You guys! I just bought the most expensive house-y accessory-ish item I’ve ever purchased. I’m freaking out, talk me down and tell me it’s OK. I have been searching high and low for a living room rug. It had to be BIG (ideally 9×12 so our monster sectional could sit on it), and I wanted a geometric pattern in an orangey/rusty color. Too specific? Apparently the answer is yes, because I have been rug-stalking for weeks and haven’t found anything I like. Well that’s not exactly true – the two rugs I looooved were both out of stock. Behold the Pottery Barn moorish tile rug in clementine (I think)? … beautiful, but perhaps a little too reddish for my needs:
West Elm had a similar one that I liked even better, but I can’t find a photo of it at the moment and it was out of stock. What they also had, though, was this totally rad Iznik Dhurrie rug:
I LOVE THIS RUG. I have been obsessing over this rug to a moderately embarrassing degree. Why didn’t I just buy it? Well if you go on the West Elm website, the only color option is “Citron” – the greeny color in the picture above. I even went so far as to email West Elm last week to ask them whyyyyyy oh why I couldn’t order the other color. The friendly West Elm emailer wrote me back: “The orange rug you have inquired about is a photographer’s prop and is not currently offered for sale through west elm. Please know we have not been provided any information as to where this item was obtained. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.” Huhwhat?! The photog just happened to have an exact match to the West Elm product in a different but infinitely more desirable color?? I said a small curse at West Elm and their rascally photographers and tried to let go à la Rose in Titanic (“I’ll never let go!”).
Which brings us to tonight. We again spent all day painting (master bedroom is done, and guest bedroom is really close!) so I am vegetating on the couch checking Craigslist and other websites for stuff we need (also on the list: dining room table, bedside tables, bar stools). I don’t even remember what magical combination of search terms in Google caused it to pop up, but LOOK WHAT I FOUND ON EBAY.
West Elm emailer – how could you betray me!?!!? The color is called Sorrel and it is mine all miiiiiine. And (GULP) I just dropped $650 on a rug. Am I totally crazy? Wait, don’t answer that.