Rugs in the Casa

By Kate Riley August 31, 2012

I’ve had a lot of questions lately about the rugs in our house so today I thought I’d share a little more about them and some of my favorite sources for rugs.   We have hardwood floors downstairs so I have rugs in all of the spaces, and a couple upstairs on the carpets too, just to add color and pattern.   I don’t want to spend a fortune on a rug because I don’t want to freak if something spills on it like wine or chocolate or kid crud, so I’m always looking for affordable options.  Maybe someday I’ll have a Madeline Weinrib or a Thomas Paul, but for now, I try to keep rug purchases under $400, preferably less. 

Area rugs always ground a space so I like to use them to set the style or palette for the room or sitting area.  I prefer when the style of the rug coordinates with the style of the room, so that’s where I begin when searching for a rug but you’re always free to mix it up!  For the living room, I went with a traditional style, it’s a rug I bought on clearance at World Market two years ago, it used to sit in the family room but it has now made itself at home in the living room.  

winter living room cg

I get a ton of emails about this rug, but unfortunately I can’t find it anywhere, even on eBay, but here are some comparables!

comparable rugs

Caspian Blue + Coliseum + Blue Medallion


This is an older picture of our entry (the desk is gone) but it’s the only one I have at this angle.  The entry has a 6’ round carpet with a blue flourish, I picked it up at Target over three years ago, and it’s not available anymore but there are a few similar rugs linked below!

brown rug in foyer

Round Keno Paisley + Brown Floral + Brown Abstract


I bought a great indoor/outdoor rug for the family room earlier this year from Overstock, another favorite source for rugs. Our is the brown (actually mocha) but it’s also available in blue and green and grey. This is a great rug that takes a lot of abuse in our most used room, adds a nice geometric pattern, and it still looks as great as the day I unrolled it.  And yes, I moved the console table out of the entry and into the family room, I’m guilty of always moving stuff around!

rug in family room


I love Dash & Albert rugs – they have the best stripes and palettes!  The cotton rugs are affordable, the wool versions are pricier but I’m a huge fan of their collection.  On wood, tile, or linoleum, the cotton rugs need a rug pad or they will slip – the Caravan Stripe is in the boy’s room and the Aquinnah is in the kitchen

dash and albert rug


A lot of you asked about this fun and colorful rug in the study – I went with a bolder choice in here since it’s a kid space and I love the greens and blues and the medallion pattern, it’s also an indoor/outdoor rug and is holding up really well. 

new study rug


My office has a new pale blue/gray rug that I found here.  It sheds a little so I have to vacuum it once a week or so, but I do love its pattern and thickness.

kates home office cg


I love indoor/outdoor rugs for their affordability and great geometric patterns – the one on our balcony is from Overstock and would work just as well indoors!

cg blue balcony

I can’t find it in navy anymore but it is available in black, green, brown, and light blue.  

poolside rugs


And just for fun, here are a few other favorites I spied online. 

area rug collection

From top left: Poolside Lattice, Blue Floral, Gray Zig Zag, Jute Hemp; Pumpkin Trellis; Red Stripe; Gray Geometric; Medallion; Navy Trellis.

I’m on the hunt for a better rug in the dining room as soon as I resolve the trestle table dilemma so I’ve been pinning a few favorites.  My two favorite sources for indoor/outdoor rugs are Overstock and Rugs USA.  I’m not paid to say it, that’s just where I usually start looking for stylish rugs that don’t cost a fortune.  Also Target, IKEA, World Market, Shades of Light, and West Elm are places I look too. 

What’s your favorite source for shopping for rugs?   Scored a good one lately? 




  1. I think I have the majority of the rugs that you posted about pinned for our new house. It’s nice to see a review on some of them. I can’t wait until my house is done so I can order!

  2. Rugs are something that I typically have to do A LOT of searching for before I find the perfect one at the perfect price. I recently found a navy blue and white chevron rug for our bedroom at Home Goods. It was a steal, and oh so trendy.

