Happy Feet + Happy Floors with Rug Pad Corner

This post was created in collaboration with Rug Pad Corner. Thoughts, opinions, and cute dogs are of course solely my own. 

Beneath every good rug is a good rug pad. I don’t know if this is actually true, but it should be! The other side of this is obviously that on top of every good rug is a good dog. ūüôā

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As you guys know, I love rugs, and I have a small collection that I try to grow whenever I’m lucky enough to find a great deal. When you’re starting out decorating a home, a rug pad isn’t necessarily the first “must-have” that comes to mind. However, it is one of those things that once you have experienced¬†the difference (in this case between a non-padded and a padded rug), it’s hard to go back to your old ways. This is not to mention the fact that rug pads¬†protect your floors (super important to me because I know what it took to refinish them!) and keep your rugs from migrating slowly across the room.

That’s why, when Rug Pad Corner reached out about reviewing one of their rug pads, I was eager to team up. I believe in supporting and promoting companies with good business practices, and Rug Pad Corner is one of them. Their rug pads are made in America out of 100% natural, recycled materials. No chemicals, glues, or adhesives are used, so there’s no nasty off-gassing, and they’re totally safe for little people and animals (you too, of course). Rug Pad Corner even donates a portion of every order to charity!

But most importantly, their rug pads are really nice. For this review, I got a combination felt/rubber rug pad. It is safe for any kind of floor, and works great on our wood floors. It’s reversible and can be used on hard flooring or carpet. It came with instructions indicating that on wood, the rubber side faces¬†down, and on carpet, it faces up. Very smart.

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It was an instant hit with all involved. It even managed to bring these two scrappy girls together for a moment.

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For something that was shipped folded, there was basically no flattening time. I let it out of the bag, put down the rug, and called it a day in about¬†5 minutes total (figuratively speaking…I think it was only about 9am at the time).

Another awesome thing about Rug Pad Corner is that they custom cut every rug pad based on the size of your rug. So if you have an oddly sized rug like many vintage rugs are (the one for this room is 6’7″ x 10″6), the rug pad will be a perfect fit from the minute you roll it out.

(PS, if you follow me on Instagram then you know a little about our latest project, but if not, here’s what’s up–Justin built us a window seat! More updates to come).

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At 1/3″, the rug pad is super comfortable. And you can obviously see just how cushy it is, because as soon as¬†the rug was down it instantly became a prime¬†napping location.

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We’ve had it down for about a week now, and I’m so¬†happy with it. I still get surprised at how much nicer it feels to walk on, and it’s good, too, to know we’re protecting the hard work done on our floors. Because lawd knows that is not a project I want to tackle again any time soon!

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I would highly recommend Rug Pad Corner to anyone looking for a high quality, eco-friendly rug pad. The 7’x11′ Ultra Premium rug pad in this review retails at $137 with free (and fast!) shipping. You don’t have to take my word for it, though, there are plenty of other glowing reviews on their web site, so check them out!

And by the way–Rug Pad Corner is offering 15% off your rug pad purchase using the code REVIEW15.

For more rug lovin’, be sure to check out my¬†Beginner’s Guide to Vintage Rug Buying.

Beginner’s Guide to Vintage Rug Buying

Beginner's Guide

Vintage rugs are one of my favorite accessories and are generally a hot commodity in design right now. Over the course of a few years we have collected several vintage handmade rugs that have become some of my most prized possessions, as well as a few new, vintage-style rugs. This guide is meant to offer tips for starting out in your rug search.

Why would I want a vintage rug?

Vintage rugs are very popular right now, and maybe you’re wondering what the big deal is. I think there are quite a few reasons that the vintage rug market has become so hot, but some of the fundamental factors are that old rugs are unique, beautiful, practical, and durable. Our dining room rug, for example, is probably at least 80 years old, and with reasonable care it should still look great in another 80 years.

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Our dining room rug, a handmade Iranian rug, is between about 80-100 years old and still very vibrant.

What should I look for in a vintage rug?

The most important thing to look for in a rug is simply a design and color palette that appeals to you. Secondly, keep condition in mind. Old rugs can vary a lot in condition, and what kind of imperfections you are willing to accept is mostly up to personal preference. You may want to be aware of missing fringe, unraveling selvedge (the non-fringed borders of the rug), areas of wear that expose the rug base, fading, and patching. These can impact the value of a rug, but unless you are a serious collector (in which case you probably don’t need my advice), they shouldn’t necessarily affect your ability to display and enjoy the rug in your home. Imperfections often enhance the character of a rug and add to the vintage appeal.

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The left and right edges of our kitchen rug have begun to unravel. While we take care not to fray them further, the rug is still very functional.

