HOUSE: Newburgh

This is what my living room looks like now.

I’m pretty happy with how the living room at the house is looking right now, so I thought I’d put down the iPhone, pick up a real camera, and take a few photos.

Bruno went through a phase (and by “phase” I mean the first nine years of his life) where he pretty much regarded any kind of floor covering as a giant wee-wee pad, so rugs have mostly been something I fantasize about for a long time. Something happened this past year, though—I’m not sure what (his brain is probably the size of a walnut, so I doubt he knows either), but when I decided to take a chance and put my favorite rug down in the apartment Bruno didn’t pee on it. Not the first day, not the second day, not ever. Good boy!

I’ve been wanting the Stockholm Rand rug from IKEA for years now. Every time I see it come up on a blog or in an interiors magazine, my heart jumps a little. I decided that I’d buy it maybe make Bruno wear a diaper. The only thing is, though, that this rug is one elusive little sucker. I can’t even tell you the number of times I obsessively checked the websites for the Paramus, Elizabeth and Red Hook IKEAs hoping to find it in stock somewere.

Alas, it was not to be—until a few weeks ago. The Red Hook IKEA got about a dozen in stock, so Evan and I hustled over there on our way up to the house one night. He ran in with 10 minutes to spare until closing while I stayed in the car with the dogs, and the rug was ours.

It totally makes the living room. (I mean aside from the fireplace.)

See that good little boy under the chair?

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  • Reply Maria @ Scandifoodie August 26, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Looks good, I like it I like it! I have very similar colours in my living room, even the pink cushions! I love the rug and I also have IKEA rug, Stockholm (with triangles).

  • Reply Adam August 26, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    I love how the living room is looking and that rug is awesome! I really like the pop of color in the pillows on the sofa and the throw on the back.

  • Reply Brianna August 26, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    So beautiful and very thoughtful. A space I would love to curl up in spend some time with. Nice job on the rug score!

  • Reply Karen August 26, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Just gorgeous!

    Your blog/home has inspired me to have a spring clean and declutter … thanks

  • Reply Annette August 26, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Looks great! Now if Bruno could only teach my 2 chihuahuas. I’ve been rugless for over 12 years!

  • Reply Katie August 26, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Lovely! Where are those chairs from if I may ask?

    • Anna @ D16 August 26, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      Thanks Katie! The chairs are antiques old—standard mid-century Danish stuff, no maker’s mark. I had them reupholstered a few years ago in a Maharam wool.

  • Reply Prisluna August 26, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Love everything, and the rug is so cool, I want the same !!!!
    Big hug

    P. from France.

  • Reply Chris August 26, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Fantastic! Congrats:)

  • Reply Daniel @ Manhattan Nest August 26, 2012 at 3:02 pm


    Oh, Bruno and his walnut-brain. That’s pretty special.

  • Reply Benita August 26, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Good boy, Bruno! Lovely living room, Anna!

  • Reply Meghan August 26, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I am so relieved to know that this dog rug situation is an actual thing and not just my dogs trying to ruin my life. They’re 6… so 3 more years until we get rugs? I’m going to start saving now.

  • Reply Kathryn August 26, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Love the rug (and the fireplace). I’ve played the same chase game at our IKEAs and have yet to find the elusive things. I gave up and got a chevron, which I don’t love, but works.

  • Reply Emily August 26, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Beautiful. I’ve always loved that rug too. You’re right, it’s charm just doesn’t get old!

  • Reply madison August 26, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    my entire life/design style is basically dictated by whether or not my cat will attempt to eat/destroy what I bring home. Casualties thus far: 2 plants (both non-toxic), glass vase, cute cocktail ring (batted out of my ring holder onto the floor, where it was stepped on), carpet in the bedroom, 2 sets of blinds (I am not brave enough to experiment with what would happen to curtains).

  • Reply Liza August 26, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I love the entire look…funny, that I focused on that small clay pot next to the fireplace. I really love that!

  • Reply Pati N August 26, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Love it Anna! I too finally acquired the rand rug! I live five hours away from an Ikea…it was tucked in the back but I spotted it! Aside from having to vacuum it every two days, I love it too.
    Your home is so inspiring…I so look to you for inspiration and ideas.

  • Reply Liz August 26, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Oh, how I love this rug!  It’s been on my wish list for a few years now. I keep looking and it is never in stock when I can go to my local store. But I will get it… eventually. 
    You living room looks wonderful. It shows how great design from different eras can fit together beautifully. I imagine that as the light changes – by the time of day and with the season – the feel of the room slowly evolves. If I were you I’d be seriously chuffed. 

