Our Large, Layered Area Rug For Less

Somewhere along the line, we decided we wanted to use green as our accent color in the living room. I’ve had the pillows in the photo above for a while now. The ones with the white fern leaves on them came from a flea market. I paid $7.00 for the pair. The long, lumbar-shaped one came from the Pottery Barn outlet outside of Atlanta for $10.00. It’s one of my favorite things in the whole house. I love that “Medici” patterned fabric! The off-white colored throw blanket was a gift from our real estate agent, and the sofa and chair-and-a-half came from a furniture liquidator here in Alabama. We were ecstatic to find both pieces of furniture for $900. They are covered in a velvet-like fabric, which is exactly what I was searching for at the time, but I didn’t know if that was possible for under a grand. (Thank you Total Liquidation in Montgomery!) But for the past couple of years, the one thing we’ve been trying to find is a good-looking, inexpensive area rug. Unfortunately, the words “inexpensive” and “area rug” don’t often seem to go hand in hand.

But as of last weekend, I’m happy to report our rug search has finally ended! We were at a flea market here in Prattville, shopping for some things for a client. I shop a lot slower than Kevin, so he was a couple booths past me when I heard him say “Lay? Do you like this rug? “. At this point in our relationship he seems to have a very good grasp on whether or not I’ll like something or not, so I was very excited to check out what he had found. When I rounded the corner and saw him standing there with the green and tan, stylized floral rug draped over his shoulder, I swear I heard angels singing. :-) The only problem was, it was a 5′ x 8′ rug, and I really wanted an 8′ x 10′ rug. Our coffee table is pretty big, and I didn’t want the rug to look too small underneath it.

For some reason, it seems like when you go from a 5×8-sized rug to an 8×10-sized rug, the price jumps up significantly. But I loved the 5’x 8′ rug Kevin had found so much, that I decided to borrow an idea I had seen somewhere, at some point, while obsessing over all things interior.
I decided to use our large, inexpensive 6′-7″ x 9′-10″, “Dragor” area rug from Ikea (that we had previously been using in our dining room) on the bottom, and the 5’x 8′ rug Kevin found for $39.99 on top…

I love the layered effect the two rugs creates. And because the bottom one is actually an indoor/outdoor synthetic rug, it’s super durable, which is always a good thing when it comes to rugs. (It’s reversible too!)

Today, I saw this similar version of our $39.99 rug on RestorationHardware.com for $1299.00:

Boy do I feel like we got a heck of a deal now!

Have you purchased any inexpensive look-a-likes lately? I’d love to see and hear about your frugal finds too!

Layla :-)

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  1. Tina says

    I see your puppy sitting on top of the couch. Our little chi loves to sit in the same place;) So cute.

  2. Wendy says

    I love the sage big floral area rug that you showed above. where did you get it? I would love to have one.