More on rugs

I still have rugs on the brain, and I found this article and this article, both on Apartment Therapy,  that suggest I could potentially shove two or more rugs together and create a dream come true.

This might not look so bad with yellow rugs and gray stitching? Or vice versa? Or stitching that actually matches the color of the rug?

 

So along those lines, I could get 2 of these rugs at Urban Outfitters for $150 total and just mash them together to create one big 10×14 rug:

Or, if I want to go with yellow and work with a pattern that would more easily blend I could get 2 of these chevron style rugs:

 

I gotta say, I’m a little in love with the yellow chevron. I might have to mull this over until my next paycheck then go for it. I’m getting a little amped up over here!

The Dilemma

I have been aching to get a rug down in my living room since the day we moved in, the wood floors are hideous and the room needs more warmth and defined sitting space. However, we have a huge problem putting rugs down in any room in our house- in fact, we have 3 huge problems: Zsa Zsa (cat), Luigi (cat), Henry (cat). There is no point at all in buying a gorgeous, awesome rug because it will inevitably be destroyed. :: le sigh ::

My absolute dream rug is an 8×11 from Jordan’s furniture that costs $330:

The shades and pattern are just right, the size is perfect, and I look at it online at least once a week. I think the price is actually pretty reasonable, too. Alas, I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t survive a month in our house. So it’ll have to be put on the back burner for 10-12 years until we (sadly) live in a cat free home.

 

 

In the meantime, I don’t mind dropping some money on a cheaper placeholder.  There is a rug at Ikea for $20 that is acceptable, but at $20 it just isn’t big enough. However, what if I bought two and attached them together to create one big 12×10 rug?

 

This rug is far more modern and far less fancy then I’d like, but I’ve seen it in person in a friends house and I know I could make the pattern work. But how stupid would two rugs sewn together (or realistically, duct tapped from the underneath) look? There would be a coffee table and two chairs placed on this rug, so maybe the seams would work if I lined everything up right? I think I need to lay some tape on my floor and try to visualize it better… but in the meantime, what do you think?

 

 

 

And, just to throw in a door number 3 and get a little crazy… I am just 26 years old. Maybe I should get double crazy: put together two rugs and get zebra print rugs.

 

 

 

Too much? Just enough? Maybe I should live on the wild side a little bit and get jazzy! I am so pulled to old lady styles and vintage designs, but I have a lifetime for that and really only so many years to pull off a giant zebra print rug.

 

 

 

 

 

For reference, here’s a couple of shots of how the room looks now:

Pretend all the Christmas clutter is gone, of course- I took that mess down Christmas Eve Day! Bah humbug!

And here's a shot at another angle taken in October.

 

I think door number 3 is going to stay closed… but I’d love to hear your opinion!

 

Come Together

Today my mom and grandparents came up to bring me the curtains my grandmother sewed for the sunroom and kitchen. The two rooms are open to each other so they needed curtains that would match but there is a bay window, two regular sized windows, a door window, and a half window so finding curtains to fit all of those (that I actually liked) was proving impossible. So, instead, for $35 mom bought the fabric and Nonna sewed it all together.

 

The fabric is a nice pale yellow with a slight white circular pattern on it that doesn’t show up in the pictures. It matches the yellow living room accent wall and yellow kitchen walls very nicely, and draws the sunroom in to finally look like it belongs with the two. Downstairs is all open concept so if the rooms didn’t have similar elements it’d be really disjointed.

The panel curtains look great on the bay window with the stained glass, and they'll look even nice when we replace the orange rocker with a cream colored chair some day.

 

I chose yellow because the kitchen and living room both have yellow in the walls and decorations, so it's the only color that could have tied together all 3 rooms.

 

They look great in the kitchen too, brightening up the walls instead of just blending in.

Lists

Well December is almost over, which means it’s time for 2012 lists!  We’ve officially been in our house four months and there’s still so much to do, but I feel like there always will be. Instead of depressing myself with a list of everything we need to do up in here, I’ve put together a top 10:

Top 10 “Things I’d do if I had Time to do Things”

- Paint the 2nd level landing: This project requires the wallpaper border to be removed, 2 coats of primer, 2 coats of ceiling paint, and 2 coats of White Truffle colored paint. Luckily, I have everything but the White Truffle paint on hand and I’ll only need a gallon of it so this will cost under $30.

- Paint the guest room: This project requires 2 coats of primer, 1 coat of ceiling paint, 2 coats of White Truffle colored paint, and 2 coats of orange sherbet paint (thick stripes, just on one wall). I’ll still have enough ceiling paint and primer, so this will cost under $60.

- Paint the 2 entrance doors: No matter what type of cleaner we try, these doors are permanently stained and disgusting. This project is “free” because we have enough primer and white paint…. are you starting to figure out that we bought certain paints in bulk?

