03 February 2010

Blue & White Striped Rugs

Sometimes several disparate items converge into one theme, without planning:  a blogger’s bedroom, a wedding venue, a new EBay purchase.   The one thing that connects the three is a blue and white striped rug.

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A Californian wedding venue:   the property comes with a main house and a smaller, one room cottage.   You drive through these wooden gates to enter the property. 

 

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The main house.   Paths of gravel lead out to the yard.

 

 

 

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The smaller, one room cottage is used for the bride and groom to dress in, or to stay in before and after the ceremony.

 

 

 

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The acreage terraces down past the rose garden.

 

 

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 The property is filled with streams and surrounded by mountains.  Why is California so pretty?

 

 

 

 

 image The one room cottage that sits on the property is charming.  With its beamed wood ceiling, paned windows, Dutch door, crystal chandelier and rock fireplace – who wouldn’t want to stay here on a honeymoon night?  But what catches my eye first, as always, is the blue and white striped dhurrie rug.   It attracts my eye like Bella to her Edward (!)   Is there something – that when you see it in a room – makes you stop and look and like the room just a little more than you might have otherwise?

 

 

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This room, Houston interior designer Carol Glasser’s former living room, had such an effect on me, almost 20 years ago.  A very, very old version of her oft changed decor, this one with the blue and white dhurrie has remained a personal favorite.   Classic English Country Manor decor, Glasser’s inspiration no doubt came from exactly that country.  Maybe a decorative book with a photo of a room in some pile of bricks, a rundown summer house in Gloucestershire or Derbyshire might have provided that initial inspiration.    Or maybe, she saw a pictorial in an old World of Interiors or British House and Garden.  Or, it could have been borne from a visit oversees, which Glasser took many of.   But, have no doubt, she wasn’t inspired by anyone in Houston.    The rug in Glasser’s house eventually was sent to Santa Fe where it was used in a house that Mary Emmerling and Glasser styled for the book “Mary Emmerling’s Quick Decorating.”  

 

 

 

image This living room from Something’s Gotta Give introduced a new generation to the seduction of blue and white dhurries.   Surely, never again will the dhurrie ever be as trendy or wonderful as it is here, in this Hampton’s beach house.  Beth Rubio who designed this room, brought in a lot of classic  English Country Manor styling to the beach house, with its books and cluttered feel, it’s dark wicker and slipcovers, the large ottoman coffee table, and wonderful white moldings and dark wood furniture.  But that subtly was lost on most devotees.  To them the blue and white rug read beach, and beach only.

 

 

 

image Victoria Hagan took the striped dhurrie, using a deeper indigo blue, and created a stunning, slightly contemporary, beach house.  Elle Decor Magazine.

 

 

image David Lawrence’s beach house uses the same indigo blues, dark sofas and white pillows, but with the floral linen, his decor looks less contemporary than Hagan’s.

 

 

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Ashley Whittaker brought the striped rug into the dining room.    Again, going for a beach house look, she added a shell chandelier and a zinc topped table.

 

 

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Phoebe Howard used this striped rug in a beach house bedroom.

 

 

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I really like this rug – with its wide bands of cream.  I like how the designer mixed turquoise blue with the darker blues.   Again, beachy.

 

 

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I imagine this homeowner was directly inspired by Something’s  Gotta Give, judging by the piping in the upholstery.   Yellow?  Not my personal preference, I would have rather seen dark or painted wood.

 

   imageCathy Kinkaid designed this beautiful loggia for a Southern Accents showhouse.   She mixed the indigo with the sky blues.

 

  

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Thomas Britt used a dhurrie mixed with a Hollywood Glam vibe in this beach condo.

 

 

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Enough of blue and white dhurrie rugs and the beach house!    This apartment in NY owned by Carolina Irving is so wonderfully styled – it stars the striped rug layered over sisal.    Of course, this look is not beachy, thank God!   Instead this apartment shares much with Glasser’s house, though a decade or two divides them.   Both Irving and Glasser used the blue and white dhurries in a more classic way – strictly English Country Manor.    Irving’s apartment, though in the big city, looks more as if it is inside a summer home outside of London.   Lonny Magazine.

