beautiful utility: rug update in our kitchen

Posted on: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Hello friends! I’ve shared photos of my apartment on my blog before and often on Instagram (#aesfnest), but one room I don’t share a ton of photos of is our kitchen. The main apartment areas, our bedroom and living room, get really nice natural light and are fairly spacious, but our kitchen is…small. Tight, slightly crammed, poor lighting. Oh, and rental life means we, of course, didn’t get our choice in finishes and appliances (seriously, our stove and porch are miniature and way too small for tall people like E 😂).

Wayfair recently challenged me to add some beauty to a “utility” space in my home with a rug from the ELLE Décor Home Dynamix collaboration and I gladly accepted! Our kitchen, while the least perfectly styled or “beautiful” area in our apartment, gets a TON of use almost all day, every day. We both like to cook, so one or both of us are often in there making breakfast, lunch and dinner. We have a little coffee station in there, as well as a wine fridge – two areas that are frequently visited. ☕️🍷 Jack’s food and water bowls are also in the kitchen, which automatically makes that area 100000x messier than other areas of the apartment.

I selected this rug from the collaboration’s Lyncrest collection . Previously, we had a thin throw rug in the kitchen that we purchased in Tulum and while I LOVED the pattern and color, it would get so dirty and it didn’t hold up at all when washed. Washing it was probably a massive mistake because it never looked the same after that. 😬 My new ELLE Décor Home Dynamix rug is machine-washable and has non-skid backings, so definitely holds up to the regular life wear and tear that happens in our kitchen. And, the rug is fade and stain resistant! The colors are muted blues/grays and white and the pattern is forgiving meaning we can spill all the things without it getting ruined immediately. I’m sure we’ll appreciate both of those practical and functional features even more when our little baby is here and crawling around, too!

Our kitchen primarily serves as a (very) utilitarian space in apartment, but I love that this new rug makes the room look nice, while still being super functional. We also try to spruce up the way the kitchen’s overall aesthetic by having some framed art above our coffee cart, displaying pretty marble platters and bowls on the counter, having plants hanging on the wall by the window and arranging succulents on the windowsill. PLANTS ARE MY #1 WAY TO MAKE ANY ROOM LOOK BETTER AND MORE ALIVE! 🌿🌵

Thanks to Wayfair for sponsoring this post and for the challenge to spruce up our kitchen with a new rug!



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