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Six Ways to Create a Peaceful Space in Your Home

During this stressful time, many people are turning to yoga and meditation at home. But before you can achieve a peaceful state of mind, it helps to have a relaxing environment! After all, many people go to yoga to escape from cluttered, stressful environments and the hustle and bustle of daily life. If quarantining has taught us all one thing, it’s how important it is for home to be a calming, beautiful space we want to be in.

Here are six tips for creating a peaceful, calming space in your own home so you can clear your mind and rejuvenate your spirit.

Karastan contemporary Mesmerize Area Rug in Aqua.


Instantly transform any room by adding an area rug. A rug can set the tone for design, define a cozy area within a larger space, and completely transform the look of a room. If you’re transforming your space in a pinch with what you’ve got, then almost any rug will do the trick. But before you purchase a rug, be sure to select the right rug for the room based on size and décor.

Whether your goal is to tie a room together with a neutral area rug for a peaceful look, or make a valiant statement within your home, an area rug will make any space more relaxing.


Clutter is the usual side effect of a home that is well lived in, but it can also contribute to a space you don’t want to be in. When it comes to creating a peaceful space, sometimes less is more! What better time to declutter than now, while social distancing at home?

Start by sorting your clutter and making decisions about what should go, what should stay, and what should be stored for later. Sorting your items will make the decluttering process easier. Take inventory of all of your gadgets and ask yourself which ones you really need and use. Everything should fall into one of these categories:


You’ll be amazed at how much easier it is to finish sorting without the extra things you don’t need! Start by designating a pile for things that can be thrown away. When you’re done, gather it into a trash box or bag and get rid of it all!


As you’re sorting, create a pile of items that are important to you but are not used often—these will need to be put into a box or storage container for long-term storage. Items to store can include things such as keepsakes, seasonal items, or anything else you don’t want out but don’t want to get rid of. When you’re done, put these boxes in a storage area that is not used often, such as an attic, storage unit or a guest room closet.


With the garbage and long-term storage items out of the way, it’s time to go through your sorted piles and make a decision about which items to keep or give away. Place all donation items into a box or bag—and follow through by donating all the items that you do not need or want anymore. Find a donation center in your area that is currently accepting donations by curbside drop-off. If none are open, store your donation bags or boxes out of the way in a garage or basement until you can donate them.


            Finally, you will begin to see progress and the hard work paying off as you can now organize and put away all the remaining items in the room.


Open your windows daily to let the sunshine in! While many of us are working remotely, it can be tempting to stay indoors all day. Sunshine can help stimulate your mood to be more productive throughout the day. letting the sun gleam across your room can create a sense of energy. We suggest also turning on a lamp to create a relaxing ambience within the room—this will help if you are working late into the evening.


The downside of being at home every day is that it can be easy to overlook the details. Your floors are clean, your dishes are clean, and your laundry is done—but when was the last time you cleaned your light switch covers? It may not seem important, but a deep clean can make a significant difference in a room. By returning your baseboards and windowsills to a crisp white, cleaning the grimy fingerprints from around doorknobs, and wiping away any marks on your walls, you can instantly transform any space!


Rejuvenate your spirit by adding a diffuser to the room with your favorite scent. This will soothe your senses and support a relaxing mindset during these strenuous times. You can achieve the same effect and add to the ambiance by lighting a candle.

Nature offers many calming elements that can support your space and make the area more beautiful and relaxing. Add a small planter pot filled with your favorite plant or flower. Inside planters can require a little bit of work to maintain, but they can be a great way to add a pop of color—and they do not take up much space. If you have a brown thumb, consider succulents. These inexpensive, easy-to-maintain plants can add an earthy touch to any space.


Sometimes, all you need is a slight change of scenery to feel refreshed! Rearranging your furniture can offer a new and refreshing way of looking at a room. If all your furniture is pushed against the walls of a rectangular space, consider clustering pieces to create smaller, cozy conversation areas.  For an outside-the-box approach, consider reading about the basic elements of Feng Shui—you might find tips that make sense for your home.