  3. Love your decor choices! I’m in the process of going neutral in my family room, and absolutely love your mirrors on the wall in yours. Can you tell me where you bought those? Thanks so much for the inspiration!
    Jen :)

    • HI Jennifer, the mirrors are from Ballard Designs, they still sell them but they come in black. it’s a paint to paint them but I did! It’s a windowless room so I use those to “look” like windows and reflect light from the kitchen.

  4. I’ve been a little hesitant to put indoor/outdoor rugs inside. I feel like they would be stiff or prickly on bare feet. I see you’re using a lot of indoor/outdoor rugs which are great for the budget, but how are they on bare feet or to sit and play on the floor?

  5. I love rugs! Unfortunately I don’t have great spaces for any right now (we have a lot of carpet, err…). However, if anyone’s shopping for rugs right now, here’s a great groupon for Rugs USA that I got today in my email:

  6. I love the runner idea in the kitchen! I have a long and narrow kitchen as well and always thought something should cover the wood. Never actually thought of using a chunky runner, but what a great look! Thanks!

  7. Love the indoor/outdoor rug in your family room. My experience with indoor/outdoor rugs are that they have a very “plastic” feeling. What is the texture of yours? Does it feel good on bare feet?

  8. I know I am late to the game but can you tell me where you got your white console that you just moved to the living room ??? Or maybe a great equivalent ???

    Thank you and love your blog :)

  9. Your rugs are always eye catching when you photograph your house. I think it is because there is so much white in your decor {not a bad thing!} that it makes them stand out. Love them all. I did order your office one for my daughter’s room, but we returned it. It was beautiful, but just off on the grey color. Looks great in your office though, I wish it would of worked in her room too.

  10. What awesome suggestions! I’m on the hunt for a rug for our kitchen – I love the Dash and Albert rugs that you linked – and for our entry. Thanks for some great inspiration!

  11. Love RugsUSA! I will only purchase when they have significant coupon codes {I find they change their ‘regular’ prices often}, but great selections!

  12. Do you have a rug pad underneath that round rug by your door? I’ve got a lovely Urban Outfitters 5′ round rug that I LOVE, but it slips terribly, and I haven’t had any luck finding a round rug pad.

  13. Love your choices – do you have a hard time finding a good rug for carpeted rooms? I love rugs, but we have a lot of carpet in our house (rental). Do you recommend a certain type/texture or do you think that anything can work with the rug on carpet look?

    • Hi Caroline ! Like you said just about any rug can work when layered over carpet – they add a great pattern or color or even texture (sisal or flokati) to a carpeted room.

  14. I can’t comment on Kate’s gorgeous indoor/outdoor rugs, but I can say that the Dash & Albert indoor/outdoor rugs are fantastic. They don’t feel plasticky at all! Plus, you can take them out back and hose them down if the kids spill on it. I honestly didn’t know the rug I was looking at was I/O until the sales girl told me. I’m really, really wanting one right now…

  15. Thanks for posting ! I was just online all morning looking for rugs and places that actually ship to Canada. Have you ever bought from That seems to be about the only place that ships to Canada.

    • Yes Wayfair is great! I see their rugs featured on Joss & Main all the time!

  16. We have mainly carpeted floors because the seller put in new carpet before the house was put on the market (we bought 6 months ago), so seems silly to . I look forward to the day we can replace the carpet, install wood floors and use rugs! Until then, I’ll just drool over yours! Thanks for sharing, Kate!

  17. Oooooh, I want that green and blue medallion rug sooooo badly. Curse you for linking to it. :) Anyone got an extra $200 bucks I could borrow? tee hee

  18. Great rugs! I have a slight rug addiction, I am always switching them out and moving them around my house. I love dash and Albert ones, too. The indoor/outdoor ones are great…they feel more like indoor rugs.

    • Agreed Lauren ! The indoor/outdoor rugs have much improved over the years – mine are all soft under bare feet!

