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Oar Rack Wall Decor

I’m getting ready to leave for a few days to go to Chicago with my mom to celebrate a BIG birthday of hers! Yes, you guessed it, she is turning 21 ;)  I’m taking her to see Hamilton and we are so ridiculously excited. My daughter is at camp for the week, so the Mr. (with help from my Dad) will be holding the fort down with my son for a few days. I’m crossing my fingers that my 6 year old isn’t hanging out in his underwear drinking root beer and eating pizza on the couch by the time we come back.

Before I go, I wanted to quick share a project we finally got to this weekend.

A room with a wood floor

You remember a few weeks ago, you all had fantastic ideas for what to hang on the blank walls in the entry way. A lot of you wanted to see the oars we had from our old house here and I loved that idea, but wanted to hang them vertically this time around. Also, I wanted to avoid putting a zillion nails in the walls, so I found this oar rack on Amazon. You can find it here –  Royal Barge Decorative Oar Rack (Oars Sold Separately), (affiliate link) I ended up buying two of them.

A close up of oars

I’m loving how it turned out, even though the Mr. was not thrilled trying to hang these things. Really is there any worse place to hang something than above stairs? There is just no way to go about it without taking your life into your own hands a bit. Thankfully, no cranky husbands were hurt in the making of this blog post.

Oars hanging on an entry wall

These are all just a collection of oars I have been hoarding over the years and I threw them up there for now. I think I will be on the hunt for a few different oars because there are a few more empty spots, but I think these add so much character and fun to our entry for now.

A group of different types of wood oars

The best part is it will be super easy to swap them out as I collect more oars. They just slide right in. If you look closely you can see we did wrap them with a little floral wire. We figured with our kids bounding up and down the stairs all the time it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have that little extra safety precaution.

Wood oars hanging in a staircase

Oh also, I don’t think I ever showed the cute carpet runner down my stairs! I actually shouldn’t show you, because I can’t remember the brand of this carpet and I know someone is going to ask. I’ll try to look it up when I get back, but it’s a gorgeous herringbone pattern in blueish/grey and a sand color which has been great for hiding dirt.

Stairs with a carpet runner

It has kind of a fun nautical rope vibe that I love.

Stairs with a carpet runner

Here it is from the basement too.

Stairs with a carpet runner

I’m off to pack for a few glorious kid free days with my mom, but be sure to follow along on instagram as I’ll try to do some stories of our little girls trip!

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  1. Hi Kelly! I know this is an old post, but I absolutely love this stair runner. I’ve found the manufacturer, but wanted to know if by chance you remember the color – Coastal or Capri? Just beautiful!

      1. Thank you! With the help of our interior designer, we were able to find it! So excited, thank you!

        1. Hi Laura! We are trying to decide between coastal, Capri or bay of hope. Did you figure out which color it is? Thanks!

  2. Where did you get your stair runner. We are planning to do this and I am having a hard time figuring out how to go about it.
    Thank you!

  3. was the color of the runner by chance 00914 violet? It seems blue in the sample- similar to yours. Thanks!

  4. Im looking at this for a runner as well and was wondering if you ever found out what color combo this was? The colors I’m thinking of going with are Sunset silver or Bay of hope.

  5. This is the same runner we are looking at right now! Same color and everything. I was curious, now that you have had it for a couple years, how it is wearing? I am worried it might be too light to hide much, is it forgiving? Thank you so much for all your responses to questions, it is so helpful!

  6. I just absolutely love your home. My husband and I bought a lot on a lake in October 2018 and are going for permit in two weeks with hopes of starting construction in April and moved in by Thanksgiving. We are moving from southern suburb of Chicago to Michigan! We will be fellow Michiganders! Can you share where you purchased your stairway runner pictured here?

    1. I don’t I’m sorry but it came in a really deep blue and a bluer gray tone and we went with the bluer gray one. Thanks!

        1. Hi Gina, it’s from Shaw. It’ actual carpet that they inset into our wood floors. I’m sure if you found a Shaw dealer near you they could help you figure out the best way to do it – thanks!

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