7th House on the Left

MAKING IT WORK

posted by Ashley  /  25 Comments

A few weeks ago when we brought home the lamp, we also lucked out and found an awesome graphic navy wool rug for the foyer. When I held it up in the store, I wasn’t sure if it was even the right size for the space but when I laid eyes on it, I knew it had to be ours. It was originally priced at $220 and marked all the way down to $60. Hello! When we got to the car with our new loot, I was so excited about the rug that it called for an Instagram moment…

How to Resize A Rug / 7th House on the Left

When we walked into the house later that day, I couldn’t wait to see the rug in its new home. I immediately went to the foyer and unfolded it on the floor…

How to Resize a Rug / 7th House on the Left

It was too big. We’re planning on adding a runner in the hallway at some point (probably a sisal one so it doesn’t compete with the graphic pattern of what ends up in the foyer), so we really didn’t want the rug to come past the corner of the wall. It would make the transition from the foyer to the hallway too busy and cluttered-looking. I really, really wanted this rug to work, and the last thing I wanted to do was take it back to the store. There had to be a way.

How to Resize a Rug / 7th House on the Left

Just when I started thinking about other places in the house it could possibly go, a light bulb came on in my head… have it cut! Carpet places cut carpet and make rugs out of remnants all the time. Surely they could cut and bind a rug, right?

How to Resize a Rug / 7th House on the Left

It was about 1 am, so please forgive the nasty, low-light iPhone photo. Greg folded two of the edges inward so we could get a visual of what it would look like if it was trimmed down. We ended up letting it hang out like that for a couple of days to make sure it was the size we wanted, because once it’s cut, there’s no turning back. In the end, our perfect rug size ended up being 55 x 71.5 inches.

I’m not very crafty when it comes to sewing and fabric, much less binding my own rug, so this undertaking is definitely one for the pros. Once our rug size was set in stone, I called around to a total of five local carpet places to get prices and “do-ability”…

STORE #1 // The first place I called wasn’t sure if they could cut and bind wool rugs. They went ahead quoted me a total price of $25 and had a turnaround time of one week, but they said they would have to call me back about whether or not they could cut and bind a wool rug. Two days later, I still hadn’t heard from them, so I called back, left a voicemail and haven’t heard from them since. I took that as either a) they didn’t want to do the job or b) they have awful customer service. Either way, moving on…

STORE #2 // The second place I called said they would only cut and bind rugs that were purchased from their store. Being a national chain, that sort of thing was expected, but I had to try anyway. Again, moving on…

STORE #3 // The third place said they would only cut and bind a wool rug if it was brand new and preferably still had the tag on it. I thought it was a strange request, but neither of those were a problem for our rug. They quoted me a total price of $235 (!!!!) and had a turnaround time of 3-4 days. Seeing as how that was almost 300% more than what we paid for the rug, there was no way we were going to pay that much. So, yet again, moving on…

STORE #4 // The fourth place I called said they had no problem cutting/binding a wool rug. They also said they had many binding colors to choose from – which is something I didn’t think about before. They quoted me about $65 (depending on what of binding I picked out) and a turnaround time of “a day or two”. Even though the quote was a bit higher than the first place I called, they had all the answers to my questions off hand, and the turnaround time was very fast.

STORE #5 // Even though Store #4 seemed to be the way to go, I thought I’d call one more place just to make sure. Well, that phone conversation went something like this: “Umm… huh? You want to have a what cut?” … “I have a wool rug that is 5×7 and needs to be cut down to 55”x71.5”. Do you do that sort of thing?” … “Yeah, we can do that. But you have to tape the edges up yourself after we cut it.” Basically, they were happy to cut the rug down for us, but we had to bind it ourselves. No, thanks. Needless to say… moving on.

How to Resize a Rug / 7th House on the Left

A few days later, I took the rug to Store #4 (Hanover Carpet and Vinyl for any locals who are wondering). After I gave them my measurements, they spread the rug out on the floor to check it out and see where he would have to cut to make sure the pattern would line up on each edge. When he mentioned he was checking how the patterns lined up, I thought to myself, “These are my people.” Details make me happy. 

Once all of that was figured out, the saleswoman took me over to the binding station to pick out the binding I wanted. She explained how they had two grades of binding material. One was just your “run of the mill” binding that was thin and kind of plastic-ish looking and the other was thicker, more durable and looked a bit more like fabric. She said the thicker binding would last “forever” and stand up better to wear and tear. Seeing as how this was going in a high-traffic area of the house, it seemed like a good idea to go with the more durable binding. Sure, it was more expensive than the normal binding (about $25 more), but that’s money well spent to make sure we don’t have to replace the rug or have it re-bound in a year or two.

