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The entrance into your home is the first greeting a guest receives at the door, the first peek impression of your space. But a hallway can be a difficult space to perfect — how do you make narrow dimensions feel warm and welcoming, imbued with the personality of you and your family? The perfect rug can go a long way in setting up your space and creating a welcoming entrance. Here are some examples we’ve found around the web:

Hallway Heaven via Abbey Carpet of SF
This foyer is bright and warm, setting the stage for a neat and well thought out home by matching the rug to the front door and the vase on the side table.

Hallway Heaven via Abbey Carpet of SF
This entryway mingles simplicity with bohemian vibes, letting the warm colors in the patterned runner bring out the natural warmth of the wood and woven basket.

Hallway Heaven via Abbey Carpet of SF
This entryway’s warm rug works similarly, but the dark door, lampshade, and other accents work with the dark navy elements of the rug pattern to create a more dramatic feel. The pink and reds in the rug keep the hallway from feeling severe.

Hallway Heaven via Abbey Carpet of SF
This black and white mudroom keeps things simple and organized. The space looks crisp and together, but the striped runner adds a playful element.

Hallway Heaven via Abbey Carpet of SF
Talk about playful! The colorful, geometric rug in this hallway really brightens up this entry.

Hallway Heaven via Abbey Carpet of SF
This bold, honey comb rug features some incredible jewel tones that work wonderfully alongside the neutral but warm walls and wooden floors.

Want to give your hallway, entryway, or mudroom a face life? Visit us at the showroom and check out our great selection of rugs and runners that will bring your home to life!

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Even if you don’t have a Big Bad Wolf blowing down your house, brick can be a beautiful addition to a variety of spaces. Here are a few favorites from around the web:

6 Bold & Beautiful Uses of Brick
We love the way modern and classic mix with this bold brick exterior in New York.

6 Bold & Beautiful Uses of Brick
It can also work wonderfully as a subtle little pop between rooms as in this lovely archway.

6 Bold & Beautiful Uses of Brick
Brick in the bedroom? Yes! The accent wall adds so much texture to this masculine bedroom.

6 Bold & Beautiful Uses of Brick
However, brick proves to be quite versatile in this bright and cheerful nursery!

6 Bold & Beautiful Uses of Brick
It looks great in this rustic-influenced kitchen

6 Bold & Beautiful Uses of Brick
And also looks great as an island accent in this more modern kitchen!

 

By Jane Blanchard

If you feel the walls are closing in on you, you could move to a new place or knock a wall down. Or take the easy route and just make your existing rooms appear larger with these 10 simple tips.

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via Apartment Therapy

  1. One way to make any space feel smaller is by filling it up with too much stuff. So don’t! Avoid visual clutter to make any space feel larger. Pick your furniture based on what you need for everyday use instead of planning for all eventualities. That’s what foldaway chairs are for.
  1. Make sure the ceiling is a different color, as rooms painted in only one color always look much smaller. A bright white ceiling with off-white neutral tones everywhere else works well.
  1. Pick furniture that you can see through or under. Nothing makes a room look smaller than a big dumpy couch with no visible legs. Raised furniture is key. Consider glass-top desks and tables that allow light to pass through. They will also give your room a fresh modern look.
  1. Use multiple standing lights and wall fixtures instead of relying on a single overhead light, which tends to focus attention in one spot and make the walls appear to be closing in. You can break up a room into different spaces with lighting just as easily as you can with furniture.
  1. Use high shelving or floor-to-ceiling shelving to draw the eye upward. For an even more spacious feel, don’t completely fill them up with books. Instead, leave some shelves empty except for a few photos or showpieces.
  1. Leave your windows uncovered, or, if you do cover them, make sure they let as much light in as possible when not drawn closed. Full-length drapes of light fabric work well. Place leafy plants near a window to add depth.
  1. You don’t need to go small with everything to make a room look larger. Often a few larger pieces, especially when it comes to paintings and wall hangings, make the room look larger. The eye likes to see clean lines and little clutter.
  1. Mirrors both trick the mind into seeing a larger space, and, if placed correctly, can reflect light, making a room seem both brighter and larger. Go for a big one.
  1. Create space by choosing furniture items that can do double, or even triple, duty. The right ottoman can be a footrest, provide storage, and can also serve as a coffee table if you place a tray on it.
  1. Lighten your floor covering. Dark floors shrink rooms, especially if the furniture is dark also. Use a lighter floor rug to fix this problem in a snap — Abbey Carpet of San Francisco has tons of beautiful rugs that will open up your space.

For more home ideas, inspiration and tips visit Modernize.com.

In 2014, Pantone announced Radiant Orchid as the color of the year, and while the lilac-y tone was fun and bright, we are excited to see more of the 2015 Pantone color — Marsala. Marsala is a warm, rustic brown-hued red that has a versatile and timeless feel that goes great in just about any space. Here are a few fun finds:

Marsala Spaces via Abbey Carpet of SF
Marsala plays well with others! In this living room, the earthy reds of the couch and rug are the perfect compliment to the blue and gold elements.

Marsala Spaces via Abbey Carpet of SF
It also looks great against this sophisticated white palate — you can find hints of Marsala in tons of gorgeous oriental rugs we have here in the showroom!

Marsala Spaces via Abbey Carpet of SF
Marsala can be a vibrant accent wall that adds some POP without being overbearing.

Marsala Spaces via Abbey Carpet of SF
And it can also work as a more subtle splash of color, as with this striped throw.

Marsala Spaces via Abbey Carpet of SF
We love the way this deep red tub livens up this bathroom.

Marsala Spaces via Abbey Carpet of SF
A color that evokes so much spice and richness goes perfectly in the kitchen, too!

In a bathroom, oftentimes functionality and organization are the most important elements. Here are a few bathrooms exemplify beautiful and seemingly effortless simplicity:

Beautiful Simplicity: Bathrooms via Abbey Carpet of SF
Warm white simplicity with soothing natural elements — we wouldn’t mind relaxing in this tub!

Beautiful Simplicity: Bathrooms via Abbey Carpet of SF
Bright whites and clean lines, plus a wonderful square sink!

Beautiful Simplicity: Bathrooms via Abbey Carpet of SF
This bare bones bathroom is the definition of simplicity — absolutely minimal but bright and clean.

Beautiful Simplicity: Bathrooms via Abbey Carpet of SF
This modern bathroom stays simple but adds a few splashes of color to brighten up the gray palette.

Beautiful Simplicity: Bathrooms via Abbey Carpet of SF
This bathroom uses a fun tile pattern to add a little flare to the white simplicity.

Beautiful Simplicity: Bathrooms via Abbey Carpet of SF
Organization is the name of the game in this carefully manicured gray bathroom.

 

So what do you think? Which of these rooms is your favorite?

Simplicity is an art of its own — parring a space down to the most necessary elements can really let simple beauty sing. Here are some simply lovely bedrooms we’ve been admiring:

Beautiful Simplicity: Bedrooms via Abbey Carpet of SF
What’s more simple than white? This bright white set up looks clean and inviting.

Beautiful Simplicity: Bedrooms via Abbey Carpet of SF
This simple layout is enhances by a cozy rug that gives it a little extra flare but keeps the palette neutral.

Beautiful Simplicity: Bedrooms via Abbey Carpet of SF
This room stays simple, but is kept interesting with a few quirky splashes of color — you can find the perfect accent rug for your simple space in our showroom!

Beautiful Simplicity: Bedrooms via Abbey Carpet of SF
Here’s another space with a gorgeous splash of color — the white palette makes the perfect backdrop for this pillow to stand out.

Beautiful Simplicty: Bedrooms via Abbey Carpet of SF
This bedrooms takes the opposite approach and keeps the space dynamic with various gray tones and an unusual take on the bedside table.

Beautiful Simplicity: Bedrooms via Abbey Carpet of SF
Muted natural tones keep this layered space simple but appealing.

 

We’ve been dreaming of cute cabin getaways — some cozy little nook in nature to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. How nice does that sound? Here are some crafty little cabins we’d love to spend time in:

7 Crafty Cabins via Abbey Carpet of SF
This funky little DIY cabin is full of wonderful handmade touches!

7 Crafty Cabins via Abbey Carpet of SF
How would you like to watch the sunrise on the porch of this beautiful glassy a-frame?

7 Crafty Cabins via Abbey Carpet of SF
We love the modern look of this stilted Washington cabin!

7 Crafty Cabins via Abbey Carpet of SF
We wouldn’t mind waking up to the ocean breeze in this wonderful little beach cabana.

7 Crafty Cabins via Abbey Carpet of SF
How about taking this tiny micro cabin traveling?

7 Crafty Cabins via Abbey Carpet of SF
Or lounging in front of this funky Finnish cabin?

7 Crafty Cabins via Abbey Carpet of SF
We’ve saved our favorite for last: check out this dreamy handcrafted cabin, complete with a gorgeous wall of windows and tell us you’re not in love!

Spring is finally here, and although we know April showers are impending, we are enjoying the sunshine and drooling over open air spaces in which to enjoy the onset of Spring. Here are a few of our favorite Spring inspired outdoor spaces:

Spring Inspired Outdoor Spaces via Abbey Carpet of SF
This gorgeous patio area would be perfect for Spring entertaining! The brick fireplace would keep those brisk Northern Californian nights cozy.

Spring Inspired Outdoor Spaces via Abbey Carpet of SF
Here’s another lovely patio, perfect for outdoor dining!

Spring Inspired Outdoor Spaces via Abbey Carpet of SF
Or take outdoor dining to the next level with this cute indoor/outdoor kitchen and bar!

Spring Inspired Outdoor Spaces via Abbey Carpet of SF
We love the palette of this whimsical outdoor area.

Spring Inspired Outdoor Spaces via Abbey Carpet of Sf
Can you imagine enjoying a lemonade and a cool Spring breeze from this colorful deck?

Spring Inspired Outdoor Spaces via Abbey Carpet of SF
Or reading a book in this little Boho hammock nook?

Spring Inspired Outdoor Spaces via Abbey Carpet of SF
Even small garden spaces can be spruced up with a little greenery and some lights!

Spring Inspired Outdoor Spaces via Abbey Carpet of SF
Spruce up a small outdoor area with this cheery hanging planter DIY!

Spring Inspired Outdoor Spaces via Abbey Carpet of SF
Or enjoy the onset of spring from the luxury of a big outdoor tub!

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, and Spring is only just around the corner — what better color to celebrate than green?

Green Inspiration via Abbey Carpet of SF
This spacious kitchen is fully in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with both green AND gold accents!

Green Inspiration via Abbey Carpet of SF
Green can make for a great wall color, as with these paneled walls.

Green Inspiration via Abbey Carpet of SF
We’d love to curl up with a book in this minty nook!

Green Inspiration via Abbey Carpet of SF
Green can also make an eye catching accent, as with this gorgeous sofa.

Green Inspiration via Abbey Carpet of SF
We love the splash of green in this whimsical children’s room.

Green Inspiration via Abbey Carpet of SF
And these velvet green dining room chairs!

Green Inspiration via Abbey Carpet of SF
Of course you can always introduce a little green into your space by adding houseplants!

We’ve been noticing subtle little glints of copper in some gorgeous interiors. Here are some faves:

Crushing on Copper via Abbey Carpet of SF
Bright copper accents against dark dining room walls.

Crushing on Copper via Abbey Carpet of SF
Copper and soft pink make for a warm and inviting bedroom.

Crushing on Copper via Abbey Carpet of SF
Simple little copper light fixtures against gray.

Crushing on Copper via Abbey Carpet of SF
This copper shower faucet adds a little modern flair to this industrial looking bathroom.

Crushing on Copper via Abbey Carpet of SF
Cheery copper pots and pans in a colorful kitchen.

Crushing on Copper via Abbey Carpet of SF
In this kitchen, the pots are even hung from copper pipes that match the sink and lighting accents!

Crushing on Copper via Abbey Carpet of SF
This sweet little copper terrarium was too cute not to include.

Crushing on Copper via Abbey Carpet of SF
Here another instance of soft pink and copper working wonderfully together.

Crushing on Copper via Abbey Carpet of SF
Some absolutely gorgeous pendant lights.

Crushing on Copper via Abbey Carpet of SF
We love these unique copper stairs!

Crushing on Copper via Abbey Carpet of SF
Here’s a bold use of copper; an entirely copper plated building!