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Pro Tips for Cleaning Your Vintage Rug

Kitchens, by design, are nearly entirely hard, wipeable surfaces, so I love the warmth and texture vintage rugs bring to these kinds of spaces. I have two Persian rugs that I switch back and forth with in my kitchen throughout the year, and whenever I post photos of my kitchen with the rugs on Instagram, I often get the question, ‘Doesn’t your rug get spilled on?!’ or the comment ‘You’re so brave to put a vintage run in your kitchen!’ Find out how to clean your wool vintage rug from rug expert, Kim Gunther from Woven Abode. Click for deets!

To answer that question…Uh-huh! Little spills and food are ground-in weekly; dare I say daily? Earlier this year, I was removing a BIG family size, take-and-bake pizza from of the oven, and accidentally flipped the ENTIRE pizza upside down on the rug pictured above. Ugh, cue near meltdown fueled by starvation. After running back out to order another pizza, tasking Ken with removing it from the oven this time, and devouring it at warp speed, we took the rug downstairs to rinse it off in the laundry area. I’ll spare you the saucy details, but obviously rinsing off the rug didn’t cut it. So how the heck do you clean vintage rugs anyways?

The rug is from Kim Gunter’s rug shop, Woven Abode, so I contacted Kim, and asked her to walk me through how to properly clean it. She’s a pro, guys. The cleaning went so well I went to town with the rest of my wool rugs, both vintage and new. Most recently I washed my white West Elm rug, and snapped a few pictures of the process. Hopefully you haven’t dumped an X-tra large pizza face down on your rug, but if you have, we have your back.

Find out how to clean your wool vintage rug from rug expert, Kim Gunther from Woven Abode. Click for deets!

To clean your wool rug, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Vacuum
  • Bathtub
  • Woolite or Comparable High Quality Wool Detergent
  • Drying Rack – I use one similar to this Ikea rack.

 These instructions pertain to unbacked natural fiber rugs.

1. First, remove as much dust, dirt and pizza crumbs from the rug with a vacuum as you can. The best way to do this is to first vacuum the rug while it’s upside down. Then vacuum the top. Repeat these steps until no dust/dirt falls out when you vacuum it upside down.

  Find out how to clean your wool vintage rug from rug expert, Kim Gunther from Woven Abode. Click for deets!

2. Then soak the rug in a luke warm tub of water + 1/2 cup of Woolite. Soaking length will depend on how soiled your rug is.

Find out how to clean your wool vintage rug from rug expert, Kim Gunther from Woven Abode. Click for deets! Find out how to clean your wool vintage rug from rug expert, Kim Gunther from Woven Abode. Click for deets!

3. Finally, squeeze as much excess water out of the rug as possible, and let it dry on a rack in the sun. If you don’t have a rack, you can also lay it on the grass where air can get up underneath and dry  it out. Just make sure to flip it over after a few hours.

So there you have it. Easier than you might think, right? I love Kim’s process because she uses tools you probably already have lying around the house. 

I most definitely have more confidence now rolling out my pretty vintage rugs in messy areas like the kitchen and dining room, and hopefully you do too!

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LESS DIY INCLINED? Kim says you can also take your rug to an actual rug cleaner. “If you Google antique carpet cleaners you should be able to find one in your area. However, sometimes it’s tough to find them because carpet cleaners will pop up. Just make sure they are not people that come out and clean regular carpets because they will destroy it.”

If you’re in the market for a rug, pop over to Woven Abode, and browse Kim’s fantastic curated selection of hand-knotted vintage beauties. She adds new rugs weekly!

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Mindful Design: Redefining Luxury with St. Frank Textiles

Apply the concept of Mindful design to your home through beautiful handmade home decor from St. Frank.

One of my most favorite design trends or movements at the moment is the concept of mindful design. Socially conscious by nature, mindful design is the push towards surrounding ourselves with unique, handmade pieces in our homes–ones that are made of high quality materials from ethical sources.

It’s knowing the stories behind our belongings: Who made them? Where were they made? How were they made? And I think it’s a new way of defining interior luxury. I’m always on the lookout for brands, like St. Frank Textiles, who resonate with this approach, deviating from the mass market and bringing something more meaningful to the table.

Apply the concept of Mindful design to your home through beautiful handmade home decor from St. Frank. Apply the concept of Mindful design to your home through beautiful handmade home decor from St. Frank.

I was first captivated by luxury home decor brand, St. Frank, and their extensive framed textile offering on Instagram.  The more I learned about their mission, the deeper in love I fell with their company as a whole. I think we can all agree that St. Frank’s one-of-a-kind pieces are the stuff interior dreams are made of. But beyond simply offering beautiful pieces for the home, they’re committed to curating product with a story. St. Frank works with artisan groups in 25 countries around the world with a goal of preserving traditional crafts within these communities. Their collection includes the most luxe framed textiles (my personal favorite!), soft goodsaccents, accessories anyardage.

