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What to Put on your Wedding Registry

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Long before I ever got engaged, I looked forward to the day when my future husband and I would head to the store and register for all kinds of gorgeous goodies. Of course we would have a large home that needed to be filled to the brim, along with a well-behaved dog, and a trendy new SUV. Fast forward to real life, and we have absolutely none of those things…but we still had “register for gifts” on our wedding to-do list.

View More: http://ginacristine.pass.us/casey--mikeI also daydreamed of us waltzing around the store (elegantly dressed of course…perhaps like the above picture?) sipping champagne and holding hands as we used the beeper to quickly choose all of the new items for our home. It would take less than an hour and we’d skip out of there even more in love than when we arrived.

In reality, we were both hungover from a holiday party and couldn’t wait to power through our long shopping list. We spent a large chunk of time testing out the mattresses, just lying around waiting to chat with a salesman. We left the store 3 hours later…completely exhausted, overwhelmed, and with only a couple of items checked off of our list.

IMG_5198 Eventually we did get around to finishing up our list (most of which was done from the comfort of our home. Gotta love online shopping!) and I wanted to take some time today to chat about all of the items we put on our wedding registry. I also consulted Bridget and together we came up with a list of our wedding registry items. But before we get to those…here are a few things we kept in mind while shopping with our +1’s.

  1. We both chose to go with neutral options when possible. Are you surprised? White towels, white plates, white bedding…they’re all classic and we can use them forever even if our taste or style changes. We say when in doubt…go white!
  2. We also each took an inventory of what we had, what we wanted, and what needed to be upgraded prior to shopping. Going in with a list is never a bad idea, and you’ll probably end up with stuff you actually need.
  3. We agree that a registry should reflect your lifestyle. We’ve both confessed that we’re pretty terrible in the kitchen, and that probably won’t ever change. So to register for a bread maker, or 6 pie dishes, just didn’t seem like it was worth it to either of us. Don’t go into your shopping trip with an idea of the lifestyle you want to lead someday...instead embrace who you are (and who you are together as a couple!) and build your items around that.

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  • Waterford Champagne Flutes: Okay so we didn’t actually have these on our registry. These were an engagement gift from my soon to be mother-in-law. She got us a set of 2 and we’ve used them for many special occasions. They’re the only “fancy” dishes we own, and we love them!
  • Nice Luggage: I’ve always had pretty crappy luggage, so it was nice to get the “good stuff.” We put these 2 Tumi carry-on sized bags, and these 2 large suitcases on our list. They’re all great quality and should last us for years (& hopefully many trips).
  • Plush White Towels: I love white towels because you can just bleach the heck out of them, but I’ve never spent a lot of money getting nice thick ones. We added lots of high quality white towels to our registry and they’re amazing.
  • Simple White Dishes from Crate & Barrel (nothing too expensive, so we’re not upset if anything breaks)
  • Basic Silverware
  • High Quality Knives
  • Red & White Wine Glasses; Champagne Flutes; Martini Glasses
  • A couple of white serving bowls and platters
  • A large wooden salad bowlBerry-Box
  • Berry Box Colander: I love berries…and this was just too cute!
  • Wooden Chopping Board
  • Plastic Cutting Board
  • White Cloth Napkins and Silver Napkin Rings
  • Silver Plate Chargers
  • Neutral Placemats
  • Salt & Pepper Grinders: Basic ones that don’t look bad if we leave them out in the kitchen
  • Water PitcherMarble-Fruit-Stand
  • Marble Fruit Stand: The next best thing to marble countertops…
  • New Baking Sheets: Our old ones were pretty disgusting after too many burnt dinners…
  • Upgraded Appliances: Blender, Toaster, Hand Mixer
  • Pantry Containers: Bridget swears by these ones from Crate & Barrel
  • Fun Bar Cart Items: Nice decanter, muddler, drink shaker, etc.
  • Stainless Steel Trash Can
  • White sheets and pillow cases
  • 2 White Bath Mats

Here’s What We Passed On:

  • Bread maker
  • Fine China
  • Silver
  • Ice Cream Maker
  • Espresso/Cappuccino Machine
  • Picture Frames
  • Bathroom Accessories
  • Griddler
  • Toaster Oven
  • Rice Cooker
  • Table Cloths or Table Runners
  • Fancy Candlesticks
  • Deep Fryer: Although Finn did try to secretly add this to our list. No joke.
  • Monogrammed Bath Robes: We’re not really monogram or robe people.
  • Crockpot: We already have one that works just fine.

Because we’ve only had these items for a short amount of time, I figured I needed to ask the real “experts” about the do’s and don’ts when it comes to registering. What items were a big waste of money, and now sit in your pantry collecting dust? Which items do you use every single day? You know…tough questions like that.

Here’s the expert advice from brides of the past…IMG_5199

What do you still use?

“Oddly enough, I still use the plastic covers for the china.  I don’t really LOVE the china, but it has stayed very nice in the covers.” Jan, Married 37 Years ago

“My casual white dishes.  I decided not to register for fine china because I wanted something we would use every day that was really pretty.  I registered for a more casual set of pottery white dishes. I love them so much to this day and use them at every meal!” Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co., Married 5 years ago

“Electric wine bottle opener (it’s always a hit), extra wine glasses (they break!), durable pots and pans even if they’re a bit pricey (if you cook, it’s worth it!), high quality chef’s knife, and… Tupperware!” Angela, Married 3 years ago

“We needed a dishwasher and that was about it, so we asked for gift cards toward a dishwasher.  As far as I can tell, no one got offended and lots of people helped us buy our dishwasher!” Jackie, Married 4 Years ago

“We got a toaster from one of our wackiest friends, and we both remember thinking it was so odd that he of all people would give us such a tame gift.  We actually already had a toaster that worked just fine, so we put it in the “return” pile.  At the last minute we decided to pull it out of the box to take a look at it and determine if it really was that much better than our current toaster.  And that’s when we saw it – he’d had the side of the toaster engraved with our names and wedding date.  Where does one even get that done?!  We still use that toaster on the daily, and I smile every time I pull it out of the cupboard, thinking about what a funny gift it was and how our personalized toaster almost ended up in someone else’s kitchen.” Dusty from All Things G&D, Married 11 Years ago

“The best best best kitchen thing I got was a pineapple slicer. Sounds lame but when you need it, you’ll love it. I do have to admit that I already had the good knives and stuff since before I got married!” Robin

“Clothes Steamer! Not only great for clothes but also drapes, throw pillow covers, etc. Not a typical gift, but really awesome to have.” Meaghan

“Register for twice as many serving pieces/platters and half as many glasses than your first instinct.” Colleen

“Nothing! In our day we only registered for china, crystal, and silver!” – Paige, Married 30 years ago

What do you never use?

