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Mudroom rug (attempt #1)

So I bought a new rug for our mudroom.  A navy nautical striped runner from Pottery Barn.  

And I love the look of it.  Plus it’s the perfect size for the spot in front of my mudroom drawers. 
And I love that the kids have a cozy spot to sit when they take off and put on their shoes.  

But.  There’s a problem.  

And it’s driving me crazy.  
It doesn’t seem to bother the kids much.  
And as you can see they are well trained.  :)  
But I’m afraid this is one time function wins and the rug needs to go back.
On a happier note..
tomorrow is our last day of school!
And we are oh so ready.
xoxo, Erin
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19 thoughts on “Mudroom rug (attempt #1)

  1. It’s so annoying when that happens!

    I really like that pink mat outside the mud room.

    By the way, how do you keep the rugs/mats from slipping on wooden floors? Do you put tape under them or something?

    A couple I work for have got mats/rugs on their laminate floors & they constantly move. I think this is dangereous as the husband has parkinsons & is dodgy on his feet/legs.

    I like all the ice lollies (Popsicles) in the freezer. I bet you’ll be getting through a lot of those soon:)

    I much prefer ice lollies to ice cream on a hot day as ice cream makes me thirsty.

  2. I would so buy that rug off of you. You know how I did my room in Navy and white/ivory. I have been looking for a runner. I love that one. I am going on Pottery Barn right now. Sorry it didn’t work for you. Hopefully, you will find something for that spot. Kole is such a little cutie!

    It is Jeremy’s last day of school tomorrow too. Let summer begin. :)

  3. Won’t that be a problem for any rug? Can you shave part of the bottom off the door? That’s why bathroom doors have a big gap, they assume you’re going to have a fluffy bath mat.

  4. I just recently bought 2 “area” rugs from Flor, they are carpet Tiles and are nice and thin – those would be perfect in that spot because they’re not plush enough to catch on your door. You can order samples if you want to test them out (or go to your local area dealer), but I really love them. Have since ordered for my sons room and my laundry room. They’re so versatile!

  5. I have a solution…just hem the rug as you would hem anything clothing wise! If you can’t sew, take it to whoever does your alterations. The pad underneath can be cut, too. That’s what I have done in the past with an area in my kitchen that I want a rug, but it has an angle to it. Good luck!!

  6. What a pretty rug! Quick question: what type of popsicles do you have? I’m trying to find some for my kids that aren’t loaded with junk, but not super organic and expensive, either. (total side note– I love your handwriting! Mine is so messy, so I appreciate it when others have pretty writing :) )

  7. If the pad is making the rug too thick, you could try taking the pad out from under the rug. You could use painter’s tape (a tip we saw on HGTV) to hold the rug in place. Maybe that would work?

    Those popsicles do look delicious! Hope y’all have an awesome summer!

  8. Erin, I am hoping that you will get the message faster from your blog, and I would love to get your opinion on a teacher appreciation gift since you yourself were a teacher. My child’s 3rd grade teacher is retiring after 16 years of teaching, I don’t know if she is the sentimental type or not and I don’t want this gift to make her really sad. Anyway its a printable that says ” A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart”. It will look really nice in a frame with a bow. I just don’t know if its appropriate since the teacher will not longer be teaching. Here is the link to see the printable:

  9. Erin,
    I just left you the question about the teacher gift. I forgot to add that I need to get the gift to her on Monday, so if you could hopefully give me your input today or tomorrow that would be so helpful to me.

  10. Thanks for the fun rug suggestions everyone! I need to figure something out…

    annemcd – I’m not sure what brand of popsicles those are! I just buy whatever is on sale at the grocery store so we use multiple kinds. :)

    anonymous – I think that sounds like a great gift! Even though she is retiring from teaching she will have it to remember all of the lives she touched. Sounds perfect!

  11. Thank you Erin! I am emailing you a question because its sort of personal and it also has to do with the teacher. Can you please check your email because I need advice on one more thing.Thank you.

  12. Thank you Meg! I checked out your post and the rug looks PERFECT in your space! I’m so glad my post helped you with your decision. We have very similar taste! :)

  13. I second the Flor rug option! They aren’t terribly thick but the best part is they are sturdy and lay flat, the corners don’t come up and you can customize the size! Plus in a high traffic area you can clean them easy, just take them outside and hose ’em down!

  14. Your mudroom is a total fantasy come true for me. I wish I had that sort of space – and your excellent eye for designing built-ins too!
    You are so lucky to have a mudroom like that. Wow. It must be a total pleasure to have space for everything.

  15. p.s. You could just have a skilled carpenter shave the bottom 3/4″ – 1″ of the door off so there is adequate clearance, and keep the rug if you wanted.

    1. Hi Merletta! Those were from Pottery Barn but they discontinued them a few years ago! Such a bummer. If I ever see anything similar I’ll share them on my blog! xo

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