In which we look at WAY too many rugs and a few duvet covers

Because we chose such a saturated color for the walls in the captain’s bedroom, we knew that some of the accessories would need to be a bit more neutral. When it came to choosing a rug and a duvet cover, which we did simultaneously, it meant that one could have some green (and maybe other colors) and one would need to stay in the white/gray/black range.

With that in mind, I started my search looking for a rug that had some pop. But, guys, rugs are hard! Or maybe we’re picky? It seems like very few rugs walk the line between “boring one color” and “OMG PATTERN AHHH!” We wanted something in between. Something with some interest. My green rug searches were not delivering that balance so I asked Rugs Direct to show me black/gray options. It responded with more than 3,500 options, and I was like “game on.” Wait, first I was like “I need to get some wine and get comfortable, then game on!” Here were some of the top contenders that I pinned to remember.

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Surya – Gemini from Rugs Direct

When this beauty popped on the screen angels sang. Those tones! That organic texture! It’s BEAutiful! Then I noted the price: $2,500 for an 8′ x 11′ WHAT?! Sure, it’s a gorgeous rug and I’m willing to pay for things of beauty, but for a space like a guestroom that was already blowing the miniscule budget we set, this just wouldn’t fly.

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Safavieh – Retro from Rugs Direct

This one caught my eye for the same reason. Nice tones, a distinct pattern that was interesting, but not too loud. I also liked the organic nature of the design. An 8 x 10 was available for $447, which fit in our imaginary “$500 for a rug” budget for this space.

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Surya – Contempo from Rugs Direct

Another nice, subtle pattern that had more of a dark edge to it.

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Shaggy 3D Gray Area Rug from Wayfair

Much darker, but a thick rug that would surely make guests feel at home.

At some point, Aaron joined in the search. He has accounts for several flash sale sites and he perused the options while I turned my attention to the duvet cover. I don’t remember why, but my first stop was Society 6. Again, I searched through pages of options, pinning a few standouts. I liked both of these neutral options:

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D24 by Georgiana Paraschiv from Society 6

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Water at Night by Marcelo Romero from Society 6

They’re both very directional and could compete with the rug. But more importantly, I wanted green somewhere in this vignette. There were fewer viable options, but I did pin this guy, which would add some nice dimension to the space.

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dryma mynt by Spires from Society 6

At this point, I decided to turn to Etsy and quickly stumbled on the pretty patterns at NikaLim. None of the green options struck a cord, but I showed Aaron a pink/purple option that faded to black and said “Wouldn’t this be cool if it was green?” Well, duh, this is Etsy, land of customization, so I wrote to ask if they would do a custom design. The shop owner, Veronika, was happy to oblige and quickly sent a design that perfectly matches our Pantone June Bug walls.

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I love it and I love that it’s one of a kind. Plus it shipped quick!

But, let’s rewind. When we started this search (on the couch, wine in hand… just setting the scene) Aaron was drawn in and looking for rug options. We knew the duvet cover would have green (either the one from Society 6 of the one from Etsy… because we had not ordered yet) so we felt confident purchasing a gray rug. His search didn’t yield any additional contenders, but he did find the Safavieh – Retro rug at One Kings Lane and it was several dollars cheaper than Rugs Direct.

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In fact, the price difference was so great that we could afford the 9′ x 14′ option for around $500. Sold.

Geez, this is a long post. Who is ready for some room shots?!

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We’re both very happy with our choices. Actually, all three of us are happy because Mojo has decided that the rug is the perfect spot for capturing some morning sun.

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The rug totally softens up the room and makes me want one for our master bedroom.

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The duvet cover matches the walls perfectly! I still need to grab some black pillow cases for the second set of pillows to finish it off.

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These are pretty tight because we’re still finalizing other parts of the space. We moved all of the furniture that was living in this room back in and said “Well, that looks dumb.” Most of it leftover pieces, one from as far back as our house in Kansas City.

So this project spiraled even further. We found some sweet mid century furniture at one of our favorite local shops (more details on that as we clean up the pieces and put them to use).

And a trip to Ikea gave us some of the parts we need for the captain’s bathroom turned closet. So, much more to come!

13 comments

    • Heather

      I love it too! It’s like it was made for this space 😉 Seriously, I’ll never be able to buy a non-custom duvet again. This spells trouble.

    • Heather

      Right?!

      Haha! I think it might be cozier in the posts. We’re still working on the room so there are lots of random bits sitting about.

      Oh! And! Fun fact: I unplugged our mini fridge (it lives here and will make more sense later) to take these shots. It defrosted itself and nearly ruined the floors. Thankfully, it didn’t cause any permanent damage! Whew!

  1. Patty@homemakersdaily.com

    We had a heck of a time choosing bedding for our master bedroom, too. I bought curtains as soon as we moved in because we needed privacy. Trying to match the curtains later was TOUGH! Plus I thought the curtains were gray but they were really taupe. Once I figured that out, it was easier and I found a perfect spread at Target. But it took several misses first.

    And rugs – you’re right – rugs are tough! It’s like you said – plain or wild (my words!).

    I love what you ended up with. It looks really beautiful. And you managed color but peaceful at the same time. Love it.

  2. Mel

    It’s so serene and welcoming, you won’t be able to get your guests to leave! Also, it is so adorable that Mojo co-ordinates with the room.

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