Madame Odier has a home

DSCF1027I finally got around to hanging my design, Madame Odier. I knew the rug would be perfect on the dining room wall, harmonizing with our  antique table and dark chairs. I recently finished painting the new beadboard wall finish, and was hesitant to put any holes in it.DSCF1022

I have blogged about using carpet tack strips to hang rugs, and you can read about it HERE. I have had good success with this method. Someone commented about using plastic sheet rock anchors and then screwing the strips onto the wall, however my experience has been that this is unnecessary. There are enough nails in the carpet strip to hold my rugs on the wall.DSCF1024

I am lucky to have such a perfect spot for hanging a rug, as there is ambient light through the slider windows, casing a glow onto the rug. No harmful suns rays land on the rug all day long, which would lead to major fading. But even a room with strong indirect light can fade colors. I don’t know what to do about that. I want to enjoy my rugs in the now. I feel the same way about other vintage items. I choose to use them even though they may get chipped, broken or worn out. They give me such joy, and connect me to another era. That is the trade-off.

Thanks for stopping by today ~ Karen



18 thoughts on “Madame Odier has a home

  1. What a picture perfect room! The rug is wonderful!

    I have an 1860 stone house with 8′ curved windows in my living room and dining room. We didn’t have anything on the windows and my upholstered furniture faded.
    Now we have a film on the windows that blocks the sunshine from fading my reupholstered furniture. It is the same thing they use on car windows. You don’t know it is there. It would work great on your sliding doors.


  2. Gorgeous, Karen! I love the colors and design of your rug. The table and chairs are perfect with it. I also love the lighted branch decoration you have on the table! I need to get brave like you with such a center piece on the table. I have a great table for a decoration like that, but I always choose pieces that are low in height – mainly because I am not daring enough to try something different! 🙂 As always, thanks for sharing your inspirations and beautiful creations!


  3. Looks beautiful there! Mine is coming along, about 3/4s done. You are inspiring me on. I’m with you on using my rugs. That’s what I make them for. I love having them all around they make me happy and even a tad proud. People are surprised when they hear they are walked on, and cringe when they hear the dogs lay on them, but Id rather enjoy the rugs, and the dogs. So for now the only picture I have of the process of my Madame ODier has a big black lab laying across it! Mo


  4. I’ve used a film that you can get at a home improvement store. I think the brand is Gila. I installed it to reduce the heat. Several years ago I tried to do a test for color fastness. I taped the pieces of wool to a southern window. It should have faded quickly. The blue did not fade until I moved it to a different window. I did have problems with the tape pulling off a tiny piece of the film. That is how invisible it is once it is in place. I had forgotten that I had installed the film!


  5. Karen I am hooking a rug right now with background colors similar to the darkest tones in your border. I am using a combination of PC choc brown, PC black and Dharma moss green, spot-dyed over Dorr Wools #6 Brown, #33-2 Spice Brown, and natural. I’d love to know what dyes you used for the dark area of your border. Also a closer photo of the border. It’s lovely with your wicker chairs, really makes the whole room.


    • so wonderful to experiment! sounds like you are coming up with great combinations that should be perfect for this project. most of what i used for the border was as it wool in different dark values. it is the overall mixture of colors of wool that creates the final color. so like the impressionists, they eye blends the color. there should be more close ups of the border in other posts. search for punch hooking or hooked rugs.


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