Monday, August 26, 2013

house refresh: new table & rug

When Scott and I first bought our 1950s semi-bungalow, it was meant to be a stop-gap until we found our forever home. Eight years later, we're still happy living here, but that doesn’t change the fact that some of our rooms are in need of a refresh (including our 60 year old kitchen which needs either a miracle or Scott McGillivray).

We had already done a lot to the house in our eight years of ownership, but when it comes to older homes there always seems to be something that warrants your attention.

Erin McLaughlin home Daffodil Design

I started with our main floor sitting room which had been missing a coffee table for a while. I had moved an animal print ottoman into the foyer for us to perch on while we put on our shoes which left a gap in the room (fantastic for spontaneous dance parties but challenging when you want to serve snacks and drinks to company).

I knew I wanted a glass table as soon as I spied some in the homes of Style at Home editor, Erin McLaughlin and Sarah Milne of daffodil design (both pictured above). Although, Sarah’s Urban Barn Thilde table is no longer available (it’s been replaced with this), I was able to find a similar one at Structube for quite a bit less.

Rug 1 edited

I like that the table adds a modern edge to the room and helps to showcase the gorgeous patterned rug I found at Home Sense. I love that place. Who doesn't really?

Now that the table and rug are off the list, it's on to these to dos:

Sitting room
Purchase coffee table, side table,  rug (dog friendly!), drapes & sofa (this one's nice)
Front door
Paint door, mailbox & light fixture, switch out house numbers
Front entry
Find wallpaper & light fixture
Find light fixture & assemble gallery wall
Entire redo including floors, cabinets, countertops & window
Main floor bathroom
Gut job!
Master bedroom and dressing room
New windows, drapes (ordered sample fabrics from Tonic Living) 
Dining room
Find vintage brass bar cart, new art
Paint guest room & add gallery wall to main area

I'm hoping that by posting this list I'll be kept accountable and actually get things done. Because having lots of ideas swimming in my head is not really working out for me.

Let me know what you think of the table and rug!

p.s. Trying to make out what books are on the table? It's Domino: The Book of Decorating, Design*Sponge at Home and Home by Novogratz. I got the latter two for a steal at Home Sense!


  1. I want that rug!! I need my homesense to have that rug.....

    1. Haha! You're funny, Heather (: I'm sending out positive vibes for the rug to appear at your HomeSense.

      I'm so glad I gave the rug a chance! It does such a great job of brightening up and adding life to the space.

      p.s. I'm going to post a before picture when I'm finished with the room.

  2. Okay, I am in awe of how lovely your space looks. Seriously, that rug and table are perfection.

    Courtney ~

    1. Thank you, Courtney! That's really sweet of you.

      To be honest, I was a tad nervous about posting pictures of my home. I'm trying to break out of my blogging comfort zone.

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    1. Thanks so much, Kacie! I'm really happy with the progress in this room. When we first moved in everything we bought was brown and monochromatic (sofa, rug, etc) to hide Lucy's fur. I'll just have to vacuum more now (:

  4. Beyond gorgeous!!! In love with the 3 legged chair! (how does it balance..?)

    1. Thank you, Alla! I'm not sure how that chair balances, but thankfully it hasn't toppled over yet!

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    1. I appreciate that you took the time to comment, Jennifer. I was a bit nervous about displaying my home on the blog (it's more personal to me than showing my clothes or food), but you've all made me feel good about my design choices.

      Thanks, lady!

  6. The rug is amazing and the table goes so well with the rest of the room! Fab job!

    1. Thanks so much, Julie! That's a great compliment coming from you (:

  7. That is quite the list! This room looks AMAZING so keep up the good work!

    1. It is a looong list, Cheryl. I'm hoping most of it will get done this decade. Haha! A girl can dream.

      Thanks so much for the compliment. We're really enjoying the room (:

  8. Hey! I am a Mississippi girl, and when I saw your rug, I went on a serious hunt! We have Homegoods here, but it is not there. Is there any way you would post the brand of the rug so I can try to locate it!!! Thanks! jennywinstead(at)

    1. Hi Jenny! I'll check the label and then email you when I get home from work today.

  9. love the table and rug! That rug is gorgeous!!!!

    I wonder....don't kill me but, I wonder if you considered getting the chair painted out lighter? It seems dark next to the rich brown sofa! Don't kill me!


    1. I never kill people I like (;

      And I totally agree with your assessment, Shannon. I've been sourcing for a light grey sofa for a while now. The brown sofa is on its way outta here. Darkness be gone!


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