I made you something...
Knowing that you want a cottage-y, but not country house, this image that I came across earlier in the week, while actually hunting for a dining room table...still, was actually my inspiration.
|Triangle Honeymoon via Lonny Magazine|
If you are going to do the ticking stripe curtains, I think the rug will be the room's statement piece, so my advice is to pick a WOW rug. I bought the rug in my foyer from Rugs USA. They are reasonably priced and always have discounts. You should definitely check there, too. I picked the one above in the storyboard just because I liked all the colors and it has blue to tie in the with chair and artwork.
Here are some other rugs I found on Rugs USA with the cottage-y, but not country feel:
For the other accents pictured, here's where they are from:
1. Target, Room Essentials Curtain Rod - I know you said you were having trouble finding rods, but I always get mine from here.
2. Pottery Barn, Bee Pillow Covers
3. Rugs USA, Couristan Applique Collection Summer Day Multi Rug4. Pottery Barn, Circle Frame Pillow Cover - Love how you can monogram this one
Well, I cannot wait to see what you come up with!! I know the readers in cyberspace can't wait to see your new family room either.