After purchasing the Souk Rug from West Elm in gray (which you can see in this post), I though all my problems would be solved. The rug was dark, so dirt from Kevin's paws wouldn't show up, and it was a shag rug, so Kev could "dig" at it - which he's started to do lately - without destroying the pile too much. But over the time, the color - when combined with my dark gray walls and curtains - proved to be too drab, and the whole room seemed a bit oppressive, heavy, and lifeless. So the much beloved IKEA Stockholm striped rug came to the rescue! I actually owned this rug several years ago in my old condo, but then sold it on Craigslist when the white stripes started to get too dingy from Kevin's paws. Hopefully I can do a better job of keeping it clean this time. Plus, at $299 for an 8' x 11', it's a total steal.
Anyway, I LOVE the room with the rug now. It adds so much life - in the way that only a good stripe can do - and really brings together the living room with the striped bathroom. I'm so happy with the decision, and every time I come downstairs, I feel so happy to look at the pretty space! Here are some pics:
I'm also really loving the two lamps behind the couch: they were a Home Goods find a few months ago, and originally came with Edison bulbs, but since I have so many of those in my house already, I replaced them with these sweet gold tipped bulbs that I found on Amazon. I love the look:
Thanks for reading, and have a great day!!!!!