Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Lying Like A Rug

Sometimes you're knocking down ceilings and replacing cabinets, and other times you're buying new candlesticks and vase filler. This update is going to fall in line with the second set of changes: small and possibly inconsequential, but still large enough to make me grin from ear to ear.

The last time I left you off the front door landing in our living room looked like this.
It's cute and very Rothenberger-esque, but there was one big issue that the picture doesn't show. Those white tiles were a magnet for dirt. Half the time it looked like a herd of truckers just came barging through the front door. So, needless to say, we needed a rug. Something to catch the mud/leaves/squirrels (just seeing if you were paying attention).

Seriously, do you see all those leaves outside? They were just begging to come indoors and join the Rothenberger clan. In order to keep our family of two happy, I got this beautiful braided rug. I have a thing for braided rugs. Anyhow, it was on clearance at Khols for $14 and I had a gift card - double whammy. First, I had to check the clearance on the door though.
Don't worry, this is all very scientific. I opened and shut the door several times to see if the rug had enough clearance. Check. Then, I bought a rug pad from Christmas Tree Shops for $9.99. It was 4' x 6' so I'll have plenty of leftovers to fulfill my other rug pad needs.
Then I laid the rug pad out and got to cutting. Again, very scientific. Eyeball in a few inches from the edge and cut in a semi-straight line.

 * You'll have to excuse the strange angle of my hand. It's hard to take a picture and cut at the same time.

After the rug pad was cut to size, I stood back and admired my handiwork.
After seeing this photo though something didn't look quite right. So, I scootched the rug back a couple inches and it was pure perfection.

Now we're a 3-rugs-in-the-family-room kinda family. I thought about moving the blue braided rug to another spot in the house - but I think I kinda like all the rug action. What do you think? Is it overkill?

Oh, and in other not very important news . . . I filled our little basket by the stairs with old Country magazines this weekend. My dear mother-in-law gave them to me and I'm so excited to have all those beautiful glossies nearby. :)

Anyone else been making small changes lately? Or maybe you're a bit more awesome and you're laying hardwood and rewiring your electrical... :)


  1. followed your link from young house love. i do love a good house reno blog :)

    i LOVE that rug in your living room! where on earth did you get it?

    i read above about the peephole. that's just genius. i might steal that idea.

  2. @ house no. 2
    I got the rug from home goods. . . I'm seriously in love with that store! Thanks for the visit! :)