New Dining Room Rug + Pillow + a Hotel Picks From The Right Bank: Le Mathurin


So the Hicks rug ended up in the dining room. I decided it was too much pattern for the living room but it works well in here because there’s less going on.


This is truly one of my favorite patterns so I’m really glad I was finally able to use it somewhere in the house.

I also brought this pillow out to see how it would look in the room:


A little story about this pillow – with a laughable number of gaps due to my horrendous memory. I bought it in Paris this spring in a little shop in the Marais (I can’t remember the name) and my girlfriend who was with me bought a makeup bag (or it might have been a coin purse – I can’t remember) made out of the same fabric. The salesperson told us the pattern is based on a medieval map of Paris and indeed, it depicts some areas and streets that no longer exist. Not the Louvre which you see here. Obviously that still exists.

I had never seen this fabric before and just loved everything about it. Then, when I was back in Paris this summer, I was reading a magazine (Air France inflight I think) and saw this:


It’s an ad forΒ Le Mathurin, a hotel in Paris, talking about its newly remodeled rooms. See the pattern on the moodboard? It looks like they used it in wallpaper form in that room in the back. Anyhoo, I thought it was an interesting connection.

While we’re talking about Le Mathurin, let me leave you with the video from their website. It’s nicely done and I quite enjoy this kind of music on a Monday morning. In fact, the hotel is so well presented, I’m going to keep it in mind for future trips. I’m also going to make it one of my Hotel Picks FROM THE RIGHT BANK.

It’s going to be another busy week around here. For all you locals, if you’re free this Thursday, come talk blogging with me at Digital Atlanta’s Design Day at ADAC. You can RSVP here or with ADAC. I also have a great book giveaway and other fun stuff coming up later in the week. But today, I’m on my way to the dentist for a new crown. Hope your week is off to a better start than mine!




  1. Brismod says:

    It is a cool cushion, Ally. And yep, Will’s right about the Paris thing. It wouldn’t even be half as cool if you said you had bought it in downtown Mullumbimby or in Woolloongabba. xx

  2. mb says:

    Ally, I love your new rug! I can’t imagine that it looked too busy in your living room, all I know is that is looks divine in your dining room. You could put a pattern like that anywhere. Pure goodness.

    mb from big D.

  3. Your dining room looks amazing! I love the story of how you found it in Paris and then saw it later in a magazine..that is always fun to see when things start popping up in unexpected places! And the rug looks fabulous in the room!

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