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Easy Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

Thanksgiving feels like it has snuck up on us, and with the holiday being a week away, we have several decorating tips that can make your home feel like Thanksgiving in no time.

To create a space of warmth and coziness, decorate with colors that are inspired by the season, such as soft brown, burnt orange, and cranberry.

 

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Before your guests even walk into your home, you want them to feel comfortable and relaxed. An easy way to do this is to welcome your guests by hanging a festive fall-themed wreath on your front door. This sets the tone that once they walk inside, there will be a warm, festive atmosphere awaiting them.

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Near your entrance, have a thankful board either hanging on a wall or resting on an accent table, where your guests can write down something or someone that they are thankful for. By the end of the day, your thankful board will be overflowing with reasons that everyone can be thankful.

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If you’re hosting a holiday dinner, it will be important to have a festive dining table. Add festive table linens to each place setting, and create fall-themed place tags for your table. You could use pretty leaves gathered from your yard, or use mini pumpkins with a name written on a tag, tied around the stem. For your centerpiece, use decorative vases that are layered with twigs, berries, pine cones, and corn kernels to create a full fall effect.

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Remember, when it comes to decorating, less is more, and sometimes having too many decorations can be overwhelming. Keep décor simple, stick to several colors, and decorate with what you already have to make your home feel warm and welcome for your friends and family.

What is your best tip for decorating your home for the holidays?

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The Pros & Cons of Luxury Vinyl Tile

Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is a popular style of flooring that is made of multiple layers that are strategically placed to provide design, durability, and ease of maintenance for the home owner. Thanks to innovative manufacturing, luxury vinyl tile has the look of stone or hardwood at a fraction of the cost, making it an easy choice for busy families and households with pets.

Any type of flooring will have its pros and common misconceptions, so we’ve compiled a list to assist you in determining if luxury vinyl tile is the right flooring for your home.

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3 Pros of Luxury Vinyl Tile

Ease of Maintenance & Extreme Durability

With LVT floors, cleaning away spills and scuff marks is as simple as using a damp paper towel. Luxury vinyl tile is constructed of multiple layers, and because there is a clear top layer over the design, the design is actually safe from fading, stains, and scratches. Thanks to the protective top layer, luxury vinyl tile can also withstand moisture, pets, children, and heavy foot traffic.

Installation is a Breeze

Not all luxury vinyl is installed the same way due to the brand, but regardless of whether glue or grout is used, or whether they lock together or have peel-off backing, installation will be simple and painless.

High-End Design

Thanks to the innovative manufacturing techniques that we have in place, luxury vinyl tile can bring a luxurious look to your home while also providing ample cushioning to your feet. The high-end design of luxury vinyl tile makes it possible for you to have it in your kitchen, bathroom, family room, and/or den. Since it can be used in both casual and formal settings, this flooring option looks great in any room in your home!

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3 Misconceptions of Luxury Vinyl Tile

Lacks Design Depth

One of the biggest misconceptions is that the design is printed flat, thus creating the fallacy that the floor lacks texture and depth. This couldn’t be further from the truth, as manufacturing techniques are so advanced that visual depth and realistic texture is built into the design, making it look just like hardwood or stone.

Luxury Vinyl Tile is Laminate

Luxury vinyl tile is a synthetic product that is waterproof and scratch resistant, while laminate is made up of recycled hardwood, and thus, not waterproof.

The Design Will Wear Off

There’s been talk that because of foot traffic that the design will wear off, but because the design layer is protected by the wear layer, luxury vinyl tile is in fact resistant to the scratches and dings that come from walking on the floor.

What rooms in your home would you add luxury vinyl tile floors to?

Hot Design Trends for Fall 2017

With fall upon us, there’s never been a more perfect time to make décor changes in your home. In order to make room for the latest design trends, old trends such as all-white interiors and plain bedding must leave.

Follow along and you’ll learn our top tips for incorporating the latest home interior design trends into your space.

