Who’s ready for a post that’s not about Christmas?! If you’re like me, there’s not much that’s not about Christmas going on in your actual life right now, so it’s kind of a relief to read about something else on a blog at least.
I usually blog pretty much in real time….we finish a project, and then blog about it within the week. But right now I am terribly behind on blogging. I have at least two stuff-we-did-in-our-house blog posts that I need to write, and then some other types of posts that I’d like to get to, too. CRAZY! Like my non-sleeping baby who wakes up whenever I try to type anything. I think that’s crazy, how babies do that, because sleep is WONDERFUL, and they really should realize that. He’s awake right now, in fact, but Dave is up there with him, because we’re Trying Something New.
Where was I?
Ah yes. A LONG time ago–like WEEKS ago–I went to Ikea to buy a rug for my library. I had long had in mind the black and white striped Stockholm rug. I’d kind of wanted an indoor-outdoor rug instead of wool, so I’d looked around for alternatives, but I kept coming back to that one. I was sure it was going to be perfect.
My friends Kristi and Tracy and I arranged to leave our giant mess of children at home with their fathers and have a glorious adults-only Ikea trip. Kristi never liked my rug at all. She compared it to an optical illusion that looks like it’s moving even though it’s not. But I was SO SURE it was the right rug. So I bought it.
I brought it home and put it down in the library. Dave said, “that rug gives me a headache.”
I would like to point out that Dave had previously voiced his approval of the rug, after seeing it online.
Okay, so here’s the rug:
Seeing it in the picture is kind of making me have second thoughts again. But in person, I had to agree with Kristi and Dave that it was not really the right rug.
So the very next day Dave and I (and all the kids this time) went back to Ikea to exchange the rug. (24 hours was as long as we could safely leave the old rug rolled up in the house without being worried someone would come along and completely destroy it, rendering it unreturnable).
I’ve seen the Lappljung rug a million times online, and I’ve always liked it. I think the reason it turns up so often is because it’s $99! Compared to $300 for the (slightly bigger) Stockholm rug. It’s synthetic instead of wool, but I think that’s actually probably a good thing in our household. I’m hoping it means easier to clean (so far–knock wood–I haven’t had occasion to test this theory).
Okay, so here it is:
And then, because one thing leads to another, I needed new curtains. And these are only $15 a pair, I think? And they have BIRDS:
They need to be hemmed. Because they’re from Ikea.
The room is feeling so much airier and brighter now. Next stop: coffee table!
Oh, and with the $200 we saved exchanging rugs, we bought dishes! And went out to lunch.