Thursday, May 31, 2012

Cheap & Chic Area Rugs

Now who isn't looking for a cheap and chic area rug at one time or another? I know I always have my eye open for rugs fitting that criteria and that's why these rug sets stopped me in my tracks a couple weeks ago at Lowe's. I saw them when I was shopping for dressing room floor supplies and I'm glad I snapped a picture because I can't seem to find them on their website.

All the rugs are 3'6''x5'6" and come with a bath mat/door mat of sorts which I kind of found odd but at $40 for the one rug, sure throw the other little guy in for free. They're pretty thin cotton so they'd need a pad underneath to prevent slipping but they seem to be great for a smaller area or under a table. I even calculated in my head for a brief second how much four of them would be and I could stitch them together to make one large rug. The herringbone and blue stripe are my favorite but they're all pretty chic, not to mention cheap.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Home Fit For A Soldier

In keeping with the Americana theme of this past weekend, I wanted to share with you guys a gorgeous home that I stumbled upon on the HGTV Magazine website. This talented young lady fixed up her and her army husband's new home while he was deployed using mostly thrifted finds and DIY projects. Sounds like my kind of girl! And their home is just so lovely, I had to show you guys. Check it out:

This dining room is eclectic/timeless perfection.

That flat file coffee table? C'mon now, that's awesome. 

Seriously, this kitchen, if I were to do mine over, would be some serious inspiration. 

Cheerful little sunroom.

And aren't they just adorable to boot? To read more check it all out here. Now I only wish she had a blog so I could find out her wall colors and where she got all her beautiful things!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Rug on Rug Action

Hey guys, hope you all (here in the US) had a fabulous Memorial Day weekend! We had a hot one, with temperatures in the 90's which is unseasonably hot for May but I can't complain when the sun's shining and I get to cross a few things of my home to-do list. Something that has been on my list for a while now was to add a little texture and interest to our bedroom. I had been looking for a neutral rug to layer on top of our carpet but everything I wanted was either too expensive or out of stock, go figure. 

When browsing CL one evening I saw this rug that was perfectly neutral although not exactly what I was looking for. After only paying 20 bucks for it though I brought it home and now I'm digging it. The subtle stripes add just enough interest and actually look great with my new throw (the West Elm Favorite Throw, a birthday gift from my sister in law).

Oh and if you noticed, the curtains hanging on the window are only placeholders right now while I figure out what to put there permanently. I love the softness white curtains bring while still letting in as much light as possible (which I love in the mornings!) so I need to hang a new rod and find some inexpensive white panels. The ones hanging there were actually left on our living/dining room windows when we moved in and are much too short. The room's getting there though and it's slowly becoming the retreat I had always hoped it to be.

Friday, May 25, 2012


I had some fun yesterday playing around with the items on our TV console. Taking things away, shifting things around, it was a good time. Here's what I ended up with.

The box is a WWII ammo case I found for Dan at a thrift store in Maryland. I love the rustic charm, especially those dovetailed joints, and I must admit it was as much for me as it was for him.

Love my new fan.

When walking along the side of the console I noticed the space behind the frame was bare so I snuck this little guy in there for a fun surprise.

I like it. For now... 

Have a very happy Memorial Day weekend all!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

I'm Not a Baker

But if I were, I would want a baking "pantry" like this one Jenny made out of her kitchen cabinet.

She used simple decorative moldings as shelf risers to keep all her pretty little jars organized. By adding another layer on the bottom and painting it out in white to match the rest of the "shelf" she added valuable vertical space to her cabinet that is also incredibly stylish.

The hooks on the door are another perfect solution to organizing measuring spoons and mixer accessories. It's all just so lovely and she says it makes baking for her a true joy...

