Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Floor Toupee

When it comes to buying stuff, especially furniture, I really don't have to give it too much thought before I buy. I just tell H. what's going to happen, and buy it. For some reason though, this impulsive furniture shopping doesn't apply to rugs. With a rug I need to hmm, and mmm and uhhhhhh for months or years before taking a leap.

When we got married, H's aunt and uncle in Pakistan gave us a lovely little rug that's been in our living room ever since. Izzy loves this rug. Maybe a little too much, and over the years its location in a high traffic area has left it a little worse for wear than we'd like.


Recently I shared my concerns about the state of the rug with H, and we decided to give it a good shampoo, and move it to a safer spot like the bedroom. Izzy still loves it, and carefully weaves his furs deep into it, but there will no longer be dinners dropped on it while we eat in front of the tv.

But then I needed to replace the rug in the living room. Ages ago I admired this bright red rug that I saw in an Apartment Therapy home tour:

Danielle and Derek's Somerville Sanctuary, Apartment Therapy
One of my biggest regrets after visiting Turkey was that we didn't buy a rug. So much regret. But we were so poor. So very poor. Next time I go to Turkey I will buy a rug! Anyway, I had an idea that I could get a similarly bright Turkish kilim-type rug for our living room, and sought out some options.

Aksaray kilim from Furbish Studio
Diamond kilim from Pottery Barn
But knowing that I have a wicked little cat who likes to sharpen his razor-like claws on rugs, I didn't want to get too spendy on something that might not live too long. So, I started looking at cheaper alternatives, like these:

Diamond red jute rug from Overstock

Indo kilim from Overstock
But no, nothing seemed right. And then, I saw a rug at West Elm, ran it past H. quickly, and purchased it.




Yeah, I went in a totally different direction. From the idea of bright red, to a neutral with the "Mini Pebble Wool Jute" rug from West Elm. And I loooove it. And Izzy can't get his little claws into it. Happiness!

Yes, I realize that I have a dark cat and a little kid and I bought a light colored rug, which I probably will curse about in a few months. But I don't care. Not yet, anyway!

Anyway, because it makes me laugh, I want to share the "before" photo of my living room before I took that picture of the new rug. Because, let's be real, my living room never actually looks like that. It looks like this:


And while I was taking that staged photo, this is what was off to the side - all variety of baby seating!


So, how long do you think it will be before I have to buy a new rug because my cat and kid have destroyed this one? Any guesses?

13 comments:

  1. The best part of before&after is how much it forces you to clean up!

    Love the new rug!

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    1. If only I had more motivation to clean!

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  2. I hear you on the bright red rug. I wanted a Pakistani one so, so, so bad but I just couldn't justify the price to Alan. So I bought a super cheap red one from RugsUSA and it's doing its job.

    A few years ago we had a rug like your new one in our office and I loved it! Dakota loved it. If it's anything like ours, you'll need to vacuum it - a lot. But yeah, so soft underfoot.

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    1. I think we need to invest in a good vacuum. Our current on sucks, and not the way it's supposed too. Time to look into the best vacuums for pet hair, excluding the $400 ones.

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  3. It looks nice and soft. Perfect for a little babe to roll over and crawl on. And if I ever get to visit Turkey, I now know to just go ahead and buy a rug, because if I don't I'll surely regret it!

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    1. It's much softer than I thought it would be! If you go to Turkey, I highly recommend you budget in a rug splurge!

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  4. I really like your rug, it reminds me of the West Elm one we had in H's room, which I currently can't remember if it is in my parents garage or not? It must be. Also that's some classy baby bouncer/baby gym action you've got going on there. Just sayin'

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    1. Leo loves that ounces chair and baby gym. In particular he likes the friendly lion who always makes him laugh.

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  5. I love this rug and think I may finally buy one but wanted to know if you STILL love it now that you've had it a while. Any issues like edges fraying or it getting dingy over time??? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Nikki, I still love this rug. It has some damage because my cat got his claws in it, but aside from cat and kid assault, it's held up well! One thing that bugged me at first was that it shed A LOT and there were always little bits on my clothes. After 1.5 years that's stopped though! Oh, another slightly annoying thing is that no amount of vacuuming will get all the crumbs and dust out - when you shake it out it rains crud!

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    2. Great, thanks for the heads up about shedding and crumbs! Do you use a normal vacuum (with rotator brush on bottom) or do you have to use an attachment so it doesn't fray?

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    3. We just have a normal, non-fancy vacuum (a Dirt Devil, to be precise). If you have a better vacuum, you might have fewer issues with the crumbs!

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