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Rugs, Rugs, Rugs, Plus Plans for August’s Room

Staring at those photos of August’s room while I edited them and wrote up my post last week made it increasingly evident that the gray rug in there needed to go. I rolled it up later that day while Brandon had all of the kids at the park, and I rearranged the furniture while they were gone too.

August’s reaction could have gone two ways. Mild interest in the novelty of the new, or absolute hatred with a side of resistance to change. When he got back, I called him upstairs and told him I had a surprise for him in his room. I was met with a hug and the biggest smile. “Oh, it’s so beautiful!” Not what I expected to come out of his mouth, but I’ll take it.

August's Room

I took the safety rail off of the bed when I changed the room’s layout, and I’m pleased to report that August has only tumbled out of bed once since then. He was so sleepy and out of it that he didn’t even remember it the next morning. Parenting win! (The kid was fine. You gotta learn to sleep in a normal bed some time, right? And anyway, his is super low to the ground, so you know. Not too far to fall.)

I brought in a white rug that we already owned so that there would still be a soft surface to play on (or fall out of bed onto). I feel like this is about as good as that wall color can look, and it’s not looking great. The curtains and artwork though, I like, and those are definitely staying.

Plans for August's Room

Rugs, rugs, rugs. Stick with what I’ve got, or…

Fun & Coloful

Colorful Rugs

  1. Boucherouite Rug, The Land of Nod

  2. Gypsy Stripe Woven Cotten Rug, Dash & Albert

  3. Melita Flokati Rug, Anthropologie

  4. Magical Thinking Triangle Chindi Rag Rug, Urban Outfitters

  5. Paint Palette Rug, The Land of Nod

  6. Carrousel Lattice Rug, Lulu & Georgia

  7. Delphine Rug (Ruby and Teal), Lulu & Georgia

  8. Salma Wool Shag Rug, West Elm

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Stick with Ivory

Neutral (Ivory) Rugs
Our rug has long been discontinued, but these are similar if you’re in the market.

  1. Honeycomb Textured Wool Rug, West Elm

  2. Textured Wool Rug, PB Kids

  3. Moorish Tile Rug, Pier 1

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Neutral & Geometric

Neutral Geometric Rugs

  1. Woven Geo Fringe Kilim Rug (Navy), PB Kids

  2. Magical Thinking Printed Boucherouite Rug, Urban Outfitters

  3. Azi Rug, CB2

  4. Threshold™ Aztec Fleece Area Rug, Target

  5. Torres Wool Kilim (Iron), West Elm

  6. Herald Rug, Anthropologie

  7. Delaney Rug (Navy), PB Kids

  8. Oslo Wool Dhurrie Rug, CB2

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What do you think? Are there any other good options that I may have missed?

Art from Minted (With a Giveaway!)

Minted is a marketplace that hosts regular competitions to source all their art from a global community of independent artists. They recently invited me to select a few of my favorite prints, and they’re hosting a $500 giveaway so that one of my readers can do the same! Details and instructions for entering are at the end of this post.

I chose three pieces, intending to group and hang them together above a vintage wooden bench in the hallway. August spotted and loved the Happy Faces print by Kim Johnson though, and he asked if I would hang it in his room.

Happy Faces Art Print from Minted

Maybe all those happy faces will shine down on him and put him in a good mood when he’s having a cranky four-year-old kind of day. (A parent can hope, right?)

Happy Faces Art Print from Minted

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The happy faces print was the largest, and it was to be the anchor in my group of three. With that one having been relocated, I set about finding new spots for the other two prints.

We did a ton of work to the hallway on the second floor, reconfiguring the layout, knocking down walls and putting up new ones, smoothing it all out, laying new flooring, and upgrading the lighting. But we haven’t stripped the paint on the window and doorframe yet, and while it would be great to skim coat the walls and remove or replace the carpet in the stairway, it isn’t a priority. Hanging something pretty (Peony Bottle, by Betty Hatchett) draws my eye to the art and lets me kind of ignore the rest.

Minted Art in the Hallway

Remember the armoire with the crazy striped surprise inside that we painted? Here it is in place, a little further down the other side of the hallway. A low-maintenance plant, a thrifted lamp, and a radio have been hanging out on top, and I added my third Minted print over it — Mid-Century Moments, by That Girl Studio.

Armoire as Linen Storage in the Hallway, with Art Above

Giveaway

I narrowed my list of dozens of favorites on Minted down to the three you see above, but it wasn’t easy to choose. They have tons of cute prints! Luckily for you, Minted is giving away a $500 credit so that one reader can choose a bunch of their favorites too. You have until midnight, June 28 to enter. Visit Minted to enter and for the complete rules. Good luck!

While this was a sponsored opportunity from Minted, all content and opinions expressed here are my own.

* Congratulations to the winner, Stephanie!

Cut the Cord(s)

All opinions are 100% mine.

NeoCon is a huge annual show for the commercial interiors industry held at The Merchandise Mart, here in Chicago. I attended the show last week for the debut of the new wireless Corian® Charging Surface, and you guys. We are living in the future.

NeoCon 2015, The Merchandise Mart, Chicago
Wireless Charging at NeoCon 2015 in Chicago with #CorianPowerUp

You probably already know Corian®. It’s a solid-surface material that comes in 110 colors and patterns that can be custom-cut and fabricated with near seamless installation. It’s durable, stain-resistant, and easy to clean, so while most people are familiar with as a countertop for the kitchen or bathroom, it’s often used for commercial and hospitality applications too.

Corian and Zodiac Colors

The Corian® Charging Surface is a transmitter that can be installed below the surface of a counter to wirelessly charge smart devices, stopping automatically when the battery is full. Zodiaq® quartz counters work with the technology too and there’s no difference in appearance with it installed (unless you want to add an identifying mark), so you get this secret little charging spot that doesn’t change the design of your room! We usually have a phone or tablet (or both) charging in our kitchen, and the tangle of cords drives me nuts. I’m forever gathering everything up to squirrel it all away in a drawer, so to be able to charge everything without wires would be awesome.

Samsung is already offering phones that can be charged wirelessly, but you can adapt other phones with a special case or Powermat® wireless charging ring. Powermat® is also making the technology work for commercial spaces (coffee shops, restaurants, airports, etc.) with multiple charging spots and remote cloud-based management. Both the residential and commercial transmitters’ firmware can be updated and are PMA and Qi compatible to support upcoming technology.

Wireless Charging with #CorianPowerUp

I liked the new Corian® design at the show that looked like marble (without marble’s tendency to stain and etch), and it would work in almost any kitchen or bath. I was into some of the darker options though — almost black, but with enough interest to keep them from looking flat. A dark counter with painted cabinetry in a beautiful color and an integrated Corian® Charging Surface would be fantastic. Adding one to a piece of furniture in an entryway or mudroom would be smart too. And wouldn’t it be amazing for the technology to take off on a large enough scale so that you could head out with your phone, sans-cords and cables, confident that there would be a spot where you could set your phone down to charge wirelessly? Hello, future.

You can follow Corian® on Facebook and Corian® Twitter to keep up with them and their latest innovations.

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