Friday, August 22, 2014

Living Pretty With Your Pets and A Hometalk Feature

Hello friends!  Today I'm over at Julia's blog, Cuckoo 4 Design sharing a little more about the three, great dogs I share my home with.  I'm sure you'll enjoy meeting them.  Hope to see you there. 

Also, today I’m sharing a board that I curated on Hometalk.  Every man needs a room to themselves.  I really enjoyed creating the perfect man cave for my husband.  The projects that I clipped have loads of inspiration for the guys.  If you haven’t checked out Hometalk you definitely should.  While you’re there why not consider joining; no blog needed!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Entryway Reveal

Our entryway tends to be a drop zone for anything coming into the house.  It's the first area you see as you enter, so it's important to me to keep this area neat and clutter free. 
My goal was to create an entryway that is welcoming and functional.

After sharing a peek into our little space, I'm so excited to finally share our completed entryway with you!

Entryway- before
Entryway- during
Entryway- progress
-a mirror to check ourselves as we head out the door

-a place to drop our keys and glasses

-a small clock to make sure we get out the door on time

Previously we had a table against the wall.  After the moulding was added the space felt too narrow so we hung a shelf instead. 

The next thing we did was switch out the lighting.  Goodbye boob light, hello schoolhouse flush mount.  Love the classic look.

The door remained black.

The crown moulding was already there, but got a fresh coat of paint.

I borrowed the candle holders from another room.

They're much prettier here.

I enjoy burning the lightly-scented candles in the evening.

I love filling my home with plants.  
No space feels complete without them.

We had an extra outlet installed.  I was hoping to add a table lamp.

My alternative was a plug in night light.  Womp womp.
The faux wainscoting gives the house a more sophisticated feel.

 Our friend came over and added all of the moulding while I was in charge of caulk and paint.

I couldn't be more pleased with the results.

Just walking through the front door puts a big smile on my face.

Source list
Wall color- Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore, matched to Glidden Paint
Light- Home Depot
Mirror- Marshalls
Shelf- Ross
Candle holders- Pottery Barn
Candles- Target
Alarm clock- Pottery Barn
Tray- Target
Milk glass- Thrifted
Boxwood wreath- Lowe's

I am linking this post to:
Show and Tell Linky
Someday Crafts
Best of the Nest August Link Party
The Inspiration Exchange Monthly Linky Party 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A New Entry Rug

After all the cuts, nail holes, caulk and 2 gallons of paint later our entry, hallway and staircase are finally finished.  Next up, the fun part- decorating and rearranging.  I've thought long and hard about what I want for this space.  It's such a small area, but makes the biggest impact as our home's first impression.

Since this is a high traffic area I've been thinking about what type of rug to put down.  It should clean easily while style and design are important.

Safavieh Handmade Moroccan Cambridge Navy Blue Wool Rug
At first glance, a predominately white rug doesn't seem ideal for this space.  And although I love the texture, my house doesn't need another jute rug.  Turns out the colors are perfect.  I've had it down for months and it still looks brand new. I no longer worry if a little mud gets tracked in. 

A non-skid pad was recommended to keep the rug in place.

Sliding rugs are annoying.  I have 3 dogs who are constantly running through the house.

So when I was contacted by Will, co-founder of Rug Pads USA, I was interested in trying out a new rug pad.

Not only does the rug pad prevent the rug from slipping and sliding on our floors, it also adds an extra layer of cushion.

My rug is a 4x4 square.  The pad fit perfectly underneath without any overlap hanging off the sides. 

The main difference I noticed after I unwrapped it was there was no smell.  Most of the rug pads on the market are poor quality and contain a lot of chemicals.  Rug Pads USA specializes in USA made, eco-friendly, long lasting rug pads.

Will was such a pleasure to work with.  He exceeded my customer service expectations.

With the help of Rug Pads USA, my new rug gives my entry a more finished feel. 

I encourage you to visit Rug Pads USA.  In addition to free shipping, Will is offering a 15% discount.  Use the code pr15off at checkout.

*No financial compensation was received, however I did receive a rug pad to review.  All opinions are my own.