Thursday, October 11, 2012

In the Nursery: On the Floor

So I took your advice and got some professional help - for window treatments, that is.  The very patient (I went through about 20 different variations with her before deciding!) Janine of Tonic Living helped me sort it all out and the window dressings are being made right now.  Woo-hoo.   I went with this coral suzanni fabric - I can't wait to get it!


Since I went with such a vibrant pattern on the windows, Ive ruled out a busy pattern for the rug.  Which is leaving me a bit limited in my choices.  This coral striped rug has always been the front runner but its still out of stock.  The estimated in stock date keeps getting pushed so I'm not sure I want to risk it.


Another alternative is this pink bubbles rug which just happens to be the perfect size and at a great price point - but I'm not sure if its too pink to work with the coral shade of the drapes.

So now I'm thinking maybe I should just go with a plush ivory rug like a lambswool or thick shag like in these inspirational baby spaces. 

images via decor pad, domino via a list baby

And of course there is always the possibility of stenciling my own rug using the perfect paint shade but I dont think I have time or energy for that right now.


Im kinda digging this faux fur pelt rug.  At just $83 bucks, its kind of hard to resist.

What do you think??





62 comments:

  1. Janette@The2Seasons9:25 AM

    You might not want to invest a lot in the rug because "things happen" in nurseries.  I would go with something soft, but not so expensive that you will be heart-broken if/when stains start appearing.  The curtain fabric is fantastic.

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  2. Totally agree with that. (Actually Im not into expensive rugs even for adult spaces - they just get too much abuse to invest in)  You'll notice all of these options are on the cheaper side. 

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  3. Stefanie9:35 AM

    I love the idea of a plush white rug, but I also think a subtle gray might work, not sure how you would feel about that. I'm thinking this one from Urban Outfitters, and you can't beat the price! http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=20659470&parentid=A_RUGPILCUR 

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  4. I agree with Stefanie about gray. I think it would look really nice with what you have going in there.

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  5. Wendy - Old Town Home9:47 AM

    I don't have a baby, but would hesitate purchasing something that's white/cream and not easy to clean or throw in the washer. To Janette's point, I would expect that "things happen." :-) My vote would be something soft, inexpensive, and washable.

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  6. Catherine9:55 AM

    If you really want the coral striped rug.. I say wait for it!
    I know, as new mothers, we want everthing perfect and done before baby's arrival..(i've been there!) but think about it.. it will be a few months before baby can even enjoy the rug! Love is all she'll need!

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  7. Patti9:59 AM

    I think the lambswool idea, perfect for the nursery! Soft and sweet, like a nursery rhyme and would offset the strong colors you have going on nicely.

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  8. I know everyone is different but Im one of those people that would not be comfortable waiting until Im going to be a lot busier and more stressed to finish doing something I can do now.

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  9. It doesn't matter what rug I get, Im not going to be able to throw it in the washing machine anyway. Ill just keep it on the cheaper side and spot clean as needed.

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  10. Thats a fun rug but I think its too much going on with the suzanni print. Of course I love gray but I dont think it works that well with the ivory/white/coral and navy I have going on. I could add aqua as an accent but I figure the babys stuff will have plenty of other colors going on, I dont need to add anymore.

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  11. serendipity ... i just picked out that same fabric (in gray) for our basement curtains but have been hesitating because i have no idea what the scale will be like and how they will look. now i get to see your finished product! so, yay! ;o) as far as rugs go ... yes, "things happen" in baby rooms. however, i never put my kids straight on their rugs. i always put a blanket down first. a) i didn't want my babies on the floor with dust and where bare feet and kitty paws had walked, and b) things happen in nurseries and i wanted to be able to just wash a blanket vs clean a rug. both kids had braided rugs in their rooms so they were soft yet nothing little could get lost in pile and become a choking hazard when they finally found it. can't wait to see what you pick out - and how those curtains turn out!

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  12. Katy M10:28 AM

    I second that it should be soft on baby's skin and not too much for you to care for and worry about.  I like the bubbles rug!  We had a nice beige wool rug in the nursery and it was great for when baby is learning to sit up and crawl - if they topple over there was plenty of cushion for the noggin.  But it held onto too much dust and pet hair, even after vacuuming it well, so we switched it out for one of the Urban Outfitters cotton rugs and a rug pad and are very happy with that.  We then bought several more UO rugs for the playroom.  Somehow them being cotton makes me feel better and I will not cry if they don't make it. 

