Yogurt Winner + House Update

Our new rug is here!

Remember this picture? You can’t really see the rug, but it’s a green, braided, country-type rug. Not exactly what we wanted in our front room, especially in the new house with the extra space and opportunity to do something different.


It wasn’t large enough and didn’t bring any other colors into the room, either. Nick and I shopped in stores and online for a few weeks right around Christmas, looking for a new rug that would fit this room and bring in some new colors.

And I think we found it!


We got this Linden Street Cavalier Rug from JCPenney online for a steal!


Because it’s on closeout, this 5×8 rug was only $111, plus we got 2 small rugs for the entry way and in front of the hall doorway for $30!

I love that it’s not a super formal oriental type rug but that it still has a nice print without being too contemporary. This front room IS the more “formal” space, with the fireplace and no television, but we want it to feel comfortable – not stuffy. We want everything in the room to feel cozy – this is where we are when we have family over, when we’re reading or on the computer, and when Nick is practicing guitar.


So much better, right?

It’s actually not as big as we would have liked, but the next size up would have been too big for the space.

I’m just so happy to have some more color in the room.

The next thing I want for this room is this pillow:


The Hodgepodge from Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

The colors look a little different online, so it’s hard to tell, but the red is the same color that’s in the rug and so is the blue (it’s darker in person). Plus, it has the beiges from the rug and couch AND it would bring in some orange and purple (which looks brown in this picture).

Then we want new end tables, possibly a new set of chairs (one for each side of the fireplace), bookshelves, and lamps…eventually.

I know we can’t get everything at one time, and I think we’re doing a good job so far of moving slowly with our projects.


And now – the yogurt prize pack winner!

Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen

When I was growing up, it was definitely strawberry-banana. No question.

But nowadays, I tend to stick with plain.

Ever since I discovered goat’s milk yogurt though…well THAT’s my favorite flavor. :)

Congrats Sarah! Please email me at branappetit [at] gmail and your prize pack will be on its way!


Thanks to everyone who entered – it’s fun hearing all of your favorite yogurt flavors. There’s a lot I’ve never tried!


  1. I love the rug, and I love your couch by the way! Al and I want a new couch so badly! One that both of us can lay on together! :)

  2. I think the rug goes perfectly in that room! And I love those pillows too!

  3. I love the rug! And what a steal!! :) Your house looks so nice and is really coming together. You’re giving me great ideas for my house! :)

  4. I absolutely love the rug and I really want that pillow! I love to go simple on the big pieces, but accenting through pillows, rugs, throw, etc., really can jazz a room up.

    • I know – I love that pillow. I may have to just buy it at regular price – I just can’t make myself pay $25 for ONE pillow.

  5. oh my goodness! LOVE that pillow!

  6. Very fun. I love seeing how other people decorate and since I am in a real estate hunt of my own it is fun to think ahead to how I might decorate things. :-)

  7. Love the rug! And the pillow!

  8. Love the new rug! It really brings the room together.

  9. That’s a nice rug…it really does blend in perfectly to radiate that lovely, warm, cozy feel of home. And I know it helps esp during the cold winters!

  10. The rug looks fabulous–perfect colors too!

  11. Like the rug, I think it goes really well with the room!

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