Read between the lines.
I got it! If you follow me on Instagram (do!!@chrislovesjulia) you saw that I was debating picking up this, apparently, very popular rug from Ikea that was marked down to half off of $250 in the as-is section. $125 is a great price for a nearly 6’x8′ rug–especially a hand-woven wool one! Chris’s only concern via text was. “That’s really nice. But, where would we put it?” Valid. There weren’t any blank spaces in our home needing an area rug, but we both agreed the dining room rug needed refreshed–maybe it would work there? With Chris’s blessing and your lots of encouragement from you guys on Insta and Facebook, I went for it knowing I could always sell it if it didn’t work.
Luckily, it did.
The rug’s colors are spot on–with the navy block detailing going really well with the blue base cabinets
next door and the warm yellow that we have been slowly adding to our home’s color scheme (think the National Geograpics in the family room, the yellow cable knit throw that hangs out in the living room, and Greta’s new room is dotted–literally–with the golden hue). Admittedly, we were worried about such a light carpet underneath the dining room table, but Ikea’s description of the rug on their website
– The rug is hand-woven by skilled craftspeople and adds a personal touch to your room.
– The durable, soil-resistant wool surface makes this rug perfect in your living room or under your dining table.
– The rug has the same pattern on both sides, so you can turn it over for additional wear and a longer life.
So, huge sigh of relief there.
As for the old rug, shhh–it’s still under there. Currently serving as a carpet pad for now? Really, since I put the new rug down while Chris was still at work–lifting the dining room table by myself more than once was entirely too daunting, so I just layered them so I could see how it would look before fully committing. And now that we’re committed–errr we’ll see how long they stay layered. ;)
The whole refreshed swap makes me seriously think about changing out rugs seasonally. This feels so spring! While our last one felt very heavily winter. I’m glad that’s not an actual thing–seasonal rugs. Right?? Or is it? Sounds expensive. At least we know storing them wouldn’t be a problem–hiding one right under the other works just fine.