I've been like a crazy woman looking for design ideas for the new house. One of the things that I absolute know that I want for a sitting area off the kitchen is a jute or sisal natural fiber rug. I want to be sure to add texture wherever I can. Natural fiber rugs give a relaxed feel to a space that really want I want in the informal hang-out space where I hope to have people gather near the kitchen. Plus, you can't beat the durability of the natural fibers.