Flooring

Use Whitewash Or Pickling To Refresh Hardwood Floors

Use Whitewash Or Pickling To Refresh Hardwood Floors

If you’re eager to alter the color of your hardwood floors but prefer a more classic, timeless hue, consider a gentle alteration using two techniques: whitewashing and pickling. Whitewashing, an ideal treatment for pine floors, brightens wood while allowing the grain to show through, an ideal option if you don’t […]

Add Color with High Pressure Laminate Panels

Add Color with High Pressure Laminate Panels

When someone asks where you spend most of your time, the garage doesn’t typically rise to the top of the list, does it (well maybe it does – I am writing on a DIY blog)? Anyway, if your answer was no, it didn’t for me either … at least until […]

Tigressa SoftStyle Carpet from Shaw Floors

Tigressa SoftStyle Carpet from Shaw Floors

Yesterday we had an opportunity to visit the Shaw Floors campus in Dalton, GA. We were given a behind the scenes tour of the facilities and shown the process it takes to bring a carpet line from conception to market. Shaw also introduced us to their latest product, Tigressa SoftStyle. […]

3 Ways to Compare Carpet Installation Quotes

3 Ways to Compare Carpet Installation Quotes

This week our editor Timothy Dahl is in Dalton, GA (the unofficial carpet capital of the world) visiting with Shaw Floors. We thought this was the perfect time to breakdown the process of getting carpet bids for installation. Here’s our process. It’s nearly here. You’ve worked hard on a renovation […]

Urban Warehouse Renovation

Urban Warehouse Renovation

In my recent issue of Natural Home, I fell in love with a revamped warehouse-turned-home in Chicago. I was most impressed with the home’s exterior elements. Outside is a greenhouse and a roof garden surrounding solar panels. An outdoor boardwalk overlooks the courtyard and connects to the homeowner’s studio. There’s […]

Go Big on Your Patio

Go Big on Your Patio

Patios are personal things. You’ll probably spend time out there in your robe and PJ’s. You might have romantic meetings on the patio or entertain important people. There’s bound to be tons of memories played out on the surface of your patio. So you need that patio surface to reflect […]

SnapStone Interlocking Tile System: Tiling Made Easier

SnapStone Interlocking Tile System: Tiling Made Easier

We were recently introduced to SnapStone which is a floating porcelain tile system. What’s unique about SnapStone is that along the edge of each piece of tile are a set of over/under teeth that when set against another piece of tile will lock each in place. This inter-locking system creates […]

Spend or Save on Home Upgrades

Spend or Save on Home Upgrades

Our favorite This Old House host Kevin O’Connor joins three other home design experts as they share their Spend or Splurge tips when it comes to outdoor furniture, flooring, appliances and outdoor grills.

Marmoleum: The New Linoleum

Marmoleum: The New Linoleum

Before I moved into my current apartment, I took a tour of the building with the developer. During the renovation, he and his crew tried to use as many recycled materials and environmental practices in the building. I noticed the lining of the window sills were an odd material, like […]

Refinish, Replace or Paint Wood Floors

Refinish, Replace or Paint Wood Floors

A lot of consideration needs to go into the flooring you choose for your home. Other than considering your personal design aesthetic and the use of the space, you have to think about what’s going to work best for you and your family – especially when it comes to refinishing, […]

Green Flooring Options

Green Flooring Options

If you are building a house, or remodeling, it is a great time to explore green options, including your flooring. Green flooring is never “no impact” or “zero emissions,” but choosing a green flooring does reduce impact on the environment. When it comes to choosing green flooring, you have many […]

Green Protective Floor Coverings from the 2010 Builders’ Show

Green Protective Floor Coverings from the 2010 Builders’ Show

At this years Builders’ Show we came across two floor protection materials that both claim to be green products but take two entirely different ways of achieving this. The Cover Guard temporary floor protection mats are made for use on high end surfaces and finishes such as tile, terrazzo, stone, […]

Rug and Slipper Combo

Rug and Slipper Combo

Who knew it would work out so well…or not. [via Gizmodo]

Do Your Homework Before Buying a Green Floor

Do Your Homework Before Buying a Green Floor

If you are building a house, or remodeling, it is a great time to explore green options, including your flooring. Green flooring is never “no impact” or “zero emissions,” but green flooring does mean that making a responsible choice will significantly reduce your impact on the environment. When it comes […]

Restore Hardwood Floors to Mint Condition

Restore Hardwood Floors to Mint Condition

CES is all about the gadgets and this automated hardwood floor cleaner certainly fits the bill. The Mint automatic floor cleaner works with popular cleaning clothes such as Swiffer or Pledge. You simply install the cloth of your choice, turn the unit on and let it run. It will go […]

How to Care for Terrazo Flooring

How to Care for Terrazo Flooring

There are many benefits to terrazo flooring but before you choose it as a surface make sure you know what it takes to install and care for it. Terrazo flooring is a complex installation process, most often done by professional flooring experts. But once it is installed properly, it can […]

Benefits of Terrazo Flooring

Benefits of Terrazo Flooring

Terrazo flooring is an Italian flooring technique that looks like luxury marble, but without the high cost. To produce terrazzo, pieces of aggregate (marble, glass or stone chips) are mixed with a cement binder. Traditionally, terrazzo flooring is done by a professional, true terrazzo floor is an art form that […]

How to Care for Brick Flooring

How to Care for Brick Flooring

While brick flooring has been around for millenia as a building material, once it moves inside it does require more maintenance, despite its reputation for strong durability. Brick flooring for indoors is made of various materials ground up to form tiles. Depending on the quality of the materials, brick flooring […]