HOME TRUTHS

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - Home - - UPDATE - With ed­i­tor Robyn Wil­lis robyn.wil­lis@news.com.au

Pulling the rug from un­der you

I may have spo­ken be­fore about my love of floor­cov­er­ings.

Hav­ing lived in houses with bare floor­boards for more than 20 years, rugs have be­come a key el­e­ment in the way I’ve pulled the rooms to­gether.

Aside from the great way they feel un­der­foot, they’re an ex­cel­lent means of creat­ing zones for fur­ni­ture, es­pe­cially in open-plan ar­eas.

But per­haps more than any other fur­nish­ing, rugs can tell the story of your dec­o­rat­ing his­tory.

My first rug pur­chase was long be­fore I owned a house. I was on hol­i­day in Greece and was com­pletely snowed by the sales­man who noted my ca­sual in­ter­est in a beau­ti­ful but small silk and wool rug. Be­fore I knew it, I was lug­ging it around the rest of Europe.

It now lives on my bed­room floor, out of the way of heavy traf­fic and I have to ad­mit I still love it.

Next was a slightly larger Per­sia­nian rug, also bought in Europe a few yearsrs later.

For sev­eral years, it resided in our small lounge room and copped ev­ery­thing that small chil­dren coul­dould throw at it — lit­er­ally. It was so for­givin­gor­giv­ing — thank good­ness for busy pat­terns.erns.

Af­ter we ren­o­vated, I splashedd out on a more sub­stan­tial rug for the muchuch big­ger lounge room. While the sales­man­ales­man said I could re­turn it if I didn’t li­kee it, that was not go­ing to hap­pen once thehe kids and the fam­ily pets started rollingg on it.

I can’t blame them. The thick wool pile still feels great un­der­foot, even­ven if I have days when I’m a bit over thee black and white ze­bra pat­tern.

It’s 15 years old now but, like anyny qual­ity rug, it has plenty of yearss left in it so it’s not like I can toss it and star­tart over.

I’ve con­sid­ered do­ing a sea­son­al­nal swap but, with nowhere to store it, that’sat’s not re­ally vi­able. I’m sure there’s a suit­ableuitable so­lu­tion but as yet, I can’t see it.

You could say I’m floored.

TURN­ING THE TA­BLES

This lit­tle ta­ble is the per­fect way to add this sea­son’s on-trend mar­ble look to your place. Home Repub­lic Dane Mar­ble side ta­ble from $129.95 from Adairs, adairs.com.au

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