{Breakfast Room} Laying Down the Rug

Hello, hello…and Happy Tuesday! I hope all of you had a great weekend. We had a relaxing time, soaking up the sunshine and breaking in our new favorite table. We also got the first thing crossed off the short and sassy Breakfast Room List.

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I had been toying with the idea of a sisal rug, but with the bar chairs and fig tree basket, I worried the room would start to look like a natural fibers convention. Then I fell in love with Megan’s Dash & Albert striped rug, but worried about the thin weave tripping us up on such a high-traffic area.

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Then the glorious and dreaded email from West Elm arrived, with 15% off all rugs, and I was powerless against the alluring link. The Ikat Links Rug sang to me, and I am smitten with how she looks in this room! The new wall color is the exact shade of icy gray I wanted. But while it’s great in the Kitchen, the Breakfast Room translates it a little too blue. The charcoal in this rug tones that down, I think, and coordinates with the gray walls in the adjoining Den.

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It’s super cushy underfoot and doesn’t flip up or slide around (even without a rug-pad). A scrunched up rug drives me bonkers, and I certainly don’t need more triggers. The pattern is contemporary, without looking trendy, and the colors are subtle and neutral. I could seriously put it in any room in my house.

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It’s crazy how simply adding a rug helps to define the space and give the room it’s own weight. Wow, that window looks really naked now! Here’s a refresher of the room with no rug…

And After…

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And one more Before…

 And After….Better, yes?

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That was an easy enough project, since all I had to do was pull out my credit card and bat my eyes at Mr. Sugarplum to swing by the store. But it counts, and I get to mark it off The List! Did you get anything crossed off your list this weekend?

* Add drapes, hang them high and wide to really showcase the window
* Add rug to define the space and bring more color
* Finish painting the chairs
* Do something to the Fig basket so it’s not so matchy with the bar chairs
* Consider amping up the drum shade
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