The following email excerpt from The Hubs (who is currently at A school and not privy to my decorating shenanigans): ” I finally saw your website yesterday and “cowhide”? Well, i hope you are not planning to put a cowhide rug over our carpet.”
Oops! My appreciation of cowhide rugs began long before The Hubs shipped off for military training. I found a cowhide rug on Craigslist for $50 (!) but The Hubs, a trained agroeconomist who actually put up his own livestock business, assured me cowhide would be coarse and unhygienic for the bedroom. Me, being the [insert-adjective-that-implies-I-am-not-completely-hard-headed] wife that I am, listened to his sage advice… and put the rug in the living room instead :P In all fairness, he was able to view the rug within the 30 day return policy window so returning it was an option. Update: He didn’t hate it!
It might be hard to see in this screenshot but I got a heck-of-a-deal on these rugs. I staked out Rugs USA for a coupon (75% off, nice right?) and got my cowhide for $172. That was the final price, no tax, no S&H. Lemme put that in perspective, Ikea sells cowhides for $199 and you still have to pay tax and lug it home. I got this puppy for less and it arrived right on my front door step. Cheaper and more convenient that Ikea, people! That’s the first and probably last time I’ll ever make that statement.
I also snagged a 5×8 jute number for $67. The intention was to layer the rugs but the cowhide turned out to be a bit larger than I expected so I added the jute rug to the dining room. Side note: I was impressed with the packaging. Totally minimal yet effective. Just something I personally think about when ordering merchandise online (I try to minimize my “footprint” as much as possible) so I’m passing on this tidbit along in case you do, too.The verdict! I lurrrve it! And Anak does, too (he immediately took to lying down on it). It’s soft and luxurious and better than I expected and did I mention I love it?Getting back to phase one of the living room makeover, here’s the before.And here’s some progress. I think I’m doing fairly well of staying within the guidelines of the mood board I created. And yes, that’s a fiddle leaf plant! I had all but given up the prospect of ever owning one (my local nurseries never have them in stock and they go for well over $100 online) but I spotted Lilly Filly (I really should refrain from my plants given their mortality rate) at Ikea for $12.99!!! Our couch. I think I’ll be moving on to the space above the couch very soon. And swapping out the coffee tables. And getting pillow covers. And, and, and…!The loveseat. My mama gifted me the Ikea laundry basket I had on my wish list. I feel like I need to find a better way to position it so it’s not so hidden.And as promised, here are some shots of the drop cloth curtains I created. Here they are all bunched up. The masking tape was where I had planned to hem them. It’s almost a good thing I didn’t because I would have been waaay off!A close up of the fabric. It was pretty easy to get clean lines. Christina had asked the color of the stripes I painted and while I don’t have a paint name it’s almost the exact same color as masking tape (sexy, I know).These curtain rods have gotten a bit dinged up with all the moving but honestly I’m really enjoying the weathered look. And here’s the other side of the living/dining room cause you know I had to stash my junk somewhere to get some photos of a clean room! Most of it is actually Christmas decorations that I’m still in the process of putting away.
Recap of New Additions to the Living Room:
- Cowhide Rug
- Striped Drop Cloth Curtains
- Fiddle Leaf Plant
- Five Down Pillow Inserts
- Laundry Basket
(This post is not sponsored by and is in no way affiliated with Rugs USA).
Other than the items I already pointed out (pillow covers, art above the couch and a new coffee table), any other glaring updates I’m overlooking?