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Designer Challenge: Which Area Rug? {Part One}

It’s time once again for our Designer Challenge. This time I presented three gorgeous area rug options and asked each designer to select her favorite and tell us what she’d do with it. First up, I’m excited to introduce Amanda of Amanda Carol at Home. I stumbled upon Amanda’s blog last fall when I was asked to participate in Living Savvy’s Spray Painters Anonymous series and I immediately knew we would hit it off. She and I share a love of classic interiors with a bit of an edge and her home is stunning- be sure to check out her home tour.



I was so excited to be asked to participate in Shauna’s Designer Challenge. I have seen her other Designer Challenge posts and thought it would be so fun to do and here I am getting my chance!  I was given 3 options for area rugs.




First up was the Dash & Albert Circle Fret Rug.

The second option was the Williams-Sonoma Surf Spray Oushak Rug.

And finally the third option was Anthropologie’s Whorled Trapunto Rug.

Of course loved them all, but my heart did a little happy dance when I saw the Dash & Albert Circle Fret Rug (I have seen this rug in person and let me tell you it is plush, plush, plush!)

So I decided to make this room chic and glamourous. I’m pretending for the moment I have no small children, dog or a husband who would dare mess my lovely room up!

Amanda Carol Living Room Mood Board with Circle Fret Area Rug

I chose a low-arm tuxedo style sofa flanked with a small side table and a rustic-wood end table to mix it up. Both tables are from Layla Grayce and they are not cheap but we’re dreaming here, right?

The sconces are the Serena Sconces from Currey & Co. and they are just lovely- one of my clients recently installed a pair of them in her entry and what a “wow” factor!  The sunburst mirror has been on my wish list for a long time! And because we have already spent a ka-gillion dollars on this room why not throw in an Arteriors glass & brass coffee table. Add two nailhead side chairs. Toss in a few turquoise pillows et voila! you have a chic, sophisticated grown-up room- No kids allowed! (and in a perfect world this would work!)


Thanks Amanda! I love the sophisticated living room you put together. I think this room would make me feel glamourous and want to have girlfriends over for martinis!

What do you think? Which one of the 3 options would you choose and what would you do with it?

Come back tomorrow to see which area rug Leah of The Way We Are chose and what she did with it.



  1. Amanda, I’ve always loved that rug, and you totally did it justice, but I was SURE you were going to pick the third one. What a great series!

  2. Shauna thank you so much for having me.  I had so much fun creating this room.  Cant wait to see what everyone else chose. 

  3. Wow! What a beautiful room…I love Amanda’s mood boards. What a fun designer challenge…I am building mood boards in my head for all three rugs!!

  4. Amanda, Love this room. The sconces really take the room up a notch. Love the soft neutrals with the pop of turquoise, Kathysue

  5. Love it! Great color combo. Where are the pillows from? On the sofa and those on the chairs?

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