Living It Up

So now we’re a few weeks into this house update over in Sell Casa 4.0 and I thought I’d share how our Living Room is looking after a full year under our belt in the new house. We have not made a ton of updates in here, but my favorite change is probably the feature trim work we added to the fireplace wall.


This is an up close view of the detail. This project was very similar to this DIY, if you’re looking for a step by step BTW, we just decided to double up each strip to make it thicker and a bit more substantial looking.


And now a Rafiki, look haaarrrrdddeerr.

This project was really quite cheap all things considered, just some plywood (that we doubled up to give some more depth to the wall). The total cost was under $40 since we already had the trim paint purchased. Score!


This is what the fireplace wall looked like before.

Family Room off of the Kitchen

Here is another angle of one of my favorite walls, with some new etsy artwork up and looking oh so fine.


This summer we went to the HGTV Smart Home (which was in Raleigh this year) and I spotted a really cool, considerably larger, artwork piece that was broken into (9) frames if I remember right, at the base of a stairwell landing. Having slightly less space to work with, I decided to go with a 4-frame art option and I really like how it turned out!

I found an etsy print online that I loved and approached the artist about dividing it up into quarter segments – voila! Pretty cool statement wall now and the artwork really helps to ground this wall a bit (which had been completely bare for over a year).


We spend a ton of time in our Living Room these days with Mr. H running around, and we’ve found this layout works really well with us. The sectional tucked against the wall prevents furniture from blocking the flow – great for running around (and through) the room.


This room opens right up into the newly renovated kitchen – we love it. We’ve loved all our houses in different ways and for different reasons, but y’all, this one feels the most like home.


Queen of Persia

What’s wrong with me. Why can’t I satiate my need for rugs around here. Now that we have fluffy floor coverings in the living room, the dining room and both the bedrooms, my heart has once again wandered. This time to a far away and exotic land. Persia, why are your rugs so darn beautiful? You taunt me.

Pinterest also taunts me, by forcing me to pin beautiful images like this one, further fueling my insatiable desire for a soft, glorious, Persian rug underfoot.

Persian Rug in Kitchen

Swoon. Hubba, hubba – right?! So every since I was born practically, I’ve been pegging for one of these beauties to come into my life. Specifically, into my kitchen. We had a little ikat number chilling in our kitchen for a while.

It was nice, but too small, plus it scooted all over the dang place with no rug pad underneath.

White Shaker Kitchen Cabinets

So we later upgraded to a nice neutral sisal rug, which I loved (aesthetically) but as far as function, that one was lagging behind, too. Since you really are not supposed to get natural fiber rugs wet, it wasn’t the best option for the surface right under where you load and unload your dishwasher. That rug wasn’t in long – my only documentation of it is this photo of the orange tabby being cute this winter and trying to stay warm. Heater hog.

Neutral Rug in Kitchen

So, I did what any sane girl about to move her tuckus across the country would do. I drifted over to ebay and bought myself a fancy pants persian rug. I told my husband we needed it to stage the house 😉

Here is my find, in all it’s glorious beauty.

Persian Rug in Kitchen

And a sorta washed out snap shot of it against the counters. Yummerlicious.

Discounted Persian Rug

A nice finishing touch to the kitchen, right? As we’re leaving our mostly finished abode for the next one, I got to thinking about the things I love about this kitchen, and the things I might do differently next time. Without a doubt in my mind, my favorite part of our kitchen by far are the counters.

I fell pretty hard for these counters in the store, and love them even more in person.

Sugarbrush Quartz with Shaker Cabinet

Although I love (ADORE!) the look of marble counters, my husband gave me a firm no on that one. Since I make almost all the design decisions in the household, and he’s the main man in the kitchen, I told him fine, I’d try to find an alternative. Now that we don’t have to worry at all about staining and etching in the stone, I’ve got to say that quartz was definitely the way to go for us. More expensive, but the long term maintenance free nature of it made it so worth it.

Here are our Silestone Lagoon counters in action. MEOOOOWWW.

Silestone Lagoon Counters

Another favorite feature? Our faucet! I love it. Plus, it was way less expensive than some of the other faucets I was lusting over. Added bonus.

Antique Kitchen Faucet

One thing I really love, but might do differently the next time around is our hardware. If I can work up the guts, I’m definitely going antique brass next time around. One lingering concern for me is whether or not I should go matchy matchy with the hardware and the sink…. Although I’d love a beautiful antique brass faucet to go along with the look, all the ones I’ve seen have been mucho cost prohibitive, making me want to sway back to the safe side with the nickel all around.

Martha Stewart Cabinet Hardware

Decisions, decisions….

While we are all pondering the future of my kitchen’s – shall we take one more parting glance at my lovely looker purty Persian. Yes, I thought so.

Hot dog, I’m in love.

Antique Persian Rug

Plus, if y’all are looking to score a similar look for your home, I thought I’d put together some of my favorite sources for quality, but not cray cray expensive, persian rugs.

Sources List for Antique Persian Rugs

Ebay, Specific Sellers:

1) Hgallery128

2) Ruggallery123

3) Rugemporium240

4) Mycony

5) Domimex71


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