A bit of home decorating.
Who knew picking out a rug could be so overwhelming?
I decided to just get something semi-cheap since not only do I have almost no money to spend, I also have three little kids.
I found a bunch of rugs for $99 an under at Garden Ridge.
It’s not called Garden Ridge anymore, but I can’t remember the new name. At Home or something lame. Garden Ridge was considerably catchier.
Henry was crying and Ada was overstimulated and I could not decide on a rug. This one? That one? Finally found one I liked, only not to be able to locate the actual rug on the shelf to purchase. Three times.
Finally I just picked something, and drug it up to the check out counter.
My living room is ridiculously large in The Castle House, so I had to buy the biggest size rug they sold. I think it was 8×10 feet. I could probably fit two of them in here if I put them wall to wall.
Once I got it home I couldn’t figure out how to arrange the room with the rug.
Why is this so complicated??
After much deliberation I decided to move the couch away from the wall and get rid of the TV stand. I had been avoiding putting the TV up on the mantel because I liked pictures up there instead. Alas, it was the only thing to do in the end.
I didn’t think I could lift the TV up there all by myself because the mantel is higher than my shoulders and the TV is heavy and bulky. I figured I would try anyway and one of three things would happen:
1) Nothing. Arms could not lift.
2) Arms would lift, and I would drop the TV and break it. Whoops.
3) Arms would lift, and TV would successfully end up on the mantel.
On the first try nothing happened, it was a total scenario number one, except that I almost fell backwards with the TV landing on top of me.
I envisioned how angry my dear husband would be if I broke the TV.
I realized I needed a more intelligent approach. I got a chair and then I tried to step up onto the chair while holding the TV.
This proved to be more difficult that I envisioned. I wasn’t strong enough!
Blast. Foiled by my little female body.
But no–I surely could not give up so easily. One more last heave-ho and I was precariously up on the chair with the TV!
Now I just had to lift it up onto the mantel in front of me. Oh, but my fingers were being smashed under the awkward weight, and I was teetering on the chair. Dang it.Why do I not have Hulk strength?
I was in a predicament that I had not planned for. Unable to lift the TV up onto the mantel to set it down, but also unable to get down from the chair while holding the TV. That was an awkward moment.
Eventually, after a bit of sweating, swearing, and praying (not all in one breath), the TV miraculously planted itself on the mantel and I stepped down from the chair proudly.
Ok maybe I sort of fell off because my knees were weak, but no one saw me since it was midnight.
And then I celebrated my success with sugary children’s breakfast cereal.
All in all a win. Not that even wanted that TV up on the mantel in the first place, but whatever.
I had an empty spot next to the mantel where we needed some sort of furniture piece to put the router, xBox, and WiiU. Like an entertainment center, perhaps? I did the only thing a reasonably poor person can do in this sort of situation. Cashed in all of our change and went to Peddler’s Mall to find something fun and cheap.
Peddler’s Mall is like a chain of flea markets. You can rent a booth to sell your own stuff. It’s basically a gigantic garage sale. I love that place. You can spend hours browsing hundreds of booths and you never know what you may find.
Tyler and I split up, each going in different directions to save time. After about half an hour I found it–the perfect chest!
The tag said Eastlake Dresser and it was only $80. I had $50 from the change, so it was really only $30!
As we were hauling it out of the store several people were ooh-ing and aah-ing over it. One of my best Peddler’s Mall finds yet! Solid wood antique dressers are sometimes so expensive. This one needs new knobs and a little touch up to some scratches on the finish, but nothing major.
I took a few quick living room pictures with my phone. We’ve been having some awful weather, so it’s dark and cloudy. No pretty bright light in these pictures, sadly.
You can see the Eastlake dresser over there next to the fireplace.
See, nothing on the walls. The ceilings are very high so the large blank walls are looooooming.
I still need a coffee table, but that will have to wait until I accumulate more change and then have another good score in Peddler’s Mall…
(Also, the rug has wrinkles where it was rolled and then smashed in storage at the store. Perils of cheap rug purchases I suppose. I cannot get it to flatten out, it’s making me crazy crazy CRAZY.)
There’s a lot of space behind the couch too. I need to sell this TV stand, but it’s too heavy to move out of the room by myself so I just hid it back there. I’m considering maybe putting plants on it!
You can really tell how cloudy it’s been lately. This room normally has such perfect natural light all day long. I took this picture in the middle of the day. What a gray Autumn it has been so far.
Oh, I can hear the small people stampede coming. I’m supposed to be doing the dishes and I’m hiding in the living room. Shhh.