In the wake of the very exciting Rug Design Challenge this summer, we’re profiling each winner so you can learn more about them and their rug designs! Last month we profiled design blogger Melissa Michaels and this month, we’re sharing a bit about Layla Palmer, the author behind The Lettered Cottage.
On her blog, Layla shares fun DIY projects, reflects on her personal renovation adventures, and shares tips on decorating without breaking the bank. Her “presto change-o” photo consultations help clients and readers feel confident about how to proceed before they spend any time or money making changes. She was born and raised in Minnesota, but now lives in rural Alabama with her husband, Kevin, and their son, Steevenson. Her home and work has been featured in HGTV Magazine, Cottages and Bungalows, Country Cottage Magazine, The Cottage Journal, Flea Market Style, Better Homes
& Gardens, Good Housekeeping, The Nest, and This Old House Magazine. She is also a contributor for HGTV.com. In case you missed them, here are Layla’s three winning rug designs:
We reached out to Layla with a few questions about her designs:
What was the inspiration behind your rug designs?
The inspirations behind my rugs were a historic advertising mural, antique encaustic tiles and vintage cross-stitch strips. I love to make old things new!
How do you see the rugs being used/in what type of space?
I see them being used to inject a pop of personality in a way that feels welcoming.
Tell us about the color palette you focused on. How did you choose the hues for your rugs?
I love a lazy blue so all three of my rugs have some muted shade of blue in them.
How did Annie Selke’s designs play an influential role in your winning rug designs?
Annie’s designs always feel like ‘home’ to me, so I was inspired to create rugs that feel the same way. Fun, fresh and familiar!
Any other thoughts on the design process or rug challenge?
It was such an honor to be chosen to participate in this challenge. Truly a dream come true to even be contacted about it. And to know all three of my rugs will be produced by one of my favorite companies in the world? Well, that’s the cherry on top!