Rug & Home Says Congratulations, McKinney Design!

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The entire Rug & Home organization would like to congratulate McKinney Design on taking home Second Prize in the 2014 Southern Christmas Show’s interior design contest!

 Rug & Home has maintained a close and productive relationship with the Interior Design Society of Charlotte over the JG4years. We often loan members of IDS Charlotte furniture, rugs and accessories directly from our showroom floor, which they can then use to design lovely rooms for industry and charity shows. Ruth McKinney of McKinney Design has placed first or second at every show in which she’s participated – always designed exclusively with pieces from Rug & Home.

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We couldn’t be more proud of Ruth and her latest triumph or more grateful to her for including our products in her beautiful rooms. Congratulations to McKinney Design, and best of luck to Ruth and all other IDS Charlotte members at the 2015 Southern Spring Show!

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New Arrivals in Kannapolis!

Here is a peek at some new inventory at our Kannapolis showroom!

milton table

This beautiful round dining table seats eight!  This is a must have for formal or informal spring and summer entertaining!

elyse settee

This gorgeuos tufted settee is exactly what is missing from your casually elegant sitting room!

caracole

This pair of unique wing chairs truly embody Scandinavian style with the element of the wood detail across the outback finished in Danish Oiled Cherry. The cover resembles faux mohair in a winter white hue. Its gracefully sloped arms and soft round back embrace you for cozy comfort.

white summer hill dining

New dining chairs and table that seats up to six will fit perfectly into any casual dining space and is perfect for family style meals.

 

Dining Rooms Trends

classic diningAccording to traditionalists, a dining room must have a formal matching dining room set, preferably wooden. In a traditional home, these rooms are used only for special occasions or the occasional gathering, much like the good china and silverware. To complete the traditional setting, add lace doilies, a crystal chandelier, and an oversized Oriental rug. Keep the children out, wrap it all up in plastic, and you get the picture: it’s a room that’s rarely used.

Modern homeowners, however, want to use the dining room for everyday use. Fortunately, furniture and decorating trends have moved in the same direction, bringing the once little-used room back into the mainstream of daily living.

The first change is one that has been happening for years. Trends continue to make the dining wood & metal diningroom less formal and more livable. Take off the plastic wrap and break out the everyday dishes. Here are some other trends.

Dining Room Tables

The recycling craze has influenced the design of newest dining room tables. Furniture made of recycled wood has become commonplace. Chopping blocks, no longer relegated to the kitchen, have begun appearing in dining room furniture.

Moreover, an industrial look is replacing the shabby chic trends of yesterday. Thick, recycled, roughhewn wood paired with a silver or gunmetal base and legs have become accepted into the mainstream.

paula diningThe industrial look is inviting for a number of reasons. Homeowners at Rug & Home love the sturdiness of the wood and metal furniture. Not only is it trendy, but it’s practical. These dining tables ably set the stage for a meal and then serve as the worktable for the kids’ homework or latest school project.

Plus, these tables will last. They often weigh more than a small car.

Dining Room Chairs

Traditionally, a dining room set requires a matching set of six or eight chairs, whether the dining mismatched diningtable is used daily or just for special occasions. The latest trend, though, encourages mismatched chairs, creating a much more informal appearance that decorators and homeowners alike love.

Have you ever gone shopping for dining rooms chairs and found a half dozen that you loved, but felt driven to choose one and order seven more to match? Now you can buy one of each. You can mix colors, fabrics, and styles. Place a traditional Queen Ann chair beside an industrial gunmetal seat. Set a few chairs around the table with seat cushions beside plain wooden seats.

If you want something really different, good news: the bench is back. Benches have become an integral part of the communal dining spirit that’s transforming eating areas around the country. Benches can be made of recycled wood and matched with similar chairs, or they can stand on their own, covered in leather in complete contrast to your ladder-back chairs. Alternatively, go with two benches and two side chairs.

Regardless what you choose, remember that dining rooms are now considered informal places to eat every day. Make your dining room a comfortable extension of the rest of your home.

The Best Size for Your Dining Room Rug

Leave room to pull out the chairs when you lay a rug under your dining table.

What’s the rule for the size of a new rug? Too large and it may it seem as if you’re trying to hide the floor. Too small and it may seem as if you’re trying to hide a stain. Choosing an appropriate rug size is not an exact science, but it’s not complete guesswork, either.

While you may be able to get away with non-traditional choices in other rooms, it’s best to follow the general rules of decorating when it comes to your dining room rug. Here are a few guidelines to help you make a smart design statement in your dining room:

  • When your dining room table sits on a wood floor, a rug underneath can save your floors from unsightly scratches made by pulling chairs in and out. A rug also protects your floors from spills.
  • A rug can muffle the noise in the room, easing conversation.
  • Aesthetically, a dining room rug provides a frame for the table, adding to the overall décor of the room. You can even place a rug over carpeting to bring style into your eating space.

Make sure the rug is sufficiently big enough. While your table size and space limitations may actually dictate the size of the rug your dining room can accommodate, here are a few rules of thumb to remember when making your purchase:

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Have Enough Seating for your Guests this Year with These Simple Solutions!

You face the same challenge every year: making sure you have enough chairs around the dining table for all of your many family and guests through the holidays.  There are some easy ways to ensure you do this year!  We offer simple solutions like adding accent chairs to your living room that can be brought to the table, placing a bench in your dining room for extra eating space away from the table, great round dining table options that make it easier to accommodate more chairs, dining tables with butterfly leaves that are make expanding the dining table much easier, and long and skinny dining tables that allow for more chairs in a narrower space.  See our ideas demonstrated visually below.

Solution #1: Add Decorative Accent Chairs to Your Living or Dining Room

A simple and cost-effective way to expand the available seating at the dining table is by investing in accent chairs.  These can be placed in your living room year-round or, if your dining room is large enough and has a bay window, they can be placed in front of the window for great seat with a view throughout the year, and can then be pulled up to the table when you have more company.  Everything from more ornate varieties to fully upholstered parsons chairs give you a range of options to choose from to find what matches your décor and style.

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