 

 

 

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Carolina Irving again, Lonny Magazine.    The woman exudes more style in one second than most do in a lifetime.  Her apartment is so wonderful, a cluttered collection of books and artwork – oils and prints cover all the walls.   Each table is an antique and the upholstery is slipcovered in an old fashioned way, loose and ruffled.     The soft blue and white dhurrie is so beautiful here, it’s hard to visualize the apartment working as well without the rug.  There is nothing trendy here – it could stay as it is today and remain fresh years and years from now, which is exactly why the rug is perfect in this decor.   Dhurries have been made in India for centuries.  They were brought back to England during their long reign over that country  and became popular due to their versatility and low cost.   Most often, the dhurries were layered over the sisals and mattings popular in England.   There are mentions of these classic rugs in English decorative books dating back from the late 1800’s.

 

 

 

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The daughter of Sister Parish, Apple Bartlett’s apartment was photographed in 1984.  Again, her apartment is a jumble of styles – a mix of antiques and accessories which today still looks remarkably fresh.  

 

 

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Bartlett’s bedroom is pure Sister, and uniquely American in its styling.   Special thanks to Mrs. Blandings for the vintage photographs.

 

 

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Today, Apple Bartlett’s house pictured in Architectural Digest.  The striped dhurrie still plays a role.   What a beautiful wall color!

 

 

 

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The trendy alternative to blue and white stripes are the black and white dhurries.    Used to distance decors from the beachy look associated with the blue and whites, the black stripes seem more sophisticated.  Nate Berkus, Elle Decor Magazine.

 

 

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The striped dhurries can be used in a more contemporary setting, as seen here in Nate Berkus’ office.    Though the blue and white stripes are a personal favorite, the brown and tan stripes are a close second.

 

 

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Another dhurrie, striped in multi colors, used in a traditional decor.  Such a pretty room!  

 

 

 

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Ginger Barber has long used striped dhurries of all colors.  Here in a Houston showhouse, she used khaki and white stripes that read as a neutral.

 

 

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I’m not sure there is a room with a striped dhurrie in it that I wouldn’t like! 

 

 

 

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Even the major decor stores like Pottery Barn have jumped on the striped dhurrie bandwagon. 

 

 

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But, the soft blue and white dhurrie is still the prettiest, without a doubt.  Here is definitive proof that the look does not have to beachy.  Instead, a more dressy decor – pricey French and English antiques - are the perfect match for the lowly, inexpensive dhurrie.   Gorgeous!

 

 

 

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I’ve been wanting a blue and white dhurrie for years, truly ever since I saw Carol Glasser’s living room.     Instead, a few Dash and Albert rugs used on my porch helped tide me over. 

 

 

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You can see I really do like blue and white which probably explains collecting transferware for 15 years.

 

 

 

Somethings Gotta Give Rug - Beach House 9'x12' Cotton Dhurry

After the huge popularity of the decor in Something’s Gotta Give, the Aspen Rug Company made up some rugs based on the movie.    Recently, they sold a few on EBay at a discounted price where I finally got my long awaited blue and white dhurrie, though I have no place for it now.  One day it will go in either my family room or bedroom, or in a client’s house!    It will never go out of style, so I can wait to design a room around it.  The price was just to good to pass up. 

 

 

 

 

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I love this picture from the movie – maybe because you can really see the pillow fabric and the trim on the slipcovers.   Recently, the blogger Hamptons Hostess emailed me with some interesting information.   A few years ago, she went to a charity auction in the Hamptons, of course, where some items from the movie were staged together in one room – receiving lots of attention as you can imagine.   Below, the Hamptons Hostess shows us what she bought for her beach house  - in the Hamptons, of course!

 

 

 

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Here, is the Hamptons Hostess’ bedroom with the blue and white dhurrie ala Something’s Gotta Give!  Hamptons Hostess told me she had recently painted her bedroom when she bid on the rug, knowing how perfect it would look – and it does!  So pretty. 

 

 

 

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Another view, showing the seating area – I love these chairs and the window treatments.  I would love to see the rest of the Hamptons Hostess’ house!   Besides blogging, she does interior design.

