Exactly one year ago today, we began demolition on our kitchen which included replacing most of the floors in our downstairs. Yes, exactly a year ago today and I still haven’t done much with the back hallway except buy this new rug…
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My New Tile Rug:
This is the Riviera indoor/outdoor rug from Ballard Designs and I spent way too much time obsessing over what should go in this spot.
This is what the hallway used to look like before the renovation…
Originally, we had ceramic tile and a black traditional runner which was fine except this hallway is used all the time. We come and go through our garage so this is probably the spot with the highest traffic in our house. Our fluffy, shedding golden retriever, Rosie constantly walks through here so you can imagine how hard it was to keep this rug clean and hair-free!
Anyway, we changed the paint from Monroe Bisque to Manchester Tan and updated the hallway to hardwood. For awhile, I searched around for something to put here but it sat bare for a long time. Its’ no secret that I’m not quick to make decisions!
Anyway, I decided to go with an indoor outdoor rug. Since I have been obsessing over patterned tile lately, as soon as I spotted the Ballard rug, it reminded me of that look. After all, I would never be able to convince my husband to go with a patterned tile anywhere in our house!
With our long hallway and I probably could have gone with a longer rug but I decided to give this one a try. The weather is a little dark and cloudy today. Let me turn on the lights for you…
There, now you can see it a little better! As you can see, we also changed the original lanterns to very simple recessed LED lights. When we added lanterns over the island, I felt like the lanterns in the hallway were too much. Plus, the hall lanterns made crazy shadows all over the ceiling making it look too busy. Now the only busy thing in here is this rug. Yes, I still need to re-hang my gallery wall. Hey, it’s only been a year!
Which brings me to this wall. Previously, I had some framed photos hung here but I started to think that a chalkboard might be fun. Fun for who? Not me, because I have had the hardest time trying to find one!
Why do I see all these adorable chalkboards on blogs all the time and I just can’t find one that works? The cute ones that I find in the store are hard to write on. Do they not make slate chalkboards anymore? Sure, I know they are kind of heavy and probably more expensive but when you write on those cute framed ones they don’t look the same. Ugh…if you can recommend one I would be really happy!
And speaking of being happy, check out the new Jack Rogers sandals I found at Marshalls!
This style is so comfortable for me! They have a wedge heel and manage to hide my ghastly bunion a little better than most shoes! This is my attempt at the cute shoe on the tile look…except it’s a rug! And so far I am very happy with the way the new rug is working in the hallway. I love the look and the dirt and dog hair don’t show at all. It’s perfect for the way our family lives
Now, to find that chalkboard! Like I said, any suggestions are welcome!
Have you used any indoor/outdoor rugs in your home?
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