The Rug Hunt

April 9, 2012 at 3:55 pm (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Remember seeing the antique rug in the dining room?

Well, we thought this rug was a bit too bright and attention grabbing for this area. Plus, it was really taking a beating being in the center of our home. We were on the hunt for a rug. A very specific rug. Most importantly, we had to be able to afford it on our teeny tiny budget. We also wanted it to be big. It had to be at least 3 feet wide and at least 12 feet long. Wider and longer would be even better. This was the hardest part. Almost all runners were only about 2 feet wide. Not going to cut it with a large room and two dogs creating a lot of traffic. We were also hoping for either a print we could agree on, or something fairly neutral, but also not too light so that it would get dirty fast. Gravel roads and a farmer living in the house, oh and those two dogs again, means dust, dirt, and crud on a frequent basis. Do we sounds picky yet?

We hunted and hunted. Then we debated and debated. We found the one. Or at least what will be the one for a while! It was a “dark natural” colored banded jute rug. This one was 3 feet by 12 feet and was from the Home Decorator’s Collection, bought from Amazon.

We really like how the rug choice turned out. Its nothing fancy, but the neutral-ness of it allows for us to paint and change the room when we get the chance. This rug seems strong and durable, but is also soft and welcoming. Actually those bands you can see in the close up picture are super comfy on your feet, almost massaging! It does slip some, and in the future we may get a no-skid rug pad, but for now it has been perfect!

We couldn’t leave the dirty old door mat there with the pretty new runner! Here’s the old grungy mat:

It just so happened that I fell upon an awesome, and very inexpensive door mat right after getting the runner. You will never guess where I found the new mat! Dollar General! $12! And so adorable! It is also jute and looks so great with the runner!

So, what did we do with the antique rug? We put it upstairs in the hallway. We had some traffic issues with the light colored carpet in the hall, but not enough to continue to wear this rug out super fast, so we are trying it out up there. So far I think it is growing on me!

I think this little rug rearranging is going to work out just fine! 🙂

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My Perfect Bedroom

July 12, 2011 at 2:09 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

On Apartment Therapy today I saw this gorgeous black and white chair by Ethan Allen.  First I drooled (we all know how much I love black and white furnishings, right?) and then I headed over to the Ethan Allen website to check out their new lines. 

More drolling ensued.  Before long I had picked out what my perfect bedroom in the new house should look like. 

The master bedroom in our new 1891 house is through a walk-through closet (very cool!) and is then sunken below a couple of steps.  There are raw beams overhead, and even a little stained glass window on the wall with a peak.  Yes, its very neat. 

So, this Ethan Allen room that I spotted had my mind combining my love of shiny black furniture, black and white prints, and raw, rustic wood features.  Here she is:

 

Gorgeous, no?  Actually, the Ethan Allen website had a ton of beautiful images, ideas, and products! Check out more of the line here: http://www.ethanallen.com/shop_by_room/bedrooms

(No, I’m not paid or sponsored in any way by Ethan Allen.  Although maybe I should be, becuase I’m in love! 🙂

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Storage Chair In Shop

July 13, 2009 at 3:13 pm (Shop Items) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I finished this little storage chair (the one I found on the side of the road) for the shop.  Here’s the before:

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And here’s the finished product:

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You like?  Let me know if you are interested!

***SOLD***

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Adorable Little Chair

June 10, 2009 at 12:41 pm (Shop Items) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Behold the new addition to the shop (or soon to be):

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Isn’t he cute??  I’m not sure if I will remodel this little guy or sell as is.  Any suggestions?  I was thinking black paint and new cushion.  But then again, I love the wood and the teal vinyl.  Hmmm…  Let me know if you have any interest in this oh-so-cute MCM chair (refinished or not) and I will keep you all updated on what I do with it!

I did end up leaving the chair as is after a good cleaning, and  a girl immediately fell in love with it and snatched it up! 

**SOLD**

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Mid Century Paintings For Sale In Shop

June 8, 2009 at 7:42 am (Shop Items) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I went back to the thrift store and those paintings were still there.  AND, they were 1/2 off!  So, I snagged them and cleaned them up a bit.  Now for sale in the shop!  Check them out!

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I think they would look really cute with the new roadside find chair!

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Maybe in a little girl’s mid century room?

***SOLD***

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Chair Love Sale

April 29, 2009 at 7:44 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

This week I thought I would feature a chair that is going in the shop!  This robins egg blue shell chair is marked “Krueger Metal Products Green Bay, Wisconsin” on the bottom.  Isn’t it just so cute?

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Taco Night Celebration

April 29, 2009 at 7:21 am (Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

We decided to celebrate last night!  We are officially setting up shop with our projects and vintage collections.  (Actually, for those of you who like Mid Century, there might be a really sweet hutch up for grabs after this weekend;)

So, I made Tony’s favorite, Tacos!  It was so pretty with all of the colorful bowls and plates, so I thought I would share.  We were so excited about being noted on Apartment Therapy.  What a great way to start our shop!  Check out our pretty little party.

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The tacos and margaritas were very tasty… just try to imagine you were there, and have a toast with us!  And, thank you everybody for stopping in and giving your advice and comments- which we LOVE!  And check back, because we are off and running with our shop and our new projects!

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A Little Industrial

February 2, 2009 at 3:34 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

One of my big obsessions right now is industrial furniture and decor. I know that some of you are probably thinking industrial seems too cold and uninviting. But, mixed carefully with the warm colors and textures of your home, even industrial items can be cozy! I have been looking for the perfect industrial cabinet for our kitchen. Right now prices seem to be soring for these items on Ebay and other websites, but come auction season, I bet we can snatch one up for a deal!

One website that I found with some very funky items is http://www.ergstore.com. This site has some great inspiration for industrial funiture, but also has some pretty steep prices. Some of the items I am currently loving:

A 1920's-30's doctor's chair.  I know, I love all crazy chairs, but this one would be a real conversation piece!

A 1920's-30's doctor's chair. I know, I love all crazy chairs, but this one would be a real conversation piece!

A 1940's wheeled cart.  This would be great for a kitchen island!

A 1940's wheeled cart. This would be great for a kitchen island!

A 1930's- 1940's theater light. This would repurpose as a great lamp.

A 1930's- 1940's theater light. This would re-purpose as a great lamp.

Another site with some very amazing pieces is Get Back, Inc. at http://www.getbackinc.com. Some of my favorites there are:

A metal and glass medical cart.  So what I am looking for!

A metal and glass medical cart. So what I am looking for!

A metal cabinet.  This would be cute in almost any room.

A metal cabinet. This would be cute in almost any room.

A scissor wall light.  A pair of these would make great bedside lamps.

A scissor wall light. A pair of these would make great bedside lamps.

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