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Vintage, Persian, Kilim and Turkish Rugs in the Kitchen (and Where to Shop Them)

After seeing all of the gorgeous vintage rugs in this young family’s bohemian home, I started spotting vintage, berber, kilim, Persian and Turkish rugs is so many great places, namely the kitchen (and over on Pinterest). I mean, how great is it that we can leave behind the ugly uninspired rubber and microfiber kitchen mat of yore? Oh yeah, I said yore. Because I am never buying an ugly kitchen mat again. I practically live in my kitchen, so the idea of making our own kitchen a more inviting space sounds wonderful in my book. These pattern-filled, vibrant rugs all come with a story and give a kitchen design so much more character.

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A few tips for shopping the best kitchen rug:

  1. Color and Pattern: When it comes to Persian and Turkish rugs, whether you choose to go vintage or new, color and pattern are key. Bold, elaborate patterns are best with gorgeous rich pops of color; think orange, pink, deep oxblood red, blue.
  2. Texture: Avoid rugs with a high-pile, a.k.a., lots of texture or shag. The kitchen is a heavily trafficked area and a shaggy rug is just going to collect dirt and pasta sauce. Look for a flat weave rug (like wool) that can clean easily.
  3. Juxtaposition: Offset simpler spaces with one of these rugs. You’d be amazed at how much life one of these patterned rugs can give an older style or white-washed kitchen.
  4. The Perfect Pattern: Take the time to find the right rug that complements your design style. From personal stylist, Simone LeBlanc: “We definitely collect along the way. We love the antique rugs from Lawrence of La Brea, Madeline Weinrib’s original designs, and also find some great kilims through Etsy. We love to dig deep for the vendors shipping directly from Turkey + Morocco.” (via Mother Mag)
  5. Shop: The best places to search for vintage and vintage-inspired rugs;
    • eBay (huge selection, great prices, and many straight from the source);
    • Shoppe by Amber Interiors (one of my favorites; such a well-curated selection);
    • Lulu & Georgia (coming out with new and beautiful rugs constantly, I have fallen in love with so many designs as of late);
    • Furbish Studio (bold, bright, and funky options … just look at this colorful bunch!);
    • (they have an impressive number of great rugs);
    • Chairish (couture vintage, where designers go to shop);
    • You can also hunt your local flea market, yard sales, and antique stores (the best way to snatch up a gorgeous rug for less).

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Images via Sarah Dorio for Lonny // Domino // Apartment Therapy // Design Sponge // Mona Hajj // Scandinavian Deko // Hither & Thither //Photos by Martin Löf for Elle Decoration // Mazen Studio // Karin Foberg for Hus & Hem // Paige Jones for Mother Mag


Style Me Pretty: Scarlett’s Nursery Feature

I am so so so so excited to finally share with you that Scarlett’s nursery is featured on Style Me Pretty, right this very second. You may remember sometime last year, our home and my office was featured on Style Me Pretty as well, and when the fabulous ladies at Style Me Pretty Living asked if I would be interested in sharing our then baby-girl-to-be’s upcoming nursery, I practically sang (and trust me, no one wants that.) So I’ll spare you the singing and get on with the pictures.

By the way, these are a few of my favorites; be sure to head over to Style Me Pretty for the full feature.

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Remember the Paris Chic Style Nursery Board? And of course, the bookshelf styling? (By the way, still hoping for that Petal Pusher Wallpaper; maybe in our next apartment?) #comingsoon

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The paper flowers by Lovelyfest Goods above Scarlett’s crib are still one of her favorite features in the room. She stares up at them and sings to them and its just darling. Huge props to her Daddy for spending hours placing them one by one for me.

I worked on incorporating little touches of black here and there trying hard not to allow it to look too harsh for a little girl’s nursery.

From the Style Me Pretty feature:

I knew from the start that I wanted something neutral, soft, and dreamy, with pops of black, gold, and subtle hints of very pale pink. I tried to be wary of keeping the design from getting too black (because goodness knows if I could paint the world in black, I would … or at the very least, throw a black leather jacket on everyone.) And black was a non-negotiable when I discovered the black-spotted crib sheets and the black and gold clothing rack. Keeping the room light and fun was a must, because a little girl was going to live in and love that room. The more modern white crib, dresser, and bookcase lent itself to a more playful space. I also always wanted the room to have a notable French vibe, something very Parisian and chic, with vintage touches. That was all mommy. I knew that travel and great vintage-inspired pieces had to find their way into the mix, and I figured roses would be the feminine flower touch of choice. The real trick was fitting everything into the very tiny former “office” without it feeling too overcrowded. Lexi_SMP_DianaZapata-7 Lexi_SMP_DianaZapata-8 Lexi_SMP_DianaZapata-96 Lexi_SMP_DianaZapata-93 Lexi_SMP_DianaZapata-45