How much should I pay for a vintage rug?

As with most vintage items, there are a lot of factors that go into the value of a particular piece. The condition, rarity, age, and the market in your area can all play a part in how much you should expect to pay. Legitimate vintage rugs in good condition can easily cost hundreds and thousands of dollars, depending on the size. While this may sound like a lot, keep in mind that these rugs will basically never wear out, and as long as they are taken care of will generally hold their value quite well. So as long as you are buying from a reputable seller and the cost is within your budget, you can consider your rug an investment piece.

If you are buying from a Craigslist seller or from somewhere else and you’re not sure if the item is legit, it pays to educate yourself a little bit about how to identify a true handmade (hand-tufted) rug versus a machine-made rug. There are quite a few short but educational videos on YouTube to help you do just that, but here and here are¬†a couple quick ones that cover the basics.

There is nothing wrong with buying a machine-made rug (my living room rug is one of my favorites and it is machine-made), but naturally you want to be able to evaluate the claims a seller makes and know exactly what you’re getting. Handmade rugs are typically more valuable and therefore more costly.

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Our living room rug is machine-made, but I still love it for color palette and design. We bought it on Craigslist and knew that it is not handmade.

Where can I buy a vintage rug for cheap?

Flea markets, thrift stores, estate sales, yard sales, Craigslist, and eBay are good places to find a deal on a vintage rug. However, don’t expect to walk into the first flea market you find and hit the jackpot. Finding a real score on a rug takes CONSTANT VIGILANCE (for you Harry Potter fans).

Where can I buy a vintage rug online?

There are a lot of great places to buy beautiful vintage rugs online. Here are a few sources you may want to check out:

Frances Loom

Semikah Textiles

The Woven Home

Greenbody+Greenhome

Canary Lane

Kaya Kilims

The Vintage Rug Shop

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If you are seriously in the market, I highly recommend following these and other textile dealers you’re interested in on Instagram. It’s a great place to see new inventory from multiple sources as soon as it’s available.

Where can I buy a new vintage-style rug?

Because of the popularity of vintage rugs, many rug manufacturers are offer products that mimic the design of vintage rugs. RugsUSA, Wayfair, Overstock, and Ikea are just a few places where you can buy new rugs with vintage-style designs. When buying a new rug, just be aware of the material the rug is made out of. Whereas most vintage rugs are wool (high-end rugs may also be silk), new vintage-style rugs can be made out of a variety of materials and may be synthetic, so you want to verify that the rug is 100% wool if having a natural fiber rug is important to you.

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I bought this rug on Craigslist, but it originally came from Overstock. It is a new 100% wool rug.

Other questions, tips, or suggestions from your own rug buying experience? I’d love to hear about them!

A Mint Vintage Dresser Makeover

Welcome to the first edition of “It’s So Ugly it’s Cool,” a new series¬†hosted by Jess at Domicile 37. This¬†challenge is about showing off how you makeover, re-purpose, clean up, etc second-hand items to fit with your style and needs. Does the item have to be ugly–not at all! But then again I have seen amazing things done with pieces I wouldn’t have given a second look, so it will be really interesting to see where people’s creativity takes them. This is an Instagram challenge, too, so if you are an Instagrammer and you have something you want to share, post a split screen and tag it #itssouglyitscool. We’d love to see your handiwork!

For me personally, my approach to DIY is usually to seek out quality vintage in need of a little love. So when it comes to crazy ambitious upcycling in which you discover X thing can¬†be turned into Y thing you’d never imagine in all your days–you probably won’t be seeing that from me. Painting, refinishing, cleaning, reupholstering, etc, are much more in my wheelhouse.

Enter this week’s vintage dresser makeover. This was a very simple refresh that involved sanding, painting, and waxing, and that’s pretty much it. We’d been looking for a small, old dresser for our entryway, and I wanted something a little more antique-y than most of the furniture we own. I also wanted something that I could paint, and I feel bad painting wood about 99% of the time unless it is completely dilapidated or already painted. When Justin found this one in a local vintage shop, it ticked all my boxes, plus added a little extra cool with the hardware and nifty embellishment.

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There was honestly nothing bad about this dresser to begin with, and at first I considered the possibility of leaving it as it was. A couple things encouraged me to go ahead with a new paint job, though. The most important thing was that although I think farmhouse and shabby chic styles are completely charming in stores, in magazines, on the internet, and in other people’s homes, they simply are not one bit “me.” Plus I had the idea in my head that whatever piece of furniture went in the entryway would be mint green, which is why I wanted a paint-able piece of furniture in the first place. I think we all have the experience from time-to-time where an idea takes hold of your mind and won’t let go until you make it a reality. For me usually those unshakeable ideas have to do with ordering pizza, but in this case it was the that the dresser would be green. And so it is.

