Unlike me, Goldilocks seems to be able to find something juuuust right somewhere around her third attempt. If only, right? Lucky girl. I seem to search for months and months and still might come up empty-handed.
(And I don’t seem to have nearly as many run-ins with bears. Guess that’s a pretty big difference between us, too. This analogy is now officially bogus and I apologize for my spastic trains of thought.)
But if today’s post is a lesson on anything (ha!), it’s that patience can be your best friend when it comes to home decor. I had a series of bad luck lately which put a dent in my emergency savings. I expected it would take forever to get back to normal, but just as the pendulum swung out, it swung back in again and I found myself with a surprising string of good luck. (No joke, I even won four scratch-off tickets in a row. I’m not much of a gambler, so I was very pleased when $2 turned into $25. It may not be a jackpot, but it certainly made my day) Even though I still plan to keep my spending under strict watch for a few months, I was able to completely restore my rainy day savings in less than a week’s time, and even found a little breathing room.
So what does that have to do with the rug? Well, precisely this little hint I showed you earlier this week:
I’ve been searching for a living room rug for ages. Here’s proof. The biggest challenge I had was finding a soft rug that was also large enough for the space that was also a modern style. Any of these things by themselves made the rug expensive, and finding one with all three? Fuhgeddaboudit.
My budget was never going to give me what I needed without a long, arduous search. So I did forget about it. And I moved on to other things around the house to spend my money on (luckily there’s never any shortage of that). But when I took a quick trip to Ikea to grab a $20 tabletop for my future craft desk, I saw this:
I swear, I think I heard angels. Big. Modern. Soft. And $149?????
And unlike many times before, I was also prepared with a cart, so there was far less awkwardness. I know, more good luck.
I happily dragged my new find home, unwrapped, and laid ‘er out on the floor (after cleaning – Charlie gets paw prints everywhere). Even though the rug is a perfect square, the design is skewed to one side, and I had to spend a little while rotating it in different directions to determine the exact placement of the pattern. Then I propped the furniture on top to keep it unrolled and allow the rug to relax into place.
A little Scotch Guard later, and she was ready for a tryout (by the cutest little fur-model).
Is it weird that I’m creeped out by my dog going all diva on me when she spotted the camera?
Against previous expectations, now that it’s in place, I think the square shape is much better suited for the space than a normal rectangular area rug. My heart skips a beat and I do a little mental pat on the back every time I walk around the staircase and spot the new addition. I don’t think I could be more satisfied with the design… and the price is certainly agreeable to my wallet. Check it out, you guys – I’m actually decorating a room instead of remodeling it. Who thought this day would ever come?
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