen for it and am frantically trying to figure out where I can put it in my apartment. I really don’t think I’ve the space, but never say never…

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Available @ www.rugsusa.com
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Available @ www.therugcompany.com
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Available @ www.luluandgeorgia.com

Happy rug shopping folks!  Remember, bigger is better and don’t be afraid to have fun with colour and pattern. Granted a rug isn’t a stocking filler, but there’s still time to get one on your Santa list!

S&O x

Sleepyhead

Bedtime. Lights out. Sleep.

Whether you’re someone who loves your face against a cold pillow, or someone who sets an electric blanket to that perfect temperature, your bed, and its surrounds, is your sleeping haven. But do you ever look around and think you really want to freshen things up in the bedroom (ahem!), but you don’t fancy spending the weekend painting the walls or parting with your bedroom furniture?

Well this week I’m looking at some very simple bedding ideas that will help you achieve that change without going anywhere near a paintbrush. It’s the equivalent of getting a new winter coat or a haircut. A mini makeover of sorts, with instant gratification.

First up is texture.  If you think your bed looks drab, or lacking a bit of pizzazz, think about adding some texture with a throw or decorative cushion.  This bohemian bedroom uses a combination of mohair and sheepskin. Foxford Wollen Mills is an Irish company with a wonderful collection of mohair throws in vibrant colours (they ship internationally), and Serena & Lilly also have beautiful options.  You’ll find sheepskin throws everywhere from IKEA to West Elm.

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Image: www.domino.com

I also had to show you this gorgeous green velvet throw I came across. It’s from a Swedish company called Linum and is magnificent.  Nothing says winter cosy quite like a rich green velvet throw.

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Image: www.linumdesign.com

Next it’s back to the colour topic from last week, but this time I’m suggesting you consider a monochrome theme. Pare back on the number of colours you use in your bedding and instead use lots of tones, shades and tints of a single colour. If you choose to go with this idea you’re going to need your fitted sheet and pillowcases in your base colour. Zara Home and Parachute offer lots of options to help you get started with your colour choice.

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Image: www.buzzfeed.com
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Image: @insideoutmag

If finding the right textured accessories or pulling together bedding that fits a monochrome colour scheme still sounds like too much work, here is the easiest option. Get bold with the print on your duvet cover and pillowcases. This jungle print from H&M and medallion print from Urban Outfitters (on sale!) were two favourites I found.  You might also like this gem from West Elm if you prefer an abstract print.

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Image: www.hm.com
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Image: www.urbanoutfitters.com

And that’s it.  Three very simple ideas to give your bed a new look for AW16. Ironically, I’m now off to my sleep haven. It’s Sunday night. It’s bedtime. It’s lights out. Sweet dreams.

S&O x