Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Roll Out The Carpet

For as long as I can remember I've been in love with pony hair items.  Shoes, rugs, upholstered furniture - you name it and I'm a goner.  Four or five years ago Natuzzi made a chair that caused my heart to flutter.  I was visiting a friend in Canada who ran an interior design business, and while waiting for her happened upon said chair in brown and white. The rest is a blur.  I came to with her standing in front of me snapping her fingers.  It was bliss.  And of course that same chair was nowhere to be found in the Western United States (believe me I was calling Natuzzi like a woman desperate for her last shot at love), and there was no way I was spending something like $500 + duty just to ship it from Canada. Uh, no.  Instead I soothed my wounds with a pair of slippers in the exact same print.  Sure I couldn't sit on them, but it softened the blow.  At least for my feet.

That being said, I have never forgotten that chair - nor have I ever seen any of its brothers or sisters - which in some small way relieves me.  Instead of pining endlessly for it, I carried on triumphantly viewing its rug cousins all around LA.  The more I saw the rugs in cow, pony and zebra print - the happier it made me.  Perhaps it was all those years growing up on the farm *insert smile here*.  I never bought one of the rugs - and then recently I heard someone say they were, like, yesterday even though the Zoe has them everywhere.  A light in my heart kinda went out, but I still kept on loving them anyway. I was never big on following the rules much. hehe

Cut to this past weekend when the Chef moved out of his apartment and temporarily "gifted" me with one or two of his choicest items.

 Enter the zebra print rug.  Welcome home fine lass.
The dream is alive!!

Please bear in mind I am no interior designer and didn't even fluff the cushions
on the couch *cringe* , but let's be serious...how awesome is that rug? 
It has breathed new life into this room!!
He's given me use of the acrylic table, too - and let me assure you I totally
lived vicariously through his wallet and had him purchase both items.
His brother calls it his "bachelor" rug.  What does that mean?

Can I just say I'm a little freaked out putting my living room on a bit of display?  There are so many amazing design blogs and talented blogger ladies who decorate their homes and share, so please go easy on me.

This is more about dreams and giving "bachelor" rugs new homes and cleaning acrylic tables to shine like new so they can carefully display one's precious Taschen book collection in a kinda fancy manner.  It's the simple things I tell ya!

Are any of you loving/living with hide rugs right along with me?  And as importantly - girls we made it!  It's Tuesday!!

96 comments:

Collette Osuna said...

I love the rug..its GORGEOUS...Id take it, even if its temporary:)

You go girl!

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annelise said...

Animal print is awesome, I love it. When it's done properly, there isn't much that can beat it and this room, this rug, is done properly. Score!

Bren said...

Ok first of all, the rug and acrylic table are both amazing, of course because you picked them out! Secondly, you have nothing to be freaked out about! This is real life, and with the addition of your new gifted items, I think your place looks awesome! I hope Chef decides that you should keep them forever. ;)

xoxo,
Bren @ Chasing Beauty

Laura said...

That rug is amazing! I've just moved home and really need a rug to brighten the place up. I didn't think about animal print but this looks really good.

Laura xx

Debby said...

The rug makes the whole room pop just like your animal print shoes made your outfit pop yesterday! How cool is the Chef? Giving you the rug you have been eyeing!! (and he cooks... I tell you... next time around.. my man will cook)! lol xo

Diana Mieczan said...

I truly love that rug...and makes the room looks so cool:)
You so should keep it...I love your place:)
Kisses,sweetie
Have a great Tuesday

The Perpetrator said...

it's beautiful!!! im jealous!

Coté Provence said...

love the rug. A friend has one in her living room and looks fabulous! if only dear husband will let me have one ... Beautiful home!

xo

Katie said...

That's not a bachelor rug. It's not making me cry like Jared's bachelor apartments used to so... yeah. There you go. I'm loving it, and I would like one!

jemina said...

The rug is beautiful darling, truly amazing!!!, xoxo, J

Café Bellini said...

Hey, I think your living room looks fab! I'd love to have white sofas - but maybe in fifteen years time when our kid's moved out!