  • Reply nicolezh August 26, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I love your living room- the first pic with your sofa and the bold hot pink pillows looks amazing! And you make me try out black walls- unfortunately we have a strict white wall ony dictatorship set up by my partner.
    How dark did your LR get after painting it black? Do you sometimes regret it, maybe on a grey day outside?

  • Reply Iona August 26, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Since when is mid-century considered antique? Have we done away with the 100 year rule or is it just a generational thing? I was born in 1954 and I don’t consider myself to be an antique. Just one woman’s perspective. Otherwise a lovely blog that I enjoy very much.

    • Anna @ D16 August 26, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      Vintage? Is that better? Used? Old? I’m not really concerned with semantics when it comes to that kind of thing. My only intent was to indicate that the chairs are not new. I promise to look up the correct terminology if I ever list them for sale on eBay. 😉

      Also pretty sure we don’t refer to people as being “antique,” “vintage” or “used,” (or “mid-century,” for that matter) so please don’t take it personally! They’re chairs, not humans.

  • Reply kimberly August 26, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    i became a very happy lady too when i bought that rug last year. it really made my living room a much better place. i also find that the ikea in hicksville has good stock on all things black since long island is more of a beige kind of town 🙂

  • Reply Viktoriya C. August 26, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Your living room looks wonderfu! I love the contrast of everything, and yet the way it all flowstogether within the same color pallette.

    Earlier this year I purchased that same couch, and have not been able to find a rug worthy of it (i’ve been dreaming of the Karlstad for awhile before slpurging on it). I’ve been eyeing this rug at IKEA as a possible option, but haven’t been able to make a commitment. Seeing it paired perfectly in your living room gives me a preview of what they look like together… hmmmm…..

    p.s. may I ask the source for the reverse-raindrop pillows?

    • Anna @ D16 August 26, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      I’ve very happy with the Karlstad. We’ve had it for about four years now I think, and we also have the loveseat version in the apartment. Can’t beat the price, that’s for sure!

      The raindrop pillows are from CB2 🙂

    • Viktoriya C August 27, 2012 at 11:47 am


  • Reply Kirsty August 26, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Just wondering what the pic above the chair in the corner is, the colours swirly looking one? It’s just beautiful. But then, the whole room is just awesome.

    • Anna @ D16 August 26, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      Thanks Kirsty! The picture above the chair is just a photograph of smoke that’s been digitally colored in a rainbow hue. 🙂

  • Reply raquel August 26, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Hello Anna,
    I really like this rug everytime I see it, but it makes me kind of dizzy when I look at it (I mean in real life!)

    The room is beautiful.

    • Anna @ D16 August 26, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      Do you mean dizzy in a bad way, like that it gives you vertigo??

    • raquel August 27, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      Hi Anna,

      em, no, not as bad as vertigo, but I can´t look at the rug for long, because the black and white pattern tends to “mix” and I can´t focus very well, so it feels kind of dizzy, but it stops when I don´t look. Actually I think it´s an eyesight thing (I have astigmatism) and it´s difficult for me to focus on certain pictures or patterns. Did you get these 3d dot pictures that were everywhere (ages ago)? I was never able to discover the “real” image inside them and I never knew why until a doctor explained that it was because of my astigmatism… and then I was SO relieved!! Hahahaha.

      I´m chuffed to bits that you answered, tee-hee.

  • Reply Kelsey Elizabeth August 26, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    that rug was well worth the chase! Your pink pillows are fabulous as well 🙂

  • Reply Grumble Girl August 27, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Man, that looks terrific, girl – and why did I think you had that carpet before, I wonder? Prolly because it’s exactly what you should have had all along, I guess… excellent score! (So satisfying, no?) Wonderful. I hope your furry little boy remains a good DRY boy!!

    • Anna @ D16 August 27, 2012 at 9:20 am

      Hehe…yes, that rug and I were meant to be!!

  • Reply Francine August 27, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Love the little pops of color. I feel like I’m not cool enough to have a room like that in my home. It looks great!

  • Reply Cher@NR August 27, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Looks lovely.

  • Reply Eleni August 27, 2012 at 11:30 am

    It looks so beautiful and makes me wish I had even 1/2 of your design talent.
    Good boy Bruno ; )

  • Reply liz August 27, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Hi Anna,
    Can I ask about your pictures? What height do you hang the frames? (I’m about to starting hanging and lots of online advice looks too high to me.) Thanks.

