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Pink Area Rugs to Accent Your Home

interiors, house & homeLori Behle2 Comments

I have been thinking about my favorite colors to decorate with and I keep coming back to pink and blue. Alone, together...it doesn't matter, I love them! 

I think they are the perfect colors that go with any style for a nice pop of color, and one of the easiest ways to add them into your home is with textiles. 

Whether that be through something as simple as a new set of napkins, or with more of a commitment like an area rug or runner, adding a bold pop of pink with textiles is a great way to add a bit of character and warmth to a space.

1. A Pink Rug for the bedroom. 

Pink doesn't need to be reserved for a nursery or even a bachelorette pad. See how Mitzi Maynard Interiors combines clean elements like black and white photos and crisp white linens with a serious punch of pink on the floor. The rug grounds the space and ties the whole room together. 

above: Mitzi Maynard Interiors

To keep things a bit more classic, try using a vintage rug and adding a few antique wood elements, but if your style is a bit more modern, skip wood elements and incorporate lots of blue and grays into the mix - see below.

above: Michelle Gage 

I'm tempted to print this photo out and pin it to my current mood board, Michelle Gage did an incredible job on this space for her One Room Challenge. The room is very bold, yet inviting and relaxing. I love the way she incorporates five different patterns, yet maintains a sense of calm. And that indigo wall paper!? Amazing! 

Can you tell I am obsessed with this room? Michelle, can we come over?

2. A splash of Pink In the bathroom.

Marble & pink go together like honey and butter on a biscuit. The grays (and golds) from marble look stunning when paired with pink accents. 

Since bathrooms are a smaller area, you can add pink without spending too much money! It is very easy to find a small pink vintage runner on Etsy, and often they are under $75!

pretty pink & marble bathroom by olivia carswell interiors

3. Using Pink in the Dining Room

We all know I am a fan of a pink dining room, and this space from Mrs. Parajape shot by Alyssa Rosenheck does not disappoint. Alyssa always captures a space so so very beautifully, and I love how clean and minimal this kitchen design from Mrs. Parajape is. 

The blend of modern and vintage is perfectly done: modern light fixtures paired with laid back slip covered chairs speaks deeply to me. 

The show stopper of this room is the beautiful vintage mauve area rug that pops just enough against the light wood floors. 

If you have a bold paint color or dark floors, opting for a more muted pink in a dining space will help blend a larger area rug into your home. While I love a lovely pop of pink, you don't want it to compete against the other elements of your room! 

above: neutral pink area rug Mrs. Paranjape shot by Alyssa Rosenheck

4. Adding Pink to a Living Room

above: a layered living room with pinks & neutrals by Briah Hammel Interiors

Adding pink to the living room adds a splash of femininity, and I couldn't love it more! However, like all of the above examples, it doesn't have to be overly feminine. To create some balance, add warm elements like wood, and colors like navy, hunter green, and grey. 

I am absolutely smitten over the set design of Home Again (below) by Nancy Myers. Nancy Myers is known for her incredible sets like Father of the Bride and The InternThis AD interview talking about the inspiration behind the home's design is wonderful! 

But back to pink...the living room below is feminine, yes; however, is is balanced with all of the warm textures and tones. I love the wood coffee table and large plant in the corner which add a bit of life and warmth. All of the pink in this room is just, perfect.

To keep things from being too pink, try layering over a chunky jute rug. World Market has a bleached jute rug that I have used as a 'base' rug throughout our home, it adds texture and coverage inexpensively! 

Home Again House set design by Nancy Myers photo by Amy Neunsinger

The film: Home Again set design by Nancy Myers photo by Amy Neunsinger

5. Pink Runners in the Kitchen

If I had to pick where I'd add a pop of pink in my home, it would be the kitchen. Pink runners look beautiful with navy, black, gray, green, and white cabinets. That's the beauty of pink, it's a beautiful neutral that will look good with so many accent colors. 

