Too Twitchy: A Tale of Two Rugs

When things are not right in the house, it makes me twitchy. I obsess over it until I can find a solution. This was the case of the rug in the kitchen. I know, I KNOW. It feels like I bought it yesterday (May, but still).

The Kitchen: Chapter Six (Final Reveal!)

Don’t get me wrong. It’s a great rug! It will live in this house, but not here. It’s a little too big for the space but more importantly, having a 100% wool rug in the kitchen made me feel icky. I don’t know, maybe I’m crazy, but it’s still shedding a ton and all those fibers next to food being cooked was weirding me out.

Plus, I couldn’t stop thinking that it might look great in the living room too.

Rug Switch



Rug Switch

The nice thing about having a whole house color palette is that it’s relatively easy to move things from one room to the other.

Rug Switch

And I’m totally aware I need to move that rug over to the left. This was happening while my parents were here and I was more focused on getting out of the house. I was not thinking straight. That rug placement is making me twitchy… dammit. Lol.

Anyways, the problem with removing the kitchen rug is well… now no kitchen rug. I ran down to the basement stash and unearthed the old living room rug (much thinner, not wool, smaller size) and lo and behold, it looked friggin fantastic.

Rug Switch

This rug has always been a favorite of mine but got booted to the basement when the magazine people brought in the gray rug. I’m so happy it has a home again.

Rug Switch

And even better, I’m happy this twitchy tale didn’t cost me any money!

Happy Monday all. I’m actually on my way to Montreal and Toronto for the week (for business, but maybe for fun, too) as you read this. Never a dull moment around here. I’ll be back with more on Wednesday!



One of Life’s Important Questions

Polyfill vs Feather Pillow Inserts - Go Haus Go

There are two sides to the super-important pillow insert debate: polyfill vs. feather and/or down. Which side are you on? Or maybe you have better things to do than be opinionated on pillow inserts? Touche! Well you are in luck because I am going to be opinionated for you.

I get questions from readers all the time (no I don’t) about which route to go, so I’d thought I do a little post on this very topic. There’s positives and negatives to both types and depending on the situation, I dabble a little in both.

The pom pom pillow on the right is the feather insert and the dragon pillow on the left holds a polyfill insert. If you’re SUPER new to the pillow world, a feather insert is made up of duck feathers. You’re probably also likely to see “feather down” which is a blend of feathers and down.  A polyfill insert is filled with polyester fiber clusters.

There are four major things I care about in regards to the function of pillows:

1.) Can I karate chop them?

Polyfill vs Feather Pillow Inserts - Go Haus Go

Feather Insert: YES

Polyfill Insert: MINI CHOPS ONLY

If you are a fan of violently chopping your pillows to get that lovely dip at the top, then feather inserts are for you. A very small karate chop can be achieved with polyfill, but it won’t hold and is just puny overall.

2.) Will they hold their shape?

Polyfill vs Feather Pillow Inserts - Go Haus Go

Feather Insert: NO

Polyfill Insert: YES

I don’t know about you, but I like to lean on my pillows. The pillows I have on my sofa are all feather inserts and these suckers collapse and flatten after a good TV-watching lean session. The implication of this? Lots and lots of fluffing and re-plumping is required. Polyfill, on the other hand, is much more dense and is nearly impossible to flatten.

3.) Do they sit well on the sofa / furniture?

I’m going to get a little complicated here. Keep focused on the pillow in the front—the one that sits in front of the velvet pom pom pillow.

Polyfill vs Feather Pillow Inserts - Go Haus GoAbove: Both are feather inserts.

Polyfill vs Feather Pillow Inserts - Go Haus GoAbove: The dragon pillow is the polyfill insert.

This one is a little less noticeable, but I find that polyfill inserts (the blue/yellow/green dragon pillow in the photo above) don’t “settle” well on furniture. They are very rigid and in result have a very hard time looking relaxed.

4.) Are they easy to clean?

Polyfill vs Feather Pillow Inserts - Go Haus Go

Feather insert: NOT REALLY


Polyfill inserts are great in that they’re low maintenance in the cleanliness department. I throw mine in the washer on gentle and then low heat in the dryer. I fluff them throughout their dryer cycle to keep clumps from forming. I’ve also heard about putting tennis balls in the dryer along with the insert to keep the whole clumping thing for happening, but that sounds loud to me!

Feather inserts are a whole different ballgame in the laundering department, to me. In fact, I just don’t do it. I make sure I have zippered / removable covers for these types of pillows. There’s something that gives me the heebie jeebies about wet feathers and/or down and I worry I won’t dry them the right way!

Here’s a couple more fun (fun, right!?!!!) facts about each type:

Feather and/or Down Pillow Inserts:

  • Naturally conserve body heat
  • Breathable
  • Comfortable year round (keeps cool when it’s hot and warm when it’s cold)
  • Will last for years

Polyfill (also called “Down Alternative”) Pillow Inserts:

  • Practical and cost efficient
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Easy to care for

As far as where to buy these inserts, Crate&Barrel is my go-to source. I use C&B the most when I’m in a pinch. It’s free shipping, they have a ton of sizes on both types of pillows and I think the prices are decent (especially for the sake of convenience). If I have the luxury of time, I’ll cruise the pillow clearance aisle at Home Goods for good inserts.

So, I’m dying to know, which side do you fall on? Or maybe you mix it up?

Go Haus Go: Helping you answer life’s important questions, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. LOL! ;)






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More Paper Silhouette Art

DIY Pet Silhouette

I like to DIY my art.. wall decor.. whatever you want to call it. I probably turn to DIY first for two reasons: 1.) It’s likely to be super budget-friendly and 2.) DIY makes it personal.

So when the magazine folks (I know, I know… I’ll stop mentioning it soon enough) wanted me to add some wall art above the daybed, I immediately knew I was going to rely on my ‘ole paper silhouette trick. I’ve done this project before: a bright, tomato red bear. The full tutorial is on that post too.

For this round, I featured my two favorite creatures: our doggies.

DIY Pet Silhouette

The trick to making these silhouettes look a little more finished is the adhesive foam buttons that line the back of the colored paper. It’s just an extra little feature that provides some depth and a shadow outline around the shapes.

This is one of those projects where an X-acto knife is your very close friend. Especially when your subject has shaggy fur.

DIY Pet Silhouette

The entire piece is 24 x 30 and it cost me around $6 (for the paper). I stole the frame from this tea towel art project and the displaced towel has returned to its rightful home in the kitchen as a hand towel.

Below is my submission photo for Pillow Hoarders Anonymous. I guess it’s not so anonymous if I’m broadcasting on the Internet but oh well!

DIY Pet SilhouetteI realize that’s WAY too many pillows for that poor daybed but they are safe and comfortable there so I’m just going with it. Aaron calls this room pillow storage, by the way…

I’m writing this on Sunday night and I fear the week ahead. It’s one of those weeks where it feels like everything got scheduled the same week, so for the next couple of days I know I’ll be running around like a crazy person. Not looking forward to it. Aaron and I skipped vacation this year (damn gutters), but it’s weeks like these that make us regret that decision. I see a stay cation in our future.

Happy Monday (blergh.)