Black and Blue

Ever borrow something from a friend, and then after seeing how good it looks on you, you wish you didn’t have to give it back? That’s kind of the situation here, except it’s my house that’s wearing the borrowed item. A rug, in this case. And a couple of pillows.

Teal Sofa, Black Walls, Blue Loloi Rug | Making it Lovely

I’d been seeing Loloi popping up in the design world a lot lately, and when they reached out about a potential partnership, we decided that it would be fun to feature one of their rugs by styling it in my home. I chose one of my favorites (JO-10 in indigo/blue, from their new Journey collection) and it was on its way here.

Pink Tulips

Teal Sofa, Black Walls, Blue Loloi Rug | Making it Lovely

Loloi has rugs in a huge variety of styles. I almost went with their Sahara rug, but I thought it would be fun to try out something with a more saturated color palette. The blue is so beautiful, isn’t it? I wasn’t sure how it would play against my sofa, but it’s working. Oh, yes it is.

Teal Sofa, Black Walls, Blue Loloi Rug | Making it Lovely

Since everything was sent on loan to be photographed, it will be on its way back to Loloi soon and I’ll be sad to see it go. The floors are bare throughout most of the first floor right now and I’d forgotten how nice it is to have a soft, plush rug underfoot, let alone one so pretty. I find myself standing in the doorway, checking out the room the way you might put on something new and check yourself out in the mirror. Lookin’ good, room.

Loloi Pillows and Rug

Teal Sofa, Black Walls, Blue Loloi Rug | Making it Lovely

The pillows by Loloi will be in stores soon, and I think that at the very least I’m going to need to get one of those multicolored pillows for keeps. The rugs are available now though, in retailers across the nation and online through sites like Wayfair and Rugs Direct.

Teal Sofa, Black Walls, Blue Loloi Rug | Making it Lovely

So fun to see the room dressed a bit differently, and rugs always have the power to really change a room. What do you think? Are you liking the black and blue together in the room as much as I am?

Style: Like a Moth

Spring is almost here! Are you feeling it where you live, too? The temperatures climbed above 30° this week, and I was so excited, I showed a bit of ankle the other day like a hussy. I’m eager to wear the pair of striped shoes that I picked up recently ($22 bucks, and super cute), but I figure I should wait for the slush and snow piles to melt first. A little ankle is one thing, but showing the whole top of the foot? Who do you think I am?

Anyway. I want to wear this whole outfit right now, bare legs, stripey shoes, and all.

Style: Like a Moth…

  1. The Good Machinery, Ciclop Bracelet, Adorn Milk
    A whole stack of ‘em, just like that.

  2. Derek Cardigan Glasses, Coastal
    Keyhole bridge = nerdy chic.

  3. Nars Lipstick in Gipsy, Sephora
    My go-to color these days. Like my natural lip color, but with a bit more oomph.

  4. Moth to a Flame Shift Dress, Gorman
    My favorite scarf is printed with beetles all over it. If I had this dress, I could start a small collection of insect-themed clothing, and life would be awesome.

  5. Dream Collective Brass Levine Earring, Belljar
    Simple, but with enough detail to make them interesting.

  6. Bernice Taper Toe Two Piece Flats, Target
    Adorable, affordable. Perfect spring shoes.

  7. The Zip Transport Bag, Madewell
    I carry a similar tote most days, but I wish mine had a zipper. This one does.

The Playroom’s #100reveal Makeover

I’ve been making over four spaces in my home over the course of four weeks, using just $100 from Target each time, plus GE reveal® LED light bulbs. I’ve also had a total of $4000 in Target gift cards and plenty of GE reveal® lighting to give away so that each week, 10 readers win everything they need for their own #100reveal makeovers! The rules and information are at the bottom of this post, so be sure to enter.

You’ve already seen what I’ve done to update my dining room and work space, and this week I worked on our playroom.

The Playroom, Before

The room is divided into a few different zones with one side set up for art projects, plenty of toys on shelves and a big open space in the middle for playing, and then what I jokingly refer to as the kids’ apartment, over by the window. There’s a nicely stocked play kitchen, a small table and chairs for hosting tea parties, and a couple of chairs that divide the space and provide a spot for the grownups to sit. That’s the side I focused on for my #100reveal makeover. I used my budget at Target to pick up a wire cubby, a large wire basket, a clock, picture frame, and some fake flowers for the kids’ table.

#100reveal Makeover Supplies from Target and GE reveal® Lighting

The cubby, picture frame, and clock were hung on the wall to the left of the play kitchen. The cubby is acting as a pantry, the sweet print in the frame is from Petit Pippin, and I figure every kitchen (pretend or not) needs a clock.

Playroom Toy Kitchen

Clock, Petit Pippin Framed Print, and Cubby with Play Food

I like to have fresh flowers on our dining table, so the kids like having them for their table too and an artificial arrangement is more practical for them to play with. The wire basket holds stuffed animals for tea parties.

Making it Lovely's Playroom

Wire Toy Basket

I sewed those patterned curtains years ago for my studio, back when I was running my stationery shop and before Brandon and I had any kids. I loved the pattern then and I still do, all these years later! (The fabric is called “Mom’s Couch” by Moda, but it was discontinued ages ago.) There are three lights in the playroom: one in the ceiling fan, a floor lamp, and a matching task lamp. Swapping out their bulbs for GE reveal®& LED bulbs really made that pattern in the curtains pop! The white walls looked far better at night too, without the former lighting’s yellow cast.

The difference between GE reveal® and ordinary lighting

You can see more of this week’s #100reveal makeover in action in the video below.

Wire Toy Basket

Eleanor and August patiently waited for me to finish up working on the room so they could come up to play. The new additions were a big hit, and the lighting made it much nicer to be up there as the sun went down.

Playing in the Playroom

Tea Party in the Playroom

Giveaway

Do you have a playroom or other fun space in need of some updating? Comment below about setting up the perfect place to relax and play using GE reveal® and a $100 gift card to Target, mentioning #100reveal for your chance to win!

There will be ten winners drawn. See the complete rules for more information, and good luck!

GE LightingI’m so excited to be a GE reveal® #100reveal sponsored blogger. Opinions are my own, projects have been chosen by me, and additional products used in the project were selected by me and provided by GE reveal®.

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