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Stacey’s Waffle, Part 2: West Elm Swirl Rug

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Last week I posted a waffle for Stacey (you can read it here), who was wondering whether $2300 was too much to pay for this Surya Harlequin rug (she photoshopped it into a picture of her living room).

Based on the feedback she received, Stacey has decided that the Surya is indeed too expensive.  Now she has found a West Elm rug that she thinks might do the trick. Here she is to explain:

Thanks for all your input on the Surya Harlequin rug. I have found another rug that I like –  the Lourdes Sanchez Swirl Rug —  but I am not familiar with West Elm or the quality of their products. It is $679 for a 9×12 as compared to $2000 for the Surya one. It’s clearly more casual, which I’m okay with, but do y’all recommend West Elm rugs? Is the quality good even though the price is great? Thanks!

Here are some pics of the Swirl Rug:

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West Elm

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So what do you think, Waffler readers? Can anyone speak to the quality of West Elm rugs? And what do you think of the style?

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Stacey’s waffle: area rug

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Surya – Harlequin

There are a lot of area rugs available for sale on the web.  I mean a lot of area rugs.  I know this because a few years ago I spent so much time searching on-line for the perfect rug that I thought my eyes would start bleeding.  So I’m really feeling for Stacey. She’s finally found a great area rug — see the pic above — but it’s pricey.

I’ll let Stacey fill you in on the details:

Here’s a photoshop mockup of my current living room.  The couch, loveseat and tables will be replaced by the Thomasville Highlife 3 seat sofa in navy, two chairs similar to the one photoshopped in there but maybe more yellow or a gray one, and there will be new tables.

The dilemma is the rug. I really like it but do y’all think $2300ish is too much to pay for a 9 x 12 area rug?

What do you think Waffler readers? Lots of people expect to invest a hunk of change in a couch…what about a rug?

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Holiday’s waffle: rug for under the kitchen table

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Holiday from Holiday House Rules is back with another rug waffle!  This time her dilemma concerns Flor tiles and which ones work best with this knockout of a chair:

design within reach wishbone chairsHoliday explains:

I got some chairs for Christmas and I love, love, love them. They technically match the Flor tiles I currently have under the kitchen table. However, I also have some extra Flor tiles in the same pattern, but a lighter color — not so much of a direct match, but lighter. I’m wondering if the lighter pattern will show the chairs off to better effect or are they just are too discordant with the rest of the room?

Holiday’s current Flor tile is Needlepoint Stripe in Camellia:

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And the lighter color she is considering is Needlepoint Stripe in Laurel:

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Here are some more pics of Holiday’s kitchen so you can get a better idea of the space:

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granite countertops maple shaker cabinets

So what do you think? Should Holiday keep the current Flor tile or change them out for the lighter color?

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Holiday’s waffle: new rug for living room

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I love Holiday’s blog Holiday House Rules, so I was thrilled when she sent me this waffle.  Like many of us, Holiday is having a rug dilemma.  More specifically, it’s about whether or not to keep this Bull’s Eye Rug from West Elm:

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Holiday explains her hesitation:

I recently had my living room chairs re-upholstered. The “living room” is kind of the hub of all the rooms on the first floor; you pass through it to get to all the other spaces. In the past we have treated it more like a hallway. Now I’m trying to decide if I should keep this new rug — or is it too modern for my house and other decor?

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If Holiday returned the rug she could replace it with one that feels much safer to her — the smaller, dark brown rug which was previously in this space:

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So what do you think? Is the rug too modern or is it spot on?

Today’s waffle: black and white striped rugs

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You know when you buy a red car, you suddenly start noticing all of those other red cars out there?  Okay, I don’t actually own a red car, but my point is this:  I recently purchased the Olin black and white runner rug for my laundry room and now I’m realizing how trendy black and white rugs have become.

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Striped rugs have been around forever, but if I had to put money on it, I would say the current black and white striped rug obsession took off with this picture of  Nate Berkus’ living room in Elle Decor.  Nate’s Madeline Weinrib rug is predictably pricy but Ikea has its own more reasonably priced version of it.

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Black and white striped rugs have also been appearing in halls and entryways

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in living rooms

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bedrooms

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and dining rooms.

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So what do you think of black and white striped rugs? Bold and fun or cold and stark? Or does it depend on the room and accessories?

Waffler wrap-up: poll results

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Remember when Sarah asked our advice about choosing a stylish, yet child-friendly area rug for her living room?

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It seems like readers wanted to inject some color into Sarah’s living room because the All Square Flor tiles in purple won with 40% of the vote.

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Here’s what Sarah plans to do:

We are most likely getting the purple flor tiles, but they are on backorder so we have to wait. In the meantime, we have arranged our living room for our ginormous tree that did not look so big on the tree farm. We may stick with this current layout which of course changes everything for rugs. We’ll see after the holidays. For now we are sticking with the ever-colorful ABC floor mat.

Like me, Cloy needs some guidance about what to do with the space over her mantel (you can vote on my own mantel waffle here).  Voters agreed that a large, horizontal piece or a large, round piece would work better than the two smaller photographs Cloy had up.  She loved the reclaimed wood piece I found by moderntextures.   Apparently someone else loved it, too, because I just checked and it has been sold 😦

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Here’s Cloy’s response:

I like the idea of a large rectangular piece that is one of a kind because it fits the room well.  Picking the right large piece will take time. In the meantime I think I will have to stick with flowers as no one seemed to like the photographs. Thanks for your help!

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Tim Gunn

In a special holiday fantasy waffle I asked readers to choose a celebrity to invite to their Thanksgiving meal. Poor Kate Winslet didn’t receive any votes and J.K. Rowling only got one. The most popular guests were George Clooney, Lady Gaga and Oprah, but I am pleased to announce that Project Runway’s Tim Gunn received the most. And why not? As Chessie commented, he’s “unfailingly polite and charming. The perfect guest!”

I’ll sign off with a video clip for all of you Tim Gunn fans. Warning: you may have to be a die-hard Project Runway fan to enjoy this video of Santino imitating him.  Have a great weekend!

Today’s waffle: area rug for sarah

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Do you think tens of thousands of years ago cave women used to turn to their cave partners and say, “Honey, I’m so sick of all the kids’ stuff. Can’t our cave be stylish and kid-friendly?”

Okay, maybe not. But Sarah and her husband — parents to a four-year-old and 6-month-old — are struggling with this question as they search for an area rug for their living room, the place where their kids play the most (see above). More specifically, they are trying to decide whether to get an area rug they love, knowing it will get yucky from baby-ness or find something they are less thrilled by but will hold up well. And then there’s the problem of color. Sarah explains,

too light and it will look dirty, but not too dark since we have dark furniture. Or should we go with a crazy color? We’re not afraid of color by any means, but we  don’t want a fun house theme.”

Here are Sarah’s choices:

1. The Lourdes-Sanchez Bulls-Eye  8 ft square rug in clay from West Elm.

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3.  All Square Flor Tiles in Purple (their kitchen is the green chartreuse color of the chairs):

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4.  Two of Hue Flor tiles in Fog:

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5. A rug you think would work well.

So what do you think? Which rug works best in Sarah’s living room?

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