Six Neutral 9′ x 12′ Rugs for Under $300!

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As you may have noticed from my recent house goals list, I have been on a perpetual search for an affordable 9′ x 12′ area rug for our living room. And by affordable, I mean less than $300. I’ve struck gold recently with my search (one of these is in my living room now!), so I wanted to share my finds. I love when I can find people some good deals!

Six 9' x 12' Rugs Under $300

1.) Olga Grey Area Rug – $249 with free shipping – Wayfair

2.) Banded Bird Eye Diamond Rug – $301 with free shipping – RugsUSA

3.) Flatweave Gingham Tartan Rug – $159 (!!) with free shipping – RugsUSA

4.) Ford Gray Area Rug – $253 with free shipping – Wayfair

5.) Double Diamond Trellis Rug – $288 with free shipping – RugsUSA

6.) Mercury Black Area Rug – $315 with free shipping – Wayfair

Some important things to note: 

The awesome RugsUSA prices are due to a Presidents Day Sale. Be sure to use code PDS25 to get 25% off by 2/23.

I sort of cheated on the price of #6, but Wayfair sends out 15% off coupons fairly frequently. My suggestion would be to add it to your cart and see if a mailer or email shows up a few days later.

#1, #2, #4 and #6 are machine-loomed, polypropylene rugs. I’m a big fan (durable, stain-resistant, soft to the touch, affordable) but I always recommend a rug pad if you want the cozy, cushy, “sink your feet in” feel a hand-knotted, wool rug might provide. Here is my favorite rug pad.

#3 is a flatweave, dhurrie-type rug. Think more heavy blanket. It’ll wrinkle and buckle when you walk on it. However, that price is insane and would be awesome on top of carpet in a bedroom.

I welcomed #1 into my home last week and I’ll share pictures soon. It’s heaven. And super cute. It’s a popular rug—I see it on blogs and IG all the time—but that is for a reason. Simple, neutral with just enough pattern to add some style. Me likey.

Happy shopping!

xo,

emily

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The Beetles Have Arrived!

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The beetle wallpaper from the nursery design plan was installed last week. And I just have to say—it is a WOW moment when you step into that room now. And dare I say a little bit of a shocker? Aaron and I kept smiling at each other saying, “that paper is crazy.” It’s hard to describe, but it’s not every day you’re surrounded by 9-foot tall walls full of giant blue bugs.

And by crazy, we mean totally awesome. 
Beetle Wallpaper for Baby Boy Nursery

I have to admit—I was a little nervous about combining the blue plaid floor with the wallpaper. I mean, they both are big visual statements in their own right. Would they look too crazy together? Would it make the room too overwhelming? I am relieved to report that none of that happened and in fact, they balance each other really well. One has hard, straight lines while the other is more soft and curvy. That’s a really bad way to explain the floors and the walls just look good together. 🙂

Beetle Wallpaper for Baby Boy Nursery

I had a big “first” with this project—I hired it out! I actually paid someone else to do something I could DIY. My goodness it felt good (and a little naughty). I came home from work one day and—poof!—all done! Like magic. The cost was painful (anything is more painful vs. free), but I know hauling my pregnant butt up and down ladders would have been more damaging. My parents offered (they’re my resident wallpaper experts) but these days we need their help on the toddler front more than anything else.

Beetle Wallpaper for Baby Boy Nursery

By the way, do you know how hard it is to find someone who hangs wallpaper? It’s rough here in Cincinnati. Nearly every painter/finisher specializes in the removal of wallpaper, not hanging. In fact, I got a lot of odd responses as if people were confused as to why I was adding wallpaper to my room versus removing. News alert to the painters’ trade: wallpaper is back! Anyways, I stumbled upon a unicorn paper hanger near me and she was absolutely fantastic. (Locals: Her name is Erin Witko. Email me at emkmay@gmail.com and I’ll get you her details!)

Beetle Wallpaper for Baby Boy Nursery

Let’s talk about this wallpaper. It’s called Beetle (in the Chambray color way) and if you’re in the US, is available via Sydney Harbour Paint Company in LA. I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ve loved this paper since I started this blog. Back then, it was only available via its original creator, Porter’s Paint in Australia. Shipping rates to the US were expensive and the order minimum was high, so I could never make it work.

Beetle Wallpaper for Baby Boy Nursery

Now that Porter’s Paints has a sister brand in the US with Sydney Harbour Paint Company, access to their wallpapers (like the infamous Anna Spiro’s designs!) and paint makes things a whole lot easier for me. I approached SHP with the idea of partnering on this nursery project and they were game! Not only did I get a room full of beetles, but I was able to see some of their other products as well—acrylic paint, natural paint (like milk paint)specialty finishes, wallpaper and more.

Sydney Harbour Paint Company

You guys, these paint colors. If this isn’t eye candy, I don’t know what is.

Sydney Harbour Paint Company

Sydney Harbour Paint Company

Sydney Harbour Paint Company

Our paper hanger was impressed by the quality of paper, so it didn’t surprise me that their paint is high grade, too. Even the paint decks are high quality (and handmade!). Color me impressed. Aaron groaned when he heard me fawning over these paint decks. He knows it means a paint project in his future. I promised I’d go easy on him until well after the baby is here. 😉

Beetle Wallpaper for Baby Boy Nursery

Beetle Wallpaper for Baby Boy Nursery

Anyways, back to the beetles. I’m so thrilled to have the biggest parts of the nursery behind us. Now we can focus on decor. I’ve got curtains to hang, lighting to install, furniture to find and art to hang. (The idea of drilling holes into this wallpaper is giving me heart palpitations, btw…) I’m not sure if I’ll do another post before the “big reveal” but at any rate, I’ll be posting updates along the way. Things are moving quick around here. I’ve only got another 6 weeks before this baby boy makes his arrival.

xo,

emily

 

House Goals for 2017

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It’s nearly tradition at this point around here to wait until February to post our house goals for 2017. January just seems too… soon? I need January to recover from the holidays, recap 2016, and strategize about our approach for the year. It’s really not as serious as it sounds, but when it comes to lists and goals, I’m like a dog to a bone. So it’s got to be a pretty decent goal list! Challenging but mostly doable is the name of my game. Mainly to keep my sanity. 🙂

Ok, here we go. Here is what I hope to accomplish in 2017.

