Winter Blues

Hello Sweet Friends.
Happy Monday.

I am adding more blue to my whites in the living room and dining room.
I wanted to show you a rug I just got from Amazon.  Actually it was from Wayfair just got it through my Amazon Prime.   It was a bargain at $60 for a 5X7.  
I always hate buying rugs on line because of the difference in colors on the computer.  
With my Amazon Prime if I did not like it when it arrived I could just take it to Kohl's and they would return it to Amazon for me.  
I would not have to package it up and try to get it shipped back.

Even in this picture it is hard to capture the light blue and white/ivory color to this rug.
It matches my drapes and chair pads nicely.

I originally intended this rug for under my new sectional but it just did not fit right.  So I tried it under the dining table to see how it would look before thinking of returning it to Amazon.

I like it under my table and chairs so I think for $60 dollars I will keep it.  It is very light weight and can be machine washed which is a plus.  I like that it brings more blue into my room and adds some texture.

The floors while vintage in this house are really in bad shape and again with this house being built in 1940's they used that shellac that makes the oak floors look orange.  I had this issue with the trim. 
We will be putting in new floors come Spring.  I looked into having these sanded down and re stained but they are so thin and been sanded so many times the flooring guy told me they would not look so great.  Plus they did some kind of funky holes along the walls in these floors and then plugged the holes with some kind of wood putty.  Crazy and not sure why they did this.
I was bummed to learn they cannot be fixed or sanded anymore because I do love vintage real wood floors.
The flooring we put in the kitchen we will put throughout the rest of the house.
Just have to wait until Spring so going in and out to cute pieces of flooring will not be too cold or snowy.

This vintage door frame was found on my fun day with a girlfriend on Friday.  It was hidden behind a whole bunch of stuff in this vendors booth.  
So happy I dug that out and brought it home.  

This is part of the new surround cabinet he is making for the refrigerator.  
He is cutting this down to fit it on the wall of the cabinet.  
I cannot wait to show you how it is coming out.
Few more things to finish up on this refrigerator make over and surround cabinet and then I can show you how it all came together.
Stay tuned!
Have a great week.


  1. I love your new rug...and can't wait to see that surround for your cabinet!

  2. Hi Kris, oh wow your rug looks so nice. That is too bad about the floors and will be a HUGE job in spring putting in new floors but it'll love beautiful. I'm looking forward to seeing the kitchen. Enjoy your week. Julie

  3. The new rug looks so pretty under the table and chairs. I love the treasure you found on your girls trip and can't wait to see how you are using it for the cabinet.
    Have a great week!

  4. Kris,

    Can't wait to see the new cabinet. You score the best pieces, live, live the door. Terry will work his magic.

    Live the new rug!


  5. ohmygosh, that door frame is amazing; can't wait to see it! love the rug Kris, it looks perfect under that table and chairs. Hope you're off to a great week!

  6. The new rug looks great! Love the door frame and can't wait to see how Terry is using it to go around your fridge. How in the world did you get that thing home?! New floors...exciting, but that's too bad the original floors aren't salvageable.

  7. Oh my, can't wait to see the finished frame. Love the rug. xo Laura

  8. the rug is great and defines the eating area nicely also like the light blues with the white

  9. Good morning dear Kris! It looks perfect under your table! If you first intended it to go under the sectional, it really seems to be meant for the dining area! Good find and the colors you have going on here, I LOVE IT!

  10. Pretty rug, and LOVE that it can be machine washed!

  11. The rug brings the dining area all together, Kris. Your runner is beautiful!! Love all the blues added. The surround for the fridge is going to be amazing! xo

  12. Where is the "wow" button to click Love the rug and the door..score..score. Glad you are making the most of Winter blues..we are getting lots of rain in the sunny South..and it really does make us blue..Thanks for sharing..can't wait to see the fridge all done up. Your husband and you are a talented team. :0)

  13. I love the rug! I think adding more blues to the white adds real dimension to your decor. Sometimes when everything is white it's hard to differentiate from one thing to the next.

