Bamboo Rug for the Upstairs Family Room

Welcome to the 139th Metamorphosis Monday!

Happy Metamorphosis Monday!  How was your weekend?  I’ve had a fun one.  A friend and I attended an auction, something I haven’t done in ages.  Didn’t buy anything but I captured a few pics I’ll being sharing later.

Metamorphosis Monday:

For this Met Monday, I’m sharing a small metamorphosis in my upstairs family room.  This room is often known as a “bonus” room here in the south.  It’s called a bonus room because it’s a large area over the garage that some home builders finish out and some do not.  When this space is finished in, it’s feels a bit like a “bonus” space, thus the name.  I’m using my bonus room as an upstairs family room/spill over guest room…trying to make it as multi-purpose as possible.

I’ve been gradually adding hardwood flooring to each room in my home and there are just two rooms left to go: the guest room and this upstairs family room.  Since this is a fairly big room, 16′ x 24′ not counting the dormer windows, it’s going to be one of the more expensive rooms to hardwood.  It’s pretty low on the old priority list…somewhere below renovating all three bathrooms and adding built-in shelving to the “some day library.”

A few months ago Wuslu had a “Deal of the Day” that I just couldn’t pass up…a large bamboo mat.  It was a bit of an impulse buy, but worth the risk since I was pretty sure it would look great in either the upstairs family room or out on the screened-in porch.  In the picture below, you get just a glimpse of the rug I’ve had in the upstairs family room for the past 16+ years.  It’s an inexpensive sisal rug…I think I paid $69 for it all those many years ago.


Here’s a better view of it.  During the process of creating a home office, I pulled the sisal rug into the office to just see how it would look.  (By the way, I’ve pretty much decided against having a rug in the office.)  The rug had darkened a fair amount over the years.  Even after turning it over, you can still see where the trunk sat on top for so many years.  See the faded rectangle in the middle?  It’s much worse on the other side…the side that’s been up all these years.   Of course, when the trunk is in place, you can’t really see that.  But, when I spotted the “Deal of the Day” at Wuslu I couldn’t resist replacing this tired old rug.  So, come along and tell me whatcha think about the new upstairs family room rug.


Come on in and check out the new addition.


A view looking down from the sofa…ummm, maybe I should turn the rug around so the writing faces the other way.

Bamboo Mat for Upstairs Family Room

This is the view as you come up the back stairway from the laundry room.  I wanted this room to serve multiple purposes so there’s a TV in the old Swedish pine armoire and the sofa is a sleeper.  This room acts as a spill over guest room when needed.  The trunk holds sheets, blankets and pillows for overnight guests.


This bamboo mat reminds me of one of those old needlework samplers.  It measures 6′ x 10′  and was $134 with $5 shipping as the “deal of the day.”   I’m not sure when it will come back around again on Wuslu…but you can sign up to receive their daily e-mail if you like it and want to keep tabs.  Update:  French Freak also appears to have this bamboo mat.


The letters don’t spell anything…just shows the alphabet in old English script.  I can’t wait to see it atop hardwood flooring one day.  Patience…must have patience.

Bamboo Mat with Old English Script

I turned all the lights off in the room and took this pic below with just the natural light coming in through the windows. This is an accurate view of the colors in this room.  The denim sofa looks so faded out in all the other pics in this post with the lights on, but this is how the sofa and the other pieces in this room really look.  Old bound newspapers work as an end table at the end of the sofa…you can read more about it HERE.


Lights back on and everything looks faded again.  Drat.


If you’re wondering about the paint color in this room…here’s the skinny.  Most of the rooms in my home are painted a soft yellow color by Duron called, Sugar Cookie.  For the bonus, I was afraid Sugar Cookie would clash with all the yellow of the antique pine in this room, so I painted the walls a Duron color called, Tea Biscuit.  Tea Biscuit is a little lighter than Sugar Cookie.  Again, Home Depot can mix any of the old Duron colors for you.

Here’s the formula for Tea Biscuit:


If you would like to compare Sugar Cookie to Tea Biscuit, you’ll find Sugar Cookie on the walls of my kitchen, master bedroom, entry and office.   (See that slanted wall space over behind the plant stand…that section where the back stairway goes down?  I’d love to have built in bookshelves there like I posted/showed in THIS post.   It’s just wasted space right now.)

A view looking down…  Remember my trip to IKEA?  I’ve been holding out on you and now I’m busted. 😉  I never got around to showing you this cute tray I purchased when I went back for the Billy bookcases for the office.   It was only $9.99…love those prices in IKEA.  It just may turn up in a teascape one day for Tablescape Thursday.


A final view as you enter the room from the upstairs hallway.


So that’s my latest metamorphosis.  Can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on in your home!

Related Links:
Downstairs Family Room
Bound Newspapers Create a fun End Table
Wuslu (where bamboo mat was purchased)
Upstairs Family Room

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  1. Pam - diy Design Fanatic says

    Looks like a warm and comfortable room. Love the new rug. Thanks for hosting!

  2. I love the new rug Susan, it looks great!! Love the tray too. 🙂 Thanks so much for hosting!

  3. I love the new bamboo rug! Great trunk, too. Your bonus room looks so cozy!

    Thanks for hosting Met Monday!

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  4. Allison Shops says

    Your space looks so nice and inviting. Thanks for hosting.


  5. Debra @ Common Ground says

    Amazing what that rug adds to this seating area. great buy, and it looks wonderful, thanks for hosting! xo Debra

  6. very cute and eco-friendly too. I totally adore the look of a natural fiber rug like sisal, but your new one is fresh and whimsical 🙂 nice choice. xo, diane

  7. Linda (Nina's Nest) says

    Hi Susan, I like the bamboo run. I've liked them ever since I saw them in MMSeed's home and shop. Pretty! Love the whole room! Linda

  8. Confessions of a Plate Addict says

    Love the mat, Susan! Hardwoods are on my wish list, too! How do they do with Max? Any problems with scratches? Happy week!…hugs…Debbie

  9. I have been trying to link, and I can't get the linky thing to work. I have noticed the same problem on other blogs with this particular tool. Can you help me? My post URL is’S_ALWAYS_SOMETHING….html



  10. ℳartina @ Northern Nesting says

    Susan that mat looks fabulous in your family room! Thanks for hosting, Martina

  11. I like your new rug and have never seen anything quite like it. Your bound newspaper end table is unique!

  12. Susan your family room is so inviting. Love the new rug. I also like the plate holder on the far wall.
    Did you make this?

  13. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Hi Debbie,
    No problem with scratches from Mr. Max. That can happen with large doggies…but kitties and small dogs don't seem to do that. 🙂

  14. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Linda, No…didn't make it. I bought it from an antique dealer who used to travel to Sweden and Denmark twice a year to purchase antiques for his shop. That's where I bought the clock, armoire and chest, too. I don't think he does that now, though.

  15. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Ellen, Just check to make sure you have a link in your post back to the Met Monday party. Inlinkz requires a link back to the host blog to link up. If you do have a link in your post back to BNOTP, it should allow you to link up.

  16. {oc cottage} says

    Oh do I ADORE that bamboo rug!

    m ^..^

    {what the heck is Wuzlu, I clicked on it but couldn't get anywhere? Is it some kind of secret society? ;}

  17. Hi Susan! I love your Bonus room – always have – and your new addition looks wonderful! Love the fancy writing all over it. I wonder if you could spray paint your olden rug and use some stencils. Just a thought!
    Thanks for hosting and I enjoyed taking your survey. I've been so busy lately, I've cut back a bit on my posting.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  18. Summerland Cottage Studio says

    Susan your room came out beautifully.
    I LoVe the color scheme you chose.
    Blue, yellow and white are so cheery !!!

  19. WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie says

    It all looks amazing, Susan! Comfortable and relaxing!

  20. I am in love with the room! Every item in the room makes me "feel good"!

  21. I double-checked, and the link to your blog is correct. It still won't let me link. Yours is not the only one I have had trouble with, and I do always put a link back to the host. Maybe this tool is designed for Blogger?

  22. Nancy @ dream it ... build it! says

    What a great addition to the space. Looks great:)

  23. Hi Susan, I love that mat, great warm color and the writing gives the room an updated look!

    I hope it's okay that my metamorphosis is the new blogging directory 'tool' I made.

    I hope others understand how different it is from their Google Reader.

    xoxo Bunny Jean

  24. The Polka Dot Closet says

    I love the bamboo rug! Your rooms look great! Thank You for hosting!


  25. Ann@A Sentimental Life says

    What an inviting room! The new bamboo mat really pulls the pieces all together. Saw small ones at Kohls yesterday and almost bought a couple so I will be anxious to see how you like it. Thanks for hosting!

  26. Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G says

    Great bamboo mat! The entire room is beautiful and inviting! 🙂

  27. I don't have a project to show but I love seeing what you have been up to. That rug is very cool! Nice addition to the room. I love those plaid chairs and the way they skirted them…great room!

  28. I have always love this room and the colors. The bamboo mat really adds to it and I love it!


  29. Thanks for hosting!! You are going to Love your New Bamboo Mat!! I have one too, I also sell the smaller ones in my Website & Stores. Customers just Love them too! I hope you enjoy yours!! Isn't WUSLU a great place to shop??

    Huggs, Nancy

  30. Looks great! One caution about sisal mats or rugs: make sure you put a rug liner underneath it if you are putting it on a hardwood floor. Our literally sanded our floor and now we have a rug sized light spot in our living room. We intend to refinish the floors someday, anyway, but just a word to the wise!

  31. If my DH knew anything about computers, he would BLOCK my access to your blog, labeling it as "suggestive material". LOL

    You've got me wandering around the house, looking for corners that I can tuck in some shelves.

    ♥♥♥ your pretty new rug and the entire room as well. Makes me want to sit right down with a good book, a cuppa tea & a quilt on my lap…or I could borrow your kitty, since I don't have one of my own anymore. :*-(

    I have nothing to link up but I sure do enjoy seeing all the others' projects. Thanks for gathering them into one place for me to peruse.


  32. I really love how you have decorated this room. It is warm and inviting and looks so cozy. Thanks for sharing.

  33. This room looks like the coziest spot to curl up with a book and just relax!

  34. I just love your style of decorating. Always have.

  35. Your bonus room looks very warm and comfortable, very casual and it would be so relaxing to hang out here. The bamboo rug looks very nice….Christine

  36. Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage says

    Love the new rug! I love that blue and yellow color scheme going on, as well! I'm constantly leaning to an all white space, with little hints of of color. I've got some bright green and aqua going on here and there–they are favorite colors of mine I find hard to live without!

    ~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage

  37. Hi, Susan. Not sure my first comment went through, but I want to make sure it gets to you, because not only do I think this rug is great, but I continue to be amazed by your vision and creativity. Not in a million years would I have thought to buy a rug with lettering on it…and you had the vision, and it's perfect.

  38. Robin @ Happily Home, After says


    Such a cozy bonus room you have; mine is filled with … lots of boxes and junk! Perhaps I should add that room to my project list!

    I'm so glad you mentioned Duron Tea Biscuit; I'm going to be painting my walls and have yet to pick the final color, but I had forgotten (but since you mentioned it) now remember hearing that Tea Biscuit is a soft true yellow that doesn't go neon or read "hot" under different lighting. It looks so nice and refreshing on your walls without taking over, I'm going to have to consider that color.

    Thanks for hosting such great parties. Today I'm sharing how we restyled the fireplace, mantel and bookcases in the room that I need to paint … maybe Tea Biscuit.


  39. Great choice in the rug! It looks perfect with your furniture. Your room is so cheerful and inviting.
    🙂 CAS

  40. Hi, I'm Laura Ingalls Gunn says

    Oh that mat is just lovely!

    The yellow daisy chair that I linked up was my first attempt at piping. I followed and linked your instructions. Thanks!

  41. Kelli @ The Turquoise Piano says

    Absolutely LOVE the rug! Thanks for hosting.

  42. The rug is fantastic, and I really just love the look of that whole bonus room. Your color choice is right up my alley.

  43. ❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ says

    I love the rug! I think it makes a great conversation piece and the colors give a nice contrast. I don't know much about bamboo other than it being long lasting. I'm interested to know how it will hold up on the floor. Since it is not used everyday, I am sure that it will be longer than normal. 🙂

  44. Susan, I love the room and the rug! may I move IN!

  45. Pattie @ Olla-Podrida says

    That rug is fantastic! I love it, the room, and that incredible side table that looks like a stack of books. I think I could live here.

  46. Chari at Happy To Design says

    Hi Susan…

    Well, my friend…I have always loved your upstairs family room/guest room! It just feels so quaint and cozy! Love, love, LOVE your new bamboo mat with the Old English alphabet…it's the perfect addition to this beautiful room! Oooh…and what a great deal you got on it! Sooo very happy for you, my friend! I also love your new tray that you found at IKEA! Yes, it will make a lovely tea tray for a teascape! Can't wait to see that!

    Thank you so much for sharing more of your fabulous home, dear friend! And…thank you for hosting another Metamorphosis Monday party for us! Just tickled that I could join in this week!

    Warmest autumn wishes,

  47. Hi Susan! I love the graphics of your bamboo rug. Your guest space looks so cozy and relaxing, company won't want to leave, lol. I look forward to meeting you at RS's Queen of the Ball in a few weeks. Going to check out the great posts in the linky party. All The Best ~ Heidi

  48. Designs By Pinky says

    I love that bamboo rug and think it would be great in my breakfast room! I will keep an eye out for it now:):) The room looks great. XO, Pinky

  49. I love this bonus room. Coming from India I have grown up with the bamboo mats, using them to sit or sleep. In villages when women guests came these were the mats offered to sit down. Looks great under that chest.

  50. Heaven's Walk says

    What a cozy, welcoming room, Susan! The new rug adds so much character. I just love it! That end table is the coolest thing ever! How unusual and quirky! Great conversation piece! 🙂

    xoxo laurie

  51. I love the rug and the wonderful upholstery in that room… and wherever did you get that wonderful book table? So cool!

  52. I love, love, love your tattoo rug!! I've wanted one ever since I saw Miss Mustard Seed's rug! It looks wonderful in your space, too. I've always loved this room. Thanks for sharing and thanks for hosting. *Becca*

  53. Hello Susan, my first time entering your link today. I love all that I have read and your photos are just lovely. I believe Miss Mustard Seed has that same bamboo rug! It's lovely too!

  54. 723.home.plain & simple says

    LOVE the mat! Beautiful!

  55. Its So Very Cheri says

    I am late to the party (#255). I would LOVE to have you feature it.


  56. Beautiful rooms Susan. I did have to laugh at your cute office picture, It was missing something very important thats in most of your office pictures. Your 4 legged furball. 😉


  57. Catching up-Would you ever scan and post the recipe for tea biscuit like you did for sugar cook?
    I took my printed out form toHD and they made sugar cook and we LOVE it !!!!!! In fact everyone has been asking for it.
    Our HD would NOT have been able to make it without the recipe.
    Thanks so much!
    With warmth and joy~

  58. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Tootels, I'll check and see if I still have a can and see if the recipe is on the top. If it's not, I'll ask my local HD to give me the recipe. I think they have all of them in their computer. Tea Biscuit is really pretty, too. I LOVE both shades of yellow…so glad you liked the Sugar Cookie and it worked out! I fell in love with it when I first saw it in someone else's home. That's always the best way to find a color…because you know you love it before you ever use it. 🙂

  59. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Tootles, I didn't have any left over cans of the Tea Biscuit but I remembered, I keep a file folder for every room in my home. I knew it was a long shot but I decided to look in the file folder for the Upstairs Family Room/Bonus and I couldn't believe it…I had saved part of the the label from the paint can that showed the formula for Tea Biscuit. I just added a picture of it to this post. That should be what you need, although, that formula is a Duron formula. Hopefully Home Depot can mix it from that. Duron was bought out or merged with Sherwin Williams, so they may be able to mix it or have the formula, too. I didn't like the way the Sugar Cookie looked when I had Sher. Wms mix it up recently, but it could have been the base paint (Cashmere) they used. He told me their Cashmere paint was a warm base, whatever that means. Anyway, I didn't like the way the Sugar Cookie looked mixed up with their Cashmere paint. I always go to Home Depot because it comes out looking just the way it is supposed to. Leave a comment if you go buy some and let me know if the formula worked for Home Depot to mix it up. It's a beautiful yellow color, just like the Sugar Cookie, but just a bit lighter in color.

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