I’ve been trying to do put a blog post together with a little video on my faux brick wall but the computer I need to do it keeps causing me all sorts of issues and has shut down on me about 9 times now AND now won’t turn on. AHHHH! Ok rant over, lol. So, I just thought I would give you a little living room tour and talk about how to add layering and texture in design to make a space feel more warm and cozy as well as how I keep all of this white furniture clean. I will also add some affiliate links throughout the post and a source list of my room at the end of the post to assist you with this look if you are interested.
Layering rugs is a great way to add a soft, warm feel to a room. I found this rug at eSaleRugs and I fell in love with the light color and textures. Jute rugs are a great for layering because of their texture and solid color. Layering rugs can also make a space feel larger and more “put together”. I found this old rug that I added on top of my new jute rug at a thrift store, cleaned it up and I love it so much. To clean a thrift store rug, I usually use those steam machines that you can rent from home improvement stores but I also had a friend on Instagram recently tell me that she takes hers out in the drive way and sprays it down with the hose and Dawn dishwashing soap and water and then leaves them in the sun to dry. She said that she has even done that with her jute rugs as well, so I will be trying this in the future.
Adding different textures to any space always makes a space feel more cozy and homey. I love whites and neutrals as you have probably already figured out, but I also love pops of faded colors such as this old rug atop my eSaleRugs jute rug. I have a lot of questions of how I keep my sofas and white furniture clean. Well, my dog it not allowed on my furniture for one but I also wash these sofas and the pillows probably every other month. I love the fact that I can wash my sofas. It also smells wonderful in here after they are all washed. I’ve shared this before but just in case you missed it, I first soak the covers in warm water in my laundry room sink with a scoop of Oxi Clean for 1-2 hours. I have front loaders. I then take 2-3 scoops of oxy clean, my regular detergent, and 1/2-3/4 cups of Shout and mix in up in the drum of my washer a couple of times before adding my covers. I then wash my covers with a warm water cycle. I do an extra spin cycle after they are washed and then put them back on to my sofas while they are still damp (straight from the washer). I then leave the cushions standing up on my sofa to dry with my fan on. They actually dry pretty fast here in the desert. Putting them back on when they are damp helps to keep them from shrinking. And, just a side tip…never dry them, they will shrink horribly and not fit back on the sofa. My sofas are both second hand but they can be found at Restoration hardware (sofa on the right) and Pottery Barn. I bought my Pottery Barn one from a yard sale site and just made sure it was the correct dimensions for IKEA slipcovers before I bought it. The IKEA slipcovers were a great fit. The dimensions of their slipcovers are online just in case you want to see if they would fit your sofa.
As you can see, one of my blankets has some fluff to it and the other on does not. And even though all of my pillows are white, some have a little texture on them which makes them have more of a cozy look than a bland look on my sofa…makes me want to squish down in. My rugs also have different texutres. This amazing 100% Jute Rug from eSaleRugs pairs great with my old vintage rug. The jute rug, being a solid color, helps bring out the colors even more in my old vintage rug. I have to say that Chester is pretty fond of my new rug too. Adding texture and different styles of wood into my wall decor is another thing that I did to bring out all of the amazing colors in these wood pieces. Having everything chippy on one wall would be too much but adding a chippy door to the rest of this wall scheme was the perfect match. And the beads and shells on my cow skull make it look less stark and cold. Using different heights in design also adds more dimension to a space. I used some thrifted books and a small trunk to add some height to my lamp and I love it.
I hope this helped you think of ways you can add texture into your own home design. I love the affordable prices that eSaleRugs offers and all of the options that they have. I am so glad I found this rug. It fits perfect right in here in my living room.
White sofas: Second hand but from Restoration Hardware (left) and Pottery Barn with new Ikea Slipcover (right)
Old Wood Side Table: Antique Mall
Old Trunk: Craigslist
Side Table Decor: Thrifted and small vases from Joss and Main
Old Door: Craigslist
Cow Skull: Antique Fair
Jute Rug: eSaleRugs
Bowl on Coffee Table: House of Herringbone
Coffee Table: Southern Sunshine Shop
Mirror: Thrifted and Painted with my chalk paint recipe here
Wood Sign: @saltedwords
“Farmhouse” Sign: DIY with transfer from thepaintednestshop.com
Standing Mirror in the Hallway: DIY (will have a diy blog post eventually)
TV Stand: Sam’s Club (quite a few years ago) and painted white with my chalk paint recipe here
Pallet Wood Wall Behind the TV: DIY here
Antique Cabinet with Milk Glass: Garage Sale
Printed Pillow: Porter Lane Home
Checker Board Side Table: Thrifted and Painted with my chalk paint recipe linked above
Fluffy Blanket: Home Goods
Faux Fir Blanket: World Market
White Chandelier: Thrifted and Painted with my chalk paint recipe linked above
Old Milk Can: Craigslist