Chunky Knit Blankets

By Kate Riley October 5, 2016

We got hit with a rainstorm this week, and of course it made me feel very fallish. While the rain fell, I pulled out a favorite knit blanket and curled up with it while I binge watched a new show I’m hooked on (Suits, I’m now on Season 2, have you seen it?).

Anyway, tis the season to welcome cozier textures into our home so why not a new blankie knit by the talented artisans on Etsy? Extra large yarn makes for a chic style statement for your sofa, and these are made from merino wool so you can imagine how incredibly soft they are. The definition of cozy! These make fantastic gifts for special people too (or perhaps for you?) Consider ordering a custom one now in anticipation of holiday gifts.

cozy knits etsy

custom chunky knit blanket

Nine Etsy sources below!

chunky knit blankets

from top to bottom: becozi / ohhio / lily and peabody / nata home and fashion / lauren aston designs / jennys knit co / flying lambau / bakrina / colorways gallery


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New Studio Flooring

By Kate Riley October 3, 2016

I’ve written before about the studio above my garage, you can see the entire space featured in this post from last year. Presently, my stepdaughter lives in the studio, she is headed to nursing school in January, but right now she is working to save money for her continuing education.

Once she moves out, my plan is to rent this space out as a weekend AirBnB. One of the things that needed to happen first was to replace the flooring since the old carpet was stained and rippling in places. Also I wasn’t a fan of the dated linoleum floor in the bathroom and kitchen.

For this project I partnered with Floor & Decor which I’ve done several times before, they have a fantastic selection of in stock tile and flooring products. I’m a big fan of luxury vinyl plank flooring because it looks like wood but it is waterproof so you can use it in spaces that are exposed to water like laundry rooms, bathrooms, and kitchens.

Here’s a peek at the space with the new floors before I moved the furniture back inside. I love them!

studio vinyl plank flooring


The product I chose was NuCore vinyl plank in Driftwood Oak, I loved the mid tone taupe color, not too brown and neutral enough to complement any decor I rotate in and out of here. Also it comes with a residential lifetime warranty, that’s huge for me.

Demo started with good old fashioned elbow grease, the carpet came out first. We probably should have removed the baseboard first, but we did that after, see below. The tedious part was removing the tack strips and sticky little padding remnants which took a few hours.


We removed the baseboard first using a blade to cut through the caulking, next a screwdriver (or chisel) and hammer to wedge down inside and pop it off. We ended up damaging the baseboard so instead of reusing it, we replaced it with new baseboard. If you’re careful you can repurpose it but it takes more patience!

Since this is a floating floor, (no glue, nails, or adhesive, yay!) it requires expansion gaps around the perimeter. These adjustable spacers against the wall were the starting point. You can also see the texture of the planks in these more up close shot.

spacers for gaps

This floating floor installed pretty easily. We hired a helper to assist us getting this done since the studio is 650 square feet, but this is a project you can do yourself with the right tools. The pieces snap into place using a tongue and groove style click together system. The two main tools used were a tapping block and a mallet, used together they guarantee tight seams between planks. The tapping block helps get your seams tighter when you use the mallet to connect planks together.

tapping block and mallet