Finally, we have an area rug, people!!!
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.
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).
Here’s how the 5×7 Souk rug looked in our itty bitty living room:
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).
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.
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.
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.