Monday, March 21, 2011

A Promise is a Promise

True to my word, I am posting some new material today (hooray!). I have been looking for a new rug for our living room for over a year, but I had a couple of criteria. 1. It had to be approximately 9x12 2. It had to be less than $500 and 3. I had to love it. This is why it took a whole year to find this rug!

I liked the rug we had in our living room, but I didn't like the tan on tan on tan color scheme of the room, and I didn't like the large orange stain that we had to keep covered by a piece of furniture.

Here's my before photo. It's pretty old (before our yellow love seat), and pretty messy, but it's the only one I could find of our old rug.
And here's the pretty rug we found (and my husband looking quite comfortable watching Myth Busters)!
We bought it from a store here in town called Furniture Affair. It's a model home furniture outlet, and we LOVE shopping there. The rug is from Pottery Barn, and they sold it to us (in perfect condition) for $330. I couldn't believe it! It was a major score.
It's not as modern as I was picturing, but my more traditional husband loves it, so I didn't even have to talk him into it. And I love it too :). The blue is so soothing.

On a side note, I bought some new flowers at Hobby Lobby to create more of a spring arrangement for the mantel, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to take them back. The modernist in me is rebelling. I'm going to have to find something more funky.

24 comments:

The Porter Family said...

Love the rug! And seriously, what a deal :)

True Texan said...

Brightens up your space beautifully! Possibly blue or yellow flowers in a sort of Dr. Suessian look?

Tracey said...

You need some long stemmed pom pommy flowers for your mantel. You know what I'm talking about? Something with more shape and a simple stem.
Pom-poms. Pom Pommies...

Robby said...

That is a beautiful painting in the last picture.

Heather M. said...

That whole room has really brightened up with all the changes you've made to it! I love how refreshing it looks.

HNC Family said...

I would say keep the hydrangeas and maybe get something tall and funky sticking out above them to add some height. : )

Mrs.C said...

Love the new rug! The before & after photos show the incredibly beautiful change that room has undergone, very nice!

I'm thinking, if you want more modern, probably a more thin vase, something with stems and a pop of a bloom at top, to balance against the pic? Maybe? Just my little ole humble opinion.

City Mom said...

I know what would look great on your mantle! Modern looking, and they would match your awesome couch perfectly --- a few dried stems of craspedia/billy buttons!

I can see the cuteness in your room already. :) I love billy buttons.

stace said...

i totally agree with City Mom... billy buttons!

the rug looks perfect with the rest of your room. kudos!

adrianne + will said...

Love the rug and that love seat! <3

Cole said...

I have some pretty modern felt roses in my shop that would be perfect for you. :) Send me an email and I would love to send you a bouquet for free. www.handmadecolectibles.etsy.com

The Homemaker said...

OH HOW FUN! I had no idea you had a blog! Love the rug... something like that would really work great in my home, too, but for totally different reason. I am striving for "beach cottage calm" with emPHAsis on CALM. (yes, I know I put the emPHAAAAsis on the wrong sylAAAble)

Julie said...

Love, Love, Love it! What a difference.

Following Forward said...

LOVE the rug! I personally think you need a Dunlap Love softie on the mantle. Just sayin'! :)

*jj said...

cole: your shop it so cute!

*jj said...

ANd.. I think you're right everyone.. I need some billybutton/pom pom sort of things. I have some in my bedroom, but they're too small to hold up to that large vase. I'll have to keep my eye out for some cute big ones.. I'm thinking yellow :).

insideoutjill said...

That rug is incredible! It's so lovely and looks so nice in your room.

I'd take the flowers back. : )

{ MELBOURNE ROAD } said...

LOVE the rug...especially the yellow in it. :o)
The flowers look victorian with the cascading greenery...I can see how you would want more modern.
I love the flowers that have a fuzzy ball on top...like the flower in Horton hears a who LOL
They are so whimsical
Lori

faith120604 said...

I love the rug! That shade of blue goes beautifully with the love seat. I agree about the flowers, though I can't think of any that come to mind as great replacements. I'm sure you'll find something--you're great at this stuff! :)

- Sarah :-) said...

LOVE the rug, and can't BELIEVE you got it for such a steal! It looks amazing in your room. Makes it look even bigger, really. :-)

Emii said...

Hey JJ! Tell it Again won't stop playing on the radio, and after singing it along with you about fifty times, I decided to look you up! And I'm pretty excited. You blog. :D I love your rug. You can't do too much better than blue and flowers, can you? :)

Luv,Emii

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Pam Montgomery said...

I love that you painted the dark wood on the patio doors, too. It's just the motivation I needed to paint my cheap pseudo-wood molding. Out comes the glossy white! I love your style, JJ!