Furry Floors

September 29, 2010

It be a pancake morning, mon!

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Kodiak cakes made with salty peanuts and chia seeds, topped with banana, Cinnamon Vanilla Sunflower Butter, more salty peanut, more chias and a drizzle of maple!

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One serving of Kodiaks goes a long way!

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With a side of vanilla scented coffee

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We do not have a furry animal gracing our floors, but we do have a new rug!

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Karen’s sisal rug from her condo was HUGE – 15 x 12′ and she had it cut down to fit in her new place. We got the leftovers! Awesomely, it came out to be a pretty big hunk of rug!

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Here’s our new hand-me-own entertainment center (which is really not a hand-me-down at all because it’s super nice – she just didn’t have space for it). So now practically our entire living room has come from one of Karen’s living spaces (the couch and chairs were in her living room many years ago) :mrgreen: Thanks Karen!!

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Thanks also for our TV Emily + Casey! It is still buzzing on and off, but I am tolerating it in exchange for Glee and …wait for it….House Hunters!! Turns out my $10/mo basic cable included some HD channels that I didn’t know we’d get!! HGTV score!

Our oriental rug is now in the foyer. This came from my grandmother. (As did the green chair to the right that I had reupholstered last year). This house keeps a’changin’!

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All of our sunshine of yesterday is again hiding behind the clouds. Makes for a good yoga day! Just hope I can make it there on bicycle.

Yesterday was videos, today is writing. Clickity-click!

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1 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 29, 2010 at 8:49 am

Salty peanuts and banana and chia and pancakes…I wish I was eating that breakfast!!
Great entertainment centre thing, that looks awesome!


2 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 29, 2010 at 8:52 am

Those pancakes look great!

I just now noticed the pillows on the black/white chairs — those are from Pier 1 I believe. I worked there all through high school and college and I can’t help but spot those kinds of things :)

I bet Karen’s house is just beautifully decorated. Have you already shown her all moved in already?


3 Brenda (Brendr) September 29, 2010 at 9:11 am

I love the black and white striped couch! It looks both classic and contemporary!


4 Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) September 29, 2010 at 8:52 am

Everything is coming together – it takes time to get settled into a new place. We probably changed things around in our house 75 times before we finally felt settled.
Everything looks great!


5 Shannon September 29, 2010 at 8:53 am

How awesome is that to get all that stuff!! House looks great :)


6 Shannon September 29, 2010 at 8:54 am

woops wrong website!!


7 Christine September 29, 2010 at 8:55 am

Is Matt reading something good?

You home looks lovely! You would never know that room is all hand-me-downs!


8 Heather @ The Single Dish September 29, 2010 at 8:58 am

Great rugs, looks very pretty!


9 Nicole September 29, 2010 at 8:58 am

I love pancake mornings, I had pancakes this morning as well!


10 Vivi September 29, 2010 at 8:59 am

those pancakes look mouthwateringly amazing! banana and peanut is one of my favorite flavor combos. nice one.


11 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 29, 2010 at 8:59 am

Your kodiak cakes always make me hungry! Great job on the decorating. Your tv area and rug look great! Have a fantastic day :)


12 Chelsea at Striking Balance September 29, 2010 at 9:01 am

Your house looks great! All your “hand me down” stuff sure looks awesome in that room. And yesss house hunters!! Exciting :)

Adding salty peanuts to pancakes sounds delicious, will have to try that sometime.


13 Aly September 29, 2010 at 9:01 am

Your breakfast looks amazing! Man, I wish I was eating that instead of toast. lol.


14 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg September 29, 2010 at 9:03 am

Wow– I can’t believe that’s the rug, CUT DOWN!! It must have been huge!


15 Alaina @ The Jogging Concierge September 29, 2010 at 9:06 am

HGTV is probably the only station that I miss since we got rid of our cable. My husbands favorite is Holmes on Homes; I love House Hunters. :-)


16 Nicole @ Yuppie Yogini September 29, 2010 at 9:12 am

I wondered where you got your couch and chairs. My couch is almost identical to your chairs. I had it recovered a few years ago and was worried at first the print would be too busy, but I love it. Black & white is so versatile.


17 Camille September 29, 2010 at 9:13 am

That is such a nice TV Stand! Don’t you love nice quality hand me downs?
My boyfriend and I got our couch when my friend was going to donate it to Salvation Army. It is a super nice Lazy-Boy and probably cost upward of $800! It is in great shape!


18 stacey-healthylife September 29, 2010 at 9:13 am

I am in the mood for pancakes today also.


19 The Wife of a Dairyman September 29, 2010 at 9:17 am

The rug fits in perfectly in your living room! And $10 a month cable?! What’s that?!! I’ve never heard of such a low cable bill……maybe it’s because all we can get out in the country where we live is satellite service which is about 5 times as much:(
Love all the furniture from Karen…how great is it having a mother-in-law with great taste?!


