Ho Jo's

when i was growing up the 2nd week in August was always vacation. it was the only week my attorney father would take off -  because that was the week the courts were closed. so off we went and although the destination may have changed the accommodations never did.

we stayed at Howard Johnson's.

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i love these old advertisements.

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not only did we stay at HoJo's when we traveled but, there was a location about 30 minutes from home and it was a favorite dining spot of dad's. yum for HoJo burgers!

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i have a Pinterest board devoted to HoJo.

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there wasn't anything that the didn't have their logo on. they sold ice cream, chewing gum, toys,  games - below is a piggy bank.they created the marketing we take as commonplace in 2018.

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did you ever stay at Howard Johnson's? please share your recollections in the comments.

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i know my love of orange and turquoise can be traced back to Howard Johnson! hahaha!

til next time.

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orange crush

it should come as no surprise that i am a fan of the color orange.i've pulled together some fun images showcasing this favored hue - enjoy!

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my logos were always going to incorporate this vibrant shade.

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i can't remember a time i didn't love toile in any color but, i especially love this orange version.

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i own one lovely Hermes box, it holds a scarf purchased during my honeymoon from Harrods

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til next time.

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rugs rugs rugs!!!

i receive lots of questions relating to the many rugs we have in chalet.

  1. how did i choose my rugs?
  2. pattern matching or mismatching?
  3. what do i look for?
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let's start with # 1. i definitely know what i like! and from the cacophony of styles in the chalet you know i am a fan of many design aesthetics, but, i've never purhased a rug on a whim - all were sought specific spaces and designs in mind.

a few have moved around the chalet and they work or i make them work - because i refuse to think it won't work but, maybe i'm nuts... ha!

i love the pattern of this round cotton rug from Home Decorators Collection. i think it's perfect in our little entryway.

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these wool rugs are Pottery Barn purchased 10 years ago on sale. we have three rugs that make up the Livingroom and Den area - two 8 x 5's, and one 10 x 8.

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in this image you can see the Den seating area - at the time i wanted one large rug and we couldn't afford it, so building the room this way made sense. to the eye the pattern continues so the multiple rugs don't jump out at you. i tell friends all the time you can make anything work if you love it.

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#2. well, i would never say i set out to mismatch - to my eye it all goes together. the designs and color-stories may vary a bit but, since the floor plan is open and the majority of the furnishings are balanced with black - it all works.

the wool Moroccan Tribal rug - which was gifted to us by my husband's father is a favorite. i love the colors and the uniqueness of the pattern. we were so lucky with the size. nothing is worse than a too small rug especially under a dining area.

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#3. i look for color, pattern and natural materials.

sometimes the decisions is color driven - i originally was going for navy but, when i stumbled across this rug on Wayfair i fell in love with the subtle pale grey pattern. here we again have three of the same patterned rugs spread over one space.

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upstairs in the hall we have three rugs - this time of different designs encircling the center chimney. the first heading toward Liam's bedroom is from The Home Depot it's beige with a taupe and light blue pattern.

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this black runner was the first rug that i installed upstairs. i wanted to not only warm up the space but, i needed to deaden some of the sound as well.

a few years ago we realized our son wanted to hang out in the hall and play on the floor - especially if my husband was in his office. i got out my computer and found this 4x4 number from Home Decorators Collection. 

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the master bedroom rug is the Henley from Pottery Barn -  a two tone beige hand tufted wool.  although, not my usual M.O. i decided to forgo a pattern on the floor in this space. it felt right to let the draperies and art take center stage in the rooms design.

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i love the squares in my son's Home Depot nylon carpeting. we lucked out - it's almost wall to wall. in my piece Liam's Lair I shared the original design - it started with a square motif bedding pattern chosen while i was pregnant.

 

for his recent room redo i picked up this shaggy polyester navy number at Target. he loves to pretend it's an ocean and it helps pull a bit more blue around the room.

there are a few designs currently in our basement. you'll notice there is a larger matching blue wool oriental in my husbands office - they are the most fetching vintage Drexel Heritage rugs from the 1970's that my Mother in Law gifted us. they were originally in the Livingroom at our old house and here too.  the maroon is a Home Goods find. it is wool and is hands down the softest rug in the chalet. it was originally in our master bedroom. i am very pleased my son and his friends have a soft rug to play on. i did try and use it upstairs in the hall but, unfortunately it was too large.

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so there you have it - a study of the chalet floor coverings. i have a type of pattern my eye is drawn to but, there is a bit of diversity as well.   i tend to like natural fibers for feel and color.

are your rugs and carpets different in different areas of your home?

or do you gravitate toward the same designs?

i'd love to know!

til next time.

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