Apply the concept of Mindful design to your home through beautiful handmade home decor from St. Frank. Apply the concept of Mindful design to your home through beautiful handmade home decor from St. Frank.

The framed textile I have in my living room is the Biddew Noir designed by fiber artist, Johanna Bramble. It’s constructed with labor-intensive Senegalese weaving techniques rarely used anymore, as it requires two weavers and meticulous attention to detail. It’s praised, though, as being the precursor for mechanized Jacquard weaving (an extremely complex weave structure!).

I chose the Biddew Noir for my home because I love to the graphic hexagonal, yin-yang design, but I later came to find out that in Senegalese culture, woven textiles like the Biddew Noir, are often presented at big life moments such as the birth of a baby. The hexagon is a universal symbol of wisdom, life, and health, and so with the arrival of our daughter, Sylvia earlier this year, this symbolic textile could not be a more perfect addition to our little home!

Apply the concept of Mindful design to your home through beautiful handmade home decor from St. Frank. Apply the concept of Mindful design to your home through beautiful handmade home decor from St. Frank.

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Weaving photos courtesy of St. Frank.

This post was sponsored by St. Frank. However, I only work with brands whom I love. All opinions are my own.

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Serene & Minimal Nursery Design: Get the Look!

As you guys know, any time I feature an interiors project on Francois et Moi, I always do an accompanying ‘Get the Look’ post to make it easy to call out each element used in creating the design. And today is no different! Get the look for Luxe + Lillies’ serene nursery feature (Missed it? See it here!) with the thorough round-up below. I’m especially smitten with the handmade wire deer head and gold piggy bank! Get the full round up of sources for this serene & minimal nursery!

 

a. Swaddle Blankets b. Wire Deer Head c. bamboo shade d. little boys print  e. mini crib f. crib sheet g. book ledge  h. wire basket i. glider j. side table k. harem pants l. baby moccasins m. deer head print n. cross print o. gold piggy bank p. changer q. dresser

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Luxe + Lillies’ Minimal & Serene Nursery

It’s my absolute pleasure to share with you the newly completed nursery of brand strategist & the brains behind Luxe + Lillies, Keely Hirschmann. Keely and I first connected through Instagram and bonded over our 1-month-apart due dates + a mutual love for crisp, minimal design. She’s the kind of person, where 5 minutes into meeting her,  you feel like you’ve already been friends your entire life.

One afternoon over lunch in late December, she showed me an iPhone snap of how her nursery was coming together, and my knee jerk response was to ask if I could share the space on Francois et Moi. I love the minimalist approach Keely took with clean, white walls and furnishings, balanced with natural textures and playful accents. What a lucky baby, wouldn’t you say? I hope you have as much fun as I have exploring the nursery and learning a bit about Keely and her design inspiration for the room!

Load up nursery inspiration with Luxe + Lillies' minimal and serene nursery! Click over for every detail including sources!

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Francois Renovates: Nursery Get the Look

As promised, today I’ve got all the sources used to create the nursery look compiled in one place! You may notice we stayed pretty true to the original concept board with the exception of the crib, accessories and some of the art. The yellow applique pillow, mobile, knot pillow and doorknob banner are DIY’s that will be coming at ya (some) as video tutorials in the month of February, so stay tuned! If you missed the full reveal and video tour, head here to check it out.

 

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Francois Renovates: The Nursery Before & After! (Video)

Today is the big day! We’ve been working hard to renovate the nursery and after several weeks I’m excited and relieved to say it’s done. And just in the nick of time might I add: our due date is less than 2 weeks away! At the beginning of this process, I had no idea what I wanted this space to look like, only that I wanted it to feel Nordic, fun and playful, a space that might spark imagination and foster creativity. 

When we found out we were having a girl, I have to admit my mind immediately went towards the color pink: girly pink with white and neutrals. But the more visual research I did on Pinterest, the more I came to the realization that Ken and I don’t even really like the color pink. And we all know the baby doesn’t have a preference what her room looks like yet, so why not create a space that we’ll enjoy spending long hours rocking our little one to sleep in. Let’s kick things off with what this room looked like BEFORE, shall we?

After 6 weeks of renovation, the space is complete! Come check out Francois Renovates' Nursery Before & After. Psst...there's a video!

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Francois Renovates: Nursery Sneak Peek

It’s been 6 weeks of renovation and the nursery is nearly finished! Today I’ve got a little peek of the room for you and want to talk specifically about the art we chose because it’s one of my favorite things in the room and honestly probably the easiest things to execute.

Once the old ice damage was fixed,  the board & batten and wallcovering were up, it was time to think about art, and we worked with Framebridge to make it happen.  Framing is their specialty, which means they have it down to a science, from the ordering process, to the personal note tucked in with each framed piece, to including the hardware needed to hang your specific piece. It’s obvious there’s a lot of thought and love that goes into their craft.

See the progress we've made with this week's "Francois Renovates." We're talking about art selections in this nursery sneak peek!

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