Finally, a dining room rug

Eureka!  Eureka!

That is what I was shouting a couple of weekends ago to the nice man in ABC Home in New York.

Okay, not really.

But I wanted to.

If you remember this post, I was processing my dilemma of having or not having a dining room rug.  To have one means it needs to be easy, easy, easy to clean.  After hearing over and over about how wonderful seagrass is, and how much easier it is to clean than jute or sisal, I thought I would take a gander in New York to see if I could find one I liked.  When I came upon a little shop in Chelsea, I stopped in, looked at their samples, and asked them to price a couple of rugs for me.   I needed kind of a weird size (9×13) so I knew I would have to get it made.

Cloth border around the edge?  Of course!

Mitered corners, of course!

My excitement was building, building, then came crashing down when I looked at the one-two-three-four number price tag staring me back in the face.

“Well, that’s it”, I thought.  No seagrass for me.

I didn’t give it another thought until my brother took me to ABC Kitchen, and we walked around ABC Home before our yummy lunch.  I had heard over the years about the gloriousness of the basement in ABC Carpet (clearance items), but I had never been there myself.  When we walked in, I immediately scanned the room for the steps leading down.  “Don’t you want to look around here first?”, he asked.  I was already down the stairs.

Yes, this is all on sale!

After browsing through the Madeleine Weinribs (heavenly), I happened upon it.  A 9×13 bound seagrass rug.  For $399.  I am not even kidding you.  I paid an extra $100 to have it shipped to Texas, and it arrived promptly and was unrolled promptly in the dining room.

I really love the teensy border around the edge.  It is more simple and subtle than the larger borders.

I have to tell you, I am crazy about it so far!  I can sweep it, wipe it, and vacuum it, the chairs glide easily over it, and it makes the room look more finished.  In fact, I am so close to putting up my dining room reveal, I am just waiting on a few more things.

Do you have a seagrass rug?  What are your thoughts on them?

Side Note:  A few little birdies have told me Pottery Barn has a seagrass rug.  I haven’t seen it in real life, but it may be a good option if you are looking for one. 

P.S.  In my dreams, my northeastern beach home is part whitewashed wood floors, part wall to wall seagrass carpeting.  It’s lovely, you’re welcome to vacation with us.

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5 Responses to “Finally, a dining room rug”

  1. Jennifer September 7, 2012 at 8:41 am #

    Those kinds of finds are so exciting! Can’t wait to see your dining room reveal. :)

    • Grace September 9, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

      They are exciting! Thanks Jennifer! I made a final “to do” list today so hopefully that will keep me motivated to finish all of the “little” things!

  2. Melissa September 7, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    I have them in almost every room– there is nothing (and I mean kid-nothing, which, you know, is often something TOTALLY gross) that can hurt them. I order mine from Overstock.com, though– they come with wider boarders, but are cheap. If you wipe immediately you can get up stuff like spaghetti sauce, and I use Oxyclean spray and a toothbrush on stickier things. Only complaint is they are scratchy, and my kids have asked me to get something different in their rooms.

    • Grace September 9, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

      LOVE the oxyclean and toothbrush idea, Melissa! I am filing that in my brain. :)

  3. Mommy Chic September 7, 2012 at 11:31 pm #

    We have them – husband bought one for the back door area to catch the dirt that follows. Coincidentally, he just said yesterday that we need a new oneM