Saturday, 16 April 2016

Drawing Room Rug

Hi Everyone

As you know, I opted to go with flooring paper from Susan Bembridge throughout the house. I particularly like the "plain" floorboard option as the detail is incredible and it doesn't fight with any of the decoration.

I wanted a large rug for this room so there wouldn't actually be that much flooring visible. The rug had to have all the colours that were already in the room (pictures, furniture, ornaments etc), tone with the overall look of the room and, most importantly, not be out of scale. There are so many great mini rugs available now and I have always liked those printed on felt or suede. These, however, still sit a bit high on the floor and look a bit out of scale. After searching on line in images of rugs I stumbled across the one I have used here, printed it out in colour on A3 paper and low and behold it fitted perfectly - plenty of space for the furniture without it fighting for space and still a glimpse of the floorboards around the edge.

I don't know why the door on the left looks so out of line!

 I had thought of tacking it to the floor but I loved it so much that after leaving it in situ' for a couple of days I decide to glue it down permanently, finishing it off with a coat of matte Mod Podge to protect it. I know this is a drastic long term solution but I love this rug, the colours work so well, there is plenty of detail to fill open areas of floor and it lays perfectly flat.

The chairs will have braid around the bottom like the couch - when it arrives.

There's still a lot to do in this room before I even get close to filling it with accessories - skirting boards for a start and a decorative ceiling but I'm happy with it's progress and, more importantly, not tired of it yet!!

Have a great day and I'll post more about the study when I have it - the books (or rather "faux" books) are complete at last...

Best wishes

Si

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  1. Looks fantastic beautiful already dear Simon !

    The rug...oh I do love it! Fits very well to this gorgeous room. (door out of line...hihi I've made that expierience too that cameras can have a confusing kind of humor ;) )

    I look forward what's going on in your precious mini world !

    Hugs from Pipi ❤️ =^..^= ❤️

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    1. Thanks, Pipi. High praise indeed!
      Have a great weekend
      Si

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  2. I love this room! Especially the colors, the golden frames and the architraves of the door!

    Yosh

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    1. Thanks, Yosh, I'm happy you like the room so far. Still a lot to do.
      Simon

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  3. Hi Simon! I Love the colors you have in this room! The rug is a perfect fit! I can't believe it is printed on paper??? And you are Brave to glue it in place! I am afraid I can barely let myself glue walls in place... let alone the rugs! I keep thinking I am going to change my mind when I find the "right" pieces! And yet I leave the imperfect ones in place for years.... ! This room is so elegant yet comfortable looking! I look forward to seeing more of the fabulous library too!

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    1. Hey Betsy
      Yes, plain old paper lol
      Brave or foolish? ;-)
      Speak soon
      Hugs
      Si

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  4. What a gorgeous room Simon. I also love the rug choice.

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    1. I'm pleased, Catherine, thanks for your lovely comment
      Si

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  5. Hi Si,
    I'm really loving this room. But I cannot believe that the rug is paper! It is gorgeous and very, very effective. I would never have thought of that. You are a genius!!
    All the best
    Vivian

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    1. Yup, plain old paper, Vivian!
      Hope you are well,
      Hugs

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  6. Si, I agree - the rug looks perfect! What a beautiful room, even without a lot of accessories. It's warm, elegant but cosy and inviting. You are a master!

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    1. Thanks, Shannon. I was rather pleased, not to mention lucky!
      Have a great week
      Hugs

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  7. Hi Si,

    The room looks beautiful and love the choice of rug and chairs.
    You are so very talented.
    happy Sunday
    Carolyn

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    1. Hi Carolyn, more lucky than talented, I think!
      Enjoy you week

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  8. Oh, dear Duke Si, how can this be topped? This is so perfect already, and this supra-portas, oh, they knew how to create impressing moments, didn´t they? Even in miniature. I am so glad, the rug does still show some of the wooden floor, the harmony of both together is so divine. My world is diferent, it is not accurate, it is shabby and crooked and always a bit weird. So I love to look at your world, I hope one day I will gain a bit more discipline...
    Huggies from Méa, have a wonderful "big little time" :)))

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    1. I love your minis, Mea, they are so full of charm and interest.
      I'm glad you like the rug, it was risky but what's life without a little risk from time to time?!
      Best wishes
      Si

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  9. It is a gorgeous room and I adore your choice of rug.....I can see why you are pleased, well done!!

