Mitch and my father-in-law have a running joke about my mother-in-law and me: If they so much as blink, there’s a new rug in the house. We can’t help it. 😂 We both agree that rugs make a space! A room can feel like an entirely different one when a new rug introduced, and a room that had little character beforehand can scream character when after right rug is laid down. Rug fanatics, that’s us.
Come to think of it, I really need to have my mother-in-law “guest blog” at some point! Or I should at least feature her gorgeous home and interview her about her design process. She’s so good. And every time I visit, she’s introduced a new rug or moved around some older ones so there’s a familiar yet fluid feel to her home. I love it!
Anyway, we have a few new (amazingly well-made and stunningly gorgeous) rugs that we recently introduced to our house here in Chicago via the generosity of Serena & Lily–my absolute favorite home brand and one of our partners in design–and we’re beyond happy with the impact they’ve made. Truthfully, they’ve taken rooms that felt like something big was missing (see the “before” photos here!) to rooms that are complete. Sure, we still have some finishing touches to make. (Drapes, decor and artwork.) But now, when I walk into the rooms, I feel a sense of warmth.
Here are the rugs:
The before: My office. (See the “before” photos of the entire house in this blog post!)
I searched for the longest time for a rug that looked good in my office, but every single one either blended in with the coffee table or made the room look too similar to our master, which has a jute rug in it. But lo! Serena & Lily came out with this gorgeous (much) lighter jute rug–in a fun diamond pattern I hadn’t seen before–and I immediately fell in love. It’s perfect. I do a little happy dance every time I walk into the office, in bare feet because it’s that soft. The room now looks totally different than our master but also complements it and feels like me!
The before: The dining room. (See the “before” photos of the entire house in this blog post!)
I need to take some nicer photos of our dining room, but it’s admittedly still a work in progress. Can you get over this rug, though?! I’d been looking for a giant round rug that had some flair to it since we ordered our dining room table, and I was convinced that I was going to have to settle with a basic jute rug. And then this beauty came along. It’s huge, but it’s just the right size… and the design is unlike anything else. I’ve also been pleasantly surprised with how easy it is to clean! Our vacuum glides right over it, and after Lucy dropped a container of baby food on it, it also weirdly (and wonderfully) didn’t stain. (Just used some water and pet spray. Worked like a charm.) Anyway, I think it looks awesome, and I can’t wait to put the rest of the room together!
The before: The. kitchen. (See the “before” photos of the entire house in this blog post!)
I should start by sharing that the Seaview Rug comes in a ton of different sizes and shapes, and look if you haven’t already. It’s technically an indoor/outdoor rug, but you’d never know it because of how insanely soft it is. Since taking this photo, we’ve moved the runner up to the hallway on the second floor of the house because it warms up the space. But doesn’t it look great here, too?! (Sometimes I wonder whether we need another…) We also have a rectangular Seaview rug in our playroom. The girls love it because, again, it’s super soft! (The tassels are also apparently “very fun and beautiful,” according to Emma.) But yes. I can’t recommend this one more. Eventually, I think I’d like to get one in a larger footprint for our living room since it’s so soft, well-made and easy to clean!
The before: Lucy’s room. (See the “before” photos of the entire house in this blog post!)
This is my #1 favorite. ISN’T IT A STUNNER? I originally fell in love with this one, but I was a bit nervous to put something like that in a little girl’s room. When I found the Ryder, though, I knew it would be perfect. With Emma’s room, we used a boho-ish rug to balance out the very traditional and feminine feel elsewhere in the space… and we thought that the Ryder would do the same for Lucy’s room, which is also very traditional and feminine otherwise. And it did just that! Sure, the room is still very traditional. But it’s also interesting and adds some depth to it. Emma also loves walking the pom-adorned zig zags like she’s walking a balance beam. Too cute!
In collaboration with Serena & Lily; all opinions are my own. As always, thank you so much for supporting the partnerships that keep Kelly in the City up and running!