Laid Out-My Search for a Fabulous & Functional Rug
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July 2015

Laid Out: My Search for a Fabulous & Functional Rug

Open, inviting, yet empty, my dining room was in serious need of furniture and furnishings.  First step, in the journey of transforming this space was to find a great area rug that sticks to my design mantra of being fabulous and functional. Finding a fabulous rug is easy. Finding a functional one, well that’s a matter of defining what function, other than lying on the floor, you want it to serve.  A functional rug for me is one that’s soft enough to walk on barefoot without feeling any course fibers.  It should also be well suited for sitting chairs or a table on it so that if you need to drag a chair across it, there will not be any ripping or damage to the rug. A functional rug should also be the right size for the room, especially when it’s for a dining room.  Unless you want a wall-to-wall rug, then make sure you measure the area in the room where you want to rug to lay and buy a rug according to that. 

Since going into my rug hunt, I knew that it would be under my dining room table, I wanted to make sure that it met all my functional criteria and yet, still be stylish in its design.  Now I know traditionally, people often placed neutral colored rugs (if any) under their dining room tables.  Well, there’s nothing wrong with jazzing up your rug, even if it’s under a piece of furniture.  The exposed parts will be a welcomed sight to your guest and only add to the overall design of the room.  Having previously purchased a rug set for my home from Bed, Bath and Beyond, I first searched my local store as well as online.  

The selection 
there was nice; however, given the rug size needed, I decided to continue the search.  While perusing another of my favorite Home Décor Stores, Kirkland’sI noticed that they had a large rug selection.  Score!!  I found a great rug that fit all of my criteria and in a complimentary hue to the existing design in my home. 

The Tan Stamp Jackson Rug measures in at 5 ft. 3 in. x 7 ft. 3in, is made of 100% nylon, and features a no-skid rubber back.  With its Medallion Stamp Print adorned with hues of tan, vermilion, gold, cerulean, and chocolate brown, this rug stylishly fulfilled everything on my checklist.  Best yet, it was only $59.99!  Although this rug is no longer available for purchase, Kirkland’s does have a great selection of rugs that are sure to fit every budget, style, and room.


Until next time…


Ready, Set, Shop!! 

Posted by cristialyse on December 02, 2013 at 5:00PM | Permalink | 0 Comments

posted by Anonymous

That's cute girl!!! I'm hiring you to decorate my condo when I MAKE it!

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Thanks! You came up as anonymous…who is this so I'll know what condo to come too?!? ;-) #Thanks4Supporting ;-)

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