By take a little bit of time to create a tranquil environment that invites relaxation, your home can be a refuge for self-care as you shelter in place with your family—not a source of stress.

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Going Bold (But Neutral!) with Antelope

Hi everyone! I’m Monica Benavidez, and I’m the interiors-obsessed blogger at Monica Wants It. My interior design style could be best described as traditional with a twist, and I’m known for my feminine décor touches and love of all things glam and chinoiserie.

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Why I Love Karastan

I’ve always been a fan of Karastan because of their high quality and vast selection of gorgeous floor coverings. As one of the High Point Market Design Bloggers last spring, I had the opportunity to visit their showroom as they celebrated 90 years in business, and I was blown away by their commitment to excellence and quality.

Being able to learn about their manufacturing process, dedicated employees and company values, plus being able to see and touch their rugs/carpets first-hand really affirmed my affinity for the brand.

At their core, Karastan is committed to inspired designs, flawless craftsmanship and long-lasting materials, so your rugs and carpets can last for generations. Whether you want traditional or trendy, Karastan has you covered.

Karastan Antelope

My Antelope Obsession

Selecting a Karastan rug was an easy choice when I started planning out my home office makeover, and I immediately knew what pattern I wanted after obsessing about it for years… antelope!

Karastan’s Savanna Scenes Antelope carpet collection features several colorways to choose from, and I opted for the taupe colorway because I wanted a neutral colored rug that would look good with my décor today and my décor 10 years from now.

The Cut Above program allows consumers to have any of their gorgeous carpet offerings, such as the Savanna Scenes Antelope, to be cut and bound to custom rug sizes. For most homes, mine included, a standard 8’x10’ is a fabulous choice for a bedroom.

Antelope is the perfect bold and neutral rug choice for any space, and the pattern can be spotted often in shelter magazines. If I ever own a home one day with stairs, I’m totally using this print to make a statement on the stair treads!

The subtle, ombre inspired colors paired with the speckled antelope pattern give this rug a timeless yet on-trend look. Whether your home décor leans eclectic, contemporary, farmhouse or boho, antelope is a perfect and failproof choice. It adds pattern, subtle color, warmth, texture and drama all in one. Plus, it is perfect for people who love to change up their décor and want rugs that will pair well with nearly anything.

Antelope rug in the office

A Stylish Office Update

The antelope rug is a showstopper that adds warmth and contrast to my home office amidst my black and white walls and abundant florals.

I love bursts of color, but I also realize a space needs some balance, which is why a large scale, simple pattern such as antelope can help ground a room that has a lot going on. The warm hues of the rug also pair beautifully with the gold and brass accents prominent in the space.

The rug helps create definition in this small, square room. Ever since I added the rug in here, I feel like the furniture placement and flow has improved.

Karastan carpet in the office

Pee Wee, my gorgeous senior dog, often keeps me company when I’m working away in my office, so selecting a durable and stain resistant rug was at the top of my list. His favorite blanket, which showcases his stylish streak, looks right at home next to the rug.

Not only does the taupe color hide his hair extraordinarily well, but the Kashmere nylon fiber has lifetime stain and soil resistance should he have an accident (or I have a crafting mishap).

Plush Karastan carpet

The rug itself is incredibly plush—it’s so plush I’ve developed a habit of walking around sans my gold fuzzy slippers to enjoy the cushy feeling between my toes.

Overall, I couldn’t be more thrilled to finally incorporate this pattern into my home in a space that I spend many hours in each week creating content to help people create beautifully decorated homes.

If you’re ready to incorporate one of the Savanna Scenes Antelope Collection carpets into your home via a custom bound rug in almost any size you need, make sure to visit your local Karastan retailer for more information.

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Style Tips for Small Spaces

Apartment living or downsizing can be a challenge. With the absence of excess space, rooms become multipurpose. A living room also turns into an exercise room, the entranceway into a mudroom, and sometimes the bathroom doubles as a laundry room.

