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Yup, Finally a Little Inspiration

We might as well just stop apologizing for our infrequent posts. We’re lucky enough to have all the work with some great clients right now, but it’s definitely draining all the energy we used to spend writing good posts. Sometimes we’re in a blur of furniture, paint and fabrics…a good blur it is, but nonetheless a blur! Amy and I always talk about how you have to be so careful that through the overwhelming number of choices out there, you don’t just default to your safe choices; that you challenge yourself to think about new ways of doing things. So, I love it when I come across another designer’s project that does exactly that–puts a spin on things and makes it special.

This Park Estates Residence by FLO Design Studio is like the perfect intersection of gorgeous glam and family-friendly fun.

Park Estates Residence by FLO Design Studio

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The best part of the house might be the kids’ spaces though!

Park Estates Residence by FLO Design Studio

FLO Design Studio

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I imagine this little door goes to a secret closet hideaway made especially for two lucky little girls.

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Best study for kids ever?

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In this house every detail was considered. There’s not one wall (or one ceiling!) that you can point to that doesn’t have a plan or purpose and some special detail.

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Pier One-Say What?

Pier One was always a source for me when I went to decorate my first apartment right out of college.  Back then it was a store that I bought fake flowers (yes, I admit), candles and furniture.  I never considered it to be a store for when I grew up and had a place of my own.  However, I do find that their holiday decor is great!  This past weekend I found myself looking for some Halloween decorations and I was pleasantly surprised by some of their other pieces of furniture which caused me to continue my search online when I got home.  I don’t know who surprises me more these days-Target or Pier One!


Love this side table for a boy’s bedroom!


Pierce Bedside Table

 Oh, how pretty for a girl’s room or a powder room.


Reflection Mirror

 Campaign style furniture is all the rage these days–this dresser is a steal at 319.00!


Campaign Desk

 How can you not love this navy dresser–would be great in an entryway.


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Lexford Dresser

 Or, go with something a little more neutral for your entryway.

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Lexford Console Table

 Here’s an entry table more on the traditional side.


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Clara Console Table

Love this ikat rug (will I ever grow old of Ikat?)


Ikat Diamond Rug


 Wine bar anyone?

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Kadhi Wine Cabinet

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The Look for Less: Affordable Entry Rugs

A reader contacted us last week asking about an alternative to the Restoration Hardware rug that I included in the last post about entry way design. Surprisingly, she didn’t want to have to sell a kidney to get a new look for her foyer. Come on!

Here’s the original from my design:

Perfectly antiqued look with shades of taupe, gray and blue that will look classic yet still contemporary in any home (no I didn’t just take that directly from the RH catalog copy–it’s true!) But at $4000 for a 8×10 ok it’s not the most practical choice I’ll admit that. So, how do you get a similar look for a much lower price? Here are four good options we found…

This Vintage looking light blue rug (5’3 x 7’6) is darker (could be good thing with muddy boots!) but at under $200 for a 5×7 you might be willing to compromise slightly on the color. It’s also available in other sizes.

Safavieh Vintage Light Blue Viscose Rug (5'3 x 7'6)

Also in the blue family is this Safavieh Vintage Grey Rug is under $500 for a 9 x 12. The viscose in it will give it a nice shine almost like a patina.

Safavieh Vintage Grey/ Multi Viscose Rug (8'10 x 12'2)

Or, if you want to go with warmer tones, this Vintage Warm Beige Rug is a great option. For under $400 for a (almost) 8 x 10 it’s a great price point for an entry so you get a high-end look, but still allow people to walk into your entry!

Safavieh Vintage Warm Beige rug

Or, this one in stone also available in multiple sizes at super affordable.

Safavieh Area Rug: Vintage Stone 4' x 5' 6

Remember when buying off of sites like Overstock to look at the reviews/comments for additional information on feel, comfort, color, etc. We all know the color of something on your computer screen isn’t necessarily what you’re going to see in person and often in the reviews section people will make note of specific color information.

Like in the design board, we suggest pairing rugs like this with more contemporary pieces–clean lines, a little acrylic, you know the things that will keep these rugs from feeling too stuffy.

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