garden room needs new rug

I bought a new couch, and now I need a new rug (this is not the new rug)

ops I did it again. I bought a piece of furniture (a new couch) that now means I need to replace X, Y and Z.

I wasn’t really planning on it, because I thought a quick swap of rugs would work, but it didn’t. Let me explain.

I saw this couch, from an estate sale and it caught my eye – I wanted to replace the Pottery Barn couch in the garden room we had with something that was a little more ornate. Either a printed fabric sofa, or some back detail, something more unique because it’s what you see when you first come in the door and look down toward the bright garden room.

To refresh your memory, it looked like this just a few months ago –

I am aware that some of you might like this look and it was fine, I get it. I know it was fine. It was totally 100% fine, but still not a style I just loved any longer. Not me.

But, there were a few things that happened. Remember I bought some new black cane back Hickory chairs (below) at an estate sale a few months ago (the ones that are getting reupholstered next month), then sold the above pair of natural wood chairs.

hickory chair Beaufort chair cover for sale upholstery

And then when I got the new sage couch from the estate sale – mean could you even pass this beauty up? It was from a CA home that was about $16 million if I recall. So imagine how much this beauty cost the original owners…

When it arrived, it was obvious I had to swap the rug and then the cane chairs swapped with the living room and here we are in its current, unfinished state. Don’t judge it yet. Lots of moving parts, and a new rug is so necessary.

garden room needs new rug

I also had to sell that cute wood table. It killed me, but I am upgrading everything. The style is totally changing. It’s how I am. You wouldn’t expect me to wear the same outfit for 10 years would you? Yeah I know this room is only 3 years old. Let’s keep that between you and me.

So then I saw the large size of the couch is practically falling off the 8×10 Ballard Designs wool rug. A rug I have loved for 10+ years, one of the first purchases when I moved into this house. It has moved from room to room, not that we have many rooms, actually we have two living spaces now, but it also moved further back by the Murphy bed guest area in the garden room (where I am standing taking this photo). You can find this wool rug on clearance here in limited sizes and color ways. Oh and use this link to get $50 off over $200 at Ballard Designs.

Now I have to replace the rug for a larger one. I should get a larger one anyway, so we decided on 9×12. I thought about 10×14 but that would be almost covering nearly all the floor (but leaving maybe 6 inches around instead of a foot plus).

So here are the two rugs on the way because suddenly the floral one popped up and I couldn’t decide and I got all side tracked. It was also regular $4500 and on sale for $1600 so I had to at least TRY it. I called the customer service line and asked how much returns would be because inevitably I would be returning one or both of the rugs and it was $35-$50 each so that was fine.


^^ Sold out, unless I return it. Last one. 

^^ Antelope print hand-knotted beige area rug

If you are looking for a similar rug, here is another I considered –

^^ Antelope wool rug by Ballard Designs

Now I must tell you I am very picky about the way the edge binding of rugs – and they of course depend on the material of the rug. I like hand tufted instead of the surging look as below. Altho at times, these kind of looks I don’t always mind. Maybe it’s my mood, maybe it’s the rug material, maybe it’s the cost. But I definitely wanted a hand tufted look like the rugs above.

^^ example of surging rug edge

Right now I’ll admit I’m in the panic of what did I just do. Did I just mess everything up. This is what it looked like just a few months ago – but let me remind you night time lighting is beautiful and this is on my professional camera –

And yes that was lovely too but can I just be honest, I would never buy those chairs again. I wouldn’t buy that coffee table today. So all that to say, this space isn’t really me anymore.

This transition has me doubting as things are still being pieced together right now so I just need to be patient and wait for the new rugs to arrive, rearrange a few more things and then take another photo with good lighting again – and TRUST my gut.

Anyway, thanks for being on this crazy journey with me as I document the changes. Blogs really are a big public web log diary and I like looking back at all my changes.


Diana Elizabeth sold the wood coffee table to a good friend who bought it for the same price as the new table she had bought earlier that day. It was a like a swap. Now she has to sell the PB couch and she’s dreading it but usually selling items comes easy for her.

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive thrift shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next creative themed party. She continues to blog weekly.


  • deborah watson

    Thank you for sharing your thought process openly. I think your willingness to make changes and sale what no longer fits your desired design is smart. I look forward to seeing your new “look”.

    • Diana Elizabeth

      Hi Deborah! Thank you so much, I know things are more than OK as is, no need to change but I have to remind myself that our home is my creative space and why not – especially if I can get a few things second hand. Plus it just refreshes the space! :) I can’t wait to show you once it’s done, just waiting on the upholstered chairs to return!


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