I had a feeling this would happen

This Friday officially kicks off spring break and that means it's time for shorts, flip flops, and spring cleaning!  There is enough to do around this house to last the entire two weeks, but first things first. 

I got a head start when I decided to CL the family room rug.  We've had it for 5 years and although it's comfortably hosted many a cousin sleep over, it was getting tired.  I loved it in the winter, but it always felt a little hot here in the AZ sun.  Since we're getting prepared for fierce temperatures, it was a good time to see it go.

You know when you change one thing in your home and it's like pushing over the first domino....I had a feeling this would happen.  All of a sudden I've got a stack of artwork, mirrors, and other accessories waiting to see their way out the door.

But who knew that replacing a family room rug could be such a BIG deal?

I know I need at least a 9 x 12, it's got to be comfortable, affordable, and something that will stand the test of time.  With the three ring circus that goes on daily, high maintenance won't work.  I've decided I want a natural fiber (ie jute, seagrass, etc) rug, and I found a beautiful cow hide to layer on top. 

Let's just say that 20 hours on the computer later, I'm still at square 1. 

I've researched every natural fiber including it's origin, the way it wears, cost, and comfort.  I found some helpful tips from Lauren Liess {here}.  I also found a great source for natural fiber rugs if you're looking for an 8 x 10 or smaller {here}

I've checked out every retail store from Urban Outfitters to Restoration Hardware, but you know I'm not a retail girl.  I've worked in the design industry long enough to know all about the mark up system, and I just don't think it's in me! 

I've shopped carpet stores for remnants and thought about how I could piece two rugs together. I've called every Pottery Barn outlet store from here to NY, hoping they'd have what I was looking for at a fraction of the price, and ship it right to my door.  Nope.  Trust me, I've even thought about getting a part time job for the employee discount.  After all, Jilly and I first laid eyes on each other while folding the denim wall at the Gap!

After loosing sleep and neglecting the children, here are the top 3 picks so far.  Each come in a 9 x 12, are comfortable, and could potentially be affordable if I sold my first born.

Chunky Wool and Natural Jute rug from Pottery Barn {here} $649.00

Ribbed Natural Wool and Jute rug from EZ Buy Furniture {here} $530.00

Mini Pebble Jute and Wool rug from West Elm {here} $699.00

I'f you've scored any good deals on a 9 x 12, comfortable, jute, rug and you care about me at all, you'll tell me about it NOW so I can go back to being a good mother.

Until then, we're teaching the Nino how to use his inside voice so the neighbors don't hear all our family secrets echoing off of the cold, hard, tile. 


  1. Check in with Dana at House Tweaking, she just bought a 9x12 for their family room from Overstock. Sounds like it might be just the ticket for you!! I was looking for a 9x12 of natural fiber too but couldn't find one I wanted that was inexpensive enough to fit the budget. Instead I went down to the local carpet store, found a carpet that resembles natural fiber, had it bound and it was $200. Not bad!! Good luck!

  2. We're doing the exact same thing with layering a wool/just rug and something thinner on top (though I'm leaning toward a bold dhurrie). So far I'm leaning towards the pottery barn version but only because I've had the chance to touch and handle it myself in store and it is my favorite for visual texture. Still, with that price tag I'm crossing my fingers for a sale soon!

    1. It's on sale right now. :) I've been eyeing it too but not sure whether to put in my living room or bedroom.

  3. Hi, I love trying to find deals and have been searching for one on a carpet for myself lately. A quick look on rugsusa.com turned up this 9x13 for $300ish w/ a coupon code and it has pretty good reviews:

    My mom ordered a rug from them around xmas and it was great, can't beat free shipping!

    On a side note, may I ask what paint color you used in your living room?

    Good Luck,

  4. If you do go with the PB rug AND the outlet in San Marcos, Texas has one, I'd be happy to check it out, get it and ship it to you. That and the Restoration Hardware outlet are on my bi-monthly errand list! Now if only we had the fantastic flea market/Goodwills that you guys have. :) P.S I love, love, LOVE your blog.

  5. I've been searching for the exact same thing & it's not easy! Rugs in that size are sooo costly. :( I do like the first comment and may look into it further. Great blog, now following. - Kare


  6. I'm not sure if you have one nearby, but check IKEA. We were able to get a reasonable rug , while not super plush - it has stood up to our cats and daily use.

  7. PLEASE consider seagrass! We had jute and I couldn't keep it clean for the life of me. Plus they smelled if they ever got at all wet. We then got an oversize seagrass sample from a carpet store and had the edges bound. It's been with us for over a decade and has handled crawling babies, chewing puppies, and hacking cats... with great success!

  8. The rug from West Elm is amazing!

  9. My daughter and I bought the rug from Pottery Barn Outlet. It looks beautiful in her room BUT...it is very messy. The rug sheds a lot and you must sweep those hardwood floors everyday to make it not look like rabbits have shed all over your house. It gives new meaning to the words "dust bunnies." Don't say I didn't warn you. :)

  10. I saw one at tuesday morning 6X9...35 clams. Seriously! Go find thee one!

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