With the restrictions of small spaces, it’s a challenge to find balance between showcasing your personal sense of style and recognizing that your home needs to be inviting and practical for you and your family.

From multi-functional furnishings to small apartment ideas, here are five style tips for small spaces to help infuse your sense of style into a small living space:

{source: Classic Casual Home}


1. Declutter

When everything has some sort of sentimental value, it’s really easy for your home to get cluttered. Our lives often seem too busy to even attempt this first step, but we suggest taking 10-15 minutes each day to tackle this task. Get rid of those papers that you may not need that are piled up on the counter, don’t hang on to those clothes that you don’t wear anymore, donate them. Take inventory of all of your kitchen gadgets and appliances. Which ones do you really need and use?

2. Neutral, Light Colors

When it comes to small apartment decoration, painting your walls in neutral and light colors visually opens up the space and makes it look much bigger. Choose between white, light woods, blush pink and soft grey for your foundation. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take a peek into a bold color for accents though. The key is to remember to balance out that brighter color with softer tones so the room doesn’t become too overwhelming.

{Source: Arianna Belle Blog}

3. Oversized Wall Décor

It may seem counterintuitive to hang an oversized piece of artwork on a tiny wall, but having one large, commanding piece can draw the focus away from the size of the space and toward the art itself. You can also help a room look less cramped by hanging a large mirror on the wall or paneling your closet doors with mirrors. The reflective surface gives the illusion of a larger space, which makes the room feel a lot less tiny.

4. Furniture that fits the room

Don’t go too big with your furniture. If you have low ceilings, choose pieces that sit lower to the ground. This can help create an effect of having higher ceilings. A coffee table could double as a storage bench, or you could push two side tables together as a coffee table with the ease of being able to move them around to add extra space when needed. If you work from home, create a built-in desk area inside an unused closet, nook or any unused space in your home. If you can, find a way to camouflage the space too with a rod + curtain or a sliding door. Hidden storage is optimal! For your dining area, a glass or clear table will keep the appearance of an open and free space.

5. Custom size rug

Now for your fifth wall, the floor!  A light-colored flooring will make the room appear brighter and more open. Our design team recommends the Patola collection in Cosmopolitan for your living room.  Or perhaps you want to have a little more fun with animal prints? Check out our  Savanna Scenes Cheetah. It’s easy to create the perfect custom bound area rug for your rooms, just pick your favorite broadloom carpet and provide your measurements to your local Karastan retailer. When you have small spaces, it’s essential that everything from area rugs to furnishings is the right size.

{Source: Vanessa Francis}


Style: Woolcraft Nouveau


Do you live in a small space? Share with us some of your favorite tips for stylish living in the comments!

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A Custom Rug Helps To Define An Oversized Family Room


Self-taught designer Mollie Surratt shares her living room makeover featuring our cut and bound Ashland broadloom carpet.

When the weather turns warmer, my creativity is awakened along with the fresh rain drops and blossoming flowers. And this spring, I opted to focus my creative attention in my home, so that my entire family could enjoy the fruits of my labor. Along with sprucing up our kitchen, my husband and I decided to give our well-loved family room an overhaul.

Although interior design is my life’s passion, I have two active little girls, Caroline (6) and Charlotte (3) as well as three small dogs. This means that my design choices must be family-friend first—and beautiful second. While I would love the all-white monochromatic look in my family room, it just isn’t practical during this hectic season of life. In fact, I’ve oftentimes considered wrapping everything I own in bubble wrap until they turn 18.

Since bubble wrap isn’t exactly chic, I selected my family room textiles with care. The family room is large and open with a ton of natural light pouring in from the oversized two-story windows. My walls throughout the main floor are painted Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter with trim in Benjamin Moore Navajo White. To ground the room and provide dimension, the built-in bookshelves and mantle are painted Benjamin Moore Galveston Gray. This is one of my favorite warm gray paints because of its taupe undertones.


