Tuesday, 25 June 2013


Clever interior styling I am coveting right now is an ultra clean palette accented with one seriously old antique or ornate rug. It elevates an otherwise dangerously vanilla room into a space with a kick of flavour. Not to mention breathing new life and keeping treasured heirloom rugs in the family. Here are some of my favourite examples (including a neat idea of hanging a rug on the wall- as seen in the guest bedroom of Kirsty Davey and partner Simon Taylor in Jan Juc (Australia)...

Left image: Helsinki home of interior architect Joanna Laajisto and 
her husband Mikko Ryhanen. Photographed by Mikko.
Right image: Styling Jessica Clayton, photography Mikael Axelsson. 
Photo Brooke Holm, Production - Lucy Feagins / The Design Files

Don't own an antique rug and can't afford to splash out on one? I was surprised to discover that Urban Outfitters have a brilliant range of imitation antique rugs that can create this look on a shoe string. I have my eye on these. The Urban Outfitters one in a younger brighter palette (teals & turquoise) and this one from Next Home for it's authentic muted hues. Which do you prefer?

Next Home Majestic Red Rug £60-£250
Urban Outfitters Antique Blue Rug £55


  1. I wish I had a cobalt blue one like the rug at the top!

    We have a house full of persian rugs – and the big ones are in the attic - just waiting to be unrolled when we move in two weeks :)

  2. Isn't that cobalt one just amazing?! I haven't seen any around that colour. I can't wait to see the persian rugs come into their own when you move :)