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This was one of those super easy projects anyone in possession of a paint brush can do. I painted the dresser with Valspar Chalky Finish paint¬†and finished it with Minwax Paste Finishing Wax¬†in Natural. I had never used chalk paint before but found it extremely easy to work with, and the super matte finish was great for hiding the imperfections in this piece. I did sand with a relatively fine grit sandpaper beforehand just to wear down some of the chippiness, though I think that is technically not necessary with chalk paint. The Valspar Chalky Finish paint is one of the few fully tintable chalk paints out there that I could find. Lowes carries it, and supposedly it¬†can be tinted to any Valspar brand color. I used Valspar Pale Oak Grove, and although it didn’t come out the identical color to¬†the paint swatch, it was honestly close enough for me.

Looking back at the before pictures, I definitely feel that I took the right approach for this piece of furniture in my home. It’s the perfect size and the green-on-green makes me really happy. I also think it looks quite a bit fresher now, and the pulls stand out more on the solid color.

I’m keeping to a few pictures¬†today because I’m trying¬†not to¬†show too much of the entryway. I do plan to do a reveal post once the last bit of baseboard trim is in. The floors came out so beautifully thanks to some pretty intricate patching on Justin’s part. I’m sure no one remembers, but there used to tan tile in this space!¬†(You can see the pictures from when we moved in here.)

So I’ll end with one side-by-side picture…

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And one picture of Fatty, because he was there too.

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Looking forward to showing you more of this space a little farther down the road (but hopefully not too far).

Now be sure to check out the rest of the It’s So Ugly it’s Cool participants! I have no idea what kind of projects the other ladies took on, but I’m eager to find out!

5 Easy Tips for Styling a Desk

Principles of No-Fail Desk Styling

Hello all! Welcome to a grand 2-day blog hop/EVENT that will give you plenty o’ tips for styling any table you come across. Kicking off day one is yours truly, and I’m here to talk to you about DESKS.

Most of us have at least a couple¬†pieces of furniture in our homes that are mostly just aesthetic–a console table or book case that is only used to display favorite objects. But a desk isn’t usually one of those pieces. A desk really has to serve the dual-duty of looking good and providing functional workspace.

Today I’m going to share with you my 5¬†principles¬†for putting together a desk space that is easy on the eyes and helps create a pleasant space for taking on sometimes unpleasant work (mmm, paying bills, anyone?).

All you have to do is think SMALL:

S – Storage

M – Movement

A – Art / Accessories

L – Layering

L – Lighting

A desk is just a horizontal space, so in many¬†ways, styling a desk is no different than styling a shelf, console, or table top. Because of this, M for movement and L for layering are just applying basic shelf styling tips to your desk area. Let’s talk about what each of these letters means.

  • Storage – Storage is part of what makes your desk a functional space and can take many¬†forms. A¬†glass jar or small vase can store pens and pencils. A decorative canister can hide supplies or organize small tools. A tray can corral bills and paperwork you may not want to put out-of-sight in a drawer.
  • Movement – You can create movement through styling in a lot of different ways. Incorporating objects of different heights and varying colors, patterns, and shapes are just a couple examples of how you can keep the eye moving through all the elements in your vignette.
  • Art and/or Accessories – Art and accessories¬†look nice for styling, but they also give you something to look at and enjoy while you’re working. There’s a reason why desks in front of windows seem so logical and office cubes seem so deadening. Humans crave visual stimulation! Art and other accessories can also do a lot of heavy lifting in the¬†movement/layering aspects of the styling equation, and smartly chosen accessories double as storage as well..
  • Layering – Layering objects in any vignette creates interest. It provides depth within a horizontal surface and adds interesting tension between what is concealed and revealed. You can layer objects literally on top of one another (like leaning one piece of art on another) or simply by arranging objects at different depths front-to-back so that they appear layered.
  • Lighting – You need to see when you’re working, right? A light¬†is functional necessity for a desk, but it can also help add height and bring in color, texture, or a sculptural element, depending on the type of lamp you choose.

Here are three different examples that show these principles in action.

Desk Setup 1

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You guys may remember this vignette from the New Year, New Room reveal. I’m going to let you in on the secret that this is probably¬†my favorite of today’s three examples. I just love everything in it, especially the paint-by-numbers and the vintage tin (+ storage!). This has clearly got all 5 principles going on, but my best tip here is that some items can double to cover more than ¬†one category. For example, I used a vintage brass canister as a pencil-holder. I couldn’t fit the lid on it, but it was interesting enough that I was able to use it as an accessory in its own right.

