Casual Friday: Snakeskin sneakers, Sofa fabric, the new it rug, Joy Score Projects and more!

November 15, 2019

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Happy Friday! Chris and I made it home from our anniversary trip to New Orleans Wednesday afternoon after having the most incredible time. Chris served a mission for our church there 15 years ago and it was my first time so we really took it all in and experienced so much. I’ll share more next week as soon as I go through my photos. We stayed at the Maison de la Luz that opened earlier this year,  after reading so many positive reviews about it, and that alone left me so incredibly inspired and ready to tackle the rest of this year! Gimme a break with that headboard!

Other fun things this week:

Interior Define dropped a bunch of new fabrics and now I’m undecided on which to get for the Charly in our office (I already ordered the sectional, but you can choose your fabric later. I shared a couple weeks ago the mock-up for the space with an emerald green sofa, but now that pieces are in place, I’m re-thinking. Wouldn’t this burgundy be pretty??

burl wood table | area rug | cardigan (40% off today) | sneakers | jeans

• I like the snakeskin trend, but a lot of the shoes in the print are heels and not practical for my every day life. Enter my fall sneakers that have been getting a lot of mileage. Best $45 I spent last month!

• Making these fudgey vegan, grain free brownies this weekend!

We were thrilled to be asked to be on LuAnn Nigara’s “A Well-Designed Business” podcast. The interview came out while we were away last week! We talked a lot about using content creation to grow our business. (Psst — Posting a picture is not the same as creating content.) We also shared come of the top-line points that we cover in our Good Influence(r) course. If you’re into creating a business around design — or just a business owner — you’ve got to give LuAnn’s podcast a listen. Her guests drop knowledge about how to turn talent into a business, and we were honored to be on this roster.

• Is this the new it rug? (I’m saying yes)

• Yesterday, my sister told me that you can return ANYTHING you order from Amazon to Kohl’s. No box needed. No extra charge and that nugget of knowledge has blown my mind over and over the past 24 hours. I’m terrible at shipping things back, but I can definitely make it to a Kohl’s. (Am I the last one to know this?!)

This choker would be the sweetest gift for your bestie (or yourself).

This was a cool read about office interiors (something our mind is on big time right now as we are in the middle of pulling ours together. (See phase 1 here) If your workplace is as comfortable and welcoming as your home, the thinking goes, you never have to leave. A lot of start-ups can’t afford the best young talent…So how do they attract it? With cool spaces. 

• Everyone focuses (too much, imo) on the return on investment, so I was delighted to find this chart from the National Association of Realtors putting more emphasis on Joy Score Projects–The “Joy Score” measures value in a whole new way, determining which renovations make people the happiest. More money in your pocket notwithstanding, some renovations may put an even bigger smile on your face. I’m FOR projects that will bring you the most joy while LIVING in your home. Isn’t that what it’s all about?

12 of the best articial flocked trees.

• I stock up on this ribbon every year: Black ticking stripe, Red ticking stripe and this thinner one in the best 4 colors that always comes in handy.

What shopping malls looked like in 1989 (for starters, there were people).

Look at this cutie. (scroll)

Happy Friday!!! Lights are going up in the office today if you want to follow along on stories!


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  1. Bridget says:

    I cannot find a rug like that! The pattern and colors are amazing. Do you by change have a link or look a like that would work?

  2. Dana says:

    Hi! Thank you for letting us following along as you pull things together and create such beautiful spaces. I’m considering this rug (or the beautiful rug you had in your cabin). Somewhere you noted that this rug has an olive or mossy hue, but the link to the McGee and Co site says it is charcoal. Is that the right rug? Thanks so much

  3. Heidi says:

    Wait, you can return Amazon returns to KOHL’S? What even is this magic? I had no idea either, clearly!

  4. S@sha says:

    Hi can you tell us exactly which Burgundy fabric that is? It looks like an aged velvet in your picture but having looked on the Interior Define website it appears not to be velvet. I’m curious to see if you’ll use it. Your house projects all look great as usual!

  5. Beth Koepke says:

    I’ve been searching high and low for a rug like the “it” rug you shared, but I need a copycat version in the 300 dollar price range. My husband just built me an art ledge for our dining room using your tutorial (it’s perfect!) and I’m so excited to complete our dining room update. The hunt for the perfect rug has been defeating. Any tips on how to describe that style rug to help aide my search? It’s gorgeous design

  6. JoniB says:

    I am dying laughing at the hair styles in those mall pictures! What were we thinking?!?!?

  7. S@sha says:

    Which fabric is that? It sort of looks like a velvet in your photo, but one the Interior Define site the only one that looks similar is “Merlot Heathered Weave.” Is that the same one? I think it would look great… but so would green.

  8. Kate says:

    Which fabric is this? I am ordering samples trying to find my favorite and I’m not sure I got that option! Thanks!

  9. Michelle says:

    I’ve had that rug in my mood board for our living room! I’m glad it gets the CLJ approval. I really would love to see it in person – worries it reads really yellow.

  10. Megan says:

    Love the Burgundy sofa!!! Speaking of sofas and the new “it” rug, do you think a chocolate brown leather sectional would work with it? Or is that too much natural/brown together? I love the pattern and it’s wool for such a great price!

  11. Julie S says:

    I really love the burgundy fabric! But at the same time I feel like, come warmer weather, I’d be wishing for the green.

  12. Jo says:

    I thought $451 was a bit much to spend on sneakers…checked link $45-51 (much better).

  13. Angela Sewell says:

    I tried returning a few things to amazon through kohl’s last week and apparently you can only do it if kohl’s pops up as a return option when you are processing it on Amazon. Live and learn.

  14. Kelly says:

    I can’t wait to hear your opinion of the rug. Hopefully some pics and stories too. I’ve been eyeing it but wanted to see some real life photos before pulling the trigger.

  15. Lacy Wade says:

    I tried to return an Amazon purchase to Kohl’s but you have to live within 8 miles of the store. Unfortunately wasn’t an option for me. But super convenient for some. The UPS store has taken amazon returns for quite some time no (they’ll pack it up for you too.)

  16. Laura says:

    I’m not sure that Kohl’s is always an option for Amazon returns, but most of the time it is. The best part is for FOR EACH RETURN you get a 25% off coupon good for 1 week b

  17. Kristin says:

    I believe only certain amazon items can be returned to Kohls. You have to make sure it says it is an eligible item. I learned that a little too late. I vote for the burgandy sofa. Have a great weekend!

  18. Stephanie says:

    Mind blown on the amazon returns. I’m the worst at returning things. From anywhere really though. I hold onto them so long that I can no longer return them and eventually end up giving things away.

  19. Megan says:

    I LOVE the burgundy color for the sofa fabric!

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