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Veteran, mother, creator, and bookworm—just a few of many hats Monica Chavez wears. Monica (@house.of.esperanza) has a passion for making meaning, from sewing handmade dolls to creating beautiful spaces for her family and their two Great Danes to enjoy. Monica’s latest project: her very own home library, with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, a rolling ladder, and one-of-a-kind finds.
We have two huge dogs, and before we got our FLOR rugs, nothing was holding up. We bought our first FLOR rug and I absolutely loved it. It was easy to put in, and the dogs took to it right away.
It took us two years to build the library, and we kept the rug down the whole time so we wouldn’t ruin the tile. The rug was a lifesaver.
Making, breaking, sewing—I’m always creating things. When it comes to our home, I think it’s so important to create spaces that are meaningful.
We sat down with Monica Chavez in her Bay Area home to chat creativity, family, and how she and her husband built a book lover’s paradise.
I surround myself with things that are meaningful, useful, and beautiful. I live by that, and the rugs fall under all three categories. They’re the most useful things we’ve welcomed into our home and made memories on.
I’ve always loved books, and I had a vision for this library from the moment we toured the house. From installing the bookshelves to finding the perfect vintage pieces, the library took almost two years to complete. We actually kept the FLOR rug down the entire time so that we wouldn’t ruin the floor, and it held up amazingly!
I never have to choose between loving my home and living in it. I can create beautiful spaces and not worry about the dogs making a mess or my son spilling something. Mauricio is one and a half; he can make his messes and learn about the world—I don’t have to rob him of that just to protect the floor. As beautiful as the library is, we can live in it. The FLOR rugs made that possible.
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