There comes a time in every home blogger’s life when she has to face the reality that her foyer rug just isn’t working out. Well, or maybe it’s just me.
This is how my foyer used to look:
I bought the blue batik rug from Urban Outfitters (it looks like it’s not available anymore), and I really loved it. It was a big, bold statement as soon as you came in the house, like, “hey you! In this house we really like birds! and blue things!”
But it spent more time stuffed in a drawer than it did on the floor, because it was just kind of a big PITA to deal with. Even after i finally got around to buying a rug pad for it, it was so thin that I had to straighten it out 30 times a day. And, I’m not sure why it took actually buying the rug to figure this out, but a rug with all that white on it is not idea for right in front of the door (especially since there’s no covered area on the front steps; we have a doormat out there, but the doormat gets wet right along with everything else when it rains, so this rug became the defacto doormat). It’s cotton, so I threw it in the wash from time to time, but the pattern was starting to fade from all the washing.
Eventually I had to admit that it just wasn’t going to work. So now my foyer looks pretty much the same except with no rug in front of the door.
Which is also not what I want.
But I think the only thing for it is an indoor/outdoor rug, and I’ve yet to find one I really like. Does anyone know of a great source for afforable indoor/outdoor rugs with fun patterns? Like maybe blue and white batik with pretty birds?
Okay, so then the rug hung over our upstairs bannister for a long time after I took it out of the wash, because I didn’t know where to put it, but I didn’t want to stick it in a closet somewhere and forget about it.
I was thinking it might work well in a future incarnation of Abe’s room, and then I decided, “hey! why not THIS incarnation of Abe’s room?!” Abe’s room is supposed to have an oceany theme, but it’s already gotten less oceany over time, so, you know–whatever.
And I really like it in there! The carpet that we will someday pull up and replace with hardwood or bamboo is pretty stained and yuck, so seeing less of it is never a bad thing. And I really like the patterniness of the rug in there; it makes the room feel more finished. And Abe likes it, too. And the carpet (plus having it anchored on one side under his crib) keeps it from sliding around and driving me crazy.
I know it doesn’t look like Abe likes the rug in this picture. He’d just woken up from his nap and was still very grumpy.