...and it appears she's pretty darn good at it:

You can find out the recipe for these and more on her blog Everyday Occasions and be sure to check out her lovely house while you're at it.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

New England Weekend Adventures

I mentioned on Monday that we were busy soaking up the gorgeous weather this weekend in two of New England's finest: Massachusetts and New Hampshire. We were right outside Boston for a graduation then hung out in the city for a couple hours, my first trip there in eight years when my brother graduated. This time it was my sister's boyfriend as well as a friend of ours that got to turn their tassels.

Boston is just picture perfect.

yay a picture together! that doesn't happen as often as I'd wish

The weekend was also split between our friend's lake house in New Hampshire, the epitome of nature's splendor and total relaxation.

Being in Boston as well as NH definitely left an impression on me and further encouraged my love of all things New England-y: navy blue, crisp white, warm weathered brass, stripes!, woven textures, hints of preppy-ness. I love it all and plan to bring a little bit of that into our home as soon as possible.

Here's what I'm talking about:



Tuesday, May 22, 2012

New Dressing Room Floors

Since I already told you guys my thought process when it came to laying vinyl wood planks in the dressing room, I'll get right to the good stuff.


And Now:

The back storage area Before:

And Now:

Looking back into the room:

And for a better perspective, here's my best attempt at getting the whole room in one shot (my back to the wall of frames, sitting on the campaign dresser):

Clothes area Before:

And Now:

To sum it up, this is one of my favorite projects to date. Not only do they make the room feel just a tad bigger but they finally make the room feel like just that-- a room. Now I know I still need to attach moldings as well as find a nice cushy area rug but trust me, I've walked into this room so many times over the past few days just to look at them and smile. And that my friends makes me very happy.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Dressing au Natural

Hey guys! I hope you all had the amazing weather we did here on the east coast- 80 degrees without a hint of humidity and a slight breeze in the air. Nothing could be better. Except for the fact that we got to enjoy it in both New Hampshire and Boston this weekend, but more on that later.

My dressing room got a little makeover on Friday and I am loving how it turned out. After we moved in I ripped out the carpet and was left with just the subfloor so the quickest, easiest, and cheapest thing to do was paint it.

The white helped to open things up and it was okay for the time being. Since I only used wall paint in a flat finish, however, it scratched very easily, got stained when I sat down in dark jeans, and started to peel in a certain areas as well. If I were really serious about painting it for the long haul I would have used exterior paint in an eggshell or semi-gloss finish followed by some sort of polyurethane or clear coat to seal things up real nice. But since I knew I wanted to do something a little more permanent later on, the simple white paint did the job up until this past weekend.

I'm not sure where this idea came from really but since I work across the street from a Lowe's I just thought one day to go over and take a look at their vinyl wood flooring. Since the dressing room is still possibly a temporary space and our dream is to make it a bathroom, I didn't want to do anything too permanent, but still nicer than a painted subfloor. That's when the idea of vinyl seemed like the way to go. We used vinyl tiles in the kitchen of old old apartment and it was easy to install, hard to mess up, and looked great two years later.

So when I popped over to Lowe's last Wednesday I was pleasantly surprised at not only the selection, but at the quality and price! Vinyl wood flooring has come a long way and at 88¢ a square foot I was sold. Now the question was, what color?

I decided to go with the lighter option (Natural Oak) because it would work better with our light bedroom carpet and since the room is teeny tiny I figured the lighter the better.

I did run into a couple problems but luckily they were quickly remedied. The first is the abrupt stop of the subfloor in our storage space, a tight 2.5' across but generous 8' deep area. The "door" leads to yet even more storage that runs the whole length of our upstairs and even has its own light source. Truthfully I don't think we'll ever need the space but it's nice to know it's there if we ever did need it.

A bunch of sections cut from our leftover wood floor scraps did just the trick to fill in the space and make it a nice level surface for the planks.

The second issue was a large chunk of the subfloor missing most likely from when they ran the wire that I'm guessing goes to our room for tv/phone hookup. Now I'd love to get rid of it completely but for the future owner's sake (whenever that may be) it will stay and we will just do the best we can to hid it with the baseboards.

And for now, I leave you with a little sneak peak...

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