Making a House Your Home: Redecorating Tips

If you’ve been in the same place for years, redecorating can do wonders for your psyche and your soul. It’s not just about the change; it’s about making the place more your own. What follows, then, are some simple tips and tricks for making a house into your home.

image from homeplans.com

image from homeplans.com

Take it one at a time. Don’t feel like you have to remodel or redecorate the entire house to make it your own. If time or money is tight, concentrate on one room at a time.

Change the color scheme. Color has power. Select one color to be the focus in each room and then use highlights and accents in a similar hue to add contrast. Too much color can be distracting.

Eliminate clutter. You may be surprised how much a cleaner space can clear up your attitude. It literally lightens your mental load. While you’re at it, create pathways so you don’t have to worry when moving from room to room. Continue reading

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Lessons of the Season: Finding the Perfect Gift

Rug and Home has an array of items to choose from.  Any of these fun finds would make great gifts!Shopping for children is relatively easy. Find a plush toy or the latest game, and you’ll get the wide smile and excited hug you were expecting. Shopping for adults, however, can be a challenge. How many striped ties, golf clubs, or jogging pants does Dad really need? How many gallons of perfume, buckets of lotion, or leather gloves does Mom really need? Is that combination fingernail clipper-letter opener really the best you could do?Bright yellow birdcages make for a fun, whimsical gift.

And what about the adult children in your circle whose electronic gadgets change monthly? Buy them a new phone or music player, and it will be obsolete by the time New Year’s Day rolls around. Forget it if you want to buy them something that will make a lasting impression.Gifts can get stale. Finding the right one can be almost impossible in this day and age. Do you go to a store? Do you shop online? Do you browse a catalog? Remember when department stores had everything you could possibly want?

The best advice we got this year was to think outside the gift box. Instead of clothes that may not fit, consider an exotic, over-the-top, or creative home accessory for a different kind of present. Unlike a vacuum cleaner or toaster, a kitschy home accent piece is both personal and practical. Find a fun framed print you know they’d like or a set of throw pillows with a Warhol print in different (but matching) colors.

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finding the perfect gift image3Lamps are another great gift idea. They aren’t just for practical lighting anymore. There are so many new sleek, colorful, whimsical, and ornate lamps on the shelves that there’s a lamp for every kind of taste. Get Dad a new floor lamp to set beside his reading chair. Give Mom a set of lamps with silk shades for her sitting room. Grab a mismatched pair of art deco lamps for your young adult’s new living room.

Of course, you can always splurge on a new recliner, especially if you know the old one has seen better days. If you want to make the chair a surprise, bring the recipient’s measurements to the store when you shop so the salesperson can help you find just the right recliner to support his or her frame.

Whatever you buy, make sure it complements the person’s current theme. You’re always safe with brown leather and wood, which matches most every kind of space, but don’t be afraid to take chances. The better you know someone, the more outrageous you can safely venture. Just remember: you want your gift to be appreciated, not taken as a hint that they should change the entire room.

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Home furnishing gifts don’t have to be obvious either. Rug & Home stocks unusual items such as the latest collection of recycled wood benches, ottomans that turn into video game seats, or solid wood, hand-painted boxes that can hold all the other same-old, same-old gifts they got for Christmas this year. Your thoughtfulness will surprise them.

Our Lamp Guide

Authentic antler horn lamps give your mountain home a rustic, natural feel.

A lamp is one of those home accessories that serve a dual purpose in a room. It delivers necessary lighting in a strategic location while its design provides your space with an added attraction. Your lamps — like your rugs, wall color, furniture, and pictures — make a statement about your style and creativity. Don’t pass up on a chance to really make your room pop with personality. Seek out lamps that combine both flair and function. It’s not difficult if you follow a few simple guidelines.

Before you begin the search for the perfect lamp, answer a few simple questions:

  • What do you do in the room?
  • How important is the light?
  • Do you want atmosphere or visibility?
  • Is there a spot you want to highlight?

Armed with your answers, you should be able to narrow down the functional aspect of your next purchase. For example, if you’re primarily entertaining in the room, you need a lamp that can shine mood-altering ambient light as well as all-inclusive brightness to accommodate your guests. A room mainly devoted to reading requires directional lighting toward your favorite reading chair. In your office or den, you don’t want lights glaring directly on your computer screen or television set. A special painting or a corner filled with hand-blown glass deserves its own set of lights.

Once you’ve developed a plan for the lighting you need, choose the type of lamp that’s most appropriate. Here are several tips:

  • Floor lamps are ideal for highlighting your favorite art or for showing off the general design of the room. Floor lamps also increase the amount of table space you have.
  • Task lamps work best to illuminate workspaces on desks.
  • Table lamps give you an opportunity to add color and design to your décor.
  • Accent lamps can bring together your decorating theme.
  • In addition, lampshades can change the level of lighting in a room. Opaque shades are best for directing light while transparent shades brighten the whole room.

