Oversized Upholstery Nails On Runners

I visited the Kips Bay Showhouse this weekend with the lovely Caitlin. We had a great time examining all the finishes and details the designers chose for their spaces. Celerie Kemble and Amanda Nisbet had my two favorite rooms (I have snippets to share later).


Here's a little detail in the house I noticed and loved. The bound broadloom carpet was tacked down to the wood floor with oversized nickel nail head trim. There was probably six inches or so between each nail head.


What a great idea to make inexpensive carpet look really pricey and custom!! I especially love it on the stair runner.

23 comments:

My Crafty Home-Life said...

GREAT IDEA! I love this one.

Fran said...

Love it on the stair runner, too!! Can't wait to see more!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

That is such a great idea! It just makes that stair runner look awesome! Really looking forward to seeing more.

nelya said...

That IS a great idea. I think the application on the stair runner is especially brilliant. A wonderful, simple detail that packs a huge punch in the wow department! Thanks for sharing this one.

Andrea said...

What a fabulous idea. Can't wait to see more!

Sarah said...

Jenny-do the nailheads actually hold the carpet in place?

Emily said...

This is FABULOUS! I love it!

Emily Hewett
A Well Dressed Home
awelldressedhome.com/blog

Shera O said...

LOVE this!

Ceri said...

I love this idea! The stair runner is fantastic!!!

autumn said...

i would have never thought to do this! i adore nailhead trim on everything but tacking carpet down with them never crossed my mind. it looks amazing! thanks for sharing.

Julie said...

awesome idea!

Sara said...

Wow! I really love this!!

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

I think nail heads make pretty much everything look better!

Brooke said...

What a fun idea! It looks great.

Amanda Hill said...

Really great idea! And you could totally do it yourself!

casey at loft and cottage said...

Genius! I had been thinking of having my back staircase carpeted with runner--and done professionally, but it's expensive. Now my mind is spinning and I feel like I could diy this with nailheads in addition to carpet tape to secure...WOW! Great idea.

Amanda {a j cooper design} said...

This is a great detail! I love it when something simple makes such a difference.

ROK said...

I second Sarah's question--are there super long nailhead tacks I don't know about? Most I've used wouldn't make it through broadloom more than enough to scratch the hell out of your floor.

nyx said...

i love fitted stair runners - they're so elegant, but warm at the same time.

Jenny at LGN said...

The trick to getting the nail heads to stay in the floor is to get a very low pile carpet. There is probably only 1/4" between the nail head and the floor here, so a 1/2" nail would be totally fine. I bet you could find even longer nails too.

Toria said...

so fun that you and Caitlin got to meet up in NY!!! Two girls who I am lucky to call friends but got moved away from way too soon!
I'm sorry I don't always comment- but I'm always following and LOVE your work- you really are amazing!
xx

here's to hoping we can cross paths again soon- AZ? NY? Anywhere!?!?

Lindsay said...

Love this look! But, question: If you wanted to pull up the carpet at some point what would you do about the tack holes? I'm always thinking about what to do when I change my mind . . .

Thank you!

Macy Dawn said...

I love this idea. Tagging it to my favorite files!

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