I went to get my hair cut and colored today, which is always a treat, but it does take a lot of time. When I got home, I was ready to make the most of the two hours I had before I needed to pick the boys up from school. I walked into the family room and saw my new rug from Pottery Barn had arrived. It’s the Heathered Chenille Jute Rug. It was in our room at the inn we stayed at in Charlottesville and it was just what I was looking for. Fortunately, it had a tag on the bottom, the rug was still available AND it was on sale! It’s natural jute, so it’s neutral and provides great texture, but it’s also soft, so we can play on it and exercise on it, which is important. I bought my other jute rugs off Joss & Main, since softness wasn’t really a factor, but in in the family room, it had to be perfect.
So, I knew what I was going to work on! Getting that rug in place, that’s what. Now, I will say, this rug was really heavy…and I move stuff a lot and do P90x! This was a challenge, but when home decor is involved, superhuman strength can take over. I love it. Jeff loves it. Even my son said, “Oh mommy. I like your rug you put there.”
I love how it provides a neutral, yet interesting backdrop for my blues. I just got it, so I’ll let you know how I feel about it after it’s been down for a few months.
And, I had a “if you give Marian a morning” moment and noticed the awesome twill ties that came on the rug. I have just the place for these!
My mom and I made a custom feather insert for an antique grain sack and I still needed ties for it. The cream twill is just what it needed.
I cut them to size and sewed them on by hand.
I usually have no problem hacking up grain sacks to use for projects, but this one has my first and middle initial, so I really wanted to keep it intact.
Speaking of pillows, I made one on Wednesday out of a piece of vintage needlepoint made by my husband’s grandmother. She did beautiful work and I’m glad I was able to use something she made. It has a lot of blue in it, but brings in some other colors as well.
And, speaking of sewing and vintage linens, my mom and I also finished the cushion cover for the sofa in the living room. Here’s a peek at it…
Remember this one? It’s my $100 Craig’s List find…
All of the upholstery was done in antique hemp sheets, which looks amazing. They give gorgeous texture, but are thick and durable. I will be adding some to my online shop soon!
Instead of trying to make everything perfect, I showed off the hand-stitched seams and imperfections in the fabric. I think they are lovely and give the piece character that you just can’t get with new fabric.
Instead of loading it up with pillows, I’m just going to make a small bolster for each side and maybe have a small pillow. This sofa just doesn’t need a lot of pillows.
And, speaking of sofas, I saved up enough money for “the sofa” for our family room. (See it in the plan below.)
It’s the Brooklyn leather sofa in toffee from Pottery Barn. I ordered it yesterday and actually had a pit in my stomach afterward. I am such a bargain hunter that it’s really hard for me to drop a bunch of money on one thing. Forget buying a car. My husband has to go without me, because I’m a mess. And buying a house? Let’s not even go there. So, anyway, this is not anywhere as stressful as that, but it was tough. I was able to sell other things and get creative to be able to buy it without pulling from our regular household income, so that eased the blow. I’ll share how I did that in a separate post.
So, the new sofa will be delivered next week, which I am so excited about. I had no idea I would get it before Christmas! Merry Christmas to me.
And, speaking of sofas…
I have an extra one. It’s a nine year old Ikea Ektorp sofa with a white twill slipcover. And I would like to give it to someone. So many people have been generous with us and God has blessed our business and family beyond measure, so we would like to give our sofa to someone in the hope that it would be a blessing to them.
I’ve found a wonderful home for the sofa with some newlyweds who I met (the bride, anyway) at the women’s conference I spoke at earlier this year. It’s so interesting, because I actually thought of her when I was typing up this post and that’s just the kind of home I was hoping it would go to.
Speaking of getting rid of things… I’ve decided to sell the antique 1800′s hutch in my living room. I love, love this piece and it makes me sad to sell it, but the truth is that it’s too big for the wall I have it on. I was going to paint it to make it blend in better, but I think it’s better to sell it and get something that is scaled better for the space.
I’m selling it for $850. So, again, send me an e-mail if you’re interested in it and I can give more details.
Speaking of the hutch, I just bought a huge lot of ironstone from a local dealer and I can’t wait to pick through it all tomorrow…