Favorite Sources for Affordable Rugs

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

I’m bringing more touches of navy blue into our home this year so last month I purchased this Suzani rug for the entry and to update our family room a few days I ago I ordered this navy geometric indoor/outdoor rug. (You can see most of the rugs in our home in this tour from last year and I’ve purchased from the top ten sources listed below).

Plush versions in wool or silk are wonderful but with kids and pets, I need a rug that is both stylish and easy to clean, also one I won’t cry over if it ever gets soiled or ruined so I’m a huge fan of modern indoor/outdoor rugs for their comparative low cost and practicality.

I thought it time to do a follow up to this post from 2012 on my favorite sources for affordable rugs. Here they are!

Dash & Albert

dash and albert rugs



overstock rugs


World Market

world market rugs


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Sources for Cabinet & Furniture Hardware

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

I won’t hide my fixation, I’ll acknowledge it openly and proudly. I am a hardware junkie.

I have dozens of sets of hardware sitting in a box in my garage awaiting a new piece, some of it saved from old thrift store finds, some of it from local salvage shops, some of it just brass pulls bought on ebay or rope knot knobs I have yet to use. Clearance hardware bins are a weakness of mine – I find it hard to pass them by without purchasing and storing away a few goodies. Matt says to me when he sees my hoard “What ARE you doing with all of these knobs?” and I reply “Oh, they have a destiny” and he just shakes his head and walks away.

To freshen a piece of furniture or a set of cabinets I’ll often swap the hardware for something more modern, but I have in the past purchased thrift store furniture simply for the hardware alone. You may have a fine piece of ebony stained cabinets or a freshly painted dresser, but what’s true is the hardware is the jewelry and it always makes the outfit.



cabinet hardware

source: SA Baxter

Finding the perfect hardware can be overwhelming, especially if you’re under a time crunch or knee deep in a kitchen remodel or house flip, I’ve been there. Some companies like Top Knobs or Amerock sell to dealers in kitchen and bath showrooms so you have to visit those local businesses to get access to the collections, but they are worth your time. Home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowes offer special order hardware since they only want to stock the basics.

The good news is we live in modern times and you can purchase so much beautiful hardware online and there is so so much available. Don’t you just love the internet for the marketplace that’s been opened to us? I compiled this list to share with you but also as a resource for me for future remodels and furniture makeovers.

Here they are in no order of preference, just alphabetical:


amazon hardware


anthropologie knobs


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