Monday, January 25, 2010

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Bad:





The Ugly (not so much ugly as the rug just doesn't work here, and yes, I know my drapes are too short):






The Good (or at least slightly better):



I've been looking for a decent rug for the Addition for ages now. The old rooster rug just wasn't cutting it anymore. The bare floor is cold during the winter months, and I wanted something a little larger to keep the girls warm.


I was in Wal-Mart last week, and the heavens parted. Lo and behold, this lone rug sat on a rack by itself, marked down to $44.50. I made Natalie get out of the cart and walk so I could get it to the register before someone else snatched up what was clearly meant for me.


There's a lot of work left to be done on this room, which is currently used as a miniature Toys 'R Us by Natalie and Michaela Byrd, but we're getting there.





I knew the rug couldn't stay toy and dog-free forever....


Linking up to Kimba's DIY party over at A Soft Place to Land. It just goes to show how much something simple like a cheap Wal-Mart rug can warm up a room!


ANNOUNCEMENT:

Make plans now to link up your current Decorating Dilemmas (anything around the house or yard that you'd like some feedback on) or best Solutions


I had a slew of emails from readers who forgot or didn't have a chance to link up last time. Please mark your bloggy calendars now or sign up to Follow here to receive reminders (not a plug for Following, just asking you to be aware that I can't email every single person on the internet with a reminder...wink) 


Also....





You asked, and I conceded. In March, I'll give you a chance to showcase the progress you've made with any of the Dilemmas you've linked up in the past few months. I count pretty much anything as progress...even if it's just picking and choosing which of the suggestions you liked most and which you plan on implementing with your Dilemma. It will be fun to see the changes you've made...I know I have my work cut out for me before March gets here!


Hope to see you here!

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33 comments:

Erin said...

What an awesome find! I too had a clouds parting experience with a WalMart rug a few years ago. I enjoy reading your blog, keep it up :D

Nancy said...

The rug was a great find! I'm marking the dates on my calendar!

Nancy

black eyed susans kitchen said...

The new rug really is much better! I like the idea of your dilemma parties...now to figure out which decorating issue I should bring up first.
Susan

alanna rose said...

Yeah!!!

Paula said...

I really like your new rug. I would have snatched that up in a jiffy, too. It's great that you have a playroom for a dedicated spot for all of the toys. I would never have noticed that your curtains were short if you hadn't pointed it out. Are you planning to sew a band of fabric to the bottom? That would be a cute solution.

Laura said...

Great rug! It's a perfect place to play...! I am so excited about decorating dilemmas AND show me the progress! I can't wait!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Looking good ;)!!! I love rugs...just not the dust they hide under them. Where do you think all of that comes from....I mean...really! I could plant a garden under my rug somedays~

Holly said...

Love the rug...big improvement!

FrouFrouBritches said...

LOVE the rug. I saw the same one at our Wal-Mart this morning, but it wasn't on sale. I was looking for the one with the red border.

Looking forward to more decorating dilemmas!

Seizing My Day said...

Love the rug... and your picture wall! ;) I have a long way to go on decorating... but love to see what others are doing! The biggest torn in my side is putting pictures on my walls~! I just can't commit to any thing! anyway... nice job!
Jenn~

Pam @ bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful said...

Lovin' the rug! It looks like it has the texture of sisal or seagrass but softer underfoot!

Looking forward to the par-tays!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

Nice find but I am ooooo'ing and aaah'ing over your cute Pomeranian! Love her? him? So, so cute!!!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

I love how small, simple changes like a rug can make a huge difference. Nice choice!

Rhiannon Banda-Scott said...

ohhh good find!! I thought Target forsure because I saw one like that there but hey Walmart is just as fine girlfriend!

Rachelle said...

Love it! It's the same rug I had in mind for my dining room!

design_aholic said...

I love that picture of the doggy on the rug with your daughter. Nice work- the larger rug is much better, and I love the thick black border. :) Can't wait to swing by your next Dilemmas party!

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

LOVE, love, love the new rug! It goes great with the capri curtains. You know I'm kidding...sorta!

{Smooch}
~Manda

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

I'm a hateful friend...I apologize!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

What a difference - it looks so pretty! It clearly was meant for you!

Southern Fried Gal said...

Big improvement and what a deal!

Kirsty said...

What a great find! And it looks fabulous.

By the way - You should see my shorty curtains. They totally beat your shorties.

:)

Kirsty

Kendall at Finesse Your Nest said...

That's Wal-Mart?! Wow! They are moving up in the decor world. Great find! It looks awesome! You know you could add a fun little fringey treatment to the bottom of your curtains for an EASY way to lengthen them. Love the picture wall too! And if THAT'S your UGLY, then we need to talk! I've got some serious UGLY you haven't seen yet. Hmmm, maybe I'll post on that soon!

Stephanie Lynn said...

Now that's a great find! What a great price! Looks great in the space and seems durable!

Cathy said...

Great find Amanda!

Andrea @ The Train to Crazy said...

Great find! It's amazing how much better it looks without the toys all over too :) I just love way our family room looks when the toys are picked up. Too bad it seems like they only stay picked up for 2 seconds!

Delightful Dwelling said...

What a great find! Wal-Mart has some really cheap rugs on their website too just as an FYI. I keep forgetting about the Decorating Dilemmas parties! I need to try and link up to these, they are so fun.

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Hmmmm...the bad looks like my house... Nice find on the rug!

Farmgirl Paints said...

great job!

East Coast Suburbanite said...

Great find. Love the new rug. I must say Wow...I don't feel alone anymore. I have a 3 yr old and 8 mth old that as soon as try to fix up an area in our home it's also now their fav place to play. :) too cute and funny.

Xazmin said...

LOVE the rug! I'm always on the lookout for a great rug to dilute the hideousness of the gaggy pink carpet, but so far haven't found what I'm looking for!

Wendy said...

Much better! I desperatly need a new rug in here!

Boagie (Janice) said...

Great find on the rug. The curtains do not look bad, but they would be so easy to sew some contrasting color material at the bottom since they already have the band at the bottom.

The Cookie Girl said...

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!
Glad I stopped by your blog. I will be following you now :)

Oh How I wish I had a play room for my little girl.EVERYTHING is in our living room.

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