Well, this was one of her inspiration rugs from Anthropologie:
Another rug with a modern look but soft features was the "Wallflower" by Amy Butler.
Great rugs but unfriendly to the budget especially considering she needed an 8x10. They were helpful though in helping identify her style and then being able to hunt for something that would be a better fit in all regards.
As you know, I always give the natural rug a good college try because I so love the look of it but this just wasn't for Maura. So I hit all the usual haunts like Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel and IKEA without any luck.
Then we went a little deeper: USA Rugs and Overstock.com. Hello, Overstock.com with your $2.95 shipping. I found a few ideas here and sent them to Maura. Our mutual favorite was the Hand tufted Ivory Floral Rug with highlights of orange, gold and blue.
I think her mushroom colored sofa will be a grounding force with the playfulness of the rug and the coral and ivory Braemore fabric on her occasional chair should be a nice compliment. Not only will this rug lighten things up in her family room but it will also introduce a supporting cast of colors that she can then play off of when bringing in accent pillows and accessories.
As excited as I am about the potential, you never really know how it's going to look with everything until you SEE it with everything. We did confirm the return policy so that when and if Maura decides she's ready to move on this purchase, she knows that for about $25 she can return it if it just doesn't work. I'd say that's pretty good.
Have a good Wednesday, all.