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A teenager's bedroom is covered with a pink (Credit: John Dunn)

A teenager's bedroom is covered with a pink shag carpet in this Roslyn Harbor home.

Shag more refined, but still evokes smiles

There's not a room in your home that couldn't be made a little more delicious by a retro style that's making an explosive comeback: that deep-pile, hairy-looking carpeting known as shag. In today's hottest interiors, shag is the whipped cream on the cocoa -- it's fluffy, fun, decadent and a little messy.

These cuddly rugs are equal parts adorable and
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These cuddly rugs are equal parts adorable and practical for the nursery, says Aurelia McAleese, a co-owner of The Frog and The Princess in Holbrook, which sells the rugs and other children's decor. "Hardwood floors are really big in the last five to ten years, so people are looking for accent rugs," she says. Unlike its often-itchy predecessors, this modern take is soft enough for little ones to play on in comfort. "They're jersey cotton, like a T-shirt, cut into strips and sewn in. So they're great for nurseries because you can shake them out and throw them in the wash ... And they have the nonskid back, so that's great too."

Home decor often takes cues from the runways,
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Home decor often takes cues from the runways, says Merrick designer Marlaina Teich. The fashion the last couple of years is to interject pieces from the 70s in your wardrobe ... and then you can mix that in with modern elements, she says. It's the same thing in the home, using the shag to bring in a little fun and a nod to the past while bringing modern elements with it. In this Sea Cliff living room, current looks such as the fresh color scheme and animal print ottoman mingle with the soft, nylon shag area rug for a look Teich calls "sophisticated but livable...it's for a family, so we wanted it to have a warm, approachable, cozy inviting feel."

Sensual shag is a natural fit in intimate
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Sensual shag is a natural fit in intimate parts of the home, such as this boudoir designed by Centerport's Patti Johnston in the 2011 Mansions and Millionaires Designer Showcase now under way in Upper Brookville.

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Shag rugs have returned in home design like
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Shag rugs have returned in home design like this one in a Sag Harbor home. (Sept. 28, 2011)

Shag rugs have returned in home design like
(Credit: Photo by Randee Daddona)

Shag rugs have returned in home design like this one in a Sag Harbor home. (Sept. 28, 2011)

A teenager's bedroom is covered with a pink
(Credit: John Dunn)

A teenager's bedroom is covered with a pink shag carpet in this Roslyn Harbor home.

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