MERRY MAKER: REBECCA PROPES
Between NBC's hit show Making It and HGTV magazine's Jan/Feb. 2021 issue, one-of-a-kind designer Rebecca Propes has been covering a lot of ground lately. (As a rug company, covering ground is something we at Well Woven totally respect.)
Crafters, DIY designers, and anyone seeking a creative boost turn to Rebecca for her bold use of color, budget-friendly style, and "You can do it!" attitude.
Ourselves included. Which is why we're all aflutter to announce the Rebecca Propes x Well Woven Rug Collection (AKA RP X WW)! The first additions to this collection are the Emerson and the Oliver, a sweet nod to Rebecca’s oldest and youngest sons!
HEAD OVER HEELS FOR THE EMERSONThe Emerson rug blends modern style with a classic shag rug feel. Geometric shapes grace a plush and soft, cloud-colored base to create a dreamy, boho vibe. We're ecstatic that Rebecca chose a Well Woven rug as a canvas, and couldn't be more enchanted with the outcome. Not only is the Emerson stylish, it’s downright cozy on the toes, and it won't break the bank.
RUNNING WITH THE OLIVER
Next we have the Oliver, a design with a focus as a runner spotlight that combines modern sophistication with a pinch of boho. The Oliver's distressed vintage look pairs blue diamonds with pops of rust on a neutral base to create the ultimate middle ground between pattern and color.
Like its brother, the Emerson, the Oliver rug unifies style and function. Stain-resistant and non-shedding synthetic fibers make the Oliver super low-maintenance and perfect for high-traffic areas. Plus, thanks to it’s low pile, it's comfy underfoot so your feet (and your guests' feet) will thank you!
The Oliver’s balance of color and pattern make it versatile enough to feel at-home in any home. Whether you're looking to breathe life into a neutral space or want to subtly anchor a busy one, the Oliver should do the trick!
To celebrate this magical collabo, we thought we'd take a moment to throw some shine Rebecca's way, the Well Woven way.
Behind Rebecca's distinct peppy specks is more than a keen eye for design. Rebecca Propes is a loving wife, mom of three, and designer whose colorful personality matches her oodles of DIY projects.
It's no surprise Rebecca has amassed a design loving following. Dip a toe into Rebecca's Insta or blog and, before you know it, you're swimming in design inspo! Rebecca's got imagination and moxie to spare. And she's not afraid to share it, which she does, like it's nobody's business. Except, it's her business… For nearly a decade, Rebecca has been running a shop, blogging about DIY projects, designing products, and dreaming up new printable ideas. Not to mention squeezing in her unforgettable appearance on NBC's Making It. All while juggling being an amazing mom of three boys!
An avid DIY-er, Rebecca's also a craft cheerleader. Rebecca's infectious spirit and design expertise bedazzle her various social channels. She has a natural gift for buoying flocks of the DIY-curious who might otherwise be craft shy. Either they're too intimidated to give DIY a whirl or, worse, they've fallen for the fallacy that only the "artsy-fartsy" or select few are capable of creativity and balance. But Rebecca's superpower is her ability to demystify the creative process and make crafting accessible to anyone, anywhere, on any budget.
REBECCA WITH A CAUSE
Well Woven caught up with Rebecca to talk design pointers, get the 411 for rug newbies, and, of course, gush about her rug launch!
WW: How would you describe your style and personal vibe for 2021?
My design style is fun, relatable, with a sprinkle of boho. You will always see me infuse color and patterns into my designs… However, I am loving textural things in unexpected ways. I love a good, layered, lived-in look.
WW: Why rugs? Why partner with Well Woven?
I think rugs can be intimidating for some and I love the fact that Well Woven is at an accessible price point to infuse this sort of design element into a home. For me, rugs help elevate and define a space, and can really be the jumping off point as inspiration for your inspiration. With my ever-changing palette, I also love the fact that I can have more than one rug option for a room while staying within my budget.
WW: Let's talk about The Emerson. What inspired the name?
Emerson is the middle name of my first born son and he is exactly how I would describe this rug. He is structured. He is a rule follower. But he has this fun playful and silly side. He can be very serious and mature for his age, too, and I feel like this rug embodies all those things.
Design-wise, there's this big deconstructed diamond motif in the center in grey - think, a stylized Southwest pattern meets the layered squares of Tetris - against a cream base. But the best part about the cream is that it's a white-cream and it's not too yellow so it won't look dingy like I sometimes find happens with other neutral rugs. It's all punctuated by braided fringes on either side.
I just think that if you want this rug to stand alone, it can absolutely stand alone because it's bold enough. Or, like what I did, it's also versatile, so that it can pair well with leopard print pillows, stripes, color, and other heavy textures in a complementary way.
WW: Tell us about the much-anticipated second rug in your collection, the Oliver.
The second rug in my collection is named the Oliver, after my youngest son. His old soul matches the vintage vibe, while his need for structure and organization reminds me of the strong repetitive pattern found in this rug. The colors are sophisticated and perfectly complementary to one another.
Another reason this rug reminds me of my youngest is because the design is composed, smart and balanced just like he is. There is just enough color and pattern to add interest to any space. Whether you’re wanting a relaxed boho feel or a sophisticated modern look, the Oliver has enough personality to fit any design.
WW: What qualities do you look for in a… rug?
The first thing I do is define the space of where it's going. At the end of the day, the room needs to be useful and let me utilize it for what my daily needs are. In areas where I'm lounging, like my office or my living room, the texture of a rug is super important to me. I'm very tactile, so I tend to be a floor-sitter. I love to sit on the floor and get cozy — that's where all the creativity happens. I need to be drawn to the design of the rug, as well.
Being a designer, another thing I notice is the tonal values of colors. I look at how things contrast with each other and use the inspiration from the patterns and colors as a palette for the rest of the room to build on. Of course, rugs that will wear and clean well are a must, too!
WW: Any advice for first-time rug owners?
I’m all about color but, I think, if you're going to add a rug for the first time, you might as well have your first rug be something that's comfortable, and neutral, and safe. Then, you can either keep the rest of the space neutral or, if you want to add color, you can easily bounce off of it because the rug is so versatile.
In my recent office redesign with the Emerson rug, I played with this a bit. I went with a really large scale design on the wall that is a little more freeform to balance out the structured pattern of the rug but used colors like peach and golden yellows that would complement the white cream and grey of the yarns to give the room a playful twist. It's so fun to mix and match patterns!
WW: What about for those who may not have as much experience with decorating as you do?
People are scared of design. It's so funny. People want it when they see it or they think they can't afford it but with the affordable price point of these rugs, it's a great way to dabble with bringing texture and warmth into the home. I say take the leap and just go for it and have fun!
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