Fuzzy wuzzy was a bear…errrr…rug. Fuzzy wuzzy had no hair…errrr…bugs?! That kind of works…emphasis on “kind of”. But seriously y’all we bought a new rug for our living room and it is soooo fuzzy, cozy and awesome!
And so you can fully appreciate the new rug in the above “after” shot, here’s the obligatory “before” shot of our living room with the too small, not the right color, kind of disgustingly dirty, and not so fuzzy at all rug.
The old rug was a 4′ x 6′ and was definitely WAY too small for the space. It’s hard to tell in the above picture since it cuts off the rug, but it’s much smaller than the couch, which is a definite rug size no-no. One school of rug thought is that all couch feet should be able to touch the rug…and stroke it, caress it, and whisper sweet nothings to it. Are we still talking about couches?! And then the view of the living room from the parlor side of things:
But let’s talk about the rug a little bit and how amaze-balls it is in a bad infomercial kind of way. We have been passively shopping for a new rug for our living room space for a long time, pretty much since we bought the new couch last summer. Rugs for us are big purchases and ones we like to take our sweet time picking out. And since the living room has historically been the land of misfit furniture, it took some time for the room to evolve but it finally has. The living room space is really starting to come together and feel cohesive instead of a mish-mash of cast off furniture and accessories. So after we pillowed up, curtained up, and blinded up…it was time to rug up.
When I asked Colby what he wanted for a new rug in the living room, his only request was that it be squishy and fuzzy, the kind you can just lie right down on and make snow angels. Since Colby’s not one to EVER have special requests when it comes to decor (seriously…I asked him about nightstand opinions this weekend…and he responded with “you have good taste…I trust you…now go”), so I had to oblige on this one and found a super soft and squishy rug.
Throughout operation rug research I fell in love HARD with the West Elm Souk rug. So obsessed that I actually debated paying $899 for the 8′ x 10′. But I couldn’t do it. That’s more than what we paid for our couch and I could see it now…at $899, the rug would become a look-but-don’t-touch item in the living room. Considering we pretty much live in the living room, specifically on the couch, that wouldn’t be the most ideal situation. So then I came across the Marrakesh Shag Rug from Rugs USA. It had a similar look and feel as the Souk rug, just without the hefty price tag. This guy clocked in at $640 for the 6′ x 9′, which is still higher than I normally like to pay for a rug.
After showing it to Colby and making sure he was on board the Marrakesh Shag Rug train, I started to play the waiting game. Rugs USA is one of those e-tailers that ALWAYS has a sale or a coupon available. So I signed up for their email blasts and waited out for the perfect sale. I didn’t have to wait long. A few days later, Rugs USA posted a Halloween sale…meaning all rugs on sale, plus an extra 60% off, PLUS free shipping. Total end price for our rug…a whopping $167. Sold! We ordered it, it arrived a few weeks ago, and we finally rolled out the new carpet and have been happily squishing our toes in it.
And because a DIY dork’s work is never done, now that the new rug is in the house, I’m finally figuring out the finishing situation for the yard sale coffee table find. I’ve never liked its current shade/finish, it’s a little too on the bad orange side for me, and have been debating chalk painting it or applying PolyShades to it. But now with the rug in the room, I’m thinking PolyShades will be the winner in a dark, classic black shade.
We already have the stain. It was leftover from that time we thought it would be a good idea to stain the vanity (in the yellow bathroom mind you), black. It didn’t last long before it got painted white…it was a bit on the bumblebee side of things. But I think the black stain will be a much better fit on the living room coffee table since it would tie into the deep gray tones in the rug along with the gray couch.
In the end, after we PolyShades (totally a verb) the coffee table, and we don’t like how it turned out, we can always chalk paint it in the same finish as the side table.
Pssst…Who’s coming over to squish their toes in the new rug?! C’mon…you know you want to! All the cool kids pee their pants…I mean…squish their toes in the rug!
Sometimes when a girl spends her weekend routing out 300 plus cuts into a mirror frame, she needs tackle a small project to make her actually feel like a productive member of society. Projects like hanging a pair of garden lanterns from a tree branch.
I picked up the lanterns from my favorite local antique store, the School House Antiques Mall. I think one of them was $12 and another one was $18 for a whopping grand total of $30. I saw them and instantly fell in love with them. I try to limit myself to bringing home only one or two items each time I go to the store and it came down to these lanterns or a bamboo chair. But since Colby has officially cut me off on chair purchases, it was best for our relationship to adopt this pair instead.
I thought they would be cute hanging over by the hammock and adirondack chairs, where we could add a couple citronella candles to the lanterns and stop donating blood to the mosquito hoard that occupies our yard.
It was a quick hanging. We simply tied some sisal rope (it was leftover rope from the pulley shelf project) around the lanterns and looped them around the lowest tree branch in the area. Then Colby just raised and lowered them while I watched from afar until they were staggered properly. Because everyone knows that improper staggering is a lantern hanging faux pas! I kid! I kid!
