Budget Sources for Area Rugs

By Kate Riley January 11, 2017

It’s been three years since I rounded up my favorite sources for affordable rugs, so I thought it time to do another list. It’s hard for me to spend a lot of money on a rug. When I add together the wear and tear that comes from kids and pets on top of my everlasting longing for a new look, it results in a 2-3 year life expectancy on a rug before I’m ready to donate the old and move on to something new.

For my home, I always buy 6 x 9’ rugs because that size fits my living room, family room, office, and dining room space so I can rotate them to my heart’s desire. I find 6 x 9’ rugs are a little harder to come by since most rugs come in either 5 x 7′ which (for me) is always too small or 8 x 10’ which is always a bit large.

Today I’m sharing my list of the top go-to sources for good looking and affordable rugs, the first places I visit whenever I need to makeover a space on a budget. Most offer plenty of options for an 8 x 10′ rug under $300.

All Modern & Wayfair (sister stores)



8 x 10 favorites under $300


olga gray / verona / bungalow rose / seaport ivory


Urban Outfitters


8 x 10 favorites under $300:


sahara medallion / izmar maze / boucherouite  / magical thinking




8 x 10’ favorites under $300:


mod gray / fiber & jute / vintage pink persian /navy & gold


World Market

8 x 10’ favorites under $500:


high tide / woven kilim


Rugs USA

8 x 10’ favorites under $300:


sierra paddle / parallel bars / bermuda diamond trellis / abstract splatter



8 x 10’ favorites under $300:


multicolor shag / vintage distressed


There you have it! These are the places I shop first when I’m on the hunt for an affordable large scale rug for a budget room makeover. What are your go-to sources for an inexpensive rug?

Family Room for Veterans

By Kate Riley January 9, 2017

I’m so very happy to see this most recent project complete! Last week was the move in date for the COTS transitional home for veterans and I was delighted to partner with Designer Living to bring a brand new family room into the home for the benefit of the residents.

A few months ago, the room had a few pieces of old furniture, but that was cleared in anticipation of the furniture for the fresh new space. Let’s take a break from white walls shall we and look at some painted walls, these here are Kelly Moore Wise Owl, a taupe with a hint of yellow.


Thankfully the floors were in great condition so all I needed was a rug and new furniture to create a sitting room. To do so I went shopping on the Designer Living site. When the furniture arrived I was so pleased with the fabrics and the quality! I love the way all the accents came together to create a warm and welcoming space.


Designer Living was so generous in their donation of all of this furniture, the large gray sofa along the back wall is the Gordon Modular Sofa in grey. Above it is the Rolling Waves artwork in a set of three canvases.

I’m crazy about the oval Mercer coffee table and its modern gold base. How cool is that Arlo gold floor lamp behind the sofa?




On the sofa the microsuede stud trim square pillow and the amazing (I want these for me) abstract embroidered stripe pillow.


There are two accent chairs in the space, I chose the Charleston club chairs because of the fabric with its subtle geometric print, the sloped arms, and the tufted back cushions.


Another before and after:





Across from the sofa there is a television, for it I chose the Piper Accent chest, I loved the style of it with its mixed wood and metal. The 8 x 10 blue rug I purchased from a different source, I’ll link to it and share more budget rug ideas later this week.





Sending out a huge thank you do Designer Living for their donation of this furniture to the transitional housing home established for veterans. I’m always so excited to help with these projects in partnership with my favorite local non-profit organization! You can read more about my space transformations on behalf of this organization here.

We also pulled off a dramatic makeover in the kitchen on a super tight budget, you’ll love the fresh new look, I’ll be sharing that next week!

All products in this space (with the exception of the rug) generously donated by Designer Living. Thank you for shopping this brand that supports this blog and my charitable design projects. All opinions are mine.