“China or silver” – Patty, Married 31 years

“Our picnic basket.  I had this vision of romantic picnics and really wanted a picnic basket.  I picked out a nice one with all kinds of dishes and plastic wine glasses inside it.  Chris told me we would never use it.  I argued we would and we got it.  After four years, we still hadn’t use it and sold it at a yard sale.” – Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co., Married 5 years ago

IMG_3830“I never use any of the formal silver pieces.  You have to polish it every time before you use it and who wants to do that?” – Jan, Married 37 years ago

“Wine glasses with skinny stems (love how they look but they break SO easily!)” – Christine

“Don’t register for china unless you plan on completing the set yourself with your own money after the shower. Most brides don’t receive all of the pieces at their shower and are left with an incomplete set. So unless you plan on purchasing the rest, skip on the china” – Angela, Married 3 years

And some words of advice for married life from our amazing experts…flowers

“Sometimes you just have to laugh when things go wrong and boy oh boy they will.  Be happy and smile!  He is your best friend for life!  You picked him and he picked you.  Enjoy each other everyday! That’s it!” – Patty

“Expect conflict and learn how to conflict well.  Conflict is a part of marriage when two people are living together.  See the best in the other person, but don’t forget they’re humans who make mistakes.  Conflict will come, but it’s so important to learn how to conflict well.  It’s so easy to fly off the handle and blow a small thing way out of proportion.  Take deep breaths, stay calm, and lovingly express your opinion.  Take time to listen to what your spouse thinks.  Think before speaking, and you’ll often realize that what you’re upset about is a small thing.  When you learn to conflict well, conflict only makes you stronger.” – Lindsay

“Encourage each other to remain individuals while growing as a couple.” – Jan

IMG_5198So in the end, no one is right. I don’t know how many times Bridget & I heard the following, “You don’t have enough stuff on your registry!”, “How come you didn’t register for x, y, or z?”, “You need some more fun stuff on there…I don’t just want to buy you a spatula!” But it comes down to figuring out what works for you and your household. I say don’t just get something because everyone else thinks you need to put it on your list. If you’re right out of college you may need lots of things…if you’ve lived on your own for a decade, you may already have plenty of household basics. Choose items that are right for you and your husband-to-be and you’ll end up with a home full of useful items that fit your lifestyle.

casey_sigP.S. Here is the pic I sent Bridget when we were loading in all of our new gorgeous gifts #chaosMessy-Kitchen

 

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  1. Nikki

    I’m getting married next month too, and I’m so tired of hearing people telling us about how there “isn’t enough stuff” on our registry! The whole process was more stressful than I thought it would be, too. I’ll never critique another bride’s registry again!

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      Nikki, so happy to hear from a fellow bride! I completely agree with you, I’ll never critique another registry…to each their own! I’m just so happy it’s all over and done with and now we have items that we want filling our home.

      Congrats on the wedding!

  2. Katie

    I also registered at Crate & Barrel and is it UNREAL how much packaging they send everything in! Helps if you need to store it until you use it though. But I’m with you, classics and neutrals all the way. My husband and I have almost been married for a year and we read a lot of product reviews online before going into the store, or we saved those bigger items we’d want to read reviews on first and just added them to our registry online. So much easier!

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      The packaging….I could not agree more! Seriously like a sea of paper just to get to one tiny little wrapped gift. Ha! Good idea to read product reviews online. I didn’t even think about that.

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  1. Nikki

    I’m getting married next month too, and I’m so tired of hearing people telling us about how there “isn’t enough stuff” on our registry! The whole process was more stressful than I thought it would be, too. I’ll never critique another bride’s registry again!

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  2. Katie

    I also registered at Crate & Barrel and is it UNREAL how much packaging they send everything in! Helps if you need to store it until you use it though. But I’m with you, classics and neutrals all the way. My husband and I have almost been married for a year and we read a lot of product reviews online before going into the store, or we saved those bigger items we’d want to read reviews on first and just added them to our registry online. So much easier!

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New Lamps for the Master Bedroom

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I’m chugging along with our master bedroom decorating plan. Last time we chatted about the space, I showed you guys the oh-so-comfy Moroccan rug we added to the room. I’m still obsessed with it, and luckily there hasn’t been much shedding at all (which is great with a new rug!)

Pouf-ShoesWith the rug crossed off my list, it was time to move onto lighting. Lamps are important in this room, because we have absolutely no overhead lighting. Before we moved in our furniture, we painted the master bedroom walls and I remember frantically calling my mom to bring over a lamp because there were zero lights in the room, and no lights = no painting. (Lucky for us, she came to the rescue!)

So since we moved in, we’ve had 2 table lamps in here that were doing a fine job…but they weren’t winning any awards in the looks department.

IMG_97241Here’s one of the lamps atop our large dresser. I remember buying the lamps right out of college, and they had a black base. I eventually spray painted the lamps to get a brighter look in our bedroom. But wear and tear started to take its toll on the metal base, and the white paint started to flake off. Not cute.

So, I knew it was time to find something new and fabulous for our master bedroom.

Bedroom-Dresser-Lamp

I ended up finding 2 glamorous white lamps from HomeGoods. They were only $40 a piece, and I absolutely loved the shiny white base, with silver detailing.

NightstandOne sits on our dresser, the other on this nightstand. When I saw them at HomeGoods, they had 2 entirely different lamp shades. One was gray, and the other blue. But I loved the lamp base so much that I decided to bring them home, and just worry about the shades later on.

Turns out the old lamp shades fit perfectly, so now they’re matching. (Now I’m stuck with 2 random lamp shades…I just may have to come up with a creative craft for those…hmmmm)

Silver-Lamp-BaseI think they add a little glam to the room, without being too overwhelmingly feminine. At least that’s what I tell Finn. He says they look like snowmen…

White-Bedroom-LampDresser-Top-New-LampI suppose if they’re snowmen, then they’re some damn good lookin’ snowmen. I’m just happy that they’re functional and fashionable. That’s always a win-win in our playbook!

Next on the master bedroom list? No more naked bed for us….this bad boy is getting a headboard! All the deets and eye candy coming next week…

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  1. Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    We have a lot of things on the master bedroom list… not quite there to checking them off yet, though! Gotta finish our painting first!

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  2. craftivitydesigns

    I was just admiring some very similar lamps on Amazon (the $40 price you got is better!!). I love the white bases and they look great of your side tables!

