Thursday, January 29, 2015

A Chairish Challenge

Long time, no blogging!  Chairish has brought me back into the game by asking me to participate in a challenge to design a room based around one of their fabulous rugs!  

Chairish, if you're not familiar, is an an online marketplace for designers and design lovers to buy and sell vintage furniture, art, lighting, decor, accessories and a number of other items.  It's an especially wonderful resource for those who appreciate midcentury and vintage pieces.

The specific challenge from Chairish is to help those of us out there who struggle with incorporating color into a space by building a room around a rug from their new collection.  Rugs are one of my very favorite ways to infuse color into a room and you'll hear many designers say they start with the rug and build from there, so it was a no-brainer to accept the challenge. 

Chairish has many rugs and other items to choose from, but I quickly felt drawn to this rug.  It's traditional but mixes well with contemporary pieces and it's extremely versatile.  This rug will never go out of style. 

If you're not sure about committing to a large, colorful area rug in your home, which can also be expensive, a great way to add color is layering a small, boldly colored rug over a natural fiber rug. I chose to layer the Baluch rug over this sisal rug.

I selected this clear, acrylic coffeetable so that the Baluch rug can take center stage in my room.  

I kept the furniture neutral with a navy velvet sofa and two cream linen solids chairs with an amazing trim accent.  A few colorful accent pillows and accessories - including palms plants and blue and white porcelain - and the room was done! 

Without further ado, here it is! 

Chairish Challenge Space

I know I designed it, but I have to say I am really loving this room!  

It's important to me that rooms feel curated and not overly decorated or "matchy matchy," so I like to pull pieces from a number of different sources. There is nothing worse to me than a space that looks like everything was recently purchased from one store or like a decorator threw up all over it. That's another reason Chairish and other curated online marketplaces are such a great resource - you can find pieces from different periods and in different styles to create a layered look without the effort of visiting different shops.

I hope you like the room as much as I do! You can find links to all the pieces - some from Chairish and some from other sites - above. Thanks for reading!!!

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