 

 

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In this rare picture from Something’s Gotta Give, you can see the master bedroom.  Sitting next to the Oly Studios chair is a pricey Rose Tarlow table.   I never realized that there is a tan and white striped dhurrie in here!   Did you?    Such a pretty room.   

 

 

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A huge thank you to the Hostess for generously sharing her house with us!!!

To read more about dhurries, please read the Style Saloniste’s fabulous interview with the even more fabulous Madeline Weinrib HERE

 

 

AND SPECIAL NOTICE TO TEXANS:   Remember, this Sunday is the Urban Market!!!  Yeah!!!!!   For all this information, go here!!!

image Seen at the Urban Market last year – some Texas bloggers:  left to right, Materials Girl, Lauren, La Dolce Vita, the beautiful Paloma, Cote de Texas, MOI, Starbucks, Paloma, and Under a Paper Moon, Courtney.   Hopefully – we’ll see you there!!!

113 comments:

  1. Thank you Joni! You couldn't have done a post more appropriate to me this morning if you had read my mind... preoccupied with blue striped rugs for several days. I've been worried about whether it is too beachy to use in a London flat, but this post has reassured me, and I'm fascinated to know about its past use in England. Thank you, quite new to your blog and loving it!

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  3. These were all so fabulous! Yes, I did know about the cream and tan stripped durrie form the SGG bedroom, because I had to go out any buy the VHS version AND player to examine it!!! One of my favorite stripped rugs is a red and cream in the library of one of my favorites, Mariette Himes-Gomez.

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  4. Your posts are always so informative....and so much fun to look at. I am off to see more from the Hostess. I love the window treatments in her room! I was just looking at the Phoebe Howard image in an old Southern Accents yesterday! Have fun at Urban Markt, so jealous. Although, I am headed to the newly found fabric warehouse in Baltimore this AM if the snow here doesn't stop me! I am pretty excited to see what bargains are to be had.

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  5. I had never heard of a durrie rug but now I am completely SOLD, mainly by the photographs taken decades ago that still look so current! If we actually ever find an apartment this post will be major inspiration for the new place.

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  6. Another well researched post!! I LOVE the striped rug and of course the SGG house remains a favorite of mine!
    xx-Gina

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  7. Joni, those first few photos of the house in California made me squirrel-ly!!!! Sooooooo pretty!!!

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  8. As much as I love the blue and white one, the cream and white one is more my taste. You always have the best, informative posts Joni...you really should put out a decorating journal/guide. You would be great!
    Ness xx

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  9. I needed a second cup of coffee just to take in this amazing eye-candy feast. Many more will be consumed as I re-read and digest. We have a big, square room that's in the process of having its old hardwoods primed for painting, and I really want to mimic dhurrie stripes in there. Thanks for all the looks where blue/white is not the dominant color, too-- although it is my favorite, I'm loving the taupe/grey combo as a neutral.

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  10. Love this post!! My eye also goes to these striped rugs. I've been lusting after them for a while. However, I kept wondering, "Are they too beachy?" And, so, you've answered my question. Such lovely, inspirational images. I especially like CG's and BW's. Great looks. I just visited a home where they layered one on top of seagrass....Am I up too early? Just 9 comments here as opposed to the usual zillion??! (smile) Guess it's time for another cup of Joe. -s

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  11. Dear Joni,
    Thanks so much for the lovely mention, what a nice surprise this morning! Loved seeing all the beautiful striped rugs and how they were used in rooms- a truly beautiful and informative post.
    many thanks, Barbara

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  12. My husband has recently reminded me how much we have spent on rugs since we've been married. I'm obsessed! Being Greek, you can imagine how I feel about the blue and white. Love, love this post! Very inspiring!

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  13. Wow! You've outdone yourself! It's amazing how these rugs work in each of these rooms even some are pretty bold. I just purchased a bright striped rug from Garnet Hill, and I like it, but am worried it's "too much" for the room. You post has given me hope that it could work.

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  14. This post is a keeper - great source for striped rugs and also the classic beauty of dhurries. And because I totally agree that there is unlikely a room with a dhurrie I wouldnt like, I'm not even disappointed that the Pottery Barns of our world have jumped on the bandwagon. The more the merrier!

