I always love "warming" up the house in the fall, but this year we seem to have totally bypassed fall and gone straight to the dead of winter. It was 15º this morning and the high will only get to 26º. The low is normally higher than that at 35º so it's a chilly one here.
Since we only have a heat pump and an uninsulated crawl space, the house can get cold. Plus, I'm so economical I keep the thermostat at 68 or below.
A warm rug can really make a difference on the cold wood floors.
I have mentioned before that I bought two wool rugs on two different trips to Turkey from my friends at Yellow Star Carpets, which I dearly loved. However, when I went with pinks and aqua blues a couple years ago, one got packed away, and I used the other at church on one of our stages. I started to really miss them and decided they would make a comeback for Christmas. Knowing that would mean other changes, and since I don't do any Christmas decorating until the day after Thanksgiving, I thought I would get a head start and get as much done as I could beforehand so it would be easier. Out came the rugs:-)
a little a lot ocd about rugs being the right size for the space they are in, and this one was long and narrow at 7' x 11' so I had trouble getting it to work with the big leather furniture I used to have here. If there is one decorating rule I follow it's having at least the front feet of furniture sitting on the rug so the rug does not "float." Since I had the 8' x 11' jute rug, I layered the wool on top and that worked perfectly.
And oh how wonderful it is:-) The jute rug is so scratchy and uncomfortable, but the extra cushion just makes the wool rug even better. My kids are really happy because they hated the jute one.
The rug change meant making some other changes in pillows and accessories, so I made three red pillow covers from upholstery fabric and brought back the lighter blue I used last year.
We are all loving the change, and the room looks and feels warmer.
I put the other, smaller Turkish rug in the music room and will show that later.
I can't wait to decorate these rooms for Christmas -- but first I have to think about Thanksgiving, and I need to be working on my table because I will be hosting 11 people here:-)
My church will be hosting a community Thanksgiving meal this Saturday from 5-7 p.m., at the Folkmoot cafeteria in the old Hazelwood School on Virginia Ave., in Waynesville, N.C. We will be giving away food boxes complete with turkeys as well as coats, gloves, blankets, etc., to anyone who needs them. My husband and I will be entertaining, so please come by if you are in this area. Everyone is welcome and we would love to see you there:-)
I'll be joining: