I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! We are having a blast here in Portland (even though I've been sick the whole time - boo). Last years Christmas nails were impossible to beat so this year I decided to use rhinestones for the first time . . .
They don't stay on very well, but they sure do sparkle!!
Merry Happy Christmas and I'll see you in the New Year!!
and in a few short hours we'll be eating delicious quiche for Christmas Brunch with my fam in Portland, Oregon.
On Thursday night I got one early and unexpected present. One of the gals I work with got sick and could no longer use her ticket too . . .
Book Of Mormon!!!!!!!
I haven't been to a play in so long I honestly can't remember when it was. It was so incredible and hilarious and amazing and so so so so so so so good! great! fantastically fabulous! Now I want so badly to get more tickets so I can take The Man (who not-so-secretly loves musicals) to go see it too.
So Merry Christmas Everyone, I hope you all have a wonderful Holiday and spend some over-due time with your families and people who love you.
Oh Lordy, I've been searching for an area rug for almost 2 years now. And the search is finally over . . maybe. When I first moved to Chicago my mom and I went to Bed Bath and Beyond to procure a few staples to make the all white rectangle of a dorm I was moving into as cozy as possible. In that large haul we bought a rug. It was low-pile, it was 50 bucks, and it was deep purple, for all intents and purposes it was perfect. And through 4 years and 5 moves it served me very well, no matter how many slush covered boots stepped on it and PBR cans spilled on it, it never showed a single stain and it always seemed to go with the hodgepodge interior design of multiple art students. After I graduated there were a few months of floating. I lived in my friend's foyer and had every intention of moving back to Portland that December, leaving this cold snowy city behind me. So everything that couldn't fit into 7' x 8' space had to go. Everything I couldn't sell I put out in the magic alleyways of Chicago (magic because anything you leave out gets snatched up with in hours, if not minutes, of you putting it there). And so went my purple rug (and dresser and desk and couch and chairs and etc.). As you can probably tell, I did not move back to Portland. That October I met the love of my life and slowly but surely we've been making our house (i.e. various apartments) a home. Since he was a bachelor living in a warehouse all we had when we moved into an apartment together was a mattress and a couch (neither of which he knew the origin of . . ew). Unfortunately we still have the couch, but there have been many beautiful handcrafted editions made to our space by The Man, and what better to tie them together and cozy up a living room than an area rug. Right? There are so many options that are fun and beautiful and comfy, but none of them ever seemed to be in our too-low-for-any-rug-ever price range.
There are so many patterns and styles that have been coming in and out of popularity in these two years it's hard to catch up, and even harder to sift through them all and find something you truly love and that won't feel outdated in a year or so.
There are linear patterns like stripes and chevrons. I always liked the color of this chevron rug from Urban Outfitters, although considering it almost looks dirty before it's even left the store I don't think it would hold up very well in our high-traffic living room.
The Rand rug from Ikea is just about everywhere. It's a nice off-set black and white striped rug and I definitely thought about it, but because it's a flatwoven rug I'm pretty sure the edges would start to curl after a while.
Trellis patterns were all the rage for a while, and there are tons of colors and pattern sizes to choose from. I like these because they are classy but they're not stuffy, you can use them to go a more traditional route or you can use them to design a more fun and contemporary room.
I like this "Kite Kilim" rug from West Elm , although this pattern doesn't look like the traditional kilim rugs, which are still geometric but have a wider range of colors and patterns within one rug or tapestry. This pattern works if you're going for a more global style . . . which we are not.
High-pile rugs feel so good on your feet, and there are so many kinds to snuggle into. From fluffy shag
They are so vibrant and unique. The process takes something that was once so traditional and breathes new life into it, making it more contemporary yet still filled with history. It's like a mature way of owning a hot pink rug, and I love it!
About a year ago I almost bought this Denim Jute Rug
It looked nice, with muted blues and browns, subtle but not too boring. Then I went to the store, and no offense to West Elm, but up close it looked awful!! First of all, I have now learned that jute feels terrible. I can only imagine it in a mud room or as a doormat unless you feel like torchering your feet. And denim should stick to being jeans, that's what it's good at, and that's what this rug looked like. As if I had ripped up my jeans and bound it with some itchy thick twine. I'm sorry for the sudden rant but after all that looking I thought I had finally found my rug. So I was back to the drawing board . . .
Until I found Flor and Flor deserves it's own post.
How about you? Do you need something cozy under your feet? Are you already set in the rug/carpet department? Do you agree that whoever decided jute rugs belong under barefeet should be seriously punished? Or do you have them all over your house?
Outside it's getting colder and darker. Gone are the days of leisurely strolling, now is the time for brisk walks to determined destinations. What with snow on the horizon and a pocket book ravaged by holiday sales, The Man and I haven't been checking out the neighborhood as much as we'd like, but we still, on occasion, find ourselves somewhere new. And a few months back, when my parents were in town, we made a sweets stop at Amy's Candy Bar.
This place is candy heaven. The decor is beautiful and the treats are plentiful.
They have every candy imaginable. From old fashioned to fun and new, and even a little section of nostalgia candies for the young at heart.
(A gumball table!)
We bought a bunch to try and I ended up discovering a new favorite. Sponge candy! It's super delicious, and I don't even have to share because The Man hates it! Double Delicious!
I went to the Renegade Craft fair Holiday Market last Saturday, just as I said I would. It was loads of fun and way too crowded and I spent a tad too much money.
I'm not going to show you what I bought because I'm pretty sure the only few people who still read this blog are the same few people I bought the gifts for (hi mom & dad!), but I will show you the many many things I almost bought . . .
Soooo, is it weird that I have a "dream cubicle" ?
There's only so much "sprucing-up" you can do in a beige box. I have my coloful little picture corner, but everything else only exists in the rainbow of black and brown from the alternate universe that is the office supply warehouse. So here are some fun desk accessories I've come across that would be wonderful and welcome additions to my whimsy-less work existence. . .
Tape Dispensers are always black or gray and come from swingline, but these cuties would be a fun replacment:
Sticky notes are my favorite part of our office decor, they come in so
many colors and since I order the supplies I can pick any color I want
(was that a sad thing to brag about?) but these "Leaf-it" notes from Appree are even better:
Aren't they beautiful? So far they come in Original (the slender green leaf at the top), Ginkgo, Maple, Oak, Ivy, and Cherry Blossom. I just want to cover my walls with them and, from the looks of it, so does everyone else: