How to Hang a Large, Heavy Rug


I’m pretty lucky to be able to say that I grew up around the world. Along the way, my family picked up some priceless objects that we’ll take with us wherever we go, and it’s pretty amazing to think that my (eventual) kids, their kids, and their kids’ kids, could continue to hold onto the stuff that we’ve garnered over the years.

I think that’s an appropriate amount of gushiness for one post, so moving on.


My parents bought this rug when we lived in Brazil, and when I moved out of their house after college a few years ago, I persuaded (begged) them to let me take it with me. Being the amazingly generous people that they generally are, they let me drag it up to Arlington. My initial intention was to use it on the floor, you know, as rugs tend to be used, but the more I lived with it the more I wanted to see it up on the wall. In my last apartment, I ended up hanging it behind my bed as a pseudo headboard. I hung it with a curtain rod, which looked admittedly janky because 1) it wasn’t the nicest curtain rod and 2) the rug was entirely too heavy to be supported by the rod without bowing.

When I moved into my current apartment, I decided that I’d figure out a more appropriate way to hang it up that would both properly support it and look decent. I googled options for hanging heavy rugs, like anyone would. Most of what I found involved using carpet tack strips–thin boards of wood with sharp tacks sticking from them, generally used for carpeting–but they didn’t seem sturdy enough to hold up the rug, and I was afraid that all of those tacks would damage it somehow.  I moseyed on over to the Home Depot to loiter about and see what I could put together. I came across some PVC pipe and came up with a solution that is super easy, super quick, and on trend.

Here’s what you’ll need for this DIY:

-A heavy (or light, really) rug that you’d like to hang. Mine is about 15 pounds.
-PVC pipe (as far as I can tell, these are only sold in 10 foot lengths?). I used a 3/4 inch pipe.
-A saw to cut the PVC pipe
-An electric screwdriver

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1) Cut the PVC pipe to the width of your rug. I cut mine slightly shorter than the width to ensure that it wouldn’t be visible underneath the rug. You might want to clean the pipe with Lysol wipes before touching it to your awesome rug… those hardware stores aren’t necessarily the cleanest places.

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2) Cut 2-3 pieces of twine to about double the length of the pipe. The more pieces you use, the sturdier it’ll be.

3) String the twine through the pipe. It’ll be easiest if you tie a washer or a screw to the end of all 2-3 pieces and drop the weight through the pipe.

4) Place the pipe, with twine threaded through, at the center of the rug, and fold the rug over. 

5) Tie the loose ends of the twine into knots. I used two pieces of twine, so I tied two knots. Make sure to tie the knots as close to the pipe as possible (i.e don’t give the twine any slack) because when you hang it up, it’ll stretch out quite a bit. After tying the knots, pull the twine through so that the knots are on the inside of the pipe, unless you want them on the outside.

6) Hang it up! If your rug is pretty heavy, you’ll want to either drill a screw into a stud, or use a drywall anchor for some extra strength. One screw should do it!


Unfortunately, my rug was still weighing down the pipe quite a bit in the middle, which caused it to sag a little. I drilled another screw into the wall where I wanted the pipe to rest, and just sat the rug/pipe on top of that screw. Pretty simple.


This seems like such a long post for such a simple project.

Blank Space


When I moved into my one-bedroom apartment two years ago (two years ago? sheesh), I liked it so much that I told myself I’d only move for one of two reasons: if I was going to move in with someone (that’s still pretty far off from happening), or if I decided that I needed more space for an office/studio/workspace kind of situation.

I managed to make the most of that apartment to build things, work on freelance design projects, and live in… but after two years, the space started to close in on me. I grew tired of using the little open space available in my living room to work on DIY stuff, and my huge printer ended up taking over my dining room table when I was printing work. Every time I started a project, my entire apartment became a huge mess, because there wasn’t a central place to work. Because I grew tired of the limited space, I started to work on projects less and less, which made me less and less happy. Also, I was kind of generally bored with the apartment and wanted to start off 2015 with a new challenge.

