Last week I finally got rid of that beige carpet that I'd hated from the day it was first delivered. The one I tried to kill but it wouldn't die. In fact, on the day it was delivered, I seriously wondered if they had brought me the wrong carpet. I think there must have been tricky lighting in the shop because after paying not a small amount of money for that carpet, I never liked it. But it cost a lot of money so I kept it for 12 years.
The new carpet is from Ikea. I took a chance - it's turquoise! We only have one reception room so there's no space to be sophisticated in the best room and more daring in the den. If you asked my style I'd say manor house rather than country cottage (although I would love to live in a country cottage) and definitely not shabby anything. I don't like shabby even if it is chic. And blues and greens. No brown. My overall vision is clean-lines, no-fuss cosy. In a word, I suppose Ikea.
I was a bit worried about the carpet, but as I said, I took a chance. You can do that with an Ikea carpet costing less than $200 because if we hated it I would get rid of it after a couple of years. And reader, the quality does not feel any less than that expensive carpet that I did hate.
It took a bit of getting used to. As I unrolled it, I wasn't certain if it went well with the sofas. I didn't hate it but I didn't instantly love it. DD wasn't sure either. But instead of saying, "I'm not sure if I like it," she asked me, "do you like it?"
It's very subtle. She wasn't sure about the carpet but she was careful not to say anything negative. She was diplomatic and polite. I loved that. I was so proud that she was sensitive enough to do that.
One of the basic tenets for doctors is, 'above all do no harm.' It's a good one. For me another basic tenet is, 'above all be kind and be polite.' We don't always manage it, but on this occasion DD nailed it.
Over the next few days we got used to the carpet and now we like it. I'm not planning its early demise. We had guests on Shabbat and the first friend to arrive exclaimed, "ooh new carpet! Lovely!" I loved her for that. Our colours are unsophisticated but we're feeling the clean-lines, no-fuss cosy.