Finding Vintage Rugs on Etsy

This beauty above we snagged for a gorgeous baby girl nursery!

These days, I find a good chunk of the rugs I use in my designs on Etsy.  Still a place to strike a good deal on vintage designs, Etsy allows you to buy directly from vendors in Turkey and other locations know for their artistry in the rug field.  This style of rug is so wonderful in a variety of spaces and with numerous styles of decor- from modern to traditional, in a bedroom or a kitchen. They also hide a lot of dirt and stains, which is a fantastic bonus when you have a toddler dripping ice cream on them.

When looking for great vintage rugs on Etsy you need to be smart about search terms (and that means also searching for rug types that are incorrect- as I learn more about rugs as I develop my own line, I am beginning  to understand the proper names for different styles).  The styles that I search for are “Oushak”, “Anatolian”, “Persian”, “Turkish” and “Caucasian”.  Add to that the terms “faded”, “pale” or “washed” if you want something very worn looking.  Or the specific color you want… or all three (ex. “faded blue Oushak”)

Below are links to some of the great vendors I like on Etsy for rugs of this style. A lot fo you ask where I get these when I share them on Instagram, so I thought I’d share a few. :) Click on each rug image for the link!

Jorey Hurley’s Gorgeous Prints

I figured something light and bright was needed today and so I wanted to share the work of Jorey Hurley that I found on Etsy who does the best prints for kids rooms (and some for any kind of room). I love the style, the modern edge and the bold color. Available from 8″ x 10″ to 30″ x 40″, these would look great in groupings or on their own. I have my eye on some for Henry’s eventual big boy room.

I’d LOVE to do a whole wall of her alphabet prints in a playroom. Would be stunning and huge. :)

There are also some cool prints for grown ups too.

Have a sunny day everyone.

Fabulous Kids Room Finds From Etsy

We’ve been doing a lot of kids rooms and nurseries lately (most of them e-design, actually- it works so well for this type of room) and I have found myself sourcing more and more from Etsy for unique and custom offerings.  I absolutely LOVE finding completely off the radar items for any space in the home, including nurseries and kid spaces.  From antiques to custom bedding, you can really source some incredible stuff with a little legwork.  Or I can share some favorites and make it a little easier for you… :)

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Shopping Vintage on Etsy (Tips & Tricks Too!)

On a whim I bought this concrete bust of David on Etsy (from this shop) without any idea where it was going to go in our new studio. He now holds a place on our front console that is getting a great linen skirt made for it.

As designers, we shop on Etsy A LOT.  Not only for newly made or custom items (as detailed in this post), but for antique and vintage items too.  Etsy has become a bit of a “normal budget” 1stDibs in that there is some high end antique dealers, but mostly its small shops with decent prices for interesting goods.  You just have to dig a bit more as it is a bit less curated, but in the best way possible! You can still find amazing deals on lots of things on Etsy, where as some other online vintage shops you cannot.

A good example of this was when we were looking for a pair of vintage x-benches for a great project below (you only get a sneak peek here as we are pitching it to magazine right now).  We found the perfect set from an expensive vendor but perused Etsy to see if anyone else had a pair we could refinish.  And we found the EXACT pair we loved for about 1/4 of the price.  We had them repainted and reupholstered and they came out perfect and added that patina we were looking for in the space.

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Etsy Sources for Custom Upholstery

A bunch of you have asked me on Instagram where I got my new ottoman, which replaced our glass coffee table a.k.a. “The Baby Guillotine”. I looked high and low for a  zebra cowhide ottoman in the size I needed for my long, narrow living room and struck out.  And the designer grade custom items I was pricing out were a fortune.  So I turned to Etsy (as I do quite a lot when looking for custom goods that don’t break the bank). I had one made for me by the shop 1801FurnitureCo. and it came out perfect!
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