- Paint the sill to the living room bay window: The window sill is stained wood but it is all jacked up, so repainting it white will do several things- match it to the sunroom bay window, hide the grosso wood, and blend it better with the rest of the room. Another “free” project

- Paint our bedroom dresser: Our bedroom dresser is a hand-me-down from Matt’s stepmom and it’s in really great shape structurally, but it doesn’t match the wood of our bed and tv stand and I’d really like to try a furniture redo. We also have a power sander that I’m dying to try. This project would cost under $30, just to buy the navy blue paint I’d like to refinish it with.

- Paint the wood trim in our bedroom: Like the window sill, it pains me to paint original wood but it has been destroyed by children who were allowed to paint their own room. The room is a very pale orange-y beige so I think we’re just going to go with a white trim paint. This is another “free” one.

- Redo the office bookshelf: the office bookshelf is a hand-me-down from my aunt’s house and it is beautiful and really well made, but the wood just isn’t doing it. I’d like to paint this black, to match the steel blue and black we’d like to have the office themed with. This is an under $30 project.

- Paint the office: I almost forgot about this one until I started typing about the bookcase! I actually like the color this room is already, but the filthers that used to live here left it with holes and bumps and dust stains so it needs to be redone. It’d take just a gallon of paint, because yes we’d still have plenty of primer and ceiling paint, so it’s under $30 (these under $30′s are starting to add up now…)

- Replace the knobs on the second floor landing built in: I just need to pop in the habitat for humanity restore store and get some new knobs! I think this is going to be under $10

- Redo the 2 kitchen stools: I have 2 barstools that are hand-me-downs from a friend, I traded her my old kitchen table for the stools when we moved. They’re in good working condition but they don’t match at all, so I need to paint the base and sew up some seat covers. If there’s leftover fabric after my grandmother makes me my curtains I may use that fabric, or I may go for something a little funkier. I’m not sure yet.

Runners Up

- Redo the half bathroom downstairs: I think this project is going to be the death of me. I don’t even want to talk about it now… but if I do it it’ll be a week long project done with lots of stored up vacation hours.

- Stencil the built in living room bookshelf: I’d like a nice yellow pattern in there, but I’m going to wait until we get a rug and potentially create a stencil to match the rug pattern

- Redo the hanging for behind the kitchen table: There’s this wood hook situation that was left in the basement… I don’t know how to describe it. But it needs some sanding, painting, and crafting to be awesome

- Spraypaint the living room ceiling fan: It’s currently got brown wings (are they called wings?) and since the room is gray/black/yellow themed they’d just look better black

 

 

There’s just so many things to do, good thing I’ve got a personal assistant:

Round these parts

Well well well… it’s been a while since I’ve been on here and it is because puppy training is a lot of work. And who wants to do house projects when you could just snuggle up in bed with a menagerie of animals? Not me! We have 3 cats, a dog, and a turtle now and it’s a little insane, but I love it. I am obsessed with my animals but I enjoy them, and I’m really enjoying this new dog community we’re a part of now.

We’ve had Dutch for a month now and he is absolutely adorable. Matt and I are often at each other’s throats of him (You go pick up his poop! Would you just hold him so I can clean this mess! Well maybe if you got off the computer you’d catch him eating the Christmas tree!) but we’re in love… with each other and him. Dutch was adopted from a place called Lucky Lab Rescue, based in Indiana and delivered to us on a transport van with 30 other dogs who were all also adopted.  Lucky Lab has been awesome and I really enjoy stalking their Facebook page to see all the dogs they have saved, what the adopted dogs are up to,  and who else is in this strange little community.

In the past month, Dutch has learned how to “sit,” “let it go,” and “stay.” I’m working on “heel” but it’s proving quite difficult so I think we’ll take some obedience classes after the new year. This dog sure takes after me- he hates it outside.  Just this week I finally got to the point where he would walk outside by himself to go to the bathroom, I have been carrying him this whole time! I have never in my life met a dog that didn’t want to run around out in the world, it’s fascinating.

So, because of this awesome little ball of energy I have gotten zero work done on the house. But I don’t care! I am having a blast! What I’ve got to show you today is our holiday set up, because there has been no painting, sanding, reorganizing, or redoing.

Here is our holiday end table- I much prefer snowmen then santas. We've got 2 glass vases and a wine caraf all with cotton balls at the bottom and dollar store ornaments stacked up, as well as our wooden snowman.

Our six foot tall Christmas tree is prelit with white lights, and just about touches the ceiling. We haven't bought any ornaments at all- these are all hand me downs and gifts.

The kitchen table centerpiece: a table runner made by my grandmother, a martini glass with an ornament from an old colleague, a Santa Claus ornament from my parents house, a new home ornament from a friend, and glass beads from a wedding centerpiece. (ie, completely FREE)

Here's a shot of the whole living room together: there's a Christmas book and a snowman box on the coffee table, and another end table set up on the other side of the couch. We also have lights strung around the bay window.