Susan said...

I'm crazy about the rug. I would love to have one myself. The table is totally working for me too :)
cheers
Susan

Stacey said...

You know i love because i also have a zebra rug in my living room and the acrylic table is styling! XX

LyddieGal said...

I would imagine that anything with the label "bachelor" is meant to infer that no woman would want to have it around.
Which would make it a very inappropriate term.

The rug and table are very cool pieces, and I know how it is to fall for something and never want to give it up.

Closet Fashionista said...

What a cool rug!!! The room looks great :)
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shari @ little blue deer said...

I LOVE it! Seriously, it looks awesome, very chic. You should be proud, I totally agree, a zebra rug will zhush up any interior, I'm also down with white flokati. Gorgeous! XX!

KatiePerk said...

JEALOUS. Love it!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Are you kidding! Those pieces are tdf! And your living room looks great, too!

Cara said...

Carrie- I LOVE your living room, the rug adds just the right touch...

Lisa Griffin said...

love love love the rug! and what's wrong with your living room? it's so crisp and that rug really punches it up!
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Fashion Meets Food said...

that rug is gorgeous I absolutely love it! And I really want your clear table!!!! Your living room is beautiful!

xo

Anna Jane said...

hahaha it's definitely not a bachelor rug--i think that would be a bearskin rug. anyway, it looks awesome and i love it with your clear coffee table - it's the perfect combo!

xx a j

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

i LOVE cowhide!!!! - i want that for under my dining room table!!! .. and acrylic tables YES!!!

PS - another GIVE-AWAY going on tomorrow!

*kiss kiss*
Erika
~Tiptoe Butterfly~

alli/hooray said...

I love layering rugs...so cozy!

Victoria said...

I think these items look great in your home with all the cream furniture and such, but I can see how some one could get it compleley wrong so well done, it looks very chic and stylish! xxx

Emily Jane said...

WOW... your living room looks fantastic with that rug! I'm adoring the table, too - I really need to get a coffee table; right now I'm using this sort of ottoman thing which is leather and padded all over, and though it looks nice, it's totally impractical because you can't put a glass on it without it falling over :)

Aimee said...

Oh my gosh I ADORE that freaking rug! It pulls the entire room together, I think, and looks fab!

Nikki said...

Ummm, amazing. That rug was made for your living room!
I really love all your neutrals with touches of black. It looks perfectly polished!

xx
Nikki

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

Wow that is one amazing rug!!!! I don't pay much attention to rules either (as you've probably noticed from my blog). I even bought a mini skirt yesterday. I break the rules THAT much.

So does the Chef expect the rug back??? Because I think it looks very happy right where it is.

carriebloomy said...

I love rugs so much. I have rug or carpet in every room. In my opinion they give unique style of the home. Awesome animal print rugs :)
Best Regards,
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heather yalin said...

i love the acrylic table and your new (use of the) bachelor rug! AWEsomeness!

Annie said...

Love it!! And love the look of your living room!
HAPPY TUESDAY! xo

Nicoline said...

I love your blog! and I hope you will visit or follow mine:)
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Jessica said...

girlfriend your place looks fabulous! i love the rug with the white couch and chair... perfection!

DiamondsandTulle said...

I have no idea why you're worried.. your living room looks sooo cool, chic, and inviting! The rug and the tables - so sophisticated! I can imagine lots of fun gatherings and hanging out around that rug and tables.

xx Vivian @ diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

Krystal said...

Carrie...you COULD sit on your slippers...I mean, why not?
Your rug looks fun, I would surely enter your house, see it and be jealous!

Marcela said...

You livingroom looks wonderful! I love the rug and the colours, absolutely my taste.
Thanks for the tips btw, Im gonna give my bun a second chance ;-))

Have a beautiful day!

xxx
Marce
Times Like Mine

Ashley said...

Gorgeous! I love any kind of bold print like that. And I've been eying up a coffee table like that, since the one I have right now is falling apart. Ikea's finest.

