area rug area rules…

Ever wondered about the rules for placement of area rugs? Apparently, I’ve been breaking ALL the rules ALL these years. I finally got so fed up three years ago that I ditched the rug under my coffee table and haven’t replaced it since (bad girl).

I’m really impressed by the new line of area rugs by Style At Home magazine…yes…the magazine! I haven’t seen them “live”, so I have no idea about the quality, but for $190, you can get this rug (other styles/sizes) for 8’x11′. Not bad.

photo courtesy Style At Home Magazine

As for the rug placement rules…Style At Home’s got that covered too. Christine Hanlon recommends the following rules in the May 2011 issue.

* An area rug should always extend under all of the key furniture pieces. It’s best not to have a large section of empty rug extend beyond where the furniture ends; ideally, the rug should only extend one to two feet beyond the furniture–ensure that this is consistent on all sides.

* A dining room rug should be large enough that when chairs are pulled out from the table they are still on the rug–usually one-and-a-half to two feet of extra space beyond the table on all sides.

* If you’re placing two rugs in adjacent rooms, there should be a proportionate amount of space between them since each defines its own distinct area, with graphic patterns, the designs could be the same or well-selected companions (for example, reverse colourways of the same pattern).

magazine affair…

I’m having an affair with my Style At Home magazine. Is that wrong?

I’m especially infatuated with the May issue all about color. On page 474, there’s a pictorial Before & After on furniture paint treatments that I’m swooning over. The trend spotting on page 40 is all about my favorite color: turquoise–what’s not to love? My favorite section is always the High versus Low, and this month’s, on pages 58 and 59, is a particularly fetching combination of bright corals and florals. I even love the double-page Benjamin Moore advertisement featuring celebrity designers!

I can’t show you the May issue’s photos, but I can show you April’s. So here is a look into one of Canada’s fabulous shelter magazines, my beloved Style At Home.

HIGH

photo courtesy Style at Home magazine

courtesy Style At Home magazine

versus LOW

courtesy Style At Home magazine

courtesy Style At Home magazine

instant glamour…

Don’t get me wrong…I don’t drink a lot, but I love a great cocktail. They’re so elegant, so sophistimicated. Put a cocktail in my hand and I instantly channel Audrey Hepburn…some might say Carrot Top. There’s something so “grown-up” about a cocktail cart in the living room or on the patio. Even if it’s temporary for a get together with friends, a tray with drinks, great glasses and garnishes is such a classy touch.

This article appears in Lonny Magazine‘s February online issue. If you haven’t seen Lonny, it’s a fantastic e-magazine.

photo courtesy of Lonny Magazine

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