Our New Kitchen Rug (Anyone In The Mood For Scallops?)

Our new kitchen rug has arrived! Yes, it was actually something we ordered online, which is somewhat nerve-wracking since finding a rug for this spot has proven difficult so far (although we have had success with online rug orders before). But based on what we learned from our little rug fashion show, we were pretty confident that we’d figured out the winning formula. At least we were hopeful…

The “winning” rug was actually from Urban Outfitters. The color, pattern, and price were all great – so we thought we’d give it a shot. With a spring discount code they were running, it came to just $69 with shipping – which is obviously a lot cheaper than a 5 x 7′ wool rug, which most likely have been around $125+.

We also thought a flat weave would be better for our kitchen (no worrying about food being mashed into a plush wool rug). And as for why we went with that size, we tried a few different rug sizes before ordering (we have many different sized rugs on hand, and preferred it the most in that space). Anything bigger/wider interfered with the stools being pulled out, and anything shorter/smaller felt oddly tiny – like a bath mat in the middle of the room.

So without further ado – here it is!

We did put a nice thick rug pad under it (from Target for about $30) which not only helps it stay in place (it doesn’t move or slide an inch, even when Clara and Burger are charging around after each other) and it also gives it some nice cushion. We took these pictures just a day after it arrived, so some of the lines from where it was folded are still there – but if it’s like our other flatweaves, those will work their way out as time goes on.

We think it looks pretty darn awesome. It does exactly what we’d hoped (defines the area as a living space without having a color or pattern that’s too demanding – especially since we’ll be adding in more color by painting the stools). The scallop is a nice simple pattern without being too in-your-face (because no one likes an in-your-face scallop…).

See how from the other side of the kitchen it’s really sort of soft and subtle? We just wanted something that didn’t scream “look at me! I’m a rug! Focus all of your attention on me!” and instead just sort of slipped in for a nice layered look. I guess we’d rather gaze at the wall of penny tile or the hallway of frames or the over-sized pendants over the peninsula or the open shelves by the stove – ya know?

And in a weird way, the roundness of the rug pattern kinda echoes the gray penny tile backsplash on the other side of the room – which actually brings some pretty sweet balance to this 25′ looong room of ours:

Kinda penny tile-ish, right?

Another reason we’re happy to have a rug there is to give Clara a little play space. Granted these days a lot of her playing involves running around, but we still find her sitting in this area of the house flipping through a book or dancing to the radio (sometimes while wearing a tutu and three headbands). So it’s nice that the area is soft, but not so plush that we’ve gotta worry about crumbs and junk getting stuck in some dense rug forest.

As for Burger, he doesn’t really care too much about the rug as long as he still has a pillow to curl up on.

So, long rug story short – I think we’re sold. We’ve found our kitchen rug!

We do LOVE a showstopping rug (like the one in our living room and bedroom) but I think this more subtle tone-on-tone guys is just the ticket. And as a little bit of a epilogue to this story, we thought we’d show you one other little update that we made in the dining room – a sort of a mini “Dude Get On That” assignment, if you will. We finally hung the art that I made John for Christmas. Yup, just five months later. Haha. Here it is catching a mad reflection from the front window:

Oh and don’t mind the baggy brown chair covers that are back on our dining room chairs. We put them on when we brought them outside for Clara’s party (for an easy-wash surface to avoid stains) and just have been too lazy to take them off. So yeah, we haven’t even washed them yet. Haha.

Anyway, here’s a better view of the Chrstmas art that we finally got on the wall:

It’s hung right above a little cabinet (it’s actually a nightstand) that we bought from Joss & Main last year that has kinda been floating around the house in various spots for the past six months. Remember we mentioned it here and you got a peek of it here? Well, it seems to keep ending up back on this wall, so for now we’re calling that his home. Can’t guarantee he’ll be there forever though, haha. You know us…

Since the art consists of a bunch of boy scout badges that I scanned, printed, and matted into a grid, I also made a key in a separate frame (to explain that John deserved badges like “Personal Fitness” for being a runner and “Rowing” for taking me kayaking a couple of times – more on that here). So that’s what the smaller frame that you see leaning on the wall below it is all about.

