How’s that for a fashion statement? A Chandelier and a Cow Hide Rug. Can those two items really co-exist in the same decor scheme?
If you know me well at all, you know my answer.
OF COURSE! They co-exist quite nicely 😀
Peeking in from the dining room – see? They work together wonderfully! At least in my house they do, and in my house what I love is what works.
I posted a few months ago about living with white and shared my living room. (I still don’t have those chairs slipcovered, but I do have the fabric on hand now) This photo shows my typography, bamboo rug. I still love that rug and will use it again somewhere, somehow. This photo also shows the ceiling fan. When we redid this room we needed the fan to circulate our heat in the winter, which came from that corn-burning stove you see in the corner. Without the ceiling fan running, set for an updraft for winter, we didn’t have a warm living room let alone any warmth in the other rooms. But since the furnace went in, and then the a/c unit was installed we don’t need this ceiling fan at all. I was determined to change it out. Sooner than later. I wanted to create my light fixture out of some elements I had and some I needed to purchase. But my hubby would never give me the assurance that what I wanted to do was going to work. And I got tired of waiting and looking at that ceiling fan every day.
I did a bit of searching and found this one reasonably priced from Penneys and ordered it. Now I’ll admit I’m not the best at looking at measurements given in a description and visualizing what it’s going to look like in the space I plan to use it. I’m more a try-it-and-see-if-it-works kind of girl! So technically this chandelier is too small for this room. But somehow I like it. Somehow it works for me. It makes me smile every time I look into the room, or look up from where I’m snuggled into my chair with my new faux fur blanket I got for Christmas. (you can see the faux fur blanket on the chair to the left.)
Did you know that when you order a chandelier it comes without the crystals on it? They come in little bags, all labeled neatly to correspond to the diagram they include that shows you where each different style of crystal goes. And after the light is installed you get to stand on a ladder and attach each crystal. 😀 Unless your husband (or yourself) will install the light after the crystals are attached, in which case you could attach said crystals while the light is lying on the table instead of hanging from the ceiling. My husband wouldn’t let me do that, thus I was standing on a ladder attaching crystals to my chandelier while my family tried to watch the football game around me.
And the cow hide rug. I know the animal head/cow hide thing is controversial, but I’m going to boldly say that I love my cow hide rug and yes, it is the real thing. It is the softest thing I’ve ever felt underfoot. I have looked at the cow hide rugs at IKEA every time I’m there (and you know I’ve been there a LOT lately due to the high volume of pillows I’ve sold) I bought a cow hide a couple of years ago at IKEA and gave it to my brother-in-law for his birthday. He has it hanging on the wall in his office and it looks great as a wall hanging too.
All the times in the past I’ve stopped to ‘pet’ the cow hides at IKEA a bit. I look longingly and wish I could bring one home. But even though I loved them, none of them were quite tempting enough to make it into my cart. Till this time. This one was laying on top of the stack. A perfect array of warm browns with just the right amount of white to satisfy me. (I really wanted an all white one but they are hard to come by and the cheapest I’d ever seen one was $400) (IKEA has never had cow hides that came close to being all white) My teenager was with me and she loved the cow hide too. And she knew I loved it. She promptly folded it up and dumped it on top of one of our cartloads of pillow forms. I barely protested. I liked it too much to protest.
I really like the blend of decor elements I’ve got going in my living room. The wingbacks I will like better when I finally take time to slipcover them. If I can just get the pillow orders under control in the next week I may just sneak that in.
Naming my decor style isn’t something I really do. Eclectic at best but I’m not sure that even really fits. I do what I like, I keep what I love, and I change things up often.
If the weather cooperates I’ll be going to my Mom’s this week to finish up a stencil-on-the-wall project I have started. And taking a trip to Columbus to deliver and pick up some stuff from a friend. And making more pillows. And this weekend we have one more Christmas. I might or might not still need to do a bit of shopping for that 😀
What do you have going on this week?