Third Time is the Charm

I have exciting news: after what felt like years of casual searching, we've finally settled on a new (to us) rug for our living room. Ok, maybe it's only exciting to me…but I'll carry on. You see, two years ago when we first moved into our Charlotte home, we made use of a lot of our things from Chicago - one of them being a boring old neutral sisal, that really worked best for layering. It was huge and boring. Oh, did I already say that? Sorry, but it was. I immediately started looking for a replacement, but with our heavily patterned chairs, odd assortment of colors and bold foyer paper - I was pretty much stumped.

Then, in an unexpected whirlwind of activity, two rugs came within grasp. We wavered only momentarily and then made the plunge on a blue persian style, hand knotted 9x12 beauty. Unfortunately, it was a mistake. 

A mistake that I knew the moment we unrolled the rug. Which, incidentally, was like 2 days after it was delivered. Surely, I already knew something was amuck - when have I ever waited 2 days to open anything home related?
It's a beautiful rug, there's no denying that, but it just doesn't work with the chairs in particular nor with the whole look and feel of the room. 

Fortunately, the other contender was still available and we were able to scoop it up as well. 
Obviously, it's not ideal to purchase two rugs in one go, but the blue beauty has found a temporary home in another room while we decide if we should sell her on. 

I guess what they say is true, third time is the charm because we're head over heels for this rug. It offers color and pattern without overpowering our other fabrics, it's smaller size shows off the lovely hardwoods, and it plays so nicely with our console, too. Yes, I'm a happy girl. And so is my wallet because I got this butte for a steal at $200. Thank you very much, Move Loot.

until next time,

Helpful Hints: Rug Sources

Last I left you we were chatting rugs and I mentioned I had a couple of go-to spots for discovering unique finds. After I hit publish on that post I started to feel a little guilty about holding out on you by not sharing said spots, so today I'm back with a fairly all exclusive list for you. Let's get started.

First, some of the most obvious options are Craigslist and Ebay, but I'm not gonna lie to you, I haven't had the best results with either. Some people have success every time, not this girl, sadly. That being said, it's always worth a looksie to see what they have.

Moving right along…have you heard of Everything But the House? It's the next best thing to an estate sale because it's an online estate auction house that will also organize shipping for you (at a cost). Sales go live for a set number of days, all the while you can watch and/or bid on items of your liking. There are some good deals to be had…like the rug pictured above or the other one I have my eye on (please, I can't share everything with you…).  Check out all the rugs currently listed.

**update: this rug is still available, email me if you're local and interested. **

Next up, Move Loot. They aren't everywhere just yet, but they are here in Charlotte and there are definitely some gems to be found. I've purchased (and sadly resold) a steal of 9x12 beauty that just didn't work with our heavily patterned chairs. Never fear I have a replacement on the way. Items over $100 qualify for free local delivery. Check out all their rugs currently listed.

Speaking of local resources, do you have MICIT? I believe it stands for Moms in Charge of It. Our local branch runs through Facebook exclusively and is growing with leaps and bounds throughout the area. It's invitation only, so find a friend and get in there. They have several different categories, I'm a sucker for the home devision, which will come as a shock to none of you. I've sold quite a few things on the site, and picked up one amazing piece so far…you may remember my new console.

And finally, our good friends at
You can search out local sales well in advance, usually take a peak at some of the merchandise, and even sign up for notifications. It's a good thing…I found the above rug (from this sale) which will be listed in a couple of weeks and I am loving it. Fingers crossed.

Phew, I feel so much better now that I've shared some of my highly coveted sources. Good luck with your search.

until next time, 

Do you layer?

What are your thoughts on layered rugs?
I've seen it with wall to wall carpeting and an area rug, but not too often do you see an area rug layered with another area rug.

Our living room is quite a good size, about 20'x 14', but the rug we have in there is not. It's about a 5'x9'.
Take a look...

I've never really drawn attention to it, so perhaps you've never noticed (she says, hoping!).
But clearly, it's not the right size for this room.

Of course, I'd love to run out an buy a huge 9x12 oriental rug to replace the one we have, but let's face it - that's pricey and it's definitely not in the budge with our new kitchen happening in a couple of weeks.

So while perusing one of my favorite sites, Overstock, the other day, I ran across a great deal on a 9 x 12 natural jute rug for a ridiculously good price. Coupled with their bargain basement shipping, it was definitely in the budget.

A wee bit of convincing later...

It's here!

Here's why I love it:

No more floating furniture or furniture coasters to keep everything from sliding all over the place!

I can finally utilize more of the room now that I don't have to crowd the furniture up to the edges of the too small carpet!

And I love the added dimension and interest it gives to the room.

So what do you think?

Would you consider layering two area rugs in your room?

Clearly, I am a convert!

Hope everyone had a great weekend.

We've had family in town, so not a lot of work was accomplished, but I still have a couple of things planned out for the week. Come back and check it out.

Until next time,