Hello friends! Praise be, the election is over and I just marked my birthday over the weekend – my official holiday season milestone. Whenever the calendar passes November 8, I feel like I can finally turn 100% of my attention to all things holiday. Obviously, the holidays are going to look and feel very different than years past. Perhaps instead of the holiday season, we should start referring to the next few months as the hunker down season. Because that’s what holidays in the time of Covid are going to require of us. But I’m not entirely mad about the idea of holing up at home. I’ll take a very valid excuse to look for ways to make my home as cozy, comforting, and beautiful as possible.
Enter the new rug collection from Beni Rugs, designed by my style soul twin, Colin King.
Called the Shape of Color, this new rug collection offers eleven Moroccan style rugs. Each rug features shocks of color inspired by Tangier and Marrakech. The hues are deeply saturated in simple geometric shapes or big bold stripes.
While I typically eschew color, rugs are a wonderful spot to inject something fresh into a room. I used a bold colored rug in my own living room. The particularly nice thing about a rug – it’s an easy way to reenergize a space without really having to change anything else.
There are a few secrets to picking out a rug. First, you want to think about size. A common mistake is getting a rug that is too small. You want all (or nearly all) your furniture in a space to sit on your rug. That helps a room feel anchored and like everything is working together. A too-small rug will actually make a small space feel even smaller!
Next, you want to think about foot traffic. If you’re looking to put a rug in a high foot traffic area, you’ll want to ensure any rug you select will withstand an onslaught of dirt and use.
Finally, when adding a colorful rug to your space you don’t need to “match your decor. You just want to keep everything in the same design family. Do you decorate with mostly warm colors or cooler tones? That will help you pick your colors.
If you’re looking to upgrade the coziness of your home before the holidays hit, I definitely think one of these rugs would be a great way to do it. I’m already debating which one I might add to our house. I do have a home office refresh in the works! If I pick out one of these rugs – I’ll be sure to share.
How are you planning on sprucing up your spaces for the holidays?
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At long last, 2021 has arrived! But since COVID-19 is still with us, you might be itching to make some changes around the house that’ll help you ride out the rest of this pandemic at home in style.
You’re in luck: On this week’s “Fixer to Fabulous,” Jenny and Dave MarrsÂ renovate a house by adding some essential quarantine-friendly upgrades you might like to try yourself!
In the Season 2 episode âRanch Becomes Family-Friendly,â Jenny and Dave meet homeowners Wes and Kate Walker, whose Bentonville, AR, home is lovely from the outside, but the interior is too small for a family of five, and doesn’t function well for their needs.
Dave and Jenny have $175,000 to give this home some coronavirus-savvy updates to make this family comfortable at home through the pandemic and beyond. Read on to find out which favorite quarantine features you might want to add to your own abode, too.
1. Outdoor seating that doesn’t curb your curb appeal
2020 was all about making the most of small outdoor spaces, so Jenny and Dave arenât surprised when Kate and Wes ask about adding a sitting space out front.
While Kate says she’d love a front porch, Wes is a bit hesitant. He loves the curb appeal of the house and doesn’t want the look to change too much.
So in the interest of keeping the front of the house looking the same, Jenny and Dave decide to make a small (but convenient) deck by the front windows.
They move some of the greenery from the front yard, making just enough space to build a 30-foot steel deck, complete with a fire pit, just off the front door.
“It’ll be really subtle. It won’t be this giant front porch,” Jenny says, “but it would give them a space where they can actually sit and enjoy.”
When the deck is finished, the effect is of having a front porch without changing the shape of the entrywayâthey gain seating without sacrificing curb appeal.
2. Home decor that feels like a vacation
Sometimes flooring can be forgotten, but Kate and Wes really want to make sure their floors stand out.
âWe keep coming back to a terra-cotta floor,â Kate says when Jenny asks what kind of look they want in the kitchen.
While terra-cotta tiles arenât necessarily typical for modern renovations, Jenny likes the idea, saying that itâll give the house a Mediterranean aesthetic. In a pandemic when it’s not easy to travel, it’s the closest these two might get to a European escape!
In fact, Jenny embraces the flooring style and even uses terra cotta in both the kitchen and the new master suite, which they convert from a garage.
âThe hexagon shape makes it really unique and different,â Jenny says when the tile is installed. âThe patina is gorgeous. It just feels like youâre on vacation at a spa off the coast of Spain.â
3. Plenty of kitchen storage
During a pandemic, plenty of kitchen cabinets for all those home-cooked meals is a mustâand with unique kitchen floors, Jenny wants to make sure the cabinets complement the look.
So instead of choosing a typical white cabinet, Jenny decides on a rich green color that will not only bring out the red in the terra cotta, but also add to that old-world European character with its dark, moody shade.
Dave approves of Jennyâs dark green choice.
âItâs a statement,” he says. “Thereâs tons of light in here now so I feel like you can go darker.â
4. A spacious and beautiful pantry
In addition to kitchen cabinets, Jenny knows how important pantry space can beâand that it should be beautiful, too. To deliver, Jenny uses a flower drawing by Wes and Kateâs young daughter, Reese, to create a custom wallpaper. It looks great, and Jenny notes that this detail will be extra special for the family.
âEvery time they go into their pantry, for years and years to come, theyâll be able to say, âReese drew this,ââ Jenny says.
Plus, to add a kid-friendly feel, Jenny and Dave decide to make a secret âspy roomâ complete with a desk at the back the the pantryâthe perfect hideout for the Walkers’ two boys.
5. A home-school/homework room that’ll grow with the kids
At the beginning of the pandemic, families scrambled to set up home-school spaces and work-from-home offices, but this family was ahead of the curveâthey were already home-schooling, so the kids already had a workspace!
Still, Jenny and Dave want to update the kidsâ home-schooling room so that they can enjoy it for years to come.
âThe homework room for the Walker kids is basically going to be a room thatâs going to grow with them,â Jenny says.
So they add some paneling to the wall with built-in chalkboards for each of the kids. The decor is youthful but isnât so kid-focused that it looks like a nursery. The space is bright and beautiful, and it can be used for years to come.
âYou know, you’ve got to do your schoolwork. You want to have a happy place to do it,â Jenny says.
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