The rug is not the issue

At long last, the rug is down. This hugely fabulous IKEA Stockholm rug hadn’t been in stock in Dublin since … probably ever. One fateful day I checked their online stock checker, and there it was. All 2.4m of it and only 5 in stock. I rushed out and managed to get my hands on the last medium rug. Followed quickly by a sweltering dose of guilt. 

As I wrote two weeks ago, I decided to use my our new rug as an incentive. My embarrassing goal being – I could only put our rug down once I got a job. For anyone outside of Ireland reading this, it may not seem like a big deal, but here in Ireland, the jobs front is horrific. I’m an office zombie by day, and unfortunately like some of the offices I’ve worked with in the past, the company I was working with went bust in April. So I was unemployed, and had splurged on this amaze-balls rug. In order to stay afloat, I quickly turned my guilt into an incentive. Long story short, I landed myself a temp role, so down went the rug last weekend. All kinds of awesome …

Our new rug perfectly anchors my here and there infatuation with black and white throughout our apartment, not to mention it adds a perfect punch of pattern to our living space. I’m a big-time fan of the layered effect, so I may try my hand at DIYing a faux zebra skin rug {I’ve seen a couple of very do-able tutorials out there} and see how it works layered with this puppy. I’m thinking either silver, gold or lavender in stead of the typical black zebra stripes. Yum, yum. But nothing’s set in stone.
Boy, am I smitten. And as it happens, so are our kittehs. 

So far rug has settled in nicely and will  be an especially warm welcome when winter hits our cave of an apartment, and most of our time is spent curled up on the couch with Netflix. 
I hope wherever you are you’re having as nice of weather as we’re experiencing here in Dublin! Lots of dining al fesco and tall, cold beverages. And ice cream. Mostly ice cream. xx A
p.s. Sorry for the cringey employment rant. I try to keep my writing real. Girl got bills to pay.

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  1. June 6, 2013 / 13:55

    Love that you're keeping it real. And good for you! And the rug looks amazing! 🙂

  2. Barb_in_GA
    June 6, 2013 / 14:07

    Congratulations on finding gainful employment. The rug is awesome.

  3. June 6, 2013 / 19:09

    Damn, that rug is good. Awesome, in fact. And major congratulations on the new job.

    PS Can you design my lounge please 😉

  4. June 6, 2013 / 22:30

    It looks awesomesauce in that space!! You have such style Alex. And yippe for temp work. The employment situation isn't that great here either. But temp work seems to be popular. Where I live in Welly, a lot of public servant jobs have gone in the last year. As a lot of govt dpt downsize and amalgamate. By crikey you had groceries and art work on the bus. Crack me up the comments about the board meeting though. Right must dash, I am off to see The Great Gatsby. P.s. I am envious of your fab weather, while we have some sun today its been crappy winter weather all week.

  5. June 7, 2013 / 18:17

    So happy you were able to finally put the rug down!! Awesome news on the job front. Took me 6 months of unemployment to find this job, so I feel for you. Feels so good when you get that first pay cheque!!!

  6. June 7, 2013 / 19:18

    Congratulations on the job – great news! And what a nice reward to be able to use your rug, after all those years of waiting for it! Your styling is looking amazing as always… Maria xx

  7. June 7, 2013 / 22:39

    Congrats on the new job, that's just great news!

  8. John JJP
    June 10, 2013 / 08:15

    congrats on the new job, no really. i know a couple of irish guys who moved over to ny within the past year because the jobs are so bad there. i dont as i dont live there, but ive heard some horror stories!!!

    best of luck in the new job 🙂 j