One of my most commonly asked questions I get is about the rugs I have in my house.

I have two 9×12 rugs, one in my dining room and one in my family room, and I bought them for under $200 each.

Why buy a cheap rug and not invest in a high-end expensive one?

Two words: children and dogs.

We are just not in the season of life where it makes any sense to invest in a rug! Between food spilling on the one in the dining room rug every meal we eat in there, or a dog ripping up a bag of red velvet cake mix and spilling it all over the one in the family room rug (yup, that happened) – we needed rugs that matched our style, were a versatile color palette, easy to clear and if we ever had to replace them – they wouldn’t break the bank.

Honestly though, after purchasing these and being so happy with them – I’m not sure I will ever be able to rationalize and expensive one!

TIP: I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. I can’t recommend enough sticking with neutrals for the big pieces of your home! It’s much easier to switch out throw pillows, candles, blankets and florals with the seasons or when you get tired of them, than the big investment-pieces of your home. Hence, I stuck with grey/ivory for the rugs in our home!


The disclaimer I would give about these rugs is that they are thin – which is why for the one in the family room, we invested in a large (9×12) carpet pad to put beneath it. It makes it appear much thicker and a lot more comfortable to sit and play on it with the littles.


In the dining room we laid this rug directly on our wood floor. I wasn’t concerned with the cushiness of that rug, since people are typically seated on a chair on it.

TIP: Shop around! These same rugs are sold on Joss and Main, Overstock, Target and Amazon. Look at all those sites and the coupons or sales they may be having at any given time to find the rug you want for the best deal!

Have you found great deals on rugs? Or do you see the benefits in investing in one more pricey? I would love to hear your thoughts on it!


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