    Marija

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  15. Thank you thank you! Your posts always offer the perfect mix of information and inspiration! I have learned so much from you!

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  16. That honeymoon cottage at the wedding venue is to die for! And I'm proud to say that I have a blue and white striped rug in my family room...I feel so fashionable now!

    I never knew there was a tan dhurrie in the bedroom in Something's Gotta Give either. And how wonderful that The Hamptons Hostess owns a little piece of one of my favorite movies!

    Thanks for sharing all of these inspirational photos!

    Kat :)

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  17. Nice stripes! I do like the more colorful as well as the neutral banded rug.
    What an ebay find! Love to look there, not as much now as U used to , but it is never too late to pick up something great there!
    Thanks Joni,

    Leslie

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  18. Wow - you always amaze us with your well-researched posts! I love the black and white; brown and tan; and khaki and white dhurries best. Thanks for sharing!

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  19. The stripes make such a statement when they are the main pattern in the room. I am really loving the brown and cream one, could see that one in my house.

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  20. I am so inspired right now! Thank you.

    And, I would never have thought of using a small one on the table! Design genius I say.

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  21. What a beautiful post! I have always loved stripes but have somehow forgotten about dhurrie rugs! As I type, I am working out in my head as to where I am going to put one! They are fantastic!

    This was such a joy to read! Thanks!
    ~jamilyn

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  22. Love this post. I have always loved blue and white striped dhurrie rugs - another common trait between us. The only problem I have with reading your posts is that I always want to re-do my whole house afterwards!

    Incidentally, Pat and I bought a wonderful little blue and white wool rug in San Miguel de Allende years ago - you haven't seen it floating around the family, have you? heh heh....

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  23. I don't think I have ever met a stripe I don't like. I gravitate towards anything stripe. All of these gorgeous rooms with their striped rugs was pure eye candy for me. Thank you for such a wonderful post, Kathysue

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  24. Best. Post. Ever. (So far.) Thanks, ma'am!

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  25. LOVE the Caroline Irving apartment -so stylish. A bit strange that the 2 windows in the dining alcove have red curtains but not in the sitting area -but it all works somehow!

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  26. Beautiful post..Beautiful rooms! The honeymoon cottage is fantastic. Forget the honeymoon I could live there full time. I have a blue and white stripped rug in my beach home which I have always loved.

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  27. Loved this post (as always) and how you distinguished the beach look vs. contemporary. Wow Joni, you found every fabulous room with that rug that's out there!

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  28. Loved it all, Joni! :) I've been planning on a blue & white Dash and Albert stripe for our living room. Of course, I love the true dhurries, but if you has four little guys running around would you fork over the coin for one? Not me - D&A it is :)

    I just ***love*** it when you like the same things (or similar, at least) that I'm planning on! Makes me feel so stylish! (She writes as she sits in her jammies and glasses). Ha.

    XO,
    Jacci in Ohio

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  29. Love the images and I especially love blue/white combinations in any shade of blue! (Take a look at my son's bedroom...all blue/white)

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  30. I'm really into navy blue lately. We're currently designing a beach house with all these crisp blue and white combinations that seem to be showing up everywhere recently. That Victoria Hagan room with the striped rug is just about perfection to me...I keep going back to it over and over again.

    Great post!

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  31. Ahhh...all these fabulous stripes are soooo refreshing...seems like they are harbouring spring/summer to come soon!!! I like the image with the cream and light and dark blues with what looks to be dark bamboo head boards on the bed...lovely!

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  32. excellent thoughts to ponder - I'm considering the purchase of some Dash and Albert cotton stripe rugs at the moment...I also love the fresh idea of a small pretty rug topping an outdoor table! Thank you for a dose of inspiration!

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  33. ok, time for a second honeymoon, adore that cottage!

    joni, you have a way of presenting a topic that becomes my next "must have". how on earth did you find all those photos? whenever i see a new 'cote de texas' post it is like reading a great magazine. up go the feet and the knowledge that i will always be inspired
    xo
    debra

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  34. Joni, the blue and white striped rugs/ dhurries are my favorite, with red being second. These are great images! Well done.....Karena

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  35. Absolute divinity! Many of these rooms I could have just fallen into!

