Rug Envy

As I’ve been making our new house our home (even temporarily), I’ve learned how much of a difference a good rug can make to a room. Our place in San Antonio was mostly carpet, so there wasn’t much of a need for area rugs and such… not to mention, we had next to no money to buy one. We managed to find a decent rug to add some color to the living room but it was mostly for aesthetics, not for function. But now that we’re in Houston and in an apartment with hardwood floors, we really needed something to not only warm up the space but also help with acoustics too.

Thankfully, there’s a store (or warehouse, I should say) in Houston that is great for discounted, quality furniture and home furnishings — including rugs — and we found a pretty, traditional rug to go in our living room. It’s certainly something we can see ourselves using in our future homes and a piece that is easy to transition to different spaces as we see fit.

In the process, I’ve been really thinking through the spaces in our place that could use an area rug. My home office, our bedroom, even perhaps a runner for the hallway. I’m not certain they are necessary right now (the new living room rug did just the trick) but I’ll continue to have my eyes out for must-have rugs for our future home. I seem to be drawn toward more modern patterns like trellis and ikat, softer tones and bright bold prints, and I still really want to find that perfect sheepskin shag. There are tons of great go-to rug stores online and if you’re on the hunt for some area rugs, I encourage you to browse Overstock (they have a HUGE selection), West Elm, Crate and Barrel, World Market and Wayfair, to name a few.

Here’s a round-up of the rugs I’ve bookmarked — don’t you just love these?

white and blue filigree flat woven wool rug


west elm

green bahari flat woven wool rug


west elm 2

from top to bottom:
World Market white and blue filigree rug | nuLOOM ikat rug | West Elm kite wool kilim rug | World Market green bahari rug | Crate and Barrel rex rug | West Elm Phoenix wool dhurrie rug