Earlier this week, temps in the Boston area dipped a bit, which led me to start thinking...about my toes. They felt cold ('code') walking around on the bare hardwood floors! I immediately commenced online floor covering research.
Here are my top three picks for Winter 2007:
1. Little Field of Flower Rug (in green)
Target shoppers may remember Tod Boontje's 2006 holiday line -- I loved it! -- and he's worked his magic again for Nani Marquina with a rug containing "six distinct shapes of flower combinations, in three different tonalities, which creates an intriguing composition that's all about movement, texture and color." Of course, I could only afford this piece on sale, for about 1/16 the price (and even then, only the small size.) Still, I can fantasize about how posh my toes would feel surrounded by their own little forest floor of soft wool.
2. Chilewich Floormats
I saw the Chilewich line (also contains placemats and bags) in a store when The Prof, The Nachos and I drove down to Provincetown for dinner over Labor Day weekend. I love the material (woven vinyl,) simple textures, and neutral colors that designer Sandy Chilewich chose for the three floormat lines: Bamboo, Basketweave, and Small Stripe/Big Stripe. These mats would add a modern touch to our apartment, which is very Victorian in its architectural details and paint colors. Also, a Chilewich might serve as a good compromise since, in the winter, The Prof walks around barefoot while I have on two pairs of wool socks.
3. LUDDE sheepskin
Ah, old reliable LUDDE...every autumn I buy one, and every spring I throw the gray, dirty remains out. There's nothing so cozy as taking my feet out of the warm bed and placing them directly onto the soft fur surface. The BKP Sophia loves the LUDDE too; she kneads it with her little paws, cuddles on it, and might actually think it's alive. Do not wash a LUDDE, trust me, this just does not work.