Monday, July 11, 2016

Kitchen Update

First, I wanted to say thank you to everyone who commented/emailed/offered advice on the big burnout. At the end of the day, it just takes committing to what you love and pushing through until the pendulum swings back the other way. Right?? I'm going to start with baby steps and hope that as time goes on, my little heart and/or brain gets back into it. I thought I'd start slow with a little update on our kitchen:

I first added the beautiful Elodie Rug to our home last summer (click here for the pic), and I honestly LOVED IT BEYOND ANY LOVE. I thought it really popped against the dark wood floors and it made the kitchen just feel really luxe and feminine. It wasn't really a problem to keep clean -- we had a few minor spills and one major spill. (It's a kitchen, after all, and sometimes you accidentally drop an entire bowl of raw scrambled eggs on a very pastel rug.) But, we managed to keep it in tip top shape for awhile.

Then, we had a ton of family with us over Thanksgiving and Christmas, and there was endless cooking and baking and wine drinking. (The best!) Add a few squashed blackberries, one drippy glass of merlot, and 2 to 3 cat puke incidents (they love to show off for guests), and the rug was just not looking too sharp. A light rug in the kitchen had been totally easy for just 2 people, but when you have a houseful -- and I prefer to have a houseful -- it didn't make total sense. I didn't want to be the person who was changing my decor whether or not we had guests over.

I rolled the little pupper up and stuck it under the bed. I have yet to get it professionally cleaned, because I am a lazy person. But I will definitely soon, as I know it's a piece I'll keep for years. It just has to be in the right place.

SIDE NOTE: This ended up being WAY LONGER THAN INTENDED, but I also think it's important to give a look behind the Instagram. Though I really lighten/wash out my images, my life is messy and that's just how I like it.

I still wanted a rug but my sweet husband said "no light rugs in the kitchen!!" and I listened. I found this beauty on Pottery Barn, and it has the added benefit of being an indoor/outdoor rug. I don't have to worry about spot cleaning or taking it to a cleaner. I will literally take it outside and hose it off a few times a year. Sadly, the blue has sold out, but I'll link to a few of their other indoor/outdoor runners below. They're all on sale!


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