Friday Flotsam

Flippidy floppidy frippidy Friday.

pine tree


Wait, let me start over.


Okay hold on.

RUG LOVERS. (there we go.)

I need a rug. A giant rug. Like, a Herculean area rug of mammoth proportions. BECAUSE, guess what.

Remember how we talked about leather sofas a few weeks back? Wellllll, we got one! THE ONE. Article sent us that fabulously luscious slab of sexy butter and I’ve been uncontrollably weeping ever since it arrived three days ago. I’ve already had soooooo many of you asking in IG Stories what I feel about it, so let me tell ya, I’ll definitely be posting a full-on dedicated sofa post on this internet website url soon. Just you wait, ‘Enry ‘Iggins! Just you wait.

But now I need a rug! And you know how Aaron’s never let us have any rugs? He calls them, “Satan’s rotting teeth gaps.” Man’s weird, you guys. But GET THIS – he’s on board! He wants a rug, too! I’m fully aware that this amount of exclamation points this early in the morning should put me in prison, but there’s no other way.

We need a rug.

Because the beautiful warm color of the sofa is rrrrrrrril close to our hardwoods, so we need contrast. And Aaron agrees! He wants a rug, too! LIKE, I MIGHT HAVE A PARADE.

So tell me – what are the good rug places? Where do you buy rugs? I want something earthy, simple, thin and not shaggy (what is this, the Brady Bunch?), with a vintage kiss. Something Persian-esque, but not red. And not overly busy. I’m only a little bit picky.

Ruggites – show me the way.

green and gray

Soooo we started Buffy last night. The Vampire Slayer. That Buffy. And it is SO BAD. (read: obviously going to be fully obsessed.)

First of all, I never realized that Sarah Michelle Gellar is basically Joey Potter, but blond. She’s a delight! Quick witted, doe-eyed, awful ’90s hair twist with the crispy side ringlets. Clearly I’m going to love this show.

Many of you have said that the first season is like getting a root canal, but once the flow of season two gets rolling, we’ll fall deeper in love.

And that one dude from Bones is in it!

I never watched Bones.

gremlins at urban table

Have you ever bought a plant on Amazon?

How does that work? Buying a plant on Amazon.

Because I think I might buy a plant on Amazon.

I just discovered the insanely-stunning Silver Dollar Vine succulent, but not a single solitary place in Kansas City (okay I called two places) carries it! I think I might have to order it on Amazon.

Is that weird? Who orders plants on Amazon?

Have you ever bought a plant on Amazon?

I think I might to do this.

Buy a plant on Amazon.

random tile

Okay, forgive me, but – what the hay is Vero? (besides an awful name)

It is aaaaaaall I’ve been hearing about this week. All these frustrated Instagramers are joining Vero (terrible name), for their chronological timeline and no ads? Is it just like Instagram? But with a hideous name?

Seriously, VERO? Sounds like Vera. Elvira. Inferno. Venereal. No.

When everyone was losing their ish over it, I went to the app to try to download it, but the MOMENT I put my name in, it said “Bad credentials.”

I haven’t even done anything yet, Vera! Lay off! YOUR FACE IS BAD CREDENTIALS.

So I stopped there.

Are you on it? Or are you off it now because the CEO is some d-turd with bad business skills? I heard something about that, too. But I have zero idea what’s true or not, so tell me!

Give me the gossip. Is Venereal going to be the next big thing?

Or should we stick with Instagram?

Or should we just have a taco?

rainy window

Weekend plans?

It’s going to be in the lower 60s! Which means mules. And rug research. And Amazon plant ordering. (who DOES that.)

Oh oh – in case you missed it – NEW MIXTAPE. And CHICKEN PASTA. (so many of you have made it already and reported back and it just makes my heart do the Electric Slide. so thank you for that!)

Also, Buffy’s eyeshadow is very blue. I’m pretty sure we need to make this a thing.

