A Fun Pink Polka Dot Rug For The Playroom

You’ve heard of rolling out the red carpet, but what about the pink one? It’s Clara’s favorite color, and a nice warm tone (after filling most of the house with cool blues, greens, and grays, it’s nice to bring in some warm tones to balance things out). Plus the way the playful dots in the rug mix with the bold colors in Clara’s big girl bedding = almost more fun than my brain can handle. In person it’s even more happy! Seriously. Come over right now.

As for the price? Pretty darn hard to beat. We’ve had our eyes peeled for a while for something that would work with the blanket and general color scheme that we’re doing in there (red + pink with a lot of other pops like navy, yellow, teal, etc) but everywhere we looked (local decorating outlet, Overstock.com, Target, etc) was selling larger 7 x 9′ rugs for around $400-700, which was a little more than we wanted to spend. We even tried craigslist and ebay to no avail.

So we held out and kept looking and finally spotted this 7′ x 9′ guy for $236.95 (marked down from $629) on Joss & Main. It’s 100% wool, hand tufted, and the gradated color and fun imperfect dots that appear to be drawn on just felt so “Clara” to us. So we went for it. Not gonna lie, I was giddy when we clicked that order button. Especially since they were running a free shipping special (shipping fees can really add up on a big item like a rug).

Then after clicking that order button all giddiness subsided and we did that thing where we silently freak out about ordering a rug sight unseen. But since it worked out so well with our living room rug, we just tried to hope for the best.

Then it arrived and this happened:

Apparently rugs are fun even before they’re unrolled in the room.

Then when Clara was napping we finally got to see it in her big girl room/playroom. This space definitely started out super tame with very soft milky-tea colored walls…

… and now it’s looking pretty crazy-pink thanks to the bedding and the rug…

… but we think once we add in the art, curtains, new light fixture and other items that will break the pink up and balance things out (there will definitely be a large object or two on the rug and we’re thinking about navy for some of the frames and maybe even the light fixture). Remember how the middle makes no sense? Well I’m crazy impatient. Haha. Can’t wait to see it after a few more steps!

In the meantime we’re soaking up some of the plushness and pattern (polka dots + a gradient!) that the rug adds. Most of our rugs are the same tone throughout, so we’ve never had one that gets darker as you step into the room.

The polka dots are definitely my favorite part though. No doubt.

Are you guys ordering any rugs online and holding your breath until they come? Are you working on a room that’s only about 20% done so you’re in that giddy-can’t-wait-for-this-to-come-together stage like us? It’s so funny how this room has been a pretty even combination of paint, furniture we already had, craigslist finds, and now there’s a new rug in the mix. Gotta love a smorgasbord…


  1. Whitney says

    By the way- when are you going to do another event at Joss and Main? Also I just was on there website and it looks like Clara’s throw and C pillow- or something very similar are being featured there again.

  2. Kris says

    Clara’s room is looking great. Joss & Main grabbed my attention at the end of 2012, and I ordered the Fisher in 8 x 10, and we couldn’t be happier. The stripes are happy, the colors are perfect, the size has created a cozy space for us to nestle

  3. Patty says

    Is the back of Clara’s bedspread knitted? Or is that a throw gracing the last photo? Or is it just a knit-inspired print?

  4. says


    I’ve never been a pink fan til our daughter was born, but her coloring is perfect for pink clothes. She just shines in it.

    We’re looking for a rug for our living room as she’s eager to move and groove. Yet, we’ll be moving in the summer, so it’s hard to spend money temporarily. We’ve thought about a carpet remnant, too.

    Any thoughts are welcome from anyone!


  5. lindsay says

    Looks so good! We recently decided to convert a former-bachelor’s second-living-room/cigar-room into a dining room (his idea, I swear). We have a dining room table we inherited but its small for the space and we’re at a loss with how to utilize the whole room. Last night I told him I was going to pray John and Sherry would announce that they are again doing mood-boards for blog-followers! haha. Best thing i’ve learned from you guys is not to rush into buying ‘stuff’ to fill a room, but rather to be patient and only get something if you LOVE it!

  6. Rosemary says

    I’m so bummed to be missing your event in NYC tonight! Enjoy the big city – hopefully the rain will stay away for you. I’ve been loving your book! Hopefully I’ll catch you on another stop. I’ve been trying to figure out how I could go, but I can’t miss my first class tonight. :(

  7. Candice says

    I ordered a pink Turkish overdyed patchwork rug online.. I was nervous about everything from the size to the color but thrilled when it arrived. I live with my twin sister, so a pink living room rug is perfect for us!

  8. says

    Asymmetrical rugs are so fun. The dots are cool. I wish Joss & Main shipped to Canada. They have some real gems up right now. The rugs here in Halifax seem to all be overpriced. We need a pretty big one, so to get it full-price would be a bit of a stretch. I’m on the hunt!

    • Lisha says

      I just bought a rug off RugsUSA – it was the only place I could find reasonable shipping to Canada after extensive internet research. They also have crazy sales on regular basis. I paid under $200 for an 8×10 cotton rug including shipping! Hasn’t come yet, so I can’t speak to the quality, but I’m excited.

  9. says

    I wish I didn’t share a room with my Fiance because I would love, love, love that bed! Its so sweet!
    Kate at ummmnowwhat.blogspot.com

  10. Mel says

    Love how it’s all coming together! Is it weird that I’m the most excited to see what curtains you chose? Wish I could see you tonight in NYC, I’m a train ride away in Bayonne today but the RSVP list was closed by the time I got to it. Ack! Have a great time in the mild (ish) weather up here!!

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