When creating a room of this size, I always begin with the floor. A great rug defines the space and sets the tone for the feel of the whole room. After thorough research, I opted to create a 12’ X 13’ cut and bound area rug crafted from Karastan’s Ashland broadloom carpet. A cut and bound area rug made from broadloom carpet is the perfect choice for large rooms like this—and provides comfort as well as space coverage. Just ask your local Karastan retailer about Karastan’s Cut Above program for more information. Our new rug is absolutely perfect and gives the space the definition it needed.


Not only is the rug an ideal size, it’s made from Karastan’s SmartStrand Silk fiber and carries the All Pet Protection and Warranty. SmartStrand Silk provides luxurious softness that is also family-friendly because of its built-in stain and soil protection that never washes or wears off. It’s almost as good as bubble wrap but a whole lot more beautiful. To clean up spills and accidents which are inevitable in our house, you simply need a mild detergent and white cloth. As my Caroline says, easy peasy lemon squeezy!

To compliment the rug, I selected oversized gray sofas with a single long cushion to avoid any more surprises found in the cracks. The modern sofa is accented with rustic-chic pillows in neutral tones of taupe, blue and gray. To bring the eye upward, we hung authentic tobacco baskets over each bookshelf and selected accent tables made of reclaimed wood to scatter throughout the room. Accessories are an eclectic mix of treasures from throughout our journey, including favorite books, family photos, preserved boxwood wreath and antique-store finds.


The finished room is a gorgeous blend of old and new—and my entire family, even the furbabies, love hanging out in here. Most of all, I love that it’s stylish enough for entertaining but comfortable enough for family movie night. In my opinion, that what’s real luxury is all about. Thank you, Karastan, for truly helping my family Live Beautifully in our new family room!


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Highlights from Spring 2017 One Room Challenge

We love working with the talented bloggers and interior designers selected to participate in the One Room Challenge, a bi-annual event where bloggers makeover a room in just six weeks! For some, that would seem like an enormously daunting task to accomplish in such a short amount of time. As a sponsor of the Spring One Room Challenge, we worked with six talented bloggers, providing them with everything from wall-to-wall broadloom carpet to custom bound area rugs.


Here are some of the highlights of the Spring 2017 One Room Challenge:

Christine Dovey


Christine Dovey, an interior designer and blogger in Toronto, Canada, renovated her entire basement. With her unique style, she converted the entire area into multiple sections, including a whimsical play area for her children. The main part of her basement featured Karastan’s Antelope animal print carpet from our new Savanna Scenes Collection. Visit her website to see amazing before/after pictures!


Erin Hatzis – Suburban Bees


Erin, one of the two Suburban Bees, had the toughest client to work with this One Room Challenge: her 9 year old daughter. Her tween bedroom and bathroom makeover was a huge success, and included Karastan’s Fassi area rug underneath the bed. What a perfect way to wake up in the morning! Visit her website to see the completed room.


Holly Hollingsworth Phillips – The English Room


We’ve worked with Holly, interior designer for The English Room, on a number of One Room Challenges and she has the most eclectic style. We love everything about this bedroom makeover: from the soft, pink ceilings to the bold wallpaper and artwork. Our new Snow Leopard carpet from our Savanna Scenes collection compliments every single element in this room. Check out the incredible after photos on her website!


Kristin Cadwallader – Bliss At Home


Our animal prints were a big hit among the One Room Challenge bloggers this spring, and Kristin Cadwallader of Bliss At Home requested our Ashen Antelope carpet for use as a stair runner in her entry way makeover. This 1942 Connecticut colonial has such character, and the stair runner is a beautiful contrast to the soft, grey walls that greet you when you enter Kristin’s stunning home. To see Kristin’s beautiful entry way and living room makeover, visit her website.


Katy Lyle – A Touch of Teal


Finally, Katy from A Touch of Teal, spent her six weeks redoing her modern rustic kitchen. The neutral kitchen, with pops of teal color (naturally!) throughout the room, features Karastan’s Tybee area rug in silver. The gorgeous rug compliments the teal of the kitchen chairs beautifully! Visit Katy’s blog to see the kitchen!


