Things I Like | Rug Pad USA

I recently received my rug pad from Rug Pad USA and it’s fantastic!  I’ve had a few “slip resistant” rug pads in the past since I have tile throughout my home, but have never splurged on a really nice rug pad.  I got the Premium Lock which has felt on one side and rubber on the other so there’s actually significant grip on both sides–the rubber grip side has a grid “lock” pattern that works wells to reduce any slippage.

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Adding the rug pad immediately made my regular rug feel like it was super expensive and I sort of wonder how I ever went without.  The nice thing about the composition of the rug is that it actually has a natural rubber backing that will hold-up longer than a synthetic latex backing would… which is great because I will definitely use this pad for a long time!  However, if there are any problems with the rug, you can’t beat the 20 year warranty it comes with!

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The pad shipped quickly, came wrapped compactly, and was trimm-able even with the significant thickness.  There was a slight odor when I first received the rug pad but it wasn’t anything that didn’t dissipate within a few hours.

Do YOU have rug pads under your rugs?  If not, check out Rug Pad USA–they have a variety of options and thicknesses for all floor types and rug types so I’m sure you’ll find something you can use!


Gift Ideas | Mother’s Day

So, tomorrow is May.  What?!  How the heck did that happen so fast? Although, I’m not sure why I’m acting surprised, by the pollen count, it’s been very obvious that Spring is in full-swing.  And, of course, Spring means Mother’s Day!  We all love mom’s, don’t we?  mom’s are the best.

The relationship between a mother and daughter can be rocky during those teenage, puberty, hormone years, but when you finally grow up and realize how much your mother loves you and are able to just enjoy your relationship with her as a friend, it’s the best kind of friendship.

So, since Mother’s Day is just over a week away, I thought I’d help you out a little with some fun gift ideas for mom.

Mother's Day Gifts

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I’m not even kidding about how much I love that floral hat from Anthropologie!  Isn’t that so cute for mom?!



Design Inspiration| Laura Umansky

I’m on Houzz a lot.  Have you ever used it?!  It’s a great resource for designers and architects, and also home owners and builders.  It’s chock-full of pictures, articles, professional contacts, and advice that anybody can benefit from!  It’s similar to Pinterest in that you can create your own “boards” where you save pieces of information, but it’s strictly home-related (kitchens, baths, yards, storage, lighting, etc.) and much more detailed.  Rather than linking to a bunch of different websites, all of the information is within the Houzz website itself.

Anyway, it’s great.  And if you haven’t checked it out, you should!

In my Houzz perusing, I stumbled upon an article that featured some design work from Laura Umansky.  I had never heard of Umansky let alone seen pictures of any of her work…but as soon as I saw the pictures in this article, it was like love at first sight.  Her work is phenomenal!  She’s mastered the art of eclectic and knows exactly how to make a room feel finished without it being over-done or fussy.

Nothing feels too heavy, even when she incorporates bold patterns and vivid colors…the spaces are always cheerful.  And I love the use of large geometric shapes in furniture and art.

umansky 1umansky 2It’s clearly interesting and inspired.  She knows exactly how much neutral to mix with bold pops of color and even though almost all of the pieces in her spaces are unique, there’s no competition–everything just works.

umansky 3I guess you could call Umansky my #wcw!  If you’re interested in seeing her full portfolio, check out her website here.  Too bad she’s in Texas….

Happy Wednesday!



Color Crush | Mint

I’m over dark colors and pale skin.  It was fun while it lasted but I’m ready to move on. Even though we’ve had some 80 degree whether, it still feels a little like winter around here…maybe because of all the rain.  I’m hoping the time change this weekend will help.

Regardless, I’m looking forward to fun spring colors and one of my favorites is mint!  Mint was popular last season, but I think it’s still going to be big this year.  So this week, I’m featuring it as my color crush and I’ve put together a little board with some great mint accessories.  Maybe it’ll help us all get a head start on Spring decorating!


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What’s your Spring color crush?

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Recent Doings | Photography

Like I mentioned earlier, I like to play around in photography.  There are so many great photographers out there with incredible talent and I just love drooling over their photos.  I think I like photography because it captures a whole story in just one moment.  There are beautiful things that happen around us all the time…but they are only there for an instant and, if you’re not paying attention, are easy to miss.  If that moment is captured on camera, though, it can be enjoyed forever.

My sweet niece was born a few months ago and my sister-in-law wanted some updated family photos–here are a few shots from their session.









If you’re interested in seeing more of my photography ramblings, I’ve added a Photography tab to the blog with full sessions.  I’d love for you to check it out!  This full session is here.

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