The Rug

Categories: Inspiration 7 Comments

When we heard that our offer on our home was accepted I immediately started designing a mood board. The mood board served as inspiration on color schemes and layout of rooms and decor. How did we want our home to feel? to look? I’m greatly influenced by modern vintage. I love all things from the past, especially when they have a modern twist. Also, bold and fresh patterns grab my attention. For the past few years my favorite color has been a golden saffron. I wanted one room with this as the main color and designed a scheme around it. My sweet husband knew just how long I’ve been waiting to decorate and design my own living space so he let me have at it. I was fortunate to have a little extra cash on hand since we only needed to purchase a washer and dryer and most of our furniture came from my Grandpa’s estate.

This mood board shows my color scheme and served as inspiration for our living room.

Having all hardwood floors I wanted an area rug for our living room. When I came across the Coqo floral rug at Anthropologie I fell head over heals! It was the perfect color and the pattern was bold with a vintage look. My only hesitation was the price. I’m pretty frugal, and while I love to go into Anthropologie to look at their window displays, beautiful packaging and clothing with frills, I rarely buy anything believing they are way overpriced. Immediately I started scouring the net looking for something similar. I was disappointed every time. I could find rugs with big, bold patterns but never in saffron. I could find yellow-gold rugs but never with a bold pattern. I stopped at a couple local rug stores and while the sales staff tried to find something similar they never found anything remotely resembling the rug. To make matters worse the prices at these stores were as much as 8 times higher than Anthropologie! I had no idea that nice area rugs were so costly, being that any rugs I’ve priced out came from Target (I love Target) but they did not have what I wanted either.

After doing all this research I realized the rug at Anthropologie was priced quite exceptionally for a super thick, cushy, 100% wool rug with a hand-tufted design. I placed my order and to my dismay a couple days later received an email that the yellow rug was no longer in stock. I was crushed but figured it wasn’t meant to be. I checked back often with no luck, but one day they had the yellow rug back in stock and only in the exact size I needed (coincidence? I think not). Tingly with excitement, I once again placed my order. And once again received an email a few days later. This time the rug was on back order. It would be available in 3 months. I waited and waited. I kept expecting an email that they could not fulfill my order but it never came. Three months later, I was notified that my order had shipped. This brought excitement, I couldn’t wait! It also brought fear. After wanting this rug for so long would I be disappointed? Would I have buyer’s remorse? Would the color be right? Did I order the right size? Would it be all that I had hoped it would be for the past 5 months? Well, the rug arrived a few days ago, and I’m still head over heals about it! No buyer’s remorse. No regrets. It’s perfect. It brings the room together just as I had planned before we even moved into our home.

Now to keep it clean, a no shoes policy may be in order, as well as, one guest dog at a time.

Getting the Coqo floral rug in place

Coqo floral rug with furniture

2010 Beak and Botany calendar

Categories: Items for sale, Personal Crafts 1 Comment

For those who remember my first blog post about a series of linoleum block cuts I was working on, those are finished!

Below is the final product I created with those linocuts! Introducing the 2010 Beak and Botany calendar. As the name suggests, it features a variety of birds and plant life, and one tree (which I know is not botanical, but give me a break).

Read More »

Crafty Wonderland-super colossal holiday sale

Categories: Event, Inspiration No Comments

Yesterday, my sister and I found ourselves waiting in an extremely long line waiting for the colossal holiday sale to open. As this was my first time attending, I had no idea there would be such a large crowd! I should have known that Portlanders are dearly beholden to their local handmade crafters (having attended the monthly Crafty Wonderland events at Doug Fir).

We endured the line to be pleasantly surprised that we were among the first 200 – which meant that we left with a bag of lovely swag!

Good times were had browsing among the 200+ artists and crafters’ goodies. Some Christmas shopping was done and I couldn’t help but treat myself as well. I hope you enjoy the pics of some of the things I found endearing.

Waiting in line. If you look closely the line goes all the way up the stairs, around the corner and out of view.

Waiting in line. If you look closely the line goes all the way up the stairs, around the corner and out of view.

Beards! Made out of felt and yarn. Find the beard of your dreams at

Beards! Made out of felt and yarn. Find the beard of your dreams at

Felted pickles in a jar, and other cute stuff!

Felted pickles in a jar, and other cute stuff from Shamui. View her work at

Beautiful letterpress art from Lulu Dee. See there stuff at

Beautiful letterpress art from Lulu Dee. Visit their shop at