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Shabu Cheetah at The Pink Clutch Blog

Paige Minear, the brilliant interior designer behind The Pink Clutch blog, had one of the most colorful room transformation in Spring 2016 The One Room Challenge™. It was no easy task to transform an already beautiful wood paneled den and we were astonished by what Paige was able to accomplish in six weeks!

Paige opted to use Karastan’s Shabu Cheetah carpet from our now discontinued Exotics Collection, and if was a choice that truly pulled this colorful room together. The attention to detail was remarkable, Paige put thought into every single piece – from the pink cushioned stools to the Limoges bowls from her own collection.

We were fortunate to sit down and chat with Paige about her The One Room Challenge™ room transformation. Read on!


Karastan: Tell us about your blog, the Pink Clutch. What type of blog is it, what do you primarily write about, is this also your profession or a hobby?


Paige: The Pink Clutch is a design blog with posts five days a week on a number of design topics.  My goal is to provide inspiration to my readers on the many aspects of design. I write about designers, design trends, travel, food and drink, fashion and our home.  In the past two years the blog has transitioned into a brand and become a full time profession.  I am blessed and incredibly lucky to make a living doing something I love.


Karastan: Is this your first time participating in the One Room Challenge? If no, please tell us about your previous room makeover.


Paige: This was not my first The One Room Challenge™ but my sixth.  The first four were as a linking participant and I transformed our Guest Suite, Porch, Master Bathroom and Laundry Room.  I was incredibly lucky to be chosen as an invited participant for the last round and I transformed our Kitchen and Breakfast room and now once again our Den.  Each time I take on the project I think it will be a smooth ride and it always comes with hurdles and struggles but is so worth it in the end.


Karastan: Why did you choose to makeover this particular room in the home?


Paige: Our Den was the last room on the main floor to be transformed.  I loved the space but the wood judges paneling kept the space dated in its 1982 glory.  For 12 years we enjoyed the space as it was but I was ready for white walls and a massive change.  My husband was the one to fall in love with the space when we bought the home and I was sure he would expect it to remain wood for the duration.  I was thrilled when he suggested we paint it and I jumped at the chance before he could change his mind.


Karastan: What was your inspiration/approach to this project?


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Paige: I knew I wanted a white room, which is very outside my comfort zone, with tons of color.  I have always wanted a green velvet sofa so that was a must have, along with using some of the furniture from our original den.  There is no need to completely replace every single item in a new room, especially when a lot of the pieces still work.  We completely reworked the space for more seating and to create a U shape which would be more conducive to conversations.


Karastan: Did you think you would be able to complete your vision in only 6 weeks?


Paige: When I started I didn’t have any concerns, but about week 3 I began to panic and then at week 4.5 I was truly stressed I would not finish.  There is nothing like doing something in the public eye to add many layers of stress to an already stressful situation.  I was truly panicked for about a week I would not pull it off.


Karastan: What were some of your project concerns?


Paige: The biggest challenge for me was the paint.  After the second painter quit I truly began to panic.  I could not reveal a white lacquered den without the white lacquer.  I reached out to every single designer I knew and asked for their painters and I was truly lucky to not only get one that would fit me in but turned out to be better than any painter I had found on my own.  He was incredible and finished the job in half the time with a better result than had been previously promised.  My next challenge was wallpaper.  When we worked on our kitchen the wallpaper was a disaster and I was very worried about wallpapering another space.  It turned out to be the easiest contractor I used and I think he was in the house for maybe a total of two hours.


Karastan: Tell us  – why did you select a Karastan product for this room?


Paige: I love Karastan rugs and it was an honor to be able to work with Karastan for The One Room Challenge™.  I love animal prints and the Shabu Cheetah carpet was an obvious choice for me.  When I learned that the pattern I chose was being discontinued I was even more excited knowing I would be one of the last to use it.  I could not be happier with the contrast it provides.


