My design deal of the week; or month, or year!

I love old, worn and faded carpets. To me they evoke history that tells a million stories. When the trend of vintage rugs became popular a few years ago, I was of course, in my glory! A vintage style area rug can cost anywhere from $1500 to $6000 (estimated for a 6×9 size, depending on fibre content, knots per square inch and overall strength condition). Here’s a close-up of the rug that just arrived at my house:


I recently ordered this blue, maroon and brown area rug online for my living room. It had the worn look that I love and gives a casual but luxurious vibe to my livingroom. Now, to find some pillows and a lux throw in matching colours! Of course there will be an updated blog (with a design lesson) on how to choose accessory colours coming soon… :)


A worn rug is a great option for busy households with children and pets. The aged look only gets better looking with daily abuse. This one is 100% wool and will last another lifetime.


So, what why was this rug a Design Deal, you ask? I purchased it online for $200. Yup, comparible rugs sell in fine carpet shops for 10-20 times more. Go to Thats where I found this fabulous rug- they have thousands to choose from. The rug was delivered to my door for free (it arrived within 3 days of ordering) and I have the option of returning it for free if I decide it does not work (but I love it)! Note: this rug sells on their site for $575 (still a fabulous bargain compared to $2500) and was on a 3-day blowout sale at an additional 70% off. eCarpetGallery often has ‘blow-outs’ on certain style of rugs and sends email alerts to let their customers know. Take a visit; I guarantee you will fall in love with one of the thousands of rugs displayed online… you will thank me later!

May all your Design Deals come true! KL



((note: this blog was unsolicited from


Your Design Dilemmas Get Answered

I often get people asking me for decor and design advice. Over the years I have answered thousands of questions for the readers of Style At Home, Homemakers, Canadian Living, House Beautiful, Metro News to name a few. I love getting/reading decor questions as it keeps me abreast of the decorating issues people are having. This most recent question has been asked many, many times over tha past few years. Many people would love the idea of ‘opening up’  the main floor of their home but just wouldn’t know how to choose finishes or decorate the newly opened space; I’ve got a few things to keep in mind before knocking down walls.

Soupehe.comQ: Is open concept the way to go for a kitchen and living room?
A: Choosing an open concept kitchen/living space is a great option for young families (where parents are in kitchen and children are in living space), folks who entertain in a big way (since most parties end up in the kitchen) or for those who want to make a small home layout feel more spacious. A few considerations before you take down the walls and open up your main floor space:
1. Your kitchen’s esthetic should be the same as your living space. For example, if you have a very traditional living/dining area, then the newly opened kitchen should have cabinetry, counters that mimic a traditional feeling too.
2. There should be a clear divider between the kitchen and living space.. An island, half-wall, table/chairs should be used as a barrier to the kitchen. This helps to visually keep the fun and games of the family room out of the work area in the kitchen.
3. Flooring should visually flow from one area to another without jarring the eye. For example, if you have medium wood toned flooring in your living space, then a matching medium-toned brown-toned tile would be a great durable option for the kitchen. An area rug under the table will help define that specific area and add some colour/pattern into the space.
4. Window treatments, hardware metal tones and wall colours should also blend from one area to another in an open-concept home. Keeping common elements similar will help create a visual flow, making each area of the open-concept space co-ordinate.

5. Paint colours need to be used at minimum in an open-concept space. Use no more than 3 colours; one should be an overall neutral; the other two should be used to highlight a focal wall within varied areas around the open space.

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Do you have a decor question? I’d love to answer it in a future blog post! Send a note along with 1 or two pictures of your space and who knows; you might just be on your way to a more beautiful looking home!

Style, Under-foot! My Secret Rug Source

I found, a Montreal-based online carpet retailer about 3 years ago. They are known to have some of the most on-trend carpets at the best retail prices. Because they have no retail store expenses, the prices always remain the cheapest in the industry; and they offer free shipping (FedEx within 2-3 days) on most sales within Canada and to the United States. I found this rug on their site today and was amazed, that for a vintage-dyed 5′ x 7′ rug, the cost was only $250. I am not ordering it (I have QUITE the inventory of favorite rugs from them- too many infact!) so if you like this one the code number is 182826. Happy rug shopping- and don’t forget to like this page– (this is not a paid endorsement). Cheers!

5x7 $275 182826

Here’s a detail of the rug. The wool top is shaved down to create a worn and aged effect. Although only a 5’x 7′ size, it would be look fabulous layered on top of a larger sisal or seagrass carpet. And… at seven feet long, would be lovely hung on the wall as a headboard. So pretty!