What do natural hide rugs, Lee Ann Rimes and Dana Goodman have in common?  Goodman, one of the talented Southern Living Showcase Home interior designers, has woven her signature design element into the penthouse of the Terrazzo where Rimes’ Great American Country special “Backstory” interviews took place. Adding some design intrigue to the uber interesting Nashville high rise setting, Goodman is also weaving a striking natural hide rug into the eclectic dining room of the Southern Living Showcase Home, opening October 21 in Dorset Park neighborhood.

Southern Living Showcase Home Dining Room

A natural hide rug is layered atop an all-natural seagrass rug creating an exquisite layered look in the showcase home’s dining room by designer Dana Goodman.

A statement piece is what Goodman considers a natural hide rug and she likes to incorporate one into every design project when appropriate.  “An important by-product of the sport of hunting, sometimes people are hesitant using a natural hide rug until they see it in context and fall in love,” Goodman said. “I like a wow factor in a room. A natural hide rug adds whimsy to a sedate room and punches it out with personality. ”
Here are some of Goodman’s points to consider when choosing a rug:

– A natural hide rug is a statement piece. Be sure you use a professional to guide you in the right selection.  You don’t want to inadvertently invest in an imitation product.
– Measured by the square foot, it is important to know the size and shape of your room before making your final selection.
– If maintained,natural hides never wear out or deteriorate. You can continually re-invent a hide by the way in which you present it in your home.
– Prices vary based on type, size, color and origin of the skin.  If you aren’t ready to make the natural rug selection, try an interesting accent piece in a pillow or frame from stores like West Elm or Restoration Hardware.

Dana Goodman, Showcase Home dining room designer, is creating an internationally eclectic room from an Indonesian teak root table pedestal to a Waterford, Ireland chandelier.