Rug from towels?

Bev Hisey's yellow and white tiled moroccan rug

So far, my planned yellow, black and white home office (blogged here and here) is looking more like a a box of crayons because our furniture, stationery, office accessories aren’t all yellow. Though I’m slowly changing them to be more yellow, black and white where I can, progress is slow.

(I desperately want to paint the mucky brown fireplace a bright yellow.)

Ever since seeing Bev Hisey’s Yellow Moroccan rug I’ve wanted a yellow and white rug for this space, just to make the space and my intentions for it more cohesive.

Bev Hisey's yellow and white tiled moroccan rug

Bev Hisey‘s Yellow Moroccan

Some other yellow rug contenders:

Moorish Tile yellow rug  by Pottery Barn

Moorish Tile yellow rug by Pottery Barn

Kaley Bloom Rug yellow floral rug by Pottery Barn

Kaley Bloom Rug yellow floral rug by Pottery Barn

Brink and Campman's black, white and yellow modern rug

Brink and Campman‘s black, white and yellow modern rug

Of course, none of these are available in Australia and finding a similar rug here has been rather painful (within or without my pea-sized budget).

This Saturday, after enjoying a great brunch at Gas, South Melbourne, Australia, (253 Coventry Street, South Melbourne) we roamed around Clarendon St. I’d been eyeing these beach towels from Bed, Bath and Table and they were finally on sale! So I grabbed two for under $70.

I’ve laid them down on my home office floor. While I’m not keen on the square-ness of the rug, I really do like the yellow and white modern floral pattern and they do make a more white & yellow statement.

But they are what they are (for now): 2 beach towels side by side. Can you perhaps throw in some suggestions how you would transform these into a more substantial faux-rug?

Would love to hear some suggestions! Thanks so much in advance!!!

My yellow and white towels laid on our family room floor. Looks good but doesn't stay!

My yellow and white towels laid on our family room floor. Looks good but doesn’t stay!

My yellow and white towels laid on our family room floor. Looks good but doesn't stay!

My yellow and white towels laid on our family room floor. Looks good but doesn’t stay!

Pardon the unstyled shots!

Hope you all had a great weekend!

28 November 2008

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7 Comments

  1. Reply

    Ashley L.

    24 November 2008

    I love them all but my favorite definitely belongs to the Moroccan one! :)

  2. Reply

    Viv

    30 November 2008

    The beach towels are lovely!What if you were to sew the towels together (and try to line up the print), line the towels with underlay to give them thickness and sew a heavy edge around all four sides. If you can’t line up the print then maybe you could sew a strip down the middle and across the towels to give it a checkboard effect?I think if you use a heavy fabric for the edge it will keep the towels from rolling up. It will also make the rug a little larger.Hope that makes sense. Don’t know if it will work, what do you think?I’m loving your office by the way. The study chair is pretty!

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    Dallas Shaw

    1 December 2008

    Love that top photo!dallashttp://www.dillydallas.blogspot.com

  4. Reply

    drey

    3 December 2008

    Vin, I’m thinking about your suggestion… very similar to the mother in law’s suggestion… being just beach towels, they wouldn’t be great to vaccuum… so I’m also trying to get my head around how to clean them when it’s all put together…Thanks and keep the great suggestions coming!

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    Anonymous

    6 December 2008

    I suggest that you sew them together, then attach them to a painting drop cloth (canvas) which will bring about “sturdiness”.Then both can be washed at a public laundry when needed : )

  6. Reply

    Spandexpony

    7 December 2008

    Sew them together… then sew them to a tatami mat of the same size. That way, it adds stiffness without sacrificing some flexibility. Then, put some heavy, canvas edging (black?) on, encasing both the towels and the mat!

  7. Reply

    drey

    18 December 2008

    hmm! thanks for your comments. have still been thinking about them and my family stil have to put up with having two towels lying on the floor in my study!

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