Shibazakura Hill, in Hitsujiyama Park, Japan becomes a surreal, real-life candy land every April and May. The hillside is covered in nearly 400,000 moss phloxes, whose tiny blooms envelope the...
Ok, I know carpet is a bit out-of-trend at the moment, but there’s truly a time and place for about everything. Even carpet. Vertical-living in an urban rowhome requires lots and lots (and lots) of trips up and down the stairs. A lovely carpet stair runner can ease the load on weary feet, slow down scuttling toddlers, and keep dust-bunnies at bay (or at least, hide them). We felt inspired by some of these gorgeous stair runner installations:
At our local Avalon Flooring showroom, we perused dozens of GORGEOUS carpets. Even with a sale, most of the lovely wool carpets were out of our price range. So we found a great synthetic blend with a bit of a chevron pattern that we hoped could hide stains and handle the wear and tear of a busy household.
The best/worst part of ordering custom products? Lots and lots of small choices. In this instance, we needed to select a SURGING color. While I would love to get the carpet taped (like the image below), surging is a much more affordable way of binding the carpet’s edge. Surging is basically a gorgeous hem for your carpet. I opted for a dark color for ours: all the better to hide the grime!
And while I would love to install carpet rods along the stairs, they’re a bit pricey (super basic ones start at $20 per piece), and are purely ornamental. Maybe someday I’ll troll ebay for a nice set of vintage pieces, but until then, we’ll be happy with the typical installation. This is our selection from Shaw. Can’t wait to see the installation!