Southwestern Rugs

Our world is filled with cliches about homes. “There’s no place like home.” “Home is where the heart is.” Even the term “close to home” is how we tell the world that someone or something is very important to us. Anyone who has ever been into an empty apartment or house knows that a building is not a home. Home is made when you fill your space with the things that mean the most to you, which is why I choose to fill my room with southwestern rugs.

My grandma’s home is full of treasures. She has spent her life wandering the planet. Every inch of her walls is decorated with treasures from around the world. When I visit her, my favorite thing to do is get on my knees. Memories quickly flood into my mind. Every item that sparks a memory seems to rests two feet off the ground. For many years, these were the only items I could see. Right by the door is a painted wood statue of a Native American with his hand in the air. As a child, I always thought he was waving. I never miss an opportunity to wave back. Giant crystals, antiques, paintings, masks, and books. Each item carries a story. Patiently, my grandmother sits in her chair and tells me tales of trades made in faraway places. My grandmother’s life rests on her shelves.

Southwest Area Rugs Are A Decorating Godsend

I think of my Grandma when I fill my own home. Following in her shoes, I bring home pieces from my travels. While my collection is small compared to my Grandma’s, I treasure every piece. As an online student, my home environment plays a very important role in my life. Soothing colors and comfortable blankets keep me focused during long study sessions. The artwork adorning my walls reminds me of why my education is so important to me.  My trinkets from traveling give me something to look forward too when school is done. With such a busy schedule, I won’t be able to travel until I graduate so I’ve used decor to turn my home into an oasis.

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Design Utility

Home decor is an often overlooked aspect of the house, but it is of course important. I would categorize the importance of decor three ways: comfort, aesthetic, and utility. The first is a no-brainer; people want their home to be comfortable and inviting. Perhaps leather couches and thick carpet are what one person finds comfortable, whereas hardwood floors and soft couches are preferred by another. In this sense, and others, home decor is incredibly personal. People are often disgruntled by uncomfortable decor and furniture–perhaps it even pains their body.

Aesthetics also dictates how a person will decorate their home. Like comfort, aesthetically pleasing home decor will keep your living room or kitchen lively and representative of yourself. I friend of mine has a lot of cowboy-themed decor; some might say this is tacky, but she enjoys the theme and it reflects her jovial personality–she knows it’s silly and that’s why she likes it. Decor in this sense has much more use than just comfort alone.

Last, utility is a category of decor. Whereas couches are relaxing and comfortable, and paintings are aesthetically pleasing, decorators must ensure their decor is fitted to its purpose. This is to say that decor must be utilized in a proper way: The couch is made to be sat on and it sturdy as well as comfortable–and it’s aesthetically pleasing. The desk allows for mobility and doesn’t take up too much room; it is a dark natural wood, which is what I like in a desk’s looks. All three aspects are important when considering decor, and of course, there are endless other categories, personal to the person decorating. Where one person finds something comforting, aesthetically pleasing, and utilitous, another person may disagree. As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Since decor is so largely based on aesthetics, this becomes even truer.

I would say that in my life, decor matters greatly. I spend a lot of time in my bedroom, working at my desk. Whether I am finishing homework, reading a good book, playing guitar, playing video games, browsing the web, or anything else, I am using my desk. I’m faced towards a wall with a mirror on it, which makes me feel like the room is bigger than it really is and so I can engage with people behind me. My bookcase is near me and has my favorite books and authors, a globe, some photographs of my family, and more. My chair is comfortable and matches the rest of the room. Since I spend so much time at my desk, I like to make sure every aspect is comfortable. It’s also important that I enjoy looking around the room; I wouldn’t want to be disgruntled by poor decor aesthetic. The utility of my desk is superb: I can achieve everything I want here, expect cooking a meal. But once the meal is cooked, I’m able to bring it to my trusty desk! The most utilitous piece of furniture in the house.

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Home Design Elements

Decor has, throughout history, been used for not only aesthetic value but also as a sign. The signs vary in importance, from wealth to personal significance but all have had one single outlined purpose–for the advancement of our society. An example that highlights the importance of decor has been in the ancient Egyptian tombs of the Pharaohs. The decor was believed to be able to transfer with the pharaohs after their time of passing as well as have had the power to help guide them through the valley of death.

Decor has always been seen as a representation of a person’s style, wealth, personality, or taste. Society has subsequently taken tips from throughout history and modified it to fit its own needs. We use decor as a measure of aesthetic beauty and hold it to a higher standard. We subconsciously choose decorations that fit the images we hold for ourselves (e.g. golden thrones with the Pharaohs of Egypt). Some people prefer a homey feel in their decorations because it reminds them of what they love to be around–warmth and familiarity, while others enjoy a more categorical approach with a clean cut atmosphere.

