10.21.2014

Rugs in the Kitchen

Have any thoughts on rugs in the kitchen?

Modern Craftsman Galley
The House Diaries

Galley kitchens. There's a lot to be said for galley kitchens. Small, compact, easy to keep clean. They positively scream for runners. 


Boho Galley 
Tommy Chambers Interiors

Then there's the traditional route.

Country Graphic with Modern Stainless Steel Farmhouse Sink
Colette van den Thillart via TraditionalHome

A colorful eclectic look.

Frida Kahlo and Herman Miller celebrate Chinese New Year 
Right. Not a kitchen but I'm sure this is the eat-in end of a kitchen.
 AnthologyMagazine


Understated
This subdued tone on tone antique look would be unforgiving given our style of cooking.
Not saying anyone in our house is messy, just enthusiastic.
Traditional Home


Into the Woods Kitchen
Children's Hospital Showhouse
Pazyrk Design Rug from Landry and Arcari
Barring a spilt pot of red sauce, this rug is very forgiving.


In general I'm a big fan of rugs just about anywhere but when it comes to kitchen work zones, I worry. But as most of these examples bear out, lots of pattern and color will hide lots of normal kitchen mishaps.

I am at the beginning of the end of my kitchen project (see a teaser in this post). Next week the new hardwood floors will be finished and there's a nice space just begging for a rug.

Do you have a rug in the work or traffic areas of your kitchen? And if so, how is it working out? And if you don't, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this weighty subject anyway. Our kitchen floor is tile, with pretty wide grout lines, and no rug. As of yet.

Thanks for reading,
Linda Pakravan

10.08.2014

More From Boston Design Market 2014

This is my last post on Boston Design Market 2014.

What did I come away with? Blue is still strong. Yellow is emerging. Re-emerging.

"Channels", a Kelly Wearstler print for groundWORKS from Lee Jofa

"Channels," Kelly Wearstler's bold print on the chairs, reminds me of Christopher Kane's dress that was so hot last year.

From Amid Privilege's Pinterest Board. You should read Lisa's blog.


The sofa in another groundWORKS fabric, Sunbleached Indigo, with yellow velvet and jewel toned satin pillows.



More blue. Oliver Blumgart's graphic fabrics and wallpapers. 

"Drill" in Nantucket Blue from Oliver Blumgart

All of Mr. Blumgart's hand crafted designs are taken from his watercolor paintings and completely customizable. Designs can be scaled up or down, in any color, and then hand screened on fabrics or digitally printed on wallpaper.

On close inspection, "Drill" the design above, has a vintage 60's optic feel. MC Escher-esque.

However, it takes on a totally traditional look upholstered on this slipper chair.

Cotton "Drill" in Nantucket Blue on chair. Behind the chair, "Drill" printed on pink silk.

Stephanie Odegard's statement rug, Charlotte Batik in Denim.

Dramatic. 
Think of the fun you'll have as your guests sip a cocktail and you give them a Rorschach test.

A closer look at one of Stephanie's globe lanterns.

A sunflower gathers the sinuous lattice of this silver finish globe. I love this finish.


On a serious note, Stephanie Odegard is a founding board member of GoodWeave, a carpet industry foundation. GoodWeave's certification is the only independent program that inspects all links in the supply chain to insure that carpets are made child labor free. There are over 250,000 children, as young as 5 (no, I did not miss a digit, that's 5 years old as in 'should be in kindergarten') in South Asian carpet factories weaving rugs for American consumers. Intended for us.

Next time you shop for a hand made carpet or rug, online or in-real-life, check for the GoodWeave Certification label.

The soul of a rug lies in the freedom of the weaver. 
No one should walk on a carpet made by a child slave.
Read more about GoodWeave.


The last day of Market held a pleasant surprise in the lobby of the Design Center. New England Home announced the 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees with a festive do. The New England Design Hall of Fame recognizes and "honors individuals who have had especially significant careers in residential design in New England"* The inductees are interior designers, architects and landscape architects whose work and community involvement place them at the "pinnacle of their profession."

Congratulations to this exemplary group!
*from New England Home magazine
l-r, Christina Oliver, Susan Stacy, Dinyar Wadia, Rosemary Porto, Tref LaFleche and Douglas Dick


Optimistic yellow showed up for this fete in florals, the nibbles, the bubbly, all a pleasant juxtaposition to the new and controversial black and white floor.



In truth, I arrived a few minutes ahead of time, purely by accident. Ten minutes later and it would have been too crowded to take these pictures and you'd be reading a much shorter post.

Pretty sure these are yellow Gloriosa Lilies.

A+ for innovation on these graceful wire vase holders. 

A close up of the colorful bread sticks.

I sampled a yellow.


The servers were polite and very pleasant! I asked if I could take their picture. As soon as my lens cap was back on the gentleman on the left handed me a glass. With a smile. How can you not love Boston?

Blue and White have been a couple for eternity, long before we hauled ourselves out of the ocean and started hunting. Truth, integrity, loyalty, that's blue. White is innocence, goodness, trust. The combination is a touchstone in our culture for all that is clean, pure, beautiful. Godly, if you will.

Blue and Yellow? This duo is more recent. Been together since we started farming, a short 12,000 years, give or take a century.

Yellow and blue is the junction and sustaining result of earth and sky. Where sunflowers bask in hot sun and brilliant blue. The rolling hills of golden wheat fields ebb and flow in the wind under North Dakota's endless sky. (I've been there, that is exactly what it looks like).

Enough of that. Blue and yellow is simply, a happy combo. Happiness.

It was the late 90's when I personally hung this yellow and blue Thibaut toile in my dining room. Looks like a Smithsonian vignette on life in the last century. Way past the time for a change.

The wallpaper is so old it is discontinued but Thibaut makes tons of other options.
I'm sure the old fabrics are discontinued too.
Peonies, still in production, from my garden.

I still like yellow with blue but I'm ready for a new look. The carpet stays. It's a vintage Kashan, made long before GoodWeave. Any thoughts? Just blue and white?

This table and chairs was my first big furniture project back in the day.
We found them at a garage sale and refinished the set.

What do you think? Does blue and yellow conjure Provence? A happy day at the beach? Is it too homey for you?

In the end, the perfect color pairing is the one you love.

Thanks for reading,
Linda Pakravan

here's a post on Cobalt