I’m on a mission! A hunt! An adventure! For months now I have been searching for the world’s perfect area rug to replace our monochromatic (*yawn*) one in the family room:
I’ve been eyeing rugs all over the place – HomeGoods, Crate and Barrel, West Elm, Pottery Barn, Macy’s, Overstock, Ikea, various online retailers, lamp stores, grocery stores, hardware stores, you get the picture. I’m looking for something in the blue-green family that does *not* look golden, which always seems to happen with area rugs. Why is that?! Regardless, here is my area rug wish list for the family room:
- We’re reading you, 8×10 – We eventually plan to replace the carpet in our family room with wood (or something along those lines), so something to cover up as much of that as possible to insulate us from the chill in the wintertime would be ideal. Oh, and it’s gotta be relatively large so that the dogs have plenty of room to park their buns.
- Wooly Mammoth – I love wool rugs – it’s plush, it’s warm, it’s soft underfoot and, bonus! It’s all natural! Plus, it’s easier to clean, easier to take care of, and it’s extremely durable! They’re also really soft underfoot and just scream luxury. Sign me up!
- Nothing Traditional/Persian – We desperately need some pattern and jazz in this room, but nothing too crazy. Sometimes you look at a rug and just think, “What is the meaning of that?!” I’m thinking rugs along the lines of this:
….or even, daringly, something kind of like this….
…but none of the above rugs are really truly singin’ to me. The trouble is that a rug is something that’s going to be with you a loooooong time. Hell, I’ve walked through castles in Europe (and even the Biltmore here in the US) and they had original rugs dating back centuries….yes, CENTURIES! Now I don’t plan on spending a century’s worth of *my* hard earned dollars to put down something that essentially is just a big fancy sock for the floor (or legwarmer, whichever floats your boat), but I am willing to save up some hard earned dollars for something fun, pretty, and a little bold that might stand the style test of time for at least a good ten years or so. Oh, and it has to be durable enough (and dark enough, but not too dark) to hide dog stains, husband stains, and if we ever go down that road, bambino stains (don’t get any ideas, Moms!).
I have to admit that I truly *love* Pottery Barn rugs. Honestly, walk into any “rug store” anywhere in the country and I’ll bet you couldn’t find an 8×10 wool rug with a natural backer in a decent color that doesn’t look like vomit and a non-Granny pattern for anything less than $1,000. Believe me, I know – I’ve looked! Pottery Barn’s 8×10 rugs are seriously a smokin’ deal for anywhere between $500 – $700 a pop. Granted, that’s a pretty hefty price tag for anything, but for a high-quality rug that’s actually not too bad, especially if it’s natural high-quality construction….but I digress….
So I got it in my head that maybe I could road trip down to a P-Barn Outlet somewhere close to Oregon, possibly California?!? When I lived in Ohio, I was only an hour’s drive from a Pottery Barn Outlet (Jeffersonville, holla’!) and I used to stop by there every chance I got to see what bits and pieces I could get for smokin’ deals. I’m pretty sure that the closest one will probably be a day’s drive, but I’d be willing to rack up the miles for a good deal on a rug! And since P Barn is headquartered in San Fran, you gotta figure that their outlet is somewhere close to there, right?!?
Not so, my friend. It’s in Lake Elsinore, CA – a cool 18 hour trip from Portland. Seriously?!?! Ok, Plan B means *next* closest P-Barn Outlet……San Marcos, TX….just 1 day and 12 hours from my house….
….plan C? Plead….no, BEG, Pottery Barn to open up an outlet closer to home! Please?! Pretty please?!? With a cherry on top?!?! C’mon, you guys are BASED in San Fran – can’t you at least give it up for some Bay Area love? I could easily make a trip down to a P Barn outlet in Sacramento!
Oh, and if you’re curious – there are only ten (that’s right, TEN!) P Barn outlets in the country. For a company that’s based on the West Coast, you’d think that they could spread the love a little better out here – Pottery Barn Outlet, wherefore art thou????