New Living Room Rug And The Trick to Keep It In Place

Wanted to share a few updates to my living room- new rug, new side table and coffee table (not so new, but new to the blog!).

And one more new addition that you can’t exactly see- but it’s holding everything together…

This amazing rug pad from Rug Pads USA. I loved my old rug, but it had seen it’s fair share of foot traffic and dog fur after a few years. So I vacuumed the hell out of it and sold on Craigslist. I didn’t have a rug pad under my old one, and it drove me crazy. Constantly sliding out of place, bubbling up, going sideways whenever the pup decided to run sprints in the apartment. Once I decided on my rug (this beauty– on a major sale), I knew I needed to find a great pad for underneath.

I worked with Rug Pads USA awhile ago for a giveaway and my kitchen runner has an awesome pad underneath from their shop as well.

I knew next to nothing about what I needed, I just wanted a low profile pad that would prevent the movement, bubbling and slipping. They were extremely helpful in offering several choices depending on my needs- after some back and forth, they pointed out the Anchor Grip and it fit the bill- very low profile, strong grip and custom size to fit the rug.

I somehow managed to lay down the pad and the rug by myself one night- maneuvering under the very heavy sleeper sofa was an adventure- but it all worked out!

I am so thrilled with  the new look- but I’m even more excited that after a month of walking, furniture moving, pup running, etc… it hasn’t moved an inch!

Rug pads can definitely be an investment- but well worth it in my opinion. It helps preserve the rug itself (and your floors underneath) AND not having to lift up the couch on a daily basis to slide a rug back in place has been an amazing bonus. I’ve tried plenty of cheap ‘netting’ style rug grip pads in the past, and from my experience, they do next to nothing and usually cause more of a problem by rolling up under the rug. So the next time you’re in the market for a new rug (or you want your current one to stop sliding all over the place) – head over to Rug Pads USA. They have a multitude of styles for every need- low profile, thicker for cushioning, natural materials, strong grip, you name it!

    

Now a couple shots of my other new additions- side table from Target- sold my other one on Craigslist.

The coffee table was a new addition last year, but I don’t think I ever covered it on the blog- this beauty from West Elm really opened up the space and tied in with the other marble pieces in the apartment. My old one was so dark and bulky and now I can’t imagine anything else. Also a little shout out to my new-ish pillows- all from Target. Here’s an old shot of the living room with former coffee table, side table, rug and pillows to see the difference! I’m also planning a little lighting switch-up, but more on that later.

Thanks for following along- slowly but surely getting back into the swing of blogging.   

Everything in this post was purchased by me, with the exception of the Rug Pad, courtesy of Rug Pads USA. Honest review and photos by Studio Style Blog.  Thank you to the sponsors that make it possible to spruce up my space and create content for this site!

2016 Holiday Decor

Wanted to share a few shots of my holiday decor this year. I always try to do something slightly different than previous years. You can see last year’s decor here and here. By putting decor in different places or arranging it in a new way, it feels fresh and new- and that way- you don’t need to buy a ton of decor every year. I added a few new pieces but overall used 90% of what I had previously.

Now that I have a pup, I went with a slightly smaller tree in the 4-5 foot range this year instead of 6+. Looks a little wonky before the branches fell and before it was decorated… Improving with lights and ribbon! Last year I had the ribbon wrapped around the width of the tree. I wanted to reuse the ribbon but try something new this year. So I DIY’d a giant bow at the top and tied multiple strands of ribbon to it so it was cascading vertically around the entire tree. I was a bit skeptical at first but I love how it turned out.   Someone just hanging out with a new toy and a tiny tree skirt from year’s past 🙂  And here it is with ornaments on!Rewarded myself with some hot chocolate 🙂 One of my new additions- this gorgeous marble tree from target.  Quick and easy decor- add ornaments to a bowl, vase, etc.  Last year I had the jingle bell strand on the credenza. Decided to hang it over the mirror this year and added lights to make it even more festive! Excuse the mess in the background…     Tiny tree for the dining table.  This might be one of my favorites this year. Hung my CB2 disco balls onto my macrame wall hanging. So easy and little hooks do zero damage.  One more new addition. This cute little bottle brush tree in a dome from Flying Tiger in NYC.  Extra ornaments tossed around the bar.      A few close ups of the tree I had a bunch of fake berries and glittered pinecones that I put in vases previously, but added them to the tree this year and I love how much color and depth it created!  Lastly, added a simple strand of lights in the bedroom.  Late afternoon glow.  And here’s what they look like at night. Easy and festive! Thanks for joining along on my little tour and hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

Four Gorgeous Design Trends for 2016

2016 is going to be a good year for design, and a bad year for my budget 🙂 From metallic to marble, vintage rugs to Scandinavian-style design, here are some of my favorite design trends that will make a big splash in homes this year.

Rose gold: A close friend of copper, but slightly different, this metallic trend is looking great in any form- side tables, lamps, seating, flatware and even shelving. 
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Marble: A classic for many years, but marble seems to be going mainstream now. Retailers like Target are producing affordable and chic pieces that include real marble. I can’t get enough.

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Vintage inspired decor: Vintage rugs from across the globe are making their way into every living room, bedroom, hallway and kitchen lately. The unique colors and patterns make each seem one of a kind and they can add great texture and interest to any space. Wall hangings are also coming back as statement pieces and it’s a great addition to hang over a bed, sofa or even incorporated into a gallery wall. 03cb39f3f18c4e3a90ddc830d7372794 424dfb7c57f2f988216dff7b341bee1d 1222958ac18d23173d24ce9bc6a3f69d 8aff585026a7f1608e17439903dd5f0b

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Scandinavian Interiors: These images almost make me want to throw out everything I own, paint all the walls white and start with a clean slate. Of course, I won’t be doing that… but the look is so striking and beautiful.

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2015 Highlights: Design Moments

Happy 2016! Rounding out the last of the 2015 Highlights series with my favorite design and decor from the past year. This includes my former studio apartment, many of the ‘guest’ studio apartment tours on Studio Style Blog, and finally, my new apartment! If you missed any of the other posts in the series, check them out here:

2015 Highlights: Getting Organized // 2015 Highlights: Favorite DIY Projects //
2015 Highlights: Craigslist Finds, Tips and Transformations 

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My favorites from other studio apartment tours:

London:
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Melbourne:
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Thanks for following along in 2015 and stay tuned for more awesome content coming up in 2016! More apartment tours, updates to my new place, 2016 design trends and new pieces, a final update on Project KC and much more! Is there anything you want to see more of or new content for 2016? Let me know in the comments! If you have some design skills of your own or need some design advice, check out the links below:

Ask Studio Style BlogInterior design questions? Product sources? Floor plan dilemmas? Email me at studiostyleblog@gmail.com with your questions and use “Ask Studio Style Blog” in the subject line. Depending on the volume of emails, I’ll post a question and my answer on the blog a couple times each month. For more info and details, read about the series here.

Submit Your Apartment Tour: Do you have an apartment you want featured on Studio Style Blog? I’m now opening submissions for both studio apartments and one bedroom apartments. Please email studiostyleblog@gmail.com with 5-7 photos (both wide shots and close ups) of your space with the subject line “Apartment Tour” for consideration.

Dream Bathroom Designs with PlumbTile

Despite having a rental apartment, I always have an ongoing list of designs and inspiration for a future ‘dream home’ where I can design and remodel as I see fit, especially in the kitchen and bathroom. Until that day comes, I’m happy just to plot and browse around online for inspiration and design ideas. I’ve always wanted to design a bathroom and when PlumbTile reached out, I figured this was the perfect opportunity to put together some ‘dream bathroom’ designs.

PlumbTile has a huge selection of bathroom resources, from tile, to vanities, knobs and pulls, lighting and more. I created two bathroom designs: black, white and brass and a global glam look.plumbtile

The black, white and brass look: The black and white striped tile makes a bold statement on the floor, and I would use the white subway tile on the walls and the black tile with greek key pattern at the top of the white tile. When using the same colors, it’s ok to mix patterns, especially because the white tile will break up the two patterns. To compliment the color scheme, I chose this simple black vanity with a lighter colored top. I love the combination of black, white and brass, so I chose a gorgeous flush mounted fixture for the ceiling and simple, yet beautiful, sconces for the wall.

