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help! what sort of rug does this room need?

Even though we’re in more of get-rid-of rather than buying- stuff mode, there is one thing I’d like to get before the weather gets any more chilly. A rug for our Catskill cottage. The wood floor is nice, but a little too cold when winter hits, and too hard for Isadora’s exploring kneepads. But I’m totally stumped about what kind to get. As you can see in the above photo, there’s not a lot of color in the room right now, except for the chairs we reupholstered in a deep red pattern. I’m thinking a braided round or oval rug would be nice, if I could find the right palette. Or maybe a solid color would be best? It’d be easy to do a natural toned wool, but that’d be a it boring. What do you think? Chartreuse? Teal? Buttery yellow? Help! — Angela M.

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strangely appealing: creepy cafe au lait bowls

‘Tis the season for creepy tableware, but would these bat cafe au lait bowls be fun after October 31st? From Finnish designer Sami Rinne (we’ve enthused about his mugs before) these hand-made ceramic bowls could be used every day: They’re good for soup, cereal, or ice cream. Sold exclusively through Cloudberry Living in the UK, for about $56 — order now for December delivery.

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happy fourth of july!

We hope you have a blast over this holiday weekend! Here are few selects from our archives that may come in handy. Enjoy!

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Make some healthy, refreshing watermelon pops.

Grilling? Grab some corn cob holders when those ears are too hot to handle.

Looking for a little d.i.y. project? How about a tropical table?

If you see a strange bug in the backyard, take a picture and submit it to whatsthatbug.com

Got company? This chicken and bowtie pasta salad is a never-failing crowd-pleaser.

Don’t let hard ice-cream try your patience. Use the best ice cream scoop we know of and it will land in your bowl with ease.

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