Sooo the time came for a bigger apartment! I looked no further than the same apartment complex in Arlington, because I love the area and the cost of rent is relatively inexpensive (for Arlington, anyway). I opted for a two-bedroom apartment, so the smaller bedroom will turn into a studio space that’ll house any projects that I’m working on. I’m too excited to have more space to work with/in, and more design challenges to work through. Take a sneak peeeeek:

Processed with VSCOcamProcessed with VSCOcamThe living/dining room from both sides of the space, and the entryway to the kitchen. I have grand plans for the blank wall on the far side of the room. The front door is on the left side of the first picture.

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The hallway that leads to the two bedrooms and the bathroom.

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And the only picture I got of the smaller bedroom (that will be the studio) before I moved tons of stuff into it. The bigger bedroom basically mirrors this room, it’s just a little bigger.

That’s it for now, but there will be regular updates on the progress of this space! I have a few DIY projects in the works to share, so stay tuned.

Inspired: Bidwell


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Union Market, located in Northeast DC, is an awesome place to be. The large warehouse space is home to dozens of pop-up food retailers that would suit any taste, as well as a few boutique retail stores. The only full-service restaurant in Union Market is Bidwell, and they were kind enough to let me bug them for a morning with tons of questions about their well-designed space and brand.

The first thing that I noticed about Bidwell was the implementation of their logo as signage (on subway tile, to boot). I chatted with the manager about how the logo came about, which led to a pretty interesting story. The designer noticed that a bidwell melon (I didn’t know that bidwell melons were a thing until this story!), cut in half, revealed an interesting shape, that ended up being used as the form of the logo. As a designer, I love getting into these spaces and hearing cool stories about how certain design elements come about. Super inspiring.

The bread and butter (not literally) of Bidwell come from their rooftop garden, where they grow all of their own vegetables for their dishes. Unfortunately, I visited during off-season, so my photos of the rooftop don’t tell an accurate story of how lush the vegetation can get during the spring and summer.



“Accessible Design” is my way of finding practical furniture, lighting, and a variety of other housewares that are inspired by some of the awesome spaces that I shoot. Today, we’re going to take some inspiration from BlackJack (refer back to that post for a quick refresh) and apply it to some pieces for a killer dining/bar space. black1 blackjackcollection

1. Red Light Pendant …One of the main things that I dug about BlackJack were the intimate and interesting lighting choices. This pendant is an inexpensive nod to that vibe.
2. Neon O Print …That neon GOLF sign is killer, and this can provide a similar aesthetic without breaking the bank.
3. Hudson Pub Table
4. Tufted Bar Stool
5. Copper Tumblers …I’m not a big liquor drinker, BUT these tumblers from TRNK are trying hard to convince me to to pour some whiskey and put on a vinyl Rat Pack album.
6. Wood Bark Coasters

…I’m Alive.


Well, hey there!

If you’re reading this, then I THANK you endlessly for visiting in spite of my silence over the last few months. It’s been a busy (but crazy awesome) summer so far, and haven’t had the time that I need to devote to the ol’ blog. A lot of my posts require quite a bit of planning and collaboration, and I haven’t stayed put long enough to be successful in that regard.

BUT! I do have plans. I mean it. Things are happening. In the meantime, you can follow me on Instagram to keep up with my foolishness.

I’ll leave you with this completely unedited photo of my bedroom.

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Inspired: Barcelona Wine Bar and Restaurant


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You might notice a trend around here lately if you’re familiar with the D.C. area… The last three featured environments have all been within the same two block radius on 14th Street. Heh. I think that says a lot about the area, though. With so many new and interesting spaces popping up (new to me, anyway), it’s soooo hard to pass any of them by without stopping in capture a little inspiration.

