Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Bohemian Rug Love

My obsession  
addiction to
for deep colored vintage rugs continues to grow.  

After nabbing a great deal ($40!) on one at
the Allegan Antique Market in August for my office,
winning one on eBay for my bathroom,
I needed just one more..... 
for now.

Yep...can you say "obsession"?


I had expected this one to be beautifully faded and thin like the other ones I have,
with spots worn from decades of being walked on ~
but was instead it was pleasantly thick and plush and in great shape.
After I laid it out in the living room,
I realized how wonderfully it warmed up the room
- as well as my toes -
which will be so nice for the cold season ahead.

Floral pillow slips:  Ticking & Toile

The dark burgandy, navy blue, bright pink, and deep turquoise patterns in it 
delighted my eyes when I unrolled it and laid it beneath the coffee table.
I loved the way it looked under my other obsession ~ my weekly pink and purple roses.
This whole mixing-colors-and-patterns thing that I've recently discovered
is just making my soul sing.
It's really kind of daring for the way I'm used to decorating.
I've never been much a color-gal until recently.
This one is bringing me so much happiness and satisfaction in this old house.

So, of course, I went overboard taking photos of it.  :)

I was doing a little research on Turkish prayer rugs,
and discovered that this one is most likely a Persian Sarouk rug.
More colorful and a much different design than the other prayer rugs I have.

See how you CAN combine colors and patterns?
The burgandy is picked up not only in the paisley throw draped over the tri-fold screen,
but also in the Rachel Ashwell pillow slips.
And even though there are three different patterns,
they mix softly because of the common color.

Even the roses pick up the colors in the rug.

My roses for the week ♥

I'm still on the prowl for some old, white, chippy planks to lay on top of my glass-door coffee table.
I'm ready for a change there, and want it to look a little more rustic.
More Romantic Prairie-ish.
I'm thinking a visit to Lowe's may be in order next week.

Ruffled linen throw:

Home, sweet, shabby chic, bohemian home.
I'm lovin' it.

Bring on the cold weather.
At least my toes will be happy!

~  Blessings  ~

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  1. The rug looks really pretty next to all the white:)

  2. Fabulous find for sure! I love old rugs myself, it looks amazing~Cheers Kim

  3. What a fabulous rug to sink your cute toes into Laurie! I do think the colors add depth and interest. Your home is so inviting, lovely and romantic. You've really got a knack for styling and blending things together, my dear. I'm always happy visiting here!
    Enjoy that beautiful rug,
    xo - Susan

  4. Oh absolutely rich and gorgeous Laurie!
    Love how that rug just brings such a warmth and everything just compliments one another.
    I've been planning on doing the same thing with a roadside coffee table in our garage; then paint it all nice and shabby! ;)
    Ooh-la-la those roses are just beautiful!!!!

    Deborah xoxoxo

  5. Oh what a pretty rug!! I am loving the pops of color the rug and roses bring and love the blue shutters and the rose curtain, it is all so vintage so pretty and yes bohemian chic!! Love your home,

  6. Your home is the shabby style....and the

  7. Beautiful Rug!!! Your home looks Awesome !!! So Pretty Pretty!!!

  8. The rug is wonderful! And it does warm things up.
    Speaking of rugs, yours shipped today....;))

  9. This wonderful addiction has certainly put some lovely, worn colors into your already beautiful home. $40? Very nice score!

  10. Laurie another beautiful rug! You are a lucky girl! Your home looks so beautiful and peaceful! Yes I am bracing for the cold months ahead.Making lots of changes around here too!

  11. I've always admired the craftsmanship of vintage rugs. The colors are beautiful. It adds a lot of warmth to the room. I had a similar one years ago.

  12. The colors in your rug are so beautiful and really help to draw your lovely room together, picking up on the other accent colors. Your home and style, Laurie, provide so much peacefulness and calm. I love it!
    Mary Alice

  13. Love it Laurie!!! I was just thinking about you....thinkin' haven't talked to my BFF Laurie for a looooooong time! xoxoxo

  14. You goofy girl! I have been doing color and patterns for years and it does work! Glad you are with the program now, LOL. Looks wonderful and a real bargain!
    Now go buy those boards and leave them outside until spring and they will be weathered like you want.

  15. Before I scrolled down, I was thinking, "That looks like a Hammedan prayer rug." But, I guess it's a Sarouk. Either way, it will last forever and they are impervious to cat claws! ~ Maureen

  16. Un très beau mariage ... Nul doute que votre tapis a pris sa place dans votre environnement et votre coeur.
    Très merveilleuses photos.
    Gros bisous à vous

  17. Uhhhhhhh.... how wonderful is that...omg, what a find! It's just amazing. So much patina, if you can say that about a rug. And, i agree, it would look so good to put some old raggedy beat up fabulous wood on top of the table. It's so cool to me how all those colors not only really work together, but just totally create the best feel to the room... wow!


  18. Your rug is beautiful!!!! Your whole room is gorgeous!!

  19. romantic prairie-ish sounds divine, laurie. such a lovely mix you have in the living room and a warm addition for fall with the rug.

    i will be unplugged and in paris on saturday! ooh lala!


  20. I loved the colour of your roses to start with but I just love the rug! The colours are so rich and, you're right, all of a sudden the colours that have been muted in cushions etc up until now, want in on the act and start showing their colours! Joan

  21. That rug is so beautiful. I am in love with your throw. This is such an awesome post. I would love it if you would share this post at our WIW linky party. Hope you can join us. :-)


  22. What a beautiful old rug. I love the contrast with the white in your room.


  23. Your rug is beautiful, Laurie. I love the red touch in your room. I really love these old rugs and have one very similar in my bathroom. I think they fit in so well with too with a big old Victorian house like mine. My dream is to get a really big one for my living room. I bought a couple wannabe's at Lowes!

  24. Hi Laurie... oooh, your rug is so beautiful!... I love how it warms up your room and makes it look sooo cozy in there!... I have to have color... I use alot of the colors of Nature in our home... I really do not have anything all white, except for some of my accessories... love the romantic prairie style look too... ours has always been a farmhouse style, but they are basically the same... rustic mixed with sweet delicate linens and such... you have such a way with decorating!... and I am going to start buying myself roses every week too!... your photos are gorgeous!... much love, xoxo Julie Marie

  25. Dier Laurie!!!I have no words - it is a fairy tale ! ! I love your style - is such a clean, bright and heavenly ! Also, I want some such in the living room carpet, but so far I could not get it , so hopefully I sometimes dream will come true as you! Wonderful photo- It fills me with joy and beauty!
    Have a nice day:-) Vicky

  26. Your home is so inviting, so beautiful, I love the roses and whites and just the whole thing. SO wonderful.

  27. A perfect way to warm a room up for winter, love the splash of color. Laura

  28. Nice!! It really 'grounds' the room, with all your pretty whites!! No pun intended! I'm your newest follower!! Have a lovely day! ~ Deanna

  29. I have always admired rugs like this! The colors and patterns in this one are especially lovely.

  30. Laurie,
    Oh, what a beautiful rug, dear friend! I adore how it brings out the complimentary hues within your living room!!! Enjoy this weather...for cooler temps are just days away!

  31. What a lovely and cozy room you've created, and the rug is the perfect addition to anchor it all--and warm you in the coooooolllldddd of winter! Smart addition! :) Thanks for visiting me and commenting! ~Zuni

  32. The little bits of pink and purple really seem to give it extra oomph and that picks up your flower colors so well. Nice idea to add that over your other rug. The layers really add a fullness to the room.

  33. The rug looks beautiful and the colors work wonderfully together. Your house is the one I wish I could live in, I adore your style and feel so peaceful just looking at your photos. You do a phenomenal job with both decorating and photographing.

  34. Oh, how pretty and cozy! I'm still coveting that paisley print and now that ruffled throw too! Hope you have a good weekend, Laurie :)

  35. Oh what a pretty blog and your pictures are lovely :) Your rug looks fantastic and cozy to walk on. I am now your follower and I eagerly look forward to your future posts. Have a wonderful weekend!

    Blessings to you,

  36. Oh I love the rich colours of the rug and it adds just the right amount of accent in with all the lovely whites...very cosy...have a happy autumn weekend...Gail x

  37. Love the rug and the room Laurie~! I love the turquoise in the design the most~wonderful color.

  38. Beautiful rug! It certainly warms up your already wonderful room!

  39. Very pretty Laurie, and it's a nice pop of color against the white!

  40. Laurie, the rug is perfect. I especially love the pop of turquoise! The mixture of the pink and purple roses give the room so much charm. I was loving the throw over your chair. I see the link. Thinking it's your sis's. I'm hoping over to see. Would love to have one! Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.

  41. Soooo pretty, Sis!! The room is so warm, and cozy for the coming months.
    All the pillows, and throws, and now the warmth of the rug...perfection.
    I can see you curled up on the chaise with a book this winter, enjoying the peace, and serenity of your lovely room.
    Love to you.

  42. Hi Laurie, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm, and I’m visiting from the Clever Chicks blog hop.

    Wow, I'm a first-time visiter here, what beautiful pictures! Love the rug, love the roses, love the room!

    Anyway, it’s nice to “meet” you! Hope you can pop by my blog sometime to say hi…

  43. I'm loving it too! My toes are pretending they're there right now. :)

    Thank you for linking up at the Wildly Original party.
    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

  44. Looks perfect, Laurie - I am so glad you found this wonderful rug - adds perfect impact to this room! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  45. O my Laurie, your rugs are sooooooo beautiful and really tie the look all together seamlessly! Your livingroom is so easy on the eyes and so cozy!!! I just want to jump right through the computer and SNUGGLE..... I also can't help but swoon over your RA wooden rosary and pillow slps, LOVE !!! Your so lucky to have found those rugs because I've been trying to hunt those down myself. No luck yet with ones I LOVE or the prices... Anyway, lovely post sweetie and stay warm and cozy,( toes too ).
    Hugs~ Steph

  46. That rug is absolutely gorgeous! I've been looking for one just like it! Great photos as well :)

  47. What a fun pop of color in the room!

  48. Oh, yes! That rug is awesome! Thank you for joining me at HSH!

  49. Thank you so much for sharing this inspirational post on Simple & Sweet Fridays.


  50. What a warm, inviting room. You have such a talent for creating cozy!
    Thank you for linking up with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you'll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  51. I love this mix, it is so pretty! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  52. Gorgeous colors and such a great addition for fall and winter!


  53. such a gorgeous room- the rug totally makes it for me! LOVE it!

  54. The rug really pops in your room! I hope it and your toes are very happy together ;-)

  55. I love seeing how your style has evolved just since I first found your blog not that long ago. You are making me crave some Boho here too! xoxo


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