Monday, August 21, 2006

Design Decisions: Big Ass Rug.

Looks like for now I can post photos. Neat.

Our main living area is screaming for a rug. My head hurts from all the noise.

In a perfect world, we'd have something along the lines of this rug from West Elm, which is reasonable and would be a nice fluffy contrast to the polished concrete.

However, I'm not going to pretend that with 2 dogs and a big fat black and white cat we should buy something in white.

This design decision could go one of two ways. Either we buy something cheap and trendy and end up switching it out in about a year or we go ahead and buy something of quality that will last.

I'm not willing to go too trendy if the rug is on the upper end of our range. If we go high end, I want something that I'll still love in 5 years.

This one, from Storehouse, is really appealing. I like the sky blue punch.

But is it just me, or does the edge treatment in the photo look a little funny?

Angela Adams is doing some really nice rugs.

They are in the upper echelons of our current house-poor budget. However, there are more than a few of her rugs that would work in our space.

This little number of hers is our current favorite rug.

Yes it is a little trendy. Yes it is a little bit expensive. So maybe we won't bite. But it would look great with our new sofa. The colors are exactly what we were looking for, too.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should check out Interface Flor. Big sustainability push (when was the last time you heard of a flooring company that was into sustainability?) and it comes in tons of options.

9:30 PM  
Blogger Sharkeysday said...

Love it! I like the raised nature of the one in the bottom picture...but with pets? Hmmm, I'd shy away! Our cat just ripped up our "new" dust ruffle on our bed (to hide my storage space). Gotta love fur-friends! :-)

6:25 AM  
Blogger Erin T said...

Hi, I recently found your blog thanks to Design Milk and I love it! Love your new home too, it's fantastic!
I liked what you wrote about not sinking a lot of money into upholstered furniture. I feel the same way, most of it looks saggy and sad in 3-years time anyway. Better to buy mid-priced pieces like this. An exception - very tightly upholstered pieces like the Womb chair or covered wire pieces like Bertoia's bird chair. There just isn't a lot that will sag and those pieces look great for a long time. Most couches/loveseats/club chairs however don't look great for long. Solid wood pieces, metal and glass pieces (like your Mies cocktail table) - those things can look great indefinitely and justify the price.
So, I kind of think of rugs like the upholstered pieces. No matter what you spend, odds are it isn't going to look fantastic in 3 years. Especially with a dog (I have one too). Extremely high quality hand-knotted or hand-woven rugs will look good for a long time, but you'll pay a hefty price for them. The main problem there is more about taste than longevity of the product. If you spend $2000 on a rug, it might look fantastic in 3 years, but will you be tired of it? What if you want a change, will you feel compelled to keep using the rug because of how much it originally cost? Just things to think about.
I was recently considering buying an Angela Adams rug, Mammy in black/white, 8'x10'. I think it was around $1600. I finally came to the conclusion that I would rather have that money for a piece of furniture that would last a long time, or for a vacation. I also decided that rug might be a bit too trendy or worse, busy, for my space and detract from the simple look I'm going for.
As for the rug you pictured from West Elm, I have a very similar rug. Mine is older, which is why I'm looking to replace it. Ours is the Popcorn Rug from Pottery Barn but looks identical to the West Elm one you've pictured (they're the same company after all). This rug has been an absolute nightmare. It sheds like crazy, even after two years. I hate it more than anything else I've ever owned in my life. It looks deceptively nice in the store and in pictures, but once it starts shedding you'll think you inherited a pack of huskies.
I agree with you that the Storehouse rug looks like no thought went into the edging. It looks incomplete somehow.
Like the first poster mentioned, FLOR is an inexpensive option. We have 12 FLOR tiles as an area rug in our kitchen area. They are fun to play around with and mix/match in various configurations. Plus, my husband is an architect and got a 30% off to-the-trade discount. I wrote a post on FLOR on my blog in February.
Good luck with your rug hunt. I'm sure you're having lots of fun pulling things together in your new place!
Erin T

10:30 AM  

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