Redecorating. It's how I cope with stress.

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Knowing that some of you "needed" to read those words turned my day around. But I'll be honest with you. I was not doing well until late last night. I woke up with a massive headache, was painfully exhausted, and I felt a little down and overwhelmed. It was a lot to process. But then I read your comments again. I also received an email about a possible magazine feature on Alaina and myself (we said yes!), and I took my inbox from 40+ emails down to 12. And finally–two of my sweet friends left me the kindest comments on Facebook. I felt happy and surrounded by love. So, thank you. I know I don't "know" most of you, but you brightened my day yesterday. Thank you.

Anyway...on Saturday night I was going through all these thoughts in my head and I got on video chat with Alaina and Caitlin. Oh, how I love those girls. We talked about a few things and then I started rambling about my apartment. And Alaina made a really good point. My last apartment was very neutral. Very me. I tried to step outside the box this time and realized that in an attempt to be different, I steered away from who I am and what I love. Not cool, people. Not cool. So it's back to the basics for me.

When I am stressed out, organizing, cleaning, and redecorating and organizing always seems to help. I love a project and love knowing things are where they should be (I told you I'm type A). I moved a side table, switched my sofa and bed throw pillows, and decided that my mantel needs a mirror. It's already feeling more like me. And even better–I've decided that the only pop of color in my apartment should be my beautiful Cocoa and Hearts painting by the lovely Jen Ramos. If you're going to let someone bring a little color into your home, she's your girl.

I am finally ready to choose a new living room rug from West Elm. Since my new living room is larger than the last one, I need an 8x10 rug to complete this space. I currently have the jute boucle in 5x8 which is being moved to my bedroom, and plan on ordering another jute boucle for my little hallway. It's a great rug! Very budget friendly and it holds up so well! I've had mine two years and it's still in great condition.

As much as I love the souk, I need to stick with something neutral. I'd love your thoughts. Should I go with the jute chenille herringbone or the oasis flatweave?


And I cannot wait for my new gold plug in sconces to arrive from Euro Style Lighting. Sconces are such a great way to fancy up a rental. You're investing in lighting that you can take with you, don't have to deal with any crazy wiring, and they're pretty, too. Win win win. And hello–they're gold.

I'd love your vote. Which rug would you choose?

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32 comments

  1. ah so hard to choose! I really like the first one there. :)

    Amberly
    www.asliceofglam.com

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  2. I have been considering the jute chenille herringbone myself. I went to the store and I really loved it.

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  3. I love the sconces - I have a pair in my bedroom on either side of the bed and use them more often than any other light in the room. Definitely go with the jute chenille herringbone.

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  4. I love the herringbone the best! I am glad you are feeling better. Although I didn't comment on the post - thank you for sharing your thoughts/feelings. It is great to know you are a "real" person. Xoxo

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  5. Definitely, the herringbone! Classic in its pattern and neutral in its color, this rug is perfection!
    ♥, Londa
    designroundup.blogspot.com

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  6. Love the herringbone and the gold sconces are to die for!

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  7. i love the subtle pattern of the herringbone!

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  8. yes! the "off" feeling you kept having about it was just that YOU were missing in it :). It's beautiful. Also, I love both but am leaning towards the herringbone rug!

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    1. OF COURSE you are, because that's the one I love, too. You + Me + Alaina. 3 peas in a pod. Peanut butter + jelly + bread. Love you.

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  9. i completely understand needing your place to feel like you. especially since you spend so much time there. they are both great rugs but i love the herringbone one more! and i am putting the gold sconces on my list for my next place. thank you for sharing! i never would have found them otherwise.

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  10. Loving the jute chenille herringbone rug! It just pops a bit more than the other imo ;)

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  11. I, too, really needed to read yesterday's post. I sent it to friends who are in the same boat as me (college seniors struggling to figure out what our next move should be). Even though everything seems fine on paper, it doesn't always feel fine. Social media only adds to the problem, because blogs/Facebook/Instagram makes it seem like everyone else is loving life. It's so important to evaluate your happiness. Never feel like you're alone in not being blissfully happy. Thank you for being so open and honest. P.S. Love the rugs. You can't go wrong, but I particularly like the herringbone.

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  12. I love the gold sconce! Been contemplating them for my rental as well...as far as the rug situation, I'd go with the Jute Herringbone. Neutral but with a little somethin' extra ;-)

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  13. I adore the Jute Chenille Herringbone. I can relate to your love of neutrals -- I DO love color, but is it so wrong if my favorite colors are neutrals? :)

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  14. Danielle - I saw the jute chenille herringbone rug on display at our West Elm here in Houston and I have to say that it didn't look great. I can't say how long it had been on display and how much traffic it got, but it was in pretty bad shape between the grunge (the cream chenille seemed to hold on to dirt and grime) and just being matted down. Just something to consider! After I saw that, my plans to recommend it to one of my friends changed! : ) rachel

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  15. I'm a big fan of the herringbone rug but that's just because I'm obesessed with west elm

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  16. The delicate gold sconces are amazing.

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  17. I like the herringbone rug. The pattern wakes it up while the color keeps it from being too much. I do enjoy the sconce but the cord bothers me, I'd be obsessing about how to hide it.

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  18. I like both but I'm tending towards the Oasis Flat weave!

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  19. Personally, I prefer the oasis flat weave. It's just a tad more subtle than the herringbone but both are lovely so good choices either way :) enjoy your redecoration ;)

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  20. The first one! (jute) Love the texture, I think you would get bored with it less quickly ;)

    www.wastingtimewisely.com

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  22. jute chenille herringbone!

    http://cellajane.blogspot.com

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  23. Herringbone for sure! Also, I love the table that's in the picture w/ the oasis flatweave.

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  24. I'm glad you're feeling better. Venting is super cathartic, whether its to your favorite lady friends or to the blog world. I think it really shows that you're ready to embrace what you need to to fix what's ailing you!

    As for the rugs, I love both. A lot. I'm going to go with the oasis flatweave for my final answer, though.

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  25. I'm totally with you - cleaning and redecorating is my happy place too. And as a fellow lover of neutrals, I like the herringbone! It's got a fun design - proving that neutral doesn't mean boring!

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  26. I like the first rug! Still neutral with a more eye catching print but not to much where it's overwhelming!

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  27. Herringbone vote here form me! Recently had some time off for myself, so I used that time to organize my home and all those not so hidden nooks and crannies! So, made the difference in my sanity!

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