Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Sweater Rug for the Living Room

After a month on back order, our area rug is now here! After much deliberation, we ended up settling on West Elm's sweater rug in sable; mainly because it is a high quality wool rug in our budget. I had my worries, especially since I hadn't seen it in person, so waiting a month was painstaking. Thankfully the verdict is in and I love it.
West Elm's sweater rug
The color is gorgeous - it is neutral like I wanted but still visually interesting - and it's soft, like, really soft! It sheds as if it were a dog, but that is to be expected with a wool rug.
Mid century chair and area rug
West Elm's sweater rug in sable
Even though I love the black shade of this rug, it doesn't pair well with our still-broken couch. The Sivik Gray is just too blue in comparison. So the only logical thing to do would be to replace the Karlstad covers, right?! I really love Isunda Gray but maybe the less expensive white cover would do, if I could somehow keep it clean.
What the rug does pair well with is our new mid-century dresser, also known as our TV stand. An antique chest was previously holding our television (which you can see here and here) but it was too tall and the drawers were a pain to open, so this is a functional and aesthetic change.
sweater rug
It was also a frugal change, since it was only $45 courtesy of Craig and his list - can you believe it!? Besides the faded laminate top and the ever-so-slightly wobbly legs, it is in near mint condition.
The new rug and dresser is the pushing point to get our living room up to par. I have some small changes in mind that will come as money permits. Things like finding a solution for our desk (read: vanity) dilemma and properly styling our bed are the first things in my sight. Slowly and steadily, I keep telling myself.
So what do you think of the sweater rug? Does bringing something new and pretty in motivate you to change other eye-sores in the room?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Collected Art Wall

This wall, in my son's bedroom, used to sport a collected gallery wall which included everything from an octopus to a canvas painting to a Mario mushroom. Once our toddler moved into her little sister's bedroom, it was time to readdress this wall. After months of hoarding thrifting, I finally assembled this gallery wall.
Vintage collected gallery wall
So mostly everything is from thrift stores or garage sales. The faux-wood seagull was found a year ago in April, the Chinese checkers in August, the round plate was a garage sale find from nearly 3 years ago, the horseshoe magnet was 7 cents at an estate sale, and I brought home the cribbage game (on the left) last October.Even two out of three frames were thrifted and the land survey all glare-y on the right came home with this large map in my living room for $3.

The dulcimer - that neat looking instrument on the left - belonged to my husband's grandpa; as well as the J.C Deagan dinner chime - which is that wood box above the magnet. The big checkerboard was somehow acquired by my husband, and I have been hanging onto it since the beginning of our marriage.
The art you see was done by my son - I'm a pretty big fan - and those painted tree rings fit perfectly with them.

I like it much better than the previous arrangement and I think it fits my boy much better as well. Although I'm sure he would vote to add some rocks. What do you think?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

New Items For Sale on Smithly's

Although I am a few months late, I finally got around to posting 18 vintage goodies for sale on my Etsy shop Smithly's.
Vintage items on Etsy
Things like that vintage yellow fondue pot, a Romeo and Juliet book, brilliant blue light bulbs, and lots more. Be sure to check everything out here.
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