Hmm, I’m not sure how this post went from scalloped rugs to kayaking, but I think you’re all filled in. Next up: a big painted stool reveal. Oh yeah, baby. We’re closer than you think. As in, this is your 24 hour notice. Haha. What have you guys been doing with rugs? Any online ordering? Any searches for something softer that layers into a room instead of a bold guy who becomes the focal point? We can definitely appreciate both approaches to rug hunting, in fact it’s pretty fun to have a few makes-the-room rugs and a few best-supporting-actors, so I recommend a diverse cast of rugs, haha.


    • says

      Side note, since you have a knack for finding the perfect item for a spot maybe you can help me out – I have been searching for new bedding in our bedroom for MONTHS. I’m looking for something bold, in a navy blue or a similar bright/bold blue. I’ve searched all the major home and bed/bath retailers. Have any under-the-radar spots you’ve found bedding?

    • says

      Haha- John’s a scallop person too. I can’t get behind them, but I love me some shrimp or calimari. Oddly enough I’ll even eat sushi of all types, but scallops taste too fishy for me. Probably haven’t had good ones yet…


  1. says

    So far the only rugs we’ve ever owned are handmedowns or $20 IKEA rugs. Now that our cat is older he’s much better about destroying them. He won’t scratch on anything but rugs. We’ve gotten him down to 1 cheap rug. I long for the day when we can buy fancy rugs!

    • says

      Oh man, someday maybe he’ll get tired! Haha. Burger used to “dig” in pillows a lot (picture the frenetic movement a dog makes while digging in the backyard for ten minutes per pillow) and he’s a lot less wired these days. Haha. Still sprints all over, but a lot less pillow-digging!


  2. Virginia McMillen says

    Love the kitchen. Everything looks clean and calm. Where did you get the hot-pink car-thing? I would love to get one for my daughter. It looks sturdy enough to stand up to “The Destroyer”.

    • says

      That was something we found in a local eco shop here called Franklin Goose, but I’ve seen them on amazon.com I think too. The company name is Kid or Kid-O I think. Hope it helps!


  3. Sarah K. says

    I love the rug! Looks great in that space and is just enough pop without being too busy. Thanks for the tip on Urban Outfitters, I have been scouring the internet for budget priced rugs and have been coming up short. We just purchased the Karlstad sofa and a sofa/chaise in the black leather and I am up for a whole room redesign. Rug is my next stop which will then help me chose a new wall color. I am not quite as good as planning as you are, and more decide as I go. Your blog has been a great inspiration and some of my spaces are obvious YHL renderings!

  4. E.Lefebvre says

    Love the rug! It almost looks grey/tan (gran, anyone?) in the pictures. And I love your dining room update!

    I was poking around on Spoonflower today and found this fabric: http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/1204058 It’s called “worm waves,” it’s in your colors… and I immediately thought of Young House Love.

  5. MJ says

    Those little plants you have on the white table are perfect there. Are they live? I’d love to know what they are.

  6. Riki says

    I like it. A lot. I know you’ll probably get a million opinions but really – it totally fits in with the kitchen, looks nicely layered in a tone-on-tone way, and the pattern really suits you guys. Great choice!

    Sherry, in your honour, I found a very handsome lion statue at the Dollarama and painted him white. He’s very regal. :)

  7. mariela says

    I love the rug! I saw it on their website before and liked it!
    I haven’t had much luck with online ordering for rugs. I ordered the West Elm jute chenille herringbone rug and when it arrived, I thought it looked too busy on our small living room. I haven’t decided if we are taking it back to the store or keeping it.

  8. says

    I wouldn’t have thought to look at Urban Outfitters, but they do have some great home stuff. I need to remember that when I’m searching for things!

  9. Sarah says

    I love how the house is coming along. Looks so great and can’t wait to see what you do with the stools!

  10. Emily says

    That looks amazing…I have to admit that I was a little worried when you said “bought it online” but I know that you’ve had good luck. I love what happened.
    It looks like the perf color!
    Congrats on another amazing room. You guys inspire me!

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