Friday, June 15, 2018

Friday Five

Well people, we made it to Friday!

Are you ready for Father's Day? Anything big planned?

I wanted to share a few things that I thought were pretty that caught my eye this week.

1) I have been drooling over ChrisLovesJulia's bathroom renovation. They are nearing the completion and ever single detail is perfect. Their entire home is great so I could just move right in and not change a thing.


2) Target is launching a new line, Made by Design, next week.

3) Our HOA is tightening up on the rules around the 'hood so we have to find a way to tastefully cover our trashcan. I saw this tutorial to create a storage area on the side of the house. Seems pretty simple to execute.

4) You may be hosting an outdoor shindig for your family this weekend. Turn ordinary plastic bins into ones that look more industrial.

5) One of my favorite places to find decor inspo is Instagram. It is full of talented home owners and designers from all types of styles. If you aren't following me there, you should be.

Happy Weekend!

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

A New Entry Rug

Anybody ever get the urge to change something in your house? Like, all the time?

I can't be the only one.

I have been wanting to change the rug in the foyer. Don't get me wrong, I still like the one I have, but I want something lighter and brighter. Something that actually opens the space up. 

I was contacted by Natural Area Rugs to try a rug of my choice. You know I jumped at the chance. I have a jute rug in the breakfast area so I was intrigued to see what their options were. Jute can be very versatile and there is no color or pattern to be bound by. It's a very natural look and can work in any style of decor.

I ended up choosing the Calvin rug in 5x8. It is made of 100% natural jute and hand loomed. I could tell when I opened it, it is very high quality and the loops are detailed.

When I put it down, it instantly brightened up the area. The entry is already bright but this was ten times better. I never thought I would get something this large for here but it kind of works. It covers more of the wood floor.

The woven jute feels so good underfoot too. Kind of like a massage when you walk across. I chose the Calvin because of the subtle square-like pattern of the weave.

They also sent a rug pad which is key when having a rug on wood floors. It helps the rug not to slide and protects the floor from scratches and wear.

I would definitely recommend this rug for your home. We've been using it for a while and it still looks new.

Right now you can get 25% off your order with the code MD2018.

Go over and take a look at the options Natural Area Rugs has. You won't be disappointed! They also do custom orders.

*I received this product to review for free but the views and opinions expressed are my own.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Hey Fiddle Fiddle

Good morning fine folks!

Looking forward to spring around these parts. We had a few 75 degree days a few weeks ago and I want them back! 

Daylight savings also kicked my butt. I hadn't changed some of the clocks and I was walking around thinking I had plenty of time on Sunday, when actually I was running behind! Argh! It doesn't help when it's still dark getting the kids up and out the door Monday morning. Oh well. I guess I'll adjust.

I have been wanting another fiddle leaf fig tree. I love the big leaves and having more green in the house just brings more life to a room. I had one a few years ago that I kept alive for a while but I did feel like it took a little more maintenance. It was finicky. I couldn't move it or it would rebel by turning brown or dropping a leaf. It started out full and greenbut I think when the weather turned cold, it couldn't cope. Or maybe it was me.

When I was approached by Commercial Palm Trees, I was excited to try a faux fiddle leaf fig tree. I chose the Outdoor Fiddle Leaf Tree. What did I have to lose?

When it arrived, I was surprised how real the leaves looked. They felt pretty substantial too. I was expecting it to be a bit heavier though so when opening the box, it didn't seem possible that a tree was inside.

Although the leaves looked real, the connectors to the stem did not. They are made of plastic and it was hard to fan out the leaves and get them in the positions I wanted them in. I literally had to bend them to get the leaves to lay flatter and I was afraid I would break them off if I used too much force.

I couldn't wait to put it into a basket. I bought a FLADIS belly basket from Ikea. The tiny pot the fiddle leaf comes in is really tiny so there is tons of space round it and the inside of the basket. I need a filler to fill the space and add some weight to it since it's so lightweight. Good thing it's in a corner that doesn't get used often or it would constantly get knocked over.

I do love the look of this fiddle leaf fig tree but I do wish it was taller and fuller. From certain angles, it looks bare since there are only so many leaves on it. I noticed this when photographing it. I had to re-do some shots because it looked like totally different plants. The stem looks decent though. I don't think you can tell it's faux until you get up on it and see the plastic-y connectors holding on the leaves.

Overall, I'm satisfied with the tree but for the money I would expect more. I've seen some that are comparable in price and more full with great reviews. They also had a shorter, fuller option I would have chosen had it been in stock. It looks good in this corner of my breakfast nook and adds a good pop of green. This is a good option though. I think it'll definitely hold up and I don't have to worry about watering it. Check out their other options of faux trees.

They are offering my readers 10% off the purchase of a plant. Use code BLOGGER10.

I am still on the hunt for a real one. I saw some in Home Depot months back but I passed. Big regret. I haven't seen them since but I'll probably start stalking them pretty soon.

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