August 7, 2015

A Formal French Rug

Our main floor was decorated in French Country reds and yellows for the first decade that we lived in our house.  A little more than two years ago I made some dramatic changes to the color scheme and went to the blues and neutrals that you see now.  

For several years I had a beautiful rug in our family room that I purchased through QVC.  It's a Royal Palace 100% wool rug that measures 9x12.  When I changed our decor, I thought about selling it but just couldn't bring myself to do it.

I had purchased a jute rug at World Market for our living room that I really liked - until I realized that it was shedding. Badly.  In fact, it was like the rug was made out of dirt.  Every time I looked, our hardwood floors were covered with a layer of silt with little black dots in it.  It traveled out from under the rug and was spreading around the room, making it impossible to keep the floors clean.  And I was getting concerned that it was going to ruin the shine of the floors.

I had tried my wool rug in here before and I didn't like it but I had my furniture slip covered in a very bright white at the time.  It suddenly dawned on me the other day that now that the furniture was a more neutral shade, the rug might work!

It's a much more formal look but I think I like it.  What I really like is the size and feel of the rug.  It's obviously larger than the 'dirt rug' and is a really nice, thick quality.
Here's a picture of the jute rug.
And here's my new/old rug!
It has my fleur de lis that I love.  The beiges are good.  It's has the added interest of the red roses which I'm not sure about but all in all, I would be really happy to use this rug again.
And since I already have a jute rug (that doesn't shed) in the family room, it's nice to have something different in here.  Our Family Room
I put the dirt rug in the entry hall.  I'm mad at it and want people to wipe their feet on it.  You can't make it dirty, right?
In its defense, it looks pretty nice in here.  And I wanted a new rug for this room.  
So...win, win...and even win, right?!

Have a wonderful weekend!

love and blessings~
"To Him who rides upon the highest heavens, which are from ancient times; Behold, He speaks forth with His voice, a mighty voice." Psalms 68:33  


56 comments:

  1. The new/old rug looks great in the room paired with the neutral furniture! Love the ottoman! ~Rhonda

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    1. Thank you, Rhonda! I'm really happy that it matches now and I can use it!

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  2. Hi Lynda! Oh, your rug looks gorgeous in here. I love the softness and it blends beautifully with your furniture.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  3. What a pretty new/old rug. Glad you didn't sell it. It looks amazing in your room, pulling the blue to the floors well.
    Our jute rug ended up in the garage :)
    Happy weekend!!!

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    1. Thanks, Gee! I'm so glad too. I have another jute rug that is great. I'm sorry you got a bad one too.

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  4. I love the rug change up that you did. the new larger one looks feminine, soft, and very French. I think it looks perfect in there. I like the natural one in the foyer too. I think they both fit the size of the space just right. Your living room is beautiful!

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    1. Thanks so much, Kelly! I had been looking for a couple of months for new ones for both rooms. I'm so happy that I already had the perfect solution! Thanks for commenting!

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  5. I, too, love the rug change.
    You also helped me make a decision on a sofa I want to purchase. I know white is so popular now for sofas and chairs...I have tried so hard to think I would like a white sofa.....still, when I look at furniture stores, the gorgeous grays make me swoon. I am going today and possible buy the gray one I've been drooling over for several weeks...I love your neutral furniture color.....

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    1. Thanks so much, BJ! I'm so glad this helped you! I love the white sofas too and like I mentioned in my post - for a while I had this room all slipcovered in white. But I'm much happier with this look too. So many homes in Blogland have the white and it's easy to get impressed by how beautiful their homes look. We just each have to find our own style and it took me a while too!
      love and blessings~

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  6. Oh this is absolutely beautiful!!! I love that rug, it looks great in the room.
    Blessings, Candy

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  7. Your rug is classic and beautiful--love your living room and the soft hues. I had a seagrass rug that was a dirt collector, too. Yours looks mighty handsome in the foyer. Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Thanks so much, Michael Lee! (And I vote "more trim!") :) I hope you have a great weekend too!

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  8. If we could only figure out which jute rugs do this shedding before we buy them! I like the wool rug in this room better. The size seems to set the room off and it's beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, Linda! I agree-I have another rug that doesn't shed but now I'm afraid to buy another jute rug. And, of course, now I don't need to. Thanks for commenting!

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  9. I absolutely love the new rug in your living room, it adds a touch of understated elegance! The jute rug is definitely better suited to the foyer and really looks like it belongs there, hopefully the shedding won't be too bad.

