July 2010 Elle Decoration UK Edition Feature: Riviera Renaissance "A rundown St. Tropez merchant house is reimagined as a chic summer retreat with the help of a little Scandinavian style". This but with colours instead of black!
This is a nice-looking living room with smaller rug. Perhaps the key is to frame the rug with sofas / sofa and armchair combo / sofa and the window. And another trick is to fill up the room so the size doesn't look awkward.