Weekend Inspiration: No.94

Weekend Inspiration: No.94

Before being home-bound, John and I had a regular routine of going out to dinner roughly once a week. It was our way to have a little break from cooking, and it was actually a great way for the two of us to indulge in our respective favorite flavors. You see, he likes seafood, whereas I don’t. I love cream-based entrees, but John is lactose-intolerant, so we usually don’t cook with cream at home. Going out to eat was our way of being able to enjoy our favorite things without putting the other one out, so to speak.

Now that we’re stuck cooking at home every night (aside for the very occasional to-go meals we’ve ordered from local restaurants here and there), John and I are trying to be more respectful of each other’s tastes. We’ve worked extra hard to find recipes that we can compromise on, and we’ve actually been really lucky. We’ve found lots of great options, so today I wanted to share six of the best make-at-home recipes the two of us have loved throughout our social distancing in the hopes that they might inspire your dinnertime, too!

Weekend Inspiration: No.94

1. We’re kind of a little bit obsessed with everything on the Pinch of Yum website, but this is one of our all-time favorites: Chipotle Turkey Burgers with Nectarine Basil Salsa.

2. This recipe for Dairy-Free Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo allows me to enjoy a creamy pasta dish without the milk that John can’t have—win, win!

3. I’m somehow just now hopping on the Bon Appetit train, but I’m glad I finally discovered it. I watch their test kitchen videos almost everyday, this one for Grilled Chicken Sandwiches being my most recent favorite.

4. This Cashew Chicken recipe is a little bit involved, but has incredible flavor that carries through into leftovers the next day. Save it for the weekend when you have a little more time!

5. I think it’s safe to say that we all know Ina can do no wrong. And that’s especially true with her recipe for Chicken Thighs with Creamy Mustard Sauce. The good news if someone in your family is lactose-intolerant, too, is that you can leave out the creme fraiche and still be left with a decadent dish.

6. Even if you’re down to just your pantry staples, chances are good that you have all you need to throw together a platter of Chicken Breasts with Honey-Balsamic Glaze. We had it with a side of potatoes and fresh green beans. Yum!

Weekend Inspiration: No.94

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How To Style A Vintage Mini Rug

How To Style A Vintage Mini Rug

Have you guys heard of the concept of a mini rug before? If not, you’re not alone! I was first introduced to these pint-sized rugs via a new-to-me vintage rug shop called (you guessed it!) The Rug Shop. Katja and I connected over social media, and she offered to let me test out one of her gorgeous mini rugs with the intent that I could help inspire you guys to try this slightly unusual type of rug out in your own spaces.

My initial plan was just to show one way to style these smaller scale pieces, but my mind wouldn’t stop churning when I finally sat down to brainstorm. Instead of just one way, I tested out three different ways to style a mini rug, and you can see the trio of looks if you keep scrolling below!

How To Style A Vintage Mini Rug

How To Style A Vintage Mini Rug

How To Style A Vintage Mini Rug

How To Style A Vintage Mini Rug

1. Coffee Table Centerpiece

The mini rug I chose from The Rug Shop clocks in at just 12”x20.5”. It’s tiny! But I didn’t find the size of the rug limiting at all. The first way I tried styling it was under a centerpiece arrangement on our coffee table. I actually started by trying this look on our dining room table, but the mini rug felt a little lost on such a large surface. On our smaller coffee table, though, it was perfect.

I layered it under a stack of magazines, a ceramic dish, and a tray of other odds and ends. It’s kind of like how designers will tell you that a large area rug has the power to establish a “zone” in your space under a grouping of furniture. By adding this mini rug under the items we keep out on our coffee table, it helps the whole arrangement feel more intentional and interesting.

How To Style A Vintage Mini Rug

How To Style A Vintage Mini Rug

2. Overlay On Furniture

This second look is even easier than the first, if you can believe it. All you have to do is toss the rug right over the back of your favorite sofa, accent chair, or even your headboard to add a pop of color to the room. My mini rug from The Rug Shop is super soft, so it feel wonderful to lean back on where I tried it over the tufted sofa in my office.

This styling is a simple way to bring in more pattern to your space without having to use throw pillows. John would have me arrested if I bought any more throw pillows for our house because (a) we have way too many already, and (b) because they tend to get in his way when he’s trying to lounge on the sofas and beds in our house. This mini rug is a great compromise because it adds that color and pattern I crave without throwing more bulky pillows onto our furniture.

How To Style A Vintage Mini Rug

How To Style A Vintage Mini Rug

3. Hung As Art

Okay, so this one might be a litttttttle bit controversial, but I know Katja has mentioned doing exactly this on social media, so I’m considering it fair game…Try hanging your mini rug as art up on the wall! The nature of vintage rugs is that they often come with a tiny bit of distressing and softer edges. Delicate frayed corners and uneven edges just add to the beauty of the piece, in my opinion, so I have zero qualms about tapping a couple of tiny picture hanging nails through the fibers to get it up on the wall. You’re not damaging it—you’re adding to it!

I used just two small nails to hang our own mini rug up on the wall, and it turned out to be a great way to fill an awkward patch of drywall next to our upstairs hallway. Since mini rugs aren’t heavy, you don’t have to worry about them sagging, so hanging it up on the wall is a guilt-free way to celebrate all of that one-of-a-kind color and pattern.

How To Style A Vintage Mini Rug

Big thanks to Katja for teaming up with me to bring this post to life, and definitely give The Rug Shop a follow on Instagram! I know Katja is working extra hard behind the scenes to get her website up and running, but in the meantime, she’s wonderful with communication via Instagram direct messages and email.

In fact, we chatted back and forth for days because I was really curious to know about the lettering on the mini rug I chose from her collection. Katja worked tirelessly to get me a translation in partnership with her warehouse manager. Turns out that it’s the name of the weaver, and is basically an artist signature on the piece. How cool is that?! Let me know in the comments which of the three looks is your favorite.

How To Style A Vintage Mini Rug

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