Oriental Rugs

I was blessed by the shopping gods pretty much at birth, and as such have had very few times in my life experiencing difficulty, either emotionally or budget-ly, executing a purchase. I either like something or I don’t, or can find a cheaper quality alternative no problem. But I’m afraid to share with you that finding the perfect rug for my apartment living room is one of those few sad, sad times.

Like I said, it’s not that I don’t know what I want. I do–right down to the size, shape, color, texture, you name it. If I could make the thing I would. The problem is my expensively good taste. I can’t do it. It’s driving me crazy. I cannot fathom spending so much money on something that will be walked on and partially hidden under sofas and a coffee table.

I thought it was a sign from those shopping gods when I pulled off the highway to see a huge tent marked ‘RUG SALE’ outside of The Home Depot, but when I stopped in with a smile on my face to only find the most perfect rugs I’ve seen at a $500 and up price tag my mood quickly dropped and I rushed back to my car in disappointment.

So for now I simply window shop and scowl at the expensive beauty these rugs behold. (And perhaps buy smaller sizes as bath and kitchen rugs for cheap off a TJ Maxx shelf.) But if you know of some secret society, hidden alleyway, or black market where I can get one in size 6X9 for under $200 I will gladly accept an introduction.

 

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Rugs down a hallway in Country Style Australia. Styled by Indiana Ford. Photo by Mark Roper.

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Living room designed by Judith Balis Interiors.

Printstagram & Love Flow

The other night’s HGTV ‘Love It or List It’ episode featured a couple having difficulty finding a new home with what they called ‘love flow’. The problem wasn’t with the perfectly functioning furniture-less homes they were touring but instead with the lack of understanding that homes don’t necessarily come pre-packaged with a magical homey feeling. ‘Love flow’ involves a comfortable, personalized living space and it is put there by the people who live in it.

Among many Pinterest DIY projects which will come in later posts, one of the first steps I took to add love flow to my apartment was print some of my favorite photographs. Naturally all of my best and artsy-ist photos are on Instagram so I felt like I hit the jackpot when I found Printstagram and was able to make prints directly from my account. The price is right for these cute little 4×4’s and the quality of paper/printing is spot on too.

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A Vintage Kitchen

Loving this space featured in Lonny Magazine’s new October issue that Logan Killen Interiors designed for TV producer-director Chris Fisher. The vintage-friendly space with warm colors, high ceilings, and natural light is clean and welcoming. And that green spice rack is definitely my favorite piece. Photo by Brie Williams.

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