149 weeks and 6 days | Sea-green brogues and a modern vintage rug

Shortly after I began taking these photographs, it became clear that I wasn’t sure what I was focussing on, to be honest. Initially it was the beautiful sea-green brogues, that my boy bought me for Christmas.

Just look how gorgeous they are!


Sea-green brogues of dreams…

They are from Seasalt Cornwall and I am totally and utterly in love with them.

Not only are they a brogue — which I love — they are also the most divine colour. The perfect combination as far as I’m concerned. Even my sister likes them.

And that’s a huge accolade (she’s not a ‘flats’ kinda gal but still gave them an approving nod).

Made from supersoft leather and perfect with rolled up jeans or dresses, these little beauties will be getting a lot of wear once the weather warms up a little.

Anyway. As I was admiring my new shoes, through the camera lens, I suddenly realised how beautifully they went with our dressing room rug.

I’ve always hankered after those giant antique oriental rugs that you see in grand country houses. They’re often enormous — and threadbare — but beautiful, in a faded kind of way.

I’ve searched high and low — and have even lost out on a few of them on Ebay — but have never found an affordable version, that would fit in our modest little cottage.

Until now.



…and a beautiful modern vintage rug

I found the perfect one at Benuta.

I’ve mentioned them before on my blog, as we had our fabulous conservatory rug from there. They offer amazing value and, they’ve also such a vast range of designs, you’ll literally be spoilt for choice.

They’ve got a glorious range of Oriental style rugs, with the same beautiful faded elegance as the ones I’ve always coveted.

The only difference being, these are brand spanking new and available in lots of different sizes. Perfect for a vast Georgian country house or a tiny little cottage like ours.

I chose the Rossini rug in Mystery Beige which, from a distance, looks just like an elegant vintage floorcovering; faded and muted. But up close it’s an explosion of glorious colours teal greens, zingy orange, purples and hot pink. It’s perfect.

Which brings me back to my beautiful new shoes…


My beautiful sea-green brogues with the modern vintage rug from Benuta

I was generously gifted this rug by Benuta for the purposes of styling this post.

All photos, thoughts and words — as ever — are entirely my own.


Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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  1. 19th Jan 2016 / 10:04 pm

    Those shoes are stunning, what a gorgeous colour. They will look amazing in Spring and Summer.
    The rug is lovely too, but I’m a little bit in love with those shoes! xx

    • 20th Jan 2016 / 9:25 am

      Aaah I’m TOTALLY in love with my shoes!! There’s definitely a theme going on though, subconsciously!! I absolutely love the colour — they match the rug perfectly! LOL!!

  2. Lisa@Intotheglade
    20th Jan 2016 / 8:07 am

    Ah they do match perfectly Caro and what a fabulous present, it beats Dove gift boxes ha! The rug is gorgeous and looks so soft. Thank you for hosting xx

    • 20th Jan 2016 / 9:23 am

      I was SO chuffed — the boy did good this time! Shoes — and a turquoise necklace and ring ‘from the twins’!! I was a very spoiled girl. Thanks so much for linking up and commenting lovely xx

  3. 20th Jan 2016 / 9:44 am

    That rug is just gorgeous, well worth the search! And the brogues are beautiful, too x

    • 21st Jan 2016 / 4:03 pm

      Aah thanks so much lovely — I’m really pleased with them both! :)

  4. 20th Jan 2016 / 9:58 am

    The shoes are gorgeous, they are going to look so cute with dresses and jeans as you said! Also love the rug, beautiful colours :) and I’m quite jealous of your dressing room Haha!! #sharewithme

    • 20th Jan 2016 / 10:24 am

      Thanks so much Carolyn! The dressing room looks MUCH better with the addition of the rug, that’s for sure :)

  5. 20th Jan 2016 / 10:23 am

    The rug/brogue combo is just perfect! I was surprised how different the rug looks in the two images (close up and from afar) – it is very beautiful. #HomeEtc

    • 21st Jan 2016 / 4:03 pm

      Amazing isn’t it? From a distance it barely looks as though it has a pattern — and it’s really muted. Then up close it’s covered in the most amazing vibrant colours. Love it :)

  6. 20th Jan 2016 / 10:57 am

    I’m not really one for flats, like your sister, but I can see the attraction. The colour is truly gorgeous. Your Boy has taste!
    The rug is very pretty. My dad has one of those ancient threadbare Persian rugs. It fills the drawing room almost entirely. God knows how old it is or where it has been. He got it as payment back in the early 80s when he was doing farm accounts for an eldery lady with a passion for antiques who kept no money for practical things but had a house full of treasures.