I’ll take the lead.

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32 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Elle Marie March 2, 2018 at 7:42 am #
    I got my big (just over 8’x10’) rug on My biggest piece of advice, coming as a mom of a messy toddler, is to get a 100% wool rug. It will be a bit more expensive but will be more durable and far more stain-resistant than anything synthetic. My husband was dubious, but the instant we upgraded the stained polyester rug for the 100% wool one we have now, one of the cats hurked on it and it cleaned up easily without a trace. He was sold from that moment on.
  2. Betsy Pollastrini March 2, 2018 at 7:58 am #
    We’ve always gotten our large rugs from
  3. Lucinda March 2, 2018 at 8:25 am #
    I’ve bought plants on Amazon! The first time I ordered in the middle winter and the plants froze on the porch so that was bad planning! The second time worked out great! I have a friend who is a serious plant lady and loves to order plants from ebay.
  4. Allie March 2, 2018 at 8:36 am #
    I always drool over the rugs at World Market- check there!!
  5. Emily March 2, 2018 at 8:49 am #
    The West Elm Colca Wool Rug is what interesting neutral dreams are made of. My friend has the huge one and it is GORGEous.
  6. Jeanne March 2, 2018 at 9:08 am #
    I've purchased at least half a dozen rugs (of varying sizes) from and have never been disappointed. Also, Target. I drool over vintage rugs on insta and etsy but sadly cannot afford, so drool is all I got.
  7. Ali Vizzo March 2, 2018 at 9:09 am #
    Do you remember the Buffy movie? I watched it constantly in the 90s. Your new couch is BEAUTIFUL!
  8. Liz March 2, 2018 at 10:11 am #
    Local KC.... For rugs, for a sort of thrifting standpoint check out Cargo Largo (Independence,MO) . They have west elm, pottery barn, Safvieha (whatever that brand is) for half the price. You have to scavenger sometimes, but they have a lot of high end and low end options. You can search their eBay store as well, order/bid online and pick up at their warehouse off front street in KC!
  9. Liz March 2, 2018 at 10:17 am #
    I forgot to add, they sell new not used!
  10. Bianca March 2, 2018 at 10:23 am #
    So Article sent you that sofa?! I'm in the wrong business... where do I sign up to get a free drool-worthy sofa?! has a great selection and often has sales on sales. Stay away from Vero, Insta is still where it's at.
  11. PSP March 2, 2018 at 10:36 am #
    Most of the popular rug websites (rugsusa, overstock, wayfair) charge you to return which I think is garbage in 2018. My advice is target or home depot. their websites have toooons of rugs (you have to really take your time to click through) and you can return for free in stores if you don't love it.
  12. Caitlin March 2, 2018 at 11:57 am #
    I'm a big fan of Flor for rugs! The company I used to work for ordered one for the conference room, and I've been playing with their online rug designer for months for when we finish redoing our spare bedroom. Most rug prices make my eyes fall out of my head, but I find Flor can be more affordable, and you can pick any size rug you want to build.
  13. Meghan @ Cake 'n Knife March 2, 2018 at 12:09 pm #
    I am now going to buy all the rugs LOL also what day planner do you use? I remember seeing something on your Insta stories about it and meant to write it down, but of course I didn't and I need that gorgeous organization in my life.... HALP.
  14. Shelly March 2, 2018 at 12:16 pm #
    Try for vintage rugs!
  15. Denita March 2, 2018 at 12:49 pm #
    I've ordered multiple rugs from - I like that you can sort for your rug thickness, colors, size, material type and they aren't expensive (okay, they have expensive ones too, but I replace my rugs often enough that I eliminate them before falling in love) - in KC, I also have purchased a couple large rugs from Home Goods - touchy feely. The last rug from Overstock was 9x12, it arrived without problems, other than 5' me dragging the big ol' box in was probably funny to watch.
  16. Chelsea March 2, 2018 at 12:55 pm #