It’s kind of hard to see the green guy since he blends in with the trees so well. But he’s there.
Okay…now let’s talk about how difficult it is to find small, not already in a large ugly container, citronella candles. Seriously?! Where are all the basic ol’ citronella candles?! My intention was to light some bug repelling candles in each of the lanterns since they already had a glass container in them just for that purpose. I searched high and low for citronella votives and this is the best I could do:
But turns out, they don’t really work and are meant only for very specific Off lanterns. Whoops! #citronellafail Live and learn.
Pssst…Okay guys, where do I find citronella votives? Bueller? Bueller?
When I’m chugging aloooooooong….oh Kenny…Kenny, Kenny, Kenny…you had me at hello. Okay, I’m done reminiscing about old school Kenny Chesney songs and lyrics, let’s talk about stools! As many of you Instagram followers of ours may know, the Colb-ster and I took a nice little 8 hour jaunt over to Vermont for an extended weekend to partake in the Lake Champlain fishing derby (Colby’s activity…I spent my days reading and sipping frothy adult beverages). We also spent some time visiting Colby’s Vermont family. During our trip, I randomly coerced Colby to stop into a Home Goods we were passing on the way from Burlington to Brandon. I can’t help it…I see Home Goods and I have to stop. It’s just my nature. But I am soooooo glad that we stopped because we found this guy:
Remember when I was debating stool options for the Etsy office?! It was about a week ago. Let me refresh your memory…these were the options:
After you all weighed in on your favorites, Diesel (the guy on the left) was the front runner by a long shot. He was my favorite too. And I almost ordered a pair of them before we headed out to Vermont but ran out of time. It was one of those must escape immediately kind of mass exodus from Maine situations. So I opted to wait until we returned from our trip to order them. But when I saw that tractor seat stool, I feel in love….HARD! Seriously! I saw that baby, started grinning ear to ear, Colby looks at me and says, “uh-oh…what are we bringing home and do we have room in the truck.” He knows me well. How could I resist that tractor seat?! And it’s all metal, well constructed, and heavy!
I tried to find a second stool. In fact I made Colby sit in the stool to guard it while I trolled the store with no luck. But I decided one tractor seat stool trumps two industrial stools and came home with it regardless.
To make my tractor seat stool find even sweeter…I posted a pic of it on Instagram (of course) with a Home Goods hash tag (as you should). And low and behold…Home Goods…THE Home Goods…liked my photo:
For real?! Or am I on some blogger punked show? In my head I was all “Home Goods loves me…me and Home Goods are like BFFs” but in reality it was more like “some poor intern spends their entire day trolling Home Goods hash tags and liking the photos”. Oh well. I’m still living in my blogger royalty status dream. #dreamon
The only thing I don’t like about the tractor seat stool is the color. And because a picture is worth a thousand words:
Hello Christmas! Red stool + green bookcase = me no likey! But that can be remedied…with my itchy spray painting finger. The red stool isn’t even a good fit with the office curtain fabric, which I picked up during a super sale at Jo-Ann’s a few weeks back. It’s all just a bit juvenile, primary color looking.
As for the new color for the stool, I went back to my original color combination for the room. Just because the space is no longer going to be a guest bedroom doesn’t mean that we can’t still use the same color palette, inspired by a set of Privet House for Target napkins.
I’m thinking a pinky coral would be perfect for the stool. As of right now, here’s what I’m thinking:
But you know I’ll change my mind about 14 gazillion times before painting it…I’m already thinking of going with a brighter coral-ie color. All of the paint colors are by Benjamin Moore, which is my paint brand favorite du jour. That’s not changing 14 gazillion times. Me and Mr. Moore are tight, like PB&J tight. But before making the final color decision, I kind of want to let the room evolve just a little bit more. I want to make sure I make the right color choice and don’t decide to repaint the stool…again…a few weeks later because I made the wrong color decision. I have a feeling painting this stool, and painting it properly, is going to be a process. So I want to at least hang the curtains and bring in a few more accessories first and then I’ll make the ultimate coral paint decision (or go completely into left field again like I did with the stool choice). But you know I’ll keep you posted along the way and share all the dirty details.
Pssst…Okay, your turn. What are your latest Home Goods scores lately? Or impulse decorating/design purchases? Any other tractor seat stools for the win?!
I can’t explain, I really can’t, but I’m attracted to odd, bizarre and generally out there items. Case in point…my latest flea market/antique store find…an old wooden pet carrier.
What is wrong with me?! Seriously! I think I need an intervention. I truly need a wooden pet carrier like I need a kick in the pants with a frozen boot. Nobody really needs that, it’s completely unnecessary. But during a not so recent trip up to the County (it was one of those super quick trips to see my mom for a few hours while I tagged along on a work related trip with Colby), I came across the pet carrier at an antique store yard sale…which was in an Irving gas station parking lot. I kid you not, here is the photographic evidence. Although I should have taken it at an angle so you could see the Irving behind it, or the KFC beside it.
