sukhi handmade rugs - review

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A few months ago I received an email about reviewing a rug from Sukhi.  After hearing the incredible story behind their handmade felt ball rugs, I was beyond excited to see these rugs up close and in person.  Recently, this beauty arrived at my doorstep.


I chose the Deevyah Rectangle Rug (note: while the rug on their site shows the rug with a diagonal stripe pattern, mine arrived without the stripe pattern).  

As soon as I unrolled it, the kids were on it like cats basking in the sun.  I couldn't get them off of it!  Sam has been using it to drive his cars over the "rocks".  I even lost it for a few minutes before finding out that Izzy had taken it upstairs to her room.  Sneaky.  It's so incredibly cushy underfoot, and the little felt balls feel amazing on your bare feet.  Izzy is begging me for a second rug of her own. 

It's currently living in our laundry room, and I'm not sure why I didn't have a rug in there before.  It makes so much sense to have something soft underfoot when standing for several minutes folding laundry.  My brother-in-law walked through there the other day and came out raving over how good it felt.  You know a rug is good when a man fawns over it :D

They have a bunch of other color ways available and also a customizable option that I'm kicking myself for not noticing until now!  With their custom option you can choose from 69 colors and 9 different patterns.  The versions are limitless!  Here are just a few that I'm loving:


In Nepali, Sukhi means happy.  Each of their felt ball rugs are handmade by Nepalese women out of 100% new and pure wool directly from New Zealand.  These rugs come directly from the artisans with no middleman.  This allows the artisans to be paid 2-3 times the average salary in the region.  They are able to proudly work out of the comfort of their own home and can afford to send their children to school.      

Here is something else I absolutely loved.  Once my rug shipped I received an email that included the photo of the artisan who made it.  This is Maya Rai.  

I was even able to send her a person note thanking her.  You can meet more of Sukhi's team in Nepal by clicking here.  

I also encourage you to watch this video about the beautiful woman behind these rugs.

Disclosure: I received this rug in exchange for my review.  All options are completely my own.  For more information, click here.


our third house - 2009

Monday, June 27, 2016

If your just jumping in here, I'm sharing tours of our homes over the past 10 plus years.  You can visit our first home here and our second home here.  But prepare yourself, it 'aint pretty.  That's the point.  Sometimes it takes a lot of time to find your style.

Our 3rd House - Wichita, KS 2009

You guys, I'm physically ill over not finding a full photo of the exterior.  I have so many happy memories here and I can't believe I don't have a photo of the house.  Ugh, I just want to cry.  Technically, this was our 4th house.  When we first moved back to Wichita we rented for about six months so we could have time to find the right house.  I can't find pictures (you picking up on a theme here?), but trust me, you aren't missing anything.  We weren't allowed to change a single thing, not even curtains, but it really didn't matter because I knew it was going to be short lived.  I will say though, that really effected my mood while living there.  I was in the last trimester of my pregnancy with Izzy, we were living out of boxes, and I felt like squatters in someone else's house.  I couldn't wait to be out of that place and was thrilled when we found our home.

When we bought this house it was oak central.  I definitely earned my painting badge in here.  I painted my way through the house and switched out doors and baseboards.  It was at this house that I started my blog and really started becoming interested in DIY and home decor.  I was starting to find my style.


This kitchen photo is from the MLS listing before we moved in.  OAK.  Oak everywhere.  The only change we made was paint, and adding hidden hinges and new hardware.  It was such a huge transformation for only a couple hundred dollars.  You can find out more about the kitchen makeover here.

The dining room was bright red when we moved in.  In the second photo, I painted it a second time and installed the picture frame moulding right before we moved out.  The chandelier came with us to our current house.

Here's how the bedroom looked soon after moving in.  It later received a small facelift before our move as well.

You guys, there are so many things I would go back and change now!!!  It's kind of like looking back at wedding photos and imaging what it would look like if you had a chance for a do over :) Overall I learned a lot in this house and left feeling much more confident about what I liked and didn't like.  While a lot of things changed, none of the furniture did.  I was learning that even if I didn't LOVE our furniture, I could find different ways to work around it to make me feel really good about the space. 

You can find more photos of this home under the Home Tour tab or by clicking here

Are you guys growing sick of this yet?  I hope not because I have one more house to share with you!  It's the one we rented when we first moved down here to Texas. 


our second house - 2006

Thursday, June 16, 2016

If you missed the last post where I shared our very first house.  I'm sharing some photos from our houses over the years.  A look back at what they looked like before I knew what my style was.  Long before this blog and Pinterest were a thing ;)

Our 2nd House - Bixby, OK 2006

Mike had just got out of the military and took a civilian job near his home town of Owasso, OK (outside of Tulsa).  I LOVED Tulsa.  It was such a change coming from the small town of Sumter, SC and it was about 2.5 hours from my family.  This home was our first single family house.  The last was a duplex with a small yard.  We were beyond excited about this place!

We finally bought some new furniture when we got to here.  Wooohoooo!!!  Out was Mike's bachelor couch, his parent's old green chair, and the coffee table that he bought off his friend in exchange for beer money.  GONE.  I did have to negotiated for this new couch though.  Which, is still the same couch we use to this day.  Mike agreed to be on board with a new couch if we used one of his rugs.  Deal!  This large red rug of his was the only one that fit the room, so red became the decorating color.  