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  13. Jessica Garvin10:39 AM

    Love all of your choices so far!! We went with this totally affordable faux sheepskin rug from HDC and it seriously rocks my world! It is also the perfect back drop for adorable baby pics! Pictures & link are both in my girl's nursery here!
    http://littlebabygarvin.blogspot.com/2012/02/nursery-tour.html
     

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  14. Kate955510:45 AM

    I think it won't be the end of the world if the striped rug doesn't get to you in time- betcha 10 bucks the baby won't notice. You should go with what you love, even if it means waiting longer. Money spent on second best is money wasted. Love the fabric, by the way!

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  15. erlfisher10:48 AM

    The coral rug is beautiful and totally worth waiting for! I know that nesting instinct is super strong right now, but everything doesn't have to be done right this second. You have done an amazing job so far!

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  16. Not the pink rug, stay with coral. Imho, the pink won't work with the coral, it will look off.

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  17. Kim Carter Taveroff10:53 AM

    I can understand wanting to get everything complete *while you still can*, but honestly, if you love the stripped rug I would wait for it. It will always be the one you wanted, the one that got away. Honestly, newborns don't really creat all that much chaos, so once you get settled things will probably be a lot less crazy than you expect...once they are a little older that's another story. 

    My daughter is 2 now, and we've had to clean both types of diaper accidents off the floor inb the past and I haven't had any problem getting it out of the carpet. I have 2 dogs, so I have stuff to clean up dog accidents on hand already, and it works a charm.

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  18. Im not in love with the striped rug - definitely not enough to wait until after. I know the baby wouldn't care either way but it would annoy me.

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  19. Yep, thats what Im thinking. The suzanni is more on the pinkish side than your typical coral but it would look a bit off.

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  20. Im sure the baby wouldn't care if we put her in a cardboard box but it would make me feel better to have these things done beforehand. Its all about me :) hehee

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  21. Your nursery is beautiful! Using it as a photo prop would be a nice plus.

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  22. I think a fur or plush white rug would look amazing! We have always had a lambs wool rug in our nursery and it's worked out great! 6 years later and we are putting it in our new little ones room too (due feb). I'm not liking the bubble rug...LOVE the curtain material and can't wait to see the finished product. Your nursery is gorgeous!!!

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  23. Loving the simiplicity of the faux fur pelt rug.  Ix-nay on the bubble rug in this room, I say. :)  Too pinky.  LOVE the curtain fabric!  Love watching this all come together. :)

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  24. Brittney12:01 PM

    I love the coral stripe rug. Dang backorder! I think the faux pelt rug would be really cute. Just make sure that it is machine washable. If you lay the baby down on it, she will definitely spit up on it.

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  25. ramblingrenovators12:02 PM

    Ohmigosh your curtains are going to look so amazing! Love that suzani against a navy wall! For the rug I would do something that "goes" but doesn't "match". The bubbles are bit matchy and a bit too pinky. Something with a nice high pile for soft baby knees would be good. Here's a few that could work:
    http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Hand-woven-Blue-Wool-Benardos-Rug-36-x-56/6562074/product.html
    http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Handmade-Light-Blue-Ivory-Dhurrie-Wool-Rug-4-x-6/5962972/product.html
    http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Handmade-Moroccan-Blue-Grey-Wool-Rug-3-x-5/7153892/product.html

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  26. stephanie corder12:14 PM

    I  like the stripes with the suzani...  Actually, just yesterday I used a similar rug in a nursery mood board I made: 
    http://geniusobviously.blogspot.com/2012/10/dont-freak-out-mom.html
    It's from Land of Nod and the stripes are thinner, but the color looks decently close.  And!  It's not too expensive... http://www.landofnod.com/big-band-rug-pink/f10958#

