• Mon. Nov 30th, 2020

As you know my favorite place to hang out is ADAC…..it’s where you will find all things design!  I met a friend over there on Tuesday because she was stuck on this fabric plan for a DR with a challenging rug.

**not an ugly rug**

We have all been there…..a client that insists something stays in the room.  I gave her my advice [because the rug was dark and busy ] and that was to go with black and white with beige accents.  

Don’t accentuate the negative.  I won’t wear big flower print pants cause that is not where I want attention….right?  

Oh hell no.

It got me thinking that maybe there are a few of you that have a rug like that so I am here with my design cape on to help refresh the situation!

Let’s say this is the rug….maybe your first thought is to pick out all the colors in the rug and add them to the room.  Don’t do it!


In my humble opinion nothing would stand out in the room if you did that.

What you need to notice is that it’s a very tight small pattern.  Which means you want your main fabrics to be loose.

Chalonnais Noir Vervain

I think black and white forces you to notice both the rug and the fabric….separately.

The most prominent color in the rug is red so I chose this for curtains…..in silk so that they are not the same texture as the rug.


Keep the walls neutral with Benjamin Moore Pale Oak.



Since the rug and curtains are traditional…..bring in some more contemporary items to keep it from looking predictable.

Coffee table:  Crate and Barrel
Lighting:  Currey & Co.
Sunburst Mirror: Wisteria
Art:  Terrell James
End Table:  Arteriors
Leopard Velvet pillow:  Stuck on Hue [Etsy]
Stripe pillow:  Lulu Belle Designs [Etsy]
Sofa:  One Kings Lane
Curtains:  Overstock

OK….what if you say to me “I hate black and white”.  

Then I would say we can’t be friends.

Kick and scream…..but come up with another plan.


One:  Chennai Linen Embroidery [Schumacher]
Two:  Antique Strie Velvet [Schumacher]
Three:  Imperial Trellis [Schumacher]

Or…..


One: Conundrum [Schumacher]
Two:  Greek Key Stripe [Schumacher]
Three:  Kerry Joyce Fabrics

At this point you would be adding more color in the pillows…..keep the curtains neutral with a cream and maybe add black and white art on the walls.

That’s all I got…..but I hope it will get you thinking:)

Other news….I got one of these.

It is the Fit Bit Surge
I am obsessed with it!

And…..I had to let Cami destroy a pine cone so I could get this post written.


Nights are the worst.  I can walk her 4 times [up to 4 miles in one day] and between 6-9 I want to kill myself.  And her. 

Crazy energy.

Shaexhausted




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