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  1. Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    We have a lot of things on the master bedroom list… not quite there to checking them off yet, though! Gotta finish our painting first!

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  2. craftivitydesigns

    I was just admiring some very similar lamps on Amazon (the $40 price you got is better!!). I love the white bases and they look great of your side tables!

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The Facts about Garage Sales & Estate Sales

Garage Sale

We both have a special place in our hearts for the spring and summer seasons. Not because of the warmer weather, the blooming buds, or even the absence of Chicago snow…we love the this time of year because it’s GARAGE SALE & ESTATE SALE SEASON!

Garage SaleWe know it’s the end of July, so pardon us if we’re late to the game. But even though the selling is well underway, we still want to give you the necessary tips and tricks so you can rock your next thrifting trip! Because if we’re lucky…we’ve still got a good 3 months before the season comes to an end.

GARAGE SALE VS. ESTATE SALE

First, if you’re new to the shopping game then you’ve probably been bombarded with all kinds of different sales…garage sales, tag sales, estate sales, yard sales…the list goes on and on. You may think that they’re all the same, large sales where people get rid of old crap stuff they don’t want. But there can be a big difference between a garage sale and an estate sale, and those differences should affect the way you plan your shopping day. So here are our garage sale and estate sale shopping tips!

Estate Sale

What is it? An estate sale is the sale of items from an estate of someone who has passed. It also includes the sale of items from a home that has been abandoned or foreclosed. Often times you’ll see estate sales run by companies hired by the living family members to ease the burden of selling an entire home of possessions.
Estate Sale

What should I expect? To us, estate sales are the best sales because you’ll find a wide variety of items that have been collected over a lifetime. Often times everything in the home is up for grabs, so you’ll simply peruse every room in the home and come back downstairs or to the front of the house with any items you want to purchase. Because of the high quality goods, estate sales are often the most pricey. We often find ourselves browsing more than buying at these kinds of sales.
Garage Sale Tag

How do I get the best deals? Estate sales typically run for 3 days… Friday-Sunday. Many advertise well in advance, and our go-to resource is estatesales.net. Here you can find any upcoming estate sales in your local area.  The nicer the neighborhood, the nicer the stuff inside the home… so keep that in mind.

When estate sales are run by professional companies, there are some rules to consider…

  1. Get There Early. Arrive early, and you’ll be handed a number to wait in line (yep, just like you’re at the deli. Sorry they won’t be handing out any sandwiches!) For security purposes, they don’t want too many people in the home at one time, so they’ll call shoppers in by groups of numbers.
  2. No Haggling. Typically price tags are not up for negotiation. In fact, sometimes there will be bids for higher priced items like antique furniture. You’ll fill out a bid slip, and the person with the highest number will be contacted later to come pick up the item.
  3. Shop Last Minute. If you’re looking for a really good deal… go the afternoon of the last day. This is probably the only time you’ll find marked down items.

Garage Sale

What is it?  Garage sales are usually held in the garage or a driveway, and it’s a way for homeowner’s to purge items they no longer need. A slight variation on the garage sale is a yard sale… where someone has so much stuff to sell, it spills over into their yards and front lawns. Heck yes…bring on those overflowing goods!
Garage Sale Sign

What should I expect? You never really know what you’re gonna get…but it’s likely you’ll find unwanted kitchen utensils, children’s clothing, toys, sports gear, and kitchen goods. Sometimes homeowners get rid of furniture, but don’t expect to find a ton at a garage sale.

How do I get the best deals?

  1. Look for signs. Driving around and looking for neon posters on the corner is the best way to find out about the garage sales in your area. For those who are a little less adventurous and more apt to plan in advance, addresses that are hosting garage sales are often listed in the local paper a few days before the weekend.
  2. Clear your schedule. Believe it or not, a morning dash to a garage sale in your neighborhood can quickly turn into an entire afternoon of garage sale shopping. These spur of the moment visits seem to grow into, “just one more garage sale” over & over again (many times against your better half’s wishes). So don’t fight it! Clear your schedule and leisurely explore the entire town’s garage sale status.
  3. Cash is King! Although it’s 2014 and most people are guilty of having a credit, debit, and cell phone on them at all times, garage sales are the exception to the rule. Hit the ATM before your shopping day begins.
  4. Think outside of the box. Even if something needs a little TLC or a coat of paint..don’t discount it completely. Think outside of the box and we promise you that you will find far more treasures for all over your home. Knowing our readers, you guys can transform some of those oh-so-ugly pieces into DIY treasures for your home.

Garage and estate sale shopping is all about the adventure, so ENJOY IT! If you keep our tips in mind, we know it will be a great day in the neighborhood 🙂

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P.S. For Flea Market Shopping Tips…check out this post!

 

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Moroccan Shag Rug for the Master Bedroom

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Sometimes it takes a long time to decorate a room. I mean like a really long time…like I could have popped out a baby since the last time I even thought about decorating our master bedroom (sorry to scare you Finn, #nobabyhere)

Yep, I haven’t even thought about decorating our master bedroom since we moved in last October. But this room is officially back on my radar, and I’m starting from the ground up…literally.

Black-Rug-in-Bedroom

We’ve had this black rug for a pretty long time now. We purchased it on sale way back when we used to live in Wisconsin. It went with some pretty god awful black and green bedding we used to own, and I remember loving this rug at the time. Since then we’ve worked to transform our master bedroom into a more peaceful oasis, which involved making everything much lighter and brighter.

But this black rug was still hanging around, and I was itching to ditch it.

Black-Area-Rug

The black rug isn’t very comfortable and it showed every single speck of dirt, dust, and hair. As a blondie a black rug isn’t the best idea. I can sometimes be a shedder, and no one wants to see long blonde hairs all over their floor.  I knew dark had to go, and something much lighter and comfier would replace it.

For quite some time, I had my eye on a specific Moroccan shag rug. If you’re a blog reader or into home decor whatsoever…then you probably know the one I’m talking about. Cream colored, shag, and a navy/black/gray diamond pattern all over it. There are many versions sold with this specific look, but West Elm probably sells the most popular one.

West Elm Rug

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I feel like I’ve seen so many rooms with a rug like this one, and I’m not surprised…because it’s gorgeous! But, I knew I wanted something a little bit different. I wanted to keep the comfortable look and feel, as well as the light colors, but I didn’t want to just go out and purchase the exact same rug as everyone else. That’s when I saw this rug online…

Rugs-USA-Rug

I found this Keno Moroccan Shag Rug on Rugs USA and it seemed absolutely perfect for the space. The gray detailing, the interesting pattern, the comfortable material…I was sold. With two sizes to choose from (5×7 and 8×10) I had to opt for the smaller of the two. I did want a larger rug for the space (the black one was a little too dinky), but sadly the 8×10 would have been like wall to wall carpeting in the bedroom. So I decided on the 5×7 for the space.