20 Marina September 29, 2010 at 9:21 am

All the things from Karen look really great in your house!
Good luck with the writing


21 Heather September 29, 2010 at 9:22 am

Your place is really coming together – you are so lucky to have someone with great taste giving you furniture!

Love pancakes – they are more of a weekend treat for us though.


22 wishful nals September 29, 2010 at 9:23 am

mmm, pancakes! love love love those placemats.


23 tina September 29, 2010 at 9:27 am

how good was glee last night???

you’ll have to get hooked on bravo tv and of course, the food network!


24 Kath September 29, 2010 at 9:33 am

HATEDDDDDD Glee last night!! It was stupid and the songs were awful except for Toxic


25 yummiee cupcake September 29, 2010 at 9:29 am

are these high chairs in the middle of the living room? or a really cool looking sorta coffee table?!


26 Kath September 29, 2010 at 9:33 am

they are little stools from IKEA – $5 a piece and they’re awesome as a coffee table!


27 Liz @ Tip Top Shape September 29, 2010 at 9:31 am

That rug looks like you picked it out yourself for the room. It looks awesome!


28 Lauren at KeepItSweet September 29, 2010 at 9:31 am

i’ll have to have some kodiac cakes soon! do you ever add anything to the actual batter?


29 Kath September 29, 2010 at 9:33 am

Just water!


30 Natalia - a side of simple September 29, 2010 at 9:32 am

The placemat and breakfast setting looks especially nice today! I don’t know if it’s the colors or the Kodiak..


31 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 29, 2010 at 9:34 am

I love your house- so organized but cozy at the same time. It’s amazing how you’ve put together such an elegant interior design with hand-me-downs!


32 Melissa @ HerGreenLife September 29, 2010 at 9:36 am

Quality hand-me-downs are such a great way to furnish a house. You usually get better quality than most of the trendy, cheap furniture — stuff that will last more than 5-10 years — and the price is right!


33 Macrae September 29, 2010 at 9:36 am

Haha- those rugs are definately not fuzzy! We had one growing up and while they’re not the best to sit on, they are so gorgeous. Ours had an awesome smell too…y’all are so lucky to have inherited it!!

Oh-and don’t let a dog poo on it = horrible to clean up :/


34 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 29, 2010 at 9:37 am

Breakfast looks delicious! Your living room looks great too! As for the tv, if it is a plasma, then it will buzz. Our does the same thing…it can be annoying, but once you start listening to the show or music, then you don’t really notice it.


35 sarah K @ the pajama chef September 29, 2010 at 9:43 am

i love the rug! where do you go to get a rug cut down?


36 Kath September 29, 2010 at 9:48 am

Floor Fashions in Charlottesville, VA


37 Kelsey @ CleanTeenKelsey September 29, 2010 at 9:52 am

I read a good portion of this post with a Jamaican accent in my head, because of the “mon” at the beginning. Just saying. :)


38 Kath September 29, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Ha, yay!


39 [email protected] September 29, 2010 at 9:56 am

OK, I can’t take it anymore! Your pictures and posts about Kodiak cakes are driving me nuts! I think I’ve figured out what I’m going to use my September OpenSky coupon on! Can’t wait!!


40 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write September 29, 2010 at 9:59 am

I really love that entertainment center. You need a flat screen on that thing, though!


41 Kath September 29, 2010 at 1:58 pm

It IS a flat screen!


42 CathyK @ www.1970kikiproject.wordpress.com September 29, 2010 at 10:24 am

isn’t it fun when you get an unexpected happy surprise, like your bonus HGTV! that’s cool! if i had to pick, say, only five tv channels, that would make the cut (and food network, bien sur!)
love your living room! looks very much like your blog personality (haha, can’t say “looks like you” as i don’t personally know you!) :)


43 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 29, 2010 at 10:24 am

Love the new rug and the entertainment center looks great! I love that it doesnt take away from the coziness of the room.


44 Heather (Heather's Dish) September 29, 2010 at 10:25 am

that rug looks great! that’s awesome that it was free too…usually rugs that size are WAY expensive!


45 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes September 29, 2010 at 10:38 am

salty peanuts! Now that’s one topping I haven’t tried yet! Might even have to give that a whirl on my oats! :)
Cathy B. @ brightbakes


46 Paige(Running Around Normal) September 29, 2010 at 10:48 am

Wow – I’d like some hand-me-downs like that! What a score:) Have a good yoga sesh!


47 Amanda September 29, 2010 at 10:50 am

I adore the black and white furniture! Your home is so stylish. The rugs look great as well, and even better that you inherited them! Absolutely lovely. :)

Unfortunately there’re no Kodiak mixes in my local stores. Have you ever made baked oatmeal, and any recommended recipes?