But the best part of the story is yet to come. I picked up my pet carrier and held it tight for fear someone else would snatch it up (who was I kidding…I’m pretty sure I was the only person in The County that day who would want that), and shamelessly borrowed $10 from my mom to buy it since I didn’t have any cash on me, and headed to the cash register to check out. Then (here comes the best part), a toothless old man squatting on a 5 gallon pail turned upside down, asked me, “you gonna catch some varmen’ in that thing”. You just can’t make that stuff up! After fighting off the snort laugh, since you don’t get any more “County” than that, I replied, “no, I’m thinking of using it as a planter to plant flowers in”. That’s when all the ladies surrounding the old man started cooing “ooooh, what a cute idea”. But alas, I have yet to plant flowers in it. Maybe this weekend if it stops raining for two seconds, since I kind of want to spray paint it first. My spray painting, trigger finger is getting itchy!
But here’s where I need your help. I’m not 100% convinced that I want to plant flowers in the pet carrier. I’ve been trying to come up with alternative uses for an old pet carrier but I’m coming up blank. Pinterest is also of no use. Apparently “pet carrier crafts” are in low demand on Pinterest these days. Who knew?! But you heard it here first, I’m starting the pet carrier craft trend. Think it will catch on?! Me neither. But crazily enough, since bringing home the pet carrier, I’ve seen similar versions of it at yard sales, antique stores and flea markets ever since. Maybe I am onto something?! Most likely not.
Pssst…So do tell, what would you do with the pet carrier? And I’m totally channeling the old “What Would You Do” show on Nickelodeon right now…sing it with me…wha wha what would you, wha wha what would you, wha wha what would you do!
Here I go, here I go, here I go again, girls what’s my weakness?! Stools! Okay then! What?! Can’t a girl start a blog post with a little Salt ‘n Peppa circa 1992 around here?! Oh well I tried. Instead, we’re gonna talk about stools. Just to clarify, the ones that you sit on not the….never mind…I’m not going to go there. Anyway, I’ve got stools on the brain these days, stools for the new office/Etsy workspace. Even though the beefy work desk in the former guest room/soon to be an Etsy office isn’t finished (it still needs to be stained and polyed) I’m already thinking about the work stools that I want to butt up under it. Here’s a shot of the work desk actually being used as a work desk so you have a smidge of an idea of what I’m talking about.
Just because a desk needs to be finished doesn’t mean I can’t use it right?! I’m actually kind of glad that I’ve been using my desk because I’m learning a few things about what I need and want for my work space as I’m working at it. For instance, I’ve learned that I’m a perpetual stander/edge of my seat worker. And that I really need to divide my work space into two zones…one for packaging shipments and one for creating. Thankfully, we built the desk in two zones, divided by that post in the middle. So what I really need next for my space (after finishing the desk of course) is a pair of stools.
I’ve been thinking about the stools since before we even built the desk, mostly because I was worried that having a higher work surface (the desk is 36″ off the ground) would make it difficult to find proper seating. I had a blonde moment (even though I’m a brunette) and then realized that…duh…counter height stools would be perfect. Nobody says “duh” anymore…I’m bringing it back. So without further ado, here are Angie’s dream industrial stools.
Boy do I love a good industrial stool! From left to right:
- Diesel – From School Outfitters
- Christopher – From Overstock
- Endure - From Overstock
- Martin – From Target
Now here is the scary part of the post where I let you into my mind to see what I’m thinking. First, if money weren’t an option, I would pick Ms. Endure in a heart beat. But alas, she is the most expensive choice of them all. Now if only I were independently wealthy….I’ll work on that. So that probably means Chris is out too. Since I need two stools, spending $300 isn’t necessarily my idea of a good time. I have other important things to spend my money on…like ice cream and beer. So that narrows it down to Diesel and Martin. I love them both and it’s like picking a favorite child (not that I really know what that would be like since we only have Goose…and he is PLENTY). I’m liking the all metal of Diesel since there’s so much wood going on in the room already (the trim, the floor, the desk) but Martin is so budget friendly! It helps that I’m a RedCard carrying member of the Target club and receive an extra 5% off my purchase AND free shipping.
I’m not gonna lie, I’m having a heck of a time trying to choose just the right stool. I like them all! I really do! Some days I’m jonesing over Diesel…other days it’s Martin. I’m hoping to make a decision and order a pair of stools this weekend…any thoughts?! Which one do you like?! I can totally be swayed in these decisions…maybe it’s because I change my mind eighteen gazillion times and then pick something way out from left field in the end. Watch me find a pair of stools at a flea market this weekend and paint them pink! That’s precisely what will happen…I can see it now.
Pssst…Okay guys, I’m serious! Tell me your favorite stool! Is it Martin?! I’m thinking it should be Martin. Or if you think I should try something else. Why are decorating decisions so difficult to make?! Scratch that…why are decisions in general so difficult for ME to make?!