Finding just the right rug

I don’t know about you, but I have a heck of a time finding just the right rug. Don’t get me wrong, if money was no issue I might be able to find one pretty quickly, but finding the right pattern, color, size at the right price is exhausting and most of the time frustrating for me! I have had a rug custom made in the past, not only was it expensive but when we moved we couldn’t use it in the new house, very frustrating so I’m not going down that road this time.  So here I am again in a new house, with hardwood floors, and I am in need of a rug (or 6). Our Family Room is 15×24 and temporarily we were using a rug we bought from Pottery Barn 5 years ago, while this rug is soft underfoot it is VERY scratchy to my daughter who lays on the floor a lot. Also it SHEDS… not just normal shedding, oh no… this thing sheds small rabbits!!! You would think after 5 years of vacuuming this thing would be done shedding, but no it’s not! It’s so bad I have to vacuum at least twice a week or else it looks like I haven’t vacuumed in months! Why am I telling you all of this you may ask? Because I want to warn you that’s why… unless you want to vacuum EVERY.SINGLE.DAY then I would suggest you don’t walk, but run away from this rug… the “Chunky Wool and Natural Jute” rug or as I like to call it…



So now what do I do for a rug?

I have a long narrow room (odd size and large)…

I don’t have an unlimited budget…

I’m clearly picky…

After much some thought I looked into FLOR carpet tiles for my solution and oh what a perfect solution it is!

You can pretty much design your own rug pattern and size… check!

It’s pet and child friendly… check!

It’s easy to take care of… check!

It’s dust bunny free… check and CHECK!

It’s very affordable… check!

I ordered a few samples and as a family we chose this for the Family Room:

FLOR Sweater Weather – “Chalk”

FLOR Tiles for family room

It’s a soft grey color and while it is not “plush” it is very soft underfoot and kid approved! I purchased 70 tiles and it was easy (if not a little tough on the back) to put down. I spent $1,106 on this rug PLUS a nice runner for the mudroom. I think that’s awesome considering how much space I needed to cover!

FLOR Tiles for family room

Umm… I don’t know if you are like me and your dogs follow you EVERYWHERE?! It’s their part time job, their full time job is stalking squirrel and deer through our windows. Since their all time favorite thing to do is follow me from room to room, you get to enjoy them today too!

Here is Chewy, he is a Schnoodle and yes he is in dire need of a haircut and a bath! But while you are enjoying his furriness checkout the rug pattern… we lined up the tiles one way all around the border of the rug then turned them to the side on the inside of the rug…

Schnoodle on FLOR carpet squares

Here is handsome… our blue Weimaraner Oscar, who even though wouldn’t move so I could get a good shot, couldn’t be bothered to look at me… he’s so weird!

Blue Weimaraner

Chalk FLOR carpet squares

I have a paint sample for the walls all picked out, Ben Moore Coventry Gray, and I am hoping it will be the one because I REALLY want to get started painting these walls and ceiling!

Oh, I almost forgot, here is the mudroom rug… this one is called Reoriented (in Teal) it is so cool!

Mudroom with FLOR carpet squares

This rug is not as soft underfoot, but it’s perfect for the mudroom.

If you haven’t heard of, or thought about, using FLOR tiles in your home you may want to consider them… they just might work for your needs too!

So what do you think? Will you consider this a solution for any areas in your home?

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About Susan @ Uniquely Yours or Mine

Hey there! You want to know more about me? Well here's a little bit... I'm the lucky wife of a Super Awesome Husband (SAH) and a mother of 3 wonderful girls. We moved to Louisville, KY in 2013 from Richmond, VA where I was refinishing, repairing and painting furniture as a serious "hobby". Since moving I have been spending most of my time designing and updating our new-to-us home, but I do enjoy getting out and exploring my new town as much as possible!

Posted on October 22, 2013, in Interior Design and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Deborah @ Confessions of a Craigslist Junkie

    Love the family room rug! I’ve never heard of those carpet tiles. My (3) dogs follow me from room-to-room too, so I know how it feels to always have an entourage! Can’t wait to see your new wall color!


  2. I think these are a very clever solution. Especially with your daughter and dogs. Oscar and Chewy are cute. My Peanut and Reeses follow me everywhere and I men “everywhere” if you get my drift, LOL!! When we get in the new house and it being a ranch,I am thinking alone time for Mama is OVER!!!!



  3. I really like the color and texture of the sweater rug. Your pups are adorable.


  4. A fabulous idea! The sweater one just calls my name and what can be sweeter than two adoring fans! They are really sweet. Thanks again for chat and advise the other night. I miss ya…


  5. Hi Susan, the house is looking great, I visited you last week, but was unable to leave a comment. Hope that you are feeling more at home now. Just an idea, the last time I moved I couldn’t find a rug I liked so I went to a carpet place and picked out a large remnant, 11×13, and had them finish the edges. It cost about $300 about 5 years ago. Take care, and enjoy the decorating.


  6. Yay for Chewie pictures!!! Oscar is beautiful too of course. 🙂 I have heard of Flor, but haven’t really investigated. I will also be in need of a bunch of rugs soon!



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