The Friday Five :: Favorite Flat Woven Rugs

This week, I'm highlighting a few of my favorite flat woven rugs. These beauties are indispensable in the beach house world, handily standing up to sandy foot traffic all the while keeping their casual good looks intact. Typically, I think of stripes or solids, which lend them a decided "beach house" feel, but I'm also sharing a long-time favorite that steps up to the plate when you need a more traditional or slightly formal style. Other than the durability that the tight weave provides, I also LOVE the fact that most of them are reversible. This not only doubles the life of the rug, but also can save your toucas in the event your bestie spills a little red after dinner and you have your mother-in-law coming over for brunch the next day. So let's get to it:

Wool-Blend Stripe

Nags Head Flat Woven

Though this may look like a sisal, it's actually woven from a blend of wool, polyester & nylon not only making it much softer, but also more stain resistant than a true natural material would be. This style is available in sizes up to 8X11' and in another colorway, but I really like this two-tone natural version because it mimics a natural so well.

Wool Stripe

Cape Cod Flat Woven

These flat wovens from Jaipur are my all-time go-to favorites and with good reason. This navy version with a thin, off-white stripe is so versatile. Great on its own, it also works well when layering. The 100% wool is super durable and easy to clean. This particular style is available in several colors and sizes up to 12X15! Best of all, these are in-stock and ship out in less than two days.

Cotton Stripe

Birmingham Cotton Flat Woven

Dash and Albert cotton flat wovens are the epitome of coastal cool. While not as easy to keep clean, they are comfy under foot and give a space an easy, breezy feeling. Dash has tons of stripes, but we think this black & white version is just a little edgy and would be beautiful paired with a natural or reclaimed pine table. That combo is so good!

Indoor-Outdoor

Elizabeth Green Flat Woven

If you follow me regularly, then you know that navy blue is my first love. What you may not know is that my second love may very well be this acid green/yellow {see logo, wink wink}. While the color is what caught my eye first, the construction of the rug sealed the deal. It's like seeing a handsome guy and then realize he's also a volunteer with Doctors Without Borders. This rug looks and feels just like wool, but is made of 100% PET (read up about that here).  Not only are you giving Mother Earth a little love, but it's outdoor friendly. When it needs a refresh, just vacuum, lightly brush with fresh or soapy water, or spray with a hose. Doesn't get much easier than that.

Classic Poser

Kolos Jaimak Flat Woven

Though this baby may look like a classic oriental, it's actually a ninja reversible flat woven that is not only perfect for your dining room at home, but lovely in your coastal home when you want to step things up a bit. I used a similar version in my friend Jessica's home - which is their full-time residence, just at the beach. It's held up for years and she has two lively little boys that put any rug to the test.

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Everything I need to know, I learned from Martha Stewart (well almost...)

This past Saturday, as I was doing all the Saturday type things, I caught a couple of Martha Stewart episodes on PBS. I haven't watched these in quite a while, but I am clearly still a fan. Though she may be cooking updated recipes and the kitchen set is new, her voice and teaching style still draw me in. It's a funny thing because just a while back, I was talking with a friend about how when I was in my early twenties, I basically learned to run a household from Martha Stewart Living television shows, magazines and books. My mother, who passed just a few years ago, wasn't a housekeeper at all, bless her heart. She cooked basic southern food - breaded & fried everything and veggies simmered down in bacon drippings. I was never required to make my bed. I never had dish night. I never really had chores...though I saw that the kids on TV did and I always secretly wished someone would make me take out the garbage. When I'd visit my grandmother, which was often, she'd ask me to help dust & vacuum and I loved it! She would also let me help her cook and bake. Those times are the absolute favorites of my childhood. Her house was neat, orderly and nicely pulled together. So technically, she was my first influence on housekeeping.

 

But I can honestly say that when it was time to set up my first home, it was good ole Martha who I connected with and taught me the specific techniques. I don't know how many of you remember the show, but she covered every topic possible from her sprawling farm in Connecticut. Turkey Hill, built in the 1800's, was restored over time and reminded me of the beautiful Antebellum homes in the historic district of my hometown, Apalachicola, FL. From her kitchen, she taught me to make my own pie crust, quiche, roasted chicken and what a caper was. I learned that you really should cook with real butter (unsalted please!) instead of Parkay and why. I learned how to bake complicated recipes and later wow everyone at Christmas with a perfectly decorated buche de noel complete with chocolate bark and a variety of tiny marzipan fruits.

From her simply, but tastefully decorated bedrooms, she taught me how to properly make a bed, the best way to fold a fitted sheet and the important difference between feather, down & down alternative comforters & pillows. From her neatly organized linen closet, she taught me the smartest way to fold towels, hand towels & washcloths so that they laid in neat rows that didn't tip and made the most of a typical depth shelf. From her workshop, I learned to strip, sand and repaint any number of furniture pieces.

When the holidays came around, I learned the art of coordinating my wrapping paper and using real, fabric ribbon to create beautiful handmade bows instead of the shiny pre-formed & stapled versions that came in a bag. Heck...I learned what grosgrain ribbon was. I spent a portion of each Saturday learning how to force branches and create gorgeous dishes of narcissus nestled in vintage porcelain dishes (which she also taught me how to collect).

 

Her distinctive decorating style influenced me deeply. She is known for using solid colors inspired by nature. When she uses a print, it's usually a classic motif. Her dishes were always solid, leading me to at some point abandon my (very mid-90's) hand painted sunflower set for all white, which I still love today. I was never a fan of a "themed" decor (think apples, geese, cabbage roses) and she reinforced that instinct with her timeless sophistication.

I remember at the time hearing others' snarky comments about her too high standards and how none of us could ever aspire to be "perfect like Martha". But I just shook it off and happily bought another book. Now obviously, I have never attained Martha Stewart's level of expertise or organization around the home, but the lessons I learned from her were invaluable and I still pride myself on my fitted sheet folding proficiency and the fact that I can boil a perfect egg sans the icky green layer.

Thanks Martha! xoxo

...these are SO Martha Stewart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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