I think rugs are my favorite way to quickly transform the look and feel of a room in a major way. They’re also one of my favorite ways to give a room a more polished or finished feel, which I showed back in this post about our living room.
The dark side is that it’s hard to make a room feel “right” when the rug is “wrong” in your eyes.
I haven’t been loving the rug in the dining room since the day I put it there.
Lesson learned, trust your gut when you roll out a rug and roll it right back up again if it doesn’t make your heart pitter-patter right away.
Last weekend, it was time to take action on the rug situation! In about 10 minutes, I had THREE spaces with new looks even though I only purchased 1 new rug. Now that’s a Fast Fix!
Staying true to making the Fast Fix posts fast for me too, I took the photos as the rooms existed today without perfectly staging everything. The one sad bottle of wine on the bar cart sure needs some friends. 🙂 So these aren’t perfect after photos, but you’ll definitely see the difference the rugs make.
Anyways, here’s the original rug I wasn’t loving.
Long before the recent dining room update, I spotted a houndstooth rug at At Home that I LOVED. I 100% should have gotten it when I had the chance!
I looked for it on their website this weekend and it was shown as a clearance item. We crossed our fingers and headed to the store, but they didn’t have it. 🙁 Womp womp.
We kept looking around and I found another black and cream rug on clearance. Hold onto your seat because it was…..drumroll…..$50! For a rug big enough to fit under a 6-8 person table!
Here’s the side by side before and after:
The room still feels off to me, but I love the new rug with Jackie so we’re making progress! I think when I dress it up for spring in a few weeks it will come together.
With the dining room rug dilemma solved, I had an epiphany that the original dining room rug could be moved to the entry!
The entry rug has been ‘okay’, but it was lacking a bit of color & modern pop to tie it into the rest of the house.
Here’s what it looked like before:
And here it is with the former dining room rug!
It’s a fun welcome that feels more like us AND the rug is a better size for the space. It’s always bothered me that right side of the auditorium seats didn’t sit on the rug. Now the full set fits!
Here’s a side by side of this one:
So THEN we had the entryway rug available for a new home.
The rug in our master closet was in really bad shape because hard to vacuum cream shag + Maddie = a bad idea.
I was starting to hate being in the closet, but at the same time, there are other improvements I wanted to make before spending money on a closet rug.
I didn’t take a photo of the embarrassing state of the rug, but to give you an idea, it was both discolored and losing fibers. Thankfully, the former entry rug was a perfect fit!
While it wouldn’t be my first choice for the room if I was shopping from scratch, it’s WAY better than the daily frustration of seeing a worn-out rug in an otherwise lovely closet.
And since Maddie loves laying in the closet, it’s going to be so nice to have a vacuumable rug. 🙂
Of course with the rug situation improved, the standing mirror is public enemy #1. I need to pick up one I can hang on the wall for a less cluttered/awkward situation.
Which brings us back around to the lesson that you don’t have to make things perfect all at once.
Gradual progress will still get you to your destination and make life more enjoyable along the way!
I hope you’re inspired to look around your house today and see if anything would work better in a different room.
With the entryway feeling so happy now, I’m inspired to continue moving accessories around and add more spring color everywhere!
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In 2018 & 2019, Melissa was named as a Style Maker by Better Homes & Gardens. In 2019, Polished Habitat was shortlisted for the Amara Blog Awards Best Interior Styling Blog - International.
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