On the Floor: A Rug Story

When Joe and I first moved in together, part of our lease speculated that we were required to have a large area rug covering the floor (you know, to keep the noise down).  We didn’t have much of anything, especially not a rug, so for the first few weeks, out apartment looked like this:

In retrospect, it was a very sad-looking apartment but Joe and I looked at it as an opportunity for us to do what we wanted.  We were striking out on our own and breaking all the rules… except for that rug rule.  Couldn’t break the rug rule.

Since I am absolutely not a rebel, I went on the hunt for a potential rug.  It was hard choosing one because as much as I wanted something really pretty, there was going to be a boy living with me so it couldn’t be too girly (didn’t want to embarrass him in front of his friends!).  I would have preferred to buy one in a store and see it fist but almost everything was either out of our price range or hideous.  Eventually, I found one from Lowes - Shaw’s Midnight Bloom Alabaster Stone Area Rug and ordered it online (PS – it’s no longer available).

The rug was 7’10″ x 10’10 but it wasn’t a huge bank breaker for us (I believe it was in the low $100 range).  It got the job done.  Look at how much nicer our first apartment was with our rug – like a whole new place!


So, I’m not sure if I mentioned this to you guys but I sort of hated our living room rug.  Sure, I loved it when we got it but over time, that love faded.  Over the past year, it’s sort of gone downhill.  Sometimes I really hate it and sometimes I just sort of hate it, but I always hate it in some regard.  Part of the problem is that the rug was so thin.  There was absolutely no plushness to it and it was almost painful to walk on.  That sounds crazy to say but it really wasn’t fun for my feet.  Another part of the problem is that the rug was white.  What possessed me to say “Hey, getting a white rug is totally a good idea” is beyond me because it took no time for this rug to start looking dirty.  No matter how often we steamed or vacuumed it, it never got back to that original white.

When we moved to our current apartment, we decided to take out new rug with us.  We needed to cover up the floors because even though they were hardwood, they had been all scratched up by the previous tenant’s puppy (which you can see below).  Since we were in the middle of planning our wedding, it didn’t make sense to splurge on a new area rug so we just worked with what we had.

And we worked with it until last week.

That’s right – we finally purchased a new rug and let me just tell you…


Not like, “Oh, this is a great rug” love but “I want to sleep on this rug every night” love.  Since we got it, Joe and I have just been walking on it and talking about how great it is.  It’s got a plushness to it and it’s definitely a high-quality rug.  You can totally see/feel the difference between the old and the new.

You see, this all started the last Friday of August.  I got out of work at Noon which meant that after my commute, I still had 3.5 hours of me time before Joe got home.  I obviously use that time to watch daytime TV and surf the internet.  That’s when I stumbled upon RugsUSA and their 75% off Labor Day Sale.  It was like someone upstairs was listening (not our neighbors – they yell too much to listen) and granted my wish.

A few of the rugs I liked were sold out (womp womp) but I ended up finding a few options:

One | Two | Three

When Joe got home, I immediately showed him the contenders.  The first dilemma we faced was color.  We considered grey but that was eventually vetoed because grey walls with a grey rug would’ve been too much.  I considered green since it’s our go-to color but it just didn’t feel right… plus, I wanted to be brave.  Yellow didn’t seem right either because in my mind, it was a light color like white and I’m still too scarred about that to try again.  Ultimately, blue was the right color.  I’m starting to think that this is our new safety color.

Turns out, none of those first three rugs I showed Joe were right for us, which I was okay with.  I wasn’t particularly crazy about any of them.  Sure, it would’ve been nice to get a new rug but $200 is not small beans to spend on something you kind of like.  I kept looking… mostly because I’m stubborn but also because I couldn’t live with our rug anymore.

Somehow I stumbled across something beautiful.  Joe agreed with me on it’s looks but we ended up spending a little time debating on if we needed a rug or if we should hold back.  After all, we were a bit cash poor with all of our weddings this Summer, my getting new glasses (finally), and paying Joe’s Fall tuition.  The responsible thing would be to wait.  Except that the rug was on sale – 75% off – and we both hated our rug.  I guess we didn’t really spend a lot of time discussing it because I ordered it soon after finding it.

It being the Tuscan Terali Moroccan Trellis Navy Rug.  This was a clear winner – 100% wool, hand-tufted, and a beautiful pattern.  All things that make me happy.  Sure, there’s white on the rug but I highly doubt that it will dirty as quickly as an entirely white rug.

Another thing that made me happy about this rug: sort of getting it for a steal.  You see, it was originally $799 but we got it for 75% off which brought it to a grand total of $199.75.  Except, they apparently only charge sales tax for NY residents… like us.  #fail.  Don’t worry – I’m not too broken up over it, especially since we got free shipping.  The grand total for our new rug was only $216.98.

It was here within 6 days – and that’s including Labor Day weekend which is pretty amazing if you ask me.  It took me maybe two seconds before I pushed back all our furniture, rolled up our old rug, and dragged the new one into the living room.  I even swept and mopped the floors so they would be all nice and clean for our new buddy.  Then I vacuumed because I thought that was the appropriate thing to do.

Even without the furniture put back, the rug makes the living room look. so. awesome.  Something about it seems so much cozier.  Thankfully, the rug rolled out flat (as compared to having curled edges) so we got to immediately enjoy it.