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    1. Thank you, Diva! At least if it sheds it's on ceramic tile, which will still be bad, but won't damage the floor. Thanks for your kind comment!

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  10. I think it is beautiful with your furnishings. While it does change the look a bit, it is a wonderful one.

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    1. Thank you, Wendy! I've decided I really like it. All the kind comments helped!
      love and blessings~

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  11. Simply beautiful. Colors and size are perfect. Looks so nice with your furniture and window shutters. It really was the crowning touch. It's such a good feeling when an older purchase can take on new life again.

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    1. Thank you, Connie! I'm so glad I didn't get rid of it!

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    2. Lynda your room is beautiful and I love the rug. I tried to pin but it won't let me. Feeling a bit sorry for the dirt rug but I think it looks great in the foyer. What a lovely place to be scorned and rejected in! Lisa

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    3. Thank you, Lisa! I don't know why it wouldn't pin? Sorry! The dirt rug and I have 'made up.' I think it's doing a good job at the front door! Thanks for visiting and commenting - you made me laugh!

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  12. The new rug is gorgeous. The room is very pretty.

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  13. It's a beautiful rug - in a beautiful room
    I think it looks absolutely perfect - and I even love how the jute rug looks in the entry way !

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  14. I think it's gorgeous, Lynda! I love a good thick rug to sink your toes into. I like the look of jute, but I think they're a little scratchy and I've always thought our cats would chew them to pieces. Love your new look with the beautiful rug!

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    1. Thanks so much, Debra! I agree with you completely. This is so much softer!

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  15. Lynda, that rug looks perfect! So light and pretty. I love QVC!
    It's so unfortunate that your rug sheds so much, but it's funny that you are mad at it!
    Thanks for sharing at Something to Talk About!
    Karen

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    1. Thank you, Karen! Yeah, I don't think they should make a rug out of dirt. haha ;)

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  16. Lynda,
    It's truly a win~wind, dear friend!!!
    Love the hue!!!
    What's old is new, again!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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    1. Thanks so much, Pat! You are always so sweet and kind.

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  17. Yes! The French rug is stunning and I love it in your living room, it looks so elegant and yes, why not, more formal and gorgeous!
    Win, win all over. I love this kind of decorating, when old is new. The jute is just right at the entrance, specially for dirty shoes, lol..
    Hugs,
    FABBY

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    1. Thank you so much, Fabby! I am happy with the changes! :)

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  18. Hi Lynda,
    Good move with the rugs. I like the French rug in your living room...and the jute rug at the entry! Both look great where they are.
    As the french would say...C'est si bon! And we both seem to love blue and white china ware. Visiting from Cindy's Dwellings.
    Sheila E.

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting, Shelia, and for your kind comments!

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  19. Hi Lynda,
    Nice little makeover that added a different look to your room! I love it when I already have an item on hand that can be swapped out to change up a room. Thanks for sharing and linking up on Talented Tuesday. Hope you are having a great day!
    Cheers,
    AJ

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  20. the new/old rug looks perfect in there! Funny how changing things up makes the old look better.

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  21. The love your rug. I was a big fan of Royal Palace and bought many of their rugs over the years. I will be featuring this tonight at my Sizzle into Summer party that opens at 8pm EST tonight. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com

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  22. Win win indeed! I have three of those natural fiber rugs. One that I bought separately from the other two is just like yours. It is just a hot mess. The other two are fine. ???
    I hope you are enjoying every inch of summer.

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  23. you have a lovely home and this drug is gorgeous too. I invite you to share at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop ( you can link up through Saturday at midnight.) Hugs!

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  24. Your room is beautiful. That rug looks quite perfect in there. Too bad about the "dirt" rug...lol. That would be frustrating to keep up with. It looks good in the foyer.

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    1. Thanks, Liz! The 'dirt' rug is doing well in the foyer. I've decided it must be a male rug as it's made out of dirt and girls 'would never.' Thanks for visiting!

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  25. Hi Lynda! First time on your blog and I`m your new follower!
    Your French rug is beautiful!! It makes your room so much better and it looks just right in there!
    If you like, you can find me at my blog Home Chic Club: http://vesna-kreativnostidrugesitnice.blogspot.com/
    Hugs,
    Vesna

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    1. Thank you, Vesna! Heading over to your blog!

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  26. So beautiful! But I can't take my eyes off of your gorgeous chairs either!!

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    1. Thank you, Julie! You can see how I redid them - they're on the side bar.

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  27. Such a pretty addition to your room! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

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