Hello all, and Happy Easter and Passover weekend to you! I’ve been spending waaayyyyyy too much time on-line browsing through sites looking at various rug options for the living room lately. I started out looking at RugsUSA where I found a few I liked, then switched over to Wayfair. I can’t believe how many rugs they have! Thousands it seems, and I feel like I’ve looked at them all. Seriously. My eyes are now crossed eyed from looking at just about every geometric, floral, abstract and any other pattern or design ever made.
If you’ve ever found yourself in a position where you have a million and one choices, you know after a while your brain turns to mush and you end up more confused than you might have been in the first place. That’s kind of where I’m at, so I’d welcome an opinion or two…or three.
I’ve had more than a few people say how lucky they think I am because I have a log home. But here’s the thing; with a log home, you have a lot of inherent texture before lifting a finger to decorate. I’m a person who loves texture, but even I have my limits. Too much and it can start to look busy.
There’s also the challenge of color. I love white, but bright white looks a little jarring and unnatural to me in most log homes. If I’m going to introduce white at the cabin (which I have as you can see) it’s going to be a creamy white. Earth tones, especially dark ones, can get lost. Oranges and colors with too much yellow in them don’t work well since the logs have an orange tint to them, and pastels look washed out, so that leaves a couple of the primary and secondary colors like reds, blues, greens, etc.
Currently, I have very few patterns in the living room. Whatever pattern exists comes from a throw, one pillow and the wall hangings in the next picture.
I’ve taken pictures from virtually every angle in this room to give you a good idea of the layout and the existing elements. In this next one, I’m sitting in my Frazier chair (the one in the above pic on the left) while taking the picture. The doorway leads to a bathroom on the left, a closet and an exterior door on the right.
In this next picture, I’m standing just in front of the above mentioned doorway.
So now that you’ve seen the lay of the land, here’s some of the rugs I’m considering:
Number 1 is neutral, and #3 brings in a subtle shade of green. The middle one, #2, echoes the colors in the wall hanging and has what looks like two shades of green in the mix.
If my goal is to bring color into the space, #5 is the clear choice, while #6 has color, but some neutrality at the same time. The sofa and chair are sort of a burgundy brown, so those leaves would blend nicely.
If I decide to keep things neutral, both of these rugs would work, but I’m favoring #7. So what do you think?
I’m also looking for a rug to place under the dining table, but my vision for this is a lot clearer.
The first one is the same as #8 above, but happens to come in a round shape which is what I’m looking for.
Which is your favorite?
I really thought this year I would be focusing just on the outside, which definitely needs LOTS of work, but I’m becoming more and more dissatisfied with the living room and I’m itching to make some changes. I’m going to start off with a rug and see if that scratches my itch. If not, I might consider saying goodbye to my oh-so-comfortable Frazier chair and maybe the brown adjacent recliner as well. I could picture that space having two matching chairs, but it’s super important they be recliners as that’s where I spend a lot of time watching tv or surfing the internet. It’s not easy to find good looking recliners that are comfy, and I don’t expect to find one as cushy as Frazier, but here’s a couple of frontrunners:
I prefer the one on the left for color, but I’m not crazy about the exposed base. The one on the right doesn’t really come in colors that I’m happy with, but I like the overall design.
This one is from Bassett. I like that this one has the same legs as the existing sofa/chair, but I don’t see it on their website anymore.
Maybe the rug will be enough of a change…
In other news…
Aside from looking at endless decor sites, I’ve been spending time researching and booking next year’s RV trip. So far I have January and February booked and a couple of weeks in March. After coming home to snow, snow, and more snow, we’re definitely looking to expand our time away next year. (If I haven’t been by as often to visit, now you know why.) Oh, and yesterday we picked up the RV to have it checked out by a mechanic, and everything looks good! There’s a few rather minor issues that need to get taken care of, but the dealer will fix those. Fisherman drove it from the dealer to the mechanic both ways (an hour each way) and did great. No hydrants, stop signs or trees died in the process. Next time, my turn :/. Yikes!!!
On Thursday I spent part of the day making some chocolate to-die-for cookies. They’re delicious, and I was hoping to share them with you, but they look like I sat on them. I’m bringing them to a friend’s today, and I’m going to call them ‘chocolate wafer cookies’ so she’ll think I made them look like that on purpose. Don’t tell, ok? I think I know what I did wrong. I’m going to try again, because if you’re a chocolate lover, you’re going to want to bookmark these for sure.
We’re going to NY today and visiting the Botanical Gardens in the Bronx then it’s on to nearby Arthur Av. for some dinner. Whatever it is you’re celebrating this weekend, enjoy!