A patchwork chenille rug

After giving the whole of our downstairs a thorough deep clean last weekend we couldn't resist trying out our almost-finished conservatory with some of our furnishings and the new rug that has patiently been waiting and flattening out camped out in our bedroom, and it was bliss to pretend we had a room that was sparkling clean, newly decorated and with furniture in the right place.

You can see from the photo below though, our builder's tools aren't far away and in this case just over the arm of our sofa.  But it's a lot less than it has been, and we can actually see the newly sanded and varnished floor, which has turned out fantastically well. That's not what I'm focusing on today though, it's the rug.

A glimpse at our new look conservatory with its new patchwork chenille rug
It's the Grey & Black Manhattan Patchwork Chenille rug from Best at Flooring and I'm really pleased by both it's simlicity and pattern. It's soft to the touch, as you'd expect with chenille, but with it's already looks like it will be hard wearing, which with MOH's bike being carried over it twice each day, will be essential.
A comfy place to sit

You'll know I'm a fan of mix and match patterns, and patchwork too, so it's no surprise that I'm a fan of this rug.  It is black and grey and some might find then a bit dull, but even though I love quite a splash of colour, I like this calmer scheme too but I couldn't resist adding a pair of bold geometric patterned cushions.

Plains, chevrons and patterns together
A closer look at the pattern of the rug

I couldn't resist adding a pop of yellow though, and I plan to add a couple of more colourful cushions at some point. One will be a patchwork design made of the samples I ordered recently in our quest for new sofas, which should be arriving in the next couple of weeks (yay!)  MOH's done that eye roll thing he does when he thinks I'm having another wacky idea, but I'll show him...

A head on shot of sofa, side table and a new patchwork rug

I'm pretty certain that this will soon become a favourite spot to sit and relax on those typically English summer days, when sitting in the garden really isn't an option.  You know just the sort of days, don't you?

Admiring my new patchwork chenille rug from Bestatflooring
A top down view and taking a pause to find some more gardens to visit
shadows of the jasmine through the window in the sunshine

It was a real treat to try out our furniture and the rug in our new space, and because we're in that super-cautious phase, even the rug got a run over with the hoover, and while it was far from filthy, it was easy to cover.  This week the builder's were due back to finish up, clean down and complete the snagging and so on Sunday evening we moved it all back out again - luckily it's all relatively light to lift.

I'm hoping it won't be too long before it's all back in there for good.

* This is a collaborative post, but all views are my own.


Love this #71: A new Impressionist rug from My Rug Store

When My Rug Store got in touch I was intrigued. I'd not bought a rug online before, and if I'm honest I wasn't sure how it would work out. But after spending a couple of evenings on their site I knew I'd be choosing a rug to try at home, the only problem was, which one?!

There was - and is - lots of choice. I contemplated a rug for the landing outside our bedroom to replace the one we have there, but it's an odd size and the more I looked, the more I realised I'm quite attached to our charity shop find. So then I wondered about a rug for our main living space.

I've written before about how we have wooden floors throughout downstairs and I really do think that, as lovely as they are, they need a rug. We've had a variety of rugs by the sofas in an attempt to zone the room. It started with the large rug that MOH had in his flat, a beautiful rug but too big for the space. For a while that lived in the conservatory but found its long-term home when we redecorated our spare room last year.

Then there was a beige patterned rug with a ribbon pattern. A nice rug but it looked better in our top spare bedroom so after a while we moved it there. It also made way for the shaggy red rug which has probably lasted the longest in the space, until now.  The shaggy red rug (you can see it playing a supporting role in this post) is currently lodging in our bedroom, but looking for a longer term home.

It's been displaced you see. By a brand new rug. 

The one that every time I looked at the My Rug Store site, I kept coming back to. And so, that had to be the one, right? It was a little larger than our previous rugs (apart from the huge one that's now under the futon), but at 120cm x 70cm it's actually the perfect size and a size I wish we'd tried much sooner. It fills the space between our right angled sofas - and yes, at the moment they don't match, we got rid of the uncomfortable 3-seater sofa at the start of the summer and are using a garden sofa until we get its permanent replacement.

So let's take a look.

A grey sofa and my new Impressionist rug from My Rug Store

You can see why it's called an Impressionist rug now can't you?

And yes, it's cream. That's partly why I ummed and ahhed because, well because you know, cream. In my main living space with push bikes coming through and our muddy gardeners feet too. Thankfully though it's easy to move - and fits right under our grey sofa when we need it too, giving us a clear pathway through.

The pattern reminded me of the modern abstract picture we have on the wall. It's actually nothing like it, as you can see below, but there was just something about this rug. Perhaps it was the colours - there's every colour we have in our house in this rug. And I like that. I hoped it would help tie everything together.

A portrait view of our main living space with new abstract rug which reminded me of our abstract print

And I think it has, my sister-in-law commented that it lifts the living space and links the seating area with the dining area. And I think she's right. Having the cream based rug in our main living space really links through to our white table. And I think it helps that I have the yellow end of the rug nearest to the yellow chairs, sometimes it really is the small things isn't it?

Using the Impressionist rug to tie living spaces together

Part of the attraction to me is how the colours look like brush strokes that have been painted, with fading edges. And close up it works too, the edging bound with the same cream colour provides a great non-fussy border. No tassels or fringing on this rug, and it's all the better for it.

The rug itself is a sisley and is 100% polypropylene and I wasn't sure what this would be like. I needn't have worried though as the rug feels luxurious and not cheap or "plastic" at all. It's the first time I've ordered a rug online, and it's definitely something I'd do again.

A close-up of the My Rug Store rug
Impressionist rug close up
Already I'm loving this rug, if this is your style of rug there are a few other designs in the Impressionist rug range, so do pop over and take a look. And to be honest, there's a huge choice on their site, so even if these aren't your thing I bet there's something that is.

We're still in the new phase of having this rug. And especially as it's cream we've been avoiding walking on it with our shoes on and it's either been moved out of the way when our bikes come through, or MOH carries his lightweight bike over it. So you can just imagine my surprise when I saw this Saturday morning!

shoes on my new rug


Although later in the day I didn't have a leg to stand on, as I managed to knock a full cup of tea onto the floor. Luckily only some of it splashed onto the rug and I was able to blot those off with no lasting tea-stained effects. Phew. And for me that's the sign of a good rug - and as a clumsy owner, that's a very good thing!


Disclaimer: I received a rug for the purposes of this review. All words and opinions are my own.

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