Who Wants More Floor?

posted by Momo Fali on October 26, 2009

When my husband and I bought our house nearly 12 years ago, we did a complete renovation. Walls were torn down, floors were torn up and every single room got a fresh coat of paint…or three.

We were in a hurry to get things done because we hated living with the mess and about four months into the renovation, I got pregnant. That really caused us to speed up the process. As a matter of fact, the last bit of carpet was installed the day before my daughter was born.

Because we felt rushed, we made some mistakes along the way. I chose wallpaper because they had enough rolls in stock, not because I actually liked the pattern and I picked white grout for our kitchen and back entrance, because I didn’t consider how quickly a dog and future children would muddy it.

But, by far, the biggest mistake we made was in choosing our flooring. We made bad decisions on the color of carpet, we bought cheap vinyl for our bathrooms and we used contract installers from out of town. If I could rip up those floors and start from scratch I would.

This is one reason that I am so thrilled with the new carpeting in our mudroom. It looks good, it was installed perfectly and the color and texture are just what we needed. You know why? Because it was researched by a trusted Rite Rug employee who steered us in the right direction every step of the process. We also bought an area rug from Rite Rug years ago and it is the only other flooring purchase I’m truly happy with.

And now someone else has the chance for some flooring happy! Rite Rug has generously offered a $199.00 gift certificate to one of my lucky readers! You can use it for the purchase of an area rug, or new bathroom floor, or put it toward new wall-to-wall carpet. The choice is yours!

To enter, first make sure you live near a Rite Rug location. If your home is within the vicinity of a Rite Rug store, just leave a comment here before Friday, November 6th at noon EST. Please leave me a valid e-mail address so I can contact you if you’re the lucky winner!

Good luck, everyone!


Congratulations to Shelly…AGAIN! Last time, my daughter picked your name out of a hat and this time my son did.


  • Jaimie

    I would absolutely LOVE to win this!


  • Anonymous

    You have raved about your mudroom carpet from Rite Rug, and I could definitely use some myself!


  • Anonymous

    I am in the process of remodeling now and just threw out my area rug. Oh what I wouldn't give to have a new rug or replace the 1950's linoleum flooring in my kitchen. Its so old people actually think it supposed to be dirt gray 🙂



  • Jo-Blo

    I just bought a house with all hard wood… I could use a rug or two fo' sho'. Thanks. Glad you're feeling better !!


  • Christina

    Three words: builder's grade carpet.

    Our house was built with supplies that just barely met code, and I would give anything to replace this awful, ratty carpet in our living room.

    I've had to stare at it for years, and it hasn't tolerated the abuse of two children well, either. Some stains won't come out anymore, and I'm tired of rearranging the furniture to hide them.

  • Ed

    Christina had three words, I've got two: five kids!

    That's ten feet, twenty toes–and a house full of hardwood floors.

    Oh, and did I mention it gets freaking cold and winter is upon us?

    I need a rug!

  • Anonymous

    I would love to win this !! I have two kids and over 6 years worth of milk – punch and all sorts of stains on our carpet – and we have all wood floors – with my hubby being laid off and not being able to afford any updates of any kind – this would be an awesome thing !!
    Amie McMonagle

  • shelly

    We have mostly wood floors in our house, but the one room with carpet is in addition where there are only subfloors beneath. The carpet was installed in 1985 – 25 years ago! The previous owners had 4 kids. We have 2 young kids, a lizard, a cat, and a new puppy. Our previous dog died on that carpet – seriously, I can show you the exact spot. (and my kids wonder why we don't have play dates over here!). Did I mention my husband is a car mechanic? Let me tell you, there is nothing out there that can get grease and oil out of a carpet, I have tried them all. I think I would rather win this giveaway than all the Bob Evans gift cards out there!!

  • Erin

    Ahhh!! The house is new to me, but nothing inside is new..including the carpet, it's downright sik!

    Nice giveaway!! =)


  • Todd

    You know, it was about this time last year that our now deceased dog RJ had a wee bit of an accident on the upstairs carpeting. In that it was some cheap grade carpet with wafer thin padding I just cut it out and threw an area rug over it. Needless to say we still have dingy beige with fine persian gracing the upstairs hall to this day. Two Benjamins (less a little Lincoln) would go some distance in making things good. The girls would love it and of course, no dogs allowed. Please Mr. Edwards, pick me!



  • Anonymous

    My house is new and the carpet is good. BUT, I have wood floors in the kitchen and an area rug that I love but have had for 10 years and desperately needs to be replaced. I've just never found anything that I liked enough. However, if it were free…well, I'm sure I'd stop being so picky.


  • Anonymous

    Oh, how I'd love this! I have a screened-in back porch with a construction-grade concrete floor that my husband painted green. NINE YEARS AGO. Needless to say, it's a 'bit' weathered. It didn't look good nine years ago!



  • Karen

    Isn't it funny, how we use the word "retro" to make up for the fact that something is old, outdated and we just don't have the money to change it out right now?…with this in mind, my flooring in our 'new' home is SOOO RETRO!

    Karen Tillman

  • Anonymous

    We have hard wood floors throughout our house- so we could always use a new rug! Thanks Diane!


  • Anonymous

    I would love to win carpet from Rite Rug. Thanks for the info!

    Aunt Shirley


  • laura

    count me in, we have rite rug flooring in the new part of our house, makes the old part look older. Laura cwatfoster@aol.com

  • shelly

    tell the kids they'll get their bribe payment later – thanks so much MoMo and Rite Rug. Can't wait for the next contest. i'm feeling lucky!

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