The Battle of the Manse

Picking things that are going to appeal to a large audience isn’t as easy as just having the appropriate budget to spend.  The inhabitants, and even casual users, will tell you exactly what they want in the design – even if there time there is going to be brief.  Herein lies the challenge.  You will never please everyone with your design choices.

Left:  Oly Studio – Flowerfall Chandelier $3,000.  Right Top:  Parsons Table – West Elm $400.  Right Bottom:  Pappelina Rug SVEA, Grey.

Offering options in these trying times is likely to be your safest – albeit not the purest route to achieving your overall aesthetic.  I am going to tackle it room by room as I have already encounter much opposition along the way.

Left:  Ro Sham Beaux Chandelier Malibu 18 $1998.  Right Top:  Ballard Designs . Tatum Trestle Table $1099.  Right Bottom:  Ballard Design . Braided Jute . $449.

The bedrooms are easier because people feel ownership or none at all – those you can work with a single end-user to determine the design.  Public rooms require a good deal more diplomacy, and in the busy season, I feel a little less diplomatic than this situation might call for – still – I soldier on, because in the end the input from those that will enjoy the space matters a lot.

Left Top:  Pottery Barn . Francesca Beaded Chandelier, Grey  Left Bottom:  Knoll Saarinen oval table – Inmod $899.  Right:  Turkish Oushak – Nazmiyal Collection $62,000.

I have devised three rough plans for the living room, center around the chandelier, carpet and table.  Which would you choose for a Cape Cod, year round home?

Pappelina: Plastic Rugs

STOP RIGHT THERE.  I know what you’re thinking – plastic – how gauche.  If you think there is no place for a plastic rug in your life, these Swedish beauties are sure to change your mind, and I plan to help that process along.

Pappelina . a mash up of the words; paper, linen, and Lina (Rickardsson) the designer and founder of these unusually thick, soft, rugs.  Pappelina, the name just rolls off the tongue. I like saying it several times in a row.  Some words are like that.   I can imagine the rugs rolling down the hall, in that lonely space between the kitchen sink and the island, in your mud room, on the patio, just outside the splish, splash, bath.  Practical, sure.  Pretty, a mon avis, oui.

The use of roughly twice as many plastic ribbons to fabricate the carpets, along with a technique called Jacquard, which allows for free form patterns, helped contribute to the explosion in sales.  While the BOB – a standard striped pattern remains a top seller, the VERA which uses the Jacquard technique gives it a run for its money.


Rex . Pappelina Plastic Rug.

It naturally lends itself to coastal locales as water, sand, and at times what seems like the entire outdoors, finds its way in.  I would argue though that the beautiful patterns, colors, and durability should not be overlooked for a city apartment, a ski chalet, or a cabin in the woods.

Svea - Pappelina

Svea . Pappeln Plastic Rug.

They are eco-friendly – made of Swedish Plastic Foil.  The plastic ribbons are new PVC, not recycled so they contain no harmful metals, or softeners, and maintain color and durability.  They are easy to care for, and I know that many will argue their Oriental Rug needs no care at all, hides the dirt, and spills, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there.  Pappelina rugs can be tossed in the wash – you heard me – throw them in the washing machine, and then let them air dry.  Try that with your Oriental, and let’s not forget they are super high maintenance when it comes to storage.  They like to be hung, not rolled, a major inconvenience for those of us that don’t have a rug barn on our property.


Will . Pappelina Plastic Rug.

Pappelina – there I go again – saying it.  It feels as good as taking off my 5″ pumps at the end of a long day and walking up and down my own private runway – I mean runner.


Koi . Pappelina Plastic Rug.

Locally they can be purchased at:  C’est la Vie, Marblehead, MA, Colony Rug Co., Hanover, MA or Isabel Harvey, Wellesley, MA – for additional information and stores near you –