Desk Setup 2

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Setup 2 uses a big piece of art that fills the space and unifies the other, smaller accessories. A bulletin board would also serve this purpose well (and could be used for storage/organization). In lieu of art, you could also do a wallpapered or stenciled wall (or canvas, for less commitment) to provide visual interest. It’s not always possible (or preferable) to keep your papers away and out-of-sight, but here’s a tip if using a tray for random stacks of paper–use a small (and preferably heavier) art object on top to distract from your mess. Vintage ashtrays are cheap and plentiful in flea markets, and they make great paperweights. Sometimes they can function as coasters, too!

Desk Setup 3

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Clearly I am a fan of mirrors in this (or really any) styling equation. At a desk you can look up and recite positive affirmations while talking yourself out of sending a really nasty email. ūüėČ Mirrors are a great alternative to art, though, and are often more cost effective for their size. Another tip — don’t forget to include some greenery in any good desk setup. Sanseveria and ZZ plants are super easy-care plants that will grow nearly anywhere (the plant in the yellow pot in pic 2¬†is a Sanseveria), but fake plants can work well if you want to avoid the hassle. For fresh plants, flowers are lovely on occasion, but simple branches off of small trees or shrubs will last longer and dry out less conspicuously.

Think you would try out any of these tips for your desk situation? Let me know in the comments!

Now, hop on over to Up to Date Interiors and visit Kathy for some sofa table styling tips! And PS, come back tomorrow for even more goodies!

Day One Bloggers

Britt Kingery – Desk Styling

Up To Date Interiors – Sofa Table Styling

Pretty Practical Home – Console Table Styling

Domicile 37 – Bar Cart Styling

Casa Watkins – Coffee Table Styling

Day Two Bloggers:

Monica Wants It – End Table Styling

Shabby Grace Blog – Buffet Table Styling

Vintage Romance Style – Round Coffee Table Styling

This Is Our Bliss – Mantel Top Styling

Choosing Accessories for Every Style

I received complimentary products as compensation for this post (thank you Lamps Plus and Minted!). All thoughts, opinions, and stylin’ ideas are my own.

Welcome back to the final week of the New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge. It’s an exciting week with another round of room reveals from half participants, and more tips and tricks from those of us who revealed last week.

Today, I want to talk a little bit about choosing accessories for your home style, whatever that is. Given the choice, I think we would all live in homes with plenty of character and charm, but in real life, we are often tasked with enlivening sometimes unexciting spaces and making them feel like home and like us. Luckily, furnishings and accessories can go a long way to making that happen!

As you know, we worked with a number of generous sponsors during this challenged, and I’m very grateful to have partnered with Minted and Lamps Plus. I’m so, so pleased with what the art and lamps they provided added to my room.

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One of keys to successfully choosing accessories is to choose pieces that create a certain vibe. A unified color scheme and cohesive mix of materials is also important, of course, but that also factors into how a decor feels in a space. A mix of different styles can work well if used to create a singular vision. So let’s break a few examples down!

Country Chic

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I would not usually describe my style as “country” overall, but given the herd of cattle I put on my wall, it’s time to concede on this one. The white lamp with an organic shape jives well with the country feel, but the sleek glass base and streamlined shade keeps it modern.

Double Gourd Lamp / Land of Infinity by Debra Butler

Fun and Feminine

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This gorgeous mid-century sofa from Lamps Plus (yes, they do furniture, too!) is elegant but not too serious. Accessorized with colorful art and lamps in pastel shades, the vibe is fun, happy, and little bit girly.

Christen Bard Mid-Century Sofa / Ovo Table Lamp / Gold Now by Nell Waters Bernegger

Cool and Contemporary

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Lots of white and cool metals always contribute to a contemporary feel. A clean-lined console and retro arc lamp work together because they both feel slightly futuristic. The art, which has the look of both a photograph and a painting, is contemporary but also brings an organic element.

Whitaker Modern Console / Basque Steel and Nickel Floor Lamp / Going for a Swim by Whitney Deal

 Bold and Glam

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Bold, saturated colors and luxurious materials (this is another Lamps Plus sofa!) like velvet and satin pump up the drama. A traditionally shaped gets an irreverent twist from a fresh color and mingles perfectly with an abstract art piece.

Namora Plush Teal Sofa / Apothecary Table Lamp / The Mountains Before Us by Mande

Fresh and Mod

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A retro shaped lamp and shades of green and blue give a mod feel. The abstract pillow continues the geometric theme and fresh color palette while keeping the decor feeling very current.

