The Importance of the Rug. Do's and Dont's!

I had three people in one week, come to me with Rug conundrums, and therefore, I'm blogging about it! Buying a rug is not only a big decision, it's usually a big commitment. It's the first thing I choose when designing a room, as it is the thing that anchors the room. It's not a decision to make quickly or half heartedly, especially when it's a large area rug.

Lets get to it.

Problem: " I have a rug that I'm in love with, but it's too small for the space "

Solution: If it is a rug that you have your heart set on for that space ( and no where else in your home) then lets make it work, by layering.  Try buying a larger sisal rug ( preferably ) and layer with your favorite rug.

If your furniture is not sitting on your rug, then your rug is too small. This is a common mistake people make, and it shrinks the size of your room! Most are intimidated by buying large rugs, due to the prices, but there are some great resources for large rugs. You can also use the solution above for this problem, and buy a cheaper sisal rug and layer with a rug with color and pattern to top.

So this:

Not this:

Furthermore, I cant stress the importance of a rug. It anchors the room! I know you've heard that before, but do you really know? Do you? Look at the following real estate photos, that obviously need rugs. Obviously. ( ouch )

 Dont get me started on this room. Honestly, it'd be better off naked. This space needs 2 rugs to separate the dining and the living room. And those tables? Not sure whats going on there.

Clearly, needs anchor.


I need to stop, I'm getting a headache looking at these. I need to start my staging services for clueless realtors. Oye.

Favorite Inexpensive Rug Resources:


Nate Berkus Fabric put to use! DIY Pillow with Zipper

I like to switch up my pillows yearly, and knew that it was time when I laid eyes on Nate Berkus' fabric line. However, this time I wanted to do a zipper closure for the first time, since I wanted to be able to wash these guys.

I was intimidated. My mom is a sewing wizard, so I had her teach me this method the other week, and it's much more painless than it seamed! (see what I did there..)

The Fabric was on sale for 60% off at the time, and I just got one yard.

I have a slight obsession with fabric, but a straight up addiction to navy patterns.

Anyways. I'm happy with how they turned out, very simple and quick project for a rainy afternoon!

There are a couple different ways to install a zipper ( either sewing one side of the zipper at a time like I did, or sewing one side of the fabric together leaving a seem for you to lay the entire zipper down and sew ) 

THIS tutorial is closest to what I did ( picture above shows I sewed one side of the zipper at a time )
and THIS youtube video is very helpful too.

You asked about it, here's your answer.

I can't count how many emails I get asking where I got my "tv console." I bought this years ago from, it was, at the time, a knockoff of a $1300 Crate and Barrel buffet, and I bought this guy for $350 I believe.

They discontinued it for quite some time, but it is back now. (currently out of stock, but sign up for their " alert me " email to let you know when they stock back up )
It's renamed the Hartford Buffet, the price is now $429 but keep your eyes out for coupons, they always have big coupons for big buys. You can find it HERE

 'scuse the old pic

The quality is GREAT. It's held up wonderfully. I will say, to this day, it's been the hardest piece of furniture to assemble. Holy crap. Take a Xanax or a handful of tylenol prior to opening the box.

So there ya go. Buffet finally identified, once and for all :) Thanks for the emails ya'll!

Bring your kitchen sink, Back to life!

Lets be real honest for a second. If you have a porcelain kitchen sink, the sight on the left is probably familiar to you.

I let my sink go for 2 months and this is what it looks like when I dont do the method I'm about to tell you about. I've blogged about it in the past, but wanted to bring it back to life because I do this trick with ALL of my porcelain.

It looks horribly scratched, veiny and dirty. It's actually not dirty dirty, it had a soap bath prior to this picture, but that doesnt matter. Just trying to make myself feel better about exposing my dirty laundry.

Moving on.

Below is the lovely marriage of Bark Keepers Friend ( liquid version ) and a generic magic eraser.
The Eraser on it's own does it fantastic job....but to take it to the next level, use this product.
I always cut my erasers in half, because, well, I hoard them ( enter Smiegel saying " my precious " )
and it doesnt need a whole pad.

Get your sink wet and squirt some of the BarKeepers Friend on the porcelain and start cleaning
it with the eraser. You'll discover that it doesnt take hardly any elbow grease, and in the blink of an eye you are done.

The pics below are unedited. 

No longer rough. No more veins. Can I apply this to the back of my thighs?  

Take this method to your bathtub. It'll change your life. You dont have to use the BarKeepers Friend so much in the tub ( unless you do have scratches ) but the grime that the eraser itself picks up from the inner sides of the tub is enough to make a grown man cry. 

Another tip?

Do not. I repeat. Do NOT. Waste your money on the name brand, Magic Eraser. They are like $4-6 for TWO depending on the kind.
All these years I've been buying mine from the Dollar Tree. Two for $1. However, My local store just stopped doing the two pack, and is now only selling one. Dumb.

So. I hopped on Amazon, and bought 50 pieces of melamine sponge for $3.80. You read right.
The catch? It does come from China, and takes about 4 weeks. Big Woop. You can get 100 for $6.00.  They may not be as thick as name brand, in which I'd probably use the whole sponge on the sink. Again, Big Woop.

What's Hot! Naturals/Golds: My Picks

Everywhere I turn, lately, I'm seeing more and more natural and gold accents. Golds made their way back into the scene last year, but the trend continues! It's nice to have a mix of metallic here and there. Here are my current faves.


Makeover Monday // Guest Room Overhaul

This room belongs to my "adopted" brother, who lives with us for 5 months out of the year. I'm so mad because I cannot find the before pictures, but trust me, it was bad.
I joked that it was where old furniture went to die. It was ugly. It had builder beige on the walls ( in flat, EEK ) along with furniture I had intended to refinish, recover etc. I finally just bit the bullet, tossed the crap and bought new.

It was a relatively cheap makeover though! I wanted a very very clean feeling room, and to keep it masculine I stuck with dark finishes but light fabrics.

There's a lot of Ikea in this room, as you'll see. The Bed and Nightstands(craigslist ), Wall Lamp, Ottoman (free on the side of the road ) Navy Pillow Cover, and Sofa are all Ikea.

Speaking of Lamp...isnt she a beaut?

These cozy Euro Shams are via Pottery Barn clearance, I scored BOTH for $22 shipped.
P.S. Cheapest places for Euro Inserts is

The room was flip flopped for a long time, I had the bed in this living area but this arrangement is far better. 

Frames are Ikea Ribba, Table was custom, Chair was Craigslist $15, Pillow Nordstrom Clearance, Lamp was Marshalls Clearance.

The sofa was nearly brand new off of Craigslist, It's Ikea, scored for $100 and the quality is pretty great.

Hiding under the table is the rolling Ottoman I recovered ( read about it here )

I found this guy on clearance for $29 ( reg $139 at World Market )

And finally these Bamboo Roman Shades from were $18 a piece!

The paint is my all time favorite grey, Dolphin Fin. It's also used in my daughters room.
I'll be adding accessories here and there, but it's pretty much finished.

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Small updates for daughter's rooms

I've been working very slowly on my oldest daughters room for a while. This is the old pic from a three years ago. You can see the whole post HERE.
It was a great room, but I like change, and she was begging us for a bunk bed. We found a great bunkbed on Craigslist, practically new for $100 and went for it. ( I was able to sell her antique bed for $75 so this was a cheap cheap upgrade )

I decided to ditch the stripes and go for, you guessed it, blue. It's a super soft color I actually used in her nursery in another house, it's called crystal clear. I did this probably last fall and forgot to blog it. Oops.

( sorry, it's a phone pic )

We desperately need a rug in here, but I'm so picky, it's been quite the hunt for me. So the search continues.

Some recent additions were the labels on the hemnes dresser, this clearance bust from Michaels for her necklaces, and a $1.99 fabric floral jewelry box from Value Village ( pottery barn ) Mirror is old Ikea, Branches are old Pier One.

Moving on to Lennon's nursery, I'm still thrilled with the color scheme I went with ( Navy, Gold and Peach and Gray) See the original reveal post HERE

The only changes I've made, is to switch where the crib goes, since the other wall has the thermostat on it, and she'd mess with it. The other change is to add this easy "art" to the wall.

I framed one of my favorite go-to outfits of hers, in between some milestone pictures I took for the first 12 months of life.

These are Ikea Ribba Frames, I spraypainted them Gold.

Only thing that has changed here is the changing pad is gone and the basket is here to hold some shoes.

The Rug from Overstock remains and has held up pretty darn good. It does tug, and I have to move it every now and then, but I'm still very happy with this cheap purchase.

Next up: Guest Room Makeover

My summer, according to Instagram

It's been a busy, hot, long summer, and although we have another month left, I thought it'd be fun to show you a glimpse via my instagram. It's been a summer full of projects, and I still have a couple of rooms to complete!

P.S. The Ikea Hemnes Makeover below ( if you can even call it a makeover ) cost $3. Ebay is full of goodies.

More makeovers comin up!

PSA! Nate Berkus Fabric !

It's happening. Nate Berkus is releasing a line of fabric for Joanns. * Heavy Breathing*

Best part is, it's actually affordable, thanks to Joanns great coupons.

See the full line HERE

Big makeover for a TINY bathroom!

This is our tiny upstairs guest bathroom. It is nestled in the eaves and hasnt reflected my style at all. The top of the sewing machine console started to weather from the water, and instead of refinishing the top, I took the opportunity to challenge myself. The challenge? Renovate this little half bath for under $250.

I've been putting up with the hideous lavendar paint color for far too long.

The original idea started on paper, like most of my hair brain ideas..

Yes. Its exquisite isnt it? Give me a break, I did it in 5 seconds.

First things first was so obviously remove the old fixture and paint.

Secondly, I needed to figure out how I was going to pull off the look of floating shelves. First I thought I'd build them. I ended up nixing that idea, because I didnt like the look of seeing all the creases.
Second idea, to buy a butcher block, only i'd have to buy 2 from Ikea for both shelves. ( Ikea was the cheapest for butcher block by far )
However, I was discouraged because they happened to be out of stock and had no date of restock. AND it would cost $400 for both blocks. Ya, not happenin.

I finally thought of the idea to use solid wood doors. They have the look of butcher block, and we'd have to do minimal cutting. I headed to one of my favorite recycled building materials store, in Seattle. Aisles upon aisles of doors, new and old. I came upon 2 that would do the trick.

I used Minwax Stain in Walnut to stain them

THEN used Waterlox on it. It seals and protects against water. You do have to be patient, as it takes a few coats, and each coat has to dry for 24 hours before adding the next one. But it's very easy to use, no sanding in between. It's not cheap, and only a couple of stores carry it, but its so very worth it. ( if you're local and need some, you can buy some from me )

Next up, we built frames to support these heavy doors and sink.

Then the holes for the pipe were drilled into one of the doors and the sink ( which you all voted on ) was attached. Luckily the plumbing already came out of the wall, so we didnt have to do much with that. 

And here it is! I'm very very happy with the result. It's very me. The little door lookin thing is a velcro'd cabinet front that leads to storage under the eaves. Its where Christmas is kept.

I attached a Threshold Towel Bar underneath for functionality and to look more streamline.
The wire basket it from HomeGoods ( it's also at TJMAXX ) and the lantern was clearance at HomeGoods for $7 )

These are accessories I already had. The basket was a Goodwill find for $1.99! By the way, that linen spray? World Market. It smells heavenly.

Here's the breakdown of cost!

DuJour Color Paint $26
2 Wood Doors $80
Minwax Stain $4
Waterlox $30
Sink ( FOUND HERE ) $80 *i had gift cards*
Target Threshold Towel Bar $16
Basket $14
Lantern $7

Grand Total including tax $257!