As a rule, rugs rule. My home decor obsessions are varied, but rugs really lie at the top of the pile. I love furniture. I love art and textiles. And maybe I'm just a weirdo, but I somehow have a more emotional and nostalgic connection to rugs. I can't remember how my grandmother's house was decorated 15 years ago (she updates a lot), but I have such vivid memories of the red carpeting that covered her stairs when I was a kid. Or the blue diamond rug that my parents moved from under the dining room table to my sister's bedroom to its current location, my brother's house. I had Christmas dinners on that rug!
The allure of a rug is palpable because they are something you physically touch—you sit, stand, walk, and lie on them. For me, a rug is the first thing my feet touch when I get out of bed every morning, and I think there's something about that act that creates a very strong sense memory connection.
The best rugs are really works of art. And the thing is, they can totally transform any space. A tiny apartment, a huge empty room… you name it. There are so many amazing styles, materials, shapes, and sizes—the possibilities are endless. As the seasons change and it gets a little cooler, now is the perfect time to invest in a new rug to keep your feet cozy and your home fresh.
Click through the gallery, below, to see some of my favorite picks.
Aelfie, Maimana Flat-Weave Rug, Blue, $89.00-$1,889.00, available at Aelfie.
Paige Gemmel, Palace Portrait Rug, $248.00-$2,048.00, available at Anthropologie.