Sometimes, things happen for reason.
Or at least, they have a silver lining! That silver lining happens to be a lovely, perfect runner for our kitchen to the even better tune of $20 from Winners.
How is this a silver lining, you ask? Because originally, when we moved into our apartment around this time last year, I bought a cute little 2 x 3 rug for our kitchen from Crate and Barrel.
(Eeek..! The quality of this photo is appalling. Glad to know I’m getting better, anyway.) I always love a great stripe, so even though it wasn’t as long as I had in mind, I thought the yellow would work.
Unfortunately, my puppy had other plans. A little while later, it was shredded to bits! And it left me with this.
I was so disappointed.
Needless to say, I hate our floors. They’re a horrible, cheap and very common apartment lino, and they never feel clean, even after I wash them. (Have the same problem? I’ve since learned that often, it’s because the finish is wearing off, so they’ll always feel a bit sticky. Awesome.)
Ultimately though, it was for the better. The old one, being too small, looked out of place. The white would quickly show coffee stains, chocolate stains, soy sauce stains.. Plus my colour scheme as since changed to a cooler palette with blues, greys and silvers: even the yellow wasn’t a great match.
Even though it was almost a year later, this rug from Home Sense was so worth the wait. It’s exactly what I wanted!
I really wanted a two tone pattern, but the crisp white from the other rug wasn’t especially forgiving. If you’re looking for a rug that will inevitably become a stain magnet but you’re still looking for colour, I highly recommend a rug like this one.(Even since writing this post, I’ve spilt orange juice, marinade, and broken a glass on it, and it still looks great! Yes, I’m clumsy. That was in the span of three days. Oh dear…)
Upon closer inspection, you can see the white has other colours woven in: greys, browns, blues… That way, even if it stains, it will blend in so much more easily!
The texture is a nice bonus too. I love how it echoes the texture in the baskets above.
So again, here’s how it looked last April:
And how our little kitchen looks now!
I’m so pleased with the change! It adds some much needed colour to our all-over white kitchen. Nothing like a rug for a cheap but effective change in a rental space.
I’m actually quite proud of our little home these days. After all my updates (and still many more to come!) I think we’ll stay a while.
Have you found any good buys lately? Or better yet, any good pet stories to share? Laughing about them later makes mishaps so much easier to deal with when they inevitably happen again…