Well after becoming somewhat dispirited about my lackluster dining room last week, I set out for HomeGoods for some inspirational changes. Since it's the biggest missing item in the room, I started with the rug. I generally find it works well to start with the largest (and often most expensive) items in the room when you are trying to decorate a space. I already had furniture and curtains which definitely set the overall mood, but it was definitely missing warmth.
So, I headed out to find a magic carpet to set the tone for the room. Honestly, I never though I would find something on one trip to my favorite discount big box store - HomeGoods - but I did. As I type this, I can practically hear my friends saying "Of course you found something on the first trip, Melissa!" I looked at this one rug three different times while in the store and kept coming back to it. I wasn't sure it was exactly what I wanted as far as pattern (I was NOT looking for an oriental) but it had the colors, fabric content (wool/poly blend for easy cleaning and durability), and it was relatively flat. Plus, it was very reasonably priced for an 8x10 - only $249! Yes, it's probably exactly what everyone expected me to get, but I guess I do know my own style!
I couldn't even wait for Jim to get home to put it down so I moved all of the furniture myself just to get the rug down to take this picture!
That's not to say that I didn't debate about it all weekend and ask friends and total strangers off the street what they thought about the rug in the room. I love to hear everyone's opinions but in the end it's my own that counts the most (sorry Jim). In the end, it wasn't a huge investment for what it is and it does really work in the room, even if it's not what I originally had in mind. So, I took the tags off.
One item to check off the list, several more to go but at least I feel like there's a direction now. Stay tuned!