Wednesday, March 20, 2013

My Happy Room: Mid Century Furniture, Gray Walls, Dinosaurs and Apothecary Jars, and Lots of Sunshine

I've recently made some small changes to the living room, and I'm so pleased: Two weekends ago, I got a new Mid Century end table. And last month, I got rid of the ultra-modern rug. The dogs mistook it for a toilet one too many times, and I was relieved to see it go. *hee hee* I bought it five years ago, before I'd grown into my style, and it didn't really work with the things I accumulated later. Now the mix of fun little oddities and open, uncluttered space make me happy.

Since Keith and all his stuff moved in, I've been reluctant to add ANYTHING new to our place. But when I saw this little end table on Pre to Post Modern's Facebook page a few weeks ago, I got excited. I've been looking for a wooden mid-century end table with a medium-dark finish for a few years now. For far too long, everything I found was either blonde wood, or laminate, or just too darn expensive. I visited the shop, measured the table, and it was exactly the same height as the sofa. I knew I had to have it! Isn't it cute? I like those long, gently curved drawer handles and the pretty wood grain.


The only marking I can find on it is a paper label in the top drawer that says Kent's for Contemporary, but I believe that's a store label, not a manufacturer's label. Apparently that was a store in St. Louis that also sold Milo Baughman... ooh la la! But it's okay that I didn't find any maker's marks, because I was looking for a table, not a museum piece. I'm just glad to have a smaller end table! The previous one was much too large for the space, too tall to comfortably use while sitting on the sofa, and it was black with a glass top. I hate glass top tables! At my house, they always look dirty.

If you want to see the before, check it out under the cut. It's not pretty!


The old table didn't fit with the rest of the furniture at all, and it had a bigger footprint than I liked. See how it jutted out toward the blue chair? That corner was crowded. And the patterned rug had a lot of personality, but it was so busy and dirty. I loved it for four years, but I don't miss it now. The room could use a rug, I know I know I know! But as long as we're living with the dogs in such a small space, I don't think it's a good idea to put a rug in the main room. They'll just tear it up. 

But hey, while I have your attention, what kind of rugs do you dog owners find to be most pet-proof? All advice is welcome!


15 comments:

  1. That end table is perfect! You can't beat Pre to Post Modern for both value and gorgeous pieces. I also really love your wall color. We've tried several times to get the right gray but have never been able to do it. That color is perfect. And yeah, we'd love to have rugs to but with kitties? Ain't gonna happen. That piece of furniture next to the window is GORGEOUS.

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    1. Thank you! It's funny; at this point most of my furniture came from Pre to Post! My desk, desk chair, sofa, coffee table, end table, filing cabinet, side chair, dining chairs, and the credenza the TV sits on all came from Karen's shop. At this point, she gets excited and comes and chats with us when we stop by the shop. I think she sees dollar signs when Keith and I walk in. :D

      One of the only things that ISN'T from her shop is the big cabinet in the corner by the window. Pretty much every member of my extended family has had that thing in their home at some point. I think it's 70s does Spanish style? I like having one piece that contrasts sharply with the rest so it doesn't look too matchy.

      I'm glad you like the gray! It's Dark Ash by Behr.

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  2. Gosh I love your living room! The gray wall looks so good with your couch. And your curio cabinet in the corner? Love it! I've actually been wanting a phrenology head for a while now. Can you come over and help me decorate? No really. For real.

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    1. Thank you! Your house is pretty perfect, in my opinion. But do get a phrenology head... they're fun to dress up! :D My mother gave me mine in a bizarre mother-daughter psychic incident. I blogged about it last summer, I think.

      Let's set a decorating date! For real. I'd love that. Keith is going to be in Vegas on business next week (HA! That sounds so grown up!), and I'll need stuff to do. I'll text you.

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  3. Ohhhh! I love the paint color you chose. Also, that lamp and your pillows? Perfect! As for rugs, we unfortunately have a carpeted home (ugh) so I don't have any recommendations. We have trouble with our cat and the couch... she thinks it's a scratch post.

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    1. Thanks! Megan, I always feel flattered when you stop bu because your blog is so good. The paint is called Dark Ash by Behr. And I made the pillows myself, so I'm super tickled that you noticed them. :)

      Cats make it so hard to have nice things. Our Stella has clawed the OTHER end of the sofa to pieces. For some reason, she only likes that side? Cats are weird!

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  4. I think I remember seeing that table online and loving it. SO CUTE! Also, Your couch is so perfect especially with all the cute throw pillows. Its good to see that you are melding you and Keith's style so well.

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    1. Thanks! I made those pillows, and the whole time I worked on them, I thought of Lladybird Lauren. I refused to do anything half-assed. I was all, "What would Lauren do?" :)

      Pre to Post had pictures online of a slightly larger but otherwise identical piece. It was the kind of furniture you'd put in an entry hall with flowers on top. They actually had a matching pair of those! I wanted them so bad, but we have no place to put them. They might still be there?

      It's funny, the only things in this picture that are actually Keith's are the digital picture frame and the Firefly posters on the wall. We just have really similar taste. Or I like guy stuff? :D

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    2. hahah. well it looks unisex and blended...so that works well. I am already thinking ahead to when me and jamie make the jump to cohabitation and I am excited and scared about combining our stuff.

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  5. you know, i've seen diys where people paint the old rug however they want. i'm sorry i don't remember any specific references for one. . but i feel like i've seen them for both indoor and outdoor spaces + ways to "waterproof" them— so perhaps that is something dog people would be into? ahhh, perhaps i am crazy— painting a rug?! just let the hardwood shine, i say!

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  6. We have two dogs and three cats, and we have indoor/outdoor rugs from Pier One in our living/dining room. They're really durable and can be swept or vacuumed. Most dirt comes right off, but if it doesn't, they can actually be taken outside and hosed down and then dry in the sun. They work great with our pets.

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  7. I have the same leather chair. Can you tell me anything about it, including what it's called?

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    1. Is yours leather? Mine isn't leather; it's some sort of rough synthetic material. Unfortunately, it's unmarked and has no identifiers on it; I searched online and couldn't find any specific information that I was sure pertained to my own chair. Most people seem to call them "disc chairs," but other than that I got nothin'. Sorry!

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  8. pets and rugs-never a good combo. my rug became hairball city and the rebellion toilet area every time I went on vacation. so gross! I finally got rid of it and bought some FLOR carpet tiles. you can mix and match them to create your own patterns, change out individual tiles to freshen up a room, they're made from recycled materials, and best of all, you can pull up individual tiles and wash them right in the sink. so nice to get rid of the hairball rug and take back control of my floor. what a relief! :) and they make lots of ones that work well with mid
    century and mod decor. might be an option to try!

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    1. I've heard about FLOR, but I'm skeptical about its ability to stay together and look and feel like one big cohesive rug. Do they really stay in place nicely?

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