  14. Can't wait to see the surround for the refrigerator finished. Wonder if those holes around the outside of your floor could be from termite treatment. They are round and always at the edge along the walls and when the treatment is complete they plug them with a plug and if need be for another treatment down the road, they just pull the plugs. If it was a long time ago, I don't think they need to tell you when purchasing, but then every state is different. But my parents accidently bought a house that had been treated and real estate guy just said oh I think they used old wood when my Mother questioned him. Neighbors later set them straight. I lived in an apartment where it was hidden by the carpet, but found out when I purchased a car. My salesman happened to be the old Orkin guy that treated it. Might be interesting to find out.

    1. Hi Margaret. I thought that too when I saw them and so we had the home inspector before we bought it make sure there were not termites. We got a clean report on that. The home inspector said he was not sure that is what those holes were since they are only along certain parts of the wall. I disagree and think what else could that be? Just glad it was checked and we do not have them. It will be good to cover the holes with the new flooring in the Spring. Thanks for your sweet visit and confirming what I thought too.

  15. Awesome new rug Kris. I love the added blue. The vintage door has amazing bones. With Terry's skills and your vision, the refrigerator is going to look fabulous. xo

  16. Morning Kris,
    Love your new rug and it just warms up the cottage, which is especially nice for Winter. I like your new look with the blue touches....I just love blue and it is
    very in this year, I have been seeing.
    I tried to reply to your gmail post I was sent and once again it came up no reply
    blogger. So crazy.....
    So decided to come over while I had the time.
    Can't wait to see what you guys do to your fridge....know it will look awesome.
    Have a great day.

    Blessings, Nellie

  17. Kris,
    Great find my friend! Such a versatile rug and it looks mighty pretty in your delightful cottage home!

  18. I just love all of your soft blues you have been adding to your living and dining areas.... blue and white.... oh so "cottage" and beachy and so so pretty.. that rug is just perfect... I love the lightness of it. Very smart! I used to go to the Oregon coast with my family as a child, and the place we stayed in had an all blue and white kitchen and dining room. I'll never forget it and will always love that combination of colors. And your kitchen surround will be awesome too I bet! Can hardly wait to see you and Terry work your magic on that! Hugs.. Marilyn

  19. Hey that's amazing....a machine washable rug is right up my alley!!! Your house looks so cozy, Kris - I love the rug under the table, and those drapes....every time I see them I swoon!!

  20. I'm really loving all the added blues! You sure are getting adventurous lol I would kill to have found that door surround! Can't wait to see the finished product! xo Kathleen

  21. Kris, really cute rug and it looks pretty and finished. You can't go wrong for the price. I love the style of that door. Can't wait to see..xxoJudy

  22. I'm loving the blues as well! I love that rug. It really looks good there! You scored big on that door frame! Can't wait to see how it turns out! Great idea! Really looking sweet around your cottage Kris!

  23. Hi Kris- that’s a pretty rug. The door frame is interesting- it will be fun to see what you’re doing with it!

  24. That door thingy will be great for the new fridge center. Good thinking. I like the rug too. Great pattern to it yet light and not heavy feeling. I love it.

  25. I am excited to see what you do with the door.
    I like the blue you are adding to your Home Sweet Home.

    Did you decide on a new camera? Forgive me if you already shared this, I have forgot if you did. I was wondering because I maybe looking into finding a new camera as well.

  26. Your new rug is so pretty and it really does add texture. And the new surround cabinet for the fridge is going to look amazing. What a creative idea to use a cute vintage door!

  27. I love the rug and what a great price. You really can't be Amazon. That blue was definitely meant to be, it's all coming together perfectly! I can't wait to see the fridge surround. That door frame is just fabulous. You should be a personal shopper for folks who want vintage home decor. I never find anything like that in my neck of the woods. I'd hire you in a flash!! Happy Valentine's Day!! xo

  28. The rug is beautiful in that area! I love rugs so much and my daughter-in-law does too. My son asked me: Why do women love rugs so much?

    That door frame! How do you find these things? It is beautiful, unique. And to think that you two have an idea to use it with your fridge, I can't wait!

  29. Lovely look. I am a blues lover. I tend to lean more to blues with pops of white.