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Layer, People, Layer!

Layer, People, Layer!


Hi, readers!  Long time no talk, my friends!

I’ve been thinking a lot about layered rugs these days.

Like this!

cowhide example


I’m basically telling nearly every client these days to layer, and I often show them the picture above to try to illustrate how it might look.

But why??   Well, layering instantly takes your room up a notch.  AND it makes a room feel more dressed up and more cozy, all at once.

Here’s my attempt in my own living room.  You can see a faux zebra leg sticking out.

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Cowhide (or a faux zebra) layered over sea grass is my favorite look these days.

This is a great example:

bleecker chairs



Very beachy girly!  I LOVE it!





bleecker chairs 2



 Nice, neutral living room.   Wouldn’t you just feel like a total adult if you owned this living room?

neutral living room




This is Lauren Liess‘ old master bedroom.  Fresh and light and au naturel. 

lauren liess bedroom


I’ve had some people feel squirmy about cowhide / faux zebra rugs though, and I totally get that.

A nice shag rug (sometimes also known as a Flokati) can be a great alternative.

Like this:

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Or this:

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And hello!  This is a fine example of a patterned flatweave rug with a shag layered over it.  Not everything has to be sea grass.


You may already know that I’m officially nutso over Beni Ourain Moroccan rugs.

Awesome example below:



There’s also the whole Morrocan rug, patchwork Boho thing going on right now:  

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But I think my personal style might be a little more buttoned up:

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  • Carolyn Mackesy

    April 22, 2016 at 12:42 PM Reply

    I have just purchased a cream color 7×11 shag area rug. My sectional is navy blue and accent chair is different shades of blue and grays. Three walls are painted light gray and one wall deep navy. I love the look but feel like I could layer another rug over top of the shag for some more tecture? I thought maybe a cowhide? Any other suggestions? Room is small. Could you send some potential pics?

    • Lorri Dyner

      May 23, 2016 at 9:51 AM Reply

      Sounds like a beautiful room! YES I totally recommend a cowhide. See if you can get a pure ivory colored one, or oatmeal colored. Adds texture but not a ton of color.

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