Emily Blue Ceramic Table Lamp / Waiting Pillow by Amelia Allen / Horizon Series by Jennifer Morehead

Neutral and Organic

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Colors, materials, and subject matter all give these accessories an organic feel. The ceramic lamp that mimics weaving links together the fantastic nature photograph and the pillow with a traditional Southwestern tile pattern.

Diamond White Woven Ceramic Table Lamp / Southwestern Tile pillow by Hooray Creative / Earthly Gradients by Elena Kulikova

Thanks for following along on this challenge! It’s was tons of fun. Make sure to head over and check out the rest of the participants for some fabulous reveals!

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New Year, New Room Refresh Reveal!

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It’s reveal day for the New Year, New Room challenge. I have to say a special thank you to Stephanie of Casa Watkins for hosting this challenge. It’s been really fun and refreshing for both me and my room to do a smaller-scale makeover that doesn’t require blowing up the whole house. My guest room definitely looks more inviting today than it did three weeks ago when I shared a plan to bring together a serene palette of greens, blues and yellows together with art from Minted and new lamps from Lamps Plus.¬†I think I followed through with that¬†vision pretty well.

But first, remember the before? It was a disorganized mess that had a wild dog living in it (those who know Jellybeans can attest that this is only kind of a joke).

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And now the after!

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I picked up¬†this “pillow to the side” technique from the One Room Challenge reveal of fellow NYNR refresher Sharon of Pretty Practical Home. It also happens to be the same pillow, but that’s a coincidence!

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The thing I enjoyed most about this room was that it felt different from what I have done in the past, mostly I think because the desk is a different style of furniture than pretty much anything else I own. I’m always looking to mix up my look, though, and I still think the outcome is still very “me.”

The biggest challenge in this room was to keep the design in balance even though I moved the bed to one side of the room to make enough space for the desk. I was a little worried that placing the largest piece of furniture and art both off-center would look strange, but using an eye-catching piece of furniture (the desk), other symmetrical elements (the lamps), and an anchoring piece (the rugs), I managed to make the visual balance work.

As for the “rug,” I actually decided to use a blanket for that function. I’ve seen blankets used for rugs before, and it’s honestly something I’ve skeptical about. But since this was kind of an irregular sized space as far as rugs go and I had this blanket on hand, I thought why not? Here’s my verdict about the rug-as-blanket approach–it can be done effectively, IF:

  • The blanket has the appropriate weight. This one is wool. Something with an open weave definitely would not work.
  • You use a rug pad. I had a small piece of rug pad that I used, and that definitely made a difference to how well it stayed put.
  • You use it in a low traffic area. This is not for your living room or any other area that is in the flow of traffic. Rug pad or no, you would be folding down the corners fifty times a day.

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That’s my reveal! Due to the crazy weather conditions over the last week¬†for many of the blog hop participants, we are splitting our reveals between this week and next week. What this means for you is that you can get great refresh-related content AND reveals from everybody two weeks in a row. So head over to the other participants and see what goodies they have ready for you. And don’t forget to check back next week–lots more to look forward to!

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Casa Watkins | Shabby Grace Blog | Domicile 37 | Pretty Practical Home
Up to Date Interiors | A Designer At Home | Iris Nacole | Vintage Romance Style
This Is Our Bliss | Seeking Lavender Lane

And again, a huge thanks to all our sponsors, and especially to Minted and Lamps Plus for their contributions to my design!

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New Year, New Room Week 2 – Choosing Art

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Minted provided the art featured in this post (thank you!). All thoughts and opinions are my own.

It’s week 2 of the New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge. In case you missed the introduction, you can see week 1 here. Even though I haven’t accomplished all that much in the room since last week, I feel like my vision and plans are a lot clearer. I’m excited for everything to come together in the next week.

Today I want to talk a little bit about choosing art. Obviously there is¬†a lot to consider when picking art for a room–for example style and scale, which could each easily take up an entire post–but for now I want to focus on choosing art as part of an overall color scheme for your space.

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Like other¬†accessories, art can “match” the colors in a room, or it can play off them for contrast. Art that shares roughly the same color palette can make a room feel cohesive; art that brings in a contrasting color can make a room feel dynamic. You can’t go wrong with either approach because really, adding art is always a good thing.

As I mentioned last week, we are partnering with Minted for this challenge, and I am including¬†Debra Butler’s awesome Land of Infinity¬†photograph¬†in my room design. It was a tough choice because Minted has an amazing selection, and after I “narrowed it down” I was still left with at least about eighteen choices. BUT, I’m so so happy with my selection. I opted for the Whitewashed French Farmhouse frame, too, and love how it complements the subject matter.

