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    How to Choose a Rug!

    A great rug can make (or break!) a room. The perfect rug adds more to a space than just color, pattern, or texture. Visually, it helps to ground furniture and define a space; functionally, it absorbs noise, provides plush comfortable padding underfoot and protects floors. To ensure you get the most out of your rug purchase, consider both the style and the purpose of your space. Let our rug buying guide serve as your starting point to making the best possible selection. 


    First thing's first. You want to ensure you've selected the right size rug for your space. A rug that's too small or too large for a space can throw an entire room off balance. Our designer, McKenzie put together an in-depth guide to help you determine the correct rug size.

    Know what size you need? Let's move on to choosing the right style for each room in your home. 


    Rug materials offer different levels of softness, stain resistance, durability, and price. There's a material for every lifestyle and budget! 


    Cotton rugs are versatile, low-maintenance, and easy to clean. Cotton is far less likely to shed than wool, but tends to be less durable than wool, too. Since they’re usually machine-washable (yes, please!) you'll often see cotton rugs making an appearance in the kitchen or laundry room!


    Wool is the most common fiber used in rug construction and we're big fans! It’s soft underfoot, durable, affordable, and naturally stain-resistant. Wool rugs also have good insulation and heat retention properties. In tufted constructions, wool rugs are prone to shedding, and may require regular vacuuming. Not crazy about the weekly vacuum sessions? A looped-fiber rug helps hide the tops of the fibers, resulting in less wear and tear and far less shedding.


    Silk rugs are a luxurious choice, offering natural sheen and softness that makes them perfect for the bedroom. Silk rugs are more delicate than wool and cotton versions, sensitive to moisture, and generally more expensive than other materials. More affordable alternatives to genuine silk include bamboo, banana silk, and viscose, all of which offer a similar appeal for a fraction of the price.

    Natural Fibers

    Natural-fiber rugs are created from materials like jute, sisal, bamboo and sea grass. They’re most often used for flatweave or braided rugs. Natural fibers are eco-friendly and among the most affordable for rug construction. Jute and sisal can possess a scratchy texture that can feel rough underfoot, while sea grass and bamboo are smoother. Natural fiber rugs work best in dry rooms where there is low likelihood they will be stained, as they can be difficult to clean.


    Polypropylene and other synthetic fibers are often used to make indoor/outdoor rugs. The benefits of synthetic fibers are many, including superior stain blocking, low maintenance care, and resistance to fading, making them the perfect choice for functional areas like entryways, mudrooms, or patios. In addition to polypropylene, polyester is one of the most common synthetic materials for these durable rugs.

    WEAVES 101 

    The weave of your rug will determine everything from how it will hold up to wear over time and how it feels underfoot. Below is a roundup of the most common rug weaving techniques, and a few things you should not about each. 


    This is a time-consuming and time-tested manufacturing technique in which rug fibers are tied by hand on a loom. The meticulous process results in beautiful heirloom-quality and built-to-last construction, but you should expect a higher price point to match. These rugs hold up very well over time and can be passed down for years to come. Hand-knotted rugs make a great choice for almost any area of the home. 


    Tufted rugs are created by cutting off the tops of loops of yarn to create a plush, flat, surface; the tufted pile is then attached to a latex backing. These rugs are a less expensive alternative to a hand-knotted rug and come in a wide variety of styles. Before you make your selection, please note that tufted rugs are prone to shedding (especially at first!) and require regular vacuuming. 


    Hooked rugs are made the same manner as tufted ones, but the yarn loops are left intact instead of being sheared off. This creates a nubby, textured quality. Hooked rugs are less prone to shedding than tufted styles.  


    This term refers to a style of mat-like rugs without pile. Flatweaves come in a variety of materials (synthetics, cotton, and wool are common) and are very durable, but they don't come on any sort of backing, so a rug pad is highly recommended. Since flatweave rugs are reversible (the pattern is visible on both sides, so you can *sometimes* flip them if one side appears worn over time), they work especially well in high-traffic areas like entryways, family rooms, and playrooms. We call these rugs Florida-friendly as they're perfect for a beach home and require minimal upkeep. 


    Machine-made rugs, which can include everything from cut-pile styles to flokati rugs and faux hides, are woven on power looms. Since these looms are computer-driven, machine-made rugs can offer a low price point, elaborate patterns, and consistent quality. Because most are made with synthetic fibers, they typically offer great stain resistance.To prevent crushing the pile, use machine-made rugs under dining tables, in bedrooms, or in other areas of the home with low foot traffic.  

    Photo by Jessie Preza Photography 

    Rug Upkeep 101

    Read the label

    We can't stress this enough - the first rule when it comes to caring for your rug is to ready the label and carefully follow the manufacturer's cleaning and upkeep instructions.  

    Spot clean

    Plan to have your rug professionally cleaned every year or two. In between those cleanings spot clean to minimize staining. Blot stains immediately (never rub!), spritz with water and repeat until the stain fades. 

    Vacuum with care

    We recommend using vacuum attachments that won't be too powerful. Attachments are gentler, especially for delicate details like rug binding and serged edges. 

    Use a rug pad

    Rug pads provide extra comfort and prevent slips but they're also great for preserving the life of your rug. Pads help to reduce friction between the bottom of the rug and the floor. 

    Still not sure which style is for you? Come see us in-store at Cape House and be sure to follow along on Instagram @shopcapehouse all month long for more tips, tricks and rug buying advice! 

    Our Favorite Father's Day Gift Ideas


    Camp Craft Cocktail Kits - We're currently stocking all of our favorite flavors so stop in for a taste! And because every great gift has an even better story, read more about Camp Craft Cocktails, here
    Bar Accessories - From the mix master 10-in-1 bar tool to the only corkscrew he'll ever need, dad will be thrilled to receive any of our signature bar accessories! 
    WOM Cheese Board - Put the easy back in entertaining with this Texas made hand engraved cheese board! 
    Boulevard Dopp Kit & Passport Covers - A sharp-looking dopp kit and leather passport cover combo is perfect for the man on the go! 


    The Omni Unlimited Golf Package Omni Amelia Island Resort offers a Dye Hard Unlimited Golf package for serious golfers looking to play round after round until the sun goes down. Package includes unlimited green fees, bag storage, range balls and cart use as you play as many holes as you can on our Pete Dye designed Oak Marsh, championship course that rolls through Amelia Island's natural beauty featuring tidal marshes and Spanish moss-draped live oaks.
    Backwater Cat Adventure Drive your own 2 man Go-Cat Boat, while a guide (on his boat) leads you to Fort Clinch and throughout the backwater of Amelia Island seeking wildlife, sea life and a superior boating experience. Adventure Awaits you!
    Ritz Carlton Spa Package - Men deserve spa days too! From muscle recovery and stress relief massages to grooming packages and men's facials, the Ritz Carlton Spa Menu has a little something for everyone, especially dad!
    *If you're local, be sure to stop by these local favorites for extra special Father's Day gifts any Amelia Islander will love! 


    Winc - A monthly subscription that starts with a simple six-question quiz and ends with four amazing bottles of wine showing up on your doorstep each month! 
    Butcher Box -  ButcherBox delivers 100% grass-fed beef, free range organic chicken and heritage breed pork directly to your door. 
    Craft Beer Club - What dad wouldn't love a craft beer club membership?  Each monthly Craft Beer Club selection is produced by small-production, independent, artisan, craft brewers who use traditional brewing ingredients with creative techniques and time-honored brewing methods to create their brews.
    Cheese of the Month Club - Is your dad super cheesy? Dad jokes aside, the Cheese of the Month Club is a hard gift to beat! Enjoy artisanal, hand-made cheeses from around the world!!! 
    Audible - For the dad who loves a good read, especially on the go, an Audible membership is a thoughtful gift that he'll appreciate for years to come. Bonus points if you download a few suggestions in advance and spend time showing dad how to install the app! :)

    Behind The Design: Kid Friendly and Classic

    What's a busy mom to do when she wants to refresh her large family room to make it a space for entertaining and play for four kiddos? She calls Cape House in for backup! Merging form and function is our sweet spot! 

    The project:

    McKenzie met (via Facetime!) with this client to determine her needs, style preferences and to virtually walk through the space! With a beautiful new construction home comes an open concept floorplan, which can be a challenge for two reasons. 

    1. It can be difficult to ensure each space has it's own personality while still remaining cohesive with the rest of the home.

    2. Family rooms often turn into multi-purpose rooms which means when it's time to entertain clearing away the clutter can be tricky! 

    The homeowner wanted to transform her space into a beautiful room that represented her classic style while remaining functional for her children and entertaining extended family.  

