A few weeks later, I was
Sue told me about a local carpet store that helped her mother choose carpet and then bound it for her at a reasonable cost per foot to create an area rug. I hadn't even considered that option! It sounded perfect - Hubby would have the opportunity to see things in person, and I would have a whole array of options, plus experienced people who could help me make a decision!
Hubby and I decided to take a trip there as soon as possible, so two weekends ago, before our date night, we checked it out. The employee who greeted us directed us to the throw rugs they had on display and recommended that we also check out their remnants. After realizing that most of their throw rugs were $1,200+ for the size we needed, we went straight to the remnants!
We stepped into an area lined with rolls of carpet leaning against the wall, all in various styles, colors, and materials. We set to work examining our options, but we had a bit of trouble - you see, Hubby and I are both stubborn. He wanted a (boring) neutral beige rug, while I was adamant that we already had way too much beige in the family room between the greige walls, our beige couch, and even the honey maple floors. Meanwhile, I was still stuck on finding something navy with a pattern to bring visual interest into the room. After looking around a bit, we agreed on a remnant that met my requirements, and was neutral enough for Hubby. Wanna see it?
I was still hesitant to say yes (I have commitment issues when it comes to decor), so I asked them to open it up so I could get a better idea of what it would look like on our floor. They wouldn't roll out the whole 12'x11'6" rug, but they did have a smaller one in the back. At that point Hubby and I both agreed that it was "the one." :)
And then it was time for the moment of truth. I'll admit was a little nervous as we got ready to put the rug down in the Family Room. Did we make the right choice? Would the pattern be too busy or even too "boring"? Did we choose the right size?
I needn't have worried. We're so happy with the our choice! The rug really brings such a cozy warmth to the space.
Ahhh... such a difference! It's been in the family room for almost a week and I'm still grinning. :) Ready for the before and after?
It may not be a statement piece in a trendy, pin-worthy pattern like I originally hoped, but that's just fine. It's actually better. This rug should hopefully last us for the long haul, and I shouldn't need to, or want to, replace it for a long time. All those road-bumps and fails led us to a rug that was a much better fit for our family.
So, what do you think? Did we make the right choice? Were you clueless (like me) about the option of using a carpet remnant to find a great deal on an area rug?
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