The global glam look: I started with the global, vintage-looking tile for the flooring, and the white tile for the walls, in a parquet type of pattern. It’s a bit different than a traditional pattern, but it adds visual interest and makes the white tile look unique and out of the ordinary. The white vanity keeps things simple and I am a sucker for gorgeous marble, so adding marble sinks on top of this vanity would look really elegant and classic. For a metallic touch, I added this brass and lucite wall-mounted lighting fixture.

Thanks to PlumbTile for sponsoring this post. All images are from PlumbTile, but the designs and commentary are my own. If you’re interested in sponsoring a post or advertising, please contact me here.

Studio Apartment Tour: Washington, DC

It’s been too long since my last studio apartment feature! I plan to do many more (along with one bedrooms and other small spaces) in the coming year, so please feel free to submit your apartment for consideration! Instructions to do so are at the bottom of this post.

Now onto my first Washington, DC studio apartment tour (outside of my own, of course)! Colleen lived in this lovely space in Eastern Market but has since moved to Chicago. This vintage inspired small space is full of storage tips and great ideas!

Starting off in the entryway: this wall-mounted unit has great storage options with both shelving and hooks. The shoes and boots look adorable displayed just as they are. Keeping a small number of shoes or other items stored out in the open is perfectly fine if you are running low on storage. Just refrain from having your entire shoe collection out in one place. These three pairs, along with the boots, are just the right amount for a space like this.Apartment 052

Heading over to the kitchen… There are so many useful storage ideas in here, from wall-mounting to refrigerator magnet spices! See if you can spot them all. The storage on top of the cabinets and fridge is well-utilized when you’re running short on space. This table serves well as a prep space, additional counter space and a place to eat. Pull up the stools and you have a breakfast bar/island. Apartment 099Wall-mounted storage can be both functional and serve as an easy way to add visual interest to your walls.

Apartment 108I love these little magnetized spices! They don’t take up any counter, cabinet or drawer space and they’re so easily accessible. Apartment 090 This might be the most clever storage solution I’ve seen in a long time…take a peek under the table. Pots, pans and lids galore hanging under there! Apartment 085 Moving onto the living room/bedroom area:Apartment 081 The high-backed sofa makes it appear larger and more grand, which is always helpful in a small space when you want your furniture to feel elegant and proportional, without looking like a college futon. The gallery wall is also a great focal point to ground this space. Adding hanging pendants make this space feel more like ‘home’ rather than a standard rental. Apartment 080 The little bar cart doubles as a side table. I always love a dual function piece!Apartment 074 Apartment 072 Another smart storage solution…hiding little baskets under anything and everything! It’s hardly noticeable at first, but this basket rests perfectly underneath the chair for extra storage. Apartment 068 On the other side of the living room, this dresser serves as a tv stand, spot for perfume and jewelry, along with plenty of storage inside each drawer. Storing pretty things out in the open like this really reinforces the rule that you don’t always have to hide away every single thing you own. Embrace it! Apartment 065Apartment 066The perfect example: These magazines don’t have to be hidden away in a storage bin or bookcase: they look perfectly chic and styled among the art and boots. Apartment 067 This wardrobe piece works well as a makeshift office and can be closed up and ‘put away’  if necessary! Apartment 057 Onto the bathroom, keeping the space looking bright and minimalist with the paint, art, and simple over the door storage keeps the floor space free of clutter and makes the tiny bathroom feel a bit larger.Apartment 055

Thanks to Colleen for letting me feature your former space! All photos from Colleen, check out her great design blog here.

Do you have an apartment you want featured on Studio Style Blog? I’m now opening submissions for both studio apartments and one bedroom apartments. Please email studiostyleblog@gmail.com with 5-7 photos (both wide shots and close ups) of your space with the subject line “Apartment Tour” for consideration.

Design Inspiration: The Entryway: Black, White and Gold

I’m back on the DC Ladies site today with another post in the Design Inspiration series. This black, white and gold entryway look might be one of my all-time favorites. Check out the full post here and shop the look below. design-inspiration-the-entryway-black-white-and-gold

Shop the Look:
console table // lamps // mirror // bench // plaid pillow // gold pillow //
coat hooks // rug

 

I’ll be taking Thanksgiving and the day after off from the blog so this is the last post for the week, but I have a ton of awesome gift guides and holiday content coming up over the next couple weeks so check back on Monday!