Monday, April 27, 2015

Rug solution on the CHEAP!

Hey all, just wanted to share a way to get a nice area rug on the cheap!  I stopped into our local remnant store, Remnant City in Wexford, PA.  They are actually a client of my husband's credit card processing company so he suggested we visit them since I've been so desperate to find a rug of the family room that Mr. Tickles won't pee on so I though I'd give it a shot!

I couldn't believe how inexpensive binding a custom rug is!  I can get a huge 9x12 rug for about $220.00 bucks!  I was thrilled because I have been searching for a non-patterned solid beige rug, basically that looks like regular carpet.  I didn't want to spend a ton of a wool rug due to the fear of cat pee and having a 2k rug ruined, so this is a great solution!  I really wanted something basic and plain so it would go with any color scheme i decided to accessorize with.  Granted, it will just be nylon and not fancy wool but I wanted something soft underfoot and low maintenance.  They have tons of carpets from big name brands like Masland and Karistan too, so you know they will hold up!  And, if I hate it after 2 years, I won't feel so bad replacing it.  I'm headed up there today to decide between a few carpets since I couldn't make up my mind there this weekend.  I highly recommend them if you live in the Pittsburgh area.

Friday, April 24, 2015

FINALLY ordering new living room sofas and Patio help!

After years of complaining about our uncomfortable sofa that is no longer my taste, the hubs finally gave in and we're ordering our new leather sofa and love seat!  It will be a long wait though, about 8-10 weeks but it will be so worth it.  No more neck cramps and sore butts!

As I mentioned before in previous blog posts, we are ordering through a U.S.A. made company called Leather Groups.  They are a smaller operation but make everything to order, they do sell other brands as well but they make their own lines too.  They have 2 models that looks identical (well actually nicer) than the Maxwell and Lancaster sofas at Restoration Hardware, and they are cheaper, no tax, and FREE DELIVERY!  Can't ask for much more.  Check them out below, we decided on the clean lines of their Braxton and I cannot wait to be watching movies and snuggling up with Mr. Tickles (my kitty) and I suppose I can let my husband join me as well :)  We are ordering a 180" sofa and 72" love seat.  I may try to see about customizing the love seat since I think 64" would fit nicer.

Braxton Sofa from Leather Groups

Second part to my post...

We are dying to spend the summer outside, coming home from work and relaxing on a nice patio with a glass of wine or entertaining a cookout and most important, relaxing in a hot tub!!  Any advice from the people in the Pittsburgh area on who to hire?  Also, trying to figure our how much it's going to cost!  I know it all depends, we don't need anything too fancy, but I want a nice stone patio that's big enough for a seating area, table and chairs and a hot tub.  I'm praying I can get it done for 8k or less, but knowing my parents spent 15k on theirs and my aunt 30k (her's is CRAZY amazing though and bi-level with tons of retaining walls).  I'm wondering if I'm dreaming here on the budget....

Monday, April 20, 2015

Asphalt sealing, is this included?? Also, law service advice...

So, I realized our driveway was never sealed, and it's been 2 years, I thought this was something that Ryan Homes was responsible for the first time around?

Also, I'm getting estimates for lawn service, because our lawn is looking sad, and dead, and just horrible.  I called Trugreen, it's $49.95 each treatment for 8 treatments and they recommended aeration (which is a good idea and I think we REALLY need it, but it's 149.00! seems pricey)

I have also requested a quote from Kapp's but haven't heard anything back yet.  Any advise or recommendations in the Pittsburgh are?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Wine room ideas

So we are getting ready to finish another room, the front room AKA the "Wine Room".  The husband wants to get this done sooner rather than later because he wants a space to hold meetings that is more professional.  So I've been coming up with ideas and color schemes.  I want to stick with neutrals on the furniture pieces but I am dying to have some bold navy in the house.  I love that navy/grey/taupe look, So i'm thinking navy velvet curtains, plush mink colored chairs, a navy rug and some rich rustic wood accents.  We will also put in a small wine fridge but hide it in a credenza.  As for the feature wall, I'm still stuck on doing it up in reclaimed wood but don't want it to be permanent.  I found a product called Stikwood that is stick on and very thin so I can do it myself and it's removable if we should ever move or change our minds but it's EXPENSIVE!  It would be at least $1,200.00 up to $1,700.00 just for that little wall!  We'll see where I'm at with the budget after all of the pieces for the room are purchased, maybe I will do a wallpaper on that wall to save costs.

Love this "window" mirror from Ballard Designs for above the credenza
So I have a budget of $5,000.00 for this room, which sounds like a lot, but furniture is freaking EXPENSIVE!  And good stuff is more, this isn't the college dorms people!  I have issues with scale too with the affordable furniture, I feel like sometimes its made for people who are 4ft tall.  It just can look dwarfed in the space.  Any who...  Here are my ideas below along with links!

These velvet drapes are from West Elm and are moderately priced at $69 each panel and since I will only need 3 it won't be too expensive||FN-Color-_-FN-Blue-_--_-

I love this chandelier!!! I found this on joss and main

another joss and main find, I wanted to replace the light when you walk in the house, slowly all of the ceiling fixtures will become a rich bronze

Joss and Main again!  Not set on this specific one but something like it

This is a chair 2 can surl up and relax in, the price isn't too bad but they charge $60 each for shipping... :(  Maybe I'll wait until they do a free shipping deal again.

This rug is from PB and comes in an 8' square size which would be perfect for the 4 chair set up I have in mind!  The price is reasonable too
This is a nice dual zone (red/white) cooler and it's just under $200 and is small enough to fit into a cabinet and be tucked away

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

New Rugs and cat pee :(

I was so happy to get our rugs in yesterday and also the hall tree is put up (I forgot to take pics, it took 3 hours and I did it by myself but it really is a 2 person job)

I LOVE the rug in the morning room.  The shag rug we got is nice, I expected it to be softer though... but what I'm most upset about is that my husband came and woke me up this morning to tell me Mr. Tickles PEED ON THE NEW SHAG RUG!  Ugh!  This is what I feared... I'm hoping this is a single incident, and that when the rug "airs out" and that chemically smell is gone she won't want to pee on it, cat pee is the WORST!  I saturated the area with Nature's Miracle EXTREME (I buy it by the gallon people... )  and it's upstairs in one of the empty bedrooms for the next week or so...

I didn't even get a chance to take a pic of that rug before we were hauling it up the stairs, but here is what the morning room rug looks like!  And, if anyone has any advice for getting your cat to NOT pee on every rug let me know!  I have the Feliway diffuser going already and I even sprayed the rug with "No Mark!" from Petsmart...  I think she is just too stressed out with all the changes

Sunday, February 1, 2015

decor galore!

I overcame my fear of decor decisions and color!  I went on a shopping spree this past week and now our kitchen and morning room feel so homey!  Just waiting on the rugs and the hall tree those are coming on Tuesday so I'll be sure to post again when those arrive.  Here are some pics of my decor finds mostly from tjmaxx wholefoods and ikea.  I also hung curtains and I did it right by measuring and using a level instead of just eyeballing it like I use to in our rentals lol...

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New purchases and the dilemma of accessorizing....

Hello Y'all!  I hope that the blog-o-sphere in the NE is enjoying this cold, snowy weather!  I really hate the snow, at least as an adult.  My husband and I were reminiscing of times when a snow fall like that of late would have us sledding until the cows came home!  Now, it's just an annoyance, though as I was driving to work the other day I reflected on how beautiful the dead woods looked, and the unkempt yards that I drove by, covered in snow making everything look clean and refreshed. Snow is my style, it's white, it's plain, and it's simple.  That is my problem though, I'm terrified of color and pattern, and I'm afraid of making our house look institutional.  So I made some progress with getting the kitchen/mud room and dining room accessorized, but I still have yet to buy anything that isn't grey, black, beige or white!  I'm hoping to add some slate blue into the mix but I think that's as much color as my OCD color fearing brain can handle.

So far, I purchased a rug for the morning room, some dried hydrangeas on Etsy to make a simple (bland lol) arrangement on the table, a cute little message board for the kitchen next to the pantry on the wall, a hall tree for the mudroom, trash can converter for the cabinet in the island, curtains from Ikea, and curtain rods from home depot

I will post up some pics once everything arrives, should have it before our fancy dinner party we are hosting on the 6th next month for our friends.  I'm making my famous lasagna and my Grandma's meta balls recipe, I'm excited to host everyone and cook up a nice big meal and actually use our new morning room chairs for the first time!

Here is the rug that I just bought on Amazon for $409.00 it's an 8' x 11'2 viscose rug by Safavieh.  Free shipping with my Prime membership (best purchase EVER!  I buy sooo much on there, at least a few packages a week are arriving at my door with the "amazon prime" tape on it!)

 Here is what the curtains will look like hung, they look much more expensive, only 50 bucks per PAIR!  What a steal!  They give off that rustic simple charm, very natural

Curtain rods by Home Decorators from Home Depot, $40/ ea they extend to 144" they are simple and will go with the bronze lighting we have now
 Ikea curtains (stock picture from website)
 The hydrangeas I bought on Etsy to make a centerpiece on the table, I hate fake flowers so I opted for Dried, they are only 30 bucks a bunch (not including shipping, which was 16 bucks!) but it's cheap than buying a fake arrangement or a pre-made one, I just want to do something simple, like place them in a rustic wood planter
 Here is the hall tree we got at Home Decorators website, it was on sale and a steal with free shipping, $275.00 including tax

And here is my adorable little message board!  I am OCD, so I HATE puting stuff om my fridge, It gives me chills thinking about it, so this is a cute and decorative solution and it will fill that blank space next to the pantry on the wall, I got it on joss and main