family room rug victory

Marian ParsonsFamily Room, My House72 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?

family room rug victory

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72 Comments on “family room rug victory”

  1. 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. 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. 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.

    1. 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! 🙂

  4. 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.

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

  5. 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?

    1. 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.

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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..!?!

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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!!

  14. 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!

  15. 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 .

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

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. 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

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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!

  26. 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.

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

  28. 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!

  29. 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!

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

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

  32. 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!!

  33. 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.

  34. 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!

    1. 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?

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

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