Tuesday, June 30, 2015

What I'm Loving Right Now: Ikat

Wow, it's been a couple weeks since I've been back here! The break wasn't planned but things just happened. A couple weeks ago, there was a death in the family, then we went out of town to attend my cousin's wedding, and I was just plain tired. Oh, and our house was finally getting put back together from the big leak that happened months ago. It's been a crazy, tiring month.

What I'm Loving Right Now: Ikat. What it is and 11 ways to incorporate it into your home decor

Today is all about Ikat. What is Ikat? According to Wikipedia, Ikat "is a dyeing technique used to pattern textiles that employs a resist dyeing process on the warp fibres, the weft fibres, or in the rare and costly 'double ikat' both warp and weft, prior to dyeing and weaving." It involves dyeing the threads according to the pattern before they are woven and then lining them all up correctly. That takes some skill! It's also what gives the pattern its hazy look, which is part of why I love it so much!

I tend to just happen to discover things(like how awesome sheepskins are!) and I'm just now discovering the awesomeness of different global textiles. I've never been(and don't think I ever will be) a fan of flowery rugs, but I'm really loving the geometrical patterns of Ikat and Kilim weaves. I've already talked about how my dream kitchen involves a kilim rug on the floor.

Real woven Ikat is expensive and harder to come by but there are plenty of cheaper options out there if you want to incorporate the look into your home. Someday, maybe I'll be able to have some of the real stuff, but that's not happening on my budget right now. Especially with two littles running around dropping crumbs everywhere. For now, I'm going for the cheap stuff.

Behold, my newest Ikat additions!

What I'm Loving Right Now: Ikat. Incorporate this trend into your home with a blue and gray ikat ottoman!

I spied this ottoman at Walmart several months ago and this was the lone one left after all that time. I think everyone had forgotten about it because it stayed in the same spot in a corner of the furniture section for several weeks. I ended up spending about $20 on it. 


What I'm Loving Right Now: Ikat. Incorporate this trend into your home with blue ikat polka dot sheets!


What I'm Loving Right Now: Ikat. Incorporate this trend into your home with navy blue ikat polka dot sheets!

The navy blue sheets are my favorite though. I love the abstract polka dot feel of the print. They were marked down 50% at Target and since when can you find cute queen size sheets for $16? They aren't marked down online though so be warned if you want your own.


After perusing the internetz, I've found a few more ways of incorporating Ikat into the home. 


What I'm Loving Right Now: Ikat. Incorporate this trend into your home with a blue Ikat stair runner!!

What I'm Loving Right Now: Ikat. Incorporate this trend into your home with these Ikat printed bowls!

What I'm Loving Right Now: Ikat. Incorporate this trend into your home with pillows and curtains!

What I'm Loving Right Now: Ikat. Incorporate this trend into your home with this Ikat stenciling tutorial!

What I'm Loving Right Now: Ikat. Incorporate this trend into your home with this blue and white Ikat accent chair!

What I'm Loving Right Now: Ikat. Incorporate this trend into your home with this Ikat painting tutorial!

What I'm Loving Right Now: Ikat. Incorporate this trend into your home with this tan Ikat Dhurrie rug!

What I'm Loving Right Now: Ikat. Incorporate this trend into your home with this blue Ikat lampshade!!

What I'm Loving Right Now: Ikat. Incorporate this trend into your home with this gold Ikat shower curtain!


Do you have a favorite? I love them all but I really love that stair runner. What do you think of the Ikat trend? Would you use it in your home? 



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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Current Reads

It's been a while since I shared my very first and last post on my current reads. Last time I was only reading one book. I think it was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This time I'm reading five.

I've never been someone that reads several books at once. I'm still not. I'm actually not sure how it happened. I don't have a lot of time to read just one, which is probably why it's taking me so long to get through these.

Current Reads: Gone with the Wind, Women of the Word, Introverts in the Church, Give Them Grace, and The Fires of Heaven(Wheel of Time)

It's very rare that I pick up nonfictional books and here I have three! From top to bottom:

1. Gone with the Wind: I've watched the movie and now it's time to read the book. That Scarlet though. I kinda want to slap her silly.

2. Women of the Word: This one is a "how to study the Bible" book. Not by focusing on separate verses or topics, but by interpreting the little stories in the light of the bigger story. The overarching story: God reaching down to man throughout the redemptive work of Christ.

3. Introverts in the Church: The title is rather self explanatory. Unfortunately, even in the church, introverts are not appreciated for the gifts they can give. They are put down for the ones they struggle with or can't give. How do introverts fit in the church? I'm interested to find out. I'm only a 1/4 of the way through it.

4. Give Them Grace: My favorite parenting book right now. I'm still working on grasping the concept of grace and, even though this book is about parenting, I feel like I'm learning a little bit more of what grace means through reading it.

5. The Fires of Heaven: The Fires of Heaven is the 5th book in the Wheel of Time series. Since Hubby and I are reading it together, I'm not really reading that one myself as much as listening to him read it. It's a great fantasy story!

What are your current reads? I'm always looking for good books to add to my reading list!



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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

May Review {2015}

Summer is almost here and I am mourning the loss of my beloved cooler weather. I'm one of the few freaks that actually dislikes summer. It's always so hot and I don't care for swimming(anyone else hate feeling wet in a skintight suit? Just me?) so I'm just miserable anytime I walk outside. Which of course is where my two boys would rather be all the time.

May was a busy month for us which is probably why I only eked out a few posts. The kitchen has been in limbo for the last month but the new floor is going in as I'm writing this. The floor is the very last thing that needed to be done so I could jump up and down I'm so happy! I could, but I won't. I don't do such things.

Unless there is a potty training victory. Then there may be a whole song and dance number. Forget M&M bribes, give that kid a donut!

So here we are in June, looking back on May. I hope you enjoy the few posts here!










Have a fantastic week!


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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Why I Have People Over When I Don't Have A Floor

I've shown you our downstairs kitchen problem. I've told you about our adventure living in the chaos. In all this, we've had friends and family in and out of our house for the last few weeks.

Our instinct when our home is less than perfect, is to hunker down and bar the doors. And if someone, heaven forbid, happens to need in our house, we apologize profusely for the mess and imperfection. We don't want people to see us in all our messy glory.

But...

We still need relationship even in the midst of chaotic living.

We need real relationships. It's one of the problems in our culture. We judge each other's level of perfection from a handful of Facebook status updates. Or blog posts. We're all putting our best foot forward and avoiding getting our hands dirty in the messes of each other's daily lives.

Why I Have People Over When I Don't Have A Floor. Why you should rethink waiting until everything is perfect.

Why I Have People Over When I Don't Have A Floor. Why you should rethink waiting until everything is perfect.

Why I Have People Over When I Don't Have A Floor. Why you should rethink waiting until everything is perfect.

But this goes deeper than just our homes. This cuts down to who we really are at the core of our being. We're not just afraid to show our messy houses. We're afraid to show ourselves.

Let's get past the false fronts and stop being so dang polite.

If you come over to my house, you won't be greeted with apologies. I'll probably have to move a load of laundry out of the way and you'll probably have to step over a stack of Legos before we can sit and talk. Really talk. Not about the weather and what we did last weekend, but about our innermost thoughts, fears, and struggles. Maybe even a bit about the philosophy behind science fiction or what contributed to the fall of the Roman empire.

I may not have a floor in my kitchen, but I'm not about to miss out on the opportunity to develop real relationships.

Who's with me?


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