obby and I both enjoy pulling spaces together and making them feel like home. Seeing as we’re in a stage of life where we move every 6 months, this is a very good activity to enjoy.
I have a knack for coming up with a good vision in my head and acquiring/making those pieces while Bobby is genius at arranging furniture and spaces to make them feel polished and maximize space – that teamwork has helped so much.
While I’m not a professional interior designer by any stretch, I think I’ve come up with my number one principle when trying to take a room from empty to home: choose a statement piece.
I’ve been following this rule in some way of another for awhile…that’s a picture of my first house in New Orleans. I got a million paint samples (well okay, 190) from Home Depot and painstakingly stuck them to the wall with sticky tack. (For the record, I did offer to pay for all of those samples but when I went up to the counter the guy looked at me like I was crazy and said, “But they’re free.” Let it be known that I was on the up-and-up for that project.)
“Hold up,” I hear you say. “What do you exactly mean by “statement piece?” Are you telling me I need to become a hoarder of paint samples?”
No dear reader, not unless you want to. Basically, I mean this when I say “statement piece”: anything large and (often) bold that can be the primary building block for all the other components of a room. This could be a large, gorgeous painting, a unique armchair, a bold bedspread, an accent wall of amazing wallpaper, or – in our case in Miami – the best rug of all time.
I spotted this glorious magenta rug at World Market earlier last year and was enamored right then and there. For reasons unbeknownst to me, they are no longer selling it. Why, World Market, why?!?!?!
Anyway, I couldn’t get it out of my brain. At the time, though, Bobby and I were living up in Vermont in a furnished house and knew we’d be moving to Miami for the winter. Acquiring a giant rug would not have been the most prudent decision.
Then we came to Miami. We had hoped to rent a furnished apartment but it quickly became apparent that this was a near-impossible wish. Furnished places in our desired location that were dog friendly, in our price range, AND open to a 7 month lease eluded us. Oh yes – and we just happened to need something for the months of “high season” when absolutely EVERYONE wants to be in Miami.
So when we found our amazing loft, we had to jump on it even though it wasn’t furnished.
For our rug, this turned out to be the happiest day of it’s life – the day when everything changed, when it went from living in a warehouse to being conceived in the minds of Grace and Bobby as belonging to them.
We had saved our pennies up in Vermont, which was a good thing – large, wool rugs are not cheap. We knew, though, that this was a rug we would love to have for a long time (trust me, nobody is prying this baby away from me), so it was a worthwhile investment. We also knew it would be one of the simplest ways to take our new loft from zero to sixty since it would cover such a large area.
It was a happy day when our rug arrived in the mail.
Graham was standing at attention, ready to offer whatever help was necessary.
He also fully inspected it and gave me the go-ahead before unrolling.
I eagerly snipped the string holding the rug together and spread it out. In under two minutes, our space had been completely transformed – which is the EXACT job of a statement piece.
You can kind of see from that picture above that the room was far from complete. That chair ended up going by my crafting area and we searched for a couch to go against the wall. The big wall is actually still waiting for some type of art to go up.
Even with the changes that were to come, though, everything became ten times easier once the rug was there. All of the choices we made for the rest of the decor were tied back to the rug: the lamp that we bought, the color and industrial style of the pallet couch we created (which I’ll write about later), the color and style of the pillows that went on top of the couch – even the patio furniture we bought. The rug has been an anchor and directed our search.
I don’t know if I’ll ever go about decorating a room without a statement piece, it has made the process so much easier. The ultimate aesthetic of the room is more cohesive because of it and it was fun because I was enamored with the rug from the very beginning.
As I mentioned, World Market is no longer selling this particular rug. However, I did some searching and found some other rugs that are pretty amazing…1, 2, 3, 4, 5 gorgeous rugs (West Elm is killing it in the rug department right now). Check those out if you’re intrigued by this idea!
Fair warning, though – we have been collecting gobs of wool off this rug ever since we unrolled it. Apparently that’s normal for rugs like this in the first 6 months of being in a home. Bobby has actually started to furminate the rug. (Haven’t heard of a Furminator? Only the best pet/rug brush ever invented.)
Statement pieces. They are game changers. (Even if they do require a little TLC.)
Do you have any advice for decorating a room from scratch? I’d love to hear tips and tricks as this is FAR from the last time that Bobby and I will be moving into a new space. Ready…set…GO!
Having seen the rug, I TOTALLY agree. It is a game changer. And may I just add that the photo of Bobby holding all the “fluff” is hysterical!
Ha, I know, Bobby was on a roll when he started furminating! It’s become a slight obsession of his. :) So glad you’ve seen the rug in person and agree it’s a game changer! xoxo
That is one bright and furry rug! I hope it doesn’t get furminated so much that it goes bald. /: I like the pic of Bobby sitting on a bald floor, waiting for this statement piece to transform it. Very illustrative. Oh, and Graham inspecting the rug is adorable.
Apparently it’s supposed to shed for the first 6 months…but you’re right, I don’t think we should furminate it all the time because I’d be SO sad if it went bald. Trying to alternate between that and sweeping it!
Wow! That rug certainly sheds a lot! So glad you’ve finally written this entry, I’ve been waiting for it! ;)
Furminators are pretty great (though with my current longhair cat, Ember, for some reason a hairbrush from Target works better?)
I love how bright your loft is with natural light, too. (Or maybe that’s the magenta rug shining so radiantly?)
Also, so excited by your paintchip wall!!! I love those samples and have had a large collection of them going in my room since middle school. I usually use them for writing poetry, but I love the idea of having them all up on a wall. It’s really great to see all your unique and colorful ideas for interiors!
That’s actually an area I’m a bit lacking in. I’m a great collector of things, but I can’t always decide the best places for items or ways to display them. However, with your idea of a statement piece in mind, I’ll have to work on my apartment here. :)
I just had an idea though, do you consult? Could I send you some pictures of my apartment!?(Fair warning though, I can’t invest in any colorful wool rugs!)
Yay, thanks Celeste! Yes, the natural light that comes into our loft is one of my favorite things about it. I rarely feel “cooped up” because of the gorgeously tall windows and the Miami sunshine. So lucky that we found this place!
It would be so fun to help you come up with some ideas – yes, send those apartment pictures over and we’ll cook up something good! Have no fear, I won’t try to convince you to invest in any giant rugs. :)
I’ve been dreaming of a rug since i read this post. Nice going
Haha, rug land can be a dangerous thing! It’s like the sirens…
A cozy rug would look so good in the tiny house!
Did it ever stop shedding? I just bought a wool rug too and have a furminator ready to go, lol.
Haha, Lauren, I hate to say it but it continued to shed into the 6 month mark…the tag said it would shed anywhere up to 6 months, so maybe we are almost in the clear! (fingers crossed) Keep your furminator handy, though!