48 Kath September 29, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Yeah, check the recipes page


49 MT girlie September 29, 2010 at 10:53 am

maybe you’ve already tested this method and were not impressed… but “iced coffee cubes” are lovely to cool your coffee to desired coolness AND keep it all… coffee flavored. we just use our left over coffee and freeze it up : >


50 Kath September 29, 2010 at 1:59 pm

I tested them and didn’t think they were worth the trouble to make. Yeah, you can just use leftover coffee, but that usually gets consumed in our house too fast!


51 JENNA September 29, 2010 at 11:07 am

i love how matt is patiently waiting/reading in the background for you to take your bfast pics! haha! i love your new-to you rug! very cute!


52 Laura @ Blogging Over Thyme September 29, 2010 at 11:22 am

That’s a leftover rug??? It looks great, did you have to add the green edgings??


53 Kath September 29, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Yeah, they cost $5 per foot to add


54 Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) September 29, 2010 at 11:29 am

I can’t believe you got that much rug from leftovers – amazing!


55 Diana @ frontyardfoodie September 29, 2010 at 11:40 am

Your living room looks gorgeous! I love the wood floors too. I was just thinking about how nice it would be to replace the carpet in our living room with wood.


56 Rebecca September 29, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Just ate my first kiwi with skin:)


57 Kath September 29, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Woo! And..


58 Rebecca September 29, 2010 at 4:48 pm

It was good. I will no longer mess around with trying to peel them.


59 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 29, 2010 at 12:04 pm

love the new additions to your house!!!


60 Ashley September 29, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Hi Kath! Long time reader. I’ve just started my own blog. Hope you will check it out. I plan to focus on general nutrition as well as tips for those with IBS! Have a great day!


61 Sana September 29, 2010 at 12:19 pm

I like all the funky prints that you have in your living room!


62 [email protected] September 29, 2010 at 12:19 pm

O yum! I never tried out Kodiak cakes. They look so good!

I really like the simple and clean look of the rug. Goes well with almost anything.


63 Jil September 29, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Breakfast sounds delicious! and the rug looks beautiful in the room!


64 Sarah (OC2Seattle) September 29, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Those are seriously loaded pancakes – impressive! I just love wood floors, and yours are beautiful.


65 Katherine September 29, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Wow, Karen has great taste! You sure lucked out in the mother-in-law department!

Your new place is really beautiful! Things are really coming together.


66 ModelBehavior September 29, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Love the jamaican accent lol


67 L September 29, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Question – I’ve been looking at a sisal rug and considering buying one for my living room because of the neutral color and natural feel, BUT they seem itchy and uncomfortable. What are your thoughts?


68 Kath September 29, 2010 at 2:36 pm

It is a bit scratchy. I wouldn’t want to lay on it. But I don’t think it hurts or anything. And IKEA has one that’s pretty soft for only $120.


69 L September 30, 2010 at 8:44 am

Cool. Thanks! I’ll have to check out the Ikea version.


70 lynn (The Actors Diet) September 29, 2010 at 2:27 pm

i used to have rugs all over my place in nyc b/c it was required by the condo board – now that i don’t have anyone living under me, it’s all hardwood floors!


71 Emily September 29, 2010 at 2:28 pm

So I’m feeling you on both the squash issue and the gym issue. My body haaate things that are hard to digest; and it rebels in a big way! I also hate that my boyfriend never seems to have the seem reactions to the same foods that I do, so unfair! As for the gym, I recently quit my job but have been hesitant about quitting the gym, too. I will have a much more limited income working part-time, but have decided to keep the membership. Even though the yoga is definitely sub-par from real studios, having all the class options and access to the amenities definitely keeps me going through the winter months. Good choice :)


72 Kathy W. September 29, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Looks great! Love the green border, & how it ties everything together. Area rugs + polished wood floors are so much better than wall-to-wall carpeting, IMHO.


73 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 29, 2010 at 6:06 pm

That must have been a humungo rug!! 😮 It looks nice, love the furniture, too.


74 Megan H. September 29, 2010 at 7:59 pm

You have the most adorable place mats! Can you recommend any places that sell such cute ones?


75 Kath September 29, 2010 at 8:39 pm


Most are from Crate + Barrel


76 Hannah September 29, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Mmm, salty peanuts in sweet things is pretty much the yummiest thing ever. :)


77 Amykinz September 29, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Kath, do the Kodiak cakes contain wheat?


78 Kath September 30, 2010 at 7:00 am

Yes, they are made with wheat flour


79 notyet100 September 29, 2010 at 9:47 pm

such cozy looking pictures


80 Lisa October 1, 2010 at 1:59 pm

We have really gorgeous hardwood floors. I love them but in the winter time it gets pretty cold. As soon as the house remodel is completed I want to buy some big area rugs.


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