Crave Interiors X Loloi - How To Find The Perfect Rug

Today I’m sharing Loloi Rugs. Based out of Dallas Texas, Loloi Rugs has some of the most beautiful rugs out there! Teaming up with some of the best Designers in the business such as Ellen DeGeneres, Joanna Gaines and Justina Blakeney I was confident I would find exactly what I was looking for. Not only that they are a designer’s dream and provide an array of free resources and reliable, practically on-demand shipping options. When Loloi rugs reached out I was very excited to revisit this very important design decision for the living room and also thought it would be a great opportunity to talk about how to find the perfect rug.

I had to snap up this beauty from the  Loren Collection  Brick/Blue

I had to snap up this beauty from the Loren Collection Brick/Blue

The Loren is a power-loomed rug made of 100% polyester in Turkey. It’s a printed design that offers the same look as a vintage hand-knotted rug but at a much more affordable price point.

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A rug is really the anchor piece for the room and can really make or break the whole design. This is not a search you want to rush! I chose this rug because I love the colours. The space has very neutral pieces, this rug really adds a splash of colour to the room. I felt this rug was also versatile and so it is a piece that can be styled in multiple ways and go in any room of my home adding value. Because it’s the winter I felt like the room was looking dark and needed a winter pick me up!

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Consider the existing light, the paint colors of your walls, and the shade of your furniture. The rug I chose for the living room has a very timeless feel to it. It's stimulating but not too bright and will easily translate through each season. I was also surprised how a red rug complemented the wood coffee table.

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Moving on to the dining room I had to try it in here and as you can see it works so well! Again I’m loving the colours that are bright and almost feel neutral too. A rug can really transform a space and are a great investment seriously! I never go smaller then a 6’ x9’ and Ideally gor for an 8’ x 10’ this way the rug will also fit most spaces as well. It’s better to have a rug that is too big, then too small. I see this mistake time and time again.

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Now that you see how a well chosen rug can really add value and change a room, it is well worth the splurge. Make sure to checkout Loloi Rugs. They have so many gorgeous rugs waiting for there forever home.

Kale's Big Boys Room Reveal + Get The Look

 

Kale’s bedroom is finished and his room is pretty darn cool, just like that sweet little dude that he is. This room is welcoming and fun, grown-up and light hearted, both cozy and cheerful.  Although the room was a spare room before, it was a blank slate.  I had just given it a fresh coat of white back in the summer and it’s always had a good feeling to the space with it’s large window.

My initial Idea for the space was inspired by my friend Bre and her beautiful Nursery.  I knew I wanted a board and batten wall and immediately fell in love with this wallpaper as soon as I saw it!  That was my whole jumping off point!  It’s such a fun space and is very age friendly with years to grow. This room is a mixed salad for all décor styles I love!  I threw in some Mid century, industrial, tossed in some Scandinavian and vintage!  When it comes to a kids space I find it’s more forgiving to pull off a fun look and really experiment! I have a few rooms left to do in  my home, and I’m like “this is so not Instagram worthy!”  but this room is probably my FAVE so far!


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Let’s quickly peak at there shared room again.  Now with Kale’s new room it has always been a spare and lots of clutter.  It sounds crazy but I forgot to grab a before shot!  You can see them in my highlights named “Kale’s Room.”  Here [LL1] 



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When Kale asked for his own room just a couple days after I finished the bunkroom I was pretty proud of his independence and really wanted to celebrate it.  Kale and Liam have always shared a room so this was a very big deal!  Kale has coped well with the change, Liam’s little heart is broken. Poor peanut!  Anywho, as soon as I saw this wallpaper I pulled together this moodboard.

 

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I love this mood board and so glad I stuck with the plan.  The look and feel of the space is still very much the same although there were some slight changes.  The dresser is from Crate and Barrel but I was lucky to have found a vintage dresser set on Kijiji and the long dresser was perfect for the space.  The platform bed we built following the original design of our bunkbeds and they turned out so well! The rug I changed to a much more graphic design. The wallpaper was the biggest Inspiration for the whole room and the DIY board and batten wall really adds some character to the space.

 

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Such a SPECIAL Wallpaper.  The deep blue background with those orange vermillion birds and the crisp white modern clouds has such a huge impact!  It has so much personality and depth.  I like that it isn’t too juvenile crossing all the T’s for me!!!

 

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THE RUG…Yes that rug is something else! The flat weave is perfect for kids and the graphic pattern has that modern Scandinavian element to it that looks so good. What did you say?  How are you going to keep the rug clean with all the white?  No food, drinks and keep watch I guess…the nice thing is it is very lightweight so it would be very manageable to bring to the drycleaners.

 

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 Now the DIY BED talk.  So if you have been following along you know that Mike and I built our Bunkbeds. (Promise both tutorials coming soon!)  We have always loved a good DIY and when it came down to choosing a bed for this space we chose to design a platform bed following the design from our bunkbed.  It is really quite simple and can be easily built in an afternoon.  For the headboard I had a custom wall hung headboard made by Norwegian Wood Online. The cognac leather straps add such an unexpected detail that I love and goes so well with the rest of the room.

