We're a bit obsessed with rugs lately. It's probably because we're working on launching our new rug site and that's all we been seeing for the last two weeks.
Have you seen the Martha Stewart rug collection for Safavieh? It's not a new collection--in fact, it's been around for a while. We're seeing some new patterns that we really like though. Check them out:
These rugs are not too expensive. They run about $250 for a 4x6 to $1500 for a 9x13.
To see the entire catalog of Martha Stewart rugs, you can click here.
We don't know about you, but we totally have frugality fatigue.
Like everyone else, we've cut back in our spending considerably, and we mean, REALLY, REALLY cut back. The kind of cut back where life stops being fun!
While there is some joy in seeing how many ways you can save money, there's a lot more joy in spending a little on yourself once in a while. It doesn't have to be a lot. Sometimes just something simple like a new lipstick could just make your day.
This year we are starting a new category called Affordable Luxury. It's our version of a new lipstick. You know, little things that don't cost much but make your life a bit more cheerful? Something that gives you a high, however temporary?
Our first item:
This faux fox throw is from Wildcat Territory. It's 80" x 48" and costs $399. We love it accross a chair, a chaise or a bed. It adds instant luxury to a room, but most importantly, because it's so soft and fuzzy, it's great for a cold day.
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Please tell me that I'm not the only one who plans to mail out Christmas cards and then runs out of time. The sad fact is that this has happened for the last two or three years. Did you know that some people take you off their Christmas card mailing list if they haven't heard from you in a while? I realize that many of you keep in touch with old friends using the internet but, to me, emails just can't replace the thrill of receiving a card in the mail from a loved one. This year I intended to mail my Christmas cards early but, with our son's accident and other life events, once again I ran out of time. Yet I was still determined to let old friends know that they're in our thoughts. I decided to mail New Year's cards. There is just one problem. There are no New Year's cards to be found! Hallmark really should consider making a line of cards for procrastinators like me.
I refused to let this stop me. I sketched out the numbers 2010 and cut only the outer edges for my card template. Then I traced and cut the design onto cardstock that was folded in half. Next I printed a little sentiment and glued it inside. Now our friends will know that we still care, even if our thoughts are a bit belated.
I want to wish you, my blog friends,
a wonderful 2010!
May the New Year Bring You Happiness,
and the Best of Memories.
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Very few things stay the same in my home. Even if I love the way something looks, I find it exciting to challenge myself to make a few changes, if only to see if I'll love it even more.
After all, you never know until you try right?
This little shelf we built, that hangs above the potty, has looked like this for some time. And these pretty bottles sat in the bathroom window far too long. So I combined them and added a few more bottles from around the house.
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We once had a friend who went environ-MENTAL on us all of the sudden--and quite forcefully at it.
Have you had one of those? You know, the kind that monitor your plastic bag usage? The kind that only let you use two squares of toilet paper at a time, and only if it's a number two? The kind that if you stay at his house, shower is limited to a minute and a half?
Well, it was no fun hanging out with someone like that, but reading this LA Times article makes us wonder if he does have a point. The article is about how trash is being disposed after it left our homes.
Some of the main points in the article:
1) The amount of waste we generated is enormous and permanent. More and more landfills are filling up and new spaces are needed.
2) We consume more alcohol and eat less healthy than we are willing to admit.
3) We waste a lot of food. 10% of garbage is edible food, and there is no discernible difference between the rich and the poor.
To read the entire article, click here.
It really makes you think about how much we consume and how much we waste, doesn't it?
it was time to release The Beast.
Yes, it was clear that it was time to replace our couch.
I began my search in thrift stores and the on-line classifieds.
But I discovered that I couldn't find anything that I loved more
and was a better price than The Beauty. We love our "new" couch!
It's smaller scale is a much better fit
and the colors truly compliment the room. Yes, I'm worried that my men will eventually destroy The Beauty.
But it will be worn out in serving my family---
what better way to be worn out, right? After all, my
loved ones and good memories,
not showroom furniture.