Emerald Green

Used to evoke feelings of luxury and strength, emerald green, a rich jewel tone, is gaining momentum in home design.  Emerald green is a great for accent pieces in your home such as chairs, decorative pillows, throw blankets, and even artwork. To make more of a bold statement with emerald, consider using it as your wall color for quite the impact.

 

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Relaxing Retreats

With the rise of social media, more homeowners are seeking solace from their electronic devices and taking it a step further by deeming their bedrooms a technology-free room. Homeowners want their bedroom to be a relaxing retreat, and this will be a hot trend this fall and continuing well into the new year.  To create a cozy, bedroom, consider decorating with a canopy bed, textured throw pillows, and lace curtains, along with textured pieces such as reclaimed wood furnishings or knitted blankets.

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Dark Paint

Brace yourself, because dark wall colors are making a bold impact in home design. Add black to your walls for a strong yet cozy statement. If black is a little too dark for your taste, consider a chocolate brown that can still give your space a rich, dramatic look.

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What are your favorite design trends for the fall season?

How to Create a Relaxing Bedroom

The bedroom is the one place in your home that you can turn to when life gets to be a little stressful and hectic. It’s the room where you can escape from the craziness of day to day life and enjoy a little bit of rest and relaxation. Utilize the below décor tips to create a tranquil bedroom that encourages relaxation and peace.

Decorate with a Serene Palette

Different colors have a different impact on our mood, so incorporate calm and soothing colors like soft blues and greens, lavender, grey, and beige, to bring peace into your bedroom. These colors work best in décor such as curtains and bedding, and for a bigger impact, consider repainting your walls in a soothing color.

Lighting Plays an Important Role

After a long day when we want several minutes of relaxation, the worst thing for this is harsh lighting. To avoid a brightly lit room in the evening, choose lighting that has a warmer tone to it, which will allow you to recharge your batteries without the obstruction of bright lights. Another great option is to install dimming lights in your room, which allows you to control the brightness of your room depending on the time of day.

Cozy textures

Textured décor will transform your space into a cozy sanctuary. Fuzzy area rugs add warmth to your feet, knit throw pillows add comfort and warmth to your bed, and a plush comforter makes for a comfortable place to curl up under, allowing for the release of everyday tension.

What is your favorite way to make your bedroom feel like a retreat?

Indoor Plants for Your Interior Style

Summer is the time when nature radiates beauty. There are people across the world that get together to hold outdoor parties, go hiking, or to the ocean just to get outside and enjoy the natural scenery. With so much desire to be surrounded in natural foliage, why not bring a piece of nature indoors to give your home and sanctuary a summery flare? Whatever your interior style is, there is a plant that will complement it perfectly and provide a beautiful essence to the space.

Modern

This style is all about clean lines, bold colors such as black, and the use of abstract décor pieces. Modern style has little room for frills and distractions, and this guideline extends into incorporating indoor plants. Bamboo stems and fiddle leaf trees are a wonderful addition to a modern home because they are sleek with linear lines. They do not add a feeling of unnecessary clutter, yet they add an interesting dimension to any room.

Big and Bold

Do you like standout décor that your guests are sure to never stop talking about? You’re interior style may consist of red-orange, canary yellow, hot pink, or any bold color under the sun. Texture is abundant, and rather than the philosophy being “less is more,” it’s “more is more.”

This thinking should extend to indoor plant selection. A bold space can be made even more memorable by adding a cascading palm tree plant or a towering ficus. Unexpected and stylish, these plants are perfect for your larger-than-life interior décor.

Minimalist

Minimalist styles strive for simplicity and creates an inspiring design with only the most special and unique pieces on display. Clutter is a minimalist’s nightmare, but even minimalist spaces can benefit from a little bit of greenery, and there are plants that won’t sacrifice the understated nature of the home.

Succulents are small but will add a significant amount of character to a space. Lemon butter ferns are delicate and textural, and will not disrupt an uncluttered space. Both are fairly low-maintenance plants, tying back into the simplistic lifestyle of which minimalists cherish so much.

