Monday, August 15, 2011

$20 Can Go a Long Way

So, what does $20 get you these days? Or more to the point, what did I get for $20? For starters, this 3x5 wool rug at an estate sale . . .
I love it! It takes the place of a rather chewed-up rug my puppy got to. It adds a great vivid punch to my otherwise rather black and white entry and pulls in the blue of the adjacent dining room. I think it's a Gabbeh tribal-style rug from India (from my extensive eBay research), and the lady who sold it to me said she bought it from ABC Carpet & Home in NYC. I think I got a deal!

My next $20 purchase, a pillow for my sofa . . . 
Well, I actually went back and bought another one after I decided I liked it, so technically I spent $40 on two pillows . . . but I still think that's pretty good.
My home is not styled at all in this photo so there is crap on the table and in the kitchen. I'm keeping it real, people.
Here they are on my sofa. I've been needing a punch of color on my sofa for a LONG time but kept changing my mind about the fabrics I wanted for throw pillows. Now, these World Market pillows are not the best quality of course (rather thin cotton) and the inserts were pretty pitiful, but I changed them out for down inserts and I think it makes a world of difference. Of course, I don't think they match my rug at all, but for now I'm going on the delusion theory that all colors match. And yes, I know those columns in the background (that have to be there structurally so the house doesn't crash down) need to be painted. Once again, I was crippled by indecision for the longest time . . . that's a whole other post . . . but now I've decided to paint them to match the rest of the white trim in the house.

I'm loving my little $20 pops of color. Have you made any little changes lately that make you happy?

Sources: World Market

15 comments:

Ashley said...

Lookin' really good, Kathy! What a great rug!!

Matt said...

So am supposed to be a "rug mule" next month and deliver a bunch of these?

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

Love both the rug and the pillows!! So unique and pretty.

Bri@Meyouandawiener said...

Now that Ethan is back in school I'm hitting the Estate sales damn it!
Good buy, love the blue in the rug.

Lori said...

Great deals! I just recently went shopping in my own home and switched around all of the accessories. It's amazing how much a of a difference just moving things around can make!
Take care,
Lori
www.lorimayinteriors.com/blog

nkp said...

Oh, man, THAT rug! I can not believe you scored that for $20!!!! That may be the deal of the century. It is fantastic!

SHERRY HART said...

Serious score Kathy...the rug and I love the pillows on your couch!!!

birdsofafeatherdesign.com said...

Love the rug! I scored a great pillow this weekend for $15... made me so happy! -Ann

Melissa Crochet said...

I was blog trolling this morning and came across yours and I'm in love! I live in Nashville also and am always at estate sales, monthly flea market or thrift stores. You have found some fantastic stuff and your house looks great. I have a blog also and will add you to my list. Check me out at http://theinsanedomain.blogspot.com/

Jessie said...

Love your new additions! Adore that rug and the pillows!

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Bonnie said...

This pillow is super damn adorable. The design is so cute!!

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Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Hi Kathy! I love your rug and those pillows are sweet! How did I miss those at my trip to World Market last week? They had some very cool stuff - somehow I missed those pillows...

Lauren@BaylorSays... said...

KILLER rug!!! Great find sister!

Kim said...

Fun new accents! And I love that you're as indecisive as me. I have big columns smack in the center of our living space also. I dream of someday having them trimmed out in molding. Right now they're just painted the same color as the walls. Never thought to just paint them to match the trim. hmmm....

Anonymous said...

The pillows and rug are great!!!

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