Gorgeous layered rugs in my friend Elise’s mountain home (full tour here)
You know the layered-rug trend that’s been all over Pinterest these past two years or so? I always liked the way it looked, but never really thought of doing it myself, because rugs (or at least the ones I usually like) tend to be expensive, and if I’m buying a fancy rug I’d like to see…well, all of it. But lately, my fancy rug is having a rough go of it. Since our schedule switch-up I’ve been spending every afternoon chasing after both kids, and by the time dinner rolls around I am ZONKED, and – confession time – usually just plonk them down in front of the TV to eat.
I know, I know, TV during dinner = bad, but it also gives all of us a much-needed break. I grew up with two parents who worked full-time in office jobs, so dinnertime was usually our first chance to actually see each other; had we all zoned out in front of the TV while we ate we would have cut down the time available to actually interact with each other by half. But I interact with my children a lot these days. And I also really, really love watching TV while I eat dinner, and I am the boss, and so TV during dinner it is.
Anyway, this post isn’t about my anxiety over my horrible Mom Fail when it comes to nightly sit-down dinners. It’s about rugs. It turns out that all this eating-at-the-coffee-table is not especially healthy for my rug – not really because food gets on it; it just seems to be getting really worn out and faded in the area right behind the coffee table, where the kids sit. And this rug ages fairly well – the color scheme makes it look nice as it fades, but still.
I decided to go on a hunt for an inexpensive, sturdy rug to layer on top of my expensive, delicate area rug. I was looking for a rug that’d be hardy enough to withstand my children, and also easy to wash (meaning one that wouldn’t require the services of a professional rug cleaning service, because hooooly those are expensive). The problem: I’m really, really picky about rugs, and especially rugs in the central room in my house; I wasn’t about to throw any old thing over my beloved Lulu & Georgia. And then I stopped into World Market because I needed a pretty wire basket to hold a prize package I’m putting together for my son’s school charity auction (did you know they have great wrapping/packaging supplies? They do), and there it was:
My layering rug.
Here’s what it looks like in the space:
World Market – and this is not sponsored – has really good rugs, you guys. They’re not insanely high-quality, but they’re definitely solid, and you seriously cannot beat the styles or the prices. AND they’re having a sale right now, where rugs are up to 50% off (my 5′ x 8′ rug was only $119, which is crazy), plus free shipping for orders over $150 with code SHIPFREE at checkout.
Below, a bunch of styles that I think you should consider – especially if you’re a coffee-table-eater (or live with some) yourself.