    The solution:

    McKenzie selected a Crypton performance fabric in Jacob Porcelain for the sofa and another performance fabric in Starlight Natural from our Sustain line for the two accent chairs. When mixing light-colored fabrics and small children, performance fabrics are the way to go! Crypton performance fabrics are stain-resistant so you don't have to worry about sippy cup spills or peanut butter handprints ruining your furniture. Upholstery made for families. 

    Instead of a coffee table, we opted to leave space in the center of the room for play. When the children are older a coffee table will be an easy addition. We incorporated additional seating using two of our popular Masquerade poufs (dressed in a beautiful Chit Chat Denim fabric!) and additional accent chairs to flank the entertainment piece, bringing in texture and interest. For beautiful media storage (goodbye TV cords!) and additional toy storage, the Townsend sideboard serves as the perfect space to hide the clutter. 

    The color palette leans neutral so McKenzie brought in a pop of color with two Harlequin garden stools. The stools not only bring in a fun blue, but they're sturdy enough to serve as end tables the kiddos can't knock over. Well, never say never when kiddos are involved but these budget-friendly garden stools are a safer bet than large end tables and lamps. 

    The pieces: 

    Townsend Sideboard

    Spool Chair in Starlight Natural

    Jennifer Sofa in Jacob Porcelain

    Harlequin Garden Stool

    Masquerade Stool in Chit Chat Denim

    Pebble Accent Chair

    Want to recreate the look in your home or customize a piece to fit your family's needs? Give us a call today to order or click here to schedule your complimentary design consultation! 



    Design Advice Straight To Your Living Room!

    Love the feel of our store but don't know how to accomplish the look in your home?

    Looking for someone to help you pull together a home design that completely reflects your personal style? 

    Have a look you're going for but aren't sure which pieces to purchase to bring your vision to life? 

    Schedule a (complimentary!) virtual design consultation today from anywhere in the country! McKenzie will help you pull together a beautiful look for your space that's completely you! Whether you've purchased your big pieces and just need help to pull it all together, or you're starting with a blank slate - we're here to help you make home your favorite place to be!  

    How does it work? 

    1. Schedule your consultation & tell us what you need! 

    Click here to select a time and date that work for you for a virtual design consultation. While filling out your consultation request form you'll answer a few questions about your personal style, budget, and priorities for the space. You'll also get a chance to upload photos of the space to help McKenzie learn more about your project prior to the initial (virtual) meeting. 

    2. Meet the designer! 

    During your consultation with McKenzie you'll show her your space (via Facetime or Zoom!) and discuss the details and ideas that are most important to you. Being able to virtually walk through your space helps McKenzie get a better idea of your personal style and preferences so that she can help you develop a gameplan to accomplish your desired look and feel. 

    3. Sit back & let us bring your vision to life. 

    After the consultation, McKenzie will pull together an initial design scheme recommendation based on your budget, wishlist, and style. She'll send that over virtually shortly after meeting and then follow up to discuss details and changes! 

    4. Review samples, products, and selections! 

    Once you love what you see, she'll send over fabric samples and finishes so you can touch and feel your selections prior to finalizing. 

    5. Enjoy your new look. 

    Our entire team works together to ensure the ordering and delivery of products is a flawless process! Once your pieces have arrived, we'll schedule another call to help with furniture placement, product styling and any other questions you might have! We want you to love your space, so we're here every step of the way to make sure that happens! 

    Ready to schedule your complimentary virtual design consultation? Sign up here!  


    Simple Spring Refresh Checklist

    Spring. It's my favorite season for many reasons - the flowers blooming around town, the warmer temps, and of course, the opportunity to refresh, revive and restyle spaces around my home! 

    I love tidying up and deep cleaning as much as the next person (or at least, I love the end result!!!!) but I always take it to the next level by using "spring cleaning" to re-evaluate tired areas of my home and to bring them back to life! 

    Does spending more time at home these days have you itching for a refresh? We want you to love your home so we've created a little spring refresh challenge to help you fall back in love with the spaces around you! 

    Let's take the "spring cleaning" to the next level by refreshing, restyling, and reviving several spaces around our homes! Together we'll tackle simple projects like cleaning upholstery and replacing doormats. Projects designed to help you love the space you're in, without a major overhaul!  

    Click below to download the checklist!