When I moved into my cottage almost four years ago, I loved being surrounded by neutral, farmhouse decor. If I’m being honest, I also wanted to please the farmhouse community on social media. It seemed every scroll yielded another stunning home filled with lots of woods and whites. But then, my friend Wendy (@chairwhimsy) came up spring of 2019 with her new line of vibrant, colorful chairs and used my home for a photoshoot. Shortly thereafter, I ordered a new, bright Suzani rug from Ruggable, and it’s like the scales fell off my eyes!
All of the sudden my main living area was bright, joyful and looked so alive, much like the emotions I have in my heart! And I got to thinking…. Is my design style shifting? Is color truly calling my name? But, would social media embrace me for bucking the neutral, farmhouse style décor trend? It was risky, but I slowly started introducing color into my home and to my community.
The first go around with my new Suzani rug from Ruggable was extremely well received. In fact, Ruggable even used my photo for an advertisement on Facebook and I couldn’t keep up with all the positive comments! Everyone embraced the change! And then I got to thinking…. Should I take this up a notch? And well, I did! And here we all are!
Over a year ago, Wendy and I began to plan for new chairs. We actually met at her studio in Round Rock, Texas to review fabric swatches. I loved everything she presented, but ooooooo I was soooo scared! Neutral is comfortable and easy. Mixing fabrics and colors is SUPER hard for me. Yet, I trusted Wendy’s design eye and ultimately, we picked a vibrant, colorful pattern from Schumacher called Landsdale Bouquet. It’s filled with red, oranges, greens and pink! The perfect color scheme to match my cottage.
And although I adored my Suzani rug from Ruggable, the patterns would clash. Wendy and I searched through the Ruggable catalog and ultimately landed on this gorgeous Fruit Punch rug. It’s whimsical and lively, covered with cross sections of citrus slices. Definitely a décor risk, but I jumped in with both feet!
The thing I love most about Ruggable is the rugs are machine washable. If a pet has an oopsie, or I spill my soup (or wine *wink*), I can simply remove the rug from the Velcro pad, and toss it in the wash. UNBELIEVEABLE! They are so well made. This aspect alone makes their rugs a great investment!
And then, I couldn’t just leave my living room neutral, so Wendy helped me pick out a new rug for this space. For the last four years, I had a jute rug under my couch, which I absolutely adored. But it didn’t geehaw with the new, vibrant space in my adjacent dining room. Again, I was terrified to pick the wrong rug, so after seeking Wendy’s advice, I settled on this gorgeous, Floret Sunrise rug. And OH MY GOSH. Once I had it in place, my heart skipped a beat. It filled my home with lots of deep red, yellow, green and mauve tones! It almost moved me to tears because I loved it sooooo much.
Then, I needed to add complementing accessories to top off the space. I contacted my friends over at MadCap Cottage (the EPITOME of colorful interior designers) for help with fabric for new couch pillows. I texted Jason over a picture of my new rug, and he used his expert design eye and picked out Georgica Pond in Rhubarb and Blossom Dearie in Celery that were the perfect complement to my new Ruggable. (MadCap Cottage products are all made in the USA and the fabrics are designed and painted by John!)
Next, I made a trip to At Home Stores in Shreveport and found a MOUNTAIN of clearance deals on new, colorful artwork. I replaced the existing neutral gallery wall above my couch with lots of energetic, quirky framed art. And again, once I stood back to admire this space, I was seriously in awe. I’m not an interior designer y’all, like not even in a little way. So, I constantly surprise myself when I create a cute space.
And so that’s how I transitioned my home into a colorful, vibrant, cheerful abode and left farmhouse neutrals behind. I honestly don’t think I’ll ever go back to full on neutral. Personally, my design style has evolved over time, as I bet yours has too. Of course, there are timely trends we all seem to follow. But I think this quote from Shannon Ridings, left as a comment on one of my IG posts, sums up my thoughts exactly. “I take my que from nature, not quest.” Let me encourage you to get comfortable in your own skin. Find what makes your heart happy. Then go all with both feet! You do you my friends, and your heart will be content.
Let me know in the comments what you think of my new décor! If you are still team neutral, that’s A OK! But if you love color, tell me that too!
A big, thank you to Ruggable for sponsoring this post! Use code SIMPLYSOUTHERN10 by March 8, 2021 for a 10% discount off a new rug! Then once you have it in your space, send me a pic and tell me how much you love it too!