Choosing a white rug isn’t the end of the world

White 8x10 living room rug

It’s always a big deal around our house when we buy a new rug.  It’s even a bigger deal when we buy a white rug.   A few days ago, when we did our mini-purge in the living room, one of the things we got rid of was our old rug under the couch and ottoman.

We loved that rug.  It was grey and had a great geometric design.  But best of all, it felt great under our bare feet with its tall soft nap.  But after 5 years, 2 dogs (and a few accidents), and countless evenings with friends the old 8×10 rug had seen better days.  It was time for a new one.  But our budget wasn’t ready.  So we turned to the Home Depot to see what we could find for $300 or under.

5 white rugs under $300

  1. Evoke Ivory/Blue 8 ft. x 10 ft. Area Rug $200
  2. Elegance Linen 8 ft. x 10 ft. Area Rug $277
  3. Verginia Berber Natural/Black 7 ft. 10 in. x 10 ft. 4 in. Indoor Area Rug – $293
  4. Vennie Shaggy Natural 7 ft. 6 in. x 9 ft. 6 in. Area Rug – $260
  5. Antique Moroccan Beige 7 ft. 10 in. x 10 ft. Area Rug – $279

Ultimately we decided on #5 the Antique Moroccan due to its size and price.  Plus it was so soft and plush it didn’t need any padding to go underneath.  I just love how it brightens up the room, and make the entire place seem bigger and airier.

As for being white – I really don’t worry about that anymore.  It’s not in a high traffic area, the kiddo (or us for that matter) don’t eat in the Living room unless we have company over, and if it does get dirty, a we can quickly go over it with our Dyson cordless vac.  Plus for under $300 bucks, how can you go

Do you have a white rug?  Do you want one?  Why or why not in the comments below.

Furnishing YOUR world

Last weekend my wife and I were just hanging out on the couch – The kiddo was at a play-date, and we were browsing Instagram.  I’m not exactly sure what happened, but she asked me if I still liked this chair we got from Ikea that stands in the corner and is a home for all our extra couch pillows, throws, and blankets.

When we moved in 7 years ago, we had 1 couch, 1 bookcase, 1 TV stand, and a leather ottoman.  It was nowhere nearly enough furniture for our new living room.   We didn’t have a lot of extra money, we had just bought a house for goodness sakes, so we headed to the only place we knew to pick up a few extra pieces.

In the 7 years that passed, I think I sat in that chair exactly once.  One time is all it took.  I hated that chair.  It was funny-looking and completely uncomfortable.  But there it sat, for years in the corner, doing a good job just holding pillows off the floor.

That weekend, we decided to get rid of that chair.  Don’t worry, we didn’t toss it in a landfill, or leave it on the street to get rained on.  I put it on Craigslist and it sold quickly.  We also got rid of the bookcase, and a bunch of other furniture we didn’t love anymore.

Now, we have the same problem in our living room we had when we moved in.  It just looks empty.

But it was lunchtime.  And the kiddo was gone.  So we decided to go out to lunch together.  We headed to a nearby outdoor mall to have a bite at our favorite lunch place.  As we sat eating, there just happened to be a furniture store right next door – Arhaus.

I had heard about Arhaus before – but I wasn’t sure if my wife would like their furniture.  Of course she did – and we both love the Arhaus motto “Furnishing our world”.

We also love the fact that they are partnering with the American Forest Foundation and will plant a tree for EVERY purchase made during their storewide sale.

Arhaus Sectional CouchWhile we were in the store, we both agreed that the Pollack was pretty much the perfect sectional couch. Made in the USA, and with dozens – nay hundreds of fabric options, this square sectional fits in modern to traditional styled homes. Here are some other sectional sofas from Arhaus.


Arhaus MEYER 37" UPHOLSTERED CHAIR IN CHARCOALAs for their sale – they are having an upholstery sale right now where you can save up to 40%.  If you are looking for a sectional, couch, upholstered bed, or in our case a new chair like this Meyer chair, they have some great deals.

We also found a new table to go behind our couch – the Adelade console table.  We both love the double deck-edness of it, and the cool mid-century modern lines.  But while we need a new table behind our couch, we have plans to completely re-do our living room and aren’t sure this will fit in the new design.