Karastan: What’s your favorite thing about the Karastan product you selected?


Paige: The pattern is by far my favorite thing about my Karastan carpet.  The Shabu Cheetah is just the balance of neutral I was looking for to balance a room I knew would scream color.  I have always felt an animal print was a perfect neutral and this carpet might be my new favorite thing.


Karastan: What were the features important to you when selecting a Karastan carpet/rug for this room makeover?


Paige: We are a family of six with two dogs so I was drawn to the durability and stain resistance of the Karastan products.  I want to make sure any rug or piece of furniture we invest in will stand the test of time and family.  So far I have been thrilled with the stain resistance.  I was the first to spill a drink and it cleaned up beautifully.  I could not be happier.


Karastan: How do you feel about the final result? We loved your reveal, were you happy with it too? How would you describe your room makeover stylistically?


Paige: We LOVE the space.  The bright color of the walls greets me every single morning with a smile.  I am thrilled with the change it has given our main floor and the larger feel and seating area it has given us for entertaining.  We love it so much and I still have to pinch myself every day when I see it that it is truly ours.  Oh, and that I really did finish the space.  I was truly very concerned.



All photos courtesy of Paige Minear and The Pink Clutch Blog, photos taken by Christina Wedge.

To see Paige’s room transformation, from start to finish, check out these blog posts on The Pink Clutch.

Week 1: Before

Week 2: The Plan and Fabric

Week 3: Paint, Art and Accessories

Week 4: Lighting, Drapery and Fabric

Week 5: Paint, Wallpaper and the Finish Line

Final Reveal


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Behind the Blue Ceiling: One on One with One Room Challenge Participant Thou Swell

For six weeks in the Spring of 2016, twenty design bloggers participated in the the One Room Challenge™, a biannual event where the bloggers transformed one room and documented the complete redesign. For the second challenge in a row, Karastan has been the official carpet sponsor, and we had the privilege of working with these talented design bloggers.

Kevin O’Gara, design blogger behind acclaimed home and lifestyle blog  Thou Swell, is the youngest participant of the Spring 2016 One Room Challenge. In less that three years, Thou Swell has become a must-visit destination for interior lovers and entertaining enthusiasts. Sharing home and garden, decor, food and entertaining, and a little of his hometown Atlanta, Kevin shares his fresh eye for design and passion for beauty.

Recently, Karastan sat down with the recent High School graduate to discuss the design inspiration behind his One Room Challenge transformation. Read on!

Kevin O'Gara

Karastan: Tell us about your blog, Thou Swell. What type of blog is it, what do you primarily write about, is this also your (future) profession or a hobby?

Kevin: On Thou Swell, I share home, garden, and entertaining inspiration. I post projects and photoshoots from other sources, and also create original projects ranging from full interior design projects to tablescapes and DIY projects. It’s a mix of curation and creation, but the international projects I share definitely translate to my personal style in the projects I produce myself. As a student, I use my blog primarily as a business hobby and a creative outlet, but I’m also learning a lot about photography, marketing, and branding. It will continue to be a hobby for me, though I can’t predict how it will evolve as I go off to college and beyond.

Karastan: Is this your first time participating in the One Room Challenge? If not, please tell us about your previous room makeover.

Kevin: This was my third One Room Challenge makeover, although my first time participating in the designer group. My previous makeovers included a sunroom in my father’s house and the living room in my mother’s house. My first makeover was a small space which had no existing furniture, so I created a tropical-inspired oasis with a blue velvet sofa, zebra hide rug, and a diptych painting I created for the room. It was super fun, but I definitely had a lot to learn about timing a One Room Challenge as I shot the room the day it was supposed to be posted! My living room makeover was better planned, and I used existing furniture in the design so I initially had furniture to work with. It was more a fusion of me and my mom’s styles, and it was fun to work with her on a room that we use so often.

Karastan: Why did you choose to makeover this particular room in the home?

