family room rug victory

by | Nov 7, 2016 | Family Room, My House | 72 comments

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  We had absolutely perfect fall weather here in south central PA and we took advantage of it.  We have needed to get some things done around the house, so we had a Parsons’ family workday.  The four of us worked together to clean the basement workshop, the shed, and the yard.  Jeff got a fire going in the fire pit and we burned all of the scrap wood in the workshop, last year’s Christmas tree that was sitting in the compost heap, and he decided to literally chop the rotting playground into pieces and burn that as well.  We have a pile for Craiglist, a pile for the trash, and a tidy shed and workshop to show for our hard work.

Towards the end of the day, as Calvin and I were sweeping up the last of the sawdust, he looked over at me and said, “Mom, I like it when I work really hard and then I finish and can look at it and be proud of what I did.”

“Yeah, buddy, me too.  That’s exactly how I feel.”

On Sunday, we attended the JDRF One Walk.  It’s always a special event for us each year, since Calvin has T1D and we believe a cure could be discovered in his lifetime.  It’s definitely worth supporting.  And, we brought Sebastian with us this year, which he enjoyed.

Anyway, onto the rug.

I shared a few years ago that rugs are my nemesis when it comes to decorating.  I have had several rugs in our family room specifically.  We’ve had rugs that were too small, too busy, too blue, and one that was not the right shade of blue.  I finally decided to go with a braided jute rug, which we’ve had for a few years.


I like that it’s neutral and not scratchy.  It’s not exactly comfortable to lay on, though, and it does shed.  So, I’ve been keeping an eye out for a comfy wool rug that didn’t cost a fortune, had the right colors, and the right kind of pattern.  And I’ve been looking for a loooong time.

Well, I was in HomeGoods last week (to shop for a tablescape that I’ll share tomorrow) and I was hoping there might be a rug that fit all of my qualifications.  I made a beeline for the rugs and immediately went to this one…


It was perfect. It’s soft, 100% wool, and very cushy underfoot.  Both the color palette and pattern felt neutral to me and well suited to the room.


Jeff and I rolled it out in the family room this week and it looked just as I hoped it would.  Given that rugs have been such a struggle for me, it felt like a real victory to finally find one that works practically and aesthetically!


And the colors in the rugs go perfectly with my walls (Glass Slipper by Benjamin Moore), pillows, and quilts.



I still love that Pottery Barn braided jute rug, so we moved it to the living room to replace a scratchy sisal rug.

While I’m sharing an update to the family room, I thought I would let you know how we feel about the new furniture pieces we’ve had for a few weeks.

We love the sectional more and more. It’s been comfy and so functional for our family.  There is lots of snuggling and roughhousing that happens on it.  The TV cabinet has been another great addition that fits the space like a glove and offers practical storage.


The coffee table is very functional, but now that I’ve lived with it for a few weeks, it feels a bit too big for the space.   I’m going to keep my eyes open for an antique piece that’s sized a bit better and offers a bit more contrast to the TV cabinet, but I’m not in any rush.  I know I’ll trip across the right piece one of these days.

This is definitely the best this room has been since we moved into this house 10 years ago.  It’s been a room that has stumped me for a long time.  It has to be a workhorse and it’s long, narrow and has multiple doorways and traffic paths, so it’s been a real challenge, but it’s finally getting there!

I’m guessing the day that it’s 100% the way I love it will be about 3 days before we put our house on the market.  Isn’t that how it always works?


  1. JeanFB

    Gorgeous! It’s like that rug was *made* for your space – it’s perfect for your decor with all the right colors and a beautiful pattern. Glad you all had such a fulfilling and productive weekend.

  2. Melanie

    It looks perfect!!! I’ve had issues with rugs too in the past until I found my latest one. Glad you found this beauty, it made your space!!

  3. Toni

    That rug looks like you could have designed it!

    • Cindy in Oklahoma

      That’s what I was thinking. It looks like it was a special order!

  4. Marsha Sefcik

    Love how this space is looking. Great score on the rug and I love your new TV cabinet.

  5. Bee

    I agree, your room is really coming together. I am glad you are replacing the coffee table. I never liked it but didn’t want to mention it. It is too trendy and industrial for your space. It looks dangerous for roughhousing kids and pets. I really like the industrial look in general but now I am tired of seeing it everywhere. Your house is so welcoming and pretty–I am sure you will find something perfect for your space.

  6. Alice R.

    I agree that rugs are very difficult, but I love this one as much as you do! Nailed it!

  7. Marsha Kern

    The rug looks great! I love that room!

  8. Amy

    Are you going to put your house on the market any time soon?

    • Marian Parsons

      Possibly. My husband finishes his masters in less than a year and then we’ll either see if we can stay where we are or move on to a full time position. Whether we stay or move out of the area, we hope to move to a home with more property at some point. The timing is all a bit up in the air, though! 🙂

      • Patricia

        I know you like Colorado — just sayin ….,

  9. Susie

    Colors and pattern couldn’t be more perfect. This week I’m getting hardwood floors put down in three rooms and will face a similar situation. Most of the time if you shop with time and patience it pays off.