    I started watching Buffy this past fall, and I'm in looooove!!! But yeah, the first season is pretty bad.
  17. Tara March 2, 2018 at 1:30 pm #
    Love Amazon for everything. Totally bought a giant rug on sale from Amazon that I love and have bought several plants. All the plants I have ordered have arrived in perfect condition and I’ve had no problems with them. I would definitely recommend it.
  18. Hannah March 2, 2018 at 1:47 pm #
    I have ordered plants from Amazon! I've definitely had success with it. I live in Alaska, so the plants have a long trip to make and they have always arrived in great condition. Highly recommend! :)
  19. Trisha March 2, 2018 at 1:50 pm #
    Love rugs from Anne Selke and McGee & Co; For plants, I have a ton in my cart from, but have yet to hit buy! You should check them out!
  20. Sarah Starr March 2, 2018 at 3:50 pm # has really good, affordable rugs. We've bought our last 2 from there and been very pleased. :)
  21. Anonymous March 2, 2018 at 4:07 pm #
    Nice blog. Sounds like me at times. Love the idea of a timeline driven picture essay of friends and family (if we can just keep the nay-sayers and corporate from overtaking the process). Tell me how plant buying goes. I bought a plant online and they dried up cause they were in a package so small that I never imagined it having a living plant in the tiny brown package. So, I threw it to my side and ran to work. It was from Arbor Day Foundation (who I still support strongly). (I have had my issues with online purchases-- never did receive the order I made to Zoolilly (or was it Dresslilly). Kudos my retail explorer -- purchase on. :)
  22. laura March 2, 2018 at 5:04 pm #
    knotty rug co. on state line. westport-ish. they have THE BEST stuff. and, as laughable (and sing-able) as it is, my parents loved getting rugs at amini's galleria. haven't bought a plant from amazon, but have from other online places. honestly, for the price i'd get it (and, ahem, tempted to do so me self), especially since it's amazon. and the shipping is included. i've gotten two similar-looking plants at local shops (family tree and that place on roe and 435 that i can never remember the name of) but both are hoyas. also reminds me of dischidia nummularia, but in a less pain-in-the-ass way. (this is one plant i got online. they gave me a variegated one which arrived dead.)
  23. Lonna Seger March 2, 2018 at 6:40 pm #
    You could also have a rug made from a carpet can get rug backing and the edges bound. This can be cheaper for a large area if you can’t find a rug the right size. We have done this several times and so happy with them!
  24. Nicole March 2, 2018 at 6:42 pm #
  25. Regan March 2, 2018 at 7:56 pm #
    I also agree with those that have said Rugs USA. I also agree with Flor rugs. We have both. The upside to Flor is that they are carpet tiles, which can be replaced individually. They also lay very flat against the floor and don’t require a rug pad. Tripping over a Flor rug would take serious effort. Plus, they have tons of options! Very kid friendly. We actually have 4 of them in our home.
  26. Megan K March 2, 2018 at 8:39 pm #
    Not sure if u have seen this but thought u would enjoy given ur hair thang!
  27. Darcy Sexson March 2, 2018 at 10:31 pm # for rugs! We have two kiddos under 2 and 2 dogs and a lot of hardwood to cover and I needed big, inexpensive (hello, 2 boys...spilled milk, blah blah blah, they'll be thrown out and replaced sooner than later), soft rugs that were soft for little feet.
  28. Natalie March 3, 2018 at 9:06 am #
    I downloaded VERO (which sounds like a travel rewards card program BTW) and instant regret- I feel like I already have enough social media in my life and I don’t feel like going through growing pains with it. I’ll stick with IG - please don’t leave us!!
  29. nicole March 5, 2018 at 7:11 pm #
    I like Rugs USA and target for rugs. Got one from each within the last 6 months. Also, I bought one from target that I didn't like and it was nice to be able to just return it to the store .
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