  19. This post comes just in time for me – I was planning to take advantage of the Labor Day sales and order a rug this weekend. Thanks for giving me a few more options to investigate before I order.

  20. World Market rocks – I am in love with their outdoor rugs, which is what we need with two boys and two cats :D We have carpet throughout most of the living areas and I’m trying to convince my husband that layering an area rug over the nasty beige berber would be an improvement – argh!!!

  21. Hi Kate:

    I would love to know where you purchased those lovely chairs in your living room. I SO want them. You have impeccable style and taste.

    • Hi Shermika, the chairs are the Lenox Club Chairs, I found them at a Joss & Main sale but if you search for “Lenox Club Chair” you can find them at several sources online.

  22. Kate! Thank you so much for this post! I have been reading your blog for 2 years and dreaming of doing all your projects for a home of my own! We just bought our 1st house 4 months ago and I have been on a MAD hunt for rugs (our whole house is hardwood). Thank you, thank you! Question for you, because I love your style. Our living room and dining room are next to each other – the rugs will be very close. What do you think about rugs in rooms next door? Match, mix match? I do not know what to do! HELP!?!?!

    • Hi Alison – I don’t think rugs have to match, but adjacent rugs should really complement each other. I think the key is to either choose similar styles or colors that coordinate so that they don’t compete but instead enhance each other. Make sense?

  23. This came just in time! I need a 9×12 for our den. I have an i/o in the boys room and have been hesitant to buy one for a room that needs to be comfy…BUt they are the only ones I can find for a descent price that large….we have 3 kdis and a shedder for a dog!! However, I can only find patterns I like on i/o, so maybe I ought to go that way!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  24. Kate,

    I have been looking at the same rug that you have in your office but all the reviews say it is on the greenish-gray side and I need a pale gray (blue undertones would be ok but not green). What is your opinion on that rug? I love it but I am always afraid of purchasing rugs online.


    • I don’t see green undertones in the rug you mentioned Patty but there are blue ones. It’s mostly gray but has a hint of blue, hope this helps!

  25. I have to say, I love this post. I struggle with rugs more than any other home accessory. I find they either are garish in color or too boring. These are some great finds. Thanks.

  26. I’ve always been afraid of patterned rugs even though I always love them in other people’s homes so I tend to stick with single solid color rugs. I need to live a little and take a chance. All of your rugs are lovely. I think my favorite is the one in your study.

  27. My favorite is the Catalina rug in the study. I HAVE to have it. Maybe in my dining toom, but that means moving a lovely Persian rug to another room in the house… which can be done!
    Off to find my tape measure :)

    Great post, Kate!!!!! Can you do a post sometime on the Windows in your Casa? I’d love to get some inspiration for new panels in my dining room, and also shades for a guest bedroom. I know you recently did a Woven Wood Blinds post so I’ll hunt for that.

    Happy LDW! xoxo

  28. Wow, thanks again for a great post. I also thought indoor/outdoor rugs would be too rough for little knees to crawl on but I’m going to look into this for my daycare area. I was buying 9 X 12 rugs from Home Depot at a great price point but they needed to be replaced every couple of years.

  29. I have a question that I think you can answer, knowing that you have a cat. I have hardwood flooring throughout my home. I have avoided buying rugs or carpetting because my cat will always pick the carpet to be sick on – even if I have a tiny throw rug on the floor and 99% of the area is hardwood, he will always choose the rug. I LOVE the green and blue outdoor rug that you have in your study. Do you think this will be easy to wash off my cat’s mess? As well, do you know how well this rug can withstand a cat scratching at it?
    Maybe I’m the only one out there who suffers from this – but, my interior decorating is often dictated by the cat. I have a beautiful down-stuffed sofa and love seat set but, the fabric is a bit dated so I bought lovely (and pricey) slip covers for them. Lasted all of an hour before the cat got a nail stuck in the fabric and ripped a hole in the (stretchy) material. So, to protect my sofas, I crocheted blankets to cover them. The colour is lovely but, it doesn’t have the chic look that I was going for – it looks more country. When I look at magazines and blogs with beautiful fabric furniture and a cat sitting on it – I don’t understand how the owners manage to maintain it. Do you (or anyone reading this) know what I am doing wrong? I don’t want to de-claw my cat – he’s elderly and I think de-clawing is a bit cruel. I do trim his claws regularly…

    • Hi Deirdre, the rug is washable with a hose or a sponge, but I think a cat could pull up the threads if they constantly used it to scratch… just so you’re aware!

  30. Hey Kate! I adore Dash and Albert as well, and have some in my bath. I would love to use a runner or 2×3 in the kitchen, but was worried how it would hold up with spills and such. How do you clean yours??

  31. I was so inspired after this entry I bought a big rug from I have never ordered from there . hope it is nice! Thanks for the good idea. Lauren

  32. Beautiful rugs! Thanks for the inspiration. I love the mixture of prints and colors. I guess I always thought rugs had to be neutral to really work well, but I love the look of the patterned ones. Great ideas!

  33. I currently have a rug over carpet in my living room and it wrinkles up heavily (which it did not do when it was in the dining room). How do you keep yours from wrinkling up when placed over carpet? We’ve tried anchoring it, and using rug tape, but nothing has worked.

    • Hi Awanali, it depends on the rug, I usually anchor the cotton ones with furniture. I don’t have that problem with the indoor/outdoor or wool rugs, they are much stiffer.

  34. I also have most of them pinned already. I hate when I find a great rug and it doesn’t come in the size that I need. I just bought 2 indoor/outdoor rugs from Ballard Design. Ballard has nice rugs and so does Home Decorators.
    I love your house!

  35. You have an an amazing house and I love your blog! Picking the right rug has always been a struggle!!! Except, of course, for the Dash and Albert Diamond Denim one I have one I have in my kitchen!!! They are the best! I need a rug for my living room – my sofa is tan with Ryan Studio a black pillow background and circles, there’s also a solid blue chair and another chair with a subtle blue/cream/tan patter – I’m struggling with what type of pattern I should use that won’t compete with the pattern chair and pillows. Do you have any suggestions?
    Thank you!!

  36. Just wondering if you would put a pattern rug under ottomans covered in tan zebra print? I’ve been afraid to try it so far. Thank you

  37. I shop at Overstock and Rugsusa! I actually have GREY GEOMETRIC in blue – from living room, it’s now in the basement/family room. It is beautiful but sheds like crazy. :-)

  38. Your LR rug is so perfect for my LR and I know you wrote that you haven’t seen another one but is there any tag underneath with any info on it? I just have to try to find that rug!

    • I wish Janet! I used to have the little tag from the purchase and must have tossed it accidentally, I’ve looked everywhere! Grrrr.

  39. I just moved to a home without carpets (yay!) but now need to find area rugs for key spots… the hunt is totally wearing me down, so thanks for this post. Any chance there might be a post coming up on rug sizes/placement?

  40. I am so in love with the rug in your study and was about to order it but, I found the $93 shipping cost (to Canada) – more than a third of the cost of the rug to be a bit extreme! Will be looking at rugs a bit closer to home. What a shame! It is gorgeous. You have great taste

  41. You DO have amazing rugs in your house. I have a couple of questions about the colors that I was hoping you could answer.

    1. What’s the undertone of the beige in your living room (mocha) rug? I have pink-beige tiles and so I need to stay away from anything that’s yellow-beige, which it seems, a lot of rugs use.

    Oh, and same question for the rug out on your patio.

    2. Can you describe the colors in the rug that’s in your office? I read the reviews on Overstock and it sounds like it’s very blue, rather than gray. But it looks quite gray in your picture.

    Also, is your console table the Hammary Transitions X table? I’ve been eyeing that one, but haven’t taken the chance since I didn’t know if it was really white or ivory or more yellow-cream. (Again, I have to stay away from the yellow-cream in my house.)

    TIA for any extra info you can provide about your lovely rug purchases!

  42. I have just a couple questions – can you tell me about the fireplace in the first photo? It appears to be either electric or gas. Installing a new fireplace is one of my planned projects for this fall, so I would love to hear more about what you did. Also, where did you get the blue settee?
    Thank you,

  43. Kate-

    Thank you soooooooo much for sharing your rugs and the purchase locations. So many bloggers are not willing to reveal sources despite getting revenue, via number of views, from advertisers on their blogs. We out here in cyber world who do not have most resources, financial or otherwise, really appreciate all you do and everything that you create via your gorgeous blogsite!!! Thank you, thank you!!!

    North Carolina

  44. Heather – what’s the rug called that you bought? It’s really pretty, and what a great price.

  45. Love your blog. You have such classic taste!

    About the rugs–have you ever considered stenciling/painting a plain one? This seems like a very low budget idea since rugs can be so ridiculously expensive. I have seen some tutorials where the end result is pretty great. I would love to see your spin on it! I have a neutral 8×10 that I am itching to get my foam brush to…

    • Hi Lisa, yes it’s true you can stencil a rug, I’ve featured a few tutorials before, there are a lot of them on Pinterest too, such a low cost idea for big impact!

  46. Do you use a vacuum on your Dash and Albert rugs or do you have to shake them out. I have 2 of these flatter style cotton rugs but they are hard to clean.

  47. Update – I caved – and went back and ordered the green and blue outdoor rug for my living room. I bought it in a smaller size and the shipping was reduced significanlty (only $14 plus taxes and duty).

    The smaller rug actually may be a better size – it will fit under the front legs of my sofa and chairs, and under the coffee table (which I haven’t yet bought – will be buying a round metal one with a glass top from IKEA – I think its called Vitsjo – and will be spray painting the base white and replacing the wood bottom shelf with a glass shelf). I can’t wait to see how it all looks!

    My question now is – as this is an outdoor rug and I will be putting it on hardwood floors, should I have an underpadding? Does anyone have any recommendations?

  48. Thanks so much for the rug roundup! I love all of them. I’m curious what you’d think about the indoor/outdoor rug you have in your family room being in a room that gets a lot of play from my barely 1 year old. Do you think the rug would be too rough for a small child to play on with toys?

    • Hi Kari, I think it depends on your personal preference, the rug is not plush but it’s not rough either. My kids play on it all the time without complaints! It’s soft enough to sit on with bare skin.

  49. Hi! Love the rugs – need so many in my house (all hardwoods) but such a chicken when it comes to shape/color. Trying to break out of my neutral rut!

    Anyway, I’d love to know where you purchased the curtains in your office … my daughter loves them and we’re re-doing her space soon. Thanks for your help! :)

    ~ Jennifer

  50. Love your rug! I like Ikea rugs and Ballard Design as well. We got a great dark grey and cream rug from Ikea and it is wearing so well with heavy traffic and two big dogs. We also have an indoor out door rug from Ballard in the dining room that gets daily traffic and it is wearing really well also.
    Indoor outdoor rugs have come a long way and are my choice for heavy traffic. Rooms now.

  51. Lets talk about that quatrafoil mirror in your living room! So in love with it! Where can I get one of those? :)

    • Hi Rachel, that’s the Casbah Mirror I bought from Lamps Plus and spray painted white, but sadly they don’t carry it anymore.

  52. Thanks for replying. That’s too bad they don’t carry it anymore. Maybe I’ll see where Internet searching will get me.

  53. I’ve found that Home Depot (not sure if they’re everywhere or just West Coast) has a sale rug bin usually in the back of the carpet department. I found the perfect area rug there for right around $300. I’ve had it over 5 years in a heavy traffic area and it’s held up great!

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