“Life is a blank canvas, and you need to throw all the paint on it you can.”
Happy Monday, y’all!
Did you have a nice weekend? The weather was pretty close to perfect on Saturday here in Alabama. What a treat this extended summer has been. 80 degrees in November! SO wild! My brother said forecasters are predicting an extra cold winter though…it’ll be interesting to see if that’s true. (Mom- do I need to do something special with the hydrangea I planted on the side of the house earlier this year? Does it need to be covered when it’s cold?)
Y’all were so kind and encouraging about my vlogs last week! I didn’t know if people would prefer reading posts over watching them, so it was neat to hear that you’re cool with a mixture of both. Sometimes it’s just easier to say it, ya know?
So here’s what I’m thinking. The word “Friday” in Haitian Creole (my baby’s 1st language!) is “Vandredi” (von-dre-di). So how about “Vlog Vandredi”? Meaning, I post a vlog here (and on my YouTube channel) every Friday. Could that be another fun way for us to connect? A new “layer” of The Lettered Cottage? Another canvas to throw paint at. To keep it loose, I’m thinking I’d just go with the flow from video to video…design and decorating ideas, adoption, travel, food, DIY projects, crafting…those kinds of things, depending on where I’m at and what I’m feeling inspired by on any given week. What do you think? Am I forgetting a category? I posted my 3rd “living room ideas” videos over there a couple of days ago…here it is if you’d like to watch:
Now…regarding the rug: Kevin loves it. He wishes it was a 9×12, but he love, love, loves it. And I love Kevin. So, we’ll see. 😉 We’ll live with it for a while and see if I change my mind about warming things up. I can always try it in Sweet P’s room if we decide to go with something else.
(Homespun Trellis by RugsUSA)
I do love how a warmer-toned rug looks paired with our slipcovered sofas. Here is a photo of the same sofas sitting on top of a jute rug:
There’s something about that combo that just feels yummy to me. This next photo is a good example of how my favorite colors (cream, beige, dusty blue, gray) work with warmer tones, too:
Here’s another photo from ErikaMPowell‘s Instagram feed that shows a similar type of sofa with a similar type of rug:
(ErikaMPowell on Instagram)
I read somewhere that diamond jute rugs are the “little black dress” of the interior design world. 🙂
This is one of my favorite living rooms on Pinterest, and I think the rug is part of the reason why:
I know those kinds of rugs aren’t typically the coziest, but maybe there are soft-ish ones out there? (Anybody know of one?)
Regarding the drapes: Let’s flash back to the inspiration photo I put together in Photoshop real quick:
Some folks suggested we install a library ladder, but unfortunately that wouldn’t work here because the cabinets on each side of the doorway are going to stick out 12 inches from the wall they’re attached to. Which means, a ladder could only slide on a track above the doorway, so if you were standing on it next to a cabinet while the doors were open, you wouldn’t be able to see inside because the door would block your view.
I also wouldn’t want to see a ladder resting between the two rooms all the time….aaaaand I wouldn’t be able to have my beloved drapes if I used a ladder…so no ladders in this space for me. 🙂 And speaking of the drapes- here’s a good example of how the curtain closest to the built-in cabinetry (on the right) will look:
They’ll be snuggle buddies. 🙂
Oh, and one more thing- the photo I put together in Photoshop isn’t to scale, so that gap of wall space you see between the curtain and the built-in is wider than it will be in real life.
Alright- I’m off to hang one more Riviera Stripe curtain in the living room. I found one on eBay for a fraction of the retail price right after I published that last post about them. I love it when that happens!! 😀 I’m going to be on the lookout for four more over there too, so y’all be sweet and don’t bid against me, okay? 😉
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There are three more Friday’s in November and we’ll be in Haiti for one of them, so I’m super excited to be able to vlog while we’re there too!