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  36. What a perfect post to start the day! I am absolutely in love with my blue and white striped Dash and Albert rug (same pattern as the one you use on the table on your porch.) It was one of my first purchases for my studio apartment and it has been my inspiration for the rest of the space-so cheery. Also, would you mind sharing the name of the wedding venue? I can't imagine a sweeter spot for a friend's upcoming nuptials. That rose garden says "get married here."

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  37. Beautiful post! I often wish I lived in California.

    I look like a hot mess in those photos! Just a little disclaimer: We'd been there all day in the heat and humidity and it had misted all morning resulting in my awful-looking hair. :)

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  38. Wonderful as usual, Joni I never tire of blue and white especially here in California. It even look great around your neck as shown in the last photo!!

    Wish I could come antiqueing with you...

    kelley

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  39. You may have already seen this, if not be prepared for an esthetic experience.
    Google - Peter Pennoyer Architects
    Click - city houses and apartment
    Click at the bottom left - Carnegie Hill Brownstone

    I couldn't take my eyes off of it. That staircase hall is as close as any one gets to the Sistine Chapel. Ann

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  40. Oh, I just died and went to triped rug heaven. I just love your posts, over and over... Thank you. /Lena

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  41. I love striped dhurries, particularly when used in a more formal setting to cozy it up a bit. And stripes realy do seem to go with everything!

    I'm really hoping to be able to go to Urban Market this weekend (I haven't been since Nov 08!) but my in-laws are in town so we'll see... :(

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  42. Thank for this post, Joni, it is my cup of tea. I wanted to write you about my French trip (I asked you before for some informations about certain property) and I am really sorry my answer has taken such a long time, but there is no more email contact on your pages and so I am writing there. In principle, we had such a short time to stay in Provence I didn´t have chance to spend any moment with it, but there were a lot of similarly structured houses (U lay-out - with two wings). We stayed at one as well:
    http://i943.photobucket.com/albums/ad272/ozahrade/P1030499.jpg

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  43. Sold! I totally want a striped duhrie now...and while I am at it, I'll take that cottage bedroom too!

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  44. Hi Joni,

    I love the house in Something's Gotta Give, and I've never noticed that beige rug in the bedroom has stripes. It's fun making little discoveries like that.

    Would you mind sharing the name/location of the California wedding venue? It is just lovely.

    -- A fan of CDT

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  45. Bella and Edwards as in Twilight? If so, YES! What a couple. But, with that said, love everything blue, including blue stripped rugs. Thanks for sharing. Mimi

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  46. Hi Joni!
    I just loved this post! With this dreary weather the blue and white theme looks so fresh. The first room really wowed me. Made me miss Californa!!!!! By the way your Dash and Albert looks great on your back porch......Maryanne xo

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  47. No one does a post quite like you Joni...what EYE candy !!!

    Loved it all...

    Your porch is lovely and I adore that HUGE lantern !!!

    All the best,
    Kathy :)

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  48. This post was like going through a wionderful design magazine or book: just fabulous! I surrounded myself with blue and white for almost 20 years and did get tired of it, so now have switched to beautiful(to me) earthy, warm colors. Rusts, golds, greens etc. I was amazed that my large collection of blue and white porcelains look GREAT against the rust or gold walls! WHOO HOO!!!!!!!!!

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  49. Hi Joni, Such a great post - as always. I wait in anticipation for every piece that you write. Love it. And thank you for telling me about the so cute side table from Somethings Gotta Give. I have loved that table since the "first time" I saw the film. Rose Turlow, just checked out her website, no prices!!!! I love it. Do you know the price?

    By the way, when will you publish a book, I am sure that it would be THE best seller!

    Thanks again
    Angela x

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  50. Hi Joni,

    Glad you liked the rug in the honeymoon cottage. I was the photo stylist and shoot director and replaced a sea grass rug with the blue and white striped rug for the shoot. In response, I have posted the "Before" picture on my site so you and your readers can really see what a huge difference the rug made in this setting. You can also view other photos from this romantic cottage as well as shots from a later shoot of the very charming main house. The property was recently sold, and I do not think that the new owners intend to continue to offer it as a wedding venue. ~jermaine~

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  51. Joni, you must have ESP or mental GPS on me! When something is on my mind you post about it! I'm in the process of looking for a dhurrie rug for a project I am working on, and sure enough you post about it. You freak me out sometimes!

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  53. I have a dark brown and white striped dhurrie rug folded up in my garage and have been wondering where to put it. Still loving the seagrass! That honeymoon cottage just about killed me! And I'm sorry, but I NEVER get tired of Carol Glasser's rooms. She also had a huge impact on me years ago. This was a beautiful post--so well thought out. How do you do it? --Delores
    I wish I was in Texas for the Urban Market!
    Also, I think I'm the only one who hasn't seen "Something's Gotta Give!"

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  54. Love the photo essay! Amazing ... am now searching for the perfect stripe to complement my living room. I must have one ...

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  55. Joni, you've opened my eyes to the variety of spaces for Dhurries; can they work in a 20's mediterranean? I might now give it a try!! Beautiful post that I will reference often!

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  56. Love it! I am also a fan of blue and white stripes. In fact, most of my clothes are blue and white stripes. Kind of embarrassing, but true. Thank you for featuring so many gorgeous rooms!
    Amy Meier

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  57. Does anybody have any idea who makes the fabric in the phoebe howard bedroom(the indigo & turquoise large print)?

    Thank you sooo much...I'm desperate!!

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  58. I also keep receiving those anonymous comments (as the one on top of yours...)advertising all sort of things and I have decided to go back to the verification word. Hope it works. On a funny note I usually scroll down fast your post to see what it is about and then I go back and read every single line so at first I thought it was Mr.Socks on the sofa...tell him he looks just like Jack (not sure it is a compliment though). Ciao! beautiful post by the way.

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  59. It was interesting to see more pictures of the honeymoon cottage courtesy of French Kiss; too bad the property is sold. Sigh. That babbling book and rose garden were too good to be true.

    Thanks again for a great post, Joni.

    -- a fan of CDT

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  60. Wonderful post with inspiring photos. Suddenly, I think we need a blue striped dhurrie at our house!

    Thank you for another wonderful post. You are amazing.

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  61. For the love of stripes! i love them too one of my absolute fav's..great post ! love all the eye candy!~ lulu

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  62. As always--amazingly detailed and informative. Love this post.

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  63. Great post. The California house is to die for! as for the stripped rugs, i am addicted to them myself...I especially loved the brown stripe rug in the study...fabulous room

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  64. joni

    i am not a huge fan of striped rugs and carpets unless they are running down a long hallway and are horizontal.
    BUT.........
    i could live in that one room guest house.
    ....the white beams and all those glorious windows ....to die for.

    love xx

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  65. coming out of my blue and white striped California dream to say BRAVO !! Loved it... spent way too much time staring at the pictures and re-reading words.. again ... BRAVO !!!

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  66. Why oh why didn't you mention the suzani ottoman in Carolina Irving's NYC apartment living room !!!??? I demand a re-write of this post. (insert smile here) Visit me and you'll know why I want an edit. LPXO (such a blue and white perfect post...again..that Cali-Cottage is to die for.)

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  67. Love this post and the collection of images showing how the rugs can be used in any type of room.
    I am now hypnotized and keep murmuring "Must buy dhurrie, must by dhurrie"

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  68. The stripes are so visually appealing, I love them! Thanks!

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  69. So many beautiful blue and white stripe rugs in one post leaves me breathless. I'd be happy to have them in each room of my house. Now, can you do a post on the sources?

    I also bought the Aspen rug on ebay but didn't use it and kept it rolled up in the box. When I read past posts about the SGG movie and rug, I thought ours might resemble it. Thanks for letting me know it's "history".

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  70. I have ALWAYS loved the living room in Something's Gotta Give! Thank you for including all of the other rooms with striped rugs. I have found new inspiration.

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  71. Wow, Joni, what a great post! I am particularly taken with that shell chandelier - I have the perfect place to hang it!

