After wanting one for quite awhile, I finally got a cowhide rug last year and put it in the dining room. I love it there. It’s the ideal rug for under a table since it’s so durable and DOES NOT STAIN. Really, I have spilled red wine with no ill effects to the rug. It also feels terrific underfoot. It feels so lovely and luxurious.
Although I love the black and white hide, I secretly always wanted a luscious, cream colored hide too. From time to time, I would casually shop for one online but never pulled the trigger because the cream hides seem to be so much more expensive than the common brown or black.
Last month, I ran into Sam’s Club looking for luggage and found cowhides instead. They had a variety of colors and sizes, and no matter the size, they were all the same price: $99. You know which one I got – the most monochrome cream hide in the bunch. It’s much smaller than the one in the dining room, but that turned out to be just fine for the office.
My feet revel in the softness while I sit at my desk, at work on the computer. I seriously love that feeling and I didn’t get to enjoy it enough in the lesser used dining room.
Notice, right by the back chair leg, there’s a brand mark!
That line down the middle isn’t a fold, it’s a darker stripe of hair. I layered the rug right over (low-pile) carpet and the black and white Ikea striped rug.
I kind of want to add a cowhide to every room.
But I won’t.
Last weekend, I spent some time getting ready for a garage sale. This will be my second try at hosting one of my own (although this time, I’ve joined forces with my neighbors).
In between cleaning out closets and pricing items, we managed to get a small project done. Two years ago we replaced our front door and side windows.
I love all the light streaming in now with the new longer sidelights (vs the half sidelights we had before) so much that I didn’t really want to cover them up. After two years of living with the bare windows though, we decided that while we like the light, we prefer privacy. So, we used a roll of Artscape Etched Glass Window Film to create a frosted glass effect without actually etching the glass.
Applying window film is relatively easy IF you can cut a straight edge. It turned out that I am not very good at that (and I was using the wrong tools), so A did the cutting and I did the applying.
How to install window film:
- Clean windows with glass cleaner
- Measure window dimensions and cut film to fit (we used a straight edge and exacto knife)
- Spray water (with a few drops of liquid soap) on glass surface
- Peel window film from paper backing and apply the the side that had the backing directly on the window
- Smooth surface with a squeegee to push out any air bubbles
- Wipe excess water
I like this option for the window because there’s no adhesive with this product and you aren’t making a permanent change to the state of the glass. It’s completely removable. This type of privacy film for windows is also a good solution for bathrooms or any other space where you still want to benefit from the natural light.
There was some trial and error at first, so it took a little longer than I expected, but overall the project was done in about two hours which is a nice quick fix.
Here’s to a wonderful week!
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