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Carpet Crush: Turkish Tulu Rugs

Oh, hello my pretties! Sorry, no I am not talking about you — I am referring to the deliciously fluffy Turkish rugs you will find if you scroll down a bit. Have a gander:

Turkish Tulu RugsOh yes! ABC Home currently has a nice crop of vintage Turkish Tulu rugs (some of my favorites are shown above) and I think their moment has come. Fabulously shaggy and bohemian, but with a pretty color palette ranging from vibrant pinks to sunshine yellow, or simple black and white, these rugs are calling my name! They remind me a bit of Moroccan Beni Ourains and Boucherouite rugs, but with their own distinctive patterns and colors.

Vintage Turkish Tulu Vintage Turkish TuluThese beautiful, hand-woven rugs have been made in Turkey for hundreds of years, and, like Beni Ourains, were originally used as soft and cozy bed coverings. I could see hanging a small Tulu rug on the wall, layering one over a larger rug in the living room, or laying one across the foot of the bed. What about you? Have you seen Tulu rugs before? Are you a fan?

(all images: ABC Carpet & Home)

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Apartment Therapy #stylecure: Inspiration Board

AT Style CureOur main living space serves as entry, home office, living room, and dining room — and it could definitely use some help! I’ve decided to join in on this year’s Apartment Therapy Style Cure to spruce up our living room before the holidays. Above I’ve shared my style board for this project; you can see I’ve been drawn to a crisp palette of blue and white with a hit of poppy red, classic shapes, and a bit of Parisian chic.

After doing my 10 minute mindful makeover I’ve decided to change the furniture layout of the room to improve flow, swap out a few pieces of furniture, and bring in more color, symmetry, and polish. Wish me luck!

Images. clockwise from top left: Domino Magazine (first two), Baker Ballard Interiors, Domino Magazine, Lisa Petrole Photography, Baker Ballard Interiors, Nastasi Vail Design, Domino Magazine, Wisteria.

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What I Love About My Home

Our Porch

I love my porch in the autumn. We put up the buntings and painted the porch floor linen white, and cleared away the random assortment of toys, and I’ve been really enjoying spending time here now. Bix rides his scooter back and forth across the old, deeply ridged porch and it makes a satisfying railroad track sound as he coasts by, and I soak up the last rays of a warm early autumn. I love the trees on our street, especially now with the leaves changing against a deep blue sky. I love that all of the neighbors know Bixby.

I love our old wooden floorboards, and the way everything feels so snug at night — no one is ever far out of reach in this little place! I love the chalkboard wall we painted in Bixby’s room, and the big pompoms that look like snowballs strung across it. I love the way the heaters hiss in the winter. I love peeking out onto a snowy world and feeling utterly warm and safe in our little house. I love the hush of the first big snow.

I love our backyard, and the fact that we, with our own two four six hands have remade it from standard issue patch of lawn to chicken coop and yard, and then to ever-expanding veggie garden. I love sitting outside in the summer. I love leaving the windows open and listening to birdsong in the morning and crickets at night; even though we are officially in the “city”, there are far more creature sounds and busyness surrounding us than I ever had growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area.

I love the moments spent curled up on our soft, velvety sofa, reading stories. I love the rows of glass canning jars filled with our homegrown pickles and dilly beans. I love the pencil marks on the kitchen doorjamb with handwritten dates recording how Bixby has grown. I love being able to walk to the farmer’s market down the street on a Saturday morning, or to the park to sit by the fountain, or on the grass with a picnic.

When we moved in here five years ago, it didn’t feel like home. It felt like it still belonged to someone else. Now, it feels like ours. Like we’ve made our mark on this little house, and it has made its own mark on us.

This post was my response to this creative assignment. Did you try it? If so, please feel free to share your own experience with it!

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Family Dinner

If you have little ones at home, you know that getting everyone to sit down at the table at the same time can feel next to impossible at times … let alone getting everyone to eat something (healthy)! I do think, however, that a bit of humor and a smidgen of extra fun at the table can make dinnertime a more pleasant experience for all involved. For example…

Fun finds for family dinner

Just about any food placed on this triceratops cake stand would make a kid smile.

Fun finds for family dinner

For picky don’t-let-my-food-touch-any-other-food kids, how about a cafeteria-style dinner tray?

Fun finds for family dinner

And when you crave a fancy dinner party, but know the good china will only get dropped and chipped, why not pull out a set of these gorgeous scalloped (unbreakable!) wood chargers, instead?

Come see the rest of my top 20 picks for the family dinner table on Houzz!

(Cake plate from the MoMA store; dinner tray from Schoolhouse Electric; wooden charger from Terrain)

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Follow Your Bliss Friday

Follow Your Bliss Friday

Happy Friday! It’s that time again — time to grab a cup of something yummy to drink, and give yourself the gift of a smidgen of time to pursue something important to you. Today’s FYBF is short and sweet, because I have an assignment to give you. It’s about finding some gratitude for things just as they are right now. I’m planning to do this for myself, too, and I will post about it next week!

Creative Assignment #1:

Spend at least 10 minutes straight examining what you love about your home right now. It could be anything from the objects in your home, to the color of a wall, the scent of blooms outside your window, or the sound of your child’s laughter echoing down the hall. If you like to write, write about it. If you are a photographer, do a photo essay. If you are an illustrator, draw your favorite room. If you like to talk, make a podcast! The point is both to tap into feelings of gratitude and rightness with your life where it is right now, and to flex your creative muscle. And have fun!

(image: Home of Jen and Mark on Apartment Therapy)

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