Kevin: I chose my father’s bedroom for this makeover because it was basically the last room that I hadn’t decorated in his house. He moved at the beginning of 2015, and let me decorate all of the main living areas in the house. I later decorated the back (sun) room for my first One Room Challenge and my sisters’ bedroom for a separate blog post, so his own bedroom desperately needed some attention!

Karastan: What was your inspiration/approach to this project?

Kevin: When I approached this project, I wanted to create a masculine retreat that was moody like the rest of his home, but light enough that the one window in the room wouldn’t feel lacking. I started with the high-gloss blue ceiling, then moved to the curtain fabric that covered 120 inches of the wall behind the bed. I knew that these elements had the most impact, so the rest of the room was designed to balance and complement these pieces.


Karastan: Did you think you would be able to complete your vision in only 6 weeks?

Kevin: I’m pretty proud of how smoothly the room came together. I was initially worried about creating a solid game plan for the space in time for product ordering, but it worked out perfectly and all the major pieces were in place long before the photoshoot date. I would possibly change some of the details, like the accent pillow on the bed or the flowers I used in the shoot, but these are minor regrets for sure!

Karastan: What were some of your project concerns?

Kevin: My main concern for the project was dealing with the one window in the room. Although there was just this one source of natural light, the room layout only worked with the bed against the window, which I worried would block too much light. Fortunately, the headboard had a low-profile and kept most of the window clear, and the new chandelier easily lights up the room as well.


Karastan: Why did you select a Karastan product for this room?

Kevin: I selected a Karastan product for the room, because the selection of subtle, neutral patterns in the Karastan collection was exactly what I needed for the room. I was looking for a rug that would complement the bold curtains, so I knew a soft pattern would be just the ticket on the floor. I found exactly what I was looking for in the Violetta Wall Street rug, which I was able to custom order (another plus) for the perfect size rug for the room.

Karastan: What’s your favorite thing about the Karastan product you selected?

Kevin: Besides being incredibly soft and comfortable to walk on (just what a bedroom needs), I love the hand drawn quality to the pattern on the rug. It’s a subtle design that alludes to plaid with a contemporary feel, and the warm grey is just the right shade to keep the room light, airy, yet grounded.

Karastan: What were the features important to you when selecting a Karastan carpet/rug for this room makeover?

Kevin: When I searched for a rug, I was looking for a pattern that would complement the other textiles in the room, and provide a neutral backdrop for the space. Although I wanted it to be the backdrop, I didn’t want a solid rug – I wanted the rug to have enough pattern to have a noticeable effect on the look of the room. The small-scale pattern of the Violetta rug fit the room perfectly.


Karastan: How do you feel about the final result? We loved your reveal, were you happy with it too? How would you describe your room makeover stylistically?

Kevin: I’m so thrilled with my room’s transformation, and I think my dad loves it too! The blue ceiling turned out better than I could have ever hoped, my risky curtain fabric choice turned out beautifully, and the room is light and inviting thanks to the beautiful rug underfoot. If I were to describe the room’s style, I would say that it’s bold, masculine, and traditional with a twist.thou-swell-one-room-challenge-bedroom-5


Karastan: We loved this bedroom makeover too! To see Kevin’s room transformation, click here! To read his step-by-step process, visit Intro, Design, Paint, Artwork, and Styling.

What do you think of Kevin’s bedroom transformation? Let us know in the comments!


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Highlights from the Fall One Room Challenge

One of our highlights for 2015 was our carpet sponsorship of the Fall One Room Challenge™, is a biannual event every April and October. Each round, twenty designers are invited to take the challenge and transform a space. Every Wednesday, the designers document their process while sharing their sources and professional advice over the six weekly posts. Eight bloggers selected Karastan carpets to feature in their room makeover, and the results were absolutely gorgeous! Here are some of the highlights from their projects:



Vanessa Francis is an interior decorator living in a suburb of Toronto, Canada with her husband and teenage daughter. She chose to makeover her master bedroom into a little Parisian getaway. The end result was a pretty and serene room featuring a palette that was fairly neutral. The varying textures from linen, velvet, and wool from her Karastan Woolcraft Nouveau carpet in Metro Grey provided a unique element to her new bedroom sanctuary. The Alexanian Carpet and Flooring in Toronto did a great job serging Vanessa’s new area rug.