While blue is my very favorite, emerald green runs a close second. 

Keep in mind when selecting a runner, that you'll want its accent colors to play well together. So if your cabinets are gray, stick with a runner with gray accents. 

Laura from Helmick Hacienda pulled the gray tones from her cabinets in with this pink vintage runner. 

A pop of color in the kitchen with a blue & pink runner by Bees Knees Interior Design.

Collins Interiors added a vintage pink runner to this modern marble kitchen, and it's perfection.

This kitchen is so beautiful with green cabinets & a vintage rug - by Jaclyn Peters Design


a few pretty pink rugs


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Patriotic Champagne Cocktail Recipe with Rosemary Infused Blueberry Syrup

cocktails, party ideasLori BehleComment

Get the recipe for this easy patriotic champagne cocktail the enjoy on 4th of July! And make sure to check out all of our favorite 4th of July party ideas while you're here! 

Champagne & Blueberry cocktail recipe from boxwoodavenue.com #champagne #cocktailrecipe

There are so many ways to make your Fourth of July party festive without purchasing anything specific for the holiday! In my opinion, one of the best ways to celebrate any holiday is with a nice chilled glass of champagne, but adding sweet blueberry syrup makes this champagne cocktail recipe super festive and fun! The cherry on top is a patriotic cocktail stir stick made from ribbon scraps and popsicle sticks! 

This blueberry syrup is infused with rosemary from the garden that cuts the sweetness with its herbal taste. I absolutely love rosemary, but if it isn't your favorite herb, you could easily use thyme, or skip it altogether! 

I'd recommend using a brut or extra brut sparkling wine / champagne for this recipe simply because the syrup is already very sweet. Opting for a sweet wine might be a bit too much (unless you live for sweet cocktails). If you've already got a bottle of sweet wine in the fridge, just add a bit less sugar to the syrup! 


Patriotic Champagne Cocktail

with Rosemary Infused Blueberry Syrup

Ingredients

  • 1 C Blueberries
  • 1 C Sugar
  • 1 T Water + 2 cups water
  • Rosemary Sprigs
  • Sparkling Wine or Champagne

Step 1: Combine blueberries, rosemary, sugar, and a tablespoon of water in saucepan over low heat. Allow the the blueberries to release their juices - about 5 minutes.

Step 2: Gently crush the blueberries with the back of a spoon, and add 2 cups water to the mixture. Stir to combine and simmer on very low for about 30 minutes. You want the consistency of syrup rather than jam, if the mixture becomes too thick, add more water and reduce heat. 

Step 3: After about 30 minutes, the mixture should resemble syrup. Remove the rosemary sprigs, and place the syrup into a glass jar to cool. 

Step 4: Once cooled, spoon 1 tablespoon of syrup into a champagne glass. Top with sparkling wine or champagne and enjoy! 

Don't forget to garnish your patriotic cocktail with a DIY 4th of July cocktail stirrer


Regardless of the holiday, keeping a jar of infused syrup in the fridge is a great summer staple! You never know when you're going to have a last minute BBQ or visitor! Being able to add this syrup to any cocktail is a quick trick for last minute hostessing. 

You can add this to just about any cocktail, and it will be delicious! Try a tablespoon of this blueberry syrup with gin, lemon juice, and soda water. Or lemon LaCroix + vodka! 

The syrup lasts about a week and a half in the fridge, but mine never seems to last that long. A tablespoon goes a long way, I think you will love this recipe! 

Champagne & Blueberry cocktail recipe from boxwoodavenue.com #champagne #cocktailrecipe

If you haven't checked out our other 4th of July party ideas, I hope you'll stay awhile and check them out! We have some quick and easy tips for decorating, a simple DIY favor bag, patriotic cocktail stir sticks, and of course, this yummy champagne cocktail! 

Champagne & Blueberry cocktail recipe from boxwoodavenue.com #champagne #cocktailrecipe

Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope we inspired you to have an extra special Fourth of July! 


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