Hardwood floors were at the top of my list when looking for a house. They aren’t hard to find in Des Moines, so it wasn’t a big ask. When we toured our home for the first time, there was only one room with carpet — now Austin’s office, which the previous owners used as a less formal dining room. The carpet was avocado green and loose. Pulling it up and refinishing the hardwoods beneath it was not a hard decision.
Our family room had linoleum — we hoped to find hardwood floors under it and refinish them like we had in the office. But when we pulled the carpet up, the floor was a hodgepodge of composite sheets and subfloor planks. There wasn’t anything to refinish. Instead, we laid new subfloor and had to figure out what to do.
In the design community, wall-to-wall carpet can feel like a fail. It’s something you typically take out, not put in. The room already felt like a challenge with the wonky textured walls and strange layout, so I pushed back against the idea of carpet.
When I stopped thinking about the design rules and started thinking about what we wanted from the space, carpet started to feel like the best option. We already had a living room with hardwood floors. The family room was going to be a space where our kids would do tummy time, learn to walk, build forts and have slumber parties. If I truly believe that interior design’s first priority is to serve the people who live in a home, being caught up in the stigma of carpet was ridiculous.
Of course, there were other things to consider with carpet like germs and dust and padding and all that. And we take care of spot cleaning and vacuuming daily, but carpeting this room was a decision my husband and I definitely don’t regret.
It’s been so fun to watch our daughter play and learn to move in this space that is kind on her falls and her knees as she learns to stand and move. The disappointment we experienced when there weren’t hardwoods in the family room is replaced with joy every time we see our girl cruise around without worry. I’m thankful for the original and gorgeous wood floors in our home and I’m thankful for a room with wall-to-wall carpet.—Lauren
Photography by Austin Day
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Carpet – Stain Master in Cavern from Lowe’s
Sectional – Gaba from Article
Blanket – CB2
Large Bowl – Target
Baby Gate – Target