At $266 it wasn’t a bad price…but get this, it was 60% off. Yes 60%! So I ended up paying a whopping $107 for the rug. Seriously, what a bargain! I highly recommend waiting for a sale on Rugs USA because it seems like they’re frequent. gray-white-shag-rug

I did have to wait a couple weeks because the rug wasn’t in stock, but when it arrived I knew I was already in love.

Feet-on-rug

It’s so incredibly soft and plush. I’m talking curl-up-in-a-ball-and-take-a-nap comfortable. In fact, Finn even said he wished we could pick it up and put it on the couch every Sunday so he could have a luxurious snooze in the family room. Not gonna happen…but does sound pretty delightful.

Shag-Rug

Nighstand-Rug

The colors work so well in the bedroom, and it’s already so much brighter in there. Our “calming, peaceful oasis” theme is now coming together with the addition of this rug.

Master-Bedroom-White

Pouf-Shoes

Now that the rug is in there, I’m determined to get to work on the rest of this space. I’ve got my eye on a headboard, and then it’s time to find something spectacular to hang above the bed. Until then, you may find me curled up in a ball napping away on my new shag rug. Maybe it’s time to DIY a “Do Not Disturb” sign for our door.

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  1. Shelby

    Loveeee that rug! It definitely makes the room feel more inviting and comfy. And what a steal on the price – sounds like I need to check out Rugs USA. 🙂

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  2. Desiree

    I just came across your website and love it! Can I ask where you got the gray floor pouf and the gray bedding you have? Thanks!

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Desiree,
      Thanks so much for your sweet words!

      I actually found the pouf at Goodwill, but I think it was originally from Target. As fro the gray bedding…that’s Target too! It’s just a quilt that comes with pillow shams. I think they still sell it.

      Thanks!
      Casey

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    Loveeee that rug! It definitely makes the room feel more inviting and comfy. And what a steal on the price – sounds like I need to check out Rugs USA. 🙂

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  2. Desiree

    I just came across your website and love it! Can I ask where you got the gray floor pouf and the gray bedding you have? Thanks!

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Finding a New Kitchen Rug

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Awhile back, Bridget gave us the scoop about the fresh woven rug she found for her kitchen. I was absolutely smitten with the gorgeous runner she purchased, and I’ve wanted to find my own fabulous runner ever since.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been a rug-in-the-kitchen kinda girl. A swoon-worthy striped runner brought B to the other side, but I’ve been cheering on this team for a long time! It’s nice to have something cushy under your feet when you’re chopping away (or doing dishes) and if you have hardwood floors, then a rug can definitely break up all of the wood going on in a kitchen (cabinets, floor, etc.)
Unfortunately, the rug that we’ve had in our Chicago apartment left much to be desired…
rug before
Yeah…not much excitement going on here. The rug was way too small for the space, the colors were a bit dishwater dingy, and it had seen a few too many spills and stains.
close up of rug
Clearly this little guy had seen better days.  It was bringing the upbeat vibe of our kitchen waaaay down, and who wants to see old stains from last month’s dinner every time you head to the fridge for a snack? No thank you.
Time for a little shopping. I headed to World Market because I remembered a gorgeous blue runner had caught my eye the last time I was in there browsing. Lucky for me, they still had this Indian rug on hand. I scooped it up, brought it home, and tried it out in our space.
world market oriental rug
Then a funny thing happened, I didn’t like it. At all. Just looking at the runner by itself, I was sold. The geometric design, blue pattern, and unique look were spot on. The style is so on trend, and to me it screamed “a cool, stylish, laid-back girl should own this!” But when I put the runner down and checked it out…it just did not work. I wanted to love it, I really really did. I took pictures, I moved things around, I fluffed it, I smoothed it down…but it was still not right.
world market runner
So I sucked it up, headed back to World Market, and came home with a different rug…
gray world market runner
This jute rug with its thick gray border was much more me. Of course it isn’t as hip and worldly as the first rug, but it’s clean, classic, and just right for the space.
The size (2.5′ x 8′) fits the space perfectly. No more dinky rug here. It covers the entire span of the kitchen and island, and I think it makes that area look much more complete.
close up gray runner
It feels very substantial underfoot and has a nice cushioning built right in. We did have to get a rug pad to put underneath, so it doesn’t slide around and now it stays in place easily.
kitchen rug
Now I know what you’re thinking…”Casey what about spills? This is a kitchen after all!” I totally hear ya. But the nice thing about jute is that spills and dirt don’t really cling to it. Instead they just rest loosely in the weave. We have a jute rug in our family room, and it doesn’t show dirt or stains at all. All it requires is some weekly action with the vacuum. I am looking into finding a Scotchguard type product for a little more protection on this bad boy. Let me know if you’ve ever used anything that works well for jute rugs.
gray rug in kitchen
The gray and natural colors blend right in with the other colors of the room. Lots of whites, grays, and blues. It just seems to naturally flow with all of the other accessories in our home…and I love that!
kitchen rug and family room
So that’s my tale of stepping way outside my comfort zone, only to be escorted right back in. I tried to be a little dangerous, but it just didn’t work this time around.  Even though my brave attempt at something new didn’t work with rug shopping, I’m still going to evolve my taste and try out new pieces for our home…because that’s what keeps home decorating fun!
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DIY Time Out: Winter Edition

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These 2 Chicago ladies are sick of the snow, sick of the cold, and just plain tired of this harsh winter.  Sure the first snow day was a-okay with us, but now this is just getting ridiculous.  But we suppose that is just one of the things that comes with living in the midwest…ya just never know what you’re gonna get. So we’re dealing with winter the best way we know how…in style!

Here’s some of our favorite winter must-haves that are making this season a little more bearable.

