Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Proud Mummy - It's The Little Things

No DD didn't win a prize, come top of her class in something, pass an exam (well she did get 100% in the English test but we expect that), cook dinner or even tidy her bedroom. It was far more mundane than that.

Last week I finally got rid of that beige carpet that I'd hated from the day it was first delivered. The one I tried to kill but it wouldn't die. In fact, on the day it was delivered, I seriously wondered if they had brought me the wrong carpet. I think there must have been tricky lighting in the shop because after paying not a small amount of money for that carpet, I never liked it. But it cost a lot of money so I kept it for 12 years.

The new carpet is from Ikea. I took a chance - it's turquoise! We only have one reception room so there's no space to be sophisticated in the best room and more daring in the den. If you asked my style I'd say manor house rather than country cottage (although I would love to live in a country cottage) and definitely not shabby anything. I don't like shabby even if it is chic. And blues and greens. No brown. My overall vision is clean-lines, no-fuss cosy. In a word, I suppose Ikea.

I was a bit worried about the carpet, but as I said, I took a chance. You can do that with an Ikea carpet costing less than $200 because if we hated it I would get rid of it after a couple of years. And reader, the quality does not feel any less than that expensive carpet that I did hate.

It took a bit of getting used to. As I unrolled it, I wasn't certain if it went well with the sofas. I didn't hate it but I didn't instantly love it. DD wasn't sure either. But instead of saying, "I'm not sure if I like it," she asked me, "do you like it?"

It's very subtle. She wasn't sure about the carpet but she was careful not to say anything negative. She was diplomatic and polite. I loved that. I was so proud that she was sensitive enough to do that.

One of the basic tenets for doctors is, 'above all do no harm.' It's a good one. For me another basic tenet is, 'above all be kind and be polite.' We don't always manage it, but on this occasion DD nailed it.

Over the next few days we got used to the carpet and now we like it. I'm not planning its early demise. We had guests on Shabbat and the first friend to arrive exclaimed, "ooh new carpet! Lovely!" I loved her for that. Our colours are unsophisticated but we're feeling the clean-lines, no-fuss cosy.


11 comments:

  1. I think it looks a great choice and the hint of the carpet colour in the cushions ties it all together.

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    1. Thank you. The funny thing is that I only got those cushions because I had a gift voucher for the shop and there was nothing else to buy. I would never have chosen lime green and orange if I'd had any choice. And many times I've thought of covering them in something more blue and white. But now the bit of turquoise in them does hold it all together. I still might have to get rid of the lime/orange though. One day. The problem with Israel is that there isn't much choice in the shops.

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    2. Too much choice isn't good either hahaha

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  2. When we were house-hunting [over 50 years ago] I still remember loving a beautiful turquoise carpet in a house we looked at. I traced it down, but was told it was acrylic whereas we were advised to buy wool. We bought a multi-hued yellow to brown wool carpet which I've hated since the day it arrived - and I'm still sorry that we didn't buy the turquoise one! Enjoy.

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    1. I feel your pain Gitta. I can't believe you've still got it 50 years later. One of the pitfalls of buying good quality. Lol.

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  3. It's not a color I would normally choose, but it works very well with your furniture, the whole effect is very nice! The room looks cozy yet classy.

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    1. Thank you. And I know what you mean about it being an unusual choice. I was very unsure about it and in fact I wanted the same carpet in dark blue but the dark blue didn't come in that size. Anyway, as you say, it works.

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  4. The new carpet looks excellent. Your daughter’s manners are also excellent. I’ve was always told to be kind and it is something that I impressed upon my own children. We, surely, cannot go far wrong if we all treat each other kindly.

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  5. It's a brilliant pop of colour, I love it and well done to DD for being caring and sensitive. Mich xx

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