After Z was born, I started realizing very quickly that our pre-baby furniture, while "cool" and "vintagey", was very uncomfortable. We had converted our dining room into a den, where we sat and watched movies on an old Scandinavian leather couch I found on Craigslist for $100. After baby, getting up off of cool, but low-to-the-ground furniture seemed like torture...not only for us, as parents, but for grandparents who have a primary role in caretaking as well.
So, we decided to give our living room a re-do and invest in a solid, huge couch and go from there. It's a work in progress for sure, but one thing that I knew I needed right away was a rug to lighten some of the earth tones in the room. I have a jute rug, wood floors, and lots of basketry, and bark planters (doesn't everyone?). While white/ cream may not be the first instinct for anyone with kids, I have the benefit of "ignorance is bliss" on my side...my kid isn't a toddler yet, so I get to ignore all practical advice and cling to my can of scotchguard instead.
I had seen a striped dhurrie rug in a design on Pinterest and started researching them. I wanted wool for its durability, but the inexpensive options I was seeing were all synthetic. Somehow, while googling like a mad design person, I came across rugvista.com and couldn't believe the prices. My 8x10' dream, hand woven WOOL rug was $271. Free shipping.
I purchased the rug, neglecting to realize until after I clicked "submit payment" that the company is based in Sweden. I imagined a month long wait for my carpet and resigned myself to my fate of a wait. Four days later (!!!) my rug arrived, via Fedex, beautifully packaged in a box, complete with guarantee as to its handmade-ness.
The rug itself is just what I wanted. It's thick and wellmade, the perfect design, and is ready to trap all the fur from my long-haired black cat.
Check out rugvista.com... I highly recommend them!