New Truck = New Area Rug

How’s that for a math equation!  The reality is, with our other car, a Nissan Versa hatchback, there was a limit to what we could jam in there.  We had two occasions at Home Depot where we wheeled our purchase out to the parking lot, popped the hatch and realized we needed to rent the Home Depot delivery truck.  This is partially due to the way the hatch of the Versa undulates (not a great design feature, I’d rather see a wide-mouth type design where essentially the whole back lifts up) and partially due to my boundless optimism for fitting things in the car.

So, when The Truck came on to the scene, I immediately started planning for the large items that were missing in my life.  And one of those was an area rug for the living room.  I found a mini-jackpot on the local Craigslist with a posting for a piece of carpet in need of binding/edge help for only $25.  Based on the picture, the colors looked interesting and the size looked large.  So I took that $25 dollar gamble and our living room got a new rug.


Shenanigan thanks us – he is always lounging on the new rug and thoroughly sniff tested each square inch when we brought it in.  Our other dog, Sophie, who we had to put to sleep earlier this year was the rug destroyer, peeing on each, any and every rug we had ever put in any of our homes.  We wondered if Shenanigan may want to assume the mantle but it’s been thankfully pee-free for the month or so we’ve had it around.


There are two edges that aren’t bound – you can see one of them in the right side of the image above.  The other unbound edge we hid under the sofa.  I don’t think I will invest any additional dollars to add back any binding – I gave the visible edge a nice haircut when we installed it and it has survived a few vacuumings so I think we’re good to go.  This isn’t exactly a priceless Persian or hand-knotted dhurrie – the reality is we have one old and really furry dog who tracks in copious amounts of sand from our godforsaken backyard and so this rug will be great for our high-abuse family.  I have been kind of itching to re-touch our paintings to edit out the green and tie in to the rug a little more… we shall see what in the living room survives the next re-do.

Cheers – CT

2 responses to “New Truck = New Area Rug

  1. I can’t believe how good the colors look in there – what a score. The green in the paintings doesn’t bug me, but I know I’m looking at them in a tiny screen photo and not in real life. I love the ability to tweak things though, and your process of doing that is fun to watch.

    • Thanks Kristin! Sometimes I worry I’m too much of a tweaker but I’m also glad to be open to the process of letting the room evolve and change. Plus having a “complete” room would be kind of boring right? (Except for a kitchen, with a “complete” kitchen you could forever be making wonderful food in it!) Cheers – CT

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