Part I
1. Hunter Boots: These boots are a bit pricey, but they’re sooooo worth the splurge. We both own a pair of black ones and they’ve survived multiple winters. They’re great for overcoming big slushy puddles, but the inserts also keep your footsies nice and toasty! —C & B

2. Leather Gloves: I own a pair of black leather gloves and they’re a staple in my winter wardrobe. I wear them constantly and I’ll be damned if I lose one. —Casey

3. Spray Tan: I’m not ashamed to admit that I am a spray tanner! Yep, I’ll tell you loud and proud. I used to do real tanning beds back in college, but I finally wised up and got my skin healthy again. Now it is only fake tanning for me! This Neutrogena spray is my absolute favorite. No orange skin here. —Casey

4. Yogi Green Tea: If I’m feeling a little chilly at work I simply make a nice cup of green tea. The Yogi brand is the best because they always have an inspirational message on them. Definitely a nice pick-me-up in the afternoon. —Casey

5. Ikea Sheepskin: I’ve always admired the sheepskin look that I’ve seen in other bloggers’ homes. However, I was always a little too chicken to actually incorporate it into my own style. Well not any more! On my last Ikea trip I picked up one of these and I haven’t looked back! It’s so warm and cozy, and I find myself constantly moving it around our home. On a bench…draped over a chair…over the back of a stool…wherever it is, I’m loving it! —Casey

6. Bath Salts: Whenever I’m chilly and can’t warm up, I always take a nice hot bath. I know it totally dries out my skin in the wintertime, but I just can’t help it! It’s soooo relaxing and instantly warms me up. I’m more of a bath salt girl than a bubble bath girl, so these are a must near our bathtub (plus they add a decorative element to the side of our tub!) —Casey

7. Jodi Picoult Books: Jodi Picoult is without a doubt my favorite fiction writer. I’ve read all of her novels, some even twice! If you’re looking for a new read, pick up anything of hers and you won’t be sorry. —Casey

8. Kate Spade Coffee Mug: I recently received this exact mug from a relative and I’m obsessed. You know Bridget and I are both coffee fanatics, and drinking out of a fashionable mug just makes my morning cup o’ joe taste that much better! —Casey

Part II
1. Coffee To-Go Mug: I take coffee on the run Monday-Friday. I appreciate the weekends when I can  relax and sip coffee out of a regular mug, but having a cute to-go mug makes drinking it on the way to work far more enjoyable. —Bridget

2. Scarf: I’m definitely a scarf girl. Not this EXACT scarf, but in general, I wear scarves three seasons a year. Having a thick, warm, staple scarf in this brutal winter is a must! I tend to gravitate toward neutral colored scarves so they are versatile and can work with almost every outfit. —Bridget

3. Black Tights: Being a teacher by day, I have to dress the part during the week. To keep warm at work while still looking professional, I rock lots of black tights usually paired with…

4. Black Suede Wedges: I don’t have these exact wedges, but ones very similar. I am loving the black wedge this winter. I’m usually on my feet for a big portion of the day so a comfortable shoe is important. These black wedges are winter-y, functional, & perfect paired with tights. —Bridget

5. Doughnuts: Need I say more? These treats are my breakfast favs all.year.round. Fortunately for my waistline, these delicious treats aren’t a daily indulgence. —Bridget

6. Winter headband: I have a winter headband very similar to this one and I love it! My favorite part is that this headband keeps your ears warm, yet doesn’t totally mess up your hair-do. Here’s a peek at me rocking one of my winter headbands here. —Bridget

7. Patagonia Vest: Splurge alert! This one is not-so rookie salary friendly, but for the amount of use I get out of it…. I do feel like the price tag was worth it for me (plus, I got it on super sale!). This vest is warm, fuzzy and super cute to add layers to any winter outfit. Thanks to my trendy little sister, I feel like I’m up on the winter trends with this piece, yet still warm and cozy. Thank girl! —Bridget

For this DIY Time Out, we enlisted the help of one of our favorite bloggers to share the winter items she can’t live without. Here’s what Michelle from Iron & Twine is currently crushing on…

1. Anthropologie Monogram Mug:  Coffee, cocoa, cider or tea…a good mug is essential! This season my go-to cup is this Anthropologie Monogram Mug. Not too big, not too small, but just right for that certain cup of warm-me-up!

2. Aveeno Daily Moisturizer Lotion: Winter months can be harsh on your skin and skimping on a good moisturizer can be a winter don’t. To ensure my skin is spring ready, I stick to Aveeno Daily Moisturizer. And from someone who’s tried them all, this is hands down my favorite!

3. Softlips – Classic Vanilla: Soft lips…enough said.

4. Bed Buddy Hot Pack: Ok, this thing looks and sounds super silly, but I promise it’s life changing! Pop this thing in the microwave for a couple minutes and voila ~ instant heat pack. It’s typically meant for muscle pain, but this thing works great for lazy snow days huddled on the couch watching movies.

5. Crate & Barrel Zinc Boot Tray with Liner: To help corral wet & snowy boots and shoes, this boot tray is the perfect mudroom or entryway accessory!

6. Original Hunter Rain Boots & Welly Socks: These Hunter Boots & Welly Socks are the perfect pair for warmth and comfort! Whether shoveling snow, or going on a winter walk, these are a must have! And the best part?! When winter turns to spring, these boots are the perfect accessory for rainy days and afternoons spent gardening.

7. North Face Gloves: These gloves will keep you warm while also ensuring you don’t miss a beat texting, Instagraming and web browsing.

8. LLBean Ultrasoft Comfort Flannel Sheet, Fitted Stripe: To ensure a good night sleep, flannel sheets will help you stay warm on those brutally cold winter nights.

9. Le Creuset, French Onion Soup Bowl: French onion soup is my favorite easy go-to winter dinner. And while these Le Creuset handled bowls cost a pretty penny, their durability to withstand high heat, allows you to place them in the oven to ensure that perfect melted cheese topping! By far this is one of the most used items in our kitchen!

10. West Elm Favorite Throw:  Love these throws! And at this price you might as well splurge on two…or three!

*. Fresh Flowers: Nothing can brighten up a dreary winter day better than a bouquet of fresh flowers. Hit up your local grocer for an affordable arrangement. This time of year I love a large vase filled with colorful tulips.

Check out Michelle’s drop dead gorgeous home tour here, but in the meantime, here’s some tulip eye candy from her home. She’s so right, a vase of tulips really does brighten up a dreary winter day!

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What are your winter must haves?!
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  1. Shannon

    Jodi Picoult is my favorite fiction author too! I have also read every book, only once though. My absolute favorite is The Pact (the old Lifetime movie did NOT do it justice!)

    Ya’ll are more than welcome to come hang out on the beach in St. Petersburg, Florida with me! It’s going to be really warm this weekend 😉 I am from the suburbs of Chicago and couldn’t take the cold or snow anymore. I feel for ya girls, but I am not envious at all! Stay warm, hopfully you only have to endure a few more weeks!

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    Jodi Picoult is my favorite fiction author too! I have also read every book, only once though. My absolute favorite is The Pact (the old Lifetime movie did NOT do it justice!)

