How Much We Love Our Rug

We bought a rug a few weeks ago. Yup. I’m behind in showing it off. And I’m not even going to do that today!

Did I remember to mention that our couch was delivered a few weeks ago as well? Just before we bought the rug… yup, also not showing that off today.

I’m holding off until more of the family room is completed–so expect a post about it all in a few months! (If you could see my face, I look duly chagrined.)(Or maybe not.) I’m here today to tell you how much we love our brand new rug.

Once upon a few weeks ago, we bought a brand new rug and set it up in our family room with our equally brand new couch. We sat on the couch and looked at the view, deciding if we really liked it or if we wanted to return it and try another one (we didn’t purchase this rug completely loving it–a story for when I truly show off our rug). Kaelyn was oohing and aahing over the rug. She quite enjoyed it. She brought some books over so she could sit on the rug. Since then, she loves jumping on it. And doing downward dog (yoga pose) while hopping on one foot. Oh! And the cutest of all, she does somersaults!

Okay, you got me. This story isn’t really about how much we love and adore our rug. This is really a story of how much our cats love and adore our rug. Kara immediately sprawled out as only Kara knows how. She’s like a rug on top of a rug. You know those animal rugs that are shaped like the animal is just splayed out? Yeah, that’s how Kara looks… Except much more of a 3D effect.

The very next morning, one of the cats took the opportunity to sink their claws into our brand new rug in a two minute period that no one was in the room (and we had my siblings over so that was three additional people for them to avoid). We now know that both of the cats do this.

Do you see those loose rug fibers?? It’s not supposed to look like that. I was so very displeased with this turn of events. At least they hadn’t been scratching the couch which was twice as expensive but that doesn’t mean that I was okay with them scratching the rug. I didn’t purchase them an expensive cat scratcher pad!! (Jared keeps saying “at least this scratcher will last a long time”. …. Let me give you a moment of silence to change what you said.)

Not having time to do anything else that morning, I laid some blankets and pillows on top of the rug so they wouldn’t scratch. Yes… I’m glad we bought this rug so that we could look at an old blanket that we’ve had for a long while.

At first opportunity, Kaelyn and I bought one of the cardboard cat scratchers that we could put directly on the rug so they could scratch there instead of our brand new rug. (Have I mentioned it was brand new???)

Lucky for us, they adore it! Kara lays on it for fun. Kara immediately loved on it while Jaeden waited her turn. When Kara finally gave it up, Jaeden spent almost an equal amount of time loving it. Then Kara loved on it again. It doesn’t always stay on the rug but that’s okay. It’s easy to move back.

Unlucky for us, they still sink their claws in our rug. Just not as frequently.

Also, once the rug is vacuumed, you can’t tell that their claws had any sort of contact with the rug. Given enough time, I am convinced that this will change.

But really, cats…. really?


Searching For The Perfect Rug

A few months ago, Jared and I started talking seriously about buying a couch and a rug for our family room. We have never purchased a rug before and furniture purchases isn’t much higher. We’ve bought some mattresses (no frames or headboards) and a glider (which I love). Which has been okay with us up to now. We rarely have people over. We can deal with broken and mismatched furniture. But after 4 1/2 years of marriage with broken and mismatched furniture, we are ready to take the plunge.

I can’t wait to see how the couch we picked out looks in our family room. I’ll tell the whole story about it when I have pictures to show you. We are waiting anxiously for the phone call that says they can deliver it. Anytime in the next week!!

But this post is about rugs.

Oh, rugs…

Ever since we decided to move forward with the big spending, we’ve looked at rugs. Sometimes together, sometimes separately. I was thrilled when Jared called me upstairs to his office to show me some rugs that he had found. He took an interest instead of the backseat! That’s when I knew that we really would be buying a rug. So exciting.

After looking over hundreds of rugs on several websites plus doing some looking in stores (while pacifying Kaelyn in the cart or letting her run free with her aunt), we were beginning to think it would take a long time to find THE RUG. That one is too gray. That one is too dark. That blue probably won’t match. Too traditional. Too stripy. Too… you get the picture. One of us didn’t like something and neither of us really loved any of them. Oh, the drama!

You feel that way too, right? If you’re going to spend money, let’s make sure that we love it. Especially because it’s a lot of money to not like something.

Tonight was the first night that I found a rug that I love. Super heart love! And Jared really likes it too. I thought he would dislike it on account of the color. He only commented on the color but once I assured him that it fit in with my whole vision for the room, he confessed that he really liked it too (even if he still doesn’t see how how it will all tie together).

And then I decided to keep looking and found another one we both really like but not quite as much as the first. I figure that we’re not actually ready to purchase it (but we can next month) so why not give us a few more options.

I know you’re dying to see what sort of rug I love with a super heart love. Check it out!

Isn’t it lovely?! It is light and bright. We haven’t been overly fond of these patterns but we really like this one and I couldn’t tell you why!

And here is rug #2.

Ha, totally different colors, right?? Yellow is another color I want in the room but I haven’t been too fond of the yellows I have been seeing. Jared usually doesn’t like geometric patterns and while he said “it is busy” he likes that it is light. And it doesn’t bother him too much.

Well, I’m off to look at some more rugs! Don’t you love it when you find something that just clicks for you?

UPDATE: I am sooo sad! I wanted to see some reviews for the green rug. Know what I found? The rug everywhere else is green & beige which is so dark looking instead of the wonderful bright green & ivory that I first saw. I have a question into the original site to confirm but my heart is already broken.