Yesterday, a friend and I hit up a few yard sales in the suburbs and I was lucky enough to score a gorgeous 9×14 Persian rug from a doctor and his wife that are down-sizing from their suburban mansion to a Center City condo. It was one of those classic moments at a yard sale, when you look at the price tag and think “Are they serious?!” I wondered that because the price tag read $100, and that is seriously CHEAP for a real wool Persian rug! (Meanwhile, I still bargained them to $90 for it. I know…I feel a little bad, but I’m a firm believer in always bargaining in these situations even when the price is ridiculous. Take this as a lesson for the next time you’re at a flea market, yard sale or thrift store.)
At any rate, I bought it for our master bedroom because I wanted something in the burgandy-red color family to warm it up. (Our current rug is a solid pale grey. No fuss. No excitement.) However, it didn’t work out because it turned out to be too large. Gah!! (I really should remember to ALWAYS keep a tape measure in my purse.) So, the fact that the rug didn’t fit in our master bedroom started a domino effect of rug switcheroo throughout the house. We put the new rug in the guest room, the old guest room rug in the living room, and the living room rug in the dining room.
Here’s how it all ended up:
This is the new rug that we got. It’s going all the way to the wall here because we ended up having to push it as far away from the door as possible so that it would open without having to shave the bottom of the door down. I just couldn’t bear to start another project this evening, so forgive my laziness.
The living room looks SO much better with this rug in it that I can barely stand it. I love this rug so much that it only felt right to have it downstairs where I could enjoy it all the time. Wheeeee!
And now the dining room has the old living room rug. (This last photo is terrible. I was rushing there at the end…So sorry!!) At any rate, getting three new looks for the price of [less-than] one was so much FUN!! As Layla at The Lettered Cottage says, “Always shop your house first!” In this case, it didn’t exactly come first, but it did come. And that’s what counts!