Since I’m working with this print right now, I want to use it¬†as an example of how you can choose either matching or contrasting colors with¬†a piece of art. I’m calling them safe and creative options, which kind of sounds like one is better than the other (because we all obviously want to be creative), but I don’t mean it that way. The safe options are simply taken directly from the colors in the photograph, whereas the creative options play off the colors using¬†roughly analogous or complementary color schemes.Art Colors5

Top row, L-R: BM Smoke, BM Crystal Springs, BM Summer Nights, BM Treasure Trove
Bottom row, L-R: BM Seaweed, BM Raisin Torte, BM Exotic Red, BM Dusty Pink

It’s easy enough to see how the safe choices work with the photograph, but let’s talk just for a second about why you might ever consider using purple with a piece of art like this. (You may want to peep a color wheel during this chat. You can see one here). The dominant colors in the photograph are a light blue and a golden yellow. Green works with both these colors in an analogous color scheme (colors next to each other on the color wheel). Purple is an analogous color to blue and the complementary color (across on the color wheel) of yellow. Red together with yellow and blue forms a triadic color scheme (three colors equadistant from each other on the color wheetl) and pink is a take on this same scheme. Incidentally I do¬†think the pink perhaps works the least well, though it could still be pretty¬†in the right setting.

When thinking about an actual room design, I doubt you would want to use this photograph only with the creative color choices I picked, but I think mixing some safe options and creative options in an overall scheme with the photo would give you a result that both makes visual sense and provides a twist on the expected.

That’s what I’m trying to do in my guest room, which I’m refreshing in this challenge. I have blue on the walls and yellow on the desk, but I’m using an emerald green throw, and plan to bring in dark coral and other warmer tones through additional art and textiles.

IMG_8664Yes, I hanged my beautiful new photo¬†on an existing picture hanger where it looks totally wrong. It will be moving before next week! Since I moved the furniture arrangement off-center to accommodate the desk, I plan to put up some other art in kind of a loose gallery to balance the look on the wall.IMG_8669The matching¬†chair was just a little too much with the desk, so I brought this rattan chair out of the basement. I have a pair of these, and they’ve been in about every room in my house at some point. They are good everywhere!IMG_8673Some of the other art I’m planning to use. I’m thinking the different colors in these accents will bring variety and also tie a few of the elements together.

My Lamps Plus Color Plus¬†lamps should be here today, and I’m excited to see what they bring to the space. As a reminder, I’m using the Double Gourd table lamp in West Highland White.

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Here’s a quick rundown of the plan for this¬†room before the reveal next week:

  • Install new baseboards (Justin still plans to do this. The room needs it, but I’m fine even if it doesn’t happen this week).
  • Accessorize bed with an actual duvet, real covered pillows, etc.
  • Find additional rug/floor covering.
  • Hang art.
  • Hang curtains (I have a stash, all from Ikea, that together probably cost less than one curtain panel from somewhere else).
  • More plant power.
  • Style it up!

Now, don’t forget to hop over to visit the other great bloggers participating in this challenge. There’s a ton of variety in the spaces they are taking on, and you don’t want to miss a single one.

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Finally, thanks again to our sponsors for providing decor for this challenge!

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See you next week!

New Year, New Room Refresh – Week 1

It’s week one of the New Year, New Room challenge, and I’m excited to be whipping our guest room into shape over the next month along with these¬†lovely ladies!

I think we all at some point have that room in the house where things just aren’t really working, and for whatever reason you just can’t get things to a place where you’re satisfied with them. That’s been the guest room for me basically since we moved in. It didn’t seem like it needed a lot and so I didn’t give it a lot of attention. There was a point in the spring where I had it in order for a short time. You can catch up on that here: 1)¬†Inspiration for a Bold Blue Bedroom¬†2)¬†Trial and Errors in the Guest Bedroom¬†3)¬†Guest Room Update: Paint Reveal

Then a couple of things happened. First, I fell out of the love with the “all pattern all the time” thing I had going on in there. Secondly, we finished the master bedroom and started living upstairs, whereas we’d been using the guest bedroom for our own room for 10 months. With us went a bunch of our stuff, and with the room already looking kind of empty I found myself shopping the room regularly for stuff to use elsewhere in the house.

All of that leads us to the sad state in which you find the guest room today.

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As you can see, I clearly made no attempt to make this look nicer for you or for the benefit of the picture, but neither did I intentionally make it look worse. This is simply how I’ve been living–with a table lamp on the floor for no real reason and a bed adorned with pillows that have no covers.

