I’m in the market for a classic stair runner and would like your opinion. Also, I’m sharing a great natural-look makeup find, lovely French-style soaps, a late-summer outfit, and more. It’s Five Faves time with Annie and Cindy!
1. Which Classic Stair Runner Would You Choose For Our Atlantic Beach, Florida Staircase?
Why use a carpet runner? Our stairs are made of hardwood flooring and are dark and slippery. As in: I wouldn’t want to wear just socks on them. And our dog, Chief, has been known to slip running down the stairs.
What to consider for this high-traffic area: durability and stain resistance, look (how it blends with your décor), and price.
A low-pile carpet made of durable materials such as nylon or wool blend is a good option for stairs with high traffic. I have also had good luck with sisal on stairs in the past. However, a jute weave may be too loose.
Here are some classic stair runners that I looked at and am waiting for content and pricing for materials and installation. You can see that I am fond of texture, stripes, and natural fibers
Which is YOUR favorite of the stair runner rugs? I am thinking either neutral or a pop of color in a coastal blue. A stair rug shade that could possibly hide stains or dirt but not be too dark.
You may also like The Best Classic Ways To Hang Art In Stairways.
2. Classic Stair Runner Ideas
I’ve been perusing Instagram and found these examples of rug runners by Stanton. It is interesting to see the application of tricky stair tread corners versus a straight staircase and where the stair carpet begins and ends. Also, whether the first and last risers are carpeted.
For a striped runner, I prefer the more uniform look of a vertical stripe versus a horizontal one (like in the center-right photo). I also like a small print versus a bold pattern and a relatively soft feel for comfort.
3. New Color Correction Foundation For A Natural Look
I am all about speed and a natural look with my makeup.
After seeing the videos on Instagram and purchasing, I’m happy with Laura Geller Baked Balance-n-Brighten for light-to-medium coverage. Watch the application video here. It helps smooth out my face’s discolorations. I’m using the medium shade.
Right now: Summer Sale! 40% Off 3+ Items with code: G40 or 30% Off Everything with code: G30
4. French-style Lavender Square Soaps
I follow Kathleen from Saltbox Digs on Instagram and fell in love with her recently launched lavender soap. They would make a nice hostess gift, party favor for a ladies’ lunch, or stocking stuffer and you are supporting a small business.
Kathleen says: “We have created an exclusive signature farm soap with my own lavender in collaboration with @noisyacres_farm. Crafted to rival any French Provençal indulgence. Topped with our recherché Himalayan pink salted wreath design. Selective ingredients include fresh goat’s milk, organic oatmeal, sea salt, Lavender blossoms, poppy seeds, French green clay & lavender essential oil. Now available in my shop on the farm and online at www.SaltboxLavenderFarm.com.”
5. Late Summer Outfit Of The Week (to take with me to Mallorca 🙂
This first year of Howard’s retirement has included lots of travel…next year there will be more “at-home time.” In September we are going back to Europe, specifically Tuscany, Mallorca, and Madrid with our daughter, Spanish/Italian American son-in-law (and his family), and little Louisa.
This is the cotton dress that I bought for Mallorca. I bought it in the Anthro store in a regular small (comes in petite and plus too) so it is more of a maxi dress on me. It washes well and there are lots of patterns.
Packable Straw Hat • Necklace On Sale • Cotton Tiered Dress • Quince Well-Priced Carryon • White leather Cariuma sneakers • Italian leather bucket bag with optional shoulder strap • nude toenail polish popular shade • Easy To Pack light Havaianas Sandals (I want these). They are as comfortable as their traditional flip-flops but with a little more structure.
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