New Living Room Rug And The Trick to Keep It In Place

Wanted to share a few updates to my living room- new rug, new side table and coffee table (not so new, but new to the blog!).

And one more new addition that you can’t exactly see- but it’s holding everything together…

This amazing rug pad from Rug Pads USA. I loved my old rug, but it had seen it’s fair share of foot traffic and dog fur after a few years. So I vacuumed the hell out of it and sold on Craigslist. I didn’t have a rug pad under my old one, and it drove me crazy. Constantly sliding out of place, bubbling up, going sideways whenever the pup decided to run sprints in the apartment. Once I decided on my rug (this beauty– on a major sale), I knew I needed to find a great pad for underneath.

I worked with Rug Pads USA awhile ago for a giveaway and my kitchen runner has an awesome pad underneath from their shop as well.

I knew next to nothing about what I needed, I just wanted a low profile pad that would prevent the movement, bubbling and slipping. They were extremely helpful in offering several choices depending on my needs- after some back and forth, they pointed out the Anchor Grip and it fit the bill- very low profile, strong grip and custom size to fit the rug.

I somehow managed to lay down the pad and the rug by myself one night- maneuvering under the very heavy sleeper sofa was an adventure- but it all worked out!

I am so thrilled with  the new look- but I’m even more excited that after a month of walking, furniture moving, pup running, etc… it hasn’t moved an inch!

Rug pads can definitely be an investment- but well worth it in my opinion. It helps preserve the rug itself (and your floors underneath) AND not having to lift up the couch on a daily basis to slide a rug back in place has been an amazing bonus. I’ve tried plenty of cheap ‘netting’ style rug grip pads in the past, and from my experience, they do next to nothing and usually cause more of a problem by rolling up under the rug. So the next time you’re in the market for a new rug (or you want your current one to stop sliding all over the place) – head over to Rug Pads USA. They have a multitude of styles for every need- low profile, thicker for cushioning, natural materials, strong grip, you name it!

    

Now a couple shots of my other new additions- side table from Target- sold my other one on Craigslist.

The coffee table was a new addition last year, but I don’t think I ever covered it on the blog- this beauty from West Elm really opened up the space and tied in with the other marble pieces in the apartment. My old one was so dark and bulky and now I can’t imagine anything else. Also a little shout out to my new-ish pillows- all from Target. Here’s an old shot of the living room with former coffee table, side table, rug and pillows to see the difference! I’m also planning a little lighting switch-up, but more on that later.

Thanks for following along- slowly but surely getting back into the swing of blogging.   

Everything in this post was purchased by me, with the exception of the Rug Pad, courtesy of Rug Pads USA. Honest review and photos by Studio Style Blog.  Thank you to the sponsors that make it possible to spruce up my space and create content for this site!

Styled Three Ways: The Coffee Table

If you missed the last Styled Three Ways post, click below:
Styled Three Ways: The Nightstand 

Next up in the series: The Coffee Table. Changing around a few elements can give you a completely different look. Check out the three different styles below:

1. Traditional with a Twist

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2. Geometric and Feminine: 2015-03-15 13.13.25 2015-03-15 13.13.29 2015-03-15 13.14.14 2015-03-15 13.14.22 2015-03-15 13.15.05 2015-03-15 13.16.04 2015-03-15 13.16.09

3. Chic Stacks: 2015-03-15 13.27.39 2015-03-15 13.27.48 2015-03-15 13.28.03 2015-03-15 13.28.30 2015-03-15 13.28.352015-03-15 13.28.45

All photos: Studio Style Blog

Which style do you like best? Comment below! And stay tuned for more Styled Three Ways posts.

Post-Christmas Refresh

Just in case any of you think my apartment always looks perfectly styled and spotless… you’re definitely wrong:2015-01-15 11.51.522015-01-15 11.52.49

After returning from the holidays, travel, packing up Christmas decorations and unpacking Christmas presents and a few new purchases, my apartment looked like a bit of a tornado zone. I used the post-Christmas cleanup as an opportunity to give the whole apartment a little refresh and a slightly new look.

Starting off with a few new throw pillows from Target:  2015-01-19 13.11.36

I was getting tired of a couple ones I’ve had on the couch for years and swapped out a few old ones for new patterns and color! 2015-01-19 13.16.48Here’s the new look on the couch! Incorporating new and old. I am slightly obsessed. It’s amazing how a few small changes can transform a space.2015-01-24 15.51.06

I also incorporated some of my new vintage finds around the apartment as well, starting with these amazing little boxwoods:2015-01-25 14.24.272015-01-25 14.24.45

And I added one of my Christmas presents, the Elements of Style book to my coffee table stack:2015-01-25 14.25.17

Bar and entryway update with a few vintage finds and my latest DIY project:

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The bar got a small refresh with the addition of my DIY Press for Champagne art and vintage brass candlesticks.

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Another angle from the entryway:2015-01-25 13.08.20

The dining area got a few small updates as well:2015-01-25 13.34.24

My mom made me a cute table runner from Ikea fabric and I added another Christmas present, these adorable West Elm salt and pepper shakers, to the table:2015-01-25 14.23.29

Last but not least, my little end table next to my couch got a fun little pop of color with a pink Oh Joy for Target cup filled with wine corks:2015-01-25 14.24.12

I love my little apartment refresh and it’s an affordable way to give a new look to your space!

Coffee Table Styling

After browsing through the Everygirl blog for inspiration, I wanted to mix things up and bring a little style to my coffee table.

As mentioned on the Everygirl blog, you only need a few items to style your coffee table:
-Books
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-Candles
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-Tray & Accessories
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-Flowers
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Here’s my before:

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Sad empty coffee table

And after:
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Much improved, don’t you think?

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