Slip Sliding No More

Wouldn't it be cool if I had one of those blogs that completely surprised their readers with a whole makeover … no lead-up, no hints dropped, just BOOM you log on to the site and there it is. A whole makeover for you to feast your eyes on. 
Shame, I'm not that kind of blog. Right?
Truth is, I tried to go for an incognito makeover in our foyer. But, then the whole oversized light fixture debacle happened. And the vintage rug from Turkey sold out from under me on etsy (who cares that I'd been eyeing it for over a month)!
So, we move on ...

You see, the delayed foyer makeover all stared because the new paper had me wishing for a more neutral rug so they don't compete as loudly :) Which means that my beloved vintage Turkish rug needed a new home and the back hallway was the lucky recipient. 
Now, I'm loving the aged, pop of beauty when I walk in from the garage/side door. I'm also loving that it's keeping the whole dang family from dragging everything on their feet straight thru to the kitchen! 

But, the story doesn't end there. We had our first snafu when a wipe-out occurred after a run down the backstairs and a slip on the threadbare vintage flat weave rug. I guess that's why they encourage rug pads, huh? Fortunately, a quick search online led me to, who offer a wide variety of pads including those made for hardwood floors and flat weave rugs. Score.
Made in the USA, custom cut to size, free and fast shipping - what more can you ask for? Plus, they have a handy "rug pads for hardwood floors" FAQ page that spells it all out for us first time buyers.

So, that's the tale of my botched foyer makeover and resulting update in the back hall. The search continues for a new foyer rug and when I find it, you better believe I'll be ordering another pad from !

If you're in the market for a new rug pad, too, use: Trade20off to receive 20% at Rug Pad USA.

Any big makeovers not going to plan in your neck of the woods? Misery loves company so tell me all about it in the comments section below.

* Thanks to Rug Pad USA for sponsoring this post and keeping us from slipping on my beloved rug. All opinions are my own. 

Until next time, 

15 Minutes

Who remembers our hallway of doors and the newly created mudroom (here)? A great, super functional space that has transformed the way our family enters and leaves the house. But, it also highlighted one big ol' eyesore. That sad little scene happening in the only bit of floor/wall space available.

Well, not anymore, y'all. 
I took advantage of a spare couple minutes on this beautiful Super Bowl Sunday afternoon, grabbed a craft brush and left over liquid leaf from the recent antler gilding project (here) and got to work.
With the girls enjoying a little trampoline (or jumpoline, as Eloise calls it) time I had 15 minutes to myself - and that's all it took to transform an old, boring mirror. 

I'm loving how the gold makes the mirror literally pop off the wall. No more boring, bland backhall for this girl. It's a small change, but one that makes me smile each and every time we come and go. And isn't that what it's all about, really? Creating small moments of happiness within your home. 

Yeah, yeah, yeah. The fresh cut purple tulips do help a bit. I'm lucky to have a hubby that likes to bring flowers home with the weekend shop. Thanks, John! After they've reached their peak, I'll probably replace them with a lowlight houseplant from Home Depot (well worth the $5 investment for months of enjoyment). I'm a big believer in adding living greenery to entryways.

Hope you had a great weekend and managed to carve 15 minutes out for yourself, too.

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