Wonderful Carpet

3 May

With our new carpet in and our house somewhat back to normal, I can say unequivocably that we love it. Love it. Words can’t describe how much we love it, except after it was put in Isobel danced around the livingroom and ran through the house singing, “Wonderful carpet! Wonderful carpet!” That was how I felt, too except for running around the house I simply luxuriated in the feeling of standing on the plush carpet with my poor, arthritic joints.

Our old carpet was original to the house, meaning it was from 1987. That’s the same year, incidentally, our friend Caleb was born. Fortuantely for him, Cay’s in a lot better shape.

Old carpet, or OC, was gray. We’re hoping. I guess it could have been off white or some thing at one point, but seeing as how this is what it looked like when we had it replaced, I’m hoping it was gray. After they pulled it out and tossed it on our drive way it looked slightly lavender in the morning sunlight. But not in a good way. The kind of lavender you might find in the fridge inside a container yogurt you forgot about. I was worried our flooring was gaining sentience.

 The worst part of our old carpet, besides the horrible stains that pitted and riddled its entire surface, was a patch right next to the kitchen in a spot that you might want to walk on 50 thousand times a day. It was so badly deteriorated that a row of sharp, horrible nails was exposed. We lived with them like that  for the first five years. Only after Isobel gained mobility did we have the ghetto classy brilliant idea of covering the nails with duct-tape, the homeowner’s cure-all.

Years of living in this house had trained Anthony and I to lift our foot rapidly at the first hint of  putting pressure on the nails. Our friends lacked this conditioning and sadly several of them felt the wrath of OC. Especially Danny for some reason. He managed to step on those nails every damn time he came over. Poor Danny. You can see the horridness of Old Carpet if you can look beyond the cuteness in the middle. Stains, wear, and general nastiness prevailed througout the house.


There were some especially bad stains in the library. When we moved the vintage desk in dirt came off it in chunks, adding to the problem.

 I really wish this photo showed off our nasty 80s tile. We were getting rid of that, too.

Oh, you can see the tile in this one.

When it came time to choose a new carpet color, I thought we’d go the safe route and choose something that’s not only neutral, but will hide stains well. So I made a list, from least to most, of things most often spilled that would stain the carpet:

5. Coke

4. Water

3. Pachas

2. Beer

1. Cat Vomit

Although our biggest probelm is with cat vomit, that isn’t exactly our favorite color. Sorry cats! Instead we went with “ale.”

Naturally we had to move everything off the carpeted areas of our house to replace the carpet, so all of our furniture and  other crap precious items had to be stored in our kitchen, garage, and patio. All of the boxes you see in the garage are books from our shelves and the clear tubs are all Etsy shop items.

Here’s the end result. Isobel’s running on the soft, smooth carpet. Not pictured: Zorro dancing with glee, Anthony and I chest bumping with joy, doves crying. 

Ale. You gorgeous carpet, you. And look at that laminate! So much better than the tile, and it matches the flooring in the kitchen (which you can see from the front door.)

 Besides the laminate, the best part is the hallway. I can’t really describe it but the beauty of this hallway. It is just so luxurious to wake up and see this.

Wonderful carpet.

19 Responses to “Wonderful Carpet”

  1. Cookbook at 10:04 am #

    Looks nice! And yeah, cat vomit. I have hardwood floors and somehow they always end up yarfing on my throw/area rugs. Once on my bed. >=(

    • LittleBig at 2:03 pm #

      We lived in an apartment with wood floors and they always managed to barf on the expensive, handmade Turkish rug. OF COURSE.

  2. Stefanie at 10:04 am #

    It looks amazing!! Can’t wait to see it in person 🙂

    • LittleBig at 2:03 pm #

      You have my permission to roll around on it.

  3. Nic at 11:00 am #

    My room looks great. I’ll move my ‘Who’ DVDs and Lego in post haste. 😉

    • LittleBig at 2:03 pm #

      You can add your legos to our vast collection!

  4. Laura at 11:50 am #

    mmmmm. i can just smell the new carpet smell. i want to roll around on it and do a carpet angel.

    can’t wait for all the updates we get to do to our new-to-us house! a lot of work, but a lot of goodness.

    • LittleBig at 2:04 pm #

      We totally all made carpet-angels before moving in the furniture. 🙂

  5. We made the same list when picking out our new carpet. And took it a step further by getting frisee. The pile hides all the pet hair. Sadly, 2 1/2 years later, it looks like crap. But I’m not replacing it again until our cat is dead.

    Everything looks great and I love your green walls!

    • LittleBig at 2:05 pm #

      Thank you! A friend of ours got a semi-shag rug but it did not age well, either, so I stuck with the more conventional small pile.

  6. Windsor Grace at 4:40 am #

    CONGRATULATIONS! New carpet, laminate and tile, how thrilling! I have been in a similar situation with the nails. It’s amazing what we train ourselves to live with 😉

    • LittleBig at 2:06 pm #

      It really is. We put up with those nails for-ev-er.

  7. Stella at 4:52 am #

    I remember that the two top reasons for choosing the colors we chose involved 1. dog hair and 2. cat vomit. It’s lovely! (the carpet and laminate, not cat vomit)

    When we got new carpet the new carpet smell made me ill…so I don’t envy that. I also remember sleeping in the kitchen for a few days while the rooms were painted and the carpet installed. That was fun.

    • LittleBig at 2:06 pm #

      I wish we could have done some painting before we had the new carpet installed, but oh well. I’m just so glad to have something DONE.

  8. Anne at 5:04 pm #

    It looks terrific! I can imagine how exciting this must be – I dream of the day when we have removed all of our carpet and can get the hardwoods professionally refinished (I have DIYed it before and will not choose to do so again). Of course we don’t have kids, so I totally hear your preference for carpet for your situation. One of my small pleasures in life is coming home on housekeeper days and seeing the vacuum cleaner lines in the carpet – here’s hoping you can revel in the lovely vacuum lines in yours!

    • LittleBig at 2:28 pm #

      Our old carpet was so old and trodden-on there weren’t any lines on it after vacuuming. This carpet is cherry!

  9. Gen at 6:27 pm #

    I love it! Yay for new carpet. I wish it were named Belgian Wheat instead of Ale, for then it would be 100% perfection.


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