Monthly Archives: February 2012

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This week I’m grateful for:


Under Rug Swept

Back in December I ordered a lovely 8’3 x 11′ rug from Overstock to go in the living room under the sofa: the Handmade Soho Chrono Grey/ Ivory New Zealand Wool Rug.

When this monster arrived, we dragged all 90 pounds of it upstairs, opened it, & … hated it.

It’s not gray – it’s absolutely light blue. It’s listed as gray by Overstock, it looks gray on screen, but Safavieh labeled it (correctly) as blue & ivory on the actual rug.

The return process a complete pain in the ass because Overstock wouldn’t pay to get someone to come pick it up. We rewrapped it to best of our ability, stuffed it in my Honda Accord & I returned it to a Fedex Office store right before we left for the mountains for Christmas.

I was really worried that the rug would be damaged on its way back to Safavieh because we didn’t have the proper materials to protect it. I’ve had Overstock give me a partial refund in the past because they claimed there was lint on a clothing item that I never wore & returned immediately.

Luckily, they gave me a full refund when I pestered them about it a month after I sent the rug back.

The next rug we considered was the gray 9’6 x 13 x’6 Safavieh Soho Collection SOH821C Handmade New Zealand Wool Area Rug. (It was only $801 at the time, the price has since shot up.)

This rug was a lot bigger, & would extend from the edges of the 12 foot long sofa we have. I loved this rug but something didn’t feel right about it. I’m glad we didn’t get it because after thinking about it for a month, it would be too much dark gray for that corner of the room.

The rug I’m currently LOVING is the 8′ x 10′ Diamond Trellis Dhurrie Rug in Peacock Teal.

This rug is gorgeous. It’s a little smaller, but I think we’ll prefer that since we want to define the living room area & a rug that extended from the edges of the sofa would “leak” into the not-yet-defined reading area in front of the mirrors. I guess that will make more sense with pictures. Anyways. The color. Peacock teal. As in, NOT GRAY. I think it’ll add an awesome burst of color (that’s not aubergine like everything else colorful right now) & fits perfectly into the “Earthy Neutrals” color scheme.  This rug feels like The One.

Cheesy Bread


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper*
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes OR 1 cup of shredded cheese
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons of butter, melted
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten OR 1 tablespoon of milled flaxseed & 3 tablespoons of water


Heat oven to 350. 
Grease a 9×5 loaf pan.

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cayenne pepper, & black pepper.
 Carefully stir in cheese until covered in flour mixture. This will help prevent your cheese sinking to the bottom of your loaf of bread.

In a different bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients.
 Fold the wet mixture into the flour & cheese mixture. 
Stir until just combined. Don’t over stir.

Pour & spread the mixture into the loaf pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes.

Let cool 10 minutes & then remove from pan. Allow to cool for one hour before slicing and serving.

*I use 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper for a little more heat.

Recipe from: Praying for Parker

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The Perfect Gray

We started with three paint samples on the walls: (top to bottom) Moonshine by Benjamin Moore, Tranquil by Valspar, & Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams.

Then there were five: (top to bottom) Secret Passage by Olympic, Going Gray by Olympic, Moonshine by Benjamin Moore, Tranquil by Valspar, & Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams.

Then there were eight: (top to bottom) Secret Passage by Olympic, Going Gray by Olympic, Moonshine by Benjamin Moore, Tranquil by Valspar, Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams, Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore, Wickham Gray by Benjamin Moore, & Arctic Gray by Benjamin Moore.

Then we made our choice: Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore.

This isn’t our kitchen, it’s Katie Miller’s kitchen from Little Things Bring Smiles, but her cabinet & counter top tones are similar to what we have, so this color instantly drew me in.

This gray is going in our kitchen, dining room, & living room because they’re all connected & open. I don’t think it’ll feel like a sea of gray because we’ll be breaking it up with pops of color from pillows, art, rugs & accent furniture. I am SO excited to start painting.

Very Good Things

This week I’m grateful for: