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Making Mud Season Pretty, One Rug at a Time

If you think it’s impossible to keep your mud-splashed patio or porch looking fresh and gorgeous, or if you figured a spring garden full of flowers and greenery couldn’t get any prettier, we’ve got one word for you: indoor/outdoor rugs. This year, we’re taking a cue from interior decorating legend and gardening maven Bunny Williams, and decking out our favorite outdoor spaces with some really incredible area rugs.

 

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We hear you when you bemoan the fact that some indoor/outdoor rugs look and feel plasticky and cheap. That’s why we love these new styles, which feel great in the hand or underfoot—and which Bunny herself, who chose this eco-friendly PET weave because it looks and feels like woven wool, uses on her patio, in her greenhouse, and even on pathways and gravel-lined steps in her garden.

 

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The idea of using a rug in the garden might seem, well, a bit posh and impractical, but trust us on this one: it’s one of those unexpected bits of décor, like an oversize antique urn or a brightly painted planter, that elevates an outdoor design from good to wow-worthy. And when the rugs are this affordable and durable—scrub with a soft brush and some detergent, squirt with a hose, and allow to air dry—we think it’s a design risk worth taking. Another bonus: the rugs come in a wide range of patterns (from traditional plaids to colorblock and modern graphic) and colors, so there’s something for every outdoor conversation space or garden. Mud season is suddenly looking a whole lot brighter.

 

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Now our only question is: Which rug should we start with?

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