Porch Rug Advice


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Dear How to Decorate

I am having a difficult time picking an outdoor rug for my porch and would like your expertise on the three rugs I’ve chosen below.

I am also open to any other indoor/outdoor rugs you think would go better.

Dorset Rug

Pembroke Rug

Verona Rug

Dorset Indoor/Outdoor Rug Pembroke Indoor/Outdoor Rug Verona Indoor/Outdoor Rug



Porch Rug Advice

Dear Kim,

Thank you so much for your recent question regarding our Rugs. First, may we say that you have a beautiful porch! We really think you have created a warm and inviting space. We looked at your selection of rugs and feel that any of them would work with what you have.

To make things more complicated, we would like you to look at our Valentia Indoor/Outdoor Rug and our Woodland Indoor/Outdoor Rug. Our favorite is the Valentia. We think it is light enough and yet the border has some depth without becoming too dramatic. There is no wrong choice here. We just think it is a matter of whether you wish to have a darker rug or a lighter look to the space. It is difficult to make a choice without seeing the rugs.

Valentia Rug Woodland Rug
Valentia Indoor/Outdoor Rug Woodland Indoor/Outdoor Rug

If you truly want to see the rug, we suggest purchasing the smallest size (2’ x 3’) for color, then you can return it – of course you will have to pay postage, but it is less expensive than ordering the larger size. Please drop us a line and let us know what you have decided, and maybe a picture with the rug you chose. We love seeing how creative our customers are!

The Style Studio Team

Porch Rug Advice Follow UpFollow Up:

I wanted to let you know I chose the Valentia Rug and it looks great! Although it was a special delivery, it arrived in 3 weeks which was wonderful.

Thank you,

Dear Kim,

We’re thrilled that the Valentia Rug worked so well and arrived in record time! We think the rug is a winner. It looks so inviting and blends beautifully with your decor. We just love seeing the finished product. You should enjoy this rug for years to come, and by the way, we really think your cat loves the porch too!

Have a wonderful summer!
The Style Studio Team

Although our Valentia Rug is no longer available, we have a wide variety of Rugs to choose from. Please let us know if you need any help with your selection. We would be happy to make a few suggestions.

Posted 7/1/09

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    July 2, 2009

    This porch looks great! Nice work, everyone!