    • Anna @ D16 August 27, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      Hi Liz, I hang everything at 63″ on center. If I’m hanging a group of things, I go by the overall center point of the group. Obviously I make exceptions to the rule if there’s furniture/shelving involved.

  • Reply Martina August 27, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Hi Anna! All looks amazing! I have been sporadically checking on the Rand rug in our Ikea too but to no avail….it was there about 6 months ago and when I went to buy it recentlly….nothing and no date for when it’s next available! Pass snuggles to Bruno for being such a great little lad!

  • Reply Kyle @ chezerbey August 27, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    love the cohesive design, and your little bruno, are you able to use the fireplace in winter?

  • Reply Lorie August 27, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I like how Fritz photo-bombed your pictures! 🙂
    Looks great btw! 🙂

  • Reply kay* August 27, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    My first thought when I saw the first picture was “the rug, the rug – she got the rug!” 🙂

    Looks fabulous! And I love the African textile on the back of your sofa…and the bits, not “pops” 😉 of hot pink…

    • Anna @ D16 August 27, 2012 at 9:10 pm

      I know!! And you didn’t even have to mail it to me. 😉

      (Hahaha, yeah, you know how I feel about “pops”!!)

  • Reply Lizzie August 27, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    That rug is gorgeous — just like the rest of the room! Such great taste.

    And this is a pointless thing to add, but I love how clean your floors always look.

  • Reply Jenn Ski August 28, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Looking good!
    You have motivated me to buy some dark paint. Thinking hallway and maybe bedroom next.

  • Reply Sally August 28, 2012 at 11:08 am

    I absolutely love love love everything about your living room. Such amazing style. We have a similar white fireplace and I’d love to paint the wall behind it dark, but unfortunately we’re still renting. One day…!

    • Anna @ D16 August 28, 2012 at 11:17 am

      Your landlord won’t let you paint?! I never understand that kind of thing!

  • Reply how2home August 28, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    there isn’t one thing i dont like about your space! Matte black wall is fantastic! I’d love to have a matte black wall in my future home as well and the pops of fuschia is beautiful! Very modern and chic! Great job!

  • Reply Kate August 28, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Is that a cushion cover or throw blanket on the back cushions of the couch? Where is it from? I love it! Congrats on a beautiful room (I found you on Pinterest!)

    • Anna @ D16 August 28, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      Hi Kate, that’s an Malian mud cloth (bògòlanfini) on the back of the couch. If you search for “African mud cloth” on eBay you can usually find a few. They’re really beautiful! I have an indigo one on the bed in my guestroom.

  • Reply Laura @ Live Cre8ive August 29, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Hi -all the way from Sydney, Australia! I soooo love your blog and following your home makeover projects! Your living room looks fab and I was wondering if you’d mind sharing the details of the coffee table? Thanks a bunch!

    • Anna @ D16 August 29, 2012 at 11:37 pm

      Thanks, Laura! The coffee table came from CB2.

  • Reply sierra August 30, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Oh YES!!!!!! Perfection is in the details…I love how uncluttered yet accessorized it is, I have a hard time not putting out all my favorite tchockies (sp?) all at once. I’m taking this as a lesson in curating!

    • Anna @ D16 August 30, 2012 at 6:43 am

      Never “curate”! Your house is not a museum. Keep what you love, and put things where it makes YOU happy to see them. Clutter can be beautiful!

  • Reply Rox August 30, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    gorgeous space Anna! you’re making me want to redecorate. 🙂

  • Reply Camille August 30, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Love everything about your living room. Everything!

  • Reply Open^house blog, Norway September 2, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    congrats on your new rug
    what a feeling when it’s finally yours, huh?

    I love your retro lounge chair, by the way!
    danish vintage?

    best wishes
    Open^house blog, Norway

  • Reply Open^house blog, Norway September 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    have you tried putting something inside your fireplace, btw?
    huge candles look amazing. 🙂

    Perhaps some decorative logs one day, we’ll see…

    • Anna @ D16 September 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      Yes, been there and done that—I prefer it empty 🙂

  • Reply jeremy hughes (@photoatomic) September 3, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    anna i love this. it looks like a space people actually live in and not some design experiment.

    • Anna @ D16 September 3, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      Hahah, I assume by “people” you mean me and Evan?

    • jeremy hughes (@photoatomic) September 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      ha ha ha yes! awfully sick of people decorating their homes to look like museums not actual homes. it looks like a nice functional space. your blog is always fantastic inspiration. thanks!

