Ruggables

 

We love rugs – they are an essential part of all home décor.  We often tell our clients to start with the rug when designing a room as they provide the foundation upon which furniture and the rest of the room sit.  Their aesthetic appeal can be truly amazing.  While rugs do come in many styles, price points, and materials, they all may be difficult to maintain.  Ruggables may be a very stylish and affordable solution for people on a budget and for families with young children or pets.

Jeneva Bell, the founder of Ruggables, tells the story of how her dog ruined her new, very expensive rug.  She, along with her team of industry experts, came up with this innovative two -piece rug system. With one removable rug cover and one cushioned non-slip pad, this technology makes it possible for area rugs to be washed as easily and frequently as bedding.

Connie Chen from Business Insider tried out a Ruggable rug in her own apartment, and she found that the system was as easy to assemble and to maintain as was touted on the Ruggables site. Take a look at their website to see all of the sizes and styles that are available.  Just a few of the many designs are traditional Persian ones, contemporary geometric patterns, nautical and coastal designs, and fun patterns for kid’s rooms and playrooms.  These area rugs and runners can be purchased at many online sites or stores such as Wayfair, Amazon, Home Depot, and Target.  We have not seen these in person yet, but we are planning to check them out for ourselves soon.

Photo Credits:

   Noor Rug in Ruby, one of the traditional designs – www.ruggables.com

   This rug system is put together easily – www.businessinsider.com

   Ruggable in a child’s room – www.akronohiomoms.com

Encaustic Tiles

 

We have recently been working on a bathroom remodel project and have become enamored with encaustic tiles we have seen. Encaustic tiles have been around since medieval times when they were made with two or more colors of clay inlaid together to create a pattern which is beautiful, colorful, and timeless. According to Tile-Magazine.com “this art form reached its peak in the mid-1800’s when Minton’s Ltd. began to supply them for walls and floors in churches, public buildings, and grand palaces.” Nowadays, these tiles are made with cement rather than clay. Yet, the process remains basically the same – instead of being painted with a pattern, the color and pattern in encaustic tiles are literally baked in.  Each tile is made by hand using a special frame resembling an intricate cookie-cutter. Layers of pigmented cement are then poured into the various sections of the mold.

We love the extra flourish these aesthetically pleasing tiles can add to any space.  Whether they are used for a kitchen backsplash, an entry way, or a bathroom floor, encaustic tiles are a great way to show off your personality and style. Our design advice, though, is to make sure that the style of your house works with the pattern you love.  There are so many patterns to choose from – graphic and contemporary styles, Moroccan-inspired patterns, and traditional Victorian to name just a few.

While authentic handmade encaustic tiles can be very expensive, there are many glazed porcelain and ceramic tiles that mimic the look yet are much more modestly priced.  We will post a new blog when the bathroom is complete – look for the encaustic tile in the post.

Photo Credits:

Photo of colorful encaustic flooring installed in the U.S. Capitol – www.wikipedia.com

This is an intricately patterned mold for making encaustic tiles – from Lynne Byrne’s Design Dictionary at www.decorartsnow.com

Kitchen backsplash in Kyra II Terrazzo from www.cementtileshop.com - this handmade tile is priced at $8.60 for each 8” square.

Revival Memory 8” square tiles by Merola can be found at Home Depot for $1.98 each.