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7 Best Reclaimed Picture Frames & How to Use Them.

You are all set to go out for the evening. A nice dress, hair in place, your high heels strapped. And no make-up! Not even a bit! How does that feel? Incomplete, right? Sure, you could go without any make-up, it’s not physically impossible; but, you’d rather not. You know you will look a thousand times nicer if you did put on a bit of make-up!  Exactly like a picture does with a nice picture frame. You could mount pictures without any frame but any picture would look much nicer with the right frame.

  1.  A simple slim iron frame, unobtrusive and non-glitzy but with a charming antique-y character. It is made out of salvaged iron strips and has rustic keyholes and chains for hanging. You can use it to mount a single standout picture, a striking feather( as is shown here), an ornate large key. Anything which is a counterpoint to the plain frame, really. Why we love them is they let the picture pop out. You can buy it here.        
  2.   An exact opposite to the slim edge iron frame  is the recycled wood thick edge photo-frame. Made out of reclaimed red wood from Thailand these frames are a smart example of live-edge, which is a huge object of desire now. You can get them here
  3.  A sleek frame of horn and glass is the perfect frame for a bedside table. Frame pictures of family, or a card that your  daughter painted for Mother’s Day. Artisan Living’s hand made frame available here.    
  4. And here are some cheerful, lovely ikat print frames which are really inexpensive, easy to use and excellent for all family and baby pictures. You can find them here.     
  5. And if you want to go the industrial chic way, we have some really great frames made from reclaimed steel drums. You can even see the industrial print on the iron sheets. I find them great for imparting a sophisticated, theatrical design focus to an office room.   

     6.  If you are looking for a bold sophisticated touch, molten brass is the way to go. Lacking the shininess of gold, it has a rich matt molten metal sheen, which goes so well with leather and wood. The finish is great. Its brushed gold, not the crazy shiny brassy gold that looks super cheap. They are simple and modern.  Perfect gift for a married couple.   

7.  And here are some whimsical picture frames made out of salvaged wood cart wheels. What a rustic touch they bring to your surroundings. This is where you can get them.    

I am sure this has put you in a better frame of mind! Do post pictures and opinions of what makes for a good picture frame.

The latest trends for Rugs & Carpets in 2017!

Now is an exciting time to be buying rugs or carpets for your home. With the upturn in the housing market, the warmth and comfort of carpets is seeing a resurgence. The 2017 look is all about mixing the old and the new. We have scoured the internet to unearth the latest carpet trends of 2017 and listen to what top interior designers say about it.

Hand Woven Rugs & Tribal Designs: The top design trends in rugs and carpets at the Domotex exhibition in Hanover were hand woven rugs and tribal designs, reports Interiorzine. Piero Lissoni, the Italian designer shares that tribal rugs are an art piece, each having their own artistic identity with a special story to tell. They are all made from natural materials and each rug tells the story of the family that had created it: entwining cultural symbols, animals, flowers and events foretold in color. Usually, such tribal design rugs are hand woven out of natural fibers, in bright colors and bold motifs, and typically flat weave reversible surfaces. Here is an example.

Serene & Calm Shades: The very popular Pantone 2015 color, Marsala still rules the wave, even though the new Pantone colors 2016, Rose quartz and Serenity are being preferred by top designers. These quiet colors add just the right touch of serenity and calm to personal areas like the bedroom and study. This is the quartz rose carpet from the Vorwerk collection “Fascination” by designer Giulio Ridolfo while the one below is the serenity shade of blue.

But we are still not over the deliciously complex color Marsala, which is a mixture of wine reds and earthy browns with dashes of mauve and indigo thrown in good measure. It is, no doubt, a rich and ripe color; the color of fullness and indulgence. Here is a beauteous piece in marsala at Persian Rugs.

Combining tradition and modernity: This is the era of mixing influences. Says Warren Sheets in House Beautiful in the February 2017 issue that “No one is interested in designing an entire space, let alone an entire home, with a strict period in time”. While its great to have a period as a starting point, you can play with mixes of elements of the past and future to design an aesthetic look which is truly yours. Here is an antique Bukhara rug showcased by Elle Decor in their top show-stopper rugs teamed with contemporary Southwestern furniture.

In the Brooklyn townhouse of ceramist Amanda Moffat, the living room's Bukhara rug is from ABC Carpet & Home. The pressed-tin lamps are from Lexington Gardens. Get the look: Antique Bukhara Wool Rug, $2,000,

Organic & Natural Materials: Eco-friendly, organic rugs and carpets are very much in style as per Home Flooring Pros. Sisal, raffia and sea-grass rugs work very well in and urban setting and offer a hard-wearing and natural look with earthy, color tones. But what really excites us are hand-dyed indigo jute or hemp rugs which are modern and truly cool. Here is the piece we loved.

Another fast-growing trend in rugs 2016 is named Nature Luxe by Victoria Redshaw, the Futurist at Scarlet Opus, a trend forecasting company in UK. She describes the concept behind this trend as a way of disengaging from our busy, technologically-infused lives, and embracing the quiet. While we may crave a return to more simple times, we still appreciate a sense of luxury. This trend looks to hand-crafted elements for that blend of simplicity and luxury. Here is Houzz collection of Zen carpets.

The natural luxe style promotes calm with a soothing color pallette in neutral tones and soft, shimmery finishes. Natural materials such as hides are a big part of this trend. Here are some great distressed scratched leather rugs from MapleNest.

Last but not the least, are the breathable fibers like jute or hemp which are combined with silk, wool, or linen, to create a luxe version of natural rugs, in warm earth tones.


And to round it up, the Anji Mountain Cobblestone Bamboo Rug from the Georgia Mills is such a style statement this year.

So here’s hoping you borrow some ideas from these hot trends and bring them to life in your beautiful homes!