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Design of the Month

We gave two of our designers a project to come up with some ideas for a family room. No limitations on color, here is what they each came up with.

Option 1: Deeper, richer earthy tones set the mood to warm and inviting.

Ashley family room

 

1. Cambria color Laneshaw …. could be used for a bar top, fireplace face or hearth, the top of a built in bookcase, or even a recessed ledge/ niche.

2. Glass tile- this 4″ x 4″ black glossy tile would be a stunning backsplash with the Cambria Laneshaw or on the fireplace face.

3. Mosaic tile-  you can incorporate this beautiful mosaic glass and stone mix mosaic tile in the bar backsplash or use it on the fireplace face.

4. Blinds- for your window covering needs this woven blind from Alta offers a casual and earthy look that is perfect for this type of space.

5. LVT- use this linear striated pattern on the bar floor, or in front of a patio door for a chic and modern look. (style: Karndean Loose Lay color Pennsylvania)

6. Carpet- Plush and soft, this frieze texture carpet is rich and inviting. (style: Tuftex I Got You color Deep Brown)


 

Option 2: Lighter neutrals of creamy beiges and subtle taupes offer a hint of sophistication and grace to this color pallet while still being comfortable and cozy.

Hollys family room

1. Floor tile: Soft taupe tones in a subtle washed effect. This tile is a great option for a bar floor, in front of a patio door or it can even be used as a fireplace face or hearth tile. (style: Modern Olive 12 x 24)

2. Glass tile: These creamy beige tones are stunning against the Cambria countertop and could be used as a backsplash.

3. Cambria color Nevern- is a brand new color! There are stunning amethyst tones running throughout against a backdrop of neutral tones for just a hint of color.

4. Paint: Sherwin Williams SW6273 Nouvelle White

5. Paint: Sherwin Williams SW6277 Special Gray

6. Carpet: This premium soft carpet feels amazing underfoot! Mohawk Smartstrand Silk style Healing Touch color Driftwood

 

We would love to hear your opinion- do you prefer the darker richer tones of option 1 or the lighter creamy beige and gray neutrals of option 2?

Featured Brand: Mohawk Carpet

Finding the right carpet can be difficult. There are so many brands and styles and colors and textures… it can leave you feeling overwhelmed!

Here are Superior Flooring, our goal is to guide you into a carpet that will suit your needs. We take into consideration your budget, lifestyle and even your personality to figure out just the right fit for YOU!

This month we are featuring one brand (of many) that we carry. Mohawk has a variety of fiber types available, however these are 2 of our favorites. They are soft, durable and have many styles and colors to choose from.

If you are in the market for new carpet, we hope you can stop by our showroom to see these carpets in person- and FEEL them for yourself.

 


 

Weardated Embrace is a premium soft nylon made by spinning 2 times the amount of fiber in each cable making this carpet exceptionally soft and plush. In performance tests, Weardated Embrace carpets have proven durability after 30,000 foot passes. And, they have premium soil and stain protection, using Scotchguard Advance Repel Technology.

Weardated Embrace

Weardated Embrace

 

 

photo credit: Mohawk

photo credit: Mohawk

 

For more information about Weardated Embrace click here or stop into our showroom.


 

SmartStrand Silk is the latest soft carpet introduction. Silk is luxuriantly soft with built-in stain protection that never washes or wears off! It is preferred 5 to 1 over premium soft nylon and has 3 times the fiber of ordinary nylon. Check out our other blog post  by clicking here for more info about SmartStrand Silk.

 

SmartStrand Silk

SmartStrand Silk

 

photo credit: Mohawk

photo credit: Mohawk

For more information about SmartStrand Silk click here or stop into our showroom.


 

 

Jennifer’s Mexican Wraps

These little Mexican inspired wraps are packed full of flavor and have a nice little kick!!  They are so easy to make and are a great choice to bring to your next summer picnic or get-together. We just love em’ and they are sure to be a hit! Try and eat just one… just try!

Jennifer’s Mexican Wraps

mexican wraps rolls

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 2-8oz packages cream cheese ( regular or 1/3 less fat)
  • 10 slices of jalapeños from a jar  (Use more or less depending on spice level desired)
  • 1/3 cup chunky salsa
  • 1 1/2 cups Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion

 

 

mexican wraps ingr

 

Directions:

  1. Mix all above ingredients by hand till well blended.
  2. Spread mixture 1/8 to 1/4 thick on large tortillas.
  3. Roll up tight and wrap in cling wrap.
  4. Refrigerate for a minimum of one hour.
  5. Unwrap and slice into 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick slices.

Enjoy!

Product Feature: Carpet

Selecting the right carpet can be tough and the carpet language might seem a little foreign so I’m going to break it down to simplify things. Below are some of the more popular types of carpet. This list is my no means exhaustive but gives you a basic solid foundation.


photo credit: Carpet and Rug Institute

photo credit: Carpet and Rug Institute

First up is a cut pile. This is by far the most common carpet type and many different looks fall into this category such as Saxony, Plush, Textured, and Frieze.