  • Reply Cheryl Jones September 3, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    That black and white rug just makes the room. Love the design! The old fireplace is pretty cool too though.

  • Reply Suzanna September 4, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    hi anna,
    i’m wondering how you like your karlstad sofa. how do you feel it’s held up? is it comfortable, or do the cushions lose support? i’m thinking about buying the sectional b/c that’s what will work well in our space and i like how affordable it is! i currently have crate and barrels petrie couch and i love it so much, mid-century lines. but i cant’ afford the petrie sectional, and really just want something to get me through my kids, then splurge when they’re done spilling food and spitting up. would love to hear how it’s holding up for you! thanks!!!

    • Anna @ D16 September 6, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      Hi Suzanna, sorry, I missed this question the other day! Yes, we’ve been very happy with the Karlstad—no loss of support in the cushions at all. We also have the loveseat version in the apartment, and that one’s been great as well. Plus, the covers come off and can be washed. 🙂

    • Suzanna September 21, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      anna, thanks so much for the response! we are seriously considering it!! just saw the photo of the loveseat – love the painted legs!!

  • Reply Suswhit September 6, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Still rug-less here. [sigh] 9 years you say?

  • Reply sylvia September 6, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Such a perfect balance of modern and vintage. I just bought the Karlstad sofa and chaise and absolutely love it, but I haven’t been able to talk my roommate into the Stockholm rug. I can’t win all of the design battles… 🙂

  • Reply jja September 8, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Maybe Brungo just didn’t like the look of your ex rugs?

  • Reply Lena November 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Hi Anna,

    I always try to search through your blog before being another person asking you for the source for something… That said, I can’t find where the pink-ish/wine/magenta pillows in your living room these photos are from and would be very grateful if you could share the source. Thanks so much–your blog and design sense are endlessly inspiring!

    • Anna @ D16 November 17, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      Hi Lena, they’re hot pink and they’re from IKEA!

  • Reply Muoi January 7, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Hi Anna, could you please tell me where the tv console is from?

    • Anna @ D16 January 7, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      Hi Muoi, it’s from IKEA, but unfortunately I think that line (ANGA) has been discontinued.

  • Reply Muoi January 7, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Thanks, Anna!

  • Reply Louise January 23, 2013 at 4:40 am

    I love the combination of black, white, charcoal, and magenta.

  • Reply Megan Martinez December 17, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Hey Anna –

    Wondering where your floor lamp is from. It’s gorgeous!

    • Anna @ D16 December 17, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      Thanks, Megan — it’s from West Elm, but unfortunately it’s long gone. I’ve had it for 8 years.

  • Reply Susana January 6, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Hi Anna, I LOVE your style! Just wondering what size rug you got…I’m contemplating the same one and can’t decide what size would be best for my space.

  • Reply Marissa February 21, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    The picture above the chair (rainbow smoke)- did you do that? If so, you should put it in your shop. It’s lovely! I’d buy it.

    • Anna @ D16 February 21, 2014 at 11:01 pm

      Hi Marissa, it’s a stock photo I colorized a long time ago—not really my style of work these days. 😉

  • Reply Ellen April 24, 2014 at 1:44 am

    Hi Anna, I second Susana’s question – would you mind sharing which size you got? I know I should be able to judge by looking at the sofa, but I am terrible at that sort of thing. IKEA are having a 20% off rugs sale here in Australia and I can’t let the Stockholm get away again! Thanks 🙂

    • Anna @ D16 April 24, 2014 at 11:28 am

      Hi Ellen, the sofa is 80″ (I just looked on the IKEA site), and the rug is probably about10″ longer.

  • Reply Melissa May 28, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Recognized this place as your on HGTV today (3rd photo) :

    I love the pop of color, though I’m not a pink person. Nice job!

  • Reply Cindy August 28, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    How is this rug holding up after these years? I’m thinking of buying one but it will get heavy use.

    • Anna @ D16 August 28, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      Hi Cindy, I’ve only had the rug for two years, but it still looks great. It’s really nice quality, but I’m not sure I’d recommend it for a heavy-traffic area only because you’ll have a very hard time keeping it clean. Black and white stripes really are the worst of all worlds in that regard!

  • Reply Kara August 12, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Hi Anna! Great review of the Stockholm rug. I’m considering buying it for my living room (a high-traffic area adorned with two energetic kids and crawling baby). Do you recommend it for this type of room/lifestyle? How has it held up over time for you? Is cleaning difficult? Thanks for your input!

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