    Ya’ll are more than welcome to come hang out on the beach in St. Petersburg, Florida with me! It’s going to be really warm this weekend 😉 I am from the suburbs of Chicago and couldn’t take the cold or snow anymore. I feel for ya girls, but I am not envious at all! Stay warm, hopfully you only have to endure a few more weeks!

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HomeGoods Happy for the Holidays

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(Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by HomeGoods, however, all of the the opinions expressed are 100% our own.We heart HomeGoods, even without the free giveaway.)

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, it’s time to prep for my favorite time of year…Christmas time! This is the first Christmas in our new home and I was oh so excited to dress our house up for the holidays.  A year ago, Matt & I had z.e.r.o. holiday decor. Zilch, zip, nada.
So, after Christmas I hit up the clearance aisle at a few of my favorite shopping spots and loaded up on Christmas basics. I got plenty of goodies (hello Christmas tree!), but I didn’t quite have all the glam accessories I needed to transform our space for the holidays.
And then a Christmas miracle happened, HomeGoods asked if I could decorate my home for the holiday. Ummm my favorite store + my favorite holiday = Christmas bliss.  I said “yes!” before they had time to change their minds!
In order to prep for my holiday shopping spree, I took the HomeGoods Stylescope Quiz. The quiz was so simple to navigate, took about 2.5 seconds, and was spot on! I’m sure you’re not surprised to hear that I am…
Keeping my style in mind, I headed to HomeGoods and came back with a sleigh car full of treasures…

 

I cleared my shelves that previously looked like this, to create a cozy holiday space with far more pops of red holiday cheer. Let’s take a closer look….

I scored this vintage holiday box for the coffee table for $6.99! This little gem not only looks great but it also is home to remote controls, which makes this box both fashionable and functional! <– I love when that happens!
I scored another vintage inspired piece with this “Reindeer Games” picture. It was $9.99 and I love how it incorporates the hints of blue around my house while still being festive. (The adorable reindeers practically smooching on the picture don’t hurt either).
Speaking of reindeer, I couldn’t pass up this $9.99 magnifying glass with its reindeer inspired handle. On a coffee table, shelf, bar cart, bedside, this sophisticated piece is dripping with potential (and not just during the holidays!). The vintage Coca-Cola tin was also a HomeGoods steal…clearance aisle, $1.99!
We all know coral is a staple around my home, and the holidays are no different for this coral obsession. Dressing this HomeGoods piece of coral up with a red beaded garland adds a little holiday spirit to my “set sail” design style, I think hope?
This candle stick extinguisher (I have a feeling that’s not the official name for this “tool”) is yet again functional and fashionable. The hint of antlers is trendy and fits the holiday theme, yet can work all year round. Candles are such a staple around the holidays in our homes, so this tool is perfect to have on hand. For $3.99, how could ya go wrong?
I snagged this $1.99 Christmas mug to add to the shelves, but of course, the kitchen may be a more appropriate home base for this little guy. Peppermint latte, anyone?
Again, for under $10.00 (loving this under ten buck trend we got going on here) I absolutely adore this green vase! It adds so much dimension, color and texture… it’s definitely eye catching and large enough to make a statement on the shelf.  This bad boy may be staying up past the holidays…
Rounding out my holiday shelf decor, I have a glamorous silver ombre tree mixed with some fun striped straws, both HomeGoods finds for under $10! And who could resist this pup all dressed up for the holidays? I certainly makes my better half far more excited about our holiday decor with this handsome K9 added to the mix. #thatisnoeasytask
And if you know us rookies like we think you do, you know that we have quite the pillow addiction. Unfortunately for our pillow hating partners, our pillow obsession doesn’t stop around the holidays.
Fortunately, for us…HomeGoods knows how to glam up their pillow section during this special time of year. There’s nothing that says cozy winter nights like these sparkling squares.
I especially love the glam on this gold pillow. Is it just me, or does this fabulous pillow totally make you want to dance around the house to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is Youuuuu”? Haha, actually, maybe it’s just me.
Peeking out from under our glamorous pillow is our annual Christmas photo album (more on that here). This staple is a fun way for both us and our guests to look back at all of our old holiday memories, while making new ones this year and for many years to come.
Rounding out our holiday tour is this adorable blanket for $19.99. I love this traditional color combo, but there are tons of holiday throws to choose from at HG! Seriously if you’re anything like me, dedicate some serious time to this aisle… you may be there awhile.
Oh, and if you missed yesterday’s Holiday Bar Cart…. you can read all about the transformation here!
Now…before you run off to start that holiday shopping, we have a fun little present for 2 lucky readers.  We will be giving away 2 $50 HomeGoods gift cards right here on the blog.  First, sign up via Rafflecopter and follow the instructions. It will direct you to take the Stylescope Quiz and then let us know your style results in the comments below!
We heart all of our amazing fans and we are so honored to team up with HomeGoods to share the love this holiday season. We can’t wait to announce the two big winners a week from today (both on Facebook and right here on the blog)!
Good luck & happy shopping.
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  1. Julia

    I just moved into a new house and have no decor and no idea about how to go about decorating. I need all the help I can get! The quiz said I’m boho with a hint sassy.. I’ll take it!

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  2. Julia

    I just moved into a new house and have no decor and no idea about how to go about decorating. I need all the help I can get! The quiz said I’m boho with a hint sassy.. I’ll take it!

    Reply
  3. KristyDoyle

    I LOOOOOVE all your decor. My favorite party is the sparkly pillow on your pew — so glam! I took the quiz and I’m Sassy with a touch of Urban Funk! Cool!

    Reply
  4. KristyDoyle

    I LOOOOOVE all your decor. My favorite party is the sparkly pillow on your pew — so glam! I took the quiz and I’m Sassy with a touch of Urban Funk! Cool!

    Reply
  5. Kiersten P

    I can’t believe how accurate this thing is! I am set sail and a little bit the traveler. That is totally me!

    Reply
  6. Kiersten P

    I can’t believe how accurate this thing is! I am set sail and a little bit the traveler. That is totally me!

    Reply
  7. Kelly Mangan

    I love the green vase and definitely think you should leave it out year round. Also, the term for the candle extinguisher is a “snuffer.”

    Reply
  8. Kelly Mangan

    I love the green vase and definitely think you should leave it out year round. Also, the term for the candle extinguisher is a “snuffer.”

    Reply
  9. Kelly Mangan

    Also, I’m Classic with a touch of boho … sometimes it’s hard to work in that boho even though it appeals to me.

    Reply
  10. Kelly Mangan

    Also, I’m Classic with a touch of boho … sometimes it’s hard to work in that boho even though it appeals to me.

