When you have a house full of kids and pets, you need home decor that’s both economical and provides easy living for a busy life. In our 16 years of living in this old house we’ve seen a variety of pets and people come and go, along with the wear and tear that accompanies an active household. One of the first things I did when moving here was to rip out all of the rose-colored carpet (all by myself, I might add!). To my pleasant surprise, I found that the floorboards underneath were painted and I liked the look. But every time I put down a floor rug, one of the cats thought it was their new place to puke. No lie! It was so frustrating and exhausting keeping the rugs clean. So for awhile we simply lived with painted floors and no rugs, but I wanted to break up the space of expansive bare floors and add some warmth at the same time. When I thought there was no solution … I happened upon a gorgeous bamboo script “rug” in a local boutique.
I get a lot of questions on my blog about these script floor coverings. They’re not really rugs … they’re more like a floor mat made of bamboo and backed with a material that keeps them from slipping on the floor. I placed the first one in the living room.
So I braved it out and purchased a second bamboo script rug a few weeks later for the dining room. Thankfully, the cats didn’t view these mats as their new spot to hack up a hairball (I know, it’s gross) and have left them alone!
My joy and exuberance over finding a floor covering that stood up to playful pets led me purchase another large bamboo script rug for the family room. This time, I had the shop owner special order one in a different yet complementary script pattern.
Each of these 6′ x 10′ bamboo script mats was about $150 and as far as I’m concerned … worth every penny! I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to find a floor covering that’s both durable and economical.
I get a lot of compliments on the script pattern … although a few people think they look like Ouija boards.
LOL! I suppose they do!
I added a 3’x5′ bamboo script mat in the entry way by the desk. These floor mats clean up so easily! You can lightly mop them with water or wipe them down by hand. Just make sure not to slop on too much water or the fabric backing will get too wet.
I’ve even tossed a couple of the smaller 2’x3′ bamboo script mats in the kitchen for visual interest when taking pictures, like this photo shoot from my blog post about the new open shelving.
They’re made by Peacock Park Designs and if you want to find a retailer near you, visit their website at www.peacockparkdesign.com.
You’re lucky we love you and have decorated the house to accommodate you and your needs!
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