{Breakfast Room} Laying Down the Rug

Hello, hello…and Happy Tuesday! I hope all of you had a great weekend. We had a relaxing time, soaking up the sunshine and breaking in our new favorite table. We also got the first thing crossed off the short and sassy Breakfast Room List.

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I had been toying with the idea of a sisal rug, but with the bar chairs and fig tree basket, I worried the room would start to look like a natural fibers convention. Then I fell in love with Megan’s Dash & Albert striped rug, but worried about the thin weave tripping us up on such a high-traffic area.

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Then the glorious and dreaded email from West Elm arrived, with 15% off all rugs, and I was powerless against the alluring link. The Ikat Links Rug sang to me, and I am smitten with how she looks in this room! The new wall color is the exact shade of icy gray I wanted. But while it’s great in the Kitchen, the Breakfast Room translates it a little too blue. The charcoal in this rug tones that down, I think, and coordinates with the gray walls in the adjoining Den.

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It’s super cushy underfoot and doesn’t flip up or slide around (even without a rug-pad). A scrunched up rug drives me bonkers, and I certainly don’t need more triggers. The pattern is contemporary, without looking trendy, and the colors are subtle and neutral. I could seriously put it in any room in my house.

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It’s crazy how simply adding a rug helps to define the space and give the room it’s own weight. Wow, that window looks really naked now! Here’s a refresher of the room with no rug…

And After…

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And one more Before…

 And After….Better, yes?

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That was an easy enough project, since all I had to do was pull out my credit card and bat my eyes at Mr. Sugarplum to swing by the store. But it counts, and I get to mark it off The List! Did you get anything crossed off your list this weekend?

* Add drapes, hang them high and wide to really showcase the window
* Add rug to define the space and bring more color
* Finish painting the chairs
* Do something to the Fig basket so it’s not so matchy with the bar chairs
* Consider amping up the drum shade

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  1. René wrote:

    Natural fibers convention – ha! Great choice Cassie! It looks perfect!

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  2. Lori wrote:

    The rug looks great and it really grounds that area of the kitchen. Beautiful!

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  3. Jenna wrote:

    I got that e-mail from West Elm too and it was sooo tempting, but choosing a rug makes me seize up with indecision… sigh.

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  4. Looks fabulous!

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  5. Such a pretty rug. I have been eyeing that but hadn't seen it anyone's space yet. It really does define it. So pretty.

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  6. I love it! Looks so fresh and clean. I wish we had hard wood floors or tile throughout my flat. The downsides to renting. Bleh!!

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  7. Love the new rug Cassie! You are right, it is neutral enough to fit into any space in your home. Love!

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  8. Great addition! I love the ikat and it really anchors the room!

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  9. Oooo… Great pattern and color, love the addition!

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  10. Those dang sale e-mails are like the devil aren't they?! SOOOOO hard to resist! The new rug looks great and 15% off is pretty sweet. I did some organizing this weekend – it was fun (insert sarcasm) but it was necessary.

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  11. Tiffany wrote:

    That rug looks great and what a deal!

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  12. Simply LKJ wrote:

    Been eyeing that same rug! It is gorgeous. Perfect for that space.

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  13. Love the rug in the room! Great choice of color. I have an ikat rug in my breakfast room, too and love it. It is amazing what little things like that can do for a room.

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  14. Gorgeous rug, as always an inspiration!! Keep going your list is getting smaller 🙂

    Andrea xo

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  15. three cheers for the awesome new rug!

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  16. Love that rug! If West Elm made it in a 9×12 I would totally ut it under my dining table instead of the one I have now that sheds. shedding + food = gross, just fyi:)


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  17. Alexa wrote:

    You can't help but bow down to West Elm when they have a sale!!!

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  18. Pamela R wrote:

    What a beautiful rug! I love how much it does help define the space and softens it! Excellent choice!

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  19. Looks great, I love that rug! In fact I almost got it myself. I had been waiting for a rug sale, we got a jute one for the dining room. Who can resist 15% off!

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  20. Michaela wrote:

    Ah…it looks great in there!! The pop of pink in the chairs is so you…just perfect 🙂

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  21. Love the rug! It's gorgeous!

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  22. Heather wrote:

    You are right; the rug really does ground that area better. The "natural fibers convention" reference cracked me up. Oh, and I was so out of it that I was confused and that you expanded the window too. Then I realized it was from two different angles, thus different windows. Ha.

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  23. I'm thinkin' that rug is poyfect for our bedroom -I'm between that & the satara lattice (grey/turquoise) on Rugs USA. What size is yours, praytell?

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  24. Hi Eileen! This rug is 5×8!

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  25. Allyson wrote:

    I'm curious how soft this rug is. I'm looking for something for our family room that everyone can feel comfortable sitting on. I'd appreciate your thoughts on this!

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  26. Allyson wrote:

    I'm curious how soft this rug is. I'm looking for something for our family room that everyone can feel comfortable sitting on. I'd appreciate your thoughts on this!

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  27. Hi Allyson! The rug is very thick and soft underfoot. I think it'd be great in a family room!!

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  28. J-Mac wrote:

    I LOVE this rug and I've been thinking about purchasing it for my living room. My husband is crazy about rugs that shed and his one request is no shedding. Does this rug shed? How bad is it?

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    • Hi J-Mac! I did not notice any shedding! And since it's under our Breakfast Room table, I don't get to vacuum the whole thing often, but I've never seen pilling. It's a great rug…and on sale right now, too!!

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  29. J-Mac wrote:

    I love this rug and I've been considering it for my living room. My husband is really adamant we get a rug that doesn't shed. Does this one shed? If so how bad and for how long?


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