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  72. ALL beautiful...LOVE the chair that the Hamptons Hostess bought. I will likely be there this SUnday. I am giving up shopping for Lent so I need to get my fix before Lent rolls around:)

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  73. Great post as usual. Just one small correction, the name Dhurrie can only be applied to cotton weavings made in India, some of the pictures you posted seem to be Kilims(wool), such as the one in Apple Bartlett's 1984 living room and the one on Nate Berkus' living room is deffinitely a Jijim (12 to 16 inch wide wool panels that are sown together, made in Central Asia), the textile in Apple Bartlett's new living room looks more like a Navajo.

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  74. I love the blue & white striped cotton rugs sold by Dash and Albert. I have my eye on the Swedish Stripe in pale blue and off-white.
    And talk about a great price...you all need to check them out!!

    Currently I have a reversible blue and white cotton checkerboard from IKEA I bought 10 years ago - love so much!

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  75. Joni,
    Just wanted to say a big "thank you" for adding the link to the Cottage post in your sidebar. Several of your readers have already dropped by. This project has been received with such interest, I am thinking of doing another post on the gardens and some more "behind the scenes"photos. Long live blue and white striped rugs! ~jermaine~

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  76. lovely and inspiring, as always!

    thank you for helping us derelict housewives.

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  77. Jeffrey -
    well - Kilims and Dhurries are basically the same - flat weave rugs, though dhurries can be cotton wool and sometimes even silk and kilims are wool only. the difference is in their origin - dhurries - India, Kilims = Turkey, asia, etc.

    While you are correct about terminology - I am actually just calling all flat weaves Dhurries. thanks for the lesson.

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  78. Hi Joni,

    Am dragging my feet leaving a comment this time. That being said I have missed your posts, it seems ages (maybe I need to get out more!). Love the dhurrie rugs that you have featured and I also agree with Acanthus & Acorn and say I totally love Mariette Gomez-Himes raspberry red and white striped dhurrie in her study. Certainly a staple in the classic interior world. It was also great to see the Something's Gotta Give bedroom with the natural taupe and white, that colour combination will certainly never date. Also LOVED the Rose Tarlow table....I want that so bad!!! You know getting off the subject a bit I love how they have done the book shelves in the Somethings Gotta Give movie. I especially love the one in the lounge room with the two dark wicker chairs in front of it. I have been agonising over putting a similar one over the top of our dining room double doorway for quite a while now. I will have to stop procrastinating about it and just do it!!! Anyway, better go and hope you enjoy your antiquing at the Urban markets. Take care.
    Janine
    XXOO
    Tasmania, Australia

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  79. Good morning,

    I'm updating the blogroll for Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. We'd love to add
    you to our list of favorite blogs; can we be added to your blogroll as well?

    Best regards,
    Katy Wharton

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    Katy Wharton
    Editorial & Design Intern | Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles
    1100 Johnson Ferry Road | Center Two, Suite 595
    Atlanta, GA 30342
    W: 404 965-4471 | C: 601-760-0917
    ahlintern@atlantahomesmag.com

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  80. I want to go on a honeymoon, by myself, in that cottage. It may be one of the cutest spaces I've ever seen! Great post as usual! WHO DAT!

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  81. I am in 100% agreement!!
    I love soft sisal/chenille/grass rugs for their simple grounding, BUT there's just something about that STRIPE! It has talked to me for decades....I'm thinkin' it's about time to give in!
    annie
    thanks for the oodles of photos!

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  82. That is quite the collection of blue and white rug eye candy for this morning. I am loving them all, but I think the ones with the bold/wide blue and white are my favorite.

    Have a good weekend!!

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  83. Oh Joni! I can always count on you to get me jumpstarted and solve decor problem I have been having. Perfect for my bedroom. What a fabulous roundup!!! Thanks!!

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  84. Somethings Gotta Give has inspired so many interiors!! I love the classic blue and white color scheme ~~
    Always in Style!

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  86. OMG! I want to get married again, just so I can have my wedding at that house! I'm in love with that bedroom. All of the textures in there are wonderful, and I love the sort of rustic textures with the feminie textures. I almost couldn't read the rest of your post - I was mesmerized by that bedroom! laurie

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  87. Stunning rooms. Thanks for the details once again Joni. Have fun at the Urban Market! Wish I could be there this time but I'll be there next time! I'm sure you will be grabbing your Starbucks to go and will have a blast! Love how your scarves from last year match your "blue and white" post!

