Skinny Makeover — The Dining Room Rug Debacle

When we bought the new house, the dining room was the first space I started decorating. In fact, the Girl in a Chemise Picasso painting (BTDubs…so not real…yes, I’ve been asked…I ain’t that fancy) was the first piece of home decor we brought into the house on closing day, and she might just be the only thing that’s never been moved to date.

Dining Room Skinny Makeover


Well a few months back I was getting itchy for a change. It happens ever year, but this time the shift was a bit dramatic cataclysmic. I started talking about blue lacquered walls and green velvet sofas and wallpapering the bedroom with crazy patterns and bold prints. Shazam! Color be everywhere. So I did what any normal human in this situation would do…I sold my subtle blue rug and found a bright purple vintage Art Deco style Peking rug on Craigslist…

Pink dining room - Statement art, big art, pink and brass chairs. Kyla — A collab, Josh Young Design House X House Of Hipsters #statementart #vintage #midcenturymodern #hollywoodregency #eclectichomedecor #diningroom

You know that scene in Hitch? The one where Alfred says, dance is the one thing I’m not worried about. Me playing with color is like Alfred dancing. I thought I knew exactly what I was doing. I started the fire. I had the feet goin’. I made the pizza. And then I hit ’em with a little of this. I’m just expressing myself. You cannot stop it…in under 3 days, I decided that adding color to my home was the worst idea ever and that rug became unfondly known as The Purple Pig.


I had officially wrecked my dining room in the blink of an eye. I sulked, shed a few tears, ignored the world, and basically shut down. Dramatic? Slightly, but it’s amazing the effect it had on my emotions because I legit cried. All my hopes and dreams for a fabulous, colorful Miles Redd home were shattered, and now I was stuck with a pig for a rug.

Dining Room Skinny Makeover (for reference, this is what it looked like pre pig invasion)

The dining room needed to be fixed…immediately. Last Fall, my gal Erica Reitman coined the phrase “Skinny Makeover” during her One Room Challenge. Just like Erica, I wasn’t completely starting over, and for the most part, I was keeping all the same pieces. The Purple Pig had to go. Yes I Have This Thing With Pink, but even pink has its limits, and as a public service announcement, blinding color in your dining room can sear the retinas.

Knowing the rug had to go, I booted up the old computer and started shopping my face off. I rarely want what everyone else has, so decor shopping can be a major hurdle. Vintage Persian? Nope. Vintage beni? Nope. Vintage anything Moroccan? Been there, seen that. Scroll, scroll, scroll, it was all so ho-hum. The dining room has been this epic space that even my idol, Emily Henderson herself loved, so this new rug had to be knock your socks off amazing. And yes, I totes save links like that and screen shot them like a dork.

After hours of shopping and scrolling, I came to the conclusion that vintage was the wrong direction…GASP! I know right! The Purple Pig had srsly made me lose my marbles. I took a walk around the vault of sources in my brain and remembered a rug design contest last year for Dash and Albert an Annie Selke Company, so I hopped on over and hello lover, I found my rug in 2.5 seconds flat.

Dining Room Skinny Makeover

I ordered that puppy up and licketty split, it arrived right before I left for High Point. Much to The Boy’s dismay, upon its arrival, we rolled up The Purple Pig and transformed the dining room in the blink of an eye. It legit hadn’t even been in the house for 30 seconds and I started pushing furniture. My hatred towards The Purple Pig had reached it’s full limit.

Dining Room Skinny Makeover

Now, I’ve said before that a rug is the foundation of your space, and if this isn’t proof, I don’t know what is. One piece changed out, and it’s suddenly calm and inviting, yet still a bit funky.

Dining Room Skinny Makeover

In addition to the rug, I also spied some art over on @45threemodernvintage’s Instagram account. I’ve been yearning for a black and white abstract for some time now, so when Staci posted this piece, I DMd her immediately. GIMME! As fate would have it, the art arrived the same day at the rug…making The Boy even happier. Because when you’re winding down after a hard days work (on a Friday), who doesn’t want to hang art in addition to rolling and unrolling rugs and moving tables and fancy pink chairs.

Dining Room Skinny Makeover

The hutch moved to the other wall, making room for the massive piece of new art, and personally I’m digging it’s new home. The Boy has different feelings though…he’s not a fan of the hutch turned 90° which is making me second guess it’s placement…although, his attitude might have been skewed by the spider web he accidentally inhaled. Anyhoo, back to the hutch, yes, the thought of painting it white is still wandering around in my head. Picture a large thinking emoji floating around white paint swatches. To me it just feels a bit heavy, but I know half of you are screaming, “Kyla! Put down that brush and slowly step away from the paint can.”

Dining Room Skinny Makeover

So, Skinny Makeover…it’s not done. the space still needs curtains and a few extra touches, but I’m back in my neutrals box. And don’t worry, I’m heeding Hitch’s advice, “Don’t. Ever. Do that again. You don’t need no pizza.”




  1. Emma April 22, 2018

    That light though! Where would one acquire it???

    • kyla April 22, 2018

      You can find it at West Elm…watch for their lighting sales! It’s usually 20% off or so

  2. Laura Walters April 23, 2018

    Where is the first rug from…….the blue/blush? I love that one

  3. Carm April 24, 2018

    I think you just found my new dining room rug. I e been looking for something very similar and seeing it in your room is very helpful. I wish I didn’t need such a large size. Did you see any others while you were looking that were similarly neutral, abstract, and natural?

  4. Sarah April 26, 2018


  5. Sean Mahan April 30, 2018

    What a lovely dining room, wish mine was half as awesome as yours haha

  6. laura May 1, 2018

    Love the rug and that bar cart Where did you find it Kyla?? ! laura

  7. Ashley May 10, 2018

    All the rug placed in the dining room looks like a major reason of the WOW interior of the space. Even the dining table of the lush pink color is unique. Entirely loved your post and interior. As you have the great sense of interior, I wanna ask you something. Recently I’ve got the interior of my entire house. Reds, strong blues and vibrant greens in particular. Please suggest me the best Area Rug, as I have a wooden Dining table in my dining room with vintage cutlery set and blue color painted walls.

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  9. ella greenwood May 23, 2018

    I’m in love with your chair and the rug looks fantastic. Lovely pictures.

  10. Crystal May 23, 2018

    I love your stuff.
    Maybe you need to create mood boards- if that’s still a thing to do:)
    I’d love the black light in the bedroom in the dinning room. Perhaps a gallery of oil paintings above that leather sofa.

  11. Anne May 24, 2018

    Charcoal gray velvet curtains?

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  13. Elizabeth May 30, 2018

    It’s interesting how styles are reverting back to the 70’s. Great photos!

  14. Kathi November 2, 2018

    You speak my language. I think I want color, I try to incorporate and I always go back to neutrals. Just redid my living room, now I hate my dining room. Going through some of your same struggles. Stumbling over your post helps! My dining rug get delivered today….hope it’s THE ONE!


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