Wednesday, November 5, 2014

happy anniversary, little house

I bought and moved into my little house two years ago this Halloween, and it occurred to me this morning that I don't think I've ever posted an exterior photo of it.  If I have, I certainly haven't posted one since I've moved in.  So here it is, in all its glory a few months ago, when everything was in bloom for the summer.  I love the snug and cottage-y feel of my house, though if I really had my druthers, I'd paint it a nice shade of gray with a bright colored door.  Alas, put that on the list of fun future projects for whenever I hit the jackpot.   

One of my favorite parts of the house - which you can't see very well in the picture above - is the vintage door knocker I found on Etsy about half a year ago.  I love horses and horseshoes and finding one that wishes all my guests "Good Luck" when they arrive and leave seemed like the perfect touch.  

Happy Anniversary, my cute little cottage house! 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

little changes make a big difference

After purchasing the Souk Rug from West Elm in gray (which you can see in this post), I though all my problems would be solved.   The rug was dark, so dirt from Kevin's paws wouldn't show up, and it was a shag rug, so Kev could "dig" at it - which he's started to do lately - without destroying the pile too much.  But over the time, the color - when combined with my dark gray walls and curtains - proved to be too drab, and the whole room seemed a bit oppressive, heavy, and lifeless.   So the much beloved IKEA Stockholm striped rug came to the rescue!   I actually owned this rug several years ago in my old condo, but then sold it on Craigslist when the white stripes started to get too dingy from Kevin's paws.  Hopefully I can do a better job of keeping it clean this time.  Plus, at $299 for an 8' x 11', it's a total steal. 

Anyway, I LOVE the room with the rug now.  It adds so much life - in the way that only a good stripe can do - and really brings together the living room with the striped bathroom.  I'm so happy with the decision, and every time I come downstairs, I feel so happy to look at the pretty space!  Here are some pics:

I'm also really loving the two lamps behind the couch: they were a Home Goods find a few months ago, and originally came with Edison bulbs, but since I have so many of those in my house already, I replaced them with these sweet gold tipped bulbs that I found on Amazon. I love the look:

Thanks for reading, and have a great day!!!!!