All Hail, Ikea!!!

Remember in this post, I complained that all of the boring stuff like rotting walls and termite treatments had stolen our money??  Well, I became girl-on-mission after that.  Because really, I needed to shop.  Bad.  Yes, I am that girl.   And really…  could I have logistically gone decor shopping at this point (on a budget, obvs)?? Probably.  But would the guilt have eaten away at me because we were *supposed* to be saving our pennies for new appliances?  Yep.  So, I started selling stuff that we had laying around on Craigslist (finally) to feed my decor shopping habit sans guilt.   Total win-win.  Joey had been asking me to clear out that stuff for a while anyways.  I just hadn’t gotten to it.  So, this selling-of-the-things really benefited all parties.

After 2 weeks, I had raked in $135 guilt-free dollars to spend on decor.  So, where did I go?? IKEA!! Clearly.  And just to brag on myself…  I spent that money like a champ.  AND even came home with $16 of my Craigslist dollars!!

So, what did I get??  Well… let’s check out the living room… Look closely at the below shot…

Notice anything different??

Hint:   I posted this shot on Instagram yesterday (If you missed my last post, I’ll be updating Instagram with home updates between posts from now on, so follow me there to stay up on the action)…

Here’s another shot:

That’s right!!  The rug (the Ikea Valby Ruta runner), large white planter, and plant (which sadly (though, not shockingly) isn’t doing too well)!

As soon as I put this rug down, it was all over.  This was THE ONE.   AND I couldn’t be happier with the quality of it.   It’s thick and plush.   I’m seriously impressed being that for the most part, in the past I’ve been somewhat underwhelmed by the quality of Ikea rugs

Now, honestly, I have to say that the above picture appears as if it’s in technicolor to me.   The red looks REALLY red and the blue in the poufs, REALLY blue.  Maybe it’s just my computer screen because, in person, this lovely runner is more of a muted red and the navy on the poufs is actually deep, dark navy (not royal like it looks to me here), so they go well really together.  The navy pulls from the blue-grey tones in the rug and those bluish-grey accents along with the khaki tones in the runner, coordinate with various tones all over the room.   The fact that it’s a more traditional pattern looks awesome with the more modern furnishings on the other side of the room.  It was EXACTLY what the room needed to make it feel well-rounded.   Plus, the busyness of the small pattern balances out with the busier Fort Worth print on the opposite side of the room.

I seriously cant get over how the rug really warms up the space.  Here’s a shot from the dining area…


I also snagged that striped runner on the table on clearance (it was just over $2 and I bought two to extend the length of the table).

I love that I’m now at the “layering” stage of decorating this room.  Switching out my placeholder items that I happened to have on hand for ones that I really love.   Playing with different patterns to add depth.   I still have a ways to go before I call it done, but these little tweaks really go a long way to making it feel like home.

Here’s the opposite side of the living room as it stands now (Ignore that magazine rack beside the media stand… I’ve since moved it and will include an updated pic at the end of this post as to where it ended up (fornow))…


So, anyways… There are a few changes in this view.   Namely the three basket planters.  And while I LOVE them, looking at this photo, I’m not a fan of how they’re displayed.   I think they’re too high.  And not cohesive enough.

I may try hanging them on a rod at differing heights or perhaps a rack or grid of some sort to make them feel more united.   They’re definitely staying on this wall for sure… just not in their current arrangement.  So, consider this stage one of multiple stages.


I do love the dimension and life they bring to the wall, though.  Currently, I’m using three Young House Love hooks that I found on clearance a year or so ago at Target to hang them.  Though, like I just said… This will be changing.  It just feels a bit piecey…

You may have also noticed that the chair corner of the room looked a smidge cozier…

That’s because I snagged a copy of Young House Love’s new book, Loveable Liveable Home.  And I love it just as much as the first… maybe more!  That is also a new fake Ikea plant you see in a clearance pot from Ross.  Details make a difference, y’all.

Now the only blank wall that’s left is this guy…

I *think* I know what I want to do here, but it seems to change daily, so we’ll see where we end up.

And if you didn’t notice, there’s another little Ikea find chilling by the TV.  I just couldn’t say no to him..

I mean, could you say no??