    Ruthie

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  88. Another Joni special tour-de-force. GREAT post! Absolutely wonderful. I always leave here completely inspired and ready to redo our whole house.

    XO Lidy

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  89. Joni,
    Thank-you for mentioning our blue and white striped rugs (again). Of course when you mention it, I get a flood of inquiries and requests. I am all but sold out of our dark blue and light blue samples of the rugs. I had to send emails to people who paid for the returnable samples in the past to send them back so I can keep up with orders!

    The dark blue are selling better than the light blue in the last few weeks. They go through stretches where one outsells the other.

    Here's a secret, shhh! I am going to sell the few 8x10 teal and white rugs I have for a lower price on ebay soon to clear them out. I have a new shipment of dark blue and white rugs coming in so I have to get rid of the remaining teal ones since I won't be carrying them anymore.

    Hmmm, I do get requests for yellow and white (that seems to be the consensus of what people emailing me think the SGG bedroom rug is colored) and I once tried a 6x9 beige and white a few years ago, but it didn't sell well. Maybe I should try that again.

    I also played with a computer image of a chocolate brown, blue and white. Red and white seems to be requested too. With no real warehouse space, I'm limited to how much I can keep in stock (my garage space at home is bigger than what I have for the rugs).

    Thanks again for the mention Joni, and I hate to mention this, but my company is actually called "Aspen Carpet Designs." Our main specialty is wool hand-knotted along with bamboo silk fiber custom rugs.

    Jerry

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  90. One more thing Joni, I just put a link to your blog post from my Blue and White striped rug page. Thanks again for the mention.

    Jerry

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  91. what an amazing venue for a wedding! nice post..., it has me thinking!!!

    thanks for sharing!
    -kelley

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  92. Joni,
    You write the most stunning blogs! Not only are you an amazing designer but also an fabulous writer. I adore anything blue and white...thanks for the insperation.
    I recently moved to Michigan and was wondering if you know of any great shops in the area. I wish i had access to so many of the shops you have listed.
    (nayad@me.com just incase you have a huge vendor list....fingers crossed!)
    thanks again


    xo
    nisreen

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  93. Loved this story on the blue and white rugs. Blue is back in a big way! These dhurries are fresh and timeless. We linked to your story today from madebyhickorychair.com!

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  94. Thanks for leaving a comment on one of my posts a few weeks back. I can certainly learn a thing or two from you. I absolutely love, love your blog!

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  95. Love the post and what lovely features mentioned! Esp. from the movie 'Something's gotta go" wich is such a lovely movie, house and all! :)

    I'm a sucker for anything striped, esp. a rug! I've got several ones in the house, mostly green, white and black striped, because these are my colourpallete next to brown, brons and slate. They just make the rooms complete! But in summer I use blue and white or sometimes red and black. They never bore!

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  97. These were all so fabulous! I love the story on the blue and white rugs. I want to thank you for sharing.

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  98. You've got beautiful shots out there. Love love your blog so much. And those dhurries that you've shared to us they all look really beautiful. Hope I can buy one for my living room. Thanks for the share. Keep it up!

    Reagan
    houses aspen

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  100. How wonderful, I've been considering a rug like this for months but couldn't decide if it would work in my more formal l room, but indeed it does!

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  101. In case your readers want to see more of her work, the set designer of the famous, fabulous Something's Gotta Give house is Beth Rubino rather than Rubio. A great article on her setting the stage for this movie via the house as an invisible character can be seen at:
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  103. I believe someone else asked already but I did not see a reply. What is the name of the wedding venue you included in this post? Thank you!

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    Sue Herrington

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    Our weavers for our wool hand-knotted rugs can make any size and shape. They are more expensive than cotton or wool flatweave rugs, but designers and homeowners use us to create custom rugs. We did 25 rugs for a homeowner in Arkansas and several were over 15'x15' in size. Do a search for "custom area rugs" and use the type of weave too. For example, search on "wool flatweave custom area rugs" or "Wool knotted custom area rugs". You can even do a seach on "15 x 15 size wool rug".

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