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Hey, it’s Dusty Miller again. Thank you so much for the info about the white furniture! I love the idea of the indoor/outdoor fabric and want to try that out. And we’ve painted everything in the matte finish as you suggested and love it.
I’m so confused about what we’re going to do for our rugs and carpets however. We have hardwood floors in the entire home except for the basement. I really don’t want to spend a bundle for the basement, but also don’t want to do some tacky speckled berber.
The rest of the rooms need area rugs. I love those sisal rugs that have a sort of diamond pattern. Would that be good for us?
I love this rug from Dash and Albert as well, for our family room, but I know that it’s going to get trashed in about a week. It looks pretty fragile.
My neighbor has some pretty cotton striped rugs.
I also love Orientals, but the prices!
Help, I can’t afford to make a mistake!
Hi again, Dusty.
This is a big topic and I’m going to need to break it down into two parts. I’m hoping that I can simplify all of this for you and help you avoid making some costly mistakes. I know, because I’ve made or almost made some of these mistakes!
Three Fibers to Avoid For Rugs and Carpets
It looks great and comes in a lot of terrific patterns, but if you spill ANYTHING on it, including water, it’s all over. It WILL be permanently stained. So, why do we see it all over the place? Beats me.
While exceedingly beautiful, if you spill anything on it including water, it will forever look like something the dog dragged in from the street gutter
Now, about the rug you showed me that you love? That rug is wool and VISCOSE, which is a synthetic silk. It only looks fragile, but it is actually quite durable. We did it here in this neo-traditional living room last year.
Oh, they are absolutely glorious as shown in the living room everyone adores in the movie Something’s Gotta Give. But that’s one woman, in a white turtle neck, living alone… [and obviously above her means] :]
They look great. They don’t hold up. They ARE exceedingly fragile; they tear and absorb stains like a sponge. If you spill anything on them, life is over. I used to do a lot of them [years ago] before I knew better. Nice idea— extremely impractical. These are by Elizabeth Eakins and wildly expensive.
Oh dear. Stairs. no. I do love Leeann’s work. Fabulous, however, about the cotton runner on the stairs… I did it once. It was for a family of 5 with a big dog. It lasted maybe a year. And guess who had to replace it?
Speaking of big dogs, it’s funny that you mentioned the eponymous company Dash and Albert because that is one of my favorite companies.
I love their rugs! I discovered this wonderful company, owned by the immensely talented Annie Selke about a decade ago and was so excited because the Dash and Albert Cotton rugs look just like the Elizabeth Eakins rugs, only for about one-sixth the price. So, at least, if they get trashed, you aren’t throwing away a lot of money. Since then, they have expanded their line in many directions and have far more than the cotton rugs.
Dash and Albert was named after Annie’s two beloved dogs. They have both moved on to doggie heaven and one of them not too long ago. One of the immense charms of this company is that they use their adorable dogs in all of their ads and catalogs. Brilliant marketing! I’ll buy anything those cutie-pies are selling; I’ve never ever been disappointed!
The following are jute, wool or indoor/outdoor rugs that are part of the new Bunny Williams collection for Dash and Albert. Not only are they extremely durable, they are very reasonably priced.
Indoor-outdoor rug by Bunny Williams for Dash and Albert
This fabulous rug is made from jute which is an exceedingly tough and durable natural fiber; not to mention, awfully good looking!
This one is also jute. I could see it in a family room or a boy’s room.
The top rug is actually indoor-outdoor!
This beauty is one of the indoor-outdoor rugs. They look like cotton, but are made of polypropylene. You can take them outside and hose them down. They are inexpensive, look great and easy to maintain. I use them a lot for young families.
These are also indoor-outdoor, part of the regular Dash and Albert Collection. They look like cotton, but again, they can be hosed off outside! It doesn’t get any better than that!
Coming soon, more ideas for great looking and immensely practical floor coverings for all rooms!