As for that magazine rack beside the entertainment stand…


It ended up here as a magazine/blanket holder.    I adore this little thing.  I found it at a thrift store for $6 and sprayed it gold.   I love how it plays against the more modern furnishings we have.   Here’s another shot with an equally adorable kiddo (who is *clearly* as enthused as I am about the magazine rack) 😉 …


So that’s sort of where we are with the living room right now (minus one fabulous, pretty plaid find that I got on clearance at Target… I posted on Instagram about it if you wanna see).   I’m still trying to motivate myself to rehang those woven planters, and am currently on internet-stalking mode to find what I’m looking for for the TV wall.   (insert mischievous cackle)

Aside from that, I’ve made some changes in the master bedroom that I’m eager to post about and Lucas’s room has gotten a nice revamp that has me positively giddy.    Like for real.   Oh yeah, and the shed is almost done.   Finally.   We actually decided to just go all out and get a nicer shed (both for aesthetics and lifespan) thanks to another Craigslist selling spree and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have made that decision.   I’m slowly learning that there are some areas that you need to splurge… it’s a total departure for a cheapo like me, but a good lesson for sure.

So, anyways, have a wonderful, safe Halloween and I’ll be back soon!  🙂

TDC Before and After

Found a rug!!!!

You guys.

Mission Find-Living-Room-Rug = Complete!

And ya know what’s funny?? When I wrote this post and stated “I think the biggest thing will be simply FINDING the rug”, well, I’d already found it.

I just didn’t know it yet.

Ya see, I have a Tuesday Morning roughly a mile from our house. I love that store. They have really nice stuff for pretty good prices. I’d been in and outta there many times over the past few months and each time, I noticed this grey, nubby rug for sale. It was on the floor, all rolled up in plastic.

Each time, I’d look at it. Note that it was the perfect size (8×11… Which was the minimum size that would work in our space) and that I liked the color. The label said it was a herringbone pattern, which I thought would be neat. But each time, I walked out without it. For whatever reason, I thought the grey was too dark for our space. Plus, the $299 price tag was hard for me to swallow.

Fast forward to several weeks later… I’ve now done lots of research on rugs. And know how expensive anything larger than an 8×10 can be. The built-ins are now painted white which gives me a much better idea of what’ll work in the space. I go back to Tuesday Morning. The grey rug is still there.  It’s now unrolled and hanging on their large rug rack. Now, I can truly see the color. It looks lighter than I remembered it. It.May.Just.Work. And the price tag now states $249 (original price $699) — That’s 65% off the original price!!!  Having done my research, I know that this is a good deal. The tag says it’s jute but feels more like cotton or wool to the touch. Very soft. Good quality.

But still, I leave without it.

I go home.

I tell Joey about the rug. He knows ALL about the rug-hunt and how pricey they can be but states that if it’s a nice rug that’ll last us, it’s worth it.

He picks my brain a bit about what the rug looks like, then goes to pick up a few things from the grocery store for dinner.

And he returns with the rug.

Did I marry well, or what? I’d been sick the previous few days (my trip to Tuesday Morning had been my first attempt to leave the house) so he thought it would make me feel better. It did.

The rug is the perfect shade of grey. The herringbone texture adds just enough interest without being distracting. And the size… Perfect.

The couch sits on the rug entirely with a few inches to spare on each side. Once we had it down on the floor, I stared at it in wonderment as it made the room feel about 30x cozier. It was like the floor was wearing a luscious cable-knit sweater. Plus, the grey tones pull from the grey dining chairs nicely, tying the rooms together.

(Pretend that the yellow transformer on the table isn’t there) 

And I love that you can actually SEE the rug from this angle…

(And ignore the green ball, too… Any other moms out there just stop seeing the toys after a while even though they’re right there in plain sight??) 

Before, our rug was so small, that you couldn’t.   And now that the old rug is gone, that’s one less brown-toned item in the space.

I’m actually thinking about painting our coffee table white to add some contrast but I haven’t quite decided. Thoughts?

So, anyways, that’s the story about how a beautiful, awesome rug found a home.  Next up in this space will be revamping the wet-bar, hanging art, etc. plus, we’re thinking of some of the longer term, down-the-road type projects like adding overhead lighting, a solar tube, etc.  Slowly but surely we’re getting there with this space and the rug was a big piece of the puzzle, so I’m ecstatic that we found it..