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Scandinavian Home Decor

porcelian light catcher bowl by Hanne Bertelsen

Original woven and ceramic treasures for your home.

When we were about to be married, Mr. Shops and I visited my parents who were living near the Pennsylvania Amish.  Never one to pass up a good shop-while-traveling opportunity, our purchases included hand sewn quilts, delicious hard pretzels and colorful rag rugs.  Mother-daughter duo designer Susan Serra and Kelly Serra Donovan travel much farther — to Scandinavian countries — seeking beautiful and original works of art for others to enjoy in their homes.  Among the select artisanal wares are handwoven rugs and distinctive ceramics.  These heavy duty rugs are made by tightly weaving strips of cloth recycled from clothes, bedding, curtains and whatever else is no longer in good original shape, but too good to trash. … Continue Reading


Modern Designer Rugs

Lavaliere chain link pattern rug by Giles Deacon for The Rug Company

Oversized graphic pattern in rugs is guaranteed to enliven any space.

British fashion designer Giles Deacon is known for his witty, yet glamorous, runway wearables.  Equally playful are his contemporary designs for The Rug Company.  The offbeat metal theme of the rugs is quite a contrast to the luxurious wool and silk threads used in their making.  Deacon was inspired by common materials, and with a twist, they become edgy floor coverings.  The Sentinel [above] and Lavaliere [below] are Nepalese rugs of Tibetan silk and wool.

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Citrus Color Twists

orange home decorating accessories pillows and rugs

Breathe life into an old space with a punch of color.

Decorating inspiration can come from a variety of sources; a favorite painting, a souvenir purchased on vacation or a well-worn quilt….but I never expected to find inspiration for a design post in a bag of M&Ms.  The complementary candy colors of saturated orange and lime green are sure to raise energy levels.  Don’t be afraid of vibrant colors.  Use sparingly by adding clean line furnishings, patterned pillows, a throw and a few unique items.  Incorporating a twist of color has never been so easy.

(Source: piecesinc.com) Revised post originally published August 12, 2009… Continue Reading

Bird Motif Decor

custom toss pillows with Aviary pattern by Thomas Paul

This pattern is referred to as Robin, Hummingbird and Aviary – no matter, this contemporary motif is a hit.

Native NYC designer Thomas Paul is well on his way to meeting his ultimate goal – having products that cover every aspect of the home grace his patterns.  One of his popular designs adorn the objects featured here, and more.  How fun it would be to sit around a table in the chairs above, each upholstered in a  different color.

Velocity Art and Design carries a variety of thomaspaul items bearing the much loved birds.  The powder and cream Robin rug is hand tufted 100% New Zealand wool. … Continue Reading


Eco-Friendly Geometric Rugs

eco-friendly plastic Gunnel blue rug from Brita Sweden

Floor coverings with contemporary patterns and vibrant colors for active households.

If you are in the market for a sturdy (but attractive) rug or runner, today is your lucky day! Plastic foil and polyester are woven into organic floor coverings by Brita Sweden. They are perfect for high traffic areas, food spaces, wet places and anyplace children roam. Built to last and virtually maintenance free, spills wipe up easily. They are even machine washable – a parent’s or pet owner’s dream.

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Contemporary Handwoven Rugs

contemporary handwoven rugs and runners by Claudia MIlls Studio

Traditional weaving techniques are interpreted in modern style floor coverings.

I was first introduced to handwoven rugs three decades ago when my parents were living near the Pennsylvania Amish country.  Mr Shops and I purchased several rag rugs for our first home.  Three children and numerous pets later, they were still going strong.  With our first grandchild on the way, I was delighted to run across veteran weaver Claudia Mills’ floor coverings online.

Working from her Powelton Village (Philadelphia) studio, Claudia has taken the traditional craft of rag rug weaving and added her own contemporary aesthetic.  Custom rugs and runners are made from cotton or leather on wooden looms. … Continue Reading