Shannon Berrey

The Versatility of the Cotton Rug

Friday, June 10, 2011

Cotton rugs are such a great accent to so many different design styles. Dash and Albert offers
such a great variety of cotton rugs at affordable prices. The company has only been around
 since 2003, but they took the market by storm. Take a look at them in action. 


And, cotton rugs are so thin that you can layer them on carpet as well.

{not a Dash and Albert--not sure the source}

{shannon berrey designs}

They also make these rugs into cute tote bags.

The totes got me thinking about other ways to use a cotton rug.


In this room, I started with some not very attractive x-benches from K-mart.

I painted the legs green, did a little distressing and then glazed them. Then I cut up this rug:


And made slipcovers.  


But, I didn't stop there. Nope, I was on some kind of rug roll. I needed a window treatment for
the adjoining bathroom. I had the remainder of the rug made into a roman shade.

It worked beautifully! 

This week I got on another 'cut a rug' kick. I found the Striped Cottage Rose at Urban Outfitters
and knew it would work great in front of the shower in my {almost} redone bathroom.
 The problem--it only comes in one size--4' x 6'. This was way too big. Ideally, I needed 48" x 30"
due to a vent on my floor. But, I knew it was cotton, so I knew I could customize it.

It also allowed me to have 2 rugs--one in front of the shower and one in front of the vanity. I played with
which parts of the rug I wanted to keep. And then I cut it, zig-zagged the edges {serged edges are ideal
 but, my serger is broken :( , ironed a hem and stitched it down. 

2 custom rugs for $58. Not too shabby.


Yes, this is the bird bathroom that is still not complete. I am looking for some art, the 
'returned for the correct ones' knobs from Anthro, and then I will be ready for the reveal. 


Have a wonderful weekend! Go cut up something. 

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I'm an artist, interior designer, wife and mom. Join me here as I share projects, ramblings, and inspirations.
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