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  27. Joanne B.12:16 PM

    LOVE that fabric and love how this room is coming together!  I am 56 (my excuse for old fuddy duddy way of thinking) and when you said navy and coral for a baby's room I thought to myself, "She's crazy!"  NOW I think you are brilliant and wished I would have stepped out of the box when doing my now 21 year old's baby room!  I love the striped rug on back order, and I also suggest you wait for it.  The baby won't know and some things are just worth waiting for!  If you could wait 9 months for the perfect baby, waiting a bit for the perfect rug will be a cakewalk.  Call me an old fuddy duddy again, but I DO have to snicker if you THINK you will be hung up on getting the perfect rug after the baby is here and so just want to do it now!  Getting a rug will move down on the list of things to do and you will stress out about showering! THAT will soon become the highlight of the day! Trust me- ordering that rug and having it arrive eventually will be a nice surprise to wait for! ANd it will become your motivation to try to get in that shower before you have to open the door for the UPS guy!   Beaultiful room!  Best wishes for a heathy, beautiful baby!

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  28. Megan Desroches12:17 PM

    I love the coral striped rug! (When I followed your link to the coral rug, it showed 25 in stock. Am I missing something?)
    Mess does happen, but an absolutely fantastic product I use is Folex stain remover for carpets. My daughter's nursery has a light aqua rug, and it removes spit-up stains and much worse like a champ! I feel better about aggressive stain removal on lighter rugs, it seems they are less likely to fade and get spotty than dark ones.

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  29. Elizabeth12:32 PM

    LOVE the white faux fur rug...I think it ties in nicely with the book/library feel, but is chic enough for a little girl's room. Plus at that price? Grab 2 in case one gets ruined!

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  30. I love the idea of using the white faux rug! it still adds a "pop" of sorts because it is different, and the texture makes it stand out. i think if you get something too wild in the pattern category, you might regret it after a while. plus, i would stick with the same color if you can! Love the fabric you picked for the window treatments. I need professional help too! :)

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  31. I have gained a lot while reading your blog. I will definitely share this information with my friends.
    Thanks for sharing.
    how do i get a loan

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  32. The 5x8 is out of stock. They might have other sizes in stock.

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  33. Thats exactly why I dont want to wait. I just want to have certain things done and dusted way before we bring baby home. I know Ill have other things on my mind then.

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  34. Angela12:49 PM

    I like the faux pelt rug. They’re really soft and comfortable for belly time on the floor and  they also make  good photo props.  

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  35. Very pretty! Im hoping for something a little more plush than the dhurry type rugs but this color might work very well. Plus its in a great size too.

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  36. I think you might be able to get away with a really plush rug like that faux pelt. I had a cream-colored flotaki runner in the entryway of my old apartment and it held up beautifully despite taking a much worse beating than my son's nursery rug ever has.

    You might also want to consider a faux pelt with some pattern (maybe a little cream/grey faux zebra if it exists affordably somewhere other than my mind) to help hide any small stains. We have the IKEA Eivor Cirkel in my son's room which is cream with loosely concentric navy circles.  It's held up pretty well over the last 15 months.  If I look closely, there are a few subtle stains, but the pattern really helps hide them.

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  37. I would keep looking and wait for the perfect rug, and in the mean time put the faux fur pelt down. When you find the perfect rug, the faux fur will look really nice on top of it. (Ikea sells them for less, I think...last I saw they had some nice gray ones too)

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  38. YAY ! for faux fur pelt rug.  and I totally agree with Wendy on something soft, inexpensive, and washable. ;)

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  39. Marnie2:14 PM

    Love the idea of the pelt rug!

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  40. Nicole2:49 PM

    I have a wool rug in my 8 week old's nursery- I love it. My only complaint is that it gets matted rather quickly and makes for an unplesant aesthetic, so I'm constantly "fluffing" it back to life. I'm with you on not waiting for the coral stripe- get as much done as you can now. The last thing you want to be thinking about when you get that little one in your arms is the rug. I can't wait to see the finished product (baby and nursery)!

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  41. I think you're going to want something lower pile on the floor of the nursery.  And easier to clean.  Babies can be awfully messy.     And drooly.  And they will inevitably try to eat the rug.  I put down a rag rug in Madeleine's nursery, which worked well, because it was washable.  

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  42. Fur pelt!

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  43. Kendra8:00 PM

    LOVE the faux pelt!! And an amzing price. It might also look good on top of a larger sisal.