    • 21st Jan 2016 / 3:59 pm

      OHMYWORD!!! I can just picture it!!!!!! Take a photo when you next go home!!! I’d love to see it! I bet it’s exactly the kind of thing I’ve always wanted. That old lady sounds amazing — I bet her house was incredible. They’re SO expensive — even the moth-eaten threadbare ones — but gorgeous. One day I’ll have the house AND the rug of my dreams ;)

  7. 20th Jan 2016 / 11:36 am

    I wondered if those brogues were Seasalt as I’ve been eyeing a pair up as well! They are wonderful :) Enjoy wearing them

    • 21st Jan 2016 / 3:56 pm

      They’re fabulous aren’t they?! I was bought a pair of their boots in red — by my in-laws — and the shoes from my boy! VERY spoilt in the shoe department this Christmas! :)

  8. 20th Jan 2016 / 1:15 pm

    I NEED those shoes and Rug in my life. Rugs are so costly, we are in need of several for our home, I always struggling and brogues are my go to shoe xxx

    • 21st Jan 2016 / 3:54 pm

      Gorgeous aren’t they?! Benuta do some amazing rugs and the prices are really, really reasonable. Well worth checking them out!

  9. 20th Jan 2016 / 5:31 pm

    Oh I love your shoes, the colour is just perfect! Like your sister I am not a ‘flat’ kinda girl (I’m far too short!) But I would definitely wear these. They would make me smile every time I looked at my feet x

    • 21st Jan 2016 / 3:52 pm

      I’m really short too but I LOVE a brogue! Especially when they come in such beautiful colours :)

  10. 20th Jan 2016 / 6:27 pm

    Gorgeous photos! And you’re right, they do look fab together! :) #HomeEtc

  11. 20th Jan 2016 / 6:56 pm

    Love both the rug and the shoes. I have a coat from Seasalt, we were holidaying in St Ives last year and I just couldn’t resist buying it, such a lovely company. x

  12. 20th Jan 2016 / 9:03 pm

    I’m not sure which one I like more – the rug or the brogues?? I love brogues and this colour is fab – I love statement shoes! I imagine that rug looks gorgeous in your cottage, what a great find xx #HomeEtc

    • 21st Jan 2016 / 3:49 pm

      Me either — I was taking pics of my shoes to begin with!! But couldn’t take my eyes off the rug — I think I love them equally!

  13. 20th Jan 2016 / 10:25 pm

    I LOVE seasalt stuff and I need to own that rug! The colours in these photos are gorgeous, really adding some Spring time vibes!

    • 21st Jan 2016 / 3:48 pm

      Thanks Nancy — me too — I could be happy in any/all of Seasalt’s stuff!! And the rug is a beauty isn’t it? Well worth the wait — such a good find!

  14. 20th Jan 2016 / 10:53 pm

    Those shoes are a very eye-catching colour, they would really brighten up an outfit. I like the rug too, you’re right it looks different from different angles, very clever! xx

    • 21st Jan 2016 / 3:46 pm

      It’s gorgeous isn’t it? Looks totally different from a distance — then when you’re up close it’s full of the most amazing colours and patterns.

  15. 20th Jan 2016 / 10:55 pm

    They do look good together – and the shoes are a fab colour. I do like brogues, but can’t imagine wearing them, somehow when they’re on they don’t look like my feet – but I’m envious of those that wear them so well. Lovely rug too, of course! #homeetc

    • 21st Jan 2016 / 3:45 pm

      Haha!! This made me laugh!! WHO’s feet do they look like then?! Particularly when they’re on the end of your legs!! Haha!! Funny girl :)

  16. 21st Jan 2016 / 12:26 am

    You’re right, those shoes are a spectacularly gorgeous colour. They also go remarkably well with your whole room. As somebody who finds it impossible to coordinate two socks and would see matching underwear as a lifetime achievement. I think you are to be commended on having shoes that actually match your room. Beautiful photos, I love the one with the mirror it’s really unusual. You have a real eye for fabulous shots.xx

    • 21st Jan 2016 / 3:44 pm

      They’re glorious aren’t they?! I was over the moon when I unwrapped my pressie! My boy did well :) And thanks so much for your lovely comments Natalie — that’s so lovely of you. Means a lot xx

  17. 21st Jan 2016 / 2:21 pm

    I love the shoes, and yes they do go perfectly with the lovely rug! It’s great that whilst the rug looks a bit old and faded, it is brand new and clean, not musty, which would put me off a vintage run to be honest! Love it. Becky x #HomeEtc

    • 21st Jan 2016 / 4:08 pm

      Yes — I know what you mean!!! Those old rugs DO sometimes have a musty smell don’t they?! This one from Benuta is a winner all round! :)

  18. 21st Jan 2016 / 8:27 pm

    I love both the rug and the shoes! The colours work perfectly together and make a picture perfect. I also LOVE that chair too, it looks so comfy.

  19. 22nd Jan 2016 / 7:44 am

    I love that rug (and the shoes)! The colours are gorgeous. I love your house too! Jemma x

  20. 23rd Jan 2016 / 2:12 pm

    Fabulous shoes and fabulous rug! Off to check that store out x

  21. 26th Jan 2016 / 10:42 am

    Ooooh shoes are lush and beautiful rug!!!! Amazing and it all looks so pretty :) Love this! Thanks for being a superb co-host :) Jess xx


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