Master Bedroom Refresh

It's Starting to Feel Like Home: Part 3

It's Starting to Feel Like Home: Part 3

It's Starting to Feel Like Home: Part 3

Our bedroom is in desperate need of attention. We have no curtains, rickety furniture, tired bedding, bare floors, zero nightstands… oh boy it’s not good. Our mattress especially, a clearance IKEA model from 8 years ago, has been not-so-lovingly referred to as the “marshmallow pod” for the last few years. All of this to say: it’s time for a refresh. I’m calling it a refresh instead of a major makeover because it’s not in the budget to go nuts here. I’ve started a little bit already with new bedding (not shown—this is bedding from the old bedroom at our previous house), knowing I’m about to spend a whole lot of time in here with the new baby, but the real work will happen in the Spring.

Here’s what I’d like to get done in 2017:

  • Buy a new mattress
  • Hang light-blocking curtains (and possibly blinds)
  • Figure out a new furniture layout
  • Get rid of our MALM dresser (I’ve read enough of those toddler tipping articles to be totally spooked even with tethering to the wall, plus IKEA is offering full refunds on MALMs and other tippable models purchased between 2002 and June 2016.)
  • Buy a new rug
  • Add nightstands with great storage
  • Hang art/object/something above bed
  • Find a new bed frame maybe (but it will have to be a steal of a deal!)

Semi-Finish the Basement

The Gift of Storage

The Gift of Storage

The Gift of Storage

Our basement has some serious potential—it’s a big space, with high ceilings, good natural light and decent temperature control. It’s practically begging to be used more often. And we need the space! It’d be a great spot for the kids to play, especially when the weather is bad and getting outside isn’t possible. While I’d love to really refinish this space—with drywall and lighting and real floors—2017 will be more of a “Phase 1” type job. It’ll still be very much a basement when it’s all done, but with a little more comfort (and less dirt and bugs).

Here’s our plan for 2017:

  • More organizing and purging (that crazy photo above is on moving day… we can see the floors now believe it or not)—a ton of this happened in 2016 but it’s still not enough. We need to make room for tools, get the floor clear, etc.
  • Lots of cleaning—there’s still a lot of construction dust down here from the renovation in 2014 (pre-us) and we’re tired of tracking it all over the house. The floors, walls, ceilings and windows will all be getting a spray down
  • Paint all the things! The floor (natural concrete), the walls and even the ceilings are in need of a paint job. Both due to waterproofing necessity but also for aesthetic reasons. I’m hoping that painting out the ceiling especially will help it look like more of a finished space
  • Figure out some sort of flooring—whether it’s rugs or rubber playmats—I’d like to get something on the floors to help with the echo, cozy it up and provide a cushion for falls
  • Close off the storage space from the play space, behind a door with lock and key to ensure it stays a kid-free zone (lots of very non-safe stuff down there)
  • Figure out lighting—I’d love to add to some overhead lighting, but may have to get creative to keep costs down. It might be as easy as stringing outdoor lights, but we’ll see what happens
  • Furniture! Things like play tables, chairs and some sort of comfy seating would be great. Have no idea what that might be yet, but we’ll see what happens. We need places to sit and hang out!

Finish the New Deck Space

We had our deck built this winter, knowing it would be spring until we could touch it again. Even unfinished, it’s been such an improvement. Our kids are already loving playing out here, it feels safe and yay—we have our backyard again. Everything else will feel like icing on the cake (and hopefully an actual place to sit).

Backyard Fence/Deck Progress

Backyard Fence/Deck Progress

For 2017, we hope to:

  • Stain and seal the deck boards
  • Add a rug (possibly of the painted variety?)
  • Add plants to column planters
  • Add additional landscaping around perimeter, plus more planters
  • Explore adding some sort of sun shade, canopy or giant umbrella—it gets hot out there in the summer
  • Find a super deal on outdoor furniture and a fire pit—or at least build savings for a 2018 purchase
  • Add lighting
  • DIY an ottoman/portable seating of some kind

Give the Upstairs Hallway Some Attention

Upstairs Hallway (Guest Bath is on the left)

The upstairs hallway is also another untouched space. I’d like to do something fun with that little nook at the end—we’ll see. Overall, it just needs a little bit of attention and design. I’m thinking like a one-day job with this space.

  • Add a runner
  • Hang art/objects of some kind
  • Replace the overhead light (it’s currently a boob light)

Random Things to Tackle

Just like last year, there’s a few random things I’d love to tackle in 2017.

  • Upgrade all doorknobs and hinges
  • Find a new living room rug
  • Add lighting to the dark spots in the living room
  • Find a new rug for the master bathroom

Phew…  typing that all out feels incredibly intimidating. And I didn’t even include the nursery project on this list! I know 2017 will be a tough transition year for us as we get used to being a family of 5, but we’ll do our best. Budget is going to be the name of the game, as we’ll also be getting used to increased childcare costs. Good fun! At any rate, I’m just excited to have goals in front of us, whether we accomplish them or not, because it gives us a roadmap of how we’d like to spend our time and money on the house front.

 

Do you plan out house projects for the year? I suppose I should be setting some personal goals too… 😉

xo,

emily