Saturday, October 24, 2009

To Shag or Not to Shag...

No, not that kind of shag! This kind:

I know what you're thinking: "A shag rug? What is this, 1972?"

But you have to understand what we are dealing with. Under our dining room table is a black, bamboo rug that was purchased a little over a year ago from cb2. I thought, being from Crate & Barrel's sister store, the rug would be fabulous. Unfortunately, it did not live up to its expectations.

The bamboo cracks under very little pressure (i.e. walking across it in high-heels), leaving ugly, bare plastic. Even worse: it create splinters that will inevitably jab into your feet the minute you step on the rug. It's not the most comfortable environment for guests who have come over for dinner and now have to spend the rest of the evening nursing their sore feet. Therefore, we are now in search of a new, soft rug, preferably either black or gray (with or without a pattern).

After lots of searching, I found something that is right up our alley...a shag rug! The customer reviews say that small-pile shag rugs can be easily vacuumed, hide stains, and are uber-soft; exactly what we need for our dining room!

I read the following paragraph and would like to know what you think:

"We all know of the stereotypical 70's "hippy shag" carpet. However, did you know that shaggy rugs have actually made a comeback in recent years? Although the horrid green, brown, and orange colors of the 70's didn't live on, shaggy rugs are still going strong!"

Is this true? If I don't buy a shag rug in one of the hideous 70's colors, could it actually look nice in my contemporary home?

Target, Walmart, Bed Bath and Beyond, and tons of other stores currently carry a large selection of shag rugs. Here are some images from their websites:

So, what do you think? Has the shag rug actually made a comeback?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hello Fall!

When I was little, Fall made me sad; it meant the end of warm weather, the end of summer vacation, and the beginning of 9 straight months of school.

Now, Fall makes me very happy; it means making yummy drinks (vanilla chai latte, anyone?) and delicious, hearty meals. Fall also means dressing our home in twinkling candles and all sorts of autumnal decorations that make it feel like a cozy little nest.

Here are some of my favorite Fall inspiration pictures. I am already using some of them in our home and will be sharing pictures in the weeks to come :)

So, what are your favorite things about Fall?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

It's Almost Friday!

Isn't this room divine? I love the high ceilings, floor-length curtains, and natural linen furniture.

I hope you all have a fun, refreshing weekend! :)
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