Inexpensive Area Rug Sources

I talked about area rugs a couple of weeks ago when I posted about decorating a rental and then received a handful of questions about where to find inexpensive ones. And then this post was born :-)

Area rugs have such a huge impact on a room and they’re so flexible. We’re currently switching around a couple of rugs in our house giving a couple of rooms a whole new look without spending a dime. They don’t have to cost a fortune either. One of my favorite tricks for rooms with a lot of traffic (ie eating areas, family rooms) or where you need to cover a large space, is to use indoor/outdoor rugs. They’re less expensive and softer than you’d think. If you want a super soft surface you can just layer a smaller, rug on top of it. I talked about rug layering here.

Here are my go to sources for inexpensive area rugs.


Target Rugs


Overstock rugs

World Market

World Market Rugs

 Pier 1 Imports

Pier1 area rugs


Ikea rugs


Wayfair rugs

You can also find some great deals at Homegoods, as well as flash sale sites like One Kings Lane and Joss and Main. You have to be quick to snag them up though! What are your favorite sources for inexpensive area rugs?

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Nursery Fabric Decisions

Thank you everyone for your feedback on the fabric for the girls’ nursery curtains! My favorite, as well as readers favorite was #9 from Carousel Designs.


Unfortunately when I got the swatch in, it was much MUCH brighter than I thought it would be (that’s why you should always order a swatch!). The colors are muted online but they will be way too loud for our house. We have subtle blues, grays, and neutrals throughout and I’d like to continue that in the nursery as well, but make it a little girlier.

I do love the idea of a blue background instead of white; and as one reader pointed out, blue is kind of unexpected in a girls nursery. So I took another fabric shopping trip to our local Joann’s Fabric and found a few more I liked. I ended up taking home a swatch of this one.


I love the gold tones and cute polka dots, I was thinking of incorporating them somewhere in the nursery, so this works out perfect. What’s also perfect is that it was on sale for $7.79/yd! Decision made!

We’re also going to add white pompoms like these to the inside trim to make it feel more like a little girls room.


I really like the look of layering window treatments. Not only does it give you different lighting options, it just makes a room feel more complete. I’m thinking about bamboo shades to block out light for nap time as well as to add in some natural texture.

Twins nursery windows

What do ya’ll think? I’m putting together a design board for the rest of the room which I’ll be sharing soon!

Decorating a Fireplace Mantel

Unfortunately we don’t have a fireplace, or a mantel.”Next house” as my husband and I say. But those of you who do, I hope you’re taking full advantage of the styling opportunities! With fall and Christmas coming, it’s a perfect time to be on the look out for seasonal decor for your home. I did a Christmas mantel post here for ideas.

The key to decorating a mantel, shelves, a table, dresser, etc. is to vary and layer. Start with large items, vary their position and size, then layer in smaller items. Be sure to vary colors and textures too, while still keeping the overall theme of your home in mind. Mix shiny glass objects with woven baskets or natural plants.







For inspiration I popped into Pier 1 Imports (you all know that place is impossible to stay out of this time of year!) Here are a few items to look for:

Focal Item

Start with this, something larger to catch your eye. Great ideas for this is a piece of art or a mirror.

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Tall objects

Next add tall objects: vases, bowls, lanterns, sculptures, etc. It’s great to mix different textures and heights.

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Filler/Small Objects

Last add smaller objects: frames, collectibles, as well as natural items like branches and plants. The key here is balance. Don’t go too overboard or it will look cluttered.

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The #1 rule for styling anything is that there is no rule: just PLAY with it! Once you place something, step back and look at it, move it or don’t. Just go with your instincts. I recently unpacked my decorative items to restyle my living room shelves and moved probably every item on the shelves before they found their final resting place. And then I came back the next day and rearranged a little more just because. Have fun with it and don’t over think it!

Other great sources for decorative items are Target, Homegoods, and of course you can always score unique finds at thrift stores.