Flipped car live cam picture... but more importantly, look at the roads! Pathetic.
Apparently there were several accidents, including a nasty 40 car pileup, another 30 car pileup and several semi jack knives. The annoying thing is that we only got 1/8 in. of snow. This winter has been dry so far so this was the first "snow" storm. It was ridiculous. Yes it was icy in patches and slick, but we're used to that kind of weather in the winter, you just drive slowly and carefully. People just lost their heads yesterday and decided to zoom about playing bumper car and ruined our plans and gas tank. Obviously I'm not bitter at all ;) So instead we decided to go a nearby B-Dubs and chow down on 24 Honey BBQ wings and badmouth Ohio drivers. Of course it took 45 mins to get another mile down the interstate to the actual exit!! It was yummy, but if you take into account the full tank of gas we wasted, those were some 'spensive wings!
So, since I have more time to make my rug decision, how about a little input from you all to help me decide?
As a reminder, here is the space where the rug will go once we put our new "wood" flooring down. The above picture shows the couch layout pre-hutch in the corner, and the bottom picture shows how it looks with the hutch.
Option 1. Flokati
Ikea has a 4'7" x 6'7" one for $79.99. I want this rug the most I think, hence why it's #1. I've read up on them and done a lot of research, I know they trap small objects in their fur and shed a bit at first. But we have no children and we don't own any dogs. It will be in our living room which we don't use all that often aside from entertaining. So there will be no food around it, no stickyness or little things falling into it. But, if something like that should happen, you can machine wash them on a wool cycle with woolite according to Apartment Therapy.
My Nana has one next to the bed in her basement that we slept in for months while we were waiting impatiently to get this house. We both loved how soft and squishy it was, and how warm it made our feet in the morning. Hers does not show dirt and is still sparkling white. I've read that they can gray naturally over time but honestly that sounds even better to me than sparkling white does! But, if any of you have any horror stories, please share!
Option 2. Jute
Ikea Tarnby (link here) for $99.99. This is our second favorite. It is 5'11" x 8'2". So it's a bit bigger and $20 more. Fair trade really. I like the natural thick texture of jute, and Ikea's is nice and chunky, which is even better! My worries are that it is too big (the 5'11 is good, but the 8'2 will need to be tucked under a sofa to hide some of it). Plus, you can't machine wash jute. You can't do anything but spot clean it or flip it over to hide it. That worries me. But maybe it's so chunky you won't be able to tell?? Plus I've heard the chunky ikea one is not soft/comfy to walk on barefoot, that seems a bit wrong.
That's not a living room, but I got bored trying to find one I liked. :)
Anyhow, there is also option 3.
The Ikea Erslev for $59.99 (link here). It's flatwoven 100% cotton. It is also 5'11" x 8'2". This is a banging steal. The only issue is that it's white (but it can be thrown in the washer and bleached, or scrubbed down with hydrogen peroxide) AND, the biggie, our Ikea usually doesn't have it in stock. It's hit or miss. Boo. I'm also worried that it's a bit bland. And that the white will get dirty so quickly and I'll be too lazy to bleach it every week so it'll just be all ugly and blah (the difference between this and the flokati is that the flokati is thicker and fluffy, so any mishaps don't look very obvious, so if I want to be lazy and not clean it for a while I can... whereas with this tight weave it'd be obvious it was dirty).
It looks nice with wood tones though!
So help a sista out and pitch in some opinions please! The fluffy wool rug (option #1), the chunky jute rug (option #2), or the cotton flat rug (option #3). This is the part where you imagine me in a sparkly dress Vanna White-ing it all. ;)