March 28, 2013

Giving new life to the living room

Soooo…a funny thing happened a couple of months ago.  I got the Spring FLOR catalog and fell in love HARD with the newest designs.  The timing couldn’t have been better.  A few months prior, when we took down our Christmas tree, I looked at our living room and was shocked by how much room there seemed to be now that the tree was gone.  The picture below is a few years old and if you can imagine, the tree we had this year was about double the size(!) – it is no wonder that the normally small-ish feeling room felt so much bigger once the gigantic tree was gone.

Now, for your reference, below is more accurate picture of what our living room looked like around the time the FLOR Spring catalog came out.  As you can see, there was no floor covering in there – and with a rambunctious 3.5 year old and a 17 month old traipsing around it was starting to become more and more obvious that a rug had the potential to make our lives much, much better…or at least it would help our aching knees out.

Of course, with so many options to choose from, I had a really hard time deciding what we should do.  I was so smitten with some of the large, graphic patterns FLOR has, but I was worried about not loving the bold, graphic patterns as much further off in the future.  In the end, I decided to go pseudo-neutral.  I love the look of a textured rug and the idea of a contrasting border was really appealing to me.  But I needed something that had enough variation in it (even though the FLOR can be cleaned) that it wouldn’t show everyday, living-with-kids dirt and smudges.  Enter FLOR’s amazing selection of texturally patterned rugs – three of which I have highlighted below:

 (Coming Along, Roadside Attraction & Sweater Weather)

Each one is gorgeous and it was so difficult to choose, but after ordering some samples, I was able to narrow it down.  So…without further ado, I present to you our newly rearranged, totally comfy living room.

The only thing new is the FLOR rug made from Roadside Attraction tiles laid in a parquet pattern with a border of 1/4 cut tiles of Sweater Weather.  I can’t get over how amazing the pattern looks.  It is all at once classic (with a breezy, beach-like appeal) with a modern kick (the large scale pattern is fresh). And the color is gorgeous.

While I originally wanted bold color, I am thinking that adding and then changing out accessories is probably the best way to go in this small space.  It is still a work in progress, but I do have to say that 6 years after moving in, our living room finally feels like it has come home.

(All photos by Miriam Z. Bradford except for product photos as linked)

One Response to “Giving new life to the living room”

  1. sarah Says:
    March 28th, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    I can’t believe you didn’t mention how genius those floor tiles were at the party you hosted recently where a large glass of red wine was spilled, two tiles removed the table turned and people in the other room didn’t notice anything had happened. Bonus, the clean up on the light tiles was really impressively quick and easy, I think several people (those who noticed the spill anyway) were convinced to give Flor a try the next time they were considering a rug!