Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The perfect rug

(Better Homes and Gardens)

I have been thinking about area rugs lately...

(Country Living)

We have one that, although I would not say it is entirely "me", is just the right rug for our living room floor during the cold, wet winter months. It is the softest, thickest type rug (wooly like a sheep) and my husband especially loves it, as he is more of a carpet person. (It was hard to convince him to rip out the carpet and replace it with laminate flooring a few years back.) So this rug makes him happy. :)

I am of the opinion, however, that it is nice essential to have a winter rug and a summer rug...well, maybe not essential. And then of course there is the everlasting question of where to store the 8x10 "winter rug"...But a girl can dream, can't she? :)

(Country Living)

And so in the spring, I start thinking about a nice summer rug for our floor...

(All You)

My personal favorite is sisal...


But I have been looking at seagrass, and it definitely has its merits. I love how on the sisal and the seagrass, you can choose your favorite color of binding too!


And then there is jute, which is also nice...


BUT...I still must say, I think sisal is the best fit for our little cottage...

(Better Homes and Gardens)

(Better Homes and Gardens)

(Better Homes and Gardens)

Then again, there's also the idea of no rug at all during the warmer months. This would be especially workable if you have hardwoods. Which I don't. (Yet.) But, in my dreams I do, and they look lovely with or without a rug. (wink.)

(Country Living)

(Better Homes and Gardens)

(Better Homes and Gardens)

But now as far as my favorite inspiration picture in all that I have seen while looking for inspiration...

(Better Homes and Gardens)

Be still my heart~ there truly are no words...I have been looking for an antique daybed ever so long, but now that is a completely different story...

Blessings to you all,

Sunday, March 28, 2010

I know, it's been a while!

What I have been up to...

In the living room...

For the past four weeks...and now the cutting, nailing, puttying, sanding, priming and painting is all done, everything except the window sills and trim around the windows. Whew! I thought I'd never ever finish this project! I will finish the sills tomorrow and give it a good cleaning and it will be so nice to have that room back together again!

I will be showing you a full room shot of this room! (Really and truly!) We are putting our "behemoth" grand piano on Craigslist tomorrow and will soon replace it with an upright and I am doing some redecorating, so it might be a couple of weeks until I'm ready to show you the whole thing! :)

To do this project, I followed a tutorial given by It's the little things that make a house a home . It was fun to take a break from working on our kitchen~ by February, I thought if I so much as looked at another piece of beaded board, I would scream! So this was a welcome diversion! But now
I am actually happy to start putting up the beaded board in the dining room this week! ;)

I am sorry if it seems like I fell off the face of the earth lately! I will be visiting your blogs and catching up on what you have been up to lately this week! I have missed reading your blogs! :)

I hope you are all doing well, and enjoying the first bit of spring! :)

Many blessings,

Sunday, March 7, 2010

I love...

The color green...

Soothing, peaceful, blends with everything green.

Green is so... adaptable~ put a few different shades of green together and somehow, instead of clashing, they actually complement each other!

I just love the way the color green looks against white, too...

And I have been thinking that a white kitchen with green accents, minus any other color, would be very lovely, don't you think? Yes, I know I said I was going to use aqua instead of green with red in our kitchen...but it is a woman's prerogative to change her mind (or so I have been told).

And I have been contemplating this, for it would be very easy to do. Painting the half wall above the chair rail/beaded board wouldn't be much of a strain, and it would give the room the clean, crisp white canvas to add touches of green...and don't get me wrong, it would be pretty...

But then I think of my beloved red, and think no, I must have a spot of it here and there. This kitchen likes the vintage look red adds to it.

So I guess this leaves me right back where I started, with a white kitchen with a lot of green and some red accents.

Do you ever go back and forth like this when you are redoing or working on a room in your home?