    Reply
  11. Leslie

    I was set sail with a touch of traveler. It was hard to choose just 5 of those pictures! They were all so pretty.

    Reply
  12. Leslie

    I was set sail with a touch of traveler. It was hard to choose just 5 of those pictures! They were all so pretty.

    Reply
  13. Sarah

    I adore all of the little details in your holiday home makeover! I took the quiz and came out as New Country, which describes my taste perfectly. So cute and LOVE Home Goods!

    Reply
  14. Sarah

    I adore all of the little details in your holiday home makeover! I took the quiz and came out as New Country, which describes my taste perfectly. So cute and LOVE Home Goods!

    Reply
  15. Ashley

    Boho – Adventurous, passionate, loving color and new and unusual uses for things. So me! Who doesn’t love HomeGoods?! Thanks for the opportunity!

    Reply
  16. Lee Angel

    Farmhouse Glam with a touch of Set Sail. ha! I just want you to come style my house! 🙂 Love the blog!
    #rookiesrock

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  17. Lee Angel

    Farmhouse Glam with a touch of Set Sail. ha! I just want you to come style my house! 🙂 Love the blog!
    #rookiesrock

    Reply
  18. Rebekah Covay

    Vegas Baby with a touch of Urban Funk!! Love it.
    I also love working with Studio 255! Thanks for the highlight on Syd.

    Reply
  19. Rebekah Covay

    Vegas Baby with a touch of Urban Funk!! Love it.
    I also love working with Studio 255! Thanks for the highlight on Syd.

    Reply
  20. Louise

    I love my results! boho with a touch a country 🙂 however I see myself a little bit more country than a touch 😉 also love this post!

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  21. Louise

    I love my results! boho with a touch a country 🙂 however I see myself a little bit more country than a touch 😉 also love this post!

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  1. Julia

    I just moved into a new house and have no decor and no idea about how to go about decorating. I need all the help I can get! The quiz said I’m boho with a hint sassy.. I’ll take it!

    Reply
  2. Julia

    I just moved into a new house and have no decor and no idea about how to go about decorating. I need all the help I can get! The quiz said I’m boho with a hint sassy.. I’ll take it!

    Reply
  3. KristyDoyle

    I LOOOOOVE all your decor. My favorite party is the sparkly pillow on your pew — so glam! I took the quiz and I’m Sassy with a touch of Urban Funk! Cool!

    Reply
  4. KristyDoyle

    I LOOOOOVE all your decor. My favorite party is the sparkly pillow on your pew — so glam! I took the quiz and I’m Sassy with a touch of Urban Funk! Cool!

    Reply
  5. Kiersten P

    I can’t believe how accurate this thing is! I am set sail and a little bit the traveler. That is totally me!

    Reply
  6. Kiersten P

    I can’t believe how accurate this thing is! I am set sail and a little bit the traveler. That is totally me!

    Reply
  7. Kelly Mangan

    I love the green vase and definitely think you should leave it out year round. Also, the term for the candle extinguisher is a “snuffer.”

    Reply
  8. Kelly Mangan

    I love the green vase and definitely think you should leave it out year round. Also, the term for the candle extinguisher is a “snuffer.”

    Reply
  9. Kelly Mangan

    Also, I’m Classic with a touch of boho … sometimes it’s hard to work in that boho even though it appeals to me.

    Reply
  10. Kelly Mangan

    Also, I’m Classic with a touch of boho … sometimes it’s hard to work in that boho even though it appeals to me.

    Reply
  11. Leslie

    I was set sail with a touch of traveler. It was hard to choose just 5 of those pictures! They were all so pretty.

    Reply
  12. Leslie

    I was set sail with a touch of traveler. It was hard to choose just 5 of those pictures! They were all so pretty.

    Reply
  13. Sarah

    I adore all of the little details in your holiday home makeover! I took the quiz and came out as New Country, which describes my taste perfectly. So cute and LOVE Home Goods!

    Reply
  14. Sarah

    I adore all of the little details in your holiday home makeover! I took the quiz and came out as New Country, which describes my taste perfectly. So cute and LOVE Home Goods!

    Reply
  15. Ashley

    Boho – Adventurous, passionate, loving color and new and unusual uses for things. So me! Who doesn’t love HomeGoods?! Thanks for the opportunity!

    Reply
  16. Lee Angel

    Farmhouse Glam with a touch of Set Sail. ha! I just want you to come style my house! 🙂 Love the blog!
    #rookiesrock

    Reply
  17. Lee Angel

    Farmhouse Glam with a touch of Set Sail. ha! I just want you to come style my house! 🙂 Love the blog!
    #rookiesrock

    Reply
  18. Rebekah Covay

    Vegas Baby with a touch of Urban Funk!! Love it.
    I also love working with Studio 255! Thanks for the highlight on Syd.

    Reply
  19. Rebekah Covay

    Vegas Baby with a touch of Urban Funk!! Love it.
    I also love working with Studio 255! Thanks for the highlight on Syd.

    Reply
  20. Louise

    I love my results! boho with a touch a country 🙂 however I see myself a little bit more country than a touch 😉 also love this post!

    Reply
  21. Louise

    I love my results! boho with a touch a country 🙂 however I see myself a little bit more country than a touch 😉 also love this post!

    Reply

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Hunting for New Pillows

family room couch apartment

I have a slight pillow addiction. If I see one I love (that is reasonably priced) I typically scoop it up, even if I have no home for it.  My man is not exactly a fan of this pillow addiction. He always makes some sort of remark when we have to take the dozens of pillows off of our bed each night. Oops. Some women buy shoes…I buy pillows! At least they’re more comfortable…

Orange and red family room

Remember our family room setup in St. Louis? I loved all of the reds and oranges we had going on in there.  The pillows really popped against the white couch and added the perfect amount of color.

But with our new Chicago pad, I’m looking to skew more towards the cool side.  Think grays, blues, and greens instead of the reds and oranges.

Colored pillows

To start my big pillow purge, I first plopped all of them onto our couch. I wanted to see what would work in the space, and which ones I would have to secretly hide in our storage unit donate to Goodwill.

Family room pillows

Seeing all of the pillows on the couch made it very clear what would stay and what would go. Any pillows that worked with the painting over our couch made the cut, while the others were permanently benched.

One good thing about the big pillow purge is that many of my pillows have inserts and I simply zipped off the covers.  So now I have half a dozen pillow inserts and no covers. Which means I’m on the pillow cover hunt.

