Lying at your feet, it seems to be an optical illusion. Comforting naked soles with its 100% pure wool touch, the Arraiolo carpets by Ervilha Criativa showcase an inspiring display of two defining features of the Portuguese culture – the Arraiolo technique and world renowned Portuguese tiles. Contouring a welcoming Portuguese influence, the wool rug took shape under the creative hands of designers André Valério and Sílvia Duarte. Handmade using this intriguing stitching technique, the rugs measure 51.96 x 40.15 inches (1320 mm x 1020 mm), so they’re large enough to become a focal point in the room, but small enough to avoid overwhelming the surrounding decor. Displaying a playful combination of colors, each rug will give the impression of climbing tall and skinny blocks or stumpy volumes, depending on your view point. As explained by the designers , “the Arraiolos rug technique is a form of cross-stitch that completely covers the linen foundation“, creating a carefully defined set of stitches shaping a uniform design.
We now turn to top design bloggers such as Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, who has decorated her kitchen shelving with an array of pastel dishware. Don’t be afraid to mix function and style when it comes to your decorative shelves. Put useful items on display, but arrange them artfully. If the shelving is purely decorative, choose pieces carefully. Be selective, as this gives your shelves a curated, artful look, as shown by this DIY hoop shelf from A Beautiful Mess.
Vega Architecture’s design for the Busch Home in Lakewood, CO is a wonderful example of how a sunken living room can still maintain a sleek, modern look. By keeping the depth of the pit fairly shallow and using furniture with clean, wooden lines, the space still feels light and airy. A pop of warm, lighter colored carpeting also creates a nice texture change when paired with the harder but more durable tile used on the higher level. When Amber Flooring installed their engineered prefinished square edge Stilnovo-Afrormosia planks throughout the Los Gatos home, they didn’t forget the living area’s conversation pit. Now the space is lined with the warm material, making it the perfect spot to curl up around the fireplace.