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5.25.2017

My Favorite Rug Sources


Trust me, I have spent many hours in the past looking for the perfect rug for a space that was in our price range. Through searching high and low over the past couple of years, I have found some reliable rugs sources that make finding the perfect rug ten times easier! Here are my favorites: 


eSale Rugs - Even though eSale rugs is a large rug source, they sell one of a kind persian rugs for a great price! The image from Sarah Sherman Samuel shows a beautiful Nahavand persian rug from eSale.


RUGSUSA- You can spend hours on this site scouring through their rugs. With free shipping & returns, its a great source for inexpensive rugs. I found my living room rug from Rugs USA and I love it! I bought it a couple years ago and I think they've changed the design since then. You can see a review and more photos of our rug here.

EbayDiving into bidding wars can be the most cost effective way to find an antique rug, but also a little disheartening if you don't win. Look for Buy It Now deals and Best Offer opportunities. Narrow your search by setting a price and selecting colors you are looking for. Search terms like: turkish, kilim, Oushak, Kazak, Nahavand,  and Vintage.

Etsy- Etsy has so many great shops full of vintage finds. Like Ebay, narrow your search results by price and color. BEHomeCo is a shop that never disappoints!  

Local Antique Shops- Always keep an eye out for rugs that are hidden under furniture, rolled up in the corner, or even hanging on a wall at antique shops. Even if you find one outside of your price range, booths host sales often to move inventory so you can grab a beautiful rug for a steal. I found our newest rug on sale for $200 this way.

Curated Rug Shops- Another Great way to find rugs is through curated vintage rug shops. I love how many have been launching recently because it takes the work out of finding a beautiful rug for your space. I've linked each shop's instagram which is the best way to follow along for updates and new rugs!

Woven Rug Co- My friend Amy just launched a curated rug shop with her sister. I love the idea of having color collections, I would gladly take any of these in my home! Instagram.

Kennedy Rose- New rugs are added every friday to this shop, so always keep an eye out for new collections. Be sure to snatch the one you love quickly, I've missed out on a few from waiting too long! Instagram

Vintage Rug Shop- I started following Brittany's blog years ago and I was so excited when she opened her shop. She also sells textiles, pillows and furniture! Instagram

Maison Eleven- This is another great curated rug source that beautifully shows the rug in a homey space. Instagram.

Alright, hopefully you can find a rug from one of these sources that fits your needs. What's your favorite rug source?

If you find a great vintage rug but it needs some cleaning, check out my tips on how to clean a vintage rug.

5.23.2017

FIVE Years of Blogging | My Five Favorite Posts


Whew....five years of blogging?! Every year on this date, one of my best friends texts me to remind me its my blogiversary. I couldn't believe it when she texted me this morning (thanks, Leah!). Although my blog has definitely changed over the past 5 years and I don't get to post as much, I still love it! It is a hobby that has evolved with me, stretched me and even blossomed into a couple small businesses. Thank you so much for following along, I love sharing tutorials, my home and things I'm learning about Etsy with you!

To celebrate five years of blogging, here are my five favorite posts:
Tips On Starting Your Own Etsy Shop- I remember writing this post in response to a lot of questions I get asked about selling on Etsy. It's one of my favorite blog posts because it is when something clicked for me: I love helping people with their Etsy shop and encouraging them to take the step and open their own! 

Honeycomb Tile Vase DIY- I love this DIY because I went into it expecting it not to work...but it turned out better than I thought! 

Floral Vans Restyle- Still one of my favorites, I still have these in my closet! 


The Big Green Couch Reveal- I don't know why I thought it was a good idea to reupholster a couch as my first upholstery project ever, but somehow I made it through. If you haven't seen the before, you won't even recognize it!
Learning As I Go - I couldn't help but smile reading this post! It is all over the place, you can tell I was worn out from the holiday/wedding planning season and I like the reality of my room. I remember sleeping on a tiny part of my bed at night with boxes and leather piled at the end.  It made me remember another reason why I love blogging: to see how far I've come. So I had to include it in this list!

Do you have a favorite post from the past five years?!

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5.18.2017

Creating A Pantry From An Old Water Heater Closet | The Plan


One of the most exciting parts of our bathroom renovation is how it changed so much about the rest of our home. (PS: You'll see the bathroom reveal soon, but in the meantime here is a sneak peek) At the start of the reno, we had our water heater relocated to the outside of our house to free up a closet in our kitchen to convert into a pantry. In a small home, we are always looking for ways to maximize the space and I'm personally excited to have all of our food organized beautifully.


As you can tell by the before photo, the closet is in serious disrepair. My plan is to finish the tile on the floor and add a treatment to the walls. I thought shiplap or subway tile at first like this space, but I don't know if the space is too small for that. I think beadboard is the winner like in this pin! After the walls and floor are repaired, I would love to add an electrical outlet and light. The pantry is a small 3x3 foot space so adding a shelf for small appliances and other shelves above it for clear canisters will optimize the room we have. The bottom will be left for a basket to hold cleaning supplies!

There is currently a door on the pantry but since it is a tight space beside our refrigerator we may forgo the door and leave the pantry open or add a small sliding door so it doesn't look cluttered. Here is the design plan laid out, as you can see it will be pretty simple but change our kitchen storage drastically!





Cedar & Moss Light | Bead Board | Baskets | Clear Containers | Shelves |  Shelf Brackets | Measuring Cups


Do you have a pantry? I'd love to hear your thoughts on what I should include in the small space!
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