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Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Remember when you were little and relegated to the kids' table in the kitchen for family celebrations? This was not always because grandma didn't have enough room for the kids in the dining room. Often it was because she didn't want turkey gravy spilled on her dining room carpet.

Family gatherings should be family gatherings -- all in one room when it comes to mealtime, even if you have to add a few card tables to extend the dining room table.

But what about that rug? No one wants turkey gravy or cherry pie on the seeping into that hand-knotted Persian.

Instead of buying a traditional area rug for the dining room, think a bit outside the box. Outdoor rugs come in all different styles, colors, and sizes. Some are even reversible. And they're usually much cheaper than their indoor counterparts, especially if you buy them at the end of the season. But best of all? Spills are much easier to deal with.

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