Fun with Photoshop and a Chance to Vote, Too!

As Julio will tell you, I’m not exactly decisive. I tend to agonize over the simplest decisions. Sadly, this is especially true when it comes to rehabbing the bungalow.

I can spend months researching something as simple as a kitchen faucet. But even if I do eventually place an order, I will drive myself crazy wondering if I’ve made the right decision. I’m always absolutely certain I could have found something better – the “perfect” whatever – if only I’d searched a little bit longer.

What does this any of this have to do with Photoshop, you ask? Well, we really need to find a rug for the girls’ playroom. As you’ve seen in recent photos, the floor up there is rather bare and uninviting.

Playroom in its current state
playroom in its current state

I’d love for Chloe and Ginger to be able to sprawl out comfortably while they play or read books, but that isn’t really an option on the cold hard floor.

As for what I’m looking for in a rug, I suppose I do have some ideas. For example I’m fairly certain I want some sort of pattern or print. I’m also pretty sure I’d prefer a rectangular rug to a round or oval-shaped rug, as that would provide the girls with more sprawl space.

The playroom has PLENTY of green in it already, so I think something black, white and/or pink would make more of an impact than something predominantly green.

The rug should be soft and comfy but also shouldn’t be so babyish that the girls will outgrow it in a year or two. Size-wise, I think 5′ x 8′ would be about perfect.

Did I mention that I don’t want to spend a bundle?

A pretty long list, I know. You’d think such a long list would narrow the field a bit, but honestly, it doesn’t. Basically, I’m now considering hundreds of rugs vs. the thousands I was considering prior to creating this list. So that’s where YOU can help. I’m thinking I should take a poll.

Maybe it’s inauguration fever, but I thought I would “rock the vote” and ask if any of the rugs below strike your fancy. Or do you think I should run straight back to the drawing board? (And by “drawing board,” I mean Google image search and Photoshop!)

So, what do you think?

Do any of these scream “Pick me!Β  I’m perfect!” or do they all leave you wanting to demand a recall?

White and Black Damask
White and Black Damask
Black and White Damask
Black and White Damask
Black with white dots
Black with White Dots
Black and White Floral
Black and White Floral
Zebra Stripe
Zebra Stripe
Large Pink and White Dots
Large Pink and White Dots
Black and White Swirl (Whoa! I'm dizzy!)
Black and White Swirl (Whoa!)
solid round rug
solid round rug
Pink and Green Circles
Pink and Green Circles
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63 thoughts on “Fun with Photoshop and a Chance to Vote, Too!

  1. I’m a 14 year old girl.
    and i really like the zebra stiped rug. Your girls will grow up and still enjoy it πŸ™‚ they will never outgrow a animal pattern, plus it looks very nice in the room. I love this idea, i like it for my own bedroom πŸ™‚ Can you share where you got the furniture?

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  2. oh, i read through the comments.
    haha, never mind on the furniture part! but i still really like this room, im re-doing my bedroom soon, and i want something like this! πŸ™‚

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  3. Thanks Gretchan and Rory! We did finally pick a rug over the holidays. Now I just need to vacuum it so I can post a photo! It’s wool and keeps shedding! Thanks for checking out the blog!

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  4. Anne, The bookshelf is the Expedit shelf from IKEA. The chests do double as seating – they also store dress-up clothes. I found them at Linens and Things, before they went out of business.

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  5. I LOVE the green paint!! I have been trying to find a green I like for my children’s playroom. Do you happen to remember what color that is and who makes it? I would really appreciate it!!

    Thank you!!!

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    1. Hi Kim,

      The color is called Pekoe Tea 7673M. It was a Miller Paint color when we painted the room a few years ago – they have since changed their color palette, and this color is no longer in their fan deck.

      The color is a Millenium color which means other paint companies besides Miller used the same color/same name/same number at one time. Duron is one company that used this palette – there are others – follow this link:

      http://www.materials-world.com/paint-colors/millennium/millennium-color-14.htm

      Just know that the way this color looks is highly dependent on lighting conditions and while this color looks bright and fun in our playroom, samples of the same color look drab, olive and depressing in other rooms in our house. So, be sure to look at a sample in the room you’re going to be using the paint in to make sure you like it under your unique lighting conditions. This color looks really yellow-olive in a room without lots of bright sunlight.

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