November 26, 2013

a feast of projects & updates

There's a lot going on around here this Thanksgiving week, and it's all "in progress." You know that really means just that things are messy and unfinished and ideas are percolating. And though I love when things are DONE, the creative process, though not pretty at times, is necessary to get to the finish. Let me fill you in.


We got a new rug for the living room, West Elm's Jute Chenille Herringbone, and it really is as great in person as it looks online. Super affordable and stylish, though I hope not too trendy for the long haul, it goes with anything (in fact I'm tempted to get one for our bedroom too). We got it as large as could fit in this room and it's making the space feel so fresh and expansive. A great update for not a big price tag. An A+ as far as I'm concerned—you cannot go wrong with this one if you're looking for a chic neutral rug.


The play table is built and laid out on some thick cardboard awaiting a few coats of stain. (Top to be installed afterward). I already love how it came out! Side note: in the background you can see my office needs a little work too. Another project to add to the list.


We saved lots by DIY-ing the table, so I didn't feel too guilty about splurging a bit on these little lovelies for seating. So cute! 


Then for some reason I turned my attention to our bathroom, which hasn't had an update in over 6 years. It's high time—that aqua wall color is feeling really old and tired to me! So I have in mind to neutralize bigtime. The wainscoting and medicine cabinet will get a few fresh coats of White Dove, the upper walls are going Elmira White, and the vanity is going Finnie Gray, with some new hardware to dress it up too (and a new faucet? We really need one as this one is loose and leaky). Realistically, the work may not happen til after the holidays, but it's already been nice to imagine a lovely, updated new space to get ready and wind down from the day. I did a mini spruce up in here with a new print and a frame that went gold in about 5 minutes thanks to Rub'n Buff. So apropos, as I'm really going to have to stay home to get all this stuff done.

And finally, client work continues. I'm deep into designing two bathrooms. Here's a little preview of options for the teeny tiny guest bath. 


Wishing you all swift success with your own projects, a lovely holiday surrounded by family and friends, and the gift of thankfulness for all your blessings! I know this year I will certainly be counting mine. 

6 comments:

Ashley said...

A work in progress? I say it all looks great. And, as someone who doesn't even have children, I've eyed those Serena and Lily gingham poufs for awhile now. Great investment!

Happy Thanksgiving, Casey!

René said...

The West Elm rug is one of my favorites and I believe it will be a good long term rug. Loving your updates. Happy Thanksgiving!

Kate said...

Love all the projects, Case! Great West Elm rug and the play table is gorgeous. We are also in the thick of projects and just finished a huge backyard redo with garden path and deck...DIY of course :-). Can't wait to see your projects as you get further!

Christy Price said...

How does the west elm rug feel? Also worried about stains with 2 small boys. What are your thoughts?

Christy Price said...

How does the west elm rug feel? Also worried about stains with 2 little boys. What are your thoughts? This would be in our main living room area

casey at loft and cottage said...

Hi Christy, so for a natural fiber rug, it is pretty soft under bare feet thanks to the chenille. It is probably a bit more difficult to clean than a tufted wool rug. The jute and chenille can both stain, though there are products out there to get rid of any stain nowadays I suppose. As far as everyday cleaning, I use my Ergorapido stick vacuum vs a standard vacuum so it is gentler. As it is, the rug did shed some chenille a bit in the first few weeks and even now I worry the chenille part could wear over time with a serious vacuum cleaning. I suppose I would recommend it more for a low-traffic area (bedroom); one where it is less likely to see any abuse! Good luck! ~Casey

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