Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What's Underfoot (New Rug Pads)

*I have partnered with Rug Pad Corner for this post, however all opinions are my own.*

Hi Friends! I'm stopping in today to share with you some fabulous new products we have in our home. And after seeing the quality, and feeling the effects for a few weeks now, I'm honestly kicking myself for not doing something about it sooner. You may already know this, but we live in an old Farmhouse, an 1841 Farmhouse. We have original hardwood floors, that were professionally refinished just before we moved in, and I always get compliments on how shiny and beautiful they are, sadly since we didn't do them or hire it out, I have no idea what they used. But they are gorgeous. One of the big selling factors for us of our house. As much as I love them, they get extremely cold during the winter in this drafty old house, which caused me to do quite a bit of hunting for a good rug. No matter what I seemed to try for a rug it still didn't quite cut it, that is until we recently put rug pads down underneath our rugs. What a HUGE difference it made.

I finally found the rug I was looking for, and I will share more on that find soon, however the game changer for me were these rug pads from Rug Pad Corner.

They are 100% natural, made in the USA, and they donate to charities with every purchase. With how impressed I was by this company, I was even more impressed with their customer service. To me that's huge. That says whether you will buy from them again or not, right?!?! In a world full of automated services, it was so refreshing to have a real person to not only assist me, but guide me through my decision.

My only knowledge of rug pads were what I've seen in the rug aisles at Target or Walmart, so you can imagine my surprise when within a few days these showed up on my doorstep and were top notch in quality. You can see in the photo above the thickness of the pad, and not only do they add comfort to the rug, they protect my beautiful original hardwood floors.

It truly has brought the cozy factor up in our living room, and my kids squeal with delight on how squishy the rug is now, and it's so soft they love lounging around on the floor.

With a new rug in the living room, I moved the temporary one that was there up to my sons new room. We recently split the kids into having their own rooms, and his doesn't have carpet. Since that rug is almost 10 years old, it's certainly had its wear-n-tear, but I feel so much better about it now, 
knowing there is a rug pad underneath.

With cold winter mornings, it would be so hard to get out of bed onto a cold wood floor, but with the new rug pads underneath they have completely changed that, and enhanced the rug so I think we can get a few more years out of it.

Instead of buying pre-cut cheap rug pads from the stores I mentioned earlier, Rug Pad Corner asked me what the sizes of my rugs were and custom cut the pads to fit perfectly underneath. You would think that would slow down the process, and they might want to cut that corner and pre-cut them to save time. I still received my rug pads within days of giving them my rug sizes, and they even checked in to make sure I received everything ok.

The top of each pad acts as velcro to your rug and keeps it perfectly in place, while the bottom has the perfect no slip grip. When talking with a friend about my new rug pads I commented on how it's so easy to boast about good product!! I'm a firm believer in you get what you pay for, and that quality will outshine every time. 

Not only do I feel our rugs will last longer with wear-n-tear, but so will our floors. 

Want to see what some of my friends had to say about their rug pads?
Check them out here and here.

Wondering why you should consider a rug pad from Rug Pad corner?? I found this info extremely helpful, and I will never go without them again. The comfort alone was enough for me, but added benefits of the rug pads make it totally worth it!

In the market for some rug pads yourself?? Rug Pad Corner is offering 15% off towards the purchase of your rug pads, simply enter the discount code REVIEW15.

*Disclosure - I received these rug pads from Rug Pad Corner in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own. I love this product and really think you will too.*

Monday, October 20, 2014

Gray Washed Dresser Reveal

Happy Monday Friends!! I shared a sneak peak on Instagram over the weekend of the makeover our dresser in the dining room got, and I'm so excited to be revealing it today with you!

Here are a few pictures to show you what it looked like before. This dresser sits on the back wall of our dining room right before you enter the kitchen, and houses all of my serve ware dishes, seasonal candles, and the top drawer is strictly my junk drawer! Yes I know you were probably curious if I had one, and now you know where.

And here is what it looked like last fall, in our dining room when we still had our black table. 

I had always gone back and forth with giving it a makeover, but could never decide on if I wanted to paint it, and then what color, or if I wanted to sand it down and refinish it. The piece is solid wood, and was part of my mothers original bedroom set. It got it's first makeover pre-blogging days about 9 years ago, and the hubby had his work cut out for him. Sanding down lots of layers, and removing lion faced hardware and tacky trim detail. We cleaned it up, and then stained it black, but like I said it was a long time ago, and once we built our new Farmhouse Table, my wheels started turning on transforming this piece as well. 

I finally decided that, while there were so many options, I always love the gray washed look, or weathered oak finish that you see in Restoration Hardware. So while my budget couldn't allow one of their pieces, I set out to get my own look. I started by sanding this piece down until all the black was gone. Then I gave it a coat of Minwax Special Walnut.

Once my stain was completely dry, I lightly sanded it and then applied a coat of Rust-oleum Sunbleached.


It was just the change I was hoping for, and I love how it feels in the space now.  You will get to see how it looks in our dining room with the entire view, during my week of Thanksgiving Tables November 3-7. I've been busy working away creating 5, very different, tablescapes to share with all of you, and I hope you will join me and some of my favorite blogging friends. Until then, you can always catch up with me on the latest on Instagram (roomsforrent).

Friday, October 17, 2014

Coordinating Outfits for Family Photos

It's that time of year again. You know getting that fabulous family picture for those darn holiday cards! Is it me or is fall like national take your family picture time. Whether you hire someone to take your photos, or tackle that task yourself, I've been there and I've done both, and regardless of who is behind the camera, you want the ones in front of the camera looking their best. Gone are the days of jeans with a white button down shirt, or kakis with a black shirt. Todays family photos strive for a more relaxed casual feel. More candid instead of planned. And while we all long for a magazine ad outcome (totally laughing out loud) accomplishing that relaxed look can be more difficult than we thought when if comes to coordinating outfits. Today I'm going to share how I pick out clothes for our family photos.

Last fall, the stars aligned and we had the most wonderful family photo session, 
with an amazing photographer, and great friend of ours. 

In order to capture those amazing family portraits that you long for, picking the right photographer is key! If you want a more candid, natural shot, you aren't going to go to Sears for family pictures and have them sit you in a row. The same thing applies when hiring a decorator. If your style was totally modern, you wouldn't want to hire me because our styles wouldn't gel. The same goes for picking a family photographer, you want to choose someone who already executes the style you are going after.

Just like in decorating a home, layers gives dimension, and adds warmth, not to mention it's slimming, so when choosing your outfits, add layers. In this session our colors are blue, grey, and white. Sounds similar to my home decor colors right? Choose colors that you already naturally pull towards, you feel most comfortable in them, and it will look the most natural.

While we are all in jeans, you can see in the photo above my daughter is in a denim skirt, with grey cable knit tights, that happen to match her brothers grey cable knit sweater. Along with adding layers, different textures can also help contribute coordinating outfits by a play on texture. Her white fur vest adds texture, while the white coordinates with my husbands white sweater.

Here you can see all the colors playing together, and while I didn't want us to feel matchy matchy I still wanted us to look pulled together. For my husband and son, they both have a similar blue plaid button down shirts on, but layered with different sweaters that coordinate with the rest of our outfits.

And while getting the right outfits can be a challenge, expecting your children to behave like perfect tiny human beings can also be a challenge. At first I just wanted my kids to stand there perfectly still, with perfect little smiles on their faces. HELLO they were 4 and 2, what I was I thinking. Their squirmy, they don't want to sit still, never mind have their pictures taken. 

This is when you sit back and trust your photographer. Don't worry my husband had to keep me calm in the background and tell me it would be fine, because stress ball me, wanted to tell my kids to stop goofing off. But if I did, we would have missed out on gems like these, that will forever remind us of their tiny personalities, I am forever grateful they got captured.

I was mad she kept grabbing the grass, however you can see in the photo above, it didn't even matter.
T R U S T your photographer. It's why you hired them in the first place right?!?

She was mad he was beating her in the race. Perfect caption of their relationship at that age.
At the end of the day, enjoy the experience, enjoy the time with your family, these are memories you will have with you the rest of your life, and I'm so glad they were captured.

Many Thanks to my dear friend Stephanie at Princeton House Photography for capturing our family, and giving us beautiful photos to treasure.

To see other photos from our Family Photo shoot 2013, click here.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Layering A Table

Hi Friends!!! Today I'm over at Beneath My Heart sharing how I decorate my table for Thanksgiving. Lots of Layers! Join me over there to see how I put this beautiful neutral table scape together, and make sure you mark your calendars because November 3-7 I will be sharing a different Thanksgiving table scape with you everyday, with the grand finale on Friday the 7th, and I have some friends joining in with me on the fun. You won't want to miss it!!

Have a Great Day!