When I get things for my house like furniture and decorations and rugs, I tend to keep them for a long time. We still have two IKEA bookcases, an end table from a friend's garage sale, and our four-poster bed, all of which we got when we were relatively poor newlyweds fresh out of college. Even though our financial situation has progressively improved over the years, we still use those bookcases, end table, and bed because they're just fine. If it ain't broke, right? I felt the same way about our 5x7 living room area rug, which we've had for fourteen years. I liked it a lot but I finally decided to replace it in order to fill up the space in our new living room better. It was time for a rare upgrade! 🎉
I bought the old rug at Target in 2006 when we moved to our first-ever house in Connecticut (before that we lived in a condo in New Jersey where there was wall-to-wall carpet). The rug laid on the living room floor of the Connecticut house for four years, on the family room floor of our Iowa house for eight years, and finally on the living room floor of our Massachusetts house for almost two years. It held up remarkably well, especially since it only cost around $100. It was versatile and attractive in three different homes. I was attached to it for a variety of reasons, two of them being that my babies crawled across it and played on it, and beloved pets who are now gone laid on it.
I really like the colors and the pretty floral pattern. The colors coordinate well with a lot in and around the room...
I'm really happy with the new rug! I'm sure we'll have it for a long time (knock on wood).
What happened to the old rug, you might ask? I still have it. I couldn't bear to part with it because I'm terribly sentimental. It fit a space perfectly in an upstairs closet under the eaves. I have visions of myself using it as a meditation or yoga spot. It hasn't happened yet, but it doesn't mean that it won't. In the meantime, I've got both my new rug and my old rug and life is good as far as rugs are concerned. 😄