Apologies for the lack of updates, it’s been so busy around here! We did manage to put a new rug down in the living room, though. After much deliberation and stalling, we finally settled on the Alvine Triangel flat wool rug from IKEA. Yes, the flokati was nice, but cleaning up after it (and brushing it, and hand-vacuuming it) for the past two years has been more than I really feel like dealing with. Plus, we really needed something bold and graphic in the room, and I think this really does the job! I love how soft the white parts of the rug are. It has a Moroccan feel to it that’s very appealing, and a nice contrast to all the Victorian features of the house and the Danish Modern/mid-century furniture.
I also took the time to give a good oiling to the Arthur Umanoff bar cart I scored a few months ago. It was really looking very gray and haggard, but Danish oil once again saved the day and made it look great. I strongly recommend trying to oil old furniture rather than putting polyurethane on it! If the old finish is scuffed or damaged you can sand it a little first, but you’d be amazed how many flaws oil will hide. Every now and then you can give it a light re-oiling if it starts to look dry, and the finish will stay looking rich and warm.