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The dresser was a score I found on the Kijiji.  It also came with a tallboy that I have used in the bunkroom. It was the perfect scale for the room.  This piece is timeless so it’s great for Kale to continue to use for many years to come. 

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That beautiful mirror is from Renwil and I love how it adds Interest to an otherwise usual mirror for a dresser.  Fits just right.

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Please stare at that rug some more.

The Renwil task light is perfect for bunky time and reading.  It’s a classic look and has great function.  The cement lamp on the dresser is also from Renwil.  This lamp I found was perfect for the dresser adding a softer light on the opposite side of the room.  I like how it adds a new texture and a nice cool balance to the warm teak wood.

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I have always been a big fan of typography and what a perfect reminder to such a young mind. This one I downloaded from Etsy and then had it printed.  You can buy the original from School House Electric which you can buy framed or unframed.  The book shelves I used from a couple I had used in another space from IKEA.  I cut them to custom fit the wall and voila!

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 Do you ever get something and know you will never change from buying it your whole life?  Like you must have Kraft Dinner Macaroni or Heinz Ketchup?  Well Brook Linen is that for every bed in my house!  Mike and I have there bedding for our Master, the bunkroom and now Kale’s room.  The sheets are very comfortable and soft.  I even find them temperature regulating, which is key in Edmonton weather.  I love that they are 100% cotton and hypoallergenic. Lots of beautiful, fun and contemporary designs too for any bedroom décor. PS Attention all designers:  Lightning speed delivery too! That gorgeous pillow in the front is from a very good friend and designer Abbie A. Naber Design.

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A Simple Meandering. I love Elisa’s work.  Her pieces exude happiness and so naturally it has found a home in here.  This piece is called “Living Large” and is a fun shot of the Santa Monica Pier.  Elisa has a quote for this piece that says “Living is one of the rarest things in the world.  Most just exist.”- Oscar Wilde  That just makes my heart sing and really strikes a fire inside me I want to light for my kids. Beautiful!  Loving those wall hooks too that my photographer and designer Ruby Thursday Collective whipped up on the fly for the shoot!  Seriously so good! Hitting the shop soon for all of you too!

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There’s my snuggle bug doing what he does best! 

So that wraps it up!  Kale’s Modern, Vintage, charming big boy’s room.  I am so happy with this space and most importantly he loves it too! 


Here are all the sources so you can get the look!

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1. Renwil Cement Lamp 2. Renwil Mirror | 3. Rug | 4. Quilt | 5. Wall Hook | 6. Wallpaper | 7. Art Print | 8. Throw | 9. Wall Hung Headboard | 10. Geo Bear Pillow | 11. Task Lamp | 12. Throw Pillow | 13. Clock | 14 Dresser | 15. Nightstand | 16. Work Hard Be Nice To People

 

Thank you to Hygge And West , Brook Linen , Renwil , Ruby Thursday Collective Nordic Knots and A Simple Meandering for providing product for this post and helping my vision of Kale’s Big Boys Room come to life!

Photography by Lindsay Mills Photography

How to Choose a Rug; Biggest Design Mistake

I see this mistake all the time: The rug that doesn’t fit the room. It happens way too often and I often wonder how this happens and how to avoid it, which is totally avoidable!!! I have a few ideas in mind and think I have figured out.

1. Rugs are very expensive and is often an overwhelming decision to make!

2. Too often a 5x8 or a 6x9 rug sounds big enough but they aren’t. I think brands and retailers stock a 5x7 because they are much more affordable compared to a 8x10. So when people are at the store shopping they assume that is the right size to buy.

3. you know when you bring a rug home and it just doesn’t fit or doesn’t look right? Well I think when this happens, you don’t want to lug that back all the way to the store so “i’ll just live with it” happens. Been there done that and it’s so annoying.

When I partnered with Loloi rugs to choose a rug the first thing a rug should do is ground your furniture in your whole room. It naturally makes the mind think this is where you sit. It’s the focal point of the room and rugs that are too small just makes a space feel like something just isn’t right.

Living rooms should ALWAYS have a rug at least 8x10. Maybe a 6x9 if the room is a bit smaller. Mostly a 8x10 or 9x12 though. Yep! If you want a sculptural look and do a cowhide there can be an exception there. Or if you want a layered look and use a natural jute and layer your favourite on top.

So I always try to keep things simple and consistent. When choosing a size, have all your furniture on it or off

A Modern Refresh on a Boys Shared Room

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Wow where did the summer go!!! It was scorching hot here one day and then the next day the cool weather was here and a dump of snow!!! That's Alberta weather for you!!!   

As the boys have been growing like weeds, I really wanted to refresh there room for a couple different reasons.  I wanted it to feel more grown up and also find smart solutions to organize there space a bit better.  I'll explain the method to the madness!

