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Ha! I think this rug is too small!
aclark900
February 8, 2013 in Design Dilemma
It's a 5x8...but it looks too small! What are your recommendations?
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Interiors International, Inc.
Seriously? Of course it is too small. Put it somewhere else. You need to find a bigger one for that room.
February 8, 2013 at 1:15PM     
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February 8, 2013 at 1:21PM     
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aclark900
Hey Interiors International!! Yes, I'm being serious. Why do you think I asked the freakin question. JERK.
February 8, 2013 at 1:29PM     
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Aggie Purvinska
The rug is great color and pattern wise, though.
February 8, 2013 at 1:35PM     
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Susan Mills Design
Aclark900, you did a great job so far, the style of the rug is perfect for your room. The circles are a nice counterpoint to all the linear aspects. Like L said, the rug should be big enough so the chairs all sit on it even when being sat on. Can you find the same one or similar and use that one somewhere else?
February 8, 2013 at 1:43PM     
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aclark900
Yes, there is a bigger one, 8x10 that I think will look perfect. We have been saving for 10 years to put down a nice down payment on our house. We went from 1,200 sq ft and one bathroom to 4,000 sq ft and six bathrooms. So, needless to say, I'm a little overwhelmed with decorating. I appreciate all of your suggestions and support.
February 8, 2013 at 1:53PM     
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Susan Mills Design
Aclark900, I have a bit of time at the moment, if I can assist, I would be pleased to do so. Enjoy your home, that's the main thing!
February 8, 2013 at 1:59PM     
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Susan Mills Design
Measure the table, add approx. 3 feet to width and length, and try to keep 2 feet away from the wall if possible for the best fit.
February 8, 2013 at 2:04PM     
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orangecamera
Susan, I'm curious. Do you mean 3 feet total in each direction (18" extra on each side all the way around)? Is that enough for pulling out a chair far enough to sit in it, before scooching in closer to the table?

Thanks.
February 8, 2013 at 2:09PM     
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Studio NOO Design
I agree but only 2 feet are needed behind each chair, that's the way to do it. Good luck !
February 8, 2013 at 2:12PM     
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Susan Mills Design
Two feet behind each chair is best but you can manage with 1.5 each. If your dining table is seven feet , then a 8x10 rug will work.
February 8, 2013 at 3:25PM   
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Susan Mills Design
Although your room looks like it could handle a 10x12, which would be better. What is your table size and the room measurements?
February 8, 2013 at 3:34PM   
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Curb Appeal Renovations
I want to say that if you put a rug under this table like Susan Mills Design suggests and she is correct in everything she's said, it appears to me that you'll be in the walkway. I can't tell for certain. IMO I think you could go "rugless" and put a "bling" chandelier over the table, use that as your eye candy, really jazz up your table decorations/place settings and instead of all the matching chairs, possibly change out the 2 end chairs with something really cool. This is just my opinion, but I'm worried about foot traffic and tripping over a rug. And I think I spot a baby gate in the picture as well.

Don't call me a jerk like you did the guy above...!!
February 8, 2013 at 3:44PM     
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Toni Sabatino
Lovely Aja, I ( we) am certainly tring to forward my profile on HOUZZ, as I feel it is a truly prolific worldwide phenomenan......and it is nice to be a good vibration and share....
February 8, 2013 at 3:46PM     
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Susan Mills Design
Aja, this site has become a very welcome place for the design community. Most designers LOVE what they do and are passionate about it. After going through a very traumatic illness with a son, and then being rear ended on top of that, I myself am getting both my life and my business back together. I cannot speak for everyone on here but I as a person also likes to volunteer my time and have done so for everything from Big Brothers to homeless shelters. It's not always about money. It's about being a human being.
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Toni Sabatino
@ curb appeal........I agree, I suggested something fun from "shakuff" for lighting.....profile on houzz, all american made product......lovely, splendid , relevent, stuff.......
February 8, 2013 at 3:48PM   
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Paige Huffman
aclark900..congratulations on your new home! There are many unforeseen expenses when you buy a new, larger home. Yes, a bigger rug will work much better for you in the long run, but until you replace items like this, I suggest simply pulling the chairs off the heads of the table and use elsewhere in your new wonderful home. This way, the remaining chairs sit on the rug and look more balanced..and Im certain you have a place for two coordinating chairs elsewhere! And remember..designers are just that..designers..never an excuse to be rude to anyone! Cheers!
February 8, 2013 at 3:53PM   
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Susan Mills Design
Good point curbappeal, I would love to see a floor plan of the room. In a post quite awhile ago, I mentioned I have a two page questionnaire I give my clients. In order to do the best job we can we really need to know how the room is used, who uses it, the size of it, traffic patterns and much more. We really do take a shot in the dark sometimes here giving advice before we know everything!
February 8, 2013 at 3:53PM   
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aclark900
@ curb appeal renovations-I totally appreciate your comments!! The baby gate is a "dog gate" although I do have a 2 yr old son & 3 year old daughter, the dogs tend to create more havoc than kids! Rug-less could be a great idea!! And sorry, just did not care for that guys comment above. This does not come so easily for some of us.
February 8, 2013 at 3:58PM     
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Susan Mills Design
I think like everything else in life, just because we understand what we do, does not mean that the people who post questions do, or why would they? Anyone posting a question on this forum is asking from a genuine desire to have it answered. As professionals we should answer in a way that enlightens and does not infer criticism, or suggest they are clueless. I am grateful for this site, I don't like to see some of what I have been seeing lately, which is that some are taking a higher than thou attitude. I am not saying that happened on this page. I leave it to everyone to look at themselves.
February 8, 2013 at 4:04PM     
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Aja Mazin
aclark900, ,

Did the rug shrink?
February 8, 2013 at 4:10PM   
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Toni Sabatino
@ Aja... personally, no, I do not..however, .this is sort of a design free-for-all as I understand it... and I would hope that we would be polite en-mass, understanding that people are opening themselves up here...I would hope it would be a positive forum...
February 8, 2013 at 4:11PM     
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Curb Appeal Renovations
Aja in response to your comment, I have a BFA degree in interior design and I have passed the NCIDQ exam. I, like Susan Mills, love to help people and why not? When you give, it comes back tenfold.

And aclark900...I SO get the dog situation!! I have 4 dog gates up in my house, tile throughout and my dining room has NO dogs allowed...something to think about when you put that rug under that table! Even our family room where we do have a rug, I had Fiberseal come out and treat it as soon as we put it down! For some reason if they're going to have that accident, it's always on the rug. Ugh...!
February 8, 2013 at 4:14PM     
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onthefence
I imagine myself buying a new dress. When I put it on I'm a little unsure of how it looks. It isn't as great as I thought it was going to be. So I ask someone I respect and they say 'seriously? of course you look bad. go change clothes'.

The initial comment may not have been meant to insult...but it does read that way to me.
February 8, 2013 at 4:15PM     
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Toni Sabatino
Aja.....check my threads, I have not noticed "punks'.....although, I loved 'Blondie' and 'Squeeze' I am not truly a "punk" so just trying to get where this is going......as I said, I like answering things I think I can offer a relevent take on and that's really it....
February 8, 2013 at 4:56PM     
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Curb Appeal Renovations
aclark900...it's your thread. Take all the advice like you want. IMO, I'd leave the rug out for now, focus more on what's eye level or above, not what's underfoot and can be ruined very easily. Aja has a good point...pillows would be nice in the chairs, but the chairs look slick and I'm afraid they'd slide right off. One thing no one has mentioned...at least that I've read, is window treatments. I don't see any. That would be a great investment over a rug, any day. First and foremost because it will protect anything else you put in that room from any sun damage...unless of course you're in Alaska where you'd probably want the sun...but I don't think you are for some reason!

Keep us posted on your progress!!
February 8, 2013 at 5:17PM     
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Emily Hurley
Hey everyone, Just popping in with a reminder to keep it positive and on topic. There is room enough for everyone to participate and help out in design dilemmas, but let's remember we are here to help. If you don't feel the dilemma is an appropriate one, your best bet is to skip it and help out on others.

Thanks!
February 8, 2013 at 5:22PM     
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Aja Mazin
I am cursed with a phenomenal memory.
February 8, 2013 at 5:47PM     
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Jean Tuck
In my humble opinion your rug should be well out around seating as they are pushed in at table.You have captured the colors in the drawing on the wall and the rug in the whole room, way to goo. Id like to see this rug used maybe in an entrance way, or possibly in a spare room.
February 8, 2013 at 5:59PM     
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twylahaj
As a person who put a rug under the dining table, I recommend removing the rug completely. I am forever having to vacuum up crumbs and such from the rug! Put good felt pads on the bottoms of the chair legs to preserve the flooring and use that beautiful rug elsewhere. Keep the colors and pattern in mind when selecting placemats or runners or whatever soft goods you'll use on the table to incorporate the great circles and cooling grays. And I agree with the person who said to change out the light fixture to a chandelier that really works with your style if you can. The shiny brass doesn't seem in keeping with the rest of your sense of style for this room. You do seem to have a good eye for color and pattern, so don't get discouraged about one size mistake. 5x8 seems large until you start to realize the table is about 3x8.
February 8, 2013 at 6:21PM     
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aclark900
The light fixture is Satin nickle, but maybe it appears brass in the picture! But, I do agree, I think it needs to be bigger. : )
February 9, 2013 at 4:38AM   
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pivoines
The vote is more to removing the rug altogether , I agree with them and also drapes with a nice colorful pattern as you chose for the rug would do wonders for the room, the idea of a much larger chandelier or pendant light fixture is great also, would ground the room, and, would you lower the picture about 3-4 inches .I think it is just a tad too high. great room! I also think you need a nice large bright centerpiece, or add a candlestick on either side of the one you have about a foot apart.
February 9, 2013 at 5:09AM   
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zenhome
Unbelievable how a so called professional "Interiors International" would respond in such a rude and unprofessional manner. Comments like this DO get noticed.

Fortunately we have designers such as Susan Mills who respond because they take a genuine interest in helping people and are passionate about design. Kudos to you!
February 9, 2013 at 9:48AM     
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Aja Mazin
The rug is fine~ keep it!

You need a smaller table.
February 9, 2013 at 10:23AM     
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Susanna
Susan, I hope you and your son are doing well now.
As for the rug, I can't wait to see the solution, rug or no rug...
February 14, 2013 at 1:12AM     
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Susan Mills Design
Susanna, yes thank you. And yes I think that is what it must stand for, I'm still searching for them too;)
February 14, 2013 at 1:19AM   
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Aja Mazin
Susan Mills Design,

''If your dining table is seven feet , then a 8x10 rug will work."

I THINK NOT.,

I agree with orangecamera.

18" is not enough room to pull out the chair prior to sitting down when one considers the depth of each chairs seat.
February 14, 2013 at 4:26AM   
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@aclark900 , Not a jerk just thought it was obvious. sorry.
@Susan Mills Design I most certainly do not feel like I am "a higher than thou attitude." I can't believe you are judge me by one comment . I am consistently in the top 10 posters and am always positive and try to be helpful.
@a higher than thou attitude.
@ zenhome " a so called professional "Interiors International" would respond in such a rude and unprofessional manner." I am a professional and didn't intend to be rude. It was just so obvious
I thought she was kidding. She did start her post with the word "HA!" It would not be the first it I cam across a light hearted joking post. I never intended to be rude and frankly you were by jumping to such a conclusion. If you would have given me the benefit of the doubt like some of the others that would have been kind of you.

My apologies to all who thought I has being hurtful. I certainly never meant to be.
I also thank the one person here who kindly brought this character attack to my attention.
I am always trying to be helpful. I give a ton of my time on this site doing just that. You should all be ashamed of your selves. Judging without seeing the hundreds upon hundreds of post I do. You do not stay in the top 20 consistently without giving a lot.
February 14, 2013 at 6:51AM     
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bubblyjock
Oh, c'mon you lot, where's the luuurve: this is Valentine's Day!!!

My thoughts, as a total non-pro, are, nice big dining table, lovely bright room! How about this: try rotating the table 90 degrees for a while. This would mean that half the guests wouldn't be squinting into the sun, while the other half are looking into the house. It doesn't look like you have room to leave the chairs at the short ends of the table if you do this, though so they could maybe sit elsewhere - in the corners of the room, perhaps?

And ime if one has dogs, then a carpet under a dining table is a royal nuisance - at 8 chairs, 4 legs each, plus the table legs - that's an awful lot of irritated nudging to vacuum up the hairy dust-bunnies stuck to the carpet! Also, I suspect that there's so much natural light coming through those lovely big windows that the exposed floor will gradually change colour, whereas the carpeted colour won't, and that might not be pleasing.
February 14, 2013 at 7:10AM   
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pivoines
OK leave the subject alone , it is done , it has been dealt with , lets deal with the subjects at hand . Please
February 14, 2013 at 8:19AM     
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judianna20
dining This houzz ideabook on how to size a rug, suggests 24" added around the table, but I always try to do 36" if space allows. If I can't do the correct size, I do no rug at all.

Great rug, however. Would it fit in an adjoining room…kitchen? Would it be worth hanging on the wall?
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February 14, 2013 at 8:33AM   
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