And of course, now that everything is back where it should be:

I love everything about it.

Now, of course, I’m trying to figure out what to do with this coffee table (it’s a part of the Lack collection from IKEA).  The black is sort of clashing and weighing down the space but I’m not entirely sure about painting it since it’s particleboard.  I’d prefer not to spend a ton of money so we’ll see what happens here.

For the first time since we moved in, I feel like our living room is on the road to being done.  I’m confident things are going to change, but I think that we’ve finally hit our stride when it comes to finding our style.  It seems like we prefer a mix of neutral and bold colors (no pastels for us) and geometric patterns (like our pillows and curtains).  I just wish we could go back in time and tell ourselves about that before we bought our couch.

Anyone else fill their first place with furniture & accessories that weren’t really your style?  Have you recently updated a piece in your house that you just couldn’t take anymore?  Do you feel like you’ve finally found your decorating style?  

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  • http://www.gohausgo.com emily @ go haus go

    It looks fantastic! What a great find!! I’ve been loving blue lately too… it is so calming for some reason.

    • http://popcornonthestove.com Kristen

      Thanks! And I hear you on the blue – I feel so relaxed in our living room now!

  • http://littlehousebigheart.wordpress.com littlehousebigheart

    Gorgeous! I love the blue with your gray walls. I’m on a secret rug hunt for our living room, too!

    Shh, don’t tell Kevin. I promised we’d only focus one room at a time, but I. HATE. THAT. RUG.

    • http://popcornonthestove.com Kristen

      Haha I promise I won’t tell. Good luck with your search!

  • http://annabelvita.wordpress.com annabelvita

    I love it! It really pulls your awesome curtains into the room!
    We’re still working on our style – our first place was mainly furnished so we didn’t get to experiment much, but we both like old things mixed with Ikea! I think an old trunk would look great as a coffee table in your living room.

    • http://popcornonthestove.com Kristen

      The pattern in our curtains sort of matches the rug’s pattern – I’ll have to snap a photo of that! Funny you mention using a trunk – our first apartment purchase was just that and we intended to use it as a coffee table. Maybe we’ll have to try that out again!

      • http://annabelvita.wordpress.com annabelvita

        I also think one of those cute morrocan pouffes in yellow would look lovely in this room.

  • http://www.madeinmorningside.blogspot.com Ashleigh

    Oh I love it. We have ended up falling out of love with the rug we bought for our living room. It just isn’t quite big enough for the space and whichever way we arrange the furniture it looks wierd. So we are on a look out for a new one, and we will then move the current one to the bedroom.

    I Love yours!! Wondering if they will ship all the way to Scotland cos that is an awesome price!!


    • http://popcornonthestove.com Kristen

      You’ll have to check out the site to see if they ship internationally (I’m not entirely sure about that). The rug we got is only 35% off right now but I bet if you watch the site, they’ll have another sale soon!

  • johnny51

    Your new rug is beautiful! Great price too. Your living room looks awesome. Your decor really gels perfectly. I’ve never heard of a landlord requiring a renter to buy or use a rug. Makes sense for noise I guess.

    • http://popcornonthestove.com Kristen

      Our first apartment was in a large building so that may have been why. They had hardwood floors and thin walls so I don’t blame them for requiring it!

  • http://www.buffalo-roam.com Amy@BR

    Ehrmagerd! I am severly lacking in the rug department so I am headed over there stat. Thanks for the info – looks great!

    • http://popcornonthestove.com Kristen

      I hope you find something you like!!

  • http://hisshabbyherchic.com Brandi @ His Shabby Her Chic

    Love the new rug! You can even tell is cushy in pictures.

    You could always attempt to make a slipcover for you couch if it’s the color you don’t like. Also, I vote spray paint the coffee table. That stuff seems to stick to everything.

  • Christine @ Casa-de-Christine

    I’ve never heard of requiring a renter to get a rug before either! I guess it makes sense but that’s strange! They should provide an area rug if that’s an issue.

    Anyways- your rug is gorgeous! Love the pattern and the bold colour. I have similar style in that I like neutrals with pops of bright bold colours. Your living room is really coming along well!

  • http://attemptsatdomestication.com Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication

    Gorgeous! I absolutely LOVE it! Great steal! :)

  • SarahN

    I love/hate your Americans! (def only LOVE the rug! no hate there!) I’ve been swooning over RugsUSA since I bought my place – I swear Australia is a rural backwater with no IDEA about geometrics for rugs. And this makes me sad! I mean, sure there’s $2k rugs that you can get geometric, but that’s a lotta beans for something I might spill red wine on!

    In the end I went with ikea’s geometric, thick, woolly (spend my LIFE vacuuming fluff and random white stuff that accumulates on dark rugs), but I love it, even though it was $700.

  • http://www.pinterest.com/RCalabroTully Rosemarie Calabro Tully

    Love it! The place looks great!!

    • http://popcornonthestove.com Kristen

      Thank you :)

  • http://www.his-and-hers-blog.blogspot.com Erin @ His & Hers

    Looooove. Now I am even more excited for mine to show up. :)

  • Lauren Emerick

    Now that you’ve had the rug for a long time, is it still shedding, or was it really just bad the first couple months and you needed to vacuum it a lot?

    • http://popcornonthestove.com/ Kristen

      The rug still sheds, but not as much as it used to. It’s held up really well, though, so I don’t mind it too much :)

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