AT Europe: Paris Close-Up: An Oriental Rug in the Kitchen

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One of the most eye-catching elements of Nathalie & Keith's Paris apartment in a converted factory in the 11th arrondissement is their kitchen and dining room -- especially the faded oriental rug on the kitchen floor.
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I can already hear some of you screaming something about "hygiene." And while it's true that it may not be wise for some to put a hard-to-clean carpet on their kitchen floor, it works beautifully in this space. The rug adds warmth and balance to the hard-lined, modern, minimalist kitchen. And it helps unite the open kitchen with the dining room, furnished with a massive antique stone table surrounded by vintage Gio Ponti chairs, plus a modern light fixture and Nathalie's sculpture of a giant Parisian light switch lacquered red.

The motto of this story? Don't be afraid to decorate your kitchen as you would any other room in your house, especially if it opens onto another room.

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- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France. She can be reached at kristinh @ apartmenttherapy . com

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