Decorate: Aubusson Inspired Floral Rugs

July 25, 2013 Comments Off on Decorate: Aubusson Inspired Floral Rugs

I’m not sure when I really started to care deeply about the aesthetic in my home.  I’ve been, for the most part, restrained by cost, piecing together things that are on sale and kind of work. I’ve tried to curate a look centered around pieces that have character or a story  and  staple pieces I can afford. Sometimes it works, but sometimes it just bugs me until I can get it right.  Even with resources, I’m sure it would still take me years to find fulfillment in my home decor.

That said, I have been eyeing some type of floral rug to add to my home for some time. I wasn’t initially a fan of floral rugs, they can be busy , hard to match, and just look downright tacky. What really turned it around for me was the “Aubusson” style of rugs , which have originated from  Aubusson, France since the 15th century. They commonly have a floral pattern, are flat woven and are quite grand in both size and pattern- a reflection of historically being commission by aristocracy. They have a wonderful french aesthetic, with floral patterns that fill but don’t overwhelm the space and a color pallet that always seems to get it right.

Antique Aubusson Floral Rugs

These antique rugs are quite pleasant, but they will most likely set you back a pretty penny .

If you can’t shell out the beaucoup bucks that it will take to buy an original rug, you may want to consider these more affordable options.  I know I am, Especially with dogs being so tough on carpets!

Decorate: Lavender Wallpaper

July 18, 2013 Comments Off on Decorate: Lavender Wallpaper

Is this week leaving you with an overwhelming desire to put lavender everywhere in your home? Well you’re in luck, because you can do so with these lavender themed wallpapers. I fully intended to start this post by saying ”  the commitment phobe that I am, I could never play with wallpaper”, but  looking through all the beautiful wallpaper out there has me thinking maybe I could just do a bathroom, or half a bathroom, or at minimum frame a large piece of wallpaper for the bathroom…

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Thibaut

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Bellacor

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Timothy Sue (Removable Wallpaper!)

DIY: Lavender Room Spray

July 17, 2013 Comments Off on DIY: Lavender Room Spray

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I would love nothing more than a house that smelled like nothing. The kind of absence of smell that makes you think your house is clean. However in a house with two big dogs, that just doesn’t happen. So I resort to this easy solution for deodorizing.

DIY Room Spray

  • 1 part water
  • 1 part alcohol( I use a  cheap high proof vodka)
  • Approximately 1 Tbsp of baking soda per 2/3 cups of water ( you want it to dissolve)
  • Essential Lavender oil (for a small  spray bottle I use 40 drops)

If you have a more refined olfactory pallet, you can mix scents with lemon, bergamote, rose, or geranium. I have even mixed with citronella, but that is really a more acquired smell.

Happy Mixing!

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