08.18.2014 / Padding the Issues

I have a very deep and important topic to discuss with you today.  Rug pads.  Wait, don’t go!!!  I’ll try and make it exciting!

When Rug Pad USA reached out and offered for me to try their product, saying I was skeptical was a bit of an understatement.  Rug pads rank on my priority list right below fixing my dripping faucet and right above cleaning under the bed.  For example, we have an area rug on our carpet in the bedroom.  Our bed’s legs cause the quality IKEA rug to pucker something fierce.  A nicer rug with a proper rug pad would probably have no issue in this situation.  My solution: stick a stiff carpet sample under the bed legs for support.  It has sat like that for over 3 years.  Just call me MacGyver.

My biggest rug pad situation (yes that’s a thing) was in the kitchen.

Year of Serendipity two-tone kitchen with flat weave runner

Flat weave runners are delightful on the eyes, but have little to no ‘stay put’ power on their own.  Also being in the kitchen, Hubby requested, back when we got the rug, something cushy that would be good for standing.  Again, MacGyver had a solution!  I folded up a regular rug pad for more cush… and then when it kept going askew, I splurged for “As seen on TV” Ruggies.  This solution was acceptable… the Ruggies kept the 4 corners in place and the folded pad was pleasing to your feet, but the pad kept bunching and although the 4 corners stayed in place, the center of the rug liked to go it’s own way.


So when Rug Pad USA asked if I’d like to try a rug pad, my thoughts immediately went to that wonkiness.  I’m willing to give almost anything a try and really, it couldn’t be any worse than my makeshift solution.

When I took the Premium-Lock rug pad out of the packaging I was intrigued- gripping rubber on one side and coarse felt on the other.  Seemed promising.

Rug pad USA premium lock rug pad

The second I put it down and placed the rug on it, my rug pad skepticism flew out the window.  The rubber held the pad onto the hard wood floors and the texture of the felt kept the rug in place.  I even gave it the twist test.  Are you familiar with this test?  Stand on a rug and… do the Twist!  It didn’t budge.  You win rug pad.

I dig the rug pad so much I’m most likely going be getting another for the flat weave rug at my front door.  I won’t lie though, it’s tough convincing myself to spend more than a few dollars on something I’ll never see, but I don’t think my feet can ever go back to my previous go-to of “the cheapest rug pad I can find”.  Cheapskate Frugal skeptic MacGyver here even sees the value.

Flat weave rug staying put with big girl rug pad from Rug Pad USA

The design nerd in me also really appreciates that they’re made in the USA, have no VOCs and several (like the one I received) are LEED certified.

If you don’t believe me, test it out yourself.  Use the code pr15off to get %15 off a Rug Pad USA rug pad of your very own and let me know your thoughts!

***Rug Pad USA did send me a sample to review, but all words and opinions are 100% me (for better or worse).  They actually encouraged my full honesty in the interest of market research.  Now there’s someone who stands by their product!***

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06.25.2014 / Make it Work: Steamer Trunk

What?  Another new series?  I’m on a roll!  I hope you’re loving them!

In the past I’ve shown you all the treasures (and some not so much…) for sale on Craigslist, but I though it would be fun to not just show you the piece, but also show you how you can make it work in your own space

This week’s treasure:

The steamer trunk

Currently listed on the Boston/North Shore Craigslist for $10.  Seriously $10.  The picture makes it look pretty decent and if the inside is clean and usable, $10 is a steal!

craigslist steamer trunk

Antique steamer trunk, meet modern home:

How I would style this piece:

Well traveled steamer trunk living room // Year of Serendipity

1/ IKEA Stockholm sofa-  Surprise! Just goes to show you can have style at any budget!

2/ Olia Table Lamp via Lulu & Georgia

3/ Penelope Night Stand via West Elm

4/ Racing Stripe Pillow via Serena & Lily

5/ Domino Pillow via Lulu & Georgia

6/ Sculpted Metal + Leather Bowl Chair via West Elm (another surprise)

7/ Triangles Dhurrie Rug also via West Elm


Are you loving/hating my new series posts?  I’d love your feedback on Make it Work, 5 Ways, or Crash!

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06.23.2014 / Caught White Handed

Oh no, she got hold of the spray paint again!!  Every man for themselves!


I’m not sure what spoke to me about this hand vase (must have been sign language…), but when I saw it at an estate sale this weekend, I felt compelled to pick it up immediately.  $4? Ok, if you insist.  I’ve never seen anything like it before.  Even the strangest things can look elegant in white ceramic, right?


I tried cleaning it up, but it still looked like dingy old off-white with a bad manicure.


After checking it to make sure there were no markings that this was a priceless heirloom (spoiler alert: it wasn’t), I took to it with some fine sand paper before I let her have it.


Flat white spray paint was all I had on hand (pun intended, but also true).  The white paint was just what this piece needed to make it look fresh and clean.

I borrowed an air plant from the kitchen to test out my vision.  I need to get some more air plants.  In the past year I’ve only killed 1 out of 5.  That’s pretty decent for me with plants- I’ve kept 4 alive!  Throw me a parade- I’m a saint here!  Too far?  Anyway, so HAND!


For $4 you could get a fancy latte at Starbucks, but I think spending it on weird hand vases is so much more fulfilling.  It looks exactly how I pictured it on my shelf and I kind of love it.  High five! Sorry, sorry, I’ll stop with the hand puns, scouts honor…. ok that was the last.  really.


I’ve been picking up cool old books at tag sales and estate sales, so my living room bookcase is just screaming for a full restyle in the very near future and not just the shelves that end up in hand photo shoots.

Apparently I’m feeling very cheeky pre-coffee this Monday morning.  My apologies if my cheese level was off the charts- I’ll try to be more docile in Wednesday’s post.  No promises.

Happy Monday!

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