So, not a whole lot has changed since last time I showed this room, but I have added a couple of things to warm up the space a bit. The shelving unit, one of the (several) spare Expedit units from Ikea we had in the basement found a home in here and adds a lot of nice storage. Those baskets were an impulse buy from Ross that I just had to have ($10 for the pair!) and the milk crates are left over from our wedding. I like having them to toss odds and ends inside as it somewhat organizes the chaos. (And yes, that’s dogfood in the top right – this room is where Frank eats, but I removed his dog bowl for the pictures. :) )
Also, the rug instantly added life to this room and comfort for my dog who used to sit on the bare wood while I worked on the computer (poor guy!). I bought these at Scott Antiques Market here in Atlanta for a really good deal. It’s a true vintage persian, handmade in Iraq and a decent size (5×8′ish). I think I got it for $300, which sounds like a lot, but after rug shopping for a while, I realized that’s a great price. Rugs are expensive! And the cheap ones are, well….cheap. I love this rug.
I’ve been trying to keep clutter to a minimum and have only added a small calendar and mini art print, along with a cup of pens and scissors on my desk. I am having a bit of hesitation hanging anything in this room since nails don’t patch as easily in wood panelling. Or maybe it’s a fear of commitment; either way, I realize I need some art on these walls! It feels good when it’s this clean though (but let’s be real, it’s never this clean :) ).
Oh, also, that feather bunting was actually a business card I got at Alt Summit from Little Retreats. I loved it so much that I hung it up in the corner.
When I bought the rug for my office, I also bought the runner for the hallway. Our dog has a phobia of shiny floors – wood especially. (I know, such a strange thing to be scared of, but he’s always been this way.) Before we got these rugs, he would psych himself out anytime he needed to go in to or leave our bedroom, which is just on the other side. We had a rug in our bedroom, and one under the dining table, but nothing between the two. He was a nervous wreck crossing that long of a shiny-floor stretch and would sometimes freeze halfway and whimper like he didn’t know how to keep going. It was so sad! Getting these two rugs was pretty important, not just for looks or for our bare feet, but for Frankie’s well-being too. He’s happy as can be now that he has rugs close together that he can walk on. He doesn’t even mind the wood floors if he only has one or two steps between carpets (he’s so weird…).
This is a better view of the rug in the hallway. It might be one of my favorites in the whole house. I love the colors and the pattern. It’s handmade so it’s not exactly straight, but that’s part of the charm in my opinion.
We chose that ginormous mirror for a couple of reasons. It’s really the only place we could fit a full length mirror in our house and I figured if we were going to put a mirror there, we might as well fill the whole space and make it feel really intentional. This one came from Ikea (it’s the HOVET). Makes the hallway feel bigger too.
A closer look and a sneak peek into the newly finished bathroom!The hallway makes a kind of L-shape, with the other end leading into the living room. I‘ve only hung this one picture so far, but it’s a good one. :)
One really important thing about having area rugs when you have wood floors is the pad you put underneath it. It’s like wearing the right kind of underwear with an important outfit; the wrong under garments can ruin the whole thing. Our wood floors were refinished right before we bought the house and it’s really important to us to keep them looking nice as long as we can. Also, spending a good amount of money on the rugs makes us want to keep them in good shape for as long as possible as well. Rug pads protect both the floor and the rug, and keep the rug from slipping (which Frank did quite a lot of before we got the pads – poor buddy, he has it rough in this house!).
Rug Pad USA reached out to me to see if I’d be interested in using their rug pads, since they have eco friendly options and a lot of different types of pads. I said sure since I had just gotten these two rugs but hadn’t gotten around to putting pads underneath them yet. They were kind enough to send me two custom sized pads for me to use (one Eco-Cushion and one Eco-Solid) since these handmade rugs were not standard sizes. But the great part is, they didn’t custom cut it for me just to be nice, they will custom cut any rug pad for no additional charge. I love that! In the past, I ordered a rug pad from Amazon and spent about an hour with a box cutter trying to saw through the thick material – and paid the same amount that I would have had I ordered a custom sized one through Rug Pad USA! The cheaper ones on the market typically have a lot of fillers and chemicals in them, but Rug Pad USA only sources their materials from manufacturers they trust and continually receive green certification from companies like the Carpet and Rug Institute and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). I like that! Such a silly thing to talk about, but in all those pretty homes on Pinterest, no one ever talks about what’s happening under the carpet. It’s important!
I have to say, these rugs haven’t budged an inch since we put them down a few weeks ago, and they’re more comfortable to walk on since they’re padded too. I love them.
What do you think? Do you like my new rugs and the progress? Are you just dying for me to hang artwork up on the walls? I know, I know…
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