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    1. Thank you, Linda. I hope you are keeping well.

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  10. The carpet is beautiful and goes very well with the sofa.
    Geneviève

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    1. Thanks Genevieve, I'm glad you like the rug.

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  11. Lovely post; beautiful room and thanks for sharing how-to.

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    1. Thanks Tessa, have a great week.

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  12. How wonderful. I have only just started on a mini adventure and you blog is very inspiring (and the carpet is perfect!).

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    1. Thank you Christina, I hope you manage to put up with my ramblings

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  13. Hello Simon,
    Beautiful, as usual. I especially like that you added the chairs with the floral print. They give the room a 1930's look,
    that is far more interesting than simply being a "period" room. The carpet is a great success-being so flat- truly has a needlepoint appearance.
    Bravo!,
    Philip

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    1. Thanks, Philip, I've always been a fan of a bit of chintz!

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  14. This is a beautiful and elegant room. The rug is perfect.

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  15. The paper rug looks very convincing Si! I don't mind rugs being slightly thicker and out of scale but it is very difficult to find rugs like these with this much detail anyway, thick or not.
    The comfy chairs are wonderful (and will be even more so with the fringe on them), I love the slight informality of them in an otherwise quite formal room. It gives the house a lived in look.

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    1. Hey Josje, it's lovely to hear from you. The ribbon arrived today for the braid around the chairs, I'm hoping they will look "country casual" ! ;-)

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  16. Love that rug idea! Did you print it out on a heavier than normal printer paper?
    Hugs

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    1. Hi
      I'm not sure on the type of paper I'm afraid. I just printed it at work on the Marketing department's printer, it was definitely better quality than my regular stuff, that's for sure.

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  17. You know what Simon? I LOVE everything about your rug, especially the pattern! I have never seen it before and it is not only the perfect size for the scale of this room but the colors in it form the perfect partnership with the muted tones of the walls and of your drapes. I think that you have made a Very Wise choice and I commend you! :D

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    1. You are an angel, Elizabeth! Thanks for your lovely comment and encouragement. It can all be a bit worrying making these decisions with so many fine miniers watching whom I hold in such esteem, such as yourself.

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  18. Bonjour Simon,
    magnifique tapis et c'est une bonne idée de l'imprimer sur du papier, on ne le croirait jamais tant il semble réaliste.
    J'ai aussi souvent des lignes qui ne sont pas verticales ou horizontales dans mes photographies de miniatures et "ça m'énerve" ;-)
    Courage pour vos livres, c'est du boulot!

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    1. Hey Jean-Claude, I'm pleased you approve of my risky move to glue the rug to the floor.
      Hope you are well
      Si

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  19. Hi Si,
    The room is beautiful. I love the rug and think the steps you took to preserve it are justified;) It really is the perfect rug for this room and works so well with every element. It is all very grand.
    Big hug
    Giac

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  20. Hello, Simon. I happened to find your blog this morning and have spent some time looking over older posts as well as this one, and I've had such a good time! This is a beautiful room - gracious and elegant, yet curl-up comfortable. I admire the paper rug immensely - I've never thought of using paper, but the one you've chosen is perfect for the room. You're doing fine work on this project. I'm looking forward to future posts.
    Marjorie

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  21. Hi Simon,
    The rug is very elegant, the pattern and colors are beautiful. And what a good idea to print it out.
    Also like the idea of glueing it to the floor. No nasty bubbles or not staying in place.
    Quite brave to do so !
    Hugs,
    Gee

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  22. Apologies for the delay in responding to this post Simon but I have been somewhat distracted recently!

    A paper rug - brilliant. It's such an obvious solution and looks wonderful. I really, really like this room and the rug is a perfect match.

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