Layered Rugs

I’ve been on the hunt recently for a new rug and I noticed that a few photos have really caught my eye with one thing in common: layering multiple rugs over one another.

emily henderson layered rugs in joanna goddard living room

Stylist Emily Henderson explains “the other rug was added/layered to give the boys more of a designated play area (and to engage that corner) – it’s plush and VERY kid friendly. You could hide blood, playdough and all sorts of bodily liquids in that bad boy and not be able to see it.”

I love our ivory shag rug from Home Depot (it was such a deal at $120 for an 8×10 that I seriously couldn’t not get it) because it was neutral enough to ground the room but the walkway between the sofa and the coffee table is seriously worn down from foot traffic and it looks dirty.  Gross.  So, I’m wondering if I could get a smaller rug and layer it on top?  But then I wonder if a rug layered on top of a shag rug would look funny. Seems it may need to be the other way around.  Hmmm…

I don’t know that I’d go as overboard as they did with so many different rugs but I do love the look of the recycled sari silk rug.

cb2 layered rugs

Do you like the look of layered rugs?  Have a rug you want to rave about and recommend?  Here are more that I love. 


P.S. Mumbles is back on his “we need a recliner” kick so I need to find a stylish one, quick.  I love the look of navy paired with the caramel brown leather like in the photo above – complements the grey sofa (which we have) perfectly!  Maybe I could reupholster Jane in a navy velvet or something…


Chair Affair

Following all the recent home furnishing store events lately (see here and here), I’ve become even more obsessed with accent chairs.  Here are some of my favorites:
Sedwick Recliner from west elm:  Mumbles often talks of wanting a recliner and my mind always conjures images of big, frumpy ones with boney wood construction, worn-down cushions and buttons popping off (not to mention the matching remote control holder slung over one arm…or an elastic magazine pocket on the side. Woof.). But, I think I’ve found the perfect compromise in this sophisticated recliner.

Sedgwick Recliner via west elm

Mrs. Mercado and I couldn’t take our eyes off of this beauty while waiting in line at the West Elm Grand Opening event.  We both loved the clean lines and neutral colors but worry a bit about any furniture with a major amount of white. (I like red wine. A lot.)

Everett Striped Chair from west elm

Strandmon Chair from Ikea — I don’t necessarily have room for this in my living room and I don’t have a library room that I envision this in, but that doesn’t keep me from getting excited about the debut of this re-issue based on a classic Ikea Chair.  Check out the video on the chair’s story:

These lively lemon yellow Tabouret Chairs from are a huge steal at $300 for a set of four.  They have other colors, too, including the traditional industrial look of metal, vibrant red, and a clean, modern white. Plus, they stack to save space! I love the yellow ones as a pop of color in our patio area.

Tabouret Lemon Metal Stacking Chairs from

On the much less practical end, I think this chair from CB2 is so whimsical and I love it — perhaps because I can picture it in our spare bedroom (if there was room!).

Club Chair with Piping from CB2

Target makes the list with a lot of affordable varieties from upholstered chairs to club chairs.  We have the Avington Armless Slipper Chair in this festive print, which works well because our living room is a mash up of a lot of these colors.  Sometimes, though, I wish for something a little bit more refined like a leather club chair.  This set of two bonded leather club chairs is more affordable than one chair at most retailers if you’re looking for a value option.

Avington Armless Slipper Chair – Whimsical from

Nolan Bonded Leather Club Chair from Target

For these and other seating pinspiration, check out my “You May Be Seated” board on Pinterest.

(images via the credited website retailers)