How to Resize a Rug / 7th House on the Left

Now for the binding color. Yep, yet another Instagram moment. She pulled out an assortment of blue and cream binding options that were similar to the rug, but when I saw the blue, I knew that was the route I wanted to take. Cream would eventually get dingy and wouldn’t blend into the design as well as blue would. Blues are normally really tricky to match, so I tried not to get my hopes up too high when it came to finding the perfect blue from their selection. But, lo and behold, there was indeed a perfect match. Me = happy camper. 

Four cuts (he had to cut it on all sides to make sure the design matched up evenly), binding and labor totaled to $78. Yes, the price to have it bound was $18 more than the rug itself, but when you think about it, we got a custom-sized rug in a design we love, with extra durable binding to boot for $130. Also, the wool rug we originally picked out for the foyer was $299 – and still had to be cut and bound to fit our foyer. So, when it’s all said and done, the $130 price tag isn’t too shabby.

A few days later, the rug was ready for pickup, and the first thing we did when we got home was put it in place…

How to Resize a Rug / 7th House on the Left

Perfect! Greg and I both are in love with the graphic pattern. It really fills up the space and makes everything feel homey. I also love how the navy blue design brings in color without being like, “LOOK! I’m a colorful rug!”

How to Resize a Rug / 7th House on the Left

In this photo, you can see the edge of the mini gallery wall we’re planning out for the small wall space to the right of the door. Rest assured, we’ll be posting more about that soon. In the end, a quick, casual trip into Tuesday Morning turned out to be a pretty productive one. Those are the best kind, right? Wednesday, we’ll have updates with the decorated foyer table and the whole kit and kaboodle.

HIS + HER FAVORITE THINGS

posted by Greg & Ashley  /  13 Comments

It’s that time of the month again where we rally up a few of our current favorite things. Is it just me, or is this year flying by? I feel like we were just taking down the Christmas decorations last week and now we’re looking at summer. Before we know it, it will be time to start coordinating Thanksgiving plans. Crazy. Anyway, moving on. This month, I’m going to take the lead – mainly because I think my fave things are prettier than Greg’s, haha!

Her Favorite Things / 7th House on the Left

ONE // So, I just now saw this little guy on the West Elm website. But. He’s not available anymore. I think it’s time to start a petition to bring him back. #ilovesquirrels TWO // We picked up one of these Nate Berkus frames for the new foyer table (coming your way next week!) and every time I walk by, I love it even more. There isn’t a link available online, but the frame is still in store. THREE // I’ve been listening to this album non-stop for about two weeks now. I’ve even gone as far as to make “On Top of the World” my new ringer. I think I can now officially be called a “fan”. FOUR // Even though we’re not quite ready to tackle the master bedroom just yet, I’ve been keeping my eye out for bedding. I love this design and think it would look great with the vibe we want – or, at least the vibe we want this week, haha.

His Favorite Things / 7th House on the Left

 

ONE // I’m taking a long weekend, a mini “staycation” if you will, so Ashley and I are going to head to Colonial Williamsburg to see the sights. It’s pretty cool that all of that history is just a short drive away from home. TWO // Goodbye Google Reader, hello Feedly. It has several different layouts, too, so if you’re not a fan of the magazine-style layout, you can always switch to a list view or something completely different. THREE // I end up with a lot of mail stacked up on my desk (despite the fact that I try my hardest to be as paperless as possible). This mail sorter is a great way to keep things from just piling up and it adds some great color (one of my favorites at that). FOUR // It seems like every time we’re doing or planning a project, I end up needing to cut something at a perfect 45-degree angle. I usually end up winging it, which isn’t the best course of action when things need to line up just right. This is a purchase I don’t think I’d ever regret making and, it needs to happen pretty soon (especially for some of the projects we have coming up).

So, what are you guys up to this weekend? Like I mentioned in Favorite #1, Ash and I are going to be chillaxing on our mini staycation, complete with picnics, shopping, people-watching and a whole lot of nothing.  Here’s to the weekend!

Today (and tomorrow) we’re busy finishing up the foyer and taking photos for you guys (yay!), but even though we’re up to our eyeballs in last minute to-do’s (among other things), we didn’t want to leave you guys high and dry without a post today. So, I put together another installment of one of my favorite regular features, Dead Ringer Deals! These are so much fun to search for and it’s always a great reminder than you CAN get the look for less – if not A LOT less at that – and have some change to spare for buying even more goods for the house. Or… it’s just nice to indulge yourself on a splurge once in a while. Wink, wink.

Dead Ringer Deals Vol. 5 / 7th House on the Left

Look No 1 Julian Chichester Anna Lantern / Regina Andrew Soleil Pendent
Look No 2 Mrs Godfrey Chair / Modern Chair
Look No 3 Jaipur Maroc Flat Weave Rug / Geometric Gray Wool Rug