What's your style when making decor decisions?

When it comes to decorating decisions, I'm usually very slow. I have to weigh my options, search for inspiration pictures, and get input from friends and other bloggers before making a move. Kasey's post about her refrigerator search on her Thrifty Little Blog yesterday made me feel like I had plenty of company. But my style has started to change!

This whole flooring episode has me making quick decisions, which is pretty unusual for me. After months of thinking I would have natural, bamboo floors installed, I made a snap decision to switch to chocolate hickory when there was a sale at the green building supply on the stuff.

Over the weekend, Baxter wiped out while jumping off the bed each morning (at 4:21 AM each morning) and he's been slipping constantly when not in the living room or kitchen (living room has a rug, kitchen has icky linoleum). This led to ordering area rugs yesterday. I knew I wanted some natural fiber rugs for the bedroom and living room eventually, but after waking up to that horrible thud and thinking my little guy was hurt two nights in a row, I decided the purchase couldn't be pondered very long.

I looked over the options at Ballard, Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, Overstock, NaturalAreaRugs.com, and SisalRugs.com. I narrowed the list down to Ballard and Restoration Hardware, then decided that I liked Ballard's seagrass rugs the best. I went to order them and found that they weren't expected in until the middle of May. Then, I looked at the Restoration Hardware rugs a little closer. They use a cheaper binding style (not mitered on the corners), which had me balking a bit at the higher price. Had they been mitered, I probably would have assumed they were a superior product.

Then, I remembered CSN and Home Decorators would probably have a huge selection of rugs. Sure enough, there were a number of strong contenders. The CSN rug I liked was by Safavieh, which I'm pretty sure is a reputable name in the rug world. However, some of the reviews made me think the color in the pictures might be off a little bit. What's more, the binding on the sample looked pretty sloppy. Wouldn't they pick the best specimen for the product picture? If that's the best example of the rug, what would I get if I ordered it?

Finally, I looked at Home Decorators and found a seagrass rug that had great reviews. The binding is a little wide, but it looks like a close match in color, which I like.

As I gathered those images, I found myself second guessing my choice. Maybe the Restoration Hardware rugs would have been worth the extra cost. Maybe I should have waited for the Ballard rugs to become available. What would you have done?

Is anyone gifted with decisiveness? I, clearly, am not. If Baxter wasn't having trouble with the floors, I would have waited weeks and weeks to make my purchase.


  1. I'm like you. I totally need time to think things through. I like the rug you picked though. I think it's going to look great!

  2. I swear I'm the slowest at everything! I JUST put up my first pair of curtains... and only because the receipt was stolen with my purse and I knew I couldn't return them.

    I can tell that rug will look great with your floors... just return it if it's not what you're looking for!

  3. I love the rug you picked! I'm actually really decisive when it comes to decorating! I usually can picture things in my head so I typically know exactly what I want to do (my mom's always said I had an 'eye' for decorating!) Now when it comes to a blog design? Most indecisive person ever born!

    P.S. Glad your friend is enjoying the Find the Baileys!

  4. I had trouble picking good seagrass rugs because some just looked too yellow to me. Not sure if it's just a poor image on the website, though, but I like the color of Restoration HW better.

    I tend to be too impulsive. I sometimes make good, thought-out decisions. . . and then still change my mind. Still working on it. trying to be better about saving up and planning ahead so that I can buy a more expensive product if the need arises.

  5. I am guilty of making decisions too quickly, then desperately trying to push something I regret buying off on a friend or trying to sell it on Craigslist.

  6. I think the Ballard rug edging looks kind of cheap. Look how you can see the texture of the seagrass through it. That doesn't look right to me.

    I think you made the right call.

  7. These are great and will be perfection with your new floors!

  8. Also keep in mind many local floor covering stores can make these rugs in custom sizes. It may take a week to get it bound around the edges, but there are many more binding fabric options- tons of colors and textures to choose from!

  9. I don't think you could make a bad choice with these. I just bought a runner from Crate & Barrel that is sisal in a chevron pattern. I thought I would try the runner to see how it holds up, then buy the big area rug for our living room. We have three dogs and I was afraid to spend a lot on something that may not hold up. I have had it for 3 weeks and so far I really like it.


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