Behind-the-Scenes: FLOR Makeover (Mood Boards)

We had such a great time working with Rebecca and Tyler, the winners of our first-ever FLOR Makeover contest.  Their “bring it on” spirit and refined design aesthetic meshed beautifully with FLOR’s point of view.

With the clean, white background of their beautiful home, we had a wonderful opportunity to introduce a mix of colors that would tie the rooms, furniture and fixtures together and help define areas as well.  So, with that … here is what we created:

The Proposed Layout:

We started with the entry.  Rebecca already had a FLOR rug that she and her husband had designed, which we loved (below).

The Entry (before):

We wanted to retain the spirit of their design but update it with textures that were a little more foyer-friendly and could withstand the dirt and foot traffic that area demands.  We kept the “+” design from the original rug, but chose FLOR styles Mild Mannered and Straight and Narrow – both have a ribbed texture and use varied yarns to provide amazing camouflaging benefits.  Check out the combo in our new design, below.

Then, there was the issue of the long hallway leading into the main living space.  We tossed around lots of ideas – from a plush, shaggy wool rug to a multi-colored runner – and landed on a genius custom design using a range of colors and textures.  The blend provides not only a stunning focal point and sumptuous mix of textures, but it will also stand up to sprints by the couple’s young son and daughter.  Our designer, Cristina, came up with this unique Chevron-inspired design using a combination of 2″ strips of FLOR styles Level Setting, House Pet, Rake Me Over, Feelin’ Groovy, Shear Indulgence, Fedora and Reverb (see specifics and links below).

FLOR’s Entry & Hallway Mood Board:


  1. Umbrella Basket – Blow up, Umbrella Stand by Fratelli Campana from Alessi
  2. Coat Rack - 2d/3d Coat Rack by Blu Dot from Hive Modern
  3. FLOR’s Custom Hallway Runner – (2″ strips each of) Level Setting in Black + House Pet in Hummingbird and Hamster + Rake Me Over in Teal + Feelin’ Groovy in Sunny and Yellow + Shear Indulgence in Suffolk White + Fedora in Chartreuse + Reverb in Lime.
  4. FLOR’s Entryway RugMild Mannered in Charcoal + Straight & Narrow in Lime.

For the dining area, Rebecca and Tyler wanted a pop of color and a circular shape to mimic their classic Tulip dining table.

The Dining Room & Kitchen (before):

We chose Rake Me Over in a bright pink and custom-cut it as a large circle.  The texture will feel delicious on the toes and will also help hide spills should the dog drop one of those yummy table-scraps!

FLOR’s Dining Room & Kitchen Mood Board:


  1. FLOR’s Custom Dining Room RugRake Me Over in pink
  2. Kitchen Pendant85 Lamps by Rody Graumans
  3. Dining Room TableSaarinen Dining Table by Hive Modern
  4. Dining Room Chairs – Eames Restored Shell Chairsby Plastolux
  5. VasesMorandi Bottle Vases by Canvas
  6. Table MatsPinetti Italian Leather Table Mats by David Mellor Design
  7. Cutlery- Odeon Stainless Steel Cutlery by David Mellor Design
  8. Storage JarsBodum Glass Storage Jars by David Mellor Design
  9. Mug - Pantone Ceramic Mug from Apartment Therapy
  10. DishesWalter Gropius TAC Porcelain by Rosenthal

In the living room, which is where the family spends a lot of time together and gathers to watch movies and television, they wanted something super soft and comfortable.

The Living Room (before):

We used one of the über plush styles from our new floresse collection, Manx, and interspersed slivers of Rake Me Over in two shades of yellow to provide contrasting color while maintaining the plush texture.  The free-form shape will also complement the serpentine of the new Togo sofa the couple has their eyes on.

Our design and stylist teams also provided a few accessory suggestions to play off of the rug designs we created and continue the modern-with-a-twist theme seen throughout the couple’s home.

FLOR’s Living Room Mood Board:

  1. FLOR Custom Living Room Rug – Manx in Gotland Grey + 1/4-tiles of Feelin Groovyin Sunny & Yellow
  2. SofaTogo Sofa by Michel Ducaroy
  3. Wall Unit/Room Divider 1950s George Nelson Wall Unit by Herman Miller
  4. Window TreatmentsRipple Fold Drapery by The Shade Store
  5. Throw Pillow “Eames Chair” - 1956 in Chocolate and Sunflower by Inhabit
  6. Throw Pillow “You Are”You Are in Lime and Chocolate by Inhabit
  7. Throw Pillow “Let’s Make Out”Let’s Make Out in Coco and Oatmeal from Etsy
  8. Retro TelephoneCitrus Yellow Telephone by Sweet Bella
  9. Coffee TableAlster by Ligne Roset
  10. Wool ThrowSwiss Army Blanket by Deken
  11. Fire PitEcoSmart Fireplace from Remodelista

We were ecstatic to have full freedom to create these one-of-a-kind designs and patterns for our winners and cannot wait to see them in Rebecca and Tyler’s home.  They were a true pleasure to work with and we hope they had as much fun as we all did here at FLOR.

We will be sure to share the finished look with you all in a future post, so be sure to check back in a few weeks!




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Are you mismatched in the bedroom?

My husband and I are…uh…a bit mismatched in the bedroom ::insert blush here::

I mean…just LOOK at our bedside tables and lamps…completely mismatched. (what…you thought I meant something else?)

When we redesigned our bedroom — side note: remind me to share THAT story with you someday — we had a lot of pieces that had to stay.  For the purposes of this exercise, we’ll just focus on those mismatched bedside tables.  They were pretty new and not going anywhere according to my husband, so we had to work with what we had to work with.  The thing is…I kind-of like that they don’t match.  In fact, if I had my druthers, I would get a completely different piece for one side of the bed to really hit home the mismatched idea.

But, I’ll be the first to admit, even though I actually prefer the mismatched look – I think it lends itself to a more lived in, less catalog style – I rarely see it in practice.  So that’s why I’m so excited to share these really beautiful pictures with you of other people who are mismatched in the bedroom.

I especially like the pairing of the floor lamp and the table lamp in this cozy retreat found over at Skona Hem.

With a simple color palette, these mismatched bedside tables make an organic statement.  Found over at Manolo for the Home.

These tables are perfectly mismatched…and a great example of using the same bedside lamps even when the tables don’t match.  Also found over at Manolo for the Home.

This one’s a bit more subtle…the bedside tables and the lamps are just enough different from each other to mimic balance, but retain appropriate proportions for the space. (Found at Cococozy)

And this beautiful room on Apartment Therapy is so colorful and dynamic that each side of the bed practically begs to have its own identity.

Of course, you don’t have to reserve your mismatchedness for just the bedroom…you can be mismatched in the bathroom…

(found here on Pinterest…but not credited further)


…in the dining room…



…and even down to the littlest detail.


So…have YOU ever been mismatched in the bedroom?

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