We decided on most of the items, which I'll share later, but one thing I wanted to pass along was the amazing deal that I found online for a jute rug. We are going to do a huge jute rug with a smaller, softer wool rug on top of it. I searched around online for a 9x12 rug for a reasonable price that would be available sooner, rather than later.
I was about to give up when I found this great article on Pure Style Home about natural fiber rugs. Per her recommendation, I went to Natural Area Rugs to search for a jute rug. And, as per my online shopping norm, I also googled for promo codes and found one for 25% off your order and free shipping on Retail Me Not.
So, soon we will have this beauty in our family room:
Total we paid $299.25 for the 9x12 rug. I'll take that as a small victory in my rug hunt. Most of the other comparable rugs that I found online were for about $399 or higher, plus shipping. I did find another pretty great deal at World Market (they also usually have a discount promo running + you can go through Ebates to get further cash back), but it was on backorder for 3-4 weeks, so I kept hunting. And now I'm really glad that I did!