Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wanted: Rugs for Updated Traditional Home

So, I would LOVE to find some reasonably priced and gorgeous rugs for our new house. You know, some like this:


Pottery Barn "Evan" rug. Holy outta our price range.



Unfortunately, I'm finding things like this... Apparently rugs are not only expensive and taste-specific, but often ugly. (These are some Craig's List offerings in the $75 to $125 price range and 5 x 7-foot size range.)

Just no.

This one seems like it should come with a complimentary lava lamp.

Like a bad piece of modern art...

This one wasn't only billed on Craig's List as "Egyptian." It's also described as 100% velvet. Are rugs ever made out of velvet? 

15 comments:

Brittaney said...

Check Home Depot. They usually hava a section of rugs on sale towards the back of the regular rug section. We found a $400 run for $150 last year!

Kb_Mal said...

Good idea Brittaney!

Chiara said...

I'm going to second the Home Depot idea!! I got a great rug there for cheap when I moved into my new place. Another good place to look is Home Goods. They have reasonable prices and very nice rugs.

Kb_Mal said...

C, good call. I haven't been to a Home Goods (I know - gasp!) but I've heard good things!

The Orkins said...

I went on an adventure to the new furniture store - The Dump- over the weekend. It was huge and overwhelming and I wanted out...fast - but they had lots of rugs.

Also, check Myers carpet on Northside - they have a back "remnant room" and will cut a rug of any size for you. Lots of friends have bought lovely "remnants" from there.

Kate said...

i've got no recommendations for rug shopping BUT i just wanted to chime in that i lovelovelove that pottery barn rug. gorgeous.

Kb_Mal said...

Naomi, what was your overall opinion about The Dump's offerings? Quality stuff? What you're describing sounds like how I feel about IKEA. OVERWHELMED. Good recommendation on Myers.

Kate, I want that Pottery Barn rug big time!!!

The Orkins said...

I am one of the weird people that actually likes Ikea. When we have to go, we go first thing in the morning, have breakfast (it is $1.99 for pretty good food and opens 30 minutes before the store) - then we hit the store as some of the first customers. I like wandering through the "What could do with 762 square feet" We don't get much there, but I sometimes enjoy going over there and wandering around.

The Dump had lots of furniture you would expect to see on Real Housewives of Atlanta - just oversized. Maybe I need to give them another chance, but doubtful. It was just too crowded and not my style - I prefer more traditional, normal sized furniture - don't need a massive sectional sofa with dual reclining sections. I am sure they had some decent things there, I just could not handle the crowd.

Traci said...

The good thing about Pottery Barn is that almost everything eventually goes on sale :) Also, isn't there a Pottery Barn outlet somewhere near Atlanta? I've never been to any of the outlets here, but it might be worth calling to see if they even have rugs there. I've had some luck with overstock.com but it's hard to tell exact colors online. If you aren't really trying to match a specific color though it shouldn't be as difficult (for example I ordered a rug that looked like it had some light blue in it, but when it arrived it was more blue-green - I kept it anyway!).

The Orkins said...

Oh, and Ballard's Backroom is good too - over off of Howell Mill on Defoors. I got an indoor/outdoor rug for our screened in porch there last year (a 5x7) for $30. Pricey online and through catalog, but their backroom often has great deals - http://www.ballarddesigns.com/Rugs/All-Rugs/c/2512?path=1%2C2%2C1466%2C2512

Kb_Mal said...

Ha. Naomi, I can only picture you wandering through IKEA brainstorming how to furnish a 400-sq-foot apartment. Funny. And the meatballs are damn good!

My style sounds more like yours (I don't do gaughty and oversized). I may have to check out this Ballard's Backroom place! What kind of prices are you talking?

Kb_Mal said...

Oh - $30-ish. That's awesome!

The Orkins said...

Just go on a field trip - you never know what you will find. They also have a "backroom" up in Roswell - but I rarely go to that one. If you find something you like over at the Defoors store but not in the right size, they will call the Roswell store before you make the trek...I struggle going OTP...

Kb_Mal said...

Traci - I meant to say thank you for the Pottery Barn outlet suggestion. I think there's one up on Dahlonega but I've never been either. My sister goes to college up there - so maybe I'll have her scout it out for me. And of course, I'll report the results :)

Julia said...

IKEA really does have great rugs. I've gotten several there and been very pleased. Great prices and high fiber. Good luck