Finally, we have an area rug, people!!!
Boaz clearly approves of the new (and bigger!) rug
I seriously thought it would take me at least a year before I’d be able to purchase an area rug for the living room. I didn’t want to settle for any old rug – I wanted it to be something I really love. I had set my mind on a handcrafted abaca rug from Weave Manila and, like I mentioned before, they promptly gave me a quote. I asked for quotes for smaller rugs though because I knew rug prices are pretty nuts, and I figured I’d only be able to afford a small one. I even asked for pricing for just 4×6 and 5×8 rugs from Weave Manila!
After reading Emily Henderson’s guide on rug sizes (basically, “go big or go home” – she has an article on making the mistake of getting rugs that are too small for your space, and another article on how to pick the right size rug), I learned that even that 5×8 rug would have been puny. How clueless I was! But I was scared that going big meant spending way, way more. I was right, too, because the rugs I ended up checking out truly were expensive, the more square feet you go for! Apparently, area rugs are one of those major pieces you have to invest in for your home.
I liked that boho rug I spotted in Triboa Bay, but I didn’t ask how big it was because at the time I saw it, I knew I couldn’t afford it. But it made me realize that I’ve been liking prints on my rug – nothing too busy or colorful, but some print definitely for texture.
Going home with Rug #1
So you can imagine my joy when I: 1) discovered the West Elm outlet store in Paseo de Sta. Rosa in Sta. Rosa, Laguna; 2) discovered and fell hard for their “Souk” rug; and 3) found out said rugs were on sale! The H and I went back a week after discovering the outlet store, and we bought a 5×7 Souk rug. Clearly, I didn’t want to listen to Emily Henderson at the time (she did say small living rooms can get away with smaller rugs).
I was so, so tempted to get that pink print Morrocan-esque rug from West Elm, but I knew I’ll end up regretting it. It’s like those printed b&w plates I got – I was so enamored when I first got them, but a month after, I wish I had gotten classic white plates first. So my rule now is to always get the white or neutral-colored piece first. (I know this is a very basic rule, but I have made the mistake way too many times of picking out the funky, colorful piece first before my neutrals). Anyhoo, here is a photo of that Ashik rug from West Elm, in this blogger’s lovely living room. The Ashik rug in the West Elm outlet store only comes in 5×7 though; in that blogger’s post I think she has at least an 8×10.
You can see how small the rug is, relative to the engot sprawled across.
Here’s how the 5×7 Souk rug looked in our itty bitty living room:
The boys looking glum – because the rug made our small furniture and teeny living room look even smaller hahaha
Some people might think the rug looks fine. But I thought it looked narrow, especially coming from the front door and considering I don’t have seating across the loveseat to sort of anchor everything in. I took tons of photos and realized since the rug was small, having my furniture sitting on it made the living room look even smaller. I was also thinking long-term: should we move someday (and most likely to a place with a bigger living room!), then the only place I’d be able to put a 5×7 rug like this would be beside a bed.
So we decided, screw it. Let’s go big. I rang up the people in West Elm Sta. Rosa and reserved the 8×10 Souk rug we saw there. We rolled up the little rug, put it aside, and a week after, we went back to Sta. Rosa and got the bigger one. (Yes, this rug business was 3 weeks in the making).
This is the Kasbah, another wool rug, but without tassels like the Souk and Ashik. I really liked the print on this one too, a bit busier than the Souk. In the end though, I ended up with the rug I liked first, and right from the start – the Souk.
That’s Vince, our very awesome sales rep from the Sta. Rosa West Elm/Pottery Barn outlets.
Excuse the mess under the stairs! We only have one help right now and I’m losing the battle against clutter.
We measured our living room and knew this 8×10 rug would be too big since there’s a spiral staircase in the middle of the open floor layout we have here at home. We knew we’d have to either fold it or hem it or even cut it. Naturally, since the point was to go big so we can bring the rug with us if we move, we opted to fold the rug.
I need to move the rug so there’s space between the rug and the far wall, but honestly, I think the whole set up finally makes our living area look bigger. The rug also solved my problems with that wall – it no longer looks so oddly bare as compared to the opposite corner, and now I don’t feel compelled to fill up that spot behind the front door.
Best of all, the whole family really enjoys the Souk. I read online how the rug sheds, but I don’t mind – I have 3 boys, and there are plenty more messes at home to worry about. It’s fluffy, and it’s soft, and I love how it toned down the redness of our terra cotta floor, grounded the furniture, and added just enough oomph to the living room. The boys have been spending a LOT more time in our living room (they usually hang out in the lanai), and I’ve spotted both my eldest and my youngest taking naps there. Since the family has been spending more time in the living room since the rug arrived, I’ve had to tweak my living room checklist a bit – for instance, floor pillows are now in order, as the boys have been hanging out sprawled in the living room.
Bo has been taking his morning naps on the new rug – sans playmat and all my gosh. (In case you can’t tell, I’m not too fussy about the kids getting dirty).
I have seen this rug all over design blogs and in Pinterest, and I am honestly so chuffed about having one at home. I so love it, and I never in a million years thought I’d be able to get an area rug for the living room this year! (Thank you to my H!).
The living room is far from perfect, but I feel we are closing in. (I’m honestly having second thoughts about my love seat. I think I should have gone fore a streamlined 3-seater or even a sectional; and because the “couch” is small, the coffee table now feels small too). I’m looking forward actually to moving on from this corner because I’ve been rearing to focus full-time on the kids’ rooms. I’m positive new (and clean!) curtains will make a big difference in the living room – I promise, that’s next on my list.
Oh, and we got a home diffuser, finally oh finally! It’s not the prettiest thing but the one with the bamboo top isn’t bad, and we’ve always wanted to have a diffuser at home. The H was the one who got it too – we found them for Php 500 in Dapitan! The stall there claims it used to supply the same diffusers to Mia Maison – they sell them for around Php 2,000 there, so yay, nakatipid! (As for the baby bottles on the table they’re there because #LIFE).
Speaking of lists, here’s a quick rundown of my immediate/priority tasks and needs for the living room:
- 6 new curtain panels (2 sets: 1 for every day, 1 alternate set for laundry days)
- 2 new curtains rods
- a doormat
- anti-mosquito plug ins
- replace my white knit pillow sham (it sheds like crazy)
- get 2 or 3 floor pillows
- find a print to cover the outlet beneath the windows
My complete and last updated to-do list for the living room here.