Saturday, February 2, 2013

Nursery Stuff: Rug

Here comes another too-long post about how I arrived at a decision. Scroll to the end if you just want to see the damn rug.

When I first started thinking about the nursery, I was pretty certain I'd end up purchasing a turquoise shag rug—this one, to be exact:

Sparkles Turquoise Shag Rug 

Once I actually started executing my nursery plans, though, I realized neither size was quite right. I didn't mind the under-$200 price tag of the small one (2.8 x 4.8), but my gut told me it was too small—and the large one (4.7 x7.7) was definitely too large, and at $500, too expensive.

Plus, it was obvious that the color of this rug wasn't quite right. It didn't match the bedding or any of the other pops of teal/aqua/turquoise that'll be in the room. Back to the drawing board. 

Danny's had his heart set on a shag rug since the beginning, so that was a requirement, and then, it became clear as day: I needed a 4x6, light-gray shag rug.

I searched and searched, and lost hope several times, and finally, last week, Urban Outfitters added this to their website:

Lux Shag Rug

Shag? Check. Light gray? Kinda. 4x6? Okay, I have to give a little. 3.6 x 5.6 is close enough. With a 10% off coupon code I found online, it came to $197. My goal was to stay below $200, so props to me.

It arrived in no time, and when I finally got it out of the crazy plastic packaging, I definitely wasn't impressed. It looked mangy and drab, but there was no way I was going to go through the hassle of sending it back—so I dragged it into the room anyway, and once I started fluffing up the fibers, I knew we'd be okay. 

Pretty! (And excuse the random piles of things.)

It's super soft underfoot, but it does slide around a lot, and I'll need to buy a rug pad. I like the size and the color (but it's a lot lighter than it looked on the website—which made me happy, but could probably piss some people off), and while it's far from perfect, it's about what I expected for the price.  

I wish it were denser. It's very easy to make "bald spots" in the rug.

Overall, I'm quite pleased with my purchase, and as you can see, so is Scooter.


When I told him to get off my rug, this was the best he could do.

While I was in the middle of writing this post, I received a very special delivery for the nursery. You can probably guess what it is! Stay tuned. 

11 comments:

Emmett Katherine said...

I think the rug's a good size and it's nice you have great decorating taste so although it's not what you originally had picked out I'm sure you'll make it work :)

I'm having the same size dilemma with rugs... theres one at west elm I'm hemming and hawing over and I don't even know if it it'll work with what we have planned :/

Amanda said...

I love West Elm rugs! Which one do you have your eye on?

Kate said...

Your dog is so adorable on the rug -- I'm glad he approves of it. :) And the rug looks great with the curtains! I know the misaligned chevrons were frustrating (seriously, some quality control, UO, y'think?) but they look terrific now.

Amanda said...

Thanks, Kate! I'm glad I didn't give up on the curtains. :)

Nicole said...

The dog was my favorite part but I agree with your assessment of the actual color too!

Colleen Garvin said...

I absoliutely LOVE it!! When I pick you up in a few weeks I have to see your baby's beautiful nursery :) Now....I am so intrigued, what is this special delivery?! The suspense is too much to bear *hugs*

Amanda said...

Colleen, I'd be more than happy to give you a sneak peek! And the special delivery rhymes with "pear." Hmmmm. :P

Sabrina said...

I think that if your pooch approves, you've made a good rug decision! ;)

Sincerely,
Sabrina

Erica said...

Scooter looks so cute on the rug! When I brought home our rug for the living room, Charlie promptly peed on it to give his approval. He was still a puppy, but we hadn't had an accident in a long time.

Amanda said...

Erica, that's funny—because Scooter was sniffing and sniffing the rug, and I seriously thought he was going to pee on it. I was afraid he'd think it was grass or something, since I don't know how different gray and green look to dogs. He hasn't yet, though!

WillJogForFood said...

Love it! Your nursery is really coming together!