7th House on the Left

Almost two years ago, I was at HomeGoods with my mom and stumbled on a rug that I immediately fell in love with at first sight… and, of course, immediately posted on Instagram:

Ikat Rug at HomeGoods / 7thhouseontheleft.com

Even though I was head over heals for the 8×10 ikat beauty, I decided to pass it up and ended up buying another rug about 4 hooks down – which happened to end up on Craigslist about 6 months down the road, but that’s another story. A few months later, the rug popped up on Joss & Main. Even though the $1,000+ rug was marked down to $799, I couldn’t bring myself to buy it knowing that I saw it at HomeGoods for $399. I was determined to find it.

I did a hefty amount of extensive research (okay, just a lot of Googling) and found that the rug was from the David Easton Ikat collection by Safavieh. Now that I knew the actual name of the rug, it was a lot easier to hunt down. The 8×10 version was listed for anywhere between $799 to $2,100. After seeing countless “out of stock” statuses, I ultimately gave up and marked it as a loss… and really regretted not snagging it up at Home Goods when I had the chance.

Now let’s fast forward a year or so to the present day. I’ve recently been playing around with ideas for revamping the master bedroom (which is in dire need of attention). When I come up with “mental mood boards” in my head, I kept seeing the rug paired with an upholstered bed (like this or this). So, I decided to try to look for the rug again. Realizing it wasn’t in production anymore, I decided to check Overstock. I clicked through all 1,098 search results for “ikat rug” and on the last page, lo and behold… there it was. 

Overstock Rug Find // 7thhouseontheleft.com

The rug was a 9×12 rather than an 8×10, and it was marked all the way down to $491. And I was in luck! They were having a rug sale which marked the price down to $418.19 and free shipping. I texted Greg at work and asked him what he thought and he said, “go for it!”. Now that I think about it, I wonder if he was so quick to agree so he wouldn’t have to hear about “that day at HomeGoods two years ago” anymore, haha.

Cream, Red, Gray and Curry Ikat Rug / 7thhouseontheleft.com

Only 2 days after ordering, the rug showed up at our back door. And I fell in love with it all over again. It’s even more awesome-looking in person. We aren’t quite ready to bring it into the bedroom, so it’s hanging out in the dining room at the moment (we’re waiting until we figure out what we’re going to do with the bed). Coming in at around 9×12, it’s a bit larger than the 8×10 I was initially looking for, but as it turns out, it’s a better size for our bedroom and king-size bed. When it comes down to it, we can easily have it trimmed at our local rug/carpet place if it’s really necessary.

Cream, Red, Gray and Curry Ikat Rug / 7thhouseontheleft.com

The touch of gray is very similar to the paint color in the master bedroom (which is Restoration Hardware’s Slate) so I think it will “mesh” really well. The red and touch of curry-ish yellow is a nice introduction of color into the room that I’m excited to play around with.

Moral of the story: if you see something you love at HomeGoods, don’t pass it up. Lesson learned.

One of the rooms in the house that’s currently on the “back burner” is the master bedroom…

At this point, we don’t really have a plan for this room. And being a “planner”, that bugs the living daylights out of me. All I know at this point is we really like the dresser, but I’m not digging our bed these days. I like it, but it’s a tad too traditional for me (I think) and it’s really high. And before you ask, we already have a low-profile box-spring on it, and there’s no way to cut down the legs without making it look weird. The lamps have got to be Craigslisted. Though we love the wall color, the room needs more color… the list of things to do goes on and on. But enough about what we want to change. I’m sure that will be another post entirely when we’re actually ready to tackle it. Regardless, we’re hoping to do something with it soon – even if it’s just hang some art on the walls.

There are so many things I want to do with this room, but my “vision” for it changes every week. One week, I want to go “Restoration Hardware-esque” and the next, I’m talking “Domino modern”. When I asked Greg what he wanted, he said a Downton Abbey-style estate room, but since gold-embossed leather wallpaper is currently out of the budget, he says he’s happy as long as it has bed. Our styles definitely tend to conflict a bit from time to time, but I’m sure we’ll end up with something we both like – something we’re in the progress of doing throughout the rest of the house.

Yesterday, I was browsing the Nate Berkus Show website and came across this fun Bedroom Design Personality Quiz. We don’t get the show here in Richmond (boo!), so I count on the website to keep updated. Greg and I both enjoy a good quiz so we took it for a spin:

Apparently, I’m a Purist. At first, I wasn’t too sure if my results were accurate, but then I had to remind myself this was a design personality quiz and not necessarily a style quiz. When I think about it, I do like the idea of mixing soft upholstery with bold colors. I also love layering accessories, trays, books, etc. – especially in a bedroom. One part that was definitely dead on was the bed. I’m all about layered bedding and tufted headboards. Ideally, I’d like the bed to look like a crisp white sea of high-end (yet comfy) linens. That, my friend, would be awesome.

Nate pegged Greg as a Collector. Greg and I agree: this description couldn’t be more spot-on! First of all, Greg really likes a room that appears to have evolved over time. He also has a thing for vintage and antique pieces. I mean, come on, the boy wants to live at Downton Abbey! You can’t get anymore “antique” than that. The note about meaningful books and personal photos hit the nail on the head. Despite being a computer geek, Greg loves the feel of a good book in his hands. He says turning pages just isn’t as fun on a screen. He’s also pretty sentimental, so accessories that have a personal story behind them are pretty important, as well. Who knew a 4-question quiz could be that dead on?

Hopefully one day soon, when the other projects begin to wrap up, we’ll get around to putting together a mood board to tie in each of our ideas of the “perfect” bedroom. I’m sure we’ll go back and forth a bit before we find something that suits both our tastes, but we’ll be sure to let you guys know as soon as we do!

Click on over and take the quiz – it’s only 4 short questions! What were your results? Were they accurate?