Today, Scarlett’s nursery is ever a work in progress. We’re always adding fun and quirky touches, and as she gets older, it’s toy central. We’re loving every second of it. Lexi_SMP_DianaZapata-55 Lexi_SMP_DianaZapata-18 Lexi_SMP_DianaZapata-20 Lexi_SMP_DianaZapata-36 Lexi_SMP_DianaZapata-15 Lexi_SMP_DianaZapata-14 Lexi_SMP_DianaZapata-10 Lexi_SMP_DianaZapata-13 Lexi_SMP_DianaZapata-12 Lexi_SMP_DianaZapata-72 Lexi_SMP_DianaZapata-70 Lexi_SMP_DianaZapata-63

Special thanks to everyone for making Scarlett’s beautiful nursery possible, even though baby girl came early (surprise!) and her mama was nowhere near ready. Thank you, hubby, for helping with every last detail; mama, for all of your tireless shopping and Scarlett’s beautiful quilt; my family for every ounce of help (always); Diana Zapata for your rockstar photography; AllModernLayla GraceFreshly PickedThe Alison ShowYarningmadeLovelyfest GoodsStudio MucciDream Green DIYLindsay LettersBeth + Borrow, for the beautiful pieces, and of course Style Me Pretty, for the feature.

Featured on Style Me Pretty | Photography: Diana Zapata | Styling: Lexi of Glitter, Inc. | Room Board Inspiration: Lex & Liv Design | Mid-Century Bookcase: DwellStudio | Mid-Century Crib and Dresser: DwellStudio via AllModern | Blabla Knit Dolls: Layla Grace | Black and White Heart Knitted Blanket: Yarningmade | Bonjour Wire Script: Anthropologie | DIY Felt Nursery Banner: Dream Green DIY | Emily + Merritt Wardrobe Rack: PB Teen | Glider Arm Chair and Ottoman: AllModern | Gold Globe: West Elm | Gold Moccasins: Freshly Picked | Gold Prints: Lindsay Letters | Gold Sequin Hanger: Pearls and Pastries | Hand-painted Announcement Chalkboard: Beth + Borrow | Heirloom Moccasins: Freshly Picked | High Chair: Monte Design via Layla Grace | Hottsie Dottsie Fitted Crib Sheet: Cotton Tale Designs | In Bloom Book Collection: Rifle Paper Co. | Intaglio Dresser:Anthropologie | Leather Triangle Mobile: The Alison Show | Metallic Pandan Bins: Serena & Lily | Pebble Pure Crib Mattress: Layla Grace | Pink Piano: Schoenhut | Sheepskin Rug: Pottery Barn | Souk Wool Rug: West Elm | Tassel Garland: Studio Mucci | Tissue Paper Flowers: Lovelyfest Goods


Home Office Design {Update}

You may have gotten a glimpse into my little office space on the Style Me Pretty Living Home Tour and Behind the Blog last year. Since then, I’ve added a few fun little updates, and then Career Contessa reached out asking if I would be interested in doing an interview about my career story for their site. I jumped at the chance.

Career Contessa has been one of my favorites for some time now. Career Contessa’s mission is to create an online platform that guides career-driven women to effective changes in their occupation. The site goes beyond resume tips by showcasing the careers of successful women, and I was thrilled that they considered me one of them. You can read my full interview here all about how I balance my part-time job as a lawyer with my part-time job as a blogger (plus, the new full-time mom gig!)

Our fabulous photographer, Diana Zapata took so many great photos of my little office space, so I thought I would share all of them here (with shopping details at the end, of course!) Hope you like.