This is Barcelona, a wine bar and restaurant that is overflowing with a style that’s unlike anything else I’ve seen in the area. It’s impossible not to take notice of the space when walking by, mainly because of the beautiful al fresco dining space that looks like it came straight out of a magazine. That aspect of the brand continues into the interior with a myriad of natural elements used throughout the space.

Inspired: Pearl Dive



Good design lies in the details.

Truer words were never spoken about Pearl Dive; whose brand relies on maritime-inspired surfaces, cool blues, and some excellent uses of typography to tell it’s story. Pearl Dive is connected to Black Jack (they’re both owned by Black Restaurant Group), which I featured here last week. Some friends put me on to both of the spaces, and I’m glad that they did!

As a graphic designer, a good logo used in interesting ways always tends to catch my eye. Both the tiled wordmark and the wall mural pictured above are prime examples. The worn textures and whitewashed patina visible throughout the space makes it feel like Pearl Dive has been a 14th Street staple for decades, when it’s only a few years old. It’s a casual and approachable brand, but the food feels pretty upscale; their clam po’ boy is probablyyyy the best that I’ve ever tasted.


Accessible Design Vol. 2


“Accessible Design” is my way of finding practical furniture, lighting, and a variety of other housewares that are inspired by some of the awesome spaces that I shoot. Today, we’re going to take some inspiration from the whimsical yet uniquely modern stylings of Farmers Fishers Bakers (refer back to that post for a quick refresh) and apply it to some pieces for an entryway. The design of this restaurant has been on my mind since they were kind enough to let me mosey about the space with my camera, so it’s about time that I find some functional pieces that are similar in aesthetic.ffb3ffb


1. Threshold Round Captain’s Mirror
2. Blue Dot Splash Coat Rack  …This is crazy expensive, but I thought that I’d include it since it appears to be an exact match to the coat rack in the restaurant.
3. Stick Coat Rack in Black …A great, inexpensive alternative. Quite different in style than the Blut Dot version, but a functional and modern piece nonetheless.
4. “Saw” Print
5. “Axe” Two-Color Print
6. Safavieh Cindy Console Table in Teal
7. Bank in the Form of a Pig in White …A fun and interesting way to stash loose change as you walk through the front door.

Inspired: Black Jack


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Salvaged materials, rich colors, and moody vibes all pretty much sum up the brand of Black Jack. Reflecting the craft cocktail movement that it represents, Black Jack’s style harks back to an old school speakeasy, complete with dim lighting and luxuriously rich (but perfectly worn) textures throughout the space. AND there are indoor bocce courts, if the drinks and ambience aren’t enough to draw you in.

I sat down with E. Jay, the bar manager of Black Jack, to talk a little more about the brand and how it’s reflected in the way the interior is designed. He walked me through the space to show how reliant the design is on reclaimed materials, such as the “GOLF’” signage, old tufted furniture, and old pipes used for the beer taps. We also talked about repeated elements of the brand throughout the space, as you can see in the custom wallpaper that’s also used on coasters. The angry monkey on the other side of the coaster is repeated as a crazy mural in the space as well, but my photography skills failed me when it came to shooting it, unfortunately… Check out the restaurant to see it in person!

It’s been a while since I’ve published an Inspired post! Life has been hectic for the past few weeks, so I’ve had to move some priorities around a bit, but I have a full slate of fun things to show and discuss over the summer! Stay tuned!

Small Cool on Apartment Therapy!


smallcoolscreenI know that eventually I’ll sound super obnoxious talking about this so much, buttttt I’m pretty excited about it and I want the world to know.

I’ve been picked as a contender for Apartment Therapy’s Small Cool contest! If you aren’t familiar with it, Small Cool is a contest that celebrates smart, stylish, and unique small homes from around the world. I’m in the “little” category, and I’m ONE SPOT AWAY from moving to the next round of the competition. Here’s what I’m working with…

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Sooo. Please click here to head over to Apartment Therapy to mark me as your favorite! I’ll be your best friend and I’ll owe you my life (a.k.a. cookies or something).