Monday, November 23, 2009

Childproof decorating with seagrass rugs


My puppy Moose - one year ago – he looks so innocent here

A year ago I was given three rugs; two seagrass and one sisal. We had just moved into our home and I wasn’t sure how I was going to cover the hardwood floors in the living room, dinning room, and family room. We also welcomed a new puppy into our family and began potty training him AND my son at the same time. Translation – these rugs would really be pushed to their limits. Two big dogs, one busy boy and muddy unfinished landscaping was a recipe for disaster so you can see why I was grateful for the free trail rugs.

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Photo: Cottage Living

After a year of abuse I have come to one conclusion.


I have to admit that Joni’s blog post on Cote de Texas and Lauren’s post on Pure Style Home really helped me sort things out. Not all natural fiber rugs are created equal. My free sisal rug has absorbed every liquid that it has come into contact with. I won’t go into details here – you can use your imagination. This includes cleaning supplies.

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Photo: Cottage Living

Seagrass repels moisture, which means that even a spilled red slurpie won’t soak in while you grab a paper towel; dried applesauce can be vacuumed; and everyday dirt won’t show up on the bumpy textured surface. There is only one thing I don’t like about my rugs and that is the 100% cotton fabric borders. They looked dirty the day they entered my house, and I am not going to scrub my fabric borders, let’s just be honest.


As you can see from the photos, these rugs are also available in custom sizes to fit your room and without the borders. (and you can order it through me if your interested)

costal living

Photo: Costal Living

So now I am about to order wall-to-wall seagrass for my dining room and living room, but am also considering mountain grass, which is a little bit softer then seagrass. I have a sample here and it does feel softer when I test it out against the seagrass. Either way, I don’t think I could find a better looking child and pet friendly floor covering! Can’t wait.


Living It At Home said...

I have a seagrass rug in my living room (you can see it in my Before and After pictures-featured on my side bar-) I love mine. Love the look, the hay scent in the beginning and how it adds texture to my home. My husband doesn't like them, says they are rough on his feet! I want to get more, and just may anyway even with his protests! Love the images of rugs you posted. Your puppy is cute. We have a dog and she is trained, but we have blocked off the living room that has the rug for fear she may think it is grass! She does like to dig on it...

Love your blog too! ~jamilyn

Living It At Home said...

Hi I am back...just wanted to let you know that I mentioned you in my new post "Trim A Tree For Your Table Top and More".

Hope you take a look~jamilyn

Maria Killam said...

That is fascinating!! I'll have to remember that one! Great post!

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Bethany Christensen said...

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