Alright. Alright, I did it. I totally changed the rug in our living room. If you follow me on Instagram there were signs it was coming. I saw a picture from our family room last year and I just loved it. I love a neutral rug in our living room. I just DO!!!! It is calming to me. Calm in the busy that our front room can be. We have amazing built-in bookcases, that I adore and really sold me on this little cape. But like any bookcase they can feel busy.
So having something simple to ground it all just feels so right to me. I did love the rug we had in here. But the pink was starting to feel… like too much pink. I always intended the pink to be an accent color, the is why I painted our piano pink. So I seized the opportunity when I found I rug I loved. And once I decided the rug it did snowball, in a good way to replacing the bamboo shades in our living room. The bamboo shades we had were here when we moved in. They were starting to fray on the edges and the cords drove me nuts and scared me with Finn.
New Natural Light Rug in our Living Room-
Here she is!!! I was debating between a couple of rugs actually. They all were on Walmart.com. The way I shop for rugs is typically by brand. I find a brand I love then I search for all that brand offers. If you like one rug style, you are going to like more! I love the Safavieh Natural Rugs on Walmart.com. A lot! They are mostly all natural fibers, which I am drawn to. You can shop them HERE and find my exact new rug HERE color Ivory. Not only are they stylish, but very affordable for an 8×10 rug like I bought!
Living Room BEFORE-
Living Room with New Jute Rug After-
The new Jute Rug is very soft for a jute, since it is- 50% Jute, 50% New Zealand Wool. If you want the look of jute I recommend looking for a combo of the wool and jute. It had not shed (only really on black pants). I do recommend getting a rug pad. I still need to. I like going to a local carpet company and having them cut me a thick pad that they use under carpet (have them cut it slightly smaller so it fits nicely).
Natural Bamboo Shades in our Living Room-
You know I am in-love with this light natural bamboo shades from Walmart. We now have them in every room in our home (except the kitchen). I had even bought new bamboo shades for the bathrooms, . I love, love that they are cordless. AND they are so affordable. I did just add some to Finn’s room too, so now all the shades on the front of the house are the same (something I have been wanting to change). PS- the bamboo shades go up to 45″ wide- you need to click “See more” and keep scrolling by the sizes AND they come in different colors!!! Click HERE to shop them all).
Click on an image to shop the different colors of the Cordless Bamboo Shades-
I personally like inside-mount. So measure in three spots inside your window to find the size that will fit the window all over. And if they only come in a size that is LONGER, meaning you will have extra on the bottom that is ok. It will look totally fine. You do not need to cut the length. The ones I have in the bathroom are actually longer. And if you have a really wide window I recommend doing two INSIDE (I will do a follow-up post on this). . See below how longer bamboo shades are ok-
I didn’t change a lot it in our bookcases. I did add in THESE battery operated candles from Walmart.com. I love the little glow they offer, while causing no fire-risk with a candle! Any chance to add a hygge feeling I do it!
I added THESE same battery operated candles (that come with a remote) inside my glass jar too.
I also found a really similar coffee table to ours- a budget version to our splurge. They are both a cement top, which I love the durability and different texture it offers. Check-out THIS Better Homes and Garden coffee table (affordable and stylish for under $140!!! What?!!). PS- you can shop everything in my home HERE.
Affordable Art in the Living Room- Update Family Photos-
I did update some of the frames going up our stairs with pictures from our vacation in Hawaii. I found great app that turns your image into a watercolor! Makes your photos look like a custom water-color. The app is Waterlogue. Easy way to update your home in a really affordable way. I linked some affordable frames at the end of this post!