Another thing we love about Arhaus is their dedication to responsible and sustainable production.  After some eye candy from their instagram account, check out the infographic with some handy tips about how to make YOUR home more eco friendly.

Eco friendly tips for your home


Buying my first Mid Century Modern Chair

I didn’t think it was possible. It’s like finding a unicorn in the wild.  I mean, I see other people getting lucky, but it never happens to me.  I read other decorating blogs like Manhattan Nest, where Daniel talks about his original Eames Lounge Chair, or how Kim scours flea markets to find and repair the perfect side chair for her living room for only $2.

Those kinds of things never happen to me – until now.

Let me rewind, and start from the beginning.

I am, like many others, and probably like you, a fan of midcentury modern furniture.  Stuff from the Mad Men age.  Things you would probably find in James Bond’s apartment.  Quality pieces made of real materials like leather, woods like Oak and Walnut, and metals like brass and chrome.  Chairs, sideboards, and tables that have stood the test of time.  Things that are essentially impossible to find, and when you do they are crazy expensive.

Just like you, I’m always looking for a good deal, and an amazing find.  I read all these blogs and generally I see a piece, and want to know more about it, I turn to Google and begin a search.  I see photos, and prices, and think I’ll never be able to afford that.  But I’m a fighter, and I never give up (but I’m still not paying full price).  So I’ve come up with a few hacks to search for furniture.  They don’t always work, but when they do, I end up with good deals on things like this Chair.

This particular chair my first one, I discovered on Craigslist – I don’t recall the exact search phase I used, but it was probably something like “wooden chair” or “mid century chair”.  You get the idea.  I had to scroll through several dozen items before I saw the listing for this one.  Past old rickety rocking chairs, cheap looking dorm room furniture, and other rif-raf.

Then I saw it.

I wasn’t looking for any specific brand of chair, just something mostly wood, with some leather, and nice lines.  It’s hard to explain, but you probably know what I’m talking about.

Across the screen was this brown and black chair.  The price was more that I wanted to pay – by a lot.  But I decided to text anyway.  I was surprised when I got a text back that said that the chair was still available, and that the guy could meet in a couple of days for me to take a look.  While I waited for the time to pass, I began my research.

According to the description it was a Marble Imperial Chair.  This was a company that had it’s origins in in 1885 by Barzilla L. Marble (age 12 at the time) who worked as a furniture maker in Bedford Ohio.  In the 1960’s his company merged with Dictaphone and became the Marble Imperial Furniture Company.  They continued to make furniture until 1985.

He texted me back and we set up a time to meet.  Then the day came, but unfortunately I had a conflict come up ( a client who wanted to see a house) so I had to cancel.  The seller told me that he was going to be passing through in my area in a couple of weeks and for me to check back.  I later found out that he was a long haul trucker, and was carrying around this chair for some time in the back of his truck.  This made me worried that it was going to get beat up as he was driving around, but I had to deal with that issue myself.

A week or so later I texted him back, and he said it was still available, but now it was half as much.  I guess he got tired of hauling it around so he lowered the price!  I asked if he was nearby, but he said he wasn’t.  But would be in Austin on Monday.

Monday came, and then my phone buzzed asking if I was available.  We decided to meet at a truck stop off I-35 – kind of shady I know, but I really wanted to see this chair, and now the price was a steal!  So I drove to the truck stop and met the seller.

I knew immediately that this was the real deal.  The chair had original black leather.  The walnut frame was in good shape – not loose, and no major flaws or imperfections.  There were even three original tags on the bottom of the seat as well as some chalk markings.  It was in near perfect condition.  So I haded the trucker the cash, and took the chair home.

I was the proud owner of a Marble Imperial Mid Century modern chair.  My very first piece of furniture that wasn’t from Ikea, or a hand me down from my parents, or something I made in the garage woodshop.  It’s the start of my collection.

Since bringing the chair home I did some more interneting, and found out about the Bedford Historical society, and even a place where I can send in photos and get more infomation about Marble Imperial Chairs – you can bet I did that today.

How did you find your first amazing piece of furniture?  Do you collect Mid century modern chairs?  I want to know!