Light and Airy

A home with natural light flooding in through high windows, muted colors such as dusty rose, blue-grey, and sage green, and delicate fabrics such as chiffon and lace all work together to create a place that is dreamy and elegant. With a whimsical home such as this, it’s important to choose indoor plants that will complement the lightness that each piece of décor offers to the space. Calla lilies are sleek and beautiful, and in a stark white color they are sure to add a touch of brightness to the room. Polka dot plants are dainty and delicate, and soft pink day lilies go perfectly in a room full of sunshine.

What’s your favorite summer houseplant?

Keep it Light for Summer

Summer is the time for barbeques, family outings, swimming, camping, and simply taking time out to relax. Along with the season also comes blistering heat, which can sometimes bog you down. As homes across the country replace their window screens for AC units or swap out their heavy-duty comforters for thinner quilts, you can get ahead of the curve to conquer the red-hot sun with the latest trends. This summer, light and airy home décor will turn your home into the coolest of the neighborhood, literally and figuratively.

Dark colors pale in comparison . . .

Pale colors are not only chic, but their cool undertones are perfect for creating that easy-breezy feeling in your home. Colors like baby blue, blush pink, sage green, and mellow yellow, will bring a soft touch to dark living room walls that may be too harsh for summer months.

Step into the season . . .

Do your floors need an update? What better time to swap out your old carpeting or dark hardwood floors for something in a lighter shade.

Hardwood not only keeps your feet cool in the summer heat, but looks cohesive with the light and airy colors previously mentioned. Opt for a low-gloss hickory, such as Millwood Stream by Floorcraft, or something more rustic, such as Canunda pinewood by Floorcraft.

White tones will transform your home . . .

If you’re not in the market for re-painting your walls or changing your flooring altogether, then adding carefully cultivated, beautiful décor to a space can upgrade it in a pinch. Ivory and creamy whites are a great way to incorporate airiness and elegance into a home that has darker, bolder colors.

There is something ever so serene about billowing white curtains swaying in the summer breeze as the sun floods in through the window. Whatever style home you have, décor in shades of white is sure to lighten up the space in no time.

Choosing to upgrade your home with colors and décor that add a light and wistful vibe to your home just might make the summer months feel a little less hot and a little more amazing.

Remember to stop by your local Flooring America store for your flooring needs all year round!

Is Hardwood or Carpet Easier To Maintain?

When it comes time to replace the floors in your home, there is no doubt that you will have a lot that you need to think about. Choosing new floors isn’t as simple as choosing a new recipe to make for your Sunday family dinner. There are factors that you need to consider, such as whether or not you have children and pets, the function of the room, the climate that you live in, and the necessary maintenance for upkeep.

While all of our flooring can fit the needs of your lifestyle, at the end of the day, the burning question that will be on your mind is whether hardwood or carpet is easier to maintain. While we aren’t afraid of hard work and a little bit of elbow grease, most homeowners want quality flooring that won’t require cleaning day in and day out.

While both carpet and hardwood have pros and cons when it comes to cleaning and overall maintenance, any type of flooring is going to require you to either vacuum, sweep, or mop by weeks end.

Carpet

Carpet has a softer underfoot and is ultimately warmer than hardwood, but it does require frequent vacuuming in order to pick up the trapped dirt, dust, and pet hairs that get trapped in the carpet fibers. You will also need to have your carpet shampooed or steamed several times throughout the year to pick up the allergens and other debris that a vacuum cleaner simply cannot pick up.

Lastly, beware of the fact that carpet is more susceptible to showing wear and tear in the heavy traffic areas of your room, so if you have pets and little kids running around, more cleaning might be required of you.

Hardwood

There’s no doubt that hardwood floors are easier to clean than carpet, however, you are still going to want to mop or sweep your floors every few days. While carpet requires a deep cleaning several times a year, with hardwood, using a cleaning solution at least once a month is highly recommended.

A liquid spill is easier to clean up when it’s spilled on hardwood as opposed to carpet, but dropping a hard object can dent hardwood, whereas it has little impact on carpet.

No matter which flooring you choose, you will still be required to clean and maintain the quality of your floors if you want them to last as long as possible, so really, the choice is yours.