Layering Rugs

Monday, September 29, 2014

Lately I’ve been contemplating layering some rugs over my wall to wall beige carpet. I’ve actually never layered rugs over carpet before, I’ve just been window shopping rugs dreaming of the day when I have some hard wood floors to layer them on, but I’m feeling like “why wait?” Area rugs are a great way to define a space and add some color and personality to an otherwise dull room.

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I love the cozy boho vibe created with layered rugs. I’m thinking the kids’s room and the living room could use a rug or two, or three.

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More Random Thoughts

Monday, September 29, 2014

The other day I was at the thrift store looking through the book section when an employee rolled out this big cart full of new books to be added to the shelves. Among them was a pile of Nicholas Sparks books. I had never read any of his books, but I know they are really popular and I loved the movie The Notebook, so I was like, what the heck, and I grabbed a couple of them. I got Nights in Rodanthe and The Guardian. I started  with Nights in Rodanthe a couple of weeks ago and I am STILL trying to finish it. It’s a short book and if it was a good book I would have been done by night two, but it’s pretty terrible. The characters are superficial and impossible for me to relate to, and the plot is boring and predictable. It’s a snooze fest. Someone please tell me his other books are better than this one… I will finish it and I will still probably read The Guardian so he can, hopefully, redeem himself, but ugh. I think I could come up with a more original story.

On a more positive note, I just read The Fault in Our Stars a few weeks ago and I actually loved it. I had mentally prepared myself for a young-adult romance novel which would likely be cheesy and predictable but, I was pleasantly surprised when I thoroughly enjoyed it. I read some of the reviews and it seems that book left people either unreasonably filled with rage or completely fan-girl crazy. I was somewhere in the middle. Yes, it was a little unrealistic to read teenagers spouting off original sonnets and speaking like college educated adults, but I didn’t mind. If they spoke like the average teenager I probably would have lost interest by the third page. It was a sweet little love story, it made me smile, it made me cry, it left me entertained. I can’t wait to see the movie, let’s hope they didn’t screw it up.

When I’m not forcing myself to read Nicholas Sparks or doing real grown-up important things, I’m on my couch watching the new fall line-up. I didn’t watch a lot of TV this summer so I was ready for a few shows to get lost in. My favorite for the last decade has been Grey’s Anatomy, they almost lost me for a few seasons when I think it got a little too dramatic, but I’m still a loyal watcher. It’s probably just habit at this point, I need some kind of routine in my life. Thank you Shonda. I haven’t gotten into Scandal and I didn’t see How to Get Away with Murder, but Shonda Rhimes is killing it I’ve heard. Some day I will binge on Scandal, but that day hasn’t come yet. I missed the first season or two? I don’t even know what season this is, but either way I have no idea what’s going on so I don’t want to start watching now.

Other than Grey’s Anatomy, The Voice is pretty much my favorite thing on TV at the moment. Pharrell and Gwen Stefani are awesome and I love that Adam has been dethroned as the “king of the 4 chair turn.” I love me some Adam Levine, but his face when Pharell steals all the rock-stars is kind of priceless. Anyway, I will get back to interior decor shortly, I just wanted to drop a few lines about what’s got me entertained at the moment. Anyone have a good book suggestion? Or a good show that I’m missing out on? I am quite literally only watching Grey’s Anatomy and The Voice, I’m sure I’m missing something good.

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Miscellaneous

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I love fall. Growing up in Alaska we had 2 seasons, winter and break-up. Winter was cold, long, and dark and then you had break-up which was the 2 months it took for all of the snow to melt. It was muddy and stinky and still cold. We did have summer but if you blinked you missed it. Having 4 seasons is something that I really appreciate about living on the east coast. I complain when it’s too hot because I don’t handle the heat well, and then I complain when it’s too cold because I clearly complain too much, but spring and fall I have no complaints, it’s perfection. I take that back. This week I do have to complain about the stomach bug and the cold that has been going around… We are a sickly bunch right now, hence the radio silence on the blog. I’ve been feeling pretty miserable and uninspired up until today, but I’m ready to take a break from disinfecting the apartment to clear some of the cobwebs that are growing on my little corner of the internet.

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Among the many unfinished projects I have going on is the shelving situation in my master bedroom. I have a pile of plants and other tchotchkes that I’ve been collecting. This African inspired Madonna has been waiting for a home for a while. I’ve had it since I was probably 10-11 years old, so she’s pretty old, you can see she’s missing a few beads and the glue is showing in a few places. I really need to get her up out of the reach of the boys before I have two that are walking.

As far as shelving goes…I thought about doing a smaller version of the shelves I hung in the kids room since the brackets are really budget friendly but, I feel like I should do something different. While breastfeeding I browse the Ikea app for ideas, as one does.

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I like the idea of the white shelves with the brackets painted copper.

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I’m also thinking about stained shelves to match the drawers and then doing gold brackets like above.

 

 

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Then there’s the Lack floating shelf which I’m drawn to.

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That room is just so calm and uncluttered right now, which I love, but I’m torn because it feels a tad unfinished. The room won’t feel like me until I get some of my favorite pieces out of the box they’ve been living in and into the spotlight.

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In other news, I finally potted my tree. It was outgrowing it’s temporary pot and dropping leaves like crazy. It had become a daily task for Isaiah to go in there and pick out the dead leaves. Since I’ve put it in this big pot it hasn’t dropped a single leaf and I think it’s grown about 2 inches in height. It’s a Dwarf Schefflera, Gold Capella, a type of umbrella tree that likes sunlight and moist soil and seems to be pretty hardy.

This post was all over the place. I’m nailing this whole blogger thing.

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