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©Jim Zeilan


 An interior designer from Texas, Jennifer Beshears blogs at The Pink Pagoda. In her One Room Challenge project she showcased not one but two Karastan carpets. She chose to redo the entranceway of her friend Jane’s home, and the resulting stairwell is stunning. The herringbone pattern of Karastan’s Cobble Ridge in Driftwood is a beautiful neutral color for the home’s entryway.


Beneath the secretary desk is our Wool Crochet carpet in French Beige that was cut and bound to fit the entryway. The stripes in the rug are a nice contrast to the herringbone pattern of the stair runner. Clifton Carpet did an amazing job installing the stair runner!



Mallory is a fashion and décor blogger at Style Your Senses, a life and style blog for the modern millennial. For her master bedroom redo, Mallory swapped beige for a mostly neutral and soft color palette with lots of plays on texture. Our new Patola carpet in Almond Cream, cut and bound to fit beneath her bed, brightens up the entire bedroom.



You could spend hours scrolling through the pictures of Holly’s room makeover and you still won’t discover all of the hidden elements that puts the wow factor into this living room. The room is bright, bold and colorful with different textures and patterns, exotic artwork and accessories.



Holly selected a carpet from our Exotics Collection in Aberdale Antelope and it’s the perfect foundation for the entire room.



Arianna of Arianna Belle is an interior design blogger living in California who makes custom high-end decorative pillows. Her room redesign features large pieces that are neutral in color with purple and blue pillows, art and other accessories throughout the room. The Area Rug Factory in Ventura County cut and bound the rug, our new Patola carpet in Almond Cream, which is a beautifully fit to the room.



Inspired by a photo of a black and white check room that looks like it is right at home in the English Countryside, our celebrity interior design blogger Kimberly Schlegel Whitman completely transformed the living room at her White Oaks Ranch. The room boasts mixed metallics, plenty of equine accents and artwork, and even a pair of retired polo mallets.


The foundation of the room features our Woolston Plaid cut and bound rug in Redefined Khaki; the print compliments the beautiful pattern on the drapery as well as the animal pattern textiles scattered throughout the room.



Sherry is an interior designer living in Atlanta who blogs at Design Indulgence. For her One Room Challenge, she transformed the living room and dining room of her sister’s home mixing new furniture and accessories with various fabrics and textiles. The living room features our Woolston Plaid carpet in Shoreline, which provided a unique pattern that really complimented the space. From the light walls to the urbane bronze on the built-ins, this new living space boasts a beautiful black and white modern decor with a cozy feel.

What do you think of all of the before and after shots from these blogger projects? We love them all! Let us know which ones were your favorite in the comments.



Room Ideas

Romantic Bedroom Décor on Pinterest

This February, make sure to visit our Romantic Bedroom Pinterest board for romantic décor inspiration. We’ve selected a cross section of décor options: images of muslin bed curtains, antique beds, soft throw blankets, canopy beds, luxurious linens, even romantic pink tufted beds.

Subtly accessories can make all the difference in a romantic bedroom. Scented candles, bedside floral arrangements, and even a ceiling full of twinkling lights can really set a romantic tone. Mediterranean décor, antique French fabric romantic toile wallpaper, or classic couple prints hanging on the walls, can turn your bedroom into a romantic sanctuary.

In the end, nothing is more romantic than soft rose petals scattered across the carpet. Add one of our plush SmartStrand Forever Clean carpets, from our Iconic Square to our Fashion Icon, and you’ll fall in love with walking barefoot in your bedroom all year round.

Make sure you visit our Romantic Bedroom Pinterest board for some inspiring ideas on how to create the most romantic tone in your bedroom décor.

What’s the most romantic item in your bedroom? Let us know in the comments section!