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Desk: IKEA (DIY gold legs)
Shelves: IKEA (DIY gold)
Desk Chair:
Les Touches Black + White Spotted Pillow Covers: c/o Arianna Belle
Confetti Garland: c/o Studio Mucci
Crème de la Crème Print: By Luciana
Gold Pig Bookends: CB2
Stacking Boxes: Kate Spade New York
Gold-Dipped Mug: Starbucks
Live Creatively Print: Lindsay Letters
Nothin’ Fancy Print: Lindsay Letters
Love Is The Only Gold Striped Print: c/o Lindsay Letters
Lips Watercolor Print: c/o THE AESTATE
Tenenbaums Prints: Lucky Jackson
Gold Vase: Anthropologie
Brass Desktop Organizer: Anthropologie
Arrows: Shop HDB
Lucite + Gold Stapler: Anthropologie
Lucite + Gold Tape Dispenser: Anthropologie
Striped Tuxedo Coffee Mug: Starbucks
Gold Skull: Z Gallerie
Sequin Pillows: HomeGoods
Sunglasses: ASOS
Dress Form: Pottery Barn
Books: StyleBringing Up Bébé + How to Decorate + Kate Spade Gold Dot AgendaThe Perfectly Imperfect Home + Style Me Pretty Weddings
Necklaces: Vintage and BaubleBar

I tried to list product sources for as much as I could, but if there’s anything I missed, feel free to shoot me an e-mail ( and I’d be happy to try to help you find the source for an item!

Photos by Diana Zapata


10 Favorite Bold Tile Floors

Maybe it’s because we’ve been renting for so many years, and have walked on the same vinyl “wood” flooring from apartment to apartment, but I have a real soft spot for well-curated floors. Bold tile floors hold an extra special place in my heart. I love their character, their depth, and the real impact a tiled floor can make on a space. These are a few of my favorites spotted around the web, from bathrooms to living rooms to kitchens …

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The black/white/brass palette works so seamlessly in this Mediterranean style kitchen. (via Remodelista)

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This is just about the most perfect patterned bathroom floor I have seen. (via HGTV Remodels)


Here, the homeowners kept the old (but very good) and used the original tiled floors and rustic features of this traditional villa in the heart of Barcelona and the result is charming in every way. (via Elle Decoration)


I love how this blue tile spans the floor and backsplash in this rustic-meets-modern kitchen. (via Shubin + Donaldson)


Oh how I adore these black and white patterned tiles throughout the hallway of this space. The white-washed brick walls aren’t half bad either. (via trendir)

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Never have I ever loved green (and pink and purple) tile quite so much. (vie Remodelista)


Herringbone tile floors + subway tile walls … yes. (via HGTV)


Pattern and soft pastels make for truly great kitchen tiles. (via Lovely Life)


The earth-toned tiled floors throughout this home really warm up each room, especially in contrast to the bright white walls in the inviting living room. (via Rue Mag)

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I’m not sure what’s more striking here: the blue patterned tiles or the wood-framed bath tub. Either way, I’m all over it. (via lil red dot folks)

Any favorites?


A New Family’s Bohemian Eclectic California Home

Amber Interiors Living Room via Domaine

The incredibly talented Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors designed this gorgeous home for a young California family (their first baby was on the way when Amber stepped in), and the result is chic bohemian elegance mixed with comfort and ease for a little family (which I love!)

Colorful textiles tie each room in the house together, from kitchen to living room to bedroom to bathroom … so many great rugs, throws, and pillows. The mix of patterns and colors is just beautiful.

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This kitchen has me dreaming of a dining nook all covered in pillows.

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How gorgeous is that rug in the bathroom? I love the unexpected colorful Persian rug – rather than a traditional (read: boring) bath mat.

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And oh my goodness, can we talk about that nursery? This kid is destined for cool.

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Via Domaine // Photography: Tessa Neustadt // Designer: Amber Interiors


Design Files: Vintage Berber Rugs (a.k.a., boucherouite rugs)

Pinterest is a beautiful thing. I’m always amazed at the stunning things I find there. Take this berber rug, for instance; it’s perfect and awesome and needs to be in my living room. And because it’s Pinterest, that pin led me down the berber carpet rabbit hole, because … Pinterest.

Berber carpets (a.k.a., berber rugs, boucherouite rugs, Moroccan rag rugs, etc. in design-land) are vibrant rugs handmade by the women of the Berber tribe located in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Traditionally, rugs like this were made of wool and cotton and used in the maker’s own home. No two rugs are ever the same, which makes them extra unique.

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There are actually so many great boutique retailers of these rugs. I recently discovered stores like Beldi Rugs, Beklina, and Pink Rug Co. that all carry a great selection of very unique boucherouite rugs.

Then there’s Coco Carpets, a little side business from Caroline and Jayden Lee, otherwise known as Woodnote Photography (and Elephant Landing); gorgeous berber rugs at a pretty reasonable price (especially considering how pricey area rugs can get). Coco Carpets specializes in one-of-a-kind, vintage berber carpets, including boucherouite rugs.

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Any favorites?

Images via The Apartment //ideat magazine // Nordic Design // Coco Carpets