Chic on a Shoestring Decorating: Let's cut a rug...

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Let's cut a rug...

Hello my lovely Chicsters!  How's it going?

Isn't it fun when you find an amazing sale and buy yourself an unexpected and big present?

No, I did not buy myself a new car with a big red bow on top although that would have been super-duper fun.

No, I did not buy myself a new sweater, although fun I don't consider it to be a "big" present... unless it was like a fancy-schmancy $500 cashmere sweater- but get real, you all know me well enough that I would never pay $500 for a sweater.
Anywho, my "big" self present was a new rug for our family room!  This is a "big" and exciting present to me... some of you might think I'm crazy for considering a rug to be a big, exciting present but hey, if you like decorating then you get it.

I hadn't planned on buying a new rug anytime soon because I needed a really big one (8x10) and those can get pretty pricey. I was trying to live with the one I had because although it was gross, it was only 3 years old and because I'm a good thrifty girl, I can't just throw out a 3 year old rug, 3 years old... it's practically new!  But how does somebody re-use a gross rug... make it into a faux fur coat?  I'm thinking not... better just keep it as a rug until I come up with a better plan.

Anyway, like I said earlier my other rug was getting pretty gross.  My gross rug was  frieze which is just a fancy word for shag.  It was cream colored which looked nice in the room initially- but man, did it show the dirt.

It really didn't look cream anymore except for under the coffee table where no one could see it.  I was trying to pass if off as light beige but I'm not sure I fooled anyone.  Especially because it was also really matted down and nasty looking even after being vacuumed.

The picture below shows the rug under the coffee table on the left, the high traffic area on the right.

dirty shag rug


I told you it was gross but even I didn't realize it was that bad until I moved the table!  In my defense and so that you won't think I'm a filthy and disgusting person I think the lighting is making it look extra dirty/bad.  But still... Ewww!

That is super embarrassing but I'm keeping it real folks, if you look really close you can even see some crumbs.  Nice.

antique trunk coffee table
The above picture is not a very good picture but it's the only one I could find that really showed the rug.  (I was usually trying to hide it in my pictures.)  It doesn't look quite as terrible as that close up but it isn't exactly looking good either.

I told you I was trying to pass it off as light beige and I meant it.  Luckily all of my guests were too nice to say anything about my horribly gross rug, either that or they were extremely near sighted.

I'd been eyeing a new rug like the one pictured below from Ballard for quite a while but just wasn't ready to drop the fat cash on it to make it mine.

Ballard Designs jute rug
Photo via Ballard Designs

Then another blogger mentioned they found a 75% off rug sale online at Rugs USA (fyi, they did not pay me to write this post).  Of course I couldn't resist looking.  I found almost the exact same rug, but I think mine is actually thicker and nicer for 75% off!  I used a very small portion of my garage sale earnings and ordered it, I paid just over $100 for a huge 8x10 jute rug plus free shipping!

Since it was so cheap I was scared that the quality would be lacking or it would be really scratchy.  Scratchy rugs are bad news for little boys who like to drive cars/trains/trucks all over the floor.  I was pleasantly surprised that it was very soft and thick, especially for a natural fiber rug like this.  Even Mr. Chic said he really likes it instead of his usual "What? That's a new rug?"

It fills the space so much better than the old rug and the natural jute color really warms up the room.  I'm in love!

Have you bought yourself any "big presents" lately??

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  1. What a great rug! I love it...fantastic deal!

  2. I LOVE IT! I'm on the lookout for a good, not so expensive rug, too!

  3. Where did you find such a great deal? Also - do you vacuum this rug, or pull everything off and shake it off outside?

  4. your old rug -- I stretched mine out on the driveway and use a carpet cleaner. I couldn't do inside because of laminate floors. It came out really nice. I had it cut down to fit & use in a less-traveled space in the house.

  5. I love, love your new rug. I'm sure the other rug was great for little ones to play on and that was really important. I don't fuss so much about cleaning up perfectly now that I have grandchildren. Again, great choice!

  6. Beautiful! I also have to ask where you got it b/c it's just what I'm looking for but have found for closer to $200 :0(

  7. Love the rug! I got new hardwood floors a few months back and still have not bought rugs. I am too cheap to pay the price! I am going to have to look around the internet and see what I can find?! Life to the full, Melissa

  8. Hi Kate, just came from Emily's post, glad to meet you!! Love the new rug and that is exactly what my online purchase was too. Mine is different but I got a killer deal and love,love it. Fun sharing space on Emily's blog post!

  9. Love your new rug, it is wonderful. Looks amazing and wow, what a great price. Hugs, Marty

  10. Just bought this rug (I think) off 75% off!

  11. Would you please share where you were able to find this rug? Thanks

  12. Love the rug!! but I also LOVE your couches : ) Exactly what I have been looking to share that info?? New to your site, I think I am liking it!!!

  13. I love the look of your family room and I'm in the middle of transitioning mine to a black/white/natural colors too. Love the rug and hopefully I'll be luck and find a great buy too.

  14. This post is almost a year old, but I'm hoping you'll be notified of my comment, because I really want to know: How has it held up, and did you find this rug to be dirty? Lots of reviews say it is, and I've got a little one with Asthma. But I love this rug so so much! And it's such a killer price (It's 70% off now, not 75%, but still!) Thanks!

  15. I had the same question as Amelia,saw this rug and it is beautiful but the reviews talks about being dirty/shedding all the time.How has it held up so far? Thanks in advance!

  16. Also, just found your post on your jute rug from RugsUSA. I have also bought two jute rugs from them at great prices; one has held up great. The other got a hole in it within less than a year. I do believe it is because it was right at the spot where my husband pushes his recliner back and the pull on the rug was too much, but that spot had been kind of frayed from the beginning, so I think it's kind of the luck of the draw with RugsUSA. To get to my question, though, is your rug the Maui Chunky Jute Rug? It looks like it but I want to be sure because I love yours. Hope you get this and can answer me, as I need a rug soon for the winter months. Thank you and I will be following you.


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