These changes are all a part of what makes our society unique. “How is this?” You may ask. Well, our society is unique because it changes with what the people ask for. We are unique as a society because we are a variety of individuals with distinctive styles. We all find beauty in different things which allows us to advance in unimaginable ways. For example, we would not have the comfort of pillows if we, as a collective, had not decided that we enjoyed the added comfort of lounge decoration. We would not have upholstered furniture if kings and queens of the middle ages had not enjoyed upper-class symbols and designs of tapestries so much. So, in short, decor is the cornerstone of our entire civilization and will hopefully continue to be the birth of beauty for many, many centuries to come.

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Purple vs Pink

When I was little my favorite color was purple. I do not know why. It looked fun, like a candy wrapper or those toys that came with sun lotion, I guess. At some point, this view was shattered. A grape juice commercial featured an actor who literally scared me away from my favorite color. There was something innately creepy about him. I tried to stop thinking of hues altogether, feeling betrayed as this man had single-handedly defiled my shade. Yet, I found myself plopped in front of a certain cartoon dog movie. It was memorizing. Despite my apprehension to become attached to another tone, there pink was. It formed clouds, looked like cotton candy, blended with the sky, and could be shaped into anything you wanted. I had established my new favorite color.

I would try to suppress memories of ever liking purple. I revered in the sun, examining the quality of pale red it made my closed eyelids. Secretly, I continued to miss how un-girly mauve was. Blush was usually associated with dresses of tulle, not sunsets and clouds as I saw it. I also glowered at ugly salmon crayons. Then, my grandma would reignite my passion for pink. She mailed me a small oval rug. It had specs of many colors, none of which was amethyst. At the side of my bed, this patch of pretty coral could be imagined as anything. From spaceships to flying clouds (not to be confused with a magic carpet) this rug held itself as the clouds in the movie did. Pink and I had rediscovered why we fell in love in the first place. It did not matter what other people thought, pink could truly be anything and look good doing it.

Today, I reside in a bubblegum pink room, which has since faded to hot pink, and been covered by light pink. I still think of the rug that saved me from living a colorless life. Stiff and rough to the touch it filled my room and heart with fuzzy memories of rose tints.

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Persian Style From A Wannabe Interior Designer

Blank, white walls; bare Persian carpet; the scent of a freshly-cleaned room.

This was what I encountered when my family and I moved into our new house just over a month ago. I was excited to have a bigger room than before, and I liked that my siblings and I would have more space in our house, but something about it just didn’t feel like home. I had that strange feeling of sleeping in a place that wasn’t mine like I was staying at a hotel and would go home eventually.

Then I realized the problem: my room didn’t feel like my room because there was none of me in it. My belongings, style, and personality were nowhere to be found within the four white walls of the space. So, I got to brainstorming.

I have always been a beach enthusiast, loving everything from shells to surfing. I wanted to decorate my room to match my interests, and so I put on my interior-designer cap and scoured through articles and ideas to truly put my style into my room. Over the past month, I have been slowly working to create and personalize my space, and throughout that time, I have become more comfortable in it.

Decor is one of the most important factors in making a house feel like a home. People are individuals, and a home should reflect that individuality. Imagine if every house looked the same on the inside. There would be no creativity, no wonder in seeing something new, and no sense of personality. That’s why decor is crucial in not only showcasing our personal tastes but also making us feel at home in a place we can customize.

Being able to put pieces of our personalities and minds into the way we decorate is what keeps us creative, open-minded, and comfortable, and there is nothing more valuable than feeling at home, in our homes.

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Looking For Area Rugs On A Budget

Décor matters in my life because it helped me create a sense of ‘home’. It doesn’t sound like that big of a deal at first but I moved to the Pacific Northwest in July, after having lived in a rural southern town for my entire life. Moving to Seattle was one of the most frightening things I’ve done in my 25 years. I didn’t know a single person on the west coast except for my military other half, and it was worrisome at first glance. I used the four walls of my apartment to create a comfortable nest for my life. Seattle is known for its cramped quarters and the square footage of our new home was no exception.

I designed a home from a shoe box size floor plan AND budget and that was a big deal for a homebody who had never flew the nest. I used the décor in our home to open up our tiny space and give us somewhere to relax and complain about the outside world. I’m an artist at heart and being able to cover the walls in my own artwork and the artwork of those who inspired me was an amazing feeling. In all honesty being able to relax period knowing every other person, I knew as 3000 miles away was the most amazing part, being able to decorate my apartment was the biggest factor. Being able to make a home out of a shoe box was wonderful.

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