I wasn’t planning on putting any sort of rug in the nursery for now. Rugs are expensive and babies are messy and I figured I’d just hold off until Jack was big enough to need something bigger than a blanket to play on.
But then I started noticing that whenever I sat down in the nursery both Juliet and Pistachio insisted upon being in my lap. Pistachio, finding my lap already occupied by Juliet, would even climb up to perch on my belly. It was really annoying, and I figured it would be even more problematic once there was a baby also vying for space. So I thought about it and realized that all my pets pretty much leave me alone when I’m working on the computer. Sometimes Juliet will bark and try to get me to pull her up into my lap or Pistachio will pace back and forth between me and the laptop, but for the most part they’re content to nap on the couch or the rug while I work. And when I looked around the nursery I realized that there really weren’t any comfy spots for them to hang out in here, especially for a dog who doesn’t have the luxury of leaping up to loftier perches. So I started thinking about putting something soft down on the floor, maybe even making a faux-sheepskin to toss in front of the fireplace (I was looking to what John and Sherry did with some furry fabric a few years ago for inspiration), but then on a whim I stopped at Marshall’s the other day and oh em gee, why have I never been to this store? I mean, I’ve been to other Marshall’s stores before, but not in years and certainly not since I started getting interested in decorating. I stop into Ross every now and then and have always been disappointed in their home decor, so I expected Marshall’s to have the same sparse assortment of either not-my-style or still-too-expensive items lining the shelves. No way, Jose. This place was awesome. I’m thinking about going back and taking pictures of all the awesome things I wanted to buy to show y’all. But the star of today’s post is this oversized chenille bath rug I got for twenty dollars.
The nubby texture is so soft and cushy underfoot, and doesn’t get smushed down like some other bath rugs.
I haven’t taken the tags off yet because I’m still thinking about returning it for the smaller size. This one is 27″x45″, but the 21″x34″ version ($12) would be small enough to fit squarely in front of the crib. I’ve never placed a rug at an angle like this before and it’s taking some getting used to, but I gotta say I don’t mind the cushiness under my feet while I sit in the rocking chair.
And even though it’s creamy white in color I’m not stressing at all because it’s machine washable. Plus it’s right up Juliet’s alley. Just the fact that she was willing to lay down over there while I took pictures from across the room means it must be super-comfy for her because she’s pretty much obsessed with being right where I am at all times.
People are always asking if I think the animals can tell that I’m pregnant and I honestly don’t really know. Sheila and Pistachio act pretty much the same as they always have, and since we only got Juliet a few months before we found out we were expecting it’s hard to know what “normal” behavior for her is. But from the day we brought her home last July she has been very skittish of men and never really warmed up to Nick, which broke his poor heart because he is a big animal lover. Well let me just tell you, these past couple weeks she has done a complete 360 in the man-fearing department. She jumps up to cuddle with him on the couch, greets him with hugs and kisses every morning, and even comes when he calls her instead of cowering in fear. I don’t know if it’s because she’s finally gotten used to him or if she realizes that I’ll soon be pretty distracted and she’d better diversify her sources of affection. Either way, I think it’s adorbs and Nick is thrilled. I really, really hope that all the animals love Jack as much as we do. Maybe having a comfy, pet-friendly spot like this in the nursery will help.