Why I Got a New Living Room Rug

Gray chesterfield sofa with a gold round coffee table and chinoiserie accents.

In theory, my black and white rug that I bought late last year was a perfect fit for my living room…but after a few months living with it (about 6 months to be exact), I felt pigeon holed into that color scheme AND the white was starting to become not so white from all the foot traffic and Pee Wee. I knew I’d have to replace it, but with what? Fast forward to April 2018 when I had the immense honor of being part of the High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour. We got to visit the Karastan showroom and celebrate their 90th anniversary in business, plus we got to see their new Custom Carpet Bound Rugs!

So, when they offered to provide a custom carpet bound rug to us bloggers that were part of the tour, I jumped at the chance knowing that my black and white rug was on the fritz (and has since relocated to my home office). I opted for a gray rug from the Grace Harbor collection.

Gray chesterfield sofa with a white bamboo chinoiserie end table and a gorgeous gray rug by Karastan.

The reason I chose gray was that I wanted something neutral that complemented my gray sofa. The Grace Harbor line features a pattern that is subtle, large scale and reminded me of a carpet you’d see in a fancy hotel. Timeless, chic and neutral.

Grace Harbor by Karastan review.

The edge of carpet is bound in a slightly darker color and hasn’t frayed one bit with two humans and one furry dog walking across it many, many times per day. The rug/carpet is so plush underfoot, and I was so thrilled that I could get it in a custom size of 8×12 since my living room is so narrow and long.

Grace Harbor by Karastan review.

But, the best part? IT DOES NOT SHOW DOG HAIR. The black and white showed every spec of everything, so it’s really nice that this one is so forgiving. I do vacuum it twice a week, sometimes more, and I’m amazed at how much hair ends up in the vacuum that you couldn’t even see on the rug.

A glam and feminine living room with a gray chesterfield sofa, glass coffee table and a neutral rug by Karastan.

We haven’t had any stains yet (knock on wood!) but Karastan rugs have superior soil/stain resistance and are made to last. I am confident we won’t have to replace this rug anytime soon. I still want to incorporate their antelope rug into my home somewhere… I’ve been obsessed with that specific style for so long and really do think it’d look simply stunning in my office. I have a bit of a thing for rugs, can you tell?

Euphoria Forfar Antelope Rug by Karastan

As I mentioned earlier, while I love my white walls and black tray ceilings, I was starting to feel overwhelmed with all the black and white, so I’m ditching the striped curtains for solid faux silk pleated white drapery. Soon I also plan to replace the dark brown leather chairs with some fabric chairs to add some texture to the space. This living room is finally starting to come together and this rug is what will pull it all together.

A glam and feminine living room with a gray chesterfield sofa, glass coffee table and a neutral rug by Karastan.

I also finally pulled the trigger on a TV stand (which is why I’ve purposely not taken any photos that’d showcase that wall– it’s a work in progress), so you’ll get to read all about it on Thursday! If you want to order a custom carpet bound rug from Karastan, you can get more details here and visit a retailer near you. If you have any questions, drop them in the comments.



  1. [email protected] Stroll Thru Life
    August 14, 2018 / 6:51 pm

    Love the new rug and I do really love the gray color too. So pretty

  2. Barbara Chapman
    August 22, 2018 / 10:19 pm

    Hi Monica! I really like your new rug!!! I agree, grey is so nice because it hides dirt and the spills of life but stays clean-looking. Karastan has lovely rugs!!! I, too, enjoyed meeting their team at the first Design Bloggers Conference I went to a couple of years ago. I won a gift card from them for decorating some sheep they had. Will be looking at their rugs once we find out next house! Pinned to my Decorating board for you.Have a great rest of your week,Barb 🙂

  3. Stacey
    August 23, 2018 / 2:11 am

    Your new rug is really beautiful! Fitting for your pretty room.