While we like our new floors, all that gray can feel a little cold, so we’ve anxiously been anticipating the arrival of the area rug for the great room.
It was ordered and paid for months ago, but Christmas and bad weather delayed it. So when I got the email that it was in and ready for delivery, I was ecstatic. The great room would be complete.
Last weekend after family movie night, the MR and Baby Girl moved the furniture aside, and the next morning I rolled out the rug pads. Then I’d just have to wait for the delivery men, right?
Not so much. When I ordered the rug pad, the company didn’t mention that they would be sending the pad in two pieces–surprise. And when they were packaging up the rug pads, they didn’t tell me that they’d wrapped up one half by itself and the other half with the smaller pad that would be going upstairs.
Let’s just say, it’s a good thing I started early and decided to unroll the pads, find the problem, and lug unwieldy pads up and down the stairs. I got my workout that morning.
Me and the dogs also made the trek to the top of the driveway to set up a sign with our name, address, and an arrow. This has made deliveries so much simpler.
Next thing you know, the delivery men had arrived, unrolled the carpet and I was pleased as could be. About that time, our designer showed up and started measuring and tweaking. The fellows had to roll up the rug, rearrange the pad and move the carpet six inches that way and then two inches this way.
Then this pretty, little woman had those men moving my furniture all back in place. It was totally worth paying to have her come out and be in charge. Too often, I tend to be satisfied with almost right, just to go back and fix it myself later.
Once downstairs was to her satisfaction, we moved upstairs. The MR had said to just have the guys carry the carpet up and that we’d take care of it. But after I saw them make short work of the furniture placement, I decided to let them go to town upstairs, too.
How does it look? I know you’re done reading about movers and want to see pictures. Well, a little carpet can totally pull a room together.
I had a floor plan with furniture placement carefully detailed, but our designer came out and totally fine-tuned the arrangements.
The orange in the carpet is reading brighter than in real life. It’s more of a subdued rust–not anything like the crazy orange flooring we had to live with for a weekend last fall. (Remember Orange is the New Green?)
Here’s a closer look. The carpet adds color and movement.
You may be wondering why we bothered with carpet for the girls’ hangout room. Well, it was a custom carpet requiring an order minimum. After making the rug for the great room, they would have enough leftover for another rug to be made. So we got two for the price of one–sort of. Basically it was going to cost the same no matter what, and this way we’d at least get more for our money.
With all the new furniture downstairs, the hangout room has certainly received an upgrade.
We’re still in the process of deciding whether to keep the undersize leather ottoman or the oversized ottoman that Cocoa ate Skittles on. Maybe we’ll get rid of both and keep the square tables clustered in the middle as a coffee table. The tables are a lot easier to move out of the way for video games and easy to keep clean.
Back in the great room, are we finished? Sadly, no. Take a look at the seating area by the fireplace.
It’s totally lacking in warmth. Maybe I should have picked the darker gray leather for the chairs, but it’s too late now. The pale leather coupled with the light marble is just reading so cold.
I don’t know if we need a runner or a small area rug. We just don’t have a lot of room in this area, and it’s a well-used pathway from our bedroom to the kitchen.
Would a tan rug offer enough color or should I go with something in rust?
And then when the designers came up with the floorplan, I was concerned about the corner between the office and the main seating area. That’s where we now have the swivel chair and hide rug. Well, somehow I overlooked the same empty triangle between the dining room and the great room.
That’s 11-and-a-half feet of empty space–not that every square inch has to be full. But does it look balanced with the rest of the room? I may be moving the flower chair from my room–where it is totally the wrong color–out to this stretch of window.
I could move a few of the plants from one side of the room to the other and fill in a little of the emptiness.
Anyways, as you can see, we still have changes to make. Our designer was telling me they have worked with some clients for over five years just getting all the details in place.
I don’t have the patience for that, but I’m happy with the direction we’re headed.
What do you think of the new rug? How would you warm up the fireplace seating area?