I haven’t had the time to post a recap of my Monterey trip, but hopefully it’ll come up this weekend.
I’ve also been trying to stay away from any retail stores lately. I check in on my spending wishlist regularly so I can keep my focus on bigger and more important purchases in the future.
I did, however, cave when I passed by Cost Plus this weekend. I bought a rug for the patio. Finally! The Overstock one that I had thought would be perfect, actually ended up in the living room instead.
Here’s the one I bought for $20:
It’s much cheaper than this Athens rug by Fab Habitat, which I originally had my eye on. Although I like how the Athen’s blue is a little more muted, the same size rug is $50.
Here’s what the patio looks like now!
BAM! Bright, isn’t it? Its perfect for Independence Day but I don’t think I’d stick with this setup all year round.
Now that I’m looking back, I probably shouldn’t have bought the red patio set so quickly. It was my first official spring/summer season in my new place and I was just TOO excited to slow down with the decorating! And I bought the patio set even though I’m not fond of the color red. I just liked the design.
But now it’s time to redeem myself and fix my mistakes. I should have waited around for something better to come along. But since I didn’t, and I already spent the money on something that wasn’t 100% what I wanted, I’m going to change the color! When spring started I had the selfish thought of buying a different patio set because I was unhappy with it. Tsk tsk.
Instead I’ll spend $5 on a paint can.
At first I wanted to paint it black, but now with the blue and cream rug, I’m not so sure.
Why black? Here are a few inspirational patio photos that I found on Pinterest that made me want to go there:
But with the rug being so bright, would black look weird?
How about grey? Or a dark grey?
Or a warm brown, the same color as these lanterns?
What color would look the best with this rug?