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…
I LOVE IT.
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:
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?