On the upside, Jellybeans is digging it. A few days ago I couldn’t find her in any of her normal spots and eventually tracked her down right where she is in this picture. Just a dog chilling out on a wool next to one of the hottest vents in the house. The door was closed and she was effectively trapped, but why would she ever want to leave?

Onto my plans for the room. My main goal is to keep it light and bring a greater sense of calm than I had in the previous design scheme. This means using a more limited palette with fewer high energy colors (like red and bright yellow) as well as fewer patterns.

I haven’t worked out all the details yet, but here is my main inspiration, and I am using a few of these elements in the room.

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  1. Double gourd lamp – I’m loving this lamp from the Lamps Plus exclusive lighting collection Color Plus. And ps, if you like browsing paint swatches, you will be in love with the Color Plus collection, too–all the lamps are available in 190 colors based on Sherwin Williams and Pantone and paint¬†shades. I picked West Highland White, which seems a little boring on my part, maybe, but I’m thinking¬†the curvy profile and light color do well to¬†break up the large wall the bed is on.
  2. Vintage desk – I’ve had this yellow desk for a couple years (it’s pictured here in my last house), and I’m planning on bringing it in to do double-duty as a side table and hopefully make the room a little bit more functional day-to-day.
  3. Emerald throw – I fell in love with this Rose Uniacke-designed room in the Copy Cat Chic Instagram feed¬†and was able to get a green throw like the one pictured on clearance a Pottery Barn. You guys know how I love green. And clearance. I’m planning to use white bedding as well.
  4. Land of Infinity art print – I have wanted this photograph by Debra Butler for Minted for ages and ages, and I don’t want to pick favorites, but this *might* be the thing I’m most excited about for this room. My husband grew up in the middle of nowhere with cattle in his backyard, and even though it was not in the West, and he claims that has nothing to do with why he likes this picture, it has a lot to do with why I like this picture.

I’m also hoping to do some other improvements to the room, like replacing the baseboards and maybe painting the upper half of the wall white (above where that random piece of painter’s tape is in the before picture. But realistically I’m filing those in the “maybe” category, since we are still working pretty intently on the hallway right now.

That’s all for me this week, so please check out the other participants! I’m personally super excited to see what everyone has planned.

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New Year’s Updates and Announcements

Hello and Happy New Year to all! I don’t know if it makes sense anymore to say I’ve been taking a blog break¬†when I am breaking about as often as not, but in any case, it’s been a while. I hope everyone had a healthy, happy, and safe holiday season, that you shopped in your pajamas, that you ate the requisite amount (or more!) of pumpkin and peppermint things, and that you’re jazzed and ready to go for 2016.

I’m not sure whether I’m ready for it or not. I turned 30 in 2015, and I realized recently that I only ever really thought as far as the year when I turn 30. So 2016 feels like uncharted territory. It’s a new decade, and I’m excited and nervous to see what it brings.

So what have we been up to lately? Personally, I have been eating a lot of candy. And I’m not just saying that to make you feel better about what you’ve been eating. I feel like I need to confess it to someone. For someone over the age of about 12, it’s been a really astounding amount. But as far as the house goes (which seems a little more relevant to this particular venue), we have been working several labor-intensive and frankly not very exciting projects.

Like fixing this big patched area in our upstairs hallway.

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And starting work on our front entryway, tearing out the tile and beginning to refinish the stairs.

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I’m so excited for the green paint in the entryway. I’ve gone with more neutral paint in most of the house, and this little bit of drama feels exactly like what I’ve needed.

I’ve also been scraping popcorn wherever I can, which you can see on the hall ceiling above. Do I love the scraping? NO. I do not. The mess is crazy, and it makes me crazy. But the more I do it the more I realize that I gotta scrape it all. It makes that big of a difference.

So now that I’ve filled you in on what’s been going on around here (scraping, patching, tile demo, painting, candy eating) and justifying the break to myself if not to you, I want to mention a couple of things that are coming up on the blog horizon.

First of all, staring NEXT WEEK, I’m participating in an exciting New Year’s room refresh with a few other awesome bloggers.

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Clearly I need to get motivated in the new year, and I’m really glad to have these ladies to get me moving in a meaningful direction. It’s the perfect time to do a little somethin’ somethin’ to cheer up a neglected space. Not all-out crazy time like I tend to do during these room makeovers (hello One Room Challenge) but something smaller-scale and more doable.

