Growing up, my mother collected music boxes, and one of my personal favorites was a small piece containing the figure of a Harlequin, who danced when the box was wound. For my third birthday, she hired a real French Pirouette to entertain the neighborhood children. My memories of that day stem mainly from stories and pictures, but I've always held a special fondness for French clowns, maybe because they seem more refined and less garish than typical circus clowns, and they were such a special part of my childhood.
|Another treasured music box with a tiny clown.|
|This clown dances when you open the drawer. Notice his ruffled collar.|
For the past year, I've had a huge crush on the Harlequin Rug, created by Allegra Hicks for her collaboration with West Elm. It's no secret that I'm a West Elm fan, and I especially love their willingness to work with artists from all cultures and backgrounds, from little-known Etsy artists to designers like Hicks, who is Italian and married into the famous British design family that includes her legendary father-in-law, David Hicks, and her sister-in-law, India Hicks.
The Harlequin Rug initially caught my eye with its bold pattern of raindrops that mimic the folds of a harlequin's collar, and I love the muted colors printed upon the natural jute material. I first discovered the rug before we redid our floors and much of our decor, but I knew I wanted to use it somehow, someday. Finally, my patience was rewarded when the rug went on sale recently, and I was able to purchase the blue runner for a steal. It recently arrived and I am in love, though I had a little trouble finding the right home for my lovely harlequin to live.
After spending two months in a house undergoing renovations, I'm in no hurry to finish decorating, if such a thing truly exists, and I believe in allowing your home's furnishings to grow and evolve over time. I really try to find pieces that I love and will use for many years, and I had my eye on the Harlequin rug for quite a long time. I just wasn't sure where I wanted to put it, so I did a bit of experimenting. I wanted to brighten up the main hallway a bit, so for now, the rug is here, and I think it works well.
|West Elm's Allegra Hicks Harlequin Jute Rug, in my main hallway.|
|Another view of the rug in my main hallway, where it currently resides.|
|A view from the kitchen. I really like how the colors play against each other.|
|Layered over another West Elm rug in our master bedroom. It works well with my Marie chair, but not so much with the duvet.|
|I also tried it at the front door (just ignore the mat underneath), but it was too long and too narrow.|
|And finally, back in its current spot, where I like it best for now.|
Is there something you've had your eye on that you finally brought home? I'd love to hear about it.