Month: March 2014

Idea To Stop Those Rugs From Slipping

March 29, 2014

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I really love this rug I picked up at Pier One. But I could never use it because it is so slippery!:

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I slip and slide all over the place every time I use it. First, I tried cutting a rug mat for underneath. But is it just me, that I can never lay it back down flat or with nothing peeking out within eight tries? So aggravating!

Then I was going to try out this tape:

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But do you know how sticky that tape is? So sticky, I thought my wood floor was pulling off when I tried to lift it up.

I had read about the idea of using silicone (or acrylic, depending which blog you are reading) caulk. You are supposed to turn the rug over and make a few rows of the caulk on the back, let dry and hopefully that will keep your rug in place. But if you read the comments on these blogs, people had a few problems with it. Such as changing the color of the wood stain and also feeling the bumps of caulk underneath. Hmmmmm..

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Since I had already bought the tape, I figured what if I put the sticky tape around the edge of the back of the rug, pulled off the tape and attached the rug mat right to it?:

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Pretty smart idea! Being all one piece makes it so much easier.

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How to you keep those rugs from sliding all around? Do you think this is an idea worth trying?

I shared this idea over at Serenity Blog here! A lot of great ideas at her weekly party you need to check out!

I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!

More Granite Decisions

March 26, 2014

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I thought picking the actual granite stone would be the only difficult decision to make:

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But as my husband and I found out, there are other important decisions to be made. Such as the surface. Today, you can have your countertops polished, honed or leathered:

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We choose the leathered, which is still smooth but has a little texture to it. I think it will be much easier to take care of and not show every little fingerprint or water spot (you can read more here if you are interested in learning about the different surfaces).

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The next step was having the installer come to the house and measure. I had my heart set on not having the granite brought up the wall as a backsplash. I wanted it clean like this:

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But no, we have another issue. The installer, who owns the business and has been doing this a long time, tells me that all of those beautiful pictures of the backsplash going to the bottom edge are from homes in the South where it is always warm. In the Northeast, where my home is, the house is always moving and adjusting for the different temperature changes. If I were to put backsplash tile all the way down to the granite counter, the separation of the seam would constantly be changing. The seam would be separated and open at times and I thought it might collect dirt as well as not looking attractive.

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What do I know about granite?? So, I followed his advice and am going with a 4” high granite backsplash. I think it will still be beautiful (and easier to clean!).

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One other big decision was the countertop edge. Of course there has to be about eight different edges to choose from. We chose a half-radius edge at first. Then the installer told us we should get a simpler edge because when the granite is cut for the edges, it turns smooth and shiny. Since our granite is leathered, we have to be careful of too much of an edge showing. The shiny would draw too much attention to it and it would stand out. So we choose a simpler beveled edge:

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So many decisions! And yes, if you were wondering, we picked the Viscont White granite over the blue after our adventure to the granite yard here. The blue was gorgeous, but I felt it would be too ‘bossy’ in our kitchen. I love the simplicity of the black and white and it will work best in our home!

Love to hear any thoughts or comments. Thanks everyone!

Quick Ways To Update For Spring

March 22, 2014

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We are all so ready to open the windows and let the sunshine in. Such a long winter this year. If you are thinking of gathering a few accessories to update your home, here a a few quick and inexpensive ideas to get you moving:

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Start with your front door entry! There is such a wide selection of beautiful outdoor rugs to be found. Remember to think BIG, and colorful:

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Take a look at your entry room as you enter the front door. Does it look cheerful? Can it use a fresh rug runner to use in the Spring and Summer? Try switching out some of your entry table accessories to make a new, lighter vignette. I love seeing fresh flowers when you first walk in a home. Don’t you think they make such a great first impression?

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For the kitchen, again a new colorful rug will change the look and feel of the whole room:

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Here are a couple examples of rugs that will work well with both white cabinets or stained wood:

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Both rug colors will also work great with a white sofa as well as a chocolate brown sofa in the living room.

And my favorite way to bring in Spring, if you have not guessed, is flowers and branches. Love!

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So let’s celebrate and bring Spring in. I am not going to let a little snow here today:

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Dampen my spirits. I am moving forward and may the snow and cold be gone!

Has Spring arrived in your little section of the world?

Dear Spring…

March 17, 2014

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Where are you? We are ready and waiting for you.

I am going to send out some good Spring karma to help bring it on!

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What a simple and beautiful idea:

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Everything looks prettier in a white teacup:

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Every Spring I like to pot little azalea shrubs indoors:

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So pretty! I can’t wait!

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Old Man Winter, it’s been fun. But you have overstayed your welcome and we all are ready for warmer weather. Isn’t it time for you to take a nice long vacation?

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I hope these photos has given you some good inspiration and good thoughts!

Help Spread Happiness

March 11, 2014

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I was recently contacted by the company Novica,  in association with National Geographic, to ask if I would help spread the word of their mission to introduce my readers to artisans from around the world. “I am aware that your blog is not focused on product reviews but this is such a nice project that I thought you may be interested in doing it.”

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I went to their website and immediately fell in love with their company mantra, their products and all of the individual artesian stories:

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Novica is one of the leading fair trade artisan websites. They work with National Geographic to give talented artisans around the world a place to
express their artistic talents and provide access to the world market. They have thousands of top fair trade clothing, accessories, jewelry, gisfts and
home decor items on their website.

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So very beautiful and unique. I really love so many different items! The prices are so reasonable for all of the hard work and love that is put into each handmade item:

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Are these not the perfect summer earrings?:

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I could keep posting some of my favorite pieces but first I want to offer you a chance to win a $75.00 gift certificate to buy something special for you!

To enter, just visit the Novica website and comment below which beautiful item you would love to own. Contest ends at midnight, Friday March 14th. Winner will be selected by random drawing. Good Luck Everyone!

There is even a special section for the colors of the year:

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Radiant Orchid:

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Placid Blue:

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Love!

Here are just a few more of my favorites:

Cotton Scarves

Womens Jacket

Womens Clothing from Thailand

Sleeveless Blouses

Peruvian Chrysocolla Earrings

Silver Domed Rings

Please check them out! It is a great cause helping others.

HELP SPREAD HAPPINESS

#HANDMADE4LIFE