This is a good foundation for carpet construction however each individual carpet gets its durability from the type of fiber used, density of the tufts and the amount of twist per cable.

Texture 7-28

Textured carpets are the most versatile. They can be formal or informal, hide footprints and vacuum marks due to their two-tone effect and are great for family rooms and areas with lots of traffic.

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Plush carpets are dense and luxurious. They are best suited for more formal rooms and areas with less traffic. They do show vacuum cleaner marks and footprints.

frie

 

Frieze carpets have a more casual appearance. The ends of the cables are twisted or curled to give lots of texture and movement. This is great for concealing foot traffic and vacuum marks, however they have a tendency to lay down in between vacuuming. Frieze carpets are for active families and are great at hiding seams.


 

photo credit: Carpet and Rug Institute

photo credit: Carpet and Rug Institute

Loop pile or Berber carpets are great for limiting vacuum marks and foot traffic and can have a casual or formal look. The seams are usually visible and this style of carpet can be damaged by snags.

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They can also be woven to create patterns like the Patterned Loop style below. There may be additional yardage needed to match the pattern.

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photo credit: Carpet and Rug Institute

photo credit: Carpet and Rug Institute

Cut and loop pile carpet combines the cut and loop styles creating patterns and textures for a more updated look to the loop/ berber carpet.  Typically this carpet style has a low profile and tends to perform well in higher traffic areas. A draw back is that in seams may be visible and there may be additional yardage needed to match the pattern.

Cut and loop 7-28

 


Hopefully this helps give you an understanding of some of the different types of carpet that are available.

In addition to these style types, the fiber type also makes a big difference in the durability of the carpet, but we’ll cover that later.

Sources: Carpet.org; Carpet and Rug Institute

Care & Maintenance: Carpet

How you care for your carpet makes a big difference in how your carpet looks and performs. You want to ensure that you are properly maintaining your new carpet so that it lasts for many years.

Here are some basics:

1. Use walk off mats at entry ways to prevent dirt and other materials from getting tracked in.

2. Regular vacuuming is the key to keeping your carpets looking beautiful. Vacuuming removes dirt and other debris from the carpet pile and prevents it from becoming embedded deeper in. High traffic areas like hallways and stairs need to be vacuumed more often. Typically once a week for low traffic areas and 2 or more times per week for higher traffic.

Make sure that you have a vacuum with an adjustable height beater bar or rotating brush and also enough suction power to get deep into the carpet. The adjustable height beater bar or rotating brush is important especially for thicker pile and the new soft premium carpets. If the beater bar or rotating brush is set too low the carpet fibers can become damaged and leave the carpet looking fuzzy.

3. Professional cleaning is recommended every 12-18 months.

Stain removal:

Undoubtedly, at some point in your carpets life spills and stains will happen. The Carpet and Rug Institute has great tips for many common stains. Please refer to their website here for tips. Also, you can refer to your specific carpet manufacturers website for more detailed stain removal.

Carpet Cleaning:

Renting a do-it-yourself extractor or steam cleaner is effective at assisting with spots and spills but they don’t take the place of periodic deep cleaning by a professional. You should have your carpets professionally cleaned every 12-18 months. Refer The Carpet and Rug Institute here for tips on choosing a professional carpet cleaning company.

 

Sources:

The Carpet and Rug Institute, Mohawk Flooring, Shaw Flooring

Design of the Month

grey bath design

 

This months featured design is a rich blend of sophisticated/contemporary, in shades of warm greys with a splash of black!

We just LOVE how amazing this design would look in a master bathroom… don’t you think so?!

Are you looking to remodel? Or are you building a new home? Or just looking for inspiration…

Here are the products we used:

1. Transit color Olive 12 x 24 porcelain tile… Can be used on the bathroom floor or shower/ tub walls.

2. Jeffery Court Glass Duality…. this glass tile can be incorporated in so many ways- accent in the shower, tiled backsplash for the vanity or even a wall feature.

3. Our color choice for painted millwork is Sherwin Williams Creamy SW7012

4. Cambria Bellingham…. Stunning!

5. Zen Tahitian Black pebbles… we are envisioning this tile for the shower floor, although, you could go all out and tile the entire bathroom floor!!

I can see it now… I WANT this bathroom!

Thanks for checking out our Design of the Month!! Check back next month to see what we come up with!!

 

 

Product Feature: Wood Floors

 

These are just a few wood flooring options!

These are just a few wood flooring options!

These are just a few of the many, many options available for wood floors.

1. T & G Smooth Acacia Dark

2. Urban Lifestyle Exotic Maple Natural

3. Mercier Red Oak Autumn Leaf

4. Trillium Stand Woven Bamboo Antique Barnside

 

Whether your décor is contemporary, rustic or traditional or somewhere in between, we have lots of options!!

Stop by our showroom to see what can work in your home! Our designers are here to help you!!

 

So many choices!!

So many choices!!

 

And, this month we are all about wood floors! Have you have checked out our other posts?

Product Facts: Wood Floors

Care and Maintenance of Wood Floors