The style and design you choose should follow your general theme in the room. For example, in a den lined with dark paneling and mounted animal heads, set nature-inspired lamps such as the lamps made of antler horns carried by Rug & Home. A sitting room surrounded by windows may best be suited for a lamp made of tree branches. A replica of an oil lamp ideally complements a bedroom with a four-poster bed.

One final word on lamps: they don’t have to match. The days when matching lamps were required as bookends to a sofa are thankfully gone. An eclectic mix of lamps makes a room much more interesting and allows you to indulge in various pieces. So go ahead and place that turquoise art décor lamp on one side table and the squat multi-colored glass beaded lamp that you fell in love with while on vacation on the opposite end of your couch.

How to Spiff Up Your Kid’s Dorm Room

Indulge your college student with a rug and down pillows in colorful and cheery colors.

After spending a fortune on tuition, books, and clothes, you may not feel inclined to indulge your college student with lavish dorm furnishings. At the same time, the drab confines of a college dorm can have a detrimental effect on your child’s mood and study habits. Spiffing up a tiny space that’s often no bigger than your walk-in closet at home can be challenging and fun — and it doesn’t have to break your budget.

Start with the floor. A brightly colored area rug can define the space and set the tone for the entire room. Rug&Home carries a wide range of inexpensive shag rugs in a wide range of colors and styles that will be a joy to step onto each morning while redirecting the eye away from the other, less desirable aspects of the space — like its size.

The first thing you see when you enter a room is its floor; the twin beds and cramped desk space seem more pleasant when set against a

Rugs with teen-style and a reasonable price point make it easy to add color and design to a dorm room.

charmingly creative canvas. Go with a 5×8-foot rug to fill the small space in the center of the room or cover the entire floor with a room-size rug that lies under the beds and desks.

You may be stuck with an odd-sized space that won’t accommodate a standard 8×10 or 10×13-foot rug. If that’s the case, you can pick up several smaller area rugs you can set side-by-side in the room. Contemporary patterns (such as bright florals) can blend easily with each other while completely covering the entire space. Tack them to the floor with duct tape to keep them in place.

Once you’ve landed on a color scheme for the floor, use available wall space to add personality to the room. Aim a full-length wall mirror at a focal point in the room to give the impression of increased depth. If there’s a decent view from a window, for example, place the mirror on the opposite wall to bring additional sunshine into the space. While mirrors are an ideal way to make a room look larger, make sure you leave room for favorite posters, quotes, and soothing artwork.

To help your student study into the night, don’t forget to supply some extra lighting. Floor lamps and wall sconces take up less space in the cramped room and can usually be angled to improve the atmosphere and provide the best line-of-sight. We don’t recommend cluttering up valuable tabletop space with desk lamps. Additional lighting, placed strategically behind an open bookcase or wall unit, can dramatically increase the appearance of space in the room.

Finally, give special attention to bedding so that your student feels comfortable while living in a home away from home. We recommend accoutrements that serve double duty. Feather down comforters and luxurious pillows provide a cozy sleeping experience so your student is well rested each day. A soft, welcoming bed may be most appreciated as a haven from the stressful world of exams, homework, and social commitments.

Truly One-of-a-Kind Gifts for the More Discerning Ladies on Your List

If you struggle to come up with a new gift idea for your girlfriend, wife, best lady friend, sister, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, aunt, or any other female in your life, then this blog’s for you!  Our designers have picked out some of their favorite items, to give and to receive.  These gifts will make you look like spent days researching and hours selecting the perfect item for that special lady – it’s an almost guaranteed way to close out the year with some extra brownie points!

Unique Gift Idea #1: Not-So-Ordinary Vases

Every woman can use another vase, but with these, it will seem like so much more – it will seem like a work of art!  Frosted glass, etched ridges, and multi-colored glass add style and sophistication to these vases that will look great with or without any flowers (although, hand delivered with the flowers is a sure-to-win-her-over touch that we HIGHLY recommend!).  Plus, there are dozens more to choose from, so you’re sure to find one that fits her taste and personality to a tee.

Large Blossom Vase $58

Small Round Vase $32

Callie Vase $48

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Easy and Inexpensive (All Items Under $299) Ways to Get Your Home Holiday-Ready!

The holidays are just around the corner and, as your eye scans through your house, you start to enter into panic attack mode seeing the bare walls and floors, and colorless table tops.  There just doesn’t seem to be enough time or money in your decorating budget to get your house holiday-ready before the guests and *gasp* your MOI (mother-in-law) arrives!  We are here to tell you that, fortunately, that’s not true!  We have some easy and very inexpensive ways to fill-in all of those spots that seem like empty holes in your home.

Solution #1: Add Florals and Greenery to Tabletops to Brighten Up the Place

The easiest way to add a sense of cheeriness to any room is by bringing in plants to brighten up the space.  However, live versions require maintenance between watering and picking off dead leaves, but life-like florals and greenery are the perfect alternative!  We have a large selection of extremely reasonably priced arrangements (the ones below are under $150!) that will bring joy to your home through the holidays and all year round.

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