And thus, my empty decorating envelope. I found a Karastan carpet for $40. I hate to spend so much on an imitation Oriental, but the colors, the pattern--just right for the breakfast room. Our Habitat Homestore is unique among secondhand shops in that it offers refunds with receipt within 30 days. I thought it was worth a try, even though no one else thought a rug would work there. Its weight and depth pulls the whole room together. Overly traditional, perhaps, but the oriental rug + polished wood + bright fabrics is a classic combination. All that's left are my sister's blue toile chairs I am usurping for the other side of the room.
Now I'm extra happy that all my dishes are blue and white!