Fall Refresh: 10 Ways To Add Texture To Your Living Room

Fall Refresh: 10 Ways To Add Texture To Your Living Room #decor
Photo: New Darlings

September is a transitional time of year… the kids are going back to school, the weather is getting cooler and the landscape is changing. Which means that it's a great opportunity to give your living room a refresh too. One of the best ways to do this is by adding texture – so take a cue from Scandinavian decor and add some beautiful layered texture to your space this fall.   


Fall Refresh: 10 Ways To Add Texture To Your Living Room #decor
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How to: Make a DIY Typographic Rug

created at: 07/26/2012
The perfect decor accessory for design lovers, this DIY rug spells out “type” in the fanciest of ways!    

Grab a utility knife and your favorite style of carpet tiles*, then head over to Jessica Hische’s blog to see how this graphic designer created a custom floor mat.

*The carpet tiles used in this project are Oatmeal Fedora by FLOR.

[via Apartment Therapy]

How To: Make a Stunning DIY Rug from Felt Scraps!

created at: 05/30/2012

This might be the most amazing DIY rug I’ve ever seen. Heck, it might be the most amazing rug period!   

created at: 05/30/2012

I can only imagine that this project is a labor of love, since each piece of scrap felt has to be individually wrapped and glued around (and around and around) itself. In fact, I’d probably hang this on the wall rather than walk on it! If you’d like to give this highly artistic and totally stunning DIY rug a go, check out Martha Stewart for the complete tutorial! Continue Reading

How To: Make a DIY Braided Chevron Rug!

created at: 02/08/2012

I love this DIY chevron rug for two reasons*: it combines the artistic and colorful effect of this gorgeous if not impractical rope rug with the ease and eco-friendliness of this recycled rag rug.  It’s the best of both worlds, people!   


Brittany Jepsen, who writes one of my favorite blogs The House That Lars Built, recently created this super awesome braided rug — and you can, too!  You’ll need about ten strips of fabric, each three yards long and about 8-10 inches wide.   Continue Reading

How To: Make a DIY Circular Rug from Carpet Tiles!

created at: 01/02/2012

Carpet tiles have been around for a while now, but there’s always been one limitation: they’re square!  If you love the idea of utilizing this flexible floor covering in your home but want a playful dot instead of the standard square, you’re in luck.  Check out how to make your own circular carpet tile rug below!   

Tyler Goodro, one of our favorite bloggers and modern DIY guru, recently put together this tutorial for cutting a round rug from carpet tiles.   Continue Reading

Make It: A Stunning DIY Rope Rug!

created at: 08/29/2011

From 3D maze rugs to eco-friendly bathmats to room-sized chevron rugs, we’ve shared quite a few DIY flooring projects here on Curbly.  But this rope and pompom rug definitely takes the cake when it comes to originality and, well, straight up pizazz!  

created at: 08/29/2011

The original rug pictured was created as part of a window display for clothing brand Free People, but after heeding cries from fans and patrons, they decided to share a tutorial for making your own.   Continue Reading

Roundup: 25 Modern Rugs Under $200

created at: 04/03/2011

I’m a lover of all things modern with an absolute (and nearly uncontrollable) weakness for textiles.  So when I heard that April was modernism month here at Curbly, I knew a roundup of bold, drool-worthy rugs was certainly in order!  Of course, it would be easy to show you eye popping designs that go to the tune of $3k and up, but where’s the fun – or reality – in that?  Instead, I’ll show you 25 beautiful, budget-friendly rugs that’ll look great in any modern, contemporary, or transitional space for less than $200!   Continue Reading

How-To: Make An Eco-Friendly Bath Mat

created at: 03/29/2011

Perhaps in the whirlwind that is Spring Cleaning, you’ve encountered some towels that have seen better days.  Before you throw them away, consider repurposing them as an eco-chic bath mat!  

The style of this mat takes inspiration from rag rugs but, with the use of towels, is better suited for the bathroom.  I mean, what could be more absorbant than a billowing pile of towels beneath your feet?  Nothing.

This project is easy and only requires 2 materials: old towels and gridded matting (sometimes called anti-slip matting). Continue Reading

Tip of the Day: Use Outdoor Rugs Inside

We had an authentic oriental rug in our front entry for years. I couldn’t help but cringe  every time guests walked in the front door with snowy or wet shoes. Exhausted from policing the foot traffic, I broke down and bought a neutral 8 x 10 patio rug from Lowes for the front hall. The best idea ever!! Now, it’s time to take it up a notch.

Home Infatuation, sellers of all things beautifully outdoors and modern, got really smart by offering a HUGE selection of natural and man made rugs (in all colors, designs, and sizes) that can be used outdoors and indoors. Continue Reading

How To Recover a Chair In Three Minutes

created at: 04/08/2010

My new best Twitter friend, Karen from The Art of Doing Stuff, writes her witty blog about everything I love. It’s like I found my Canadian counterpart, only she has killer abs and  a TV show. I chuckled aloud as I read her blog and then, being a big fan of an easy chair re-do, my jaw dropped. She’s so much more clever than I am! My mom always said “the cream always rises”, and sure enough, her chair re-do pops up on

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