The zebra chair was my first reupholstery project.  I made the drapes with help from my mom, and thought I was nailing it with the red ribbon down the sides :)  

Another gallery wall using DIY floating shelves.

Our new kitchen was mind boggling after our last kitchen.  I still think this one had the most cabinet space out of all of our kitchens.  I was so thrilled to have a breakfast nook and finally use my parent's old oak table.  This is the same one that we currently use, just now refinished with liming wax.

Bedding stayed the same from the last house with exception of the lumbar pillow, and I made some window shades out of sheets to look like ones I loved from a PB catalog.

I know I have more photos somewhere on the computer, but I can't for the life of me find them.  We lived here for about 2 years before moving back to my hometown of Wichita, KS.  The move was well timed as I was pregnant with Izzy and looking forward being near my parents.  At the same time, this was a hard one.  I loved our home and loved Tulsa.   


our first house - 2005

Monday, June 13, 2016

The other day I was going through photos and came across some from our first home eleven years ago.  We were newly married, Mike was still in the Air Force, and we had just PCS'd from Wichita, KS to Sumter, SC.  We bought a small duplex and were beyond excited about owning our first home.  This was long, long, long before I started a blog (or even knew what one was) and I had taken photos solely for the purpose of sending them to my parents so they could see our home.  And as you will be able to see for yourself, this was also long before decorating was something I was interested in.  But, I thought it would be fun (fun for you, a little embarrassing for me, ha!) to see how things change over the course of several years.  Proof that style can sometimes be SEVERAL years in the making :D

Our 1st House - Sumter, SC 2005

Newly married and the awkward blending of furniture begins.  Mike gave me such a hard time because not even two days after moving in I decided I couldn't live with white walls.  I absolutely had to paint all the walls this pale green color.  He still teases me about that to this day.  I also think it's funny to see that I documented my first ever "gallery wall".  Maybe some things don't ever change!

This is the original color of Mike's grandparent's dining set.  Orange.  We were already in the process of refinishing it here.  This was our first project together.  We used this set until last year when we purchased a new table.  I still use the chairs, which are now painted grey, and the base of the hutch, which is now covered with a skirt.

Here is the set refinished and the chairs with the slipcovers I made.  I was so proud of those slips and couldn't believe they actually turned out so well.  We had also changed out the chandelier which I forgot about.

Well I thought I had painted the whole place the same green color, but looks like I went baby blue in the master.  I was so happy about that white duvet on the bed.  It was a wedding gift and it replaced a nasty royal blue bedspread Mike had that I couldn't wait to be rid of!  I loved those euro shams.  I had made them out of a quilt to match the one at the end of the bed.

Notice the music stand and case?  I was still playing the flute regularly back then.  I should get that out again.  I don't think Sam has ever heard me play and I'm sure Izzy doesn't remember me playing for her as a baby.  Those windows.  I don't think we ever put up curtains.

Looking at this photo of our master bath I can still smell that candle over the toilet.  Our duplex neighbor smoked non-stop in her house and the smell came through so strong in our bedroom and bathroom.  You had to have a candle lit at all times to try and block out the cigarette smell.

So that's our first house!  Crazy huh?  We were hear about a year until Mike got out of the military and we moved to Tulsa, OK.  I'll share that house with you next.  

When it came to your first place were you style challenged or were you already on your way to having it figured out?  I was obviously challenged :D

beach planning

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Lately all I can think about is heading to the beach.  We went out a couple of times last year and had so much fun!  And since I'm thinking about the beach, I'm thinking about swimsuits.  Ugh, swimsuits.  I hate wearing swimsuits.  Loath it.  It's the only thing I'm not looking forward to about going to the beach (Well, that and the bird poop that totally looked like a shell that I tied to pick up once.  True story).  I think if I had a really special one that I loved, maybe I wouldn't be so nauseous at the thought of putting it on.  I'm looking for it to be really pretty but also mom-at-the-pool appropriate.  I think I found one.  And of course, a bunch of pretties to go along with it.

one //  How pretty is this suit!!!  The floral is just gorgeous, and I love the high neck and how the waist is defined.

two //  I had a floppy hat like this when Izzy was a baby and I loved it.  Kept my face shaded and the sun from creeping in above my sunglasses.  Best part, it's under $15!

three //  I always gravitate towards big tortoise sunglasses.  I like the barely there cat eye shape to these.

four //  I would love a pretty beach bag.  This one can pull double duty as a purse and beach bag.  The dipped look on the bottom reminds me of my favorite basket at home.

five //  If I'm going to be wearing such a pretty suit I need something other than my kids' fish beach towel.  This pretty pink striped one will do!

six //  I recently finished reading Lies and Other Acts of Love by Kristy Woodson Harvey.  You may recognize Kristy from her blog Design Chic.  This is actually Kristy's second novel, and is the perfect summer read.  I spent a few late nights with this one as I couldn't put it down.  The two main female characters were easy to fall for while they both navigated what's in and out of their control.  It was also a reminder as to how much work goes in to making a family, family, and how people and families are never quite as perfect as they seem.  I'm going to be plopping her first novel, Dear Carolina in my beach bag next.

seven // I like the simplicity of these sandals, and that they're under $50.   My current go-to sandals have zippers on the backs and I'm pretty much over having to zip and unzip every time.


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