Bedroom Closet / Dressing Room The Victorian House

Talking Rugs and Lighting (Aren’t I Always?)

The closet is looking good, and it’s so close to being done.

Closet Sneak Peek

The couple of sneak peeks above are on Instagram, and if you follow me on Snapchat, you might have seen the design plan for the closet. I was thinking of using a pink rug and bench. Either something all pink like Pottery Barn’s Leila tufted rug, or in a pattern that features the color prominently like Caitlin Wilson’s Kismet rug. We had an antique/vintage (no details on how old it is) Tibetan meditation rug in the hallway though that’s mostly red with a little pink, and it looks great in the closet. Our hallway is a bit more naked now, but that hallway is in serious need of repair right now anyway after all of the rewiring work on the second floor (another story for another day).

Small Patterned Rugs

I ordered a small tufted ottoman from Target in pink that hasn’t arrived yet. Then I saw the same ottoman in the store in a pretty grayish blue color that hadn’t been listed online. I brought it home yesterday and the other is due to arrive tomorrow, so I’ll keep whichever is better with the rug.

Which means there are only three more things to do, and then the closet is done!

  1. Sew a sink skirt.
    Easy enough, I was just waiting on the rug so I can choose fabric. Moving ahead with that one.

  2. Hem the curtains.
    Easy peasy.

  3. Find a new light.
    Not so easy, but it needs to happen.

Yeah, so the light. I put up one of the fixtures from downstairs because why not? I’ll tell you why not: it’s way to low and I bump into it constantly. I knew that the scale was wrong, but I figured it would be fine and buy some time until I found something else. It wasn’t a visual assault on my eyes or anything, it just looked silly, being to big. I failed to take into account how annoying and potentially dangerous it would be — I’m worried I might break the glass.

I came across this image that I posted here in 2011, before I had ever set foot in our Victorian.

New York Brownstone Entry

Beautiful, right? And I’ve been so drawn to that simple style of lighting lately. I want to replace our foyer pendant and was considering something similar, but now I’m also considering it in a smaller, semi-flush mount version for the closet. I’m still not 100%, but I think it could work.

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  • Danielle
    January 28, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Love that Caitlin Wilson rug! Thanks, too, for a new source of rugs – and textiles!
    But your vintage runner looks great in that space. Fingers crossed that the pink stool will work with it – it’s adorable!

  • Alisa
    January 28, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Couldn’t find you on snapchat!

    • Making it Lovely
      January 29, 2016 at 10:44 am

      I’m makingitlovely over there (and everywhere). :)

  • Amy
    January 29, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Hi Nicole! Since this is a rug post it’s probably a convenient time for me to ask my burning question…

    When you went to Morocco what were rug prices like? I’m thinking like gigantic room sized rugs.


    • Making it Lovely
      February 2, 2016 at 11:14 am

      There are not a lot of gigantic room sized rugs — most are small, narrow, and not in standard sizes. That said, they are out there, but it will take some digging (and be prepared for a long shopping process). Prices are not SUPER cheap, but definitely less expensive than they would be here.

  • Kristina
    February 2, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Do you ever thrift shop or hit antique or flea markets? It would be way more interesting that rounding up pottery barn finds.

    • Making it Lovely
      February 2, 2016 at 11:13 am

      Of course. Kind of a funny question on this post when the rug I’m going with is a flea market find!

  • Amanda
    February 4, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    I just saw that some colors of the ottoman are on sale for $56 with an additional 10% off. Not sure if you got it at this price, but thought I would let you know!

  • Lindsay
    February 9, 2016 at 12:28 am

    Ahh, that Kismet rug! I need a new one for my living room (so I’d need a 5×7, and that’s $$) but wow that’s a beaut. Time to start saving those pennies!

  • The Closet is Finished! – Making it Lovely
    February 17, 2016 at 3:21 pm

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  • Sarah Taylor
    September 6, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    I stubbled across your blog while doing a google image search for the Caitlin Wilson kismet rug. I too live in Oak Park and was excited to see what you’ve been working on here! It seems like the kismet rug was meant to be in my living room, so I’m ordering it now! I’ll keep watching to see what you’re up to next!