LIBBY LIVING COLORFULLY

Dining Room

Four New (Affordable) Rugs From My Apartment

Shopping, InteriorsLibby RasmussenComment

Rugs are expennnnnsive. Everyone who has ever shopped for one knows this.  Old or new, they are a pretty penny but truthfully, worth the investment.  I never really realized how much my apartment would be transformed with the right size and amount of rugs around the floors.  While of course they're a practical way to keep the floors clean and interesting, they add a great pop of, drum roll please, color. Here are the four new (affordable) rugs in my apartment that I am loving.

Chroma CB22 Tribal Tree Of Paradise Medallion Rug (7'10"x11) $321

This rug fit my living room to a T.  And while I was a bit hesitant about getting a pink rug, I could not be more happy with my decision. The pink tones are just subtle enough and are balanced out well with the reds and blues. It's incredibly versatile and a great alternative to some of the price Turkish rugs I've seen in the past. It also compliments this navy Moroccan pouf that I have and love. (Similar here & here.)

Bavoda Moroccan Diamond Pole Rug (Runner) $99

This. Runner. I want to make it very clear that I don't typically gravitate toward pinks and purples but this runner was the absolutely welcome exception to my rule.  Featured here in this Instagram I just posted, you can see the colors are more and lavender and more subtle then in the photo below. I love it and it's the perfect size for a hallway or entryway.

200GYBD03A.jpg

Berber Moroccan Diamond SM18 Rug (3'x5') $69

For my kitchen sink area, I knew that I needed to get something that was on the darker side. Between cooking at the stove and unloading the dishes, there’s a lot of potential for stains to show up on a rug. I love the large, more modern print on this rug and the other color options are equally as fun. The best part, this rug is less than $70. Win.

200MJSM18B.jpg

Tuscan Fading Printed Medallion Rug (5'x8') $192

I absolutely love navy and orange together so this rug immediately caught my eye. The pale robin egg blue coupled with the subtle tones of yellow were perfect for under my dining room table. The rug lays slightly under my console (pictured below) that has two large navy garden stools and ginger jars to compliment it. I also added the luxe Hermés lacquer tray from The Kellogg Collection to tie it all together.

A special thanks to my friends over at Rugs USA for providing my home with these beautiful rugs. While this post was done in collaboration, as always, all of my selections and opinions are my own. Where's your go-to rug shop? Do you buy new or vintage? 

Either way, happy hunting! 

Our Dream Dining Room by Kendall Simmons

InteriorsLibby RasmussenComment

A month or so ago, Style My Pretty Living featured an epic dining room designed by our new favorite, Kendall Simmons. The room features bold patterned wallpapered walls, bright and vibrant hues and playful seating arrangements perfect for one dreamy dinner party. (Praying for an invite!)
Take a peak and make sure to catch some of the great tips Kendall gave SMPL!

Tip: If you are starting with a blank space and don’t know how to get started, commit to one bold item (a wallpaper or piece of artwork for example) and build the rest of your selections around it. This gives you a rallying point and keeps you from veering off track!

Tip: When stocking your bar, be sure to purchase liquors that come in beautiful, colorful packaging (not just the ones that you drink regularly). This adds visual interest and contrast to your bar, and who knows, you may discover something new that you’ve never tried before! A perfect example of this is Bombay Sapphire gin because of it’s vibrant blue color.

56f9485eaf692$!x900.jpg

Tip: Original artwork doesn’t have to break the bank. Search your area for local artists who are just beginning their careers. You can often find their work at small local galleries, or art sales benefiting schools or charities.

Tip: Don’t be afraid to load down your dining table with oversized accessories. Most people only use their dining rooms a few times a year, and when those times come it’s quick and easy to relocate the large accessories to another room in the house so that you can set the table for dinner.

 

Photography: Catherine Truman | Bar Cart: Ballard Designs | Cactus Photo: Minted | Dining Settee: Lee Industries | Dining Table: Restoration Hardware | Geometric Mirrors: Target | Homeowner: Natasha Stoneking | Host Chairs: Restoration Hardware | Interior Design: Kendall Simmons | Lamps: Shop Candelabra | Large Original Art: Erin Mcintosh | Rug: Anthropologie | Side Chairs: Ballard Designs | Small Pair Original Art: Ed Nash | Wallpaper: Schumacher