Yesterday I watched my zillionth tiny house show. I can’t get enough. I tell myself no more tiny house shows and then I end up sticking around to see where they hide the toaster or how big the bathroom is or the ingenious way they turn a bed into a couch and turn a couch into an entertainment center.
Last night the tiny house was amazing. It was a luxury tiny house. It had shiplap and farmhouse lighting and extra counter space. I was kind of all about it. I thought I could live there. I could be a tiny house person.
And then I saw the loft.
And the bed.
You had to climb a ladder to get to this loft and crawl into bed in a space with a ceiling height of 2.5 inches. I’d never make it. I’d wake up in the middle of the night and forget I was in a tiny house and bump my head.
And that tiny space in that loft in that tiny house with its tiny roof?
It’s exactly like my rug budget.
(total aside: just admit it….you were wondering how I was going to bring the story back around to the rug…right?) 🙂
This is my living room back in the spring.
I’m not sure where one of the chairs went in this picture. Probably hanging out with the ottoman drinking sweet tea in the other room. This picture shows what the rug in the space looked like before. Before we go any further, I have to tell you that I love this rug. It’s inexpensive and hides dirt and looks kind of fancy and it still looks like this after seven years.
Seven years of kids and dogs and cats and kool-aid and Captain Crunch and it still looks like new.
But I was ready for a little change.
Enter this rug.
I saw it over on Bre’s blog and fell in love at first sight.
Except when I looked at the price I was all like….YIKES.
Replacing the seagrass rug I had it was way more than my tiny rug budget could afford.
I was conflicted.
I was torn.
What if I got tired of all that blue and white? What if it was too much after a season? What if I splurged and then I was stuck staring at a rug that I was not all about for the next seven years.
Enter brilliant idea #517.
I layered the blue and white rug on the seagrass rug on the wood floors.
It was SO much more affordable.
I bought a smaller rug that fit perfectly in my tiny rug budget.
And now the room looks like this.
Let’s take one more look back to see the difference the rug made in the space.
A little before and after.
One tip. If you are going to layer the rug, go bold. Turn it at an angle.
Don’t just layer a rug on another rug exactly over the top.
Proclaim to the world that you are a rug layerer.
It’s a great idea for a new show.
Tiny rug budgets and the rooms that love them. 🙂
PS Here’s a little more about the natural fiber rugs I have in my house.
PPS Here’s another tiny rug budget idea.
And now for some more tips and ideas from some of my favorite friends.
You can find that magnificent rug and other items similar to what you see here…