Monday, May 17, 2010

Death of a Rug

Today we are mourning the loss of our favorite rug. Melodramatic? yes. Catastrophic? no.

As the rug in Wren's room, it had been well loved, and therefore well washed.

It originally looked like this, until we decided to give it a makeover for Wren.

But now it looks like this.

It was a little dusty after all the laundry room reno dust settled while we were away so I threw it in the wash, as I usually do every few months. When it came time to move it over to the dryer things were still good, but when I came in to check on it half way through the cycle I could see tiny strips of cotton flying about. When I opened the door I discovered that the adorable little rug was already self-destructing!
I guess it just decided it was time to go to that cloud in the sky...
One of your most common email topics lately have been where I get our rugs since I mention washing them quite regularly. Besides our now extinct shaggy raggy rug I get all our rugs at Ikea. Why? It is purely economical:
1. They are cheap. Like REALLY cheap. I'm talking $60 for a 12x8 white cotton rug. And you know I am all about white and cheap.
2. Dogs, Wren and guests. As I am sure you can expect, white rugs tend to get a little dingy when you have things with fur and/or jam on their hands. So I need to be able to wash them. Thankfully we have a fairly large capacity washer and dryer so I can wash large rugs here at home. So my only concern is making sure the rugs are cotton (not wool).
3. If worse comes to worse I can bleach it/power wash it outside (yes, I have done this and it works like a charm!) or even toss it. But before I resort to tossing it I actually like to use it on the deck over the summer (we have a fairly covered deck area), which is gives Wren a nice spot to play outside.
So if you are in the market for a good, washable, CHEAP cotton rug definitley hit up Ikea!

Now, I am off to pick cotton shreds out of my lint filter.


Lindsey said...

awww. so sorry!! I hate it when you have to say goodbye to something you love in your home!! Good luck finding another fabulous rug!!

1 Funky Woman said...

I did that myself and it then got jammed in the washer and wouldn't drain. So I had to have someone come out and fix it! Not fun! I was without the washer for 5 days! Your daughter is a cutie!

Stop on over to my blog I am having my 1st giveaway and I'd love for you to check it out!

Suzy said...

Ohhh NOOOOO, I loved that rug!!!! :(((

Lovely Little Nest said...

aw so sad! Will you be replacing it?

sissie said...

Sorry about the loss of your dear beloved rug, but I have to say the new pink one looks really pretty.


Anonymous said...

oh sad :(

e manticoff said...

Hi my name is Eileen and since I was 7years old I new I wanted to be an Interior Designer. I am 36, married with children and yet to follow my dream. You have inspired me to go for it. I just wanted to know if your were trained, did you go to school for Interior Design? I hope to hear from you!

ourthreesons said...

Too bad! That was such a pretty rug.
I happen to have lost a rug myself recently, but I'm not crying any tears since it's at least 17 years old and was getting tired of it anyways. I will have to go to Ikea and see if I can find anything there to replace it, thanks for the idea!

Seagrass Interiors said...

Oh nooo!!! So sad! It sounds like that little rug had a well-loved life though! : ) I'm ALL for IKEA - you cannot find better prices!


Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy said...

Oh my gosh, I have never seen Wren's room before. So amazingly gorgeous! I am really sorry about her rug. I could see why you are mourning's so perfect for her room!

Holly and Sean said...

Awww thanks so much Shannon! I keep putting off updating the link to her bedroom... me thinks I need to get to it!!!

Eileen, GO FOR YOUR DREAM! I do not have any design eduction in my background, but it is not required here to practice interior design. Please check to see if your area does require education to call yourself a designer or not just to stay protected, but definitely start following your heart~
Good Luck!

Polly said...

Holly, thank you so much for this post! We do not have an IKEA here...closest one is ab out 3 hours away! I have wanted to go there for the longest time, but 3 hours? UGGG!! After seeing this post, I am definitely scheduling a little road trip!!

Sorry about your rug, but you can always view it as an excuse to go do a little shopping!!


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