Finally–and this is the big one–though Jellybeans will remain my muse forever and always, I will be retiring White Dog Vintage and migrating to a new blog at the end of this month. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while but have hesitated to put a plan in action. Part of this been uncertainty about what I wanted to the new blog to look and feel like, but another big part of it has honestly been fear of losing all you lovely people¬†who read here but–who knows?–may not make the leap with me to a new site. I’m staying with WordPress, so if you follow through WordPress or an RSS feed, you will automatically be following¬†the new site when it switches over, but if follow through Bloglovin’, Feedly, Pocket, or another platform, you will probably have to add the new site¬†with the new address, brittkingery.com (don’t bother checking it out just yet–there’s nothing there at the moment), and I hope you will.

I’ll be posting more about the move before it takes place, so you will have other reminders. But just to give a sneak-peek, here’s a look at the in-progress interface of the new site.

 

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Nothing is set with it yet, and it doesn’t look super realistic because there isn’t any content in it, but I think I hope this gives you some idea of the direction the site will be heading. It’s a little more sophisticated and professional than the site I’ve been using, which I hope will get me feeling enthused to post here more often. Hey, it could happen! I read that people who love their blog design actually do publish more frequently. It could be true, or it could be a ploy to sell WordPress templates. In either case, I was clearly buying.

So that’s the update! Don’t forget to come back next week for the beginning of our room refresh challenge, and stay tuned for more new blog news.

Master Makeover – ORC Reveal!

Hi everybody! It’s Week 6 of the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda at¬†Calling it Home, and that means it’s REVEAL day. This was a project with plenty of challenges along the way, and you can catch up with every bit of it here: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5. Things had only just¬†started to come together last week, and then I got the stomach flu over the weekend and had to do a lot of work in small bursts between longer periods laying on the couch. We made it, though, and I’m thrilled to show you the results. Have a look!

Before > > >

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After > > >

Eclectic, loft-like master bedroom makeover.

Glam neutral bedding.

Vintage eclectic nightstand styling.

Vintage eclectic nightstand styling.

Vintage modern bedroom makeover with a loft-like feel.

Vintage modern master bedroom.

Vintage modern master bedroom styling.

Vintage inspired dresser styling with masculine elements.

Vintage Turner Manufacturing mirror

Layered bedroom makeover

Layered bedroom makeover

Vintage modern bedroom makeover

DIY jewlery organizer

Vintage bohemian bedroom makeover

And since the bedroom is also prominently a room enjoyed at night, here’s a shot of the ambiance when the sun goes down.

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After spending a full five weeks doing the labor on this room, it felt pretty surprising to us how well and quickly the design came together and everything worked out at the end. Once the trim was all installed and we started bringing in the furniture, we were kind of walking around saying “wow” to everything. We’re really crazy about how¬†it looks and feels. It’s so inviting, serene, and cozy, and we’re definitely looking forward to “moving in” (because I basically haven’t let anyone use the room yet). It’s been nice just admiring it too, though. ūüôā

If you followed this room from the beginning, you know that the design plan started out with an accident–I bought the red rug thinking it was rust colored, and I kind of freaked out when it arrived because I hate decorating with red. So I formed a plan to balance the vibrant color with elements that felt more me. My exact vision was based on this photo and was pair the red with plenty of black, a contrasting color (like this gorgeous mint), and lots of natural elements. Though my original plan for this Hygge & West wallpaper fell by the wayside (that’s the sample framed on my nightstand), and we did not succeed in restoring the finish of the wood floors, I still stuck pretty much exactly with the essence of my design inspiration, and the result did not disappoint. And if you’re wondering how I feel about the red rug now–well, it’s #ruglove. I honestly barely notice that the rug is red anymore, but I think the bright color and middle eastern pattern bring the perfect unexpected element give the room a little bit of edge.

I can’t close this out without giving a tremendous shout out to my husband, Justin. He did an incredible amount of work on this room that I didn’t even cover in these posts. Tedious, hard, unglamorous work like scribing every baseboard to the lowest point on its wall so that we had even height trim and no gaps between the uneven floors. He’s the hero of this renovation, and I’m so thankful for his support whenever I say I want to do something really hard in a crazy amount of time.

Thank you all, too, for your support, interest, and feedback throughout this challenge. Your amazing optimism kept me going through the tough times. And last but not least, thank you Linda for hosting this wonderful event that brings us all together.

Now head on over to Calling it Home and check out the many other hardworking participants’ reveals. I can’t wait to go through them all over the next few weeks!

Sources: Bed | Duvet | Throw | Lumbar Pillow (similar) | String Lights | Task Lamps | Floor Lamp | Globe Wall Lamp | Curtains | Throw Pillow | Throw Pillow

Dresser set, nightstands, rattan chair, wicker stool, both decorative mirrors, poster, and trunk are all vintage. The black bench was DIYed.

Photos by Britt and Justin Kingery.