Well, the magnificent Christopher Farr has won my heart again. He has just produced a dynamite new line of wool and mohair rugs based on a selection of sketches done by Roger Fry, Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and other key members of the Omega Workshops and Bloomsbury collective from 1912-1919. They feel incredibly fresh and current to me:Read the rest of this post »
I have long been a fan of Michaelian & Kohlberg’s beautiful handknotted carpets so was pleasantly surprised to discover that they also have a line of fabrics, M&K Textiles. All designs are printed on a 65/35 linen-cotton fabric and include both hand block-printed and silk-screened patterns. The scale ranges from quite small to quite large repeats, allowing you to mix and match with abandon. Check out some of my faves below:Read the rest of this post »
This weekend I found myself with a little time to kill in the funky Eastside enclave of Echo Park. As I was wandering along Sunset, I happened upon deKor, the latest addition to the hood. This home furnishings shop opened in July and carries a groovy mix of Scandinavian and American vintage treasures (the owner, Isabelle Dahlin, is Swedish). Everything feels like it has an interesting past – like it has been loved some place where grounded, intelligent, creative people have lived.Read the rest of this post »
My perusal of what’s on offer from the major retailers continues and I am noticing an earthy trend on the rise. As a fan of the seventies in all its incarnations, I dig it! It seems that everywhere I look, I am seeing large, chunky baskets and organic shapes and finishes. I love the variety of shapes, natural fiber and the multiple storage needs these can fill:
Just one question for the mailbag today so here goes:
Hi Molly,I am having trouble deciding on a rug for my dining room. I am looking for a
rug that will work with the somewhat open floor plan I have, the rug in the
living room is only a few feet away, but also works with the curtains that I
worked so hard to make. I am thinking grey, but have not been able to find
anything that works. The dining room is painted Revere Pewter from Benjamin Moore and the curtain fabric is
Dahlia in the Slate colorway from Calico Corners. The dining room is open to the
living room and the kitchen.
Am looking for some round rugs, preferably 5 ft to 6 ft in diameter- maybe a sisal. any suggestions?
ML: I love round rugs in the right spot but they can be tricky to find. Never fear, I have tracked down some good options and hopefully one of these will work for you. Anthropologie is working out the round rug at the moment (and all come in the 5×5 diameter you are looking for). For starters, there is this Doily Rug (I particularly like it in the gray but in the interest of full disclosure, I should say it comes in brown, too)Read the rest of this post »
Hi guys. It’s that time again where I try to solve your design dilemmas. This week readers had some good questions so let’s get started!
Hi Molly. I hope you get a chance to weigh in on this rug conundrum. I need help. I’d like to replace this falling-apart little Ikea Persian with something else. I’m thinking zebra pattern? Or something else mod? And it needs to be larger than this 5 x 8, doesn’t it? My only hesitation is that there’s a large Persian in the adjoining dining room, and I’m afraid that something really graphic will be too much of a contrast. What do you think?