My New Pillow Favorites
I recently discovered an amazing Etsy shop for pillow covers…Festive Home Decor. They have a huge selection of throw pillow covers and the best part is you can choose any size you want.  I’m seriously in love. The only bad part is I can’t really figure out which pillows to actually purchase!
Until I make up my mind and take the “purchase plunge” I have these placeholders hanging out on our couch. The reds & oranges have been donated to my sister-in-law (so sad, but at least they have a happy home!) and these grays and blues are hanging out waiting to be upgraded.
Hopefully soon I’ll be back with an official couch “after” pic.
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Which throw pillows are your favorite? Where do you shop to find the perfect pillow? 
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  1. KristyDoyle

    I would love to have a pillow addiction, but throw pillows are SO EXPENSIVE. I get overwhelmed because I currently have ONE. I want to have a few in the living room and a few on the bed, but if I shop for them, that’s like $200 for PILLOWS. I can’t bring myself to do it. I know I should just buy one at a time, but for some reason I get overwhelmed.

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    1. DIY Playbook

      You are too funny! Yes, it can definitely be overwhelming and expensive! Those bad boys add up quickly. I always check out the sale & clearance areas when I go to Target & Homegoods (two of my pillow hot spots)…sometimes you’ll find some really good steals!

  2. KristyDoyle

    I would love to have a pillow addiction, but throw pillows are SO EXPENSIVE. I get overwhelmed because I currently have ONE. I want to have a few in the living room and a few on the bed, but if I shop for them, that’s like $200 for PILLOWS. I can’t bring myself to do it. I know I should just buy one at a time, but for some reason I get overwhelmed.

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  3. DIY Playbook

    You are too funny! Yes, it can definitely be overwhelming and expensive! Those bad boys add up quickly. I always check out the sale & clearance areas when I go to Target & Homegoods (two of my pillow hot spots)…sometimes you’ll find some really good steals!

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  1. KristyDoyle

    I would love to have a pillow addiction, but throw pillows are SO EXPENSIVE. I get overwhelmed because I currently have ONE. I want to have a few in the living room and a few on the bed, but if I shop for them, that’s like $200 for PILLOWS. I can’t bring myself to do it. I know I should just buy one at a time, but for some reason I get overwhelmed.

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  2. KristyDoyle

    I would love to have a pillow addiction, but throw pillows are SO EXPENSIVE. I get overwhelmed because I currently have ONE. I want to have a few in the living room and a few on the bed, but if I shop for them, that’s like $200 for PILLOWS. I can’t bring myself to do it. I know I should just buy one at a time, but for some reason I get overwhelmed.

    Reply
  3. DIY Playbook

    You are too funny! Yes, it can definitely be overwhelming and expensive! Those bad boys add up quickly. I always check out the sale & clearance areas when I go to Target & Homegoods (two of my pillow hot spots)…sometimes you’ll find some really good steals!

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Our New Ikea Bar Stools

2-Ikea-Bar-Stools
We definitely had to downsize when we moved into our new place.

Goodbye, kitchen table!
See ya later, TV stand!
Adios, wooden hutch!

Even though we had to get rid of some really big pieces, we actually had to buy a few new pieces as well. After moving in, we quickly realized that we needed 2 bar stools for our kitchen island. With no room for a kitchen table, this would be our makeshift “dining” area. Not very romantic for those lovely home cooked meals with my man, but that’s city living for ya!

On one hand we didn’t want to spend a ton of money on new bar stools, specifically because we’re unsure if we’ll need them at our next place. On the other hand, we didn’t want stools so cheap that they fall apart by Christmas.

We decided to hit up Ikea and see if we could find 2 stools for about $200.

2 Ikea Bar Stools

Luckily, we spotted these 2 stools for $119 a piece. Sure it was a little over our small budget, but they were just what we wanted!

My man got to work putting them together (ohhh Ikea, so many steps!) and they were both done in under an hour.

Now we have a nice comfy spot for our bums.

Brown leather ikea stool
I really like the brown leather. Brings a very masculine vibe to our otherwise feminine kitchen.  And the leather makes them wipe-able and easy to clean.
I also think these stools are very sturdy. No wobbling here…
Leather ikea bar stool
I’ve found this kitchen island area to be a great blogging spot for me, as our office is currently “under construction.”  I just set up shop right here at the counter, and can be in the same room as my man as he cooks or watches football.
Breakfast buffet island
So are you an Ikea fan? Or would you rather buy something that is already put together? I’m an Ikea girl all the way, you just can’t beat those prices!
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Dining Room Updates: Dishing on our new rug

So when we moved into our house, the dining room looked like this:
Empty Dining Room
As we celebrated our homes half birthday (six months in), our dining room looked like this:
World Market Dining Table

Now, about 9 months in, our dining room is looking like this….

Dining Room HomeGoods Rug
Thanks to HomeGoods, we have officially welcomed a new rug into this happy little space. I’ve always wanted a rug for this room, but haven’t been able to find one that is both fashionable and economical (keyword: economical). 
Of course, I see rugs that steal my heart all the time, but I have never brought myself to spending upwards of $500+ to bring any of those beauties home. Do I really need a $500 rug? I always tried to persuade myself “maybe”, the answer always came up “no!”
HomeGoods Blue Rug
So you can imagine when I laid eyes on this 9′ x 11′ geometric rug for $109.00, I was s.o.l.d. That’s what I call HomeGoods happy. 
Dining Room HomeGoods Blue Rug
To me, this rug adds so much coziness to the space. I love our wood floors and equally love dining room table, but with the wood table sitting directly on more wood, the look was clashing and incomplete in my eyes. The rug is the perfect buffer between the two and adds a much needed warmth to the space.
Dining Room Blue and White Rug
To add even more coziness and warmth to the dining room, I added this throw blanket and pillow combo again from HomeGoods. Seeing as though I saved myself some major bucks on the rug, I didn’t feel as bad splurging on a new pillow & blanket. I mean, any excuse to buy another throw pillow is a good one as far as I’m concerned. 
So, that’s the scoop on our dining room’s progress. Here’s the last few things on the to-do list for this room:
-Install a bold light fixture
-Swap out the wood chairs for mismatched colorful chairs
-Create and hang wall wart
-[Possibly] Add open shelves alongside the mirrors 
World Market Dining Room Wood Table
Any other suggestions? I’m always open to some creative advice! 
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  1. Runt

    I love that table. Swoooon. And that rug is pretty awesome too. Instead of getting new chairs why don’t you just paint the ones you have?

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    I love that table. Swoooon. And that rug is pretty awesome too. Instead of getting new chairs why don’t you just paint the ones you have?

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