Words about contentment inspired this series that celebrates ingenuity, creativity, and resourcefulness. Join me in the comments and share what you've done with what you have.
Autumn descriptions come to mind: crisp mornings, confetti leaves, pumpkin piles, wood smoke, and wool. Wool for sweaters, for mittens, for scarves, and...for area rugs. Though I'm not one to bedeck our halls with mass-produced seasonal paraphernalia, when hotter temperatures finally give way to frosty air, I do like to switch out the summertime jute and seagrass area rugs to woolier ones for fall and winter. It's a simple switch that, in a moment, makes you want to wrap up and tuck in. On chilly mornings, who wouldn't want to wiggle their toes into the warmth of wool?
Two rugs here in the little house get the seasonal switch: a straw-colored cut and looped pile rug in the master bedroom, and a braided one I swiped free from the curbside several years back for the living room. I'd always cared for them by spot cleaning and regular vacuuming, but this fall, I decided to treat them to a proper cleaning. After all, well-loved is well-kept. So, off they went to the professional carpet cleaner. Two weeks later, I picked up what looked like brand new rugs (only not).
Loves? Consider this: Take the worn and well-used, and give it some love and a long(er) life.
In other words, do what you can with what you have.