1. Patterned rugs.
Meg paired polished antiques with geometric and striped flat-weave rugs made of cotton, jute, or sea grass to give each room a casual foundation. “I wanted the floors to feel good—and be forgiving under bare feet after a day on the beach,” says Meg. Antique Persian rugs, which can’t be hosed down or shaken out, would have shifted the style factor too far toward formal.