Design by Crave Interiors This is there room initially.

Design by Crave Interiors This is there room initially.

When it’s time to start the initial design of a space, the first thing I always do is go on a Pinterest spree!!!  Once I have a board, I break down a few to really start narrowing the style and look I'm trying to achieve. In all my pins and even my more recent projects I have been loving a fresh bright white space!!!! As much as I loved that blue wall it was time to go! The windows are south facing but they are quite small so the white should brighten the room up. My go to is "Simply White" by Benjamin Moore. When it comes to selecting what type of paint I always go with a latex base instead of a oil based, as the oil based paints have chemicals that can make your white go yellow over time.  That would not look good! So latex it is!!!

Before Picture That wall color is “Witching Hour” by Benjamin Moore

Before Picture That wall color is “Witching Hour” by Benjamin Moore

People often have a hard time committing to white and I fully admit I did too for a long time. I was afraid it would feel like a hospital and feel cold. Now that I painted my entire main floor this year in the same color “Simply White” here’s a couple reasons why I like it. White reflects Light! Also it feels comforting to me. There something about a bright, fresh, clean space! I find it’s easier to decorate with white! I add my colour through the textiles, art, furniture, lighting and accessories.

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Next is lighting!  A well lit room can make a world of difference in how you feel in a space. The secret sauce to a well lit room I find is don’t try to light the whole room with one light. Instead light it in layers. In the boys room I have several layers that blend nicely together. Of course there main light, a lamp on there nightstand and these sconces by Roanoak Co to give the boys a task light to read at night. It gives the room so much personalityI My initial inspiration came from Amber Lewis’s bunk bed room she did! I’ll pop that below just cause it’s so dang gorgeous!! You know the room i’m talking about right?

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Design by Amber Interiors Photo by TessaNeustadt

Sconces by  Roanoak Co  photo by Crave Interiors

Sconces by Roanoak Co photo by Crave Interiors

Bedding is a serious choice when it comes to designing a bedroom and not just for looks but for comfort!  Did you know If your average night's sleep is eight hours (ie one third of a day), one sleeps for one third of one's life. If you live, say, 75 years, that's 25 years asleep, or 9,125 days. Which with the kids they definitely get that and then some.  Spending that much time in bed you want comfort.

Photos and design by Crave Interiors Bedding  Brook Linen

Photos and design by Crave Interiors Bedding Brook Linen

Photo and Interior Design By Crave Interiors Rug by  Modern komfort

Photo and Interior Design By Crave Interiors Rug by Modern komfort

Finally giving the room style and personality.  I love using textiles and a mix of old and new.  I find it makes a space feel warm and the aesthetic mixes perfect with this new build.  To ground those bunkbeds and soften the space I loved this rug by Modern Komfort called the Elaziz.  Let's be real I love everything from there store!!!  Anywhooo, the most important thing when choosing a rug for a space Is to make sure it's the right size.  What I do, is measure the furniture and always make sure it's a bit bigger.  Measure twice if you have too!  Believe me from experience where it has been a costly mistake! 

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Now bring the room to life!  I was inspired by the art by Jorey Hurley.  Again grabbing the blues I love so much and very minimal, framed it white, it really added some colour and interest in a inconspicuous way.  Of course carrying the horizontal lines from the curtains too.

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I always love adding plants and then of course mixing modern and vintage pieces really adds character and depth. I am a huge lover of handmade vintage pillows, giving this space a bohemian touch. I am beyond happy and the boys are too, seeing them race to play in here after school makes this project worth all the hard work!!!

Hope you found some inspiration and feel free to ask any questions below! 

Lots of love!

Lita

This post was a collaborative project with Brook Linen, Roanoak Co, Modern Komfort and Jorey Hurley. I love to share my own opinions while staying true to my style and what helps you decide and inspire for your next project. Thank you for your support!

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Hey!  You followed along this far? COOL!  I seriously feel like poking myself with a fork!  I am going to have so much fun with this!  I can't believe I am writing a blog post!!! Moi? Here writing everything my heart desires!

The last year on my Instagram I have been posting all sorts of projects and never had a tutorial to guide you through the easy steps or a place to give tips on décor and styling.  I spend hours upon hours reading and surfing for all sorts of projects and ideas to inspire myself and hope now to inspire you too!

I also decided to start this blog because I would love to participate in ORC!  As you all know you need a blog in order to participate so here it is!  Kinda missed Fall 2018 so Spring 2019 it is!!! Definitely need to get that ball rolling now!!!

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So on that note let's wrap it up and i'm beyond excited to be here and start the next part of this journey with you!!!  Oh and also please feel free to comment below with blog post requests or any questions you may have!   This is here for me to blab about everything design.  Whether it's the right paint colours, textiles, Great DIY's, styling tips, resources and advice.  I have tonnes I want to share!!!  So enjoy the ride, subscribe and I hope i'll see you again soon!!!

 

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