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  44. Zebedee9:25 PM

    Love your colour choices but am disappointed that you are ruling out the bubbles! There will be a lot of distance between window and floor and the 'layering' of colour will be subtle. Some of those spots are definitely coral, just less intense. As for plush rugs, yuk, sick soaks into places you can't see and baby gets fibres wrapped in his little fists then puts his fist in his mouth. Don't go there! (mother of three)

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  45. Actually there is almost no distance between window treatment and floor. The room is quite small.

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  46. susan starkey9:36 PM

    When I needed a fluffy white rug for our guest room, I went to Target and bought the largest size flokati-looking bath mat I could find. It was about 60 dollars-ish and it CAN go in the wash-and it does, because my dog, Boomer, loves it like his long lost lover :)

     I like your faux-pelt best.

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  47. Eva Stephen1:36 AM

    I like the rug style with pink bubbles. Plus for nurseries the white softy rugs are always in vogue.

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  48. Eva Stephen1:36 AM

    I like the rug style with pink bubbles. Plus for nurseries the white softy rugs are always in vogue.
     

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  49. Ann @ wallsofwhite.blogspot9:15 AM

    Hi! Great progress! I like the shag, soft on the feet and a nice neutral to ground the space. I have one in our nursery, just an ikea lambskin over a storage ottoman to temper the print. But so soft, baby would love crawling on it. Also I think they're pretty easy to spot clean, esp if you go faux. And the shag hides stains with the texture and natural shade differences anyways. I say the shag gets my vote! I would get whichever you choose earlier though so you can vac enough times before baby is crawling around in the event any rug sheds. Better in the vac!

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  50. Love the curtain...get the plush because it will look fabulous!

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  51. The faux rug is sweet but never, ever buy real fur especially when you are a style maker.

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  52. Elizabeth O1:14 PM

    If your budget allows do both and layer the faux on the stripe when it arrives.  I love the stripe on rug with the the suzani.  Are you working the navy in with the bedding? Gray could be a nice additional color.

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  53. Megan Desroches2:13 PM

    Oops. Of course. I love how the nursery is coming together and look forward to seeing your final decision!

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  54. I think the curtains will be great, very cheery but sophisticated. I think that the floor for a nursery should be free of rugs. Babies crawl and put things in their mouths. A bare floor is much easier to keep clean and sanitary. Also rugs out-gas chemicals. I would opt for a natural sheepskin rug as a accent. 3 Corner Field Farm in upstate NY has a stand at the Union Sq Greenmarket on Wednesday. She sells beautiful sheep and lamb skins. Natural wool is not germ friendly and is soothing for babies to rest on. Here is the link to the farm: http://www.dairysheepfarm.com/sheepskins.html

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  55. We used a plush cream rug from Target in our nursery and it has been awesome.  It matches anything and it's comfortable to sit and crawl around on.  We just bought a faux sheepskin rug from IKEA and our daughters obsessed with that now, carrying it around the house like it's a blanket!  http://offboulevard.com/house-tour-2/

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  56. Definitely the faux fur pelt rug.... nice texture without adding busy-ness or clashing. I love it.

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  57. Diana_jade_ro3:26 AM

    I've been a lurker for a long time. First: congatulations! Second: why not buy two runners in the striped variety, and either just pull them together, or sew them together? I've done this with some more patterened rugs, and it's invisible (the seam, I mean) if you don't know about it. And, two runners in the 2'6"x8' are cheaper than the 5x8'! Or maybe it's just a stupid idea...

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  58. I think you're right about the pink rug not being quite right with the coral window treatments...what about a deep navy blue & white stripes to go with the walls? Otherwise, my vote goes to the ivory rug!

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  59. Julie Molliver12:41 PM

    I have those same curtains from Tonic Living in the gray color.  Love it!
    http://forhomeandgarden.blogspot.com/2012/03/shared-bedroom.html

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  60. Dash and Albert has some great striped rugs, in coral and white too I believe! And as a sort-of outdoor rug, it will take to spills easily. Though not crazy plush.

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  61. Sellingthesouth9:42 PM

    I clicked on the link for the rug and it says 25 available....

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  62. Not in the size I need.

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