I am a huge fan of Sally's faces. I was lucky enough to snag one a couple of years ago at Look Linger Love's flash sale. It was my first piece of original art and it still makes me smile everyday. One of the best investments I have ever made.
I got a new rug for my entry way last week and got a ton of questions about where to find vintage rugs. I am always on the hunt and it took me over a year to find one for our entry. They are not easy to come by and require some persistence.( Disclaimer: They are easy to find if you have a ton of $ to spend.) I have found checking out local antique stores and estate sales are your best bet.
Another great source is Esale Rugs. They are actually based out of Rock Hill, South Carolina. The site can be overwhelming with so many choices. I tend to stick with "Tribal Rugs". ECarpet Gallery is similar to Esale with great prices.
Moving on to animal prints. I consider most of them a neutral. They add a layer of sophistication.
While I love an animal print, they can go Real Housewives of New Jersey really fast. Sometimes the cheapest option looks, well, cheap. Do yourself a favor and invest. Animal print is not going anywhere.
When it comes to rugs, SIZE MATTERS!
Trust me, I get it. I am cheap too. Do not buy any 5x7 rugs. No point unless you are layering them on another rug.
Here is the perfect example of what not to do.
This is my house. I bought this rug 3 years ago. I bought a 5x7 because it was going to be $150 more to upgrade to an 8x10. I saved $150, but I was never really happy. Let's all be honest. It looks dumb. Pay the extra money, get the bigger rug! You will never regret it.
In a perfect world, we would all have so much money we could have carpet cut and made into the exact size we need for every room. Unfortunately, this is not the case.
There are some great cheat sheets floating around on Pinterest to help choose a rug size.
-all of the links take these to blogs without proper credit. anyone know the original source?
Looks like Raleigh will not be getting the collection. The closest store will be Atlanta. Luckily, sources are reporting the collection will be available online. I am crossing my fingers. My favorite pieces include slouchy ankle booties and embellished jackets.
Saturday I went to the Furbish Flea Market. I went to help my friend who was working the event get some pictures. I had no intentions of shopping for my house. I ended up coming home with two paintings and the largest ginger jar I have ever seen. It got so bad I even contemplated going back for a second round.
There were so many goodies and everything was priced right.
I vote this becomes a monthly occurrence!
You may have missed the flea if you are not in Raleigh,
When I saw this dress on Pinterest, I immediately fell in love. I assumed it was something stupid expensive. When I found out it was on Mod Cloth I could not restrain myself. You know there is a problem when you start dressing like your throw pillows.
This sweet lingerie was another chintzy find that I wish I could pull the trigger on. $64 on underwear is where I draw the line.
I do not know if anyone has told you. It is fall. In true blogger fashion I am trying surround myself with all things pumpkin. First up, Trader Joe's Honey Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli. If you are noticing a trend that I only write about ravioli, you would be correct. I can boil water. That is about it.
Yesterday we got a peek into my favorite bloggers home on The Glitter Guide. Lindsay Souza's style is one that I try and emulate. She embraces color and mixes pattern with ease. She has an eclectic collected style that still feels traditional.
I went through her home tour and fell in love with all the little details.
There are a lot of new things going on around these parts. I decided to have a new series to fire up some discussions. Two new blog obligations in one week, that is rare.
Anyways, I really wanted to weigh in on people's thoughts about design trends. First up, colored cabinets. I personally would not really call it trend. I think it is pretty classic and can stand the test of time if they are done right. I only prefer dark/moody colors with a glossy finish. This look screams really expensive to me. That can be good, if it is your kitchen. It can be bad, if you are paying for it. Probably not a great choice for resale either. In a perfect world, where I would be living in my house forever and I had unlimited funds there would dark glossy cabinets.
In the real world, I would love to do a butler's pantry.