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Thursday, October 30, 2014

The ORC, Week 5– The Showstopping Element and Little Disasters

When decorating any room there should be one element that elicits conversation. Five weeks ago when I revealed the design board for our new family room there was a tie for that coveted position between the blue leather sofa and a rug I had yet to find.

Last Friday I drove over to Highland Park area of Dallas #swanky. I had gone online to and had spied a few rugs at two different sales that I thought might work.

The rug needed to be large, 10’ x 14’. It required a color palette of navy and red. An antique rug was preferable to give the room a bit of history.

I soon as I spied this beauty in person I knew it was THE rug. But it was priced at twice my budget (which wasn’t very big).

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I texted a photo to Mr. Décor and he agreed that it was a good rug. There were signs at the sale that said bids were being accepted on larger items. So I placed a bid, said a little prayer and drove away leaving this perfect rug behind.

I received a call from the organizer shortly before the sale was set to close. The rug had not sold and my bid had been accepted! I wasted no time in bringing this beauty home. The rug is unusual in that the border has a Persian influence but the center is somewhat French Aubusson/Savonnerie in feel. Although my hunch is that it is English based on the color palette. It is a wool cotton blend that is in exquisite shape for its age. As this was a living estate sale I left my name and phone number for the previous owner, inquiring about the history of the rug, but I have not heard from her which is absolutely her right.

Any rug aficionados out there willing to share their thoughts?

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After a week in which the painters I hired to assist us ended up ripping off large sections of the wallpaper I myself had just freshly painted, provided us with a now nonworking overhead light fixture (I suspect they didn’t wrap it well before spraying), sloppy ceilings as well as half painted trim and cabinets …

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…coupled with the million moving boxes I am STILL in the midst of unpacking, I needed a win.

This rug, my friends, was a REALLY good win. It is also dachshund approved. :)

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Next week is set as the reveal day. I still need to fill the shelves with interesting artifacts, ask Mr. Décor to fix the lighting, replace the rotted, wooden back door, hang the drapery hardware and artwork.

It’s definitely crunch time!


You can see all of the other participants on Linda’s website Calling It Home.


Week 1

The Design Plan

Week 2

It’s Like Watching Paint Dry

Week 3

When All You Have Is A Toilet

Week 4

A Blue Leather Couch


GSGreatEscaper said...

Love that rug. It's a classic that should last you forever! So looking forward to next week's full reveal. Hope this week is a better one for you.

Auntie Em said...

Loving the carpet! What a beauty. It must have been hard to walk away from an item like that, especially not knowing if you may or may not ever see it again. But so lucky to be the winner of the bidding! It will be an heirloom to follow you and your family for many happy years. No body is ever going to be that happy to win the bidding on a piece of second hand click floor or want it passed down to their heirs. Enjoy and amaze your guests!
Can't wait to see the results of all your hard work! :)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

The rug is stunning. I am so thrilled for you that you won the bid. It is going to be perfect for your room and it will definitley be the show stopper.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It is simply gorgeous and will bring out the colors in all of your decor! It's a wonderful addition to your new home. Have a beautiful day! Try not to work too hard! Hugs, Diane

Ange said...

That rug is beautiful! So glad you placed a bid and got it! Sounds like a nightmare with the painters, sorry that you are dealing with that stress. Hopefully it will all come together with no more bumps in the road!

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Great find on the rug! Your room is really coming together and I can't wait to see the reveal! It would be hard for me to exercise self control at an estate sale in Highland Park since all of the homes there are swoon worthy! So happy things worked out in your favor!

Linda said...

Hooray!!! I'm so happy your bid was accepted and you got the rug! It looks beautiful, nice colors!
Love, Linda

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

That was a great find! Glad you found something that made you happy and fit your needs so well. Sounds like your painters are or were leaving a bit to be desired- I hope things have worked out in the department. Looking forward to your reveal next week. Take it easy on yourself- as my Dad used to always say "Rome wasn't built in a day!"

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Laura I LOVE the rug and the little peek of the room...your room is coming together beautifully and I can't wait for the full reveal!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

PS--- LUV those wing back chairs!!

Karena Albert said...

Laura this rug is perfect! I love the border surrounding the center squares! You deserved this win!

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Christine said...

YES, it's a Winner!
Keep going, don'st stop. I can see a light.

Lorrie said...

So glad you found just the rug you were hoping to find. It's beautiful! Sorry about all the glitches along the way with the painters.

Louise said...

I don't know why because I am not an expert but that rid does look english to me. The colors are wonderful.
oooh my goodness, I can't imagine your reaction when you saw the painters tore down.the paper!

Louise said...

Rug. Not rid. Of course

The Pink Pagoda said...

Laura, that rug is amazing! I love it!! Can't wait for next week :)

Carrie @ Cosy Carolina Interiors said...

How have I never known about this estate sales website before?! Thank you for that link! I love your blue chesterfield TONS! And love, love, love that rug!! Good luck with the other stuff. Looking forward to your reveal next week! :)

Brenda said...

Can't wait to see the room. Your rug is fabulous - hooray for and the winning bid!

Keriann said...

My parents have the same rug, beautiful choice. Here is a link to purchase new for those interested:

Terri Steffes said...

It is an absolutely fabulous rug. I cannot find a rug for the life of me and I have been looking for over a year. I found something temporary, but not "it". Lucky girl!

sandy said...

I am so in love with that rug. You have such great taste!

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

What a beautiful rug. I'm sure you are having fun decorating your new home, in spite of the bumps in the road. :)

Christine Dovey said...

That rug is banana cakes good. And I have all the faith in the world that you'll be finished in time for reveal- can't wait to check back!