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

I LOVE it!!! I've always wanted a hide rug and am trying to convince J to let me get one when we finally get around to redecorating our living room. Our September project has quickly turned into our January project so I have a few months to work on it :)

Oh and btw, I think your living room is just lovely! xoxo

Allergic to Vanilla said...

LOVING your rug and your blog..haha! New reader!

alas, we have made it Tuesday, Wednesday can't get here fast enough.

xo
AllergicToVanilla.com

Daniela said...

I love it!!! Love the clear coffee table too - where is it from? I think it opens up the living space more.

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Leia said...

Your new rug (and table, and the rest of your living room) = awesome! Seriously girl, you may not be a professional interior decorator but this room looks really good :)

Leia

Audrey Allure said...

Just stumbled onto your lovely blog! :)

Beautiful rug!

Melis said...

yeah the coat is so perfect and vintage-y and has the fur element for fall. :) follow me please!

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The Kissters said...

just read your "about me" and i JUST started a gluten free diet about a week ago-- already feeling better! if you have any tips or suggestions please throw them my way-- btw, love your blog-- so inspirational!

Marie a la Mode said...

I love the rug! As long as it's faux ; ) My boyfriend wants a sheep skin rug in our house but I told him it can't be real and if it is he has to put it in the basement. I'm an Animal Lover as you know ; )

And I want your living room please. You decorated it so nicely! I'd like to see more of your home!

Daisy said...

that's it, officially jealous of your amazing living room. the two new items need to stay put!

la petite coquine said...

That rug is heaven. As is the acrylic table, and the rest of your divine living room. Have no fear, your space is so stylish!

bananas. said...

i absolutely A-DORE that rug!!! i've been wanting one of those forever now but i just don't see it working in my home at this time.

your place looks awesome though! love the whole look!!! way to go!

Mo Pie, Please said...

I know the feeling that you're experiencing but your living room is awesome! Don't let the insecurities of it get you down because what we think doesn't even matter because it's YOUR home, right? I do like it though, how lucky that the chef gifted you with such good finds!

love jenny xoxo said...

I totally know how you feel about comparing yourself with other bloggers when it comes to interiors - so much talent out there it's intimating - but no worries you have plenty of style!

So you must be allergic to aspirin too? what about ibuprofen? So scary!

XOXO

Valerie said...

First of all, your living room looks awesome Carrie. That coffee table is amazing! Where can I get one of those?? Our Ikea fake wood coffee table isn't nearly as chic. Secondly, the zebra rug MUST STAY PUT, it has found its home. I love all things zebra and all furry rugs (I'm on board with your theory about the farm) and this is one of a kind. I love how huge it is! And yes, we made it through Monday! YAY for that! Hope the rest of the week is painless and the weekend comes soon.

xo
Valerie

Ms. Emily Ann said...

That rug was meant for your living room!! It looks fantastic, and I am loving the white couches and clear coffee table, you most definitely can decorate!! Long live the animal print ~ amazing!!

ARA said...

gorgeous carpet.xx

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christine, just bella said...

That rug is sexy! Can a rug be sexy? Haha.

Alicia said...

i'm dying to own a zebra rug one day! i guess i need my very own apartment / house first in order to decorate as i please.

Ashleigh said...

Whaooo for zebra rugs! I just pulled ours (a printed Urban Outfitters version) out this weekend. That acrylic table is pretty flippin' rad too.
"Lived vicariously through his wallet" - I heart that.

Style Activist said...

I will take this rug, yes please! I am seriously obsessed with animal prints right now. I feel like a kid in a candy store staring at this one.
Lovely.

XOXO,
style activist
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dennicapearl said...

i ADORE the rug!


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Natalie said...

I love it! It looks amazing.

hip hip gin gin said...

That rug is fantastic!!! I think you should try to make the temporary gift permanent, it looks fabulous in your room.

Jess said...

Hahahah - I think your place looks great! I don't have any hide rugs, but I do have a zebra-print chair that I adore. My husband even likes it - which surprised me!

I'm jealous of your rug though - sounds like the Chef has great taste ;)

Young at Heart said...

yes......the rug definately rocks!!

Marissa said...

Yes - I've been wanting one of these rugs so badly, but it's hard to find an affordable version! Your living room looks fantastic!

xo Marissa
(The Well-Appointed Catwalk)

Venus In Virgo said...

Gorgeous! XOXO

Taj Acosta said...

Are you kidding me that rug is amaazzing! I've been looking for one like that forever! Just gorgeous and your room is just fine!! xo

Style, She Wrote said...

Love the zebra rug! Looks fantastic.

FortyNotOut said...

Gorgeous rug although trying to ignore the bachelor bit! And we have the exact same table.. bought over here in a store called John Lewis. We choose it because of the rounded corners when Small Child was learning to walk - invaluable! x

OneCraftyFox said...

The rug is pure awesomesauce, and your sofas look so comfy!!

As a kid I loved anything with ponies on it, and those little Scottish doggies :)

S.I.F. said...

Oh it's beautiful! And it ties the whole room together so perfectly!!

MarchMusings said...

It transforms the room beautifully. Have fun even if it's there for a short while only.

jennine said...

that looks great! i hope that he forgets he loaned it to you! it looks perfect in your home!

Josie said...

Girl, I'm LOVING that rug! So fab and it looks great with the rest of your living room!
xo Josie
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Bella @Bellgetsreal said...

Your living room is so crisp and the rug just pops and adds that little somethin somethin... i really want your side table and the table decorations.

A.Co said...

That rug is SICK!! It's like, 'FINALLY!' - sooo awesome.

A.Co @ A.Co est. 1984

PS - I think your living room looks great... from what we can see!!

style'n said...

Oh I love the whole room, the couch, that amazing coffee table,and the rug! it all works so well together. Are you an interior designer by day?
naina

Travels in Heels said...

That rugs is beautiful and I love the table...both are very chic!

xo,
Sara

kelli g. { bug miscellany } said...

gosh, i think it looks fabulous! i love that table too.

i think you've done a smashing job. ;)

kendall k. said...

yes, rug is AWESOME!

Style Attic said...

I've got the longhorn hide kickin in my entry...I've been wanting, needing, pining after a zebra one for my master or guest room! Lucky!! The looks, the clothes, and now you have the rug :) XO, Kelly

this free bird said...

AHAHAHAHA Kelly!!

styleforlife said...

OMG, you are so hilarious. I love this post. I am also glad you got your wish this time and now you can enjoy this divine rug.
Bliss has come to you. lol.
xxxxxx Emily

Breakfast At Toast said...

The rug looks FABULOUS!!!!

And for the record, I am certain the sequined skirt did not look like a sack on you ;)

Alison said...

This rug is great! Such a fun statement. Lovely blog!

<3 Alison
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Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

I don't like the word temporary unless it has rash in the same sentence.

It's yours- tell Chef I say so.

Nikki said...

OH it is amazing! Especially with that lucite coffee table. Not an interior designer my eye!

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

LOVE this rug!

Poppies and Sunshine said...

I think the rug is fabulous! Your living room looks great! Love the whole look. A coffee table like that is perfect in that space so you can enjoy the rug!

Miles Of Style said...

awesome! nothing like an animal print rug to jazz up a room! im loving yours!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Ooh I love that ring - the print is so fun!

Shebelle said...

Oh please, I love your carpet! But what also bothers me is the shipping cost which is ridiculously more expensive than what I'm buying lol.
Makes it very hard for online experience somehow. I'm figuring out way to minimize shipping cost though.
xx

corksandcaftans said...

MAGIC. need the clear table, too.

I'm tempted to go the shearling rug route, but you know what happens to cats when you bring those damn things into the house... suckle mania.

She Wore It Well said...

olivia palermo had a run like THAT in her walk in her old apparent.. think i blogged about it! let me look for a link!!

Johanna said...

Lookin' good! Super chic~

Jessica said...

With a rug like that, I don't think I'd ever leave my living room. Seriously. All outfit photos would be of me strewn across that rug. (Probably better for everyone if I don't own one ... )

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