  10. Andrea

    The rug looks beautiful! Can I ask where you found the dresser/ cabinet under your tv?

    • Susan

      Andrea, check out Marian’s Sept 22 post. The cabinet is from Ashley HomeStore. I was curious too and just looked it up.

      • Andrea

        Thank you Susan!

  11. Susan

    The rug looks like it was made for your home. Beautiful! Don’t you just love a Homegoods score? Can you tell me where you bought the wicker tray on your coffee table?

    • Marian Parsons

      It’s from Hobby Lobby, but I bought it several years ago in their seasonal section. I wish I could find another one! It moves around all the time, because it’s such a handy piece.

  12. Lorrie

    What manufacturer made this beautiful rug!?

  13. Miss Mustard Seed

    The tag says “Amira by Obeetee”, but I haven’t been able to find it for sale online. I’ll keep hunting! I would love to get a 5 x 7 to go with it.

  14. Karen

    Your family room looks beautiful. The rug is perfect.

  15. julie

    I LOVE THIS RUG!! Perfect for the room. It is hard to get rugs, and when you find one you love they are too much money. Great find.

  16. Maureen Ryan

    Marian, The rug is special. I said “OH, WOW!” when I saw how it fits the room so well. Bravo!

  17. Julie

    Love the rug…and I love Sebastian! <3

  18. Nancy

    Looks great, Marian! Your colors! I love the look of jute and seagrass, sisal, etc but need a cozy one to build pillow forts and brum cars and to sit on while playing board games. I will never forget when my youngest told me he’d measured the living room and it was 72 hotwheels cars long…. I thought yikes- how on earth do we have that many hotwheels..!?!

  19. Maggie

    Beautiful rug, I have been looking at rugs just like this for my dining room. Love it! Lucky you, Home Goods is a hit or miss kind of store too.

  20. Cynthia

    I believe you did find the perfect rug, it’s lovely, and looks amazing with the wood floors below it!
    Peace and Joy,

  21. Debbie Reynolds

    Marian, this room is perfect! Isn’t amazing how one thing, like your rug, can bring a room together and make it finished! Love it!

  22. Gabrielle

    Perfection! What a warm and welcoming space.

  23. Courtney Darder

    I feel exactly the same way about my living room…..stumped! It is long and narrow and had an odd traffic pattern too! My friends and family poke fun at me because I change it around almost on a monthly basis. Someday I will get it just right!

  24. Susan P.

    We are doing some remodeling and changing our color palette. I am having the same problem with rugs…….actually I’m having the same problem with about every decision I have to make:) I love your rug choice, it looks perfect!! Now I’m encouraged to continue onward……….I can do this!!

  25. G.R.

    When I moved into my 1926 Craftsman bungalow a dozen years ago, it had badly worn beige wall-to-wall carpeting upstairs and down. Now I am neither a beige person, nor do I care for wall-to-wall carpeting — and that was a LOT of floor to cover! What to do? There were no good rug sources hereabouts, in or near my tiny town smack in the middle of horizon-to-horizon wheat fields; however, I found a source for previously damaged, but expertly repaired, semi-antique Persian rugs, ripped out the horrible wall-to-wall carpet, had the (original) oak floors sanded and refinished, and put down those gorgeous orientals in every single room. It is like walking on works of art, and the beautiful colors/designs make every room sing! Don’t be afraid of gorgeous color on the FLOOR!

  26. Graham

    I love the rug, it adds a bit of zip to the room. Having said that, IMHO, I think an identical rug in a 5 x 7 would “cheapen” it; it will lose it’s individuality, too matchy /matchy .

  27. Terri

    It’s perfect… literally looks like it was designed just for that room !!!!!

  28. Fiona, Lilyfield Life

    The rug is very beautiful Marian. glad you found one that you love. The room looks lovely
    Fiona xx


    Good Find! Love the pattern and the colors are perfect!! Pretty!

  30. Ginger

    I love your blog but usually never comment. But I have to say THAT RUG IS PERFECT!!!!

  31. Anne

    Soooooo glad you are getting rid of that coffee table. It is so not you and, IMHO, an awful reproduction.

    • Anne

      PS – I do love the rug though!

  32. Denise Cox

    I love the rug…. everything about it!!!! Great choice.. and great luck for you!!!
    Your “new” room is lovely!!!

  33. Nancy

    The rug looks great. I’m with someone else who thought the coffee table just wasn’t right, but didn’t want to say anything. It just looks too new .I’m sure you’ll find the perfect Marian Piece. And, i don’t think it’s a good idea to burn wood that has been treated. I know this because we tore up a rotting deck this summer and had to dispose of it, some each week?, rather than burn it.

  34. Joanne Belli

    You nailed it! Looks beautiful!

  35. Krista

    The rug is beautiful and a perfect match for the room! Love seeing your sweet pics of Sebastian, and how sweet is Calvin? You’re raising him right! What a wonderful little family you have!

  36. Donna Doble-Brown

    Gosh, that rug is perfect! And how cute is that Sebastian and his bed?????!

  37. Kitty

    You nailed it! Looks perfect! Rugs are my struggle as well. I ended up with a basket weave Berber that looks like a jute rug same color but soft on bare fee.

  38. Mah


  39. Lori

    After looking for a rug for my family room for a few years, I’m going to run to my homegood store tomorrow. That rug would look great in my room.
    Thank you for all the inspiration you provide

  40. Elaine


  41. Patty

    Love the rug…. Perfect size, pattern and color! Love the sectional and TV cab but I think you do need an aged coffee table to add oldness to the room again.

  42. Teresa

    That sweet comment Calvin made to you about feeling proud after seeing what had been accomplished reminded me of a old “Andy Griffith” episode. Opie had worked hard helping his Dad clean the house in Aunt Beas absence and sits back on the sofa after the job was finished looking around at his hard work and Andy ask him don’t it make you feel good and Opie replies “Yeah, Good and Tired”!

    BTW…the new rug looks beautiful! It really makes the furniture stand out. Rugs have always been my nemesis too. I try to remember one designer tip that when selecting a rug size if you undersize the rug for the room it will make the room look smaller.

  43. Gwen

    The room looks updated! I decorate in accents of a certain shade of red and wouldn’t you know it?? I have no wiggle room in my budget at all and this is the year Pottery Barn has several rugs I’d like to try! I think it would make a huge statement. But so it goes!!!!
    Maybe because I sit in one place all day and look at this view all day long.
    I love the room. I know what you mean about living with furniture for awhile to get the feel. You’ll make it work!!!! I simply can’t believe the difference a rug makes.

  44. Patricia

    Rugs are the worst for me ! I was fortunate to find one on Overstock that I like for our family room, but my living room has been without a rug for two years! The sofa is a bold red and yellow- almost a plaid. Marian, is it your opinion that if the sofa has a pattern in it the rug should be solid? That’s what I think – but I’m not sure which solid to use!


    As usual, you have hit every nail on the head. You never would imagine that this room has ever provided you with any discomfort ever.
    Well done lady!

  46. Susan Scott

    Just want to say thanks for walking in the Diabetes Walk. My son is a type 1 and when he was diagnosed the doctors said there would be a cure in his lifetime. I love your new rug. Do you mind sharing how much you paid for the new rug. I always forget to check Home Goods for rugs.


    Marion, your new rug is lovely! I really like your choice. It goes so nicely with your furniture. Enjoy!

  48. Cheryl

    I Love it!!! And your furry sidekick ❤️??

  49. Debbie Nisson

    Love it!! Also I have wanted to tell you how lucky you are to have found Sebastian. What a gem! Our dog, Zelda, age 16 who was with us for ten years had to be put to sleep last summer. We are empty nesters and had said we would not get another dog. But my husband is retired and I am not and he is lonely. So we are on the lookout for a dog. We don’t want a puppy and we need a gentle dog because we have four grandkids who visit a lot. We live south of Annapolis Maryland in case any readers know of any!

  50. SueSchneid22

    It really is perfect!

  51. June Pope

    That is a gorgeous rug and it really is perfect for your room….all the right colors. Must have been YOUR day! Also adds a little tradional pattern. I love it!

  52. Vickie Macfarlane

    Beautiful Rug! I love the difference one item can make to an entire room.
    Thank you for sharing Marian.

  53. Pat Smedley

    Well all your items have come together beautifully for your room. And the carpet is the icing on the cake for it all to come together . Great eye!!

  54. Sandra Marshall

    You have such a great eye for decorating. Your home looks beautiful and so homey and comfortable.
    Love your blog?

  55. Karen A.

    Have you thought about foregoing a coffee table and using a couple of sofa tables instead? Just a thought…

  56. B. Folk

    That rug adds just the right amount of subtle pattern to complement the rest of the furnishings. Beautiful.

  57. Tonya

    The rug is perfect, the pattern is definitely you. Really looks good in your room.

  58. Joanie McLaughlin

    Wow! Looks fantastic.

  59. Kristine Puzel

    The whole area is so cohesive and inviting. The new couch really does fit the space better than the previous couch! I know this post was about the rug, which is clearly perfect for the room, but every time you post about this area , I am drawn to the basket on the coffee table. I love the semi-painted look to it, and the bulky, almost rattan-like structure to it. I have a similar basket, and am working up the courage to see if I can replicate the finish!!

  60. Jill

    This rug, with its colors, really grounds the space in a more substantial way, ties in with the furniture, and increases the room’s feeling of quality. Wonderful choice.

  61. Rebecca

    Thank you for posting Marian. I too have been searching for “the rug” and recently found it at Home Goods myself. Now I realize it is the exact same rug as yours. My decor is somewhat different than yours, but I love the rug in both rooms!

    • Gina Schmidt

      Hi….I’ve been searching for that rug!!! Do you know the manufacture’s name or style name? I’m desperate to find it! Also, How much was it?

  62. Ali

    Do you know the maker and design of this rug? I want it!

  63. Daisy is simply amazing. you tell them how you want to design your room, the exceed expectation…… Awesome!!


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