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!

2016 Holiday Decor

Wanted to share a few shots of my holiday decor this year. I always try to do something slightly different than previous years. You can see last year’s decor here and here. By putting decor in different places or arranging it in a new way, it feels fresh and new- and that way- you don’t need to buy a ton of decor every year. I added a few new pieces but overall used 90% of what I had previously.

Now that I have a pup, I went with a slightly smaller tree in the 4-5 foot range this year instead of 6+. Looks a little wonky before the branches fell and before it was decorated… Improving with lights and ribbon! Last year I had the ribbon wrapped around the width of the tree. I wanted to reuse the ribbon but try something new this year. So I DIY’d a giant bow at the top and tied multiple strands of ribbon to it so it was cascading vertically around the entire tree. I was a bit skeptical at first but I love how it turned out.   Someone just hanging out with a new toy and a tiny tree skirt from year’s past 🙂  And here it is with ornaments on!Rewarded myself with some hot chocolate 🙂 One of my new additions- this gorgeous marble tree from target.  Quick and easy decor- add ornaments to a bowl, vase, etc.  Last year I had the jingle bell strand on the credenza. Decided to hang it over the mirror this year and added lights to make it even more festive! Excuse the mess in the background…     Tiny tree for the dining table.  This might be one of my favorites this year. Hung my CB2 disco balls onto my macrame wall hanging. So easy and little hooks do zero damage.  One more new addition. This cute little bottle brush tree in a dome from Flying Tiger in NYC.  Extra ornaments tossed around the bar.      A few close ups of the tree I had a bunch of fake berries and glittered pinecones that I put in vases previously, but added them to the tree this year and I love how much color and depth it created!  Lastly, added a simple strand of lights in the bedroom.  Late afternoon glow.  And here’s what they look like at night. Easy and festive! Thanks for joining along on my little tour and hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

Studio Style Blog 2015 Gift Guide: For the Host

Today’s gift guide is all about the host. With plenty of affordable options for both men and women, you can’t go wrong with any of these picks as the perfect host gift this season. Whether you’re attending a dinner party or staying at someone’s home for a few days, these gifts will keep your host happy and ready to invite you back! If you missed yesterday’s gift guide for him, check it out here.

Links to shop all the products are below. gift guide 2015 for the host

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Design Inspiration: The Entryway: Black, White and Gold

I’m back on the DC Ladies site today with another post in the Design Inspiration series. This black, white and gold entryway look might be one of my all-time favorites. Check out the full post here and shop the look below. design-inspiration-the-entryway-black-white-and-gold

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console table // lamps // mirror // bench // plaid pillow // gold pillow //
coat hooks // rug

 

I’ll be taking Thanksgiving and the day after off from the blog so this is the last post for the week, but I have a ton of awesome gift guides and holiday content coming up over the next couple weeks so check back on Monday! 

Fall Round Up: Throw Pillows

Happy October! Now with the cooler weather, I’m finally  feeling in the Fall mood and ready to decorate. It’s my favorite season but I just couldn’t bring myself to get into it in early September when it was still 80-90 degrees outside.

I’ll be back with a September recap tomorrow, but in the meantime, here’s a round up of some of my favorite throw pillows for Fall. It’s a quick and easy way to update your decor without spending a fortune. These would look great all Fall and Winter long, and come Spring, they can be tucked away in storage and brought out again next Fall. You can shop for each pillow at the end of the post.
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Lighting Updates

With increased square footage and a broken floor lamp, I was in desperate need of some new lighting. The main living room area has only one tiny overhead lighting situation and the bedroom has zero. That’s fairly standard in older buildings in DC so I always like to have a plethora of lamps. Starting off in the living room, the bar used to have the broken silver lamp but I temporarily relocated that to the bedroom until one more floor lamp arrives. I found this beauty at Target for a steal! It’s simple and yet very chic and works well to contrast the white bar shelving. 6Mhtk5OK6mPpgIJLRxzyCHT5pvg2xj4ew7ceEJaAhA4  My dining area was also quite dark and needed a lighting solution. I considered installing a swag pendant from the ceiling (without hard-wiring) but came across this arc lamp from Dot & Bo and it was the perfect compromise between a floor lamp and a pendant. It really goes with the round mid-century vibe of the table and I adore this little spot. _t_-FpuSGm_yJBZiCMsLVFm6zIBUMxXLcmFT6ZNriUg PtYk_w-hdjTRhZjxqf3Ohlt0c0xgrhYHKTdQFj6LzsA

After getting a new TV, I realized the newer (much) slimmer model was suddenly very small compared to the mint lamp that was on the credenza. I made a quick swap for the white lamp that was on my nightstand. The white lamp, placed on a small stack of books, looks much better with the scale of the television. Here’s a little sneak peek of what I found for the wall behind the credenza. Will share the full look later this week! cdEpCU8W5gNiM-_gpzRbt90vw__4IG2w69bNDVg4ERM 4NiJUNE4Ou5gV_fEvPd1xnEqxCgEtTqReGGsLnhWQAI The bedroom still needs the last lamp and this crooked, sad, broken silver one is holding on for dear life until it arrives. 5MJXYMael___5W7vFOOsFwwGkVVXIiU2i_auEQunkkg
On the other side of the bed, the mint lamp (no longer sold, similar one linked) is once again back in its place (where it used to live before I brought in the credenza in my last studio apartment). I really love how it ties in with the mint pillows and vintage art piece with green tones. p1WAwFZeGXjyTO_AImVv4F8Pko4n_fGMbtzDvIYm1Zk 1UV37TCCDxxxvC5Gvx3u7fCVtfVolPSxQQapRKyEDPg

More apartment updates coming your way this week, so stay tuned!