I posted last week about how the yellow rug in our office/playroom has not exactly stood the test of time. The pile is matted and dingy, and it was time for it to go.

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Thank you so much for all of your suggestions in helping me choose a new rug! After reading your comments and personal messages I was kind of loving the idea of the rug below in khaki (pictured in the top right).Hand-hooked Alexa Moroccan Trellis Wool Rug (570x570)

Unfortunately the khaki was sold out, so I was torn between this rug in navy and another one in charcoal. I really couldn’t decide, so I asked Nick what he thought. He usually has little to no opinion on matters of home decor but for some reason he was really digging the navy. And since I preferred the pattern of that rug as well, into the cart it went. But not before I googled a coupon code. It was already on sale and then I got another $17 off. Winning!

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Imagine my delight when I got to the next page and realized I had a $20 store credit! It was from the last time I bought a rug from Overstock and it went on sale right after. I emailed them and they gave me a credit for the difference, but I’d forgotten all about it until now.

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I waited allllll dayyyy on Monday for my new rug to arrive. Totally a first world problem, but the FedEx guy didn’t show until nearly 7pm.  I had to work yesterday, so today is the first chance I’ve had to snap some pictures and share it with you!

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The existing rug pad was shaped a little differently than the new rug, so I just trimmed it where needed with some scissors. This afternoon I’m going to experiment with hot gluing the extras onto the sides where it’s a little short, but if it doesn’t work it’s no biggie.

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I looove the way it looks in here. It’s so soft and cushy underfoot and Jack is happily playing on it at this very moment. The dark blue really balances out the green undertones in the wall color. And hopefully it will hide a multitude of kid and pet disasters (though I think it will be a little higher maintenance in the pet hair department thanks to the saturated color). My only regret is that I didn’t get it sooner! And as for the navy ottoman, it’s been relocated to the living room since navy ottoman + navy rug was a little too much navy for me. It’ll get much more use in there anyway. Would you believe it if I told you the room actually feels bigger now? I think maybe it’s because there’s a few more inches of space between the rug and the shelving unit. Or maybe it’s the large-scale pattern. Who knows. All I knows is I likes it.

Welcome to the ugliest spot in my house.

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This is the far right corner of the laundry room. It’s right off the kitchen, and it’s where we stow all of our pet accoutrements. The litter box, dog and cat food, a large crate, etc. It’s my least favorite part of the house. Below you can see it from a little further back. This is right before I painted the laundry room walls white.

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It’s basically a nook that’s about three feet deep and five feet wide, and for the longest time I’ve dreamed of turning it into the world’s tiniest half bath (it’s just large enough to meet local building codes). The main bath downstairs is accessible only through bedrooms, so I thought adding a powder room that was more conveniently located for guests would be a good move for resale. But bathrooms are expensive and I never figured out where I would move the displaced litter box.

So then I started thinking about how to improve the existing function of the space. A skirted table over the litter box would obscure it from view and provide a surface area for pet food in nice looking canisters. I thought maybe I could place a piece of painted plywood atop two small filing cabinets, then hang fabric from a tension rod across the front. But the more I mulled it over in my mind, the more I thought maybe I should go for something a little more built in. Like this:

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The photo above encompasses nearly everything that’s been swirling around in my mind. The wood counter, skirted front, shelves above. I don’t think I’ll be going for something as bold as those stripes, but I do feel inspired to use a patterned fabric for the skirt. And instead of a sink the counter will be solid. I think I might copy those shelves exactly because I hadn’t quite figured out how to work around the window until I saw this photo. It’ll be like a butler’s pantry of sorts, but if we get an electrician to drop an outlet over there down the line it could also be used as a desk or sewing nook.

I’ve found several tutorials online for DIYing wood countertops, and since I’d only need a section about five feet long, with no cutouts or anything, I think I can handle it. Glue a couple of boards together, stain and seal, and mount the whole operation to the wall. Voila, wood countertop.

So what do you think? Should I go for it? I figure even if it’s a massive flop I’m out only about $30 in lumber and some wasted time.

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It’s been a day and a half since my sister’s wedding, but I’m still pooped! I think it’s safe to say that it was a success. I meant to bring my camera so I could take pictures of all the DIY details to share with you, but I forgot it at home and honestly I wouldn’t have had time anyway! When she gets pics back from the photographer I’ll be sure to share. The only professionals she hired were the photographer, videographer, officiant, and DJ. Everything else–food, drinks, decorations, setup and cleanup, was handled by Shannon and Josh or friends and family. She even made her own three-tiered wedding cake! The wedding was a lot of fun and came out really great, but it was a lot of work and, quite frankly, I’m exhausted. I can’t imagine how Shannon feels today, not to mention my parents and his and all of our relatives and friends who pitched in to help! Jack and I are going to spend today hanging out around the house, cleaning up, and awaiting delivery of our new rug! In all honesty I’ll probably also be spending a fair amount of time on Pinterest, since I only have one DIY project on the horizon at the moment. Can you believe it? I definitely need to troll the interwebs for some inspiration before I start feeling obligated to get around to those projects that have been on my to do list for an embarrassingly long time (flesh-colored kitchen walls, I’m looking at you. Ugh! I don’t wanna do all that cutting in!).  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend, and if it gets delivered today as expected I’ll be back tomorrow with photos of our new rug!

I can’t believe I almost let February pass without doing a Sponsor Shout Out! In case you’re new here, I offer space on my side bar for small businesses to advertise–this helps defray the costs of running the blog and maybe, someday, if I get more than just one sponsor it’ll help pay for some craft supplies or something. But for now it just covers the cost of web hosting and for that I am thankful. Anyway, once a month I like to have a special post dedicated to showing off my sponsors’ wares–in this case, the cool stuff my friend Brandi has in her etsy shop, A Brandi Sized Shop.

I found some jadeite at the thrift store recently. I scooped it up and sold it on eBay, but in retrospect I kind of wish I’d kept it for myself, especially since I am dreaming of someday adding open shelving in my kitchen. The light green color is so so pretty and it comes in the most interesting shapes and patterns. Brandi’s prices on the blossom bowl and larger swirl bowl are really reasonable. I especially love the scalloped-esque feel of the blossom bowl.

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You might not be able to buy this teal, pink, and white afghan if you don’t snatch it up quickly because I might buy it for myself. I’m mulling it over in my mind. Methinks it would be perfect for protecting the back of my white sofa from pet hair. As you can see, Brandi is an animal lover as well. That’s Sasha.

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These little floral salad plates are so pretty. I wish I was hosting an Easter brunch or something just so I could put them out with delicate little salads perched atop.

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Brandi has way more cute stuff listed in her shop (in fact, browsing through her inventory made me realize how sad my own shop has been lately–I need to go thrifting!). Her prices are really reasonable and her shipping is speedy, so go give her a look see to thank her for helping keep this ‘ol blog on the interwebs.

I hope y’all have a great weekend! I’ll be standing beside my only sibling as she ties the knot–can’t wait!

P.S. Interested in becoming a sponsor? You can get all the details on my Advertise page!