Wednesday, April 20, 2011

We're Replacing the Seagrass Rug with a...

... well, a seagrass rug.

I know what you're thinking: "Wow! This is so exciting!  She's so original, so daring!  I love a girl who takes risks like she does." So here's the full story. 

It all started a couple of years ago when Seth's mom gifted us a Pottery Barn seagrass rug she had used for years (although it looked brand new, no kidding).  It was the first rug we ever owned for our place.  Wait a second.  It's still the only rug we have owned our place.  (We need one for the dining room, and maybe the bedroom.  I'm thinking on those...)

The problem started after getting our sofa steam cleaned after its arrival.  The company didn't use drop cloths to prevent the liquid/cleaning solution from spilling all over the rug, so I put towels underneath it to let the seagrass dry while the hardwoods were protected from the moisture.  Unfortunately, seagrass isn't meant to get wet.  The result was this big swerve around the sofa area:

Our seagrass rug after water damage - see the curve?
After months of "the swerve" bothering me, I called the steaming company and asked what they might be able to do.  They sent someone to take pictures and called about a week later.  They're going to replace the full value of the rug!  Wa-hoo!

I've had my eye on a few rugs for awhile.  Like this one from West Elm.

West Elm Zigzag Rug

It's been seen a lot in the last couple of years, like in Ashley Wick's apartment in Lonny Magazine.

Via Lonny Mag

Via Lonny Mag

I want it. But George is now about 90 pounds... and I swear half of that is hair.  American bulldogs are suppose to be light shedders, but it certainly doesn't seem like it.  Our seagrass rug has just about 2-1/2 inches of black trim.  You can clean it one day, and the next it's ready for a new rub-down.  I love George, but I also love this rug.  So he has to go.  Does anyone want this dog?

George on the seagrass... Shedding in his sleep.
Leave a comment below if you're interested in this great specimen of a dog that's keeping me from my rug.  But then again, I'm keeping myself from other rugs I want.  I'm a clutz, so I spill things, and as much as I love this rug it has no chance against my "oh no!" butterfingers and the dirt from the doggies.  Here's just one more I've to considered.  But again, spills and doggie-paw dirt are an issue.

West Elm Andalusia Rug

Emily Henderson used the Andalusia Rug in a recent episode of "Secrets from a Stylist".

Via Emily Henderson
Via Emily Henderson
I love them both, but the seagrass stands the test of time, beauty and dogs.  It should be delivered in about a week, so I'll post a follow-up.

Any experience with seagrass rugs?  Any rug lustin' going on in your parts?  What do you think of the chevron / zigzag and Andalusia rugs from West Elm?  Like 'em?  Think we could keep them clean if I changed my mind?

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  1. We want George!!! I love all of the above rugs. I like seagrass but Ronnie cannot be trusted to not pea on it and leave a nice little stain...

  2. Awesome, Cara. Text me a shipping address. :)

    Get this: There have been more doggie accidents on the seagrass rug than you would ever imagine. Not a single one is visible. :) You just blot the rug to remove the urine, spray Nature's Miracle and let it dry (with paper towels underneath the rug).

    It's known as one of the most forgiving rugs for doggie accidents. :)

  3. Erin! So glad I found your blog! I am obsessed with the DIY rug idea... wherever we move next I am convinced I'll end up doing it for one of our rooms :)

  4. Hi Ericka!

    I've considered DIY'ing one for our dining room... just need to find a good flat-weave rug that's cheap enough to make the project worth it! :)

  5. hi! can you tell me where you ended up getting your new seagrass rug? i have 3 dogs and am so glad to see that Nature's Miracle will work on seagrass! thank you!

    1. I'm so glad this helped Leah! I found the replacement rug at

      It's held up well! And was a great price for a 9x12!

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