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Trends: Persian Rugs

My most recent fascination with persian rugs snuck up on me, and suddenly I’m all about ’em.

Are you guys on top of this already?

I articulated my fascination through an image that I snapped on one of the house tours I was on. You may have seen it already. I’ve since used it for several graphics here on the blogo. Since I kept going back to this, I decided to start my own hunt.


It’s hard to call the Persian rug a “trend” when it is such a classic and traditional choice, but below I’ve gathered a few examples that we feel are a super hot modern application. Ones that make us feel all wanty for our own persian rug!

They look so inviting in a hallway, unexpected in a kitchen, and sophisticated in a nursery!

I’ve come across so many different patterns in my pursuit, all hand knotted by tribes from different regions of Iran. My understanding is that it is this provenance that makes them a true Persian. Turkish rugs can be quite similar in style and design and I imagine that we are all fans of the now ubiquitous Turkish kilim. All of these rugs fall under the category of Oriental Rug – which I suppose is a broad enough term to aid you in your search.

I like digging through the piles and keeping my eye out for the rusty earthy oranges, the fiery crimson reds and the berry pink bases mixed with blues. As soon as I realized that this was a real obsession I started digging through Craigslist until I found my guy (and I even got one for my dollhouse project).

I recently read that VISS rugs are a rare find to keep your eye out for. They have nomadic patterns that are typified by a single hexagonal shape in the middle, bordered all along the edge. Their overall aesthetic leans more geometric than floral, which sounds appealing to me. That also sounds similar to the rug that I found on Craigslist, pictured here. But, I’m about 99% sure that what I scored from Craigslist is actually vintage Ikea. I’m pleased to find that it does appear to be hand-knotted. Ikea carried a lovely oriental option for awhile, called the Persisk, but if you compare the UK Ikea offering to the current US Ikea rug offering, you’ll see we’re not as lucky here in the states.

Here are few that I’ve been peaking at.


Ikea once had a nice collection of persian inspired rugs. Here is one that I found online in the UK.


From Etsy Seller UniqueRugStore
I’d look into this one. The seller is in Istanbul and I believe that would make this less Persian, and more Turkish. But I’ve had some luck with ordering specialty items from Istanbul based Etsy shops.

Persian-Rug-Love-by-The-Estate-of-ThingsBordered Cross Rug – from Target
This machine-made option is priced right for those of you that want the look for easy access. It looks great in this photo, but at that price point I can’t help wonder if it’s not a better idea to dig a bit deeper and find a deal on a hand-knotted option, like the one from Etsy.


Here is a more geometric pattern – a feature of the rugs woven in VISS.


Trends: Busted

Stately, abstract and a bit surprising, we think the bust is a fantastic accessory for the modernists to the new traditionalists. These figures are more than just art, they are creative and artful storage solutions.

Now more than ever, with flash-sale sites like One Kings Lane and curated thrift retailers like Chairish, it shouldn’t be too tough to get your hands on the bust that suits your space, and if you need more inspiration, check out the bust love on my Pinterest board. Happy hunting.

bust polaroid

A tall and narrow bust makes a fantastic hat rack as well. This particular bust recalls the ’20s, but any vintage, carved wooden piece like this one will add fantastic texture and help your hats maintain their shape when it’s not derby season.

Hat Stack Rack


John Y Wind FIgures


Jenny’s idea to have the demure statue “disappear” into the backdrop of the vanity is brilliant, and you can do the same by painting a classic Diana statuette the same color as the walls or surrounding area. It took me a minute to source an inexpensive solution, and of all places, I found it on SkyMall.

Jenny Komenda Painted Diana bust 2



















Trends: Breadboards

If you have the eye for spotting recurring themes in nicely styled editorial home decor features, you too may have spotted the stacks of warm, rustic breadboards making their way into our hearts as a staple kitchen accessory. Both old or new, lean them two or three deep to warm up the kitchen. Here’s a dive in to the breadboard done right.



I dug a couple out of the cabinets to place on display on my new open shelf addition! Thanks for the inspiration Sari.


breadboard vignette


breadboard rustic kitchen


white kitchen breadboard


modern white kitchen breadboard


blue kitchen cabinets breadboard


cottage kitchen breadboard


white kitchen breadboard2


black stools breadboard


breadboard bowls vignette




eclectic cottage kitchen


gray cabinets breadboard



Sarah and I have both been a little jonesy over Eskayel and their watery tie-dye designs. Are you hype to this hipness already!? I’m climbing on board in a big way.

The most fascinating part of this incredible line of inky blues and other extra-terrestrial color combos is the range of application that I have seen. From boho beachy bungalows to southern traditional powder rooms, this rorschach like graphic is carving a deep want into the hearts of many.

Peep a few of our favorites from their portfolio of applications and then tell me where you want yours!? I’m thinking it would have been perfect for the powder room at the house on the hill that we didn’t get. Maybe I should contact the buyer to see if they want me to help them decorate!


Trends: Metal Shelves in Kitchens

Metal shelving and brackets…making kitchens special everywhere.

Sometimes they are made out of pipe which I know you’re really thrilled about and even better if there’s a DIY prospect in it right? We love that industrial look. Kudos to those of you that can pull that kind of stuff off or who have partners or roommates that are all handy like that.

Have you noticed this phenomenon?

This is just the right kitchen to kick this off,

metal elle decor
























If you know with a large degree of certainty that you have to have this type of your shelving in your kitchen talk to us about it.


Green Kitchen Cabinets

Green Kitchen Cabinets  |  A 2016 Kitchen Trend to Love!

Certainly blue, in different shades like navy and blue/grey, is having it’s moment for kitchen islands and lower cabinets … but green?  Green Kitchen Cabinets are pretty happenin’ too.


Let’s see if any of these images set your wheels spinning, like they have ours.

One person who pinned this kitchen said, I can’t get Bailey McCarthy’s kitchen out of my head. It’s fairly easy to see why she can’t–cause that is kelly and it’s high gloss. McCarthy’s kitchen was featured in Southern Living.

Kelly Green Kitchen Cabinets


Another designer who chose to go green in her own kitchen is Erika Powell from Urban Grace. Erika had her cabinets painted a couple of years ago. I wonder if Erika considered painting the open shelving white? We really love the selection of a more subtle sage hue. It’s decidedly more neutral, while still quite modern. Hence, it gets an A+ from us!

Sage Green Kitchen Cabinets by Urban Grace


Betsy and I are big fans of CA designer Kishani Perera. Like the McCarthy design above, the Kelly Green choice seen here is also pretty freakin’ bold. Go big, Kishani!

Kelly Green Kitchen Cabinets by Kishani Perera

Another option? You could go more on the camo / Army green side of green. We whole heartedly support this idea, since army green everything is pretty good in our books lately.

Army Green Kitchen Cabinets


Of all the green kitchen cabinets that I found, this is my favorite. The suspended shelves with those cable brackets are very cool. And how about that beam? What would you call this color? A muted Pesto? Olive?

Sage Green Kitchen Cabinets

The hue looks great with brass and gold metal finishes, that is for certain. This mix is so lovely with the nice organic wood tones too!

Hunter Green Kitchen Cabinets

Here we find a green on the more neutral side of things. The ideas is still pretty pretty sweet in celery. I have noticed that most of these are best paired with white uppers and a classic subway tile. It sets a nice stage for statement lighting.

Celery Green Kitchen Cabinets

Ooh, now this looks like pesto and it pairs really nicely with a toned creamy beige up top. Just look at all that carefully planned kitchenware in those cabinets.

Pesto Green Kitchen Cabinets

Since we can’t seem to get enough of green kitchen cabinets, here is one more with a sage on top and bottom, just because it looks so great on these tall cabinets.

Tall Green Kitchen Cabinets

So what do you think? Seems like we are totally into it. Are you prepared to take an official position on green kitchen cabinets? 

If so write to us…in the comments. Most of all, we want to hear your favorite hues, the best hardware finishes and how you’d apply this look to your dream kitchen!