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The post below is a copy of the article I wrote for the online publication of Seattle’s Child, where I publish bi-weekly articles on home organization. To see a complete list of all past articles, please visit the Reclaim Your Home section on Seattle’s Child. See this article on the Seattle’s Child website here.

Area Rugs 101: Choosing the right rug for you.
Area rugs are such a fun way to add a little pizazz to any space. With so many great options in the market today, choosing the right one can be daunting. Here are some things to consider before you start shopping.

What kind of space do you want to create?
Area rugs are a great way to connect different pieces of furniture, anchor a seating area, or define a smaller area within a large room. For example, an area rug can help create an intimate conversation zone within a large living room.

Before you trek to the store or dive into the black hole of online shopping, consider your own floor plan and space. Could a certain kind of rug help you use the space more efficiently? Or create a totally new look and feel? Maybe now is the time to get creative and break up a large or awkward room into more intimate, social, or family-friendly spaces.

Photo Source: The Interiors Addict

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Photo Source: Sara Eizen via Houzz

Furniture on or off the rug?
There are no hard and fast rules for the placement of furniture in relation to rugs, but naturally I do have my opinions! I tend to favor front-legs-on placement, meaning only put the front legs of the sofa and chairs on the rug.

Photo Source: Sara Eizen via Houzz

Some people prefer to have all the furniture on the rug. In the right space, it can work quite nicely.

Photo Source: Homebunch

I am definitely not a fan of placing all furniture off the rug as it tends to make it look like you mismeasured and the rug is too small for the space. It’s also not as cozy and cohesive of a look.

Photo Source: Houzz

Photo Source: Burlap & Lace

Size up the situation.
Now that you’ve answered some general layout questions, it’s time to really size up the situation. Take traffic patterns into consideration when determining the size of the rug; you don’t want any one area of the rug to take a beating from heavy foot traffic. While I prefer that the long side of the rug run parallel with the sofa, there are times when it works best due to high traffic zones to run it the other way.

Photo Source: Apartment Therapy

Typical sizes for living room rugs are 5×8, 8×10, and 9×12 (6×9 is not as common but it does exist). What if you want or need an 8×8 rug? FLOR carpet tiles to the rescue! FLOR carpet tiles come in a wide variety of sizes and great styles so you can essentially create just about any kind of rug you might want.

Mind your materials.
When it comes rug material, I prefer natural fibers, especially wool. Even though it has the potential to shed, wool really has the best durability.

Photo Source: My Shop

When you are shopping online, beware of low-priced rugs that look too good to be true. There’s a good chance it’s either an indoor/outdoor rug, which you really don’t want in your living room, or it’s made out of polypropylene or nylon which can look cheap.

Photo Source: Ballard Designs

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While they can work well as an accent in low-traffic zones, flat woven rugs, or dhurries, are not typically great for active spaces because they move around a lot, even with a pad. When the kids come skidding into the living room, the rug will go right along with them!

Photo Source: West Elm

The timeless look of sisal rug is classic, however it’s not the most cozy under bare feet or little hands and knees. With its neutrality and durability, sisal is ideal for entry ways and or under dining tables.

Photo Source: Bubblesoda

Rugs are fun. I love rugs! I hope these tips make it easier for you to find the right rugs to love, too.



Five Pin Friday

August 1, 2014

Running out of summer steam? Here’s a few ideas for embracing summer colors and more!

    1. Great, easy art to do with the kids using tissue paper! And if you don’t have the paper punch, they actually sell some of these already cut into shapes!


  1. Ombre colored sticks – you find ‘em, you paint ‘em, you hang ‘em!
  2. Need a little more space for all these crafts? How about a fold-down Murphy table!MurphyCraftTable
  3. And to make sure you keep track of this time, how about this very cool bubble wall clock!BubbleClock
  4. I’m absolutely in love with these lights! Can you believe they’re made from eco-friendly cardboard? Thanks to Etsy artist EcoOxygen!


For this Bainbridge Island vacation home, the owners wanted to do whatever they could to fight those sometimes drab Seattle days, so bright colors abound, including heavy doses of their favorite color – turquoise. Limiting the palette to four colors kept a sense of cohesiveness throughout the house. Some of the best spots in the house are where you can  look out in to different spaces and see how each color plays with the others around it! Sit back and enjoy strolling through this beautiful house.


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Here are some of my favorite bonus shots so you can see the details, like how the colors play together!



The post below is a copy of the article I wrote for the online publication of Seattle’s Child, where I publish bi-weekly articles on home organization. To see a complete list of all past articles, please visit the Reclaim Your Home section on Seattle’s Child. See this article on the Seattle’s Child website here.

You don’t have to be Imelda Marcos to have a shoe storage problem. Whether you have six pairs or sixty-two, you need a place to store your shoes when they’re not on your feet.

Here are some fun, attractive storage solutions that go well beyond the boring shoe box.

1)  Stash them under the bedskirt.
Clear plastic pockets tucked under this bedskirt keep shoes neatly organized and off the floor while making it easy to find the right pair for the day ahead.

Photo source: Grosgrain Fabulous

2) Hang them up.
Get rid of the boot pile-up in the back of your closet for good! Skirt hangers help preserve the shape of your boots and allows you to easily scan your selection, too. Also works great with a number of shoe styles.

Photo source: Pretty Please

3) Dress them up.
Hate hiding your gorgeous shoes in the closet? Make them part of the decor! Simply paint a decorative strip of moulding a cute color and nail it to the wall.

Photo source: Apartment Therapy

4) Go tubular.
I just love this modern, industrial look. PVC piping stacked together adds not only architectural interest, but plenty of storage for anything from shoes to scarves and gloves to keys! Create a simple seat by mounting boards on top of the stack.

Photo source: Sheila Ponties Design

5) Clip them together.
A basket by the front door or in your bedroom can provide great shoe storage, but it can also be easy to lose mates in the shuffle. Simply clip them together for a quick, inexpensive solution.

Photo source: The Kissters

6) Spin them.
A Lazy Susan is most definitely not just for the kitchen anymore. Get shoes out of the dark recesses of the closet and make good use of vertical space with this attractive, functional display.

Photo source: Houzz – ShoeCase

Let’s be clear. I totally support your shoe habit – I have one, too! By following the fetish through with one of these easy, affordable storage solutions, you’ll get even more pleasure from your shoes both on and off your feet. Get started with one today!