FULL-SCALE CARPET DRAWN BY HAND

Check out FULL-SCALE CARPET DRAWN BY HANDJess Smart Smiley‘s  terrific post about artist Jonathan Bréchignac‘s painstaking, 15-months of work replicating a Muslim prayer carpet in pen.

Bréchignac’s drawing represents a wonderful example of flooring inspired art.

Now someone should make this drawing inspired by a rug into a rug inspired by a drawing of a rug…

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Completely Painless Flooring is Now a Reality (Part 2 of 5)

Floors with Benefit’s

Think about how a floor will benefit you and your family.  Start by asking this fundamental question:  How will this floor improve my life?  (You read correctly!)  Your new floor should actually improve your life!  If not, what’s the point?  Will it save you time and energy because you won’t have to invest as much in cleaning it as a result of its easier maintenance?  Will it save you money because you won’t have to pay to replace it as often due to its durability?  Will you and your family enjoy spending more time in your family room because your new carpet is more comfortable as a result of its softer fiber?  Forget about what high-tech material it’s made out of, how many coats of finish, what species of tree a wood floor comes from, whether a tile is clay based or porcelain, who manufactured the carpet fiber, the density, twist, stitch rate, and all the other technical features less ethical salespeople may use to make us feel like we are not qualified to choose well without their help… and focus on what really matters!  “What will my new floor do to improve my life?”  Will your new floor make you feel proud when you admire it or comfortable when sink your toes into it?  Will it save you money?  Will it last?  Will it be easy to clean?  Will it resist stains?  Will it complement your window treatments, your sofa, comforter, paint color, counter-top, or all the above?  Will it give you the confidence to allow your kids to eat and drink on it so they too can enjoy your new floor?  You get the picture.  Approaching your choice from this prospective
and leaving the jargon to salespeople simplifies the process; so, you won’t
feel like you need to go back to school for a flooring education to choose well!  This actually ensures you will enjoy more about your floor for longer, so your choice will make you and your family happier and more comfortable in your home…  And thus actually improve your life!  This  is what we really want.  True?

(Continued in 3 of 5)

What Your Blinds Say About You

by Erica A.

Window blinds can be windows to the soul. If you don’t believe it, look into the choices that your friends and neighbors have made in terms of blinds, and you may begin to see a pattern. Of course, the pattern is bound to be either vertical or horizontal, but when you read between those lines you may detect particularly revealing clues about each homeowner’s personality.

While the concept may seem opaque at first glance, once you have read through the following mini tutorial on window blind profiling, it will become clear as daylight. So roll up your eyelids, pull back the shutters of disbelief and prepare to indulge in some blind insight.

Venetian Blinds

Venetian blinds are the grandparents of modern-day mini blinds. With wider metal slats than minis, Venetian blinds tend to bend out of shape if you pull the wrong strings, and often refuse to raise or lower on the level, calling for a bit of finessing. While their name may sound exotic, conjuring up images of muscular gondoliers in striped jerseys, they are in reality as American as Arnold Schwarzenegger. With an actor’s quirks, a politician’s tendency to hedge, old-fashioned brawn and a hint of a foreign accent, Venetian blinds and the former governor of California share a lot in common.

Mini Blinds —

Once hailed by the decorating industry as a fresh new concept in window dressing, mini blinds have become the poster child of overkill. Mini blinds are
ubiquitous, sold in every variety store and squatting in every apartment window. Tired, worn-out mini blinds may fall from a decorator’s good graces, only to be replaced by new, identical blinds in an updated color, accented perhaps with a valance to disguise a dated appearance. If you had to put a face on mini blinds, Brittney Spears would be looking back at you.

Roll-up Shades

Roll-up shades have been around for just as long as Venetian blinds. These old-style, pull-down accessories feature a spring-loaded roller that seems to resist precise adjustment. Usually operating behind-the-scenes to add a room-darkening aspect in concert with draperies that, while eminently more presentable than the roller blinds, are essentially mere window-dressing, roll-up window shades operate in the background. They have their own hidden agenda. They can snap at the slightest touch and spin angrily when you least expect it. A roll-up shade is the Dick Cheney of the window-dressing world.

Honeycomb Shades

A softer silhouette with airy pockets that diffuse light, honeycomb shades are the choice of homeowners who wish to whisper good taste and suggest a sophisticated aesthetic preference. Honeycomb shades mute harsh dark and light with layers that soften and refine. Sensitive to the slightest touch, honeycomb shades add nuances that the homeowner can easily adjust to taste. New age musician Enya embodies the aesthetic behind honeycomb shades.

Wood Shutters

Wood shutters make a non-ambiguous statement whether open or closed. When flung wide, shutters invite a world of sound, color, and light to flood the room with a flurry of activity. When closed and latched, shutters proclaim a need for
privacy and quiet. People who shutter their windows tend to be all-or-nothing
types who vacillate between feast and famine, like artist Vincent Van Gogh or
Dickens’ Pip in Great Expectations.

While window blind selections seldom present a definitive character profile of
the purchaser, they do bring certain personality traits out of the shadows. Remember, however, when putting your new-found detective talents to the test,
that sometimes a person selects a blind style simply because it costs less, comes in just the right color, or fits a window with unusual dimensions.

Completely Painless Flooring is Now a Reality (Part 1 of 5)

Are you among the countless American home-owners who, despite wanting or even needing new floors, delay selecting them or even put this experience off indefinitely because you’re concerned about making a mistake?

Completely Painless Flooring is Now a Reality

If you want to be certain you are pleased with your next floor, your wait is over.  Follow these simple steps to the floor you’ve always wanted…

Many of us assume selecting a new floor must be a painful experience, one second only to having a root canal.  It’s true…  Finding the right floor poses us with an array of concerns so daunting that this process can actually become overwhelming and, in the extreme case, incapacitating.  So let’s start by considering some of these concerns.  Then, as we will understand them better, we can consider how to overcome them so we can actually have that new floor after all!  (… And maybe we’ll even enjoy choosing it.)

Many of us fear we lack the ability, knowledge and experience to make this considered purchase in an informed way.  We actually let this worry dissuaded from choosing new flooring.  But really, we don’t lack any crucial information or experience; we lack the confidence, and we lack confidence for good reason!  But, believe it or not, we know everything we need to know to select wonderful new floors confidently.  We just don’t realize it yet.

Let’s face the facts…  We don’t purchase flooring often.  On average, Americans
replace their floors once every ten years; so, many of us may never even have tried to select a new floor.  When we do, we start to think about all the options.
Should we choose carpet, hardwood, ceramic tile, porcelain tile, natural stone tile, sheet vinyl, vinyl tile, or laminate flooring?  Which type of carpet…?  What color?  What effect will our flooring choice have on the look of our home?  What impact will we have on our floor?  With so many options that raise so many questions, how does anyone ever decide on a floor?  The flooring we select has a long-term and far-reaching effect!  Our floors finish around a ¼ of our home’s interior.  They have a more profound effect on the style and feel of our home than even paint.  And, our floors absorb all the most intense use and the worst kinds of abuse we and our families dish out.  We literally walk all over them!  Then we must reconcile ourselves to the cost!  Our floors can (and should) represent the single most costly investment we make inside our home, furniture and appliances notwithstanding.  Picking new flooring really may demand a great deal of thought, but all is not lost…  We already know everything we need to know to make the best flooring choices.  So, we  really can and should have the floors we want; and, believe it or not,  choosing can be easier done than said!  All you need is take the first step…

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Healthier Flooring Installation Is Now A Reality!

May  is “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.

If you suffer from allergies, you won’t need me to tell you that May is a peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers.  What you may not know is that each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has declared May “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.”  We want to take this opportunity to educate ourselves, our families, and our friends about these diseases, things that we can do to help, and make you a very special offer.

Asthma & Allergy Awareness

While most of us may understand allergies are – “diseases” that cause our immune system’s to react in an exaggerated way to contact with certain foreign substances termed allergens.  How many of us really know what we can do to best to treat them and minimize the symptoms?

According to the AAFA, allergies can be managed.  After first consulting a physician, they suggest developing, “A plan that includes medical treatment and control of environmental triggers.”  This becomes a really important consideration for us because many of these environmental triggers reside in our homes!  Moreover, Baltimore ranks 46th in AAFA’s list of the “the 100 most challenging places to live with allergies” this year.  We who live with allergies or who live with family or friends who suffer with allergies know all too well how seriously allergy symptoms impact our quality life and that of our loved ones…  Especially when it comes to our children.

According to Dr. Don Shifrin with the American Association of Pediatrics, 1 in 6 children suffer from indoor allergies.  In fact, allergies (and asthma) are the most common chronic childhood diseases.  For these kids, whose “ immune systems overreact to substances that don’t have an effect on most  people,” allergy symptoms can range from nuisance to life-threatening.   In “A Minute for Kids,” Dr. Shifrin suggests that symptoms  range from runny noses, sneezing, and itchy eyes to skin rashes, difficulty breathing, and a feeling of a permanent cold.  What’s more concerning to parents of children with allergies is that allergens can trigger asthma.  He suