A Cowhide Rug Accident With a Happy Ending

So I’ve had the cowhide rug itch for several months now. Not sure why. Just one of those things I do where I wake up one morning and think crazy things like that, and then need it immediately. It’s a sickness.


This is the new cowhide rug that almost didn’t happen.

Cowhide Rug in Family Room | www.decorchick.com

I was browsing around online for a while and found one I really liked during one of Joss & Main’s sales, and thought it would work in our living room. This is the one I thought I was ordering.

Dark Brown Cowhide Rug | www.decorchick.com

I know you’re thinking that’s a lot of dark brown and black that would be in our living room because of the leather furniture, but there is a new sofa on the way that is not brown leather, so that is what I kept in mind.

But when I received it, it clearly was not the same.

Layered Cowhide Rug | www.decorchick.com

But, it was definitely a happy accident because I love the “wrong” one. Maybe Joss & Main was looking out for me. ;)

And it didn’t occur to me that you’d probably see every speck of junk on that darker one, so I’m happy the junk can be hidden deep within the light cow hair and no one will ever know.

And yes this is a real cow.


It was kind of a creepy feeling at first but it only lasted about 5 minutes.

Would I have thought I’d ever have a cowhide rug? No. But my taste changes and sometimes I get wild and like to do something a little out of the ordinary. I do love the layered look of it on our big area rug!

And I couldn’t just get a cow and leave out the sheep, so here’s a fun little sheepskin throw thing from Ikea.

Ikea Sheepskin Throw | www.decorchick.com

It’s kind of crazy right?

And then I also love this black and white striped throw, also found at Ikea.

Ikea Striped Throw Blanket | www.decorchick.com

I really love Ikea even more when you don’t have to put stuff together.

So that’s it for a few new additions in the living room. The ottoman you guys all saw in my Christmas home tour post, but it was a clearance deal from Marshall’s. I had been eyeing it for months and happened to go there on the right day. Love when that happens!

Oh also, Ikea does have some pretty cowhides too that I saw the other day–decently priced for the size as well. The one we have is 6×7.

What do you think of cowhides and the new living room additions? Oh, p.s.-paint color is Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige. I swear I will do a paint color post this year. Hold me to it!



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  1. Love the “mistake!” It looks really good. I’m not sure the dark one would’ve looked as good layered on top of your existing rug, but this one is a winner!

  2. I love happy mistakes! Your home is so beautiful. I want to come visit and cozy up for a long chat :)

  3. We purchased one from Ikea and love it. Hubby had to have one with the branding mark on it! LOL I too have the sheepskin. Puppy loves that one!!

  4. I really like that look! It’s adds another layer of interest to the space. I’m excited to see your new sofa!

  5. Gorgeous! I absolutely love the rug and the rest of the room!

  6. I have been following your blog religiously for the past several months and love most of what you do, but I honestly think cowhide rugs and sheepskin throws (and leather couches) are frivolous and harmful, not only to the animals who are tortured and raised in horrific conditions to get such things, but also to us as humans. Animal production for our consumption is wreaking havoc on our environment, which affects each and every one of us. Please consider watching this important film to learn more about why animals should be treated with compassion, not turned into decoration: http://earthlings.com/?page_id=32. And thanks for being open to all points of view.

  7. Now I want one! ;)

  8. Love it. Yes, I want one too. I wish that I had you decorating sence that you have. I want all new furniture including the coral sofa. lol Keep posting, love your ideas.

  9. I really like the “happy mistake” cowhide rug. The colors are perfect for your room and what a wonderful way to “recycle” items from our environment. I’ve not thought of using a cowhide rug for my home but I’m certainly going to look into it as I make new changes in the next few months. Can’t wait to see your new couch when it arrives.

  10. O.K. you live in Texas, so a cowhide kind of goes with the history of cattle ranches. I too have seen them in Ikea. Your room looks nice. I have a color on my living room wall similar to yours called ” weathered oak”, it seems to take in different colors, just like old barn wood. I always feel blessed too when I find something on sale that I have wanted for a long time.

  11. I am there with you…LOL…been itching for one too. Worldmarket has one for $350 I like a lot…..but is it slippery on the floor? I am also falling for all the fur throws lately. Love the look in your room. Christine from Little Brags

  12. I bought one for my husband’s office. Got it at an antique store for $125. I kept asking was the price correct. Great deal!!!

  13. My kitchen is painted SW Balanced Beige and I love it.

  14. I really like the lighter coloring of the cow you received! I’ve never seen one like it and it’s really pretty with the rest of your room. I’ve been looking around at them too but what I really want is one of those fluffy white sheep like rugs! I assume we’ll be seeing a new sofa soon? LOL! Hugs, Leena

  15. What great luck. Now I want to add a cowhide to my den.

  16. absolutely love it!
    I’ve been contemplating a cow hide for a while now and seeing yours layered on a similar rug I’m going to take the Ikea cowhide plunge. I’ve just discovered your blog and thorought enjoy your posts and projects!

  17. Love the cowhide rug. I love thinking outside the box for decor! Looks amazing layered!

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