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Hmmm... [Sep. 24th, 2006|10:34 pm]

The rug in the den was in very bad shape. It had dryrot, and the backing was coming off, and one corner was badly mauled. Besides that, it didn't really go well with the new couch. I loved the rug itself, but it just didn't fit in any more, and really needed replacing.

I hadn't gotten around to actually doing anything about it, although I did consider rug shopping this weekend. Which means I didn't actually do anything about shopping for a new rug.

Then, when we were at Sam's to pick up a flat of chicken and a chunk of cheese that could be used to anchor the Queen Mary, I ran across a rug display. And there were 5x8 wool rugs, dirt cheap. Being me, I picked one out and hauled it home, completely on impulse.

So now I'm trying to decide if I want to keep it. I like it, but I don't love it. It's kinda...oh, I don't know...ordinary. The colors are much more subdued -which yeah, yeah, yeah, is what I wanted - and maybe I'm just not used to it. 

My mom is coming over tomorrow to take a look and tell me what she thinks. After all, I'm only 46 and can't possibly make a decision about a rug without my mother's input. But I thought I'd also solicit opinions here, on the off chance someone reads this and has an opinion.

Here is the old rug, with the new couch. It actually looks better in the pic than it does IRL. Trust me when I say it didn't really go.

Here is the new rug, with the new couch. And here is the detail of the pattern. I tried to find a detail of the old rug pattern, so you could see how different the colors are (the old rug had a lot more color) but I couldn't find a pic that didn't have cracker crumbs and/or plastic dinosaurs in the way.

Feel free to tell me if you hate the new rug. It's not like I've never returned a rug before. It usually takes me a couple of tries to get it right.


From: misty_bay
2006-09-25 12:03 pm (UTC)

I like the new one

but don't forget, the true test will be kool-aid stains and crayon marks. Then it will truly be yours.

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[User Picture]From: julzlady
2006-09-25 01:33 pm (UTC)
I think you need a solid (or at least, more solid) rug with that couch, ideally in burgundy or some color that's simultaneously colorful and muted. The couch seems too...busy to be paired with an equally busy rug. And the space seems too small for all of that action. :-)

Keep in mind, however, that I'm looking at those pictures on an ancient monitor, and it may be that I'm not getting an accurate representation of the colors.
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[User Picture]From: prettypoet43
2006-09-25 11:58 pm (UTC)
I love the new couch and second this rug opinion. However, I add the caveat that I am really no darned good at picking rugs out myself!;)
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[User Picture]From: aims814
2006-09-25 02:24 pm (UTC)
I'm lovin' the new sofa and the new rug. I'm probably not the best person to ask, as I am 40 and also still have to have my mom's opinion on ... pretty much everything. I have learned one thing in my own experience; You know it's right if you love it the moment you see it together. If you don't feel good about it, don't go with it.

...not much help, am I? :-)
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-09-25 03:01 pm (UTC)
Looks good to me! Just keep in mind that I currenly have sage green walls and a powder blue couch in my living room.

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From: blissonbliss
2006-09-25 04:34 pm (UTC)
I'm with Julz. The rug likes great. The sofa is fab too. Just not together in the same room.
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