I have been hoarding this rug since last April when Haley came to visit. After we ripped out the carpet and cleaned up the hardwoods, we laid it out and realized that the original rug purchased was HUGE, it covered the entire floor and and extended up the walls on either end! J said it made his eyes unable to focus... After the kitchen was completed, we gathered up all of the returns and planned a trip to exchange the rug and return all the construction extras. By then something crazy happened, the rug was no longer listed on the IKEA website, then rumors that it had been "obsoleted". I even started to look for other similar style rugs...
The morning I loaded up, J convinced me to take the rug "just in case". Good idea, J!
When I walked into to the Centennial store, there was a miracle- not only was the display rug hanging up, but two, brand-new rugs were available, as well and in the right size! I returned the WAY-too-big rug and bought the smaller size. I was really happy because I love this rug, but Kitty loves it even more! He had a little freak out ;)
Chino approves too!
But I like it the MOST! (I know this off center, but the table is lined up with the kitchen opening.)
Almost exactly how I pictured the Dining Room when we moved in.
Too bad it had to be the construction zone for the past three years...
Every dinner is candlelight when you demo-ed out the the only light switch :)
Maybe we'll get some installed lights in here soon...(birthday surprise-J?)
TO DO LIST:
- finish wiring updates
- install lights/ light switch
- order/install blind
- decide on a pendant (or two?) for over the table
J worked on installing and finishing the trim last week. He helped move the file cabinets back into the nook and then took Zeb for a long hike. I was determined to get everything put together and cleaned up, all by myself, before he came back. We have been discussing how to best use the "nook" space since we moved in. I was on team Office and he was on team Breakfast room. My argument was, in a small house we don't need two separate eating areas within 20 ft. of each other. What we really need is a designated office space. And I (usually) get my way ;)
We're going to add bead board throughout the entire area, painted the interior wall color and add it to the ceiling in a natural finish. Add a ton of hooks and storage.
Finally hang up our big CO map, J's 14er's poster and snowboards.
Pull out that nasty blue carpet, maybe add some tile and refinish the stairs. Definitely adding a runner of some sort.
We also need to build in around the stairs to the basement so that any children that come to our house don't fall through the giant opening (right, Ellen?) ;) We need shoe storage too, so maybe something like this?
Although, I guess a child could climb to the top and jump off, but I think that seems like another problem entirely. We could add some barbwire at the top or an electric fence that would zap them back up like those factories in China (allegedly)? Mom's- what do you think ;)
I might be taking a rest from finding the perfect rug.
The two below live in Turkey. They are not too expensive (under $100), but Turkey? To far. I need instant gratification. Although, the colors are nice compared to plain black and cream. And I love black and cream any other time...
Obviously, I like the one with the most black the best ;)
We closed on our home in late 2009 and have been living in and working on our "under construction home" with two cats, one puppy, both working full-time & trying to have a life outside of 1910...
Where would we be without our (WI residing) FAMILIES, patient CO friends and Home Depot?
As for 2013, we're about 95% done with the main level (full gut bathroom (2009), laundry(2010/11) & kitchen (2011/12) renovations, plus lots of painting and removing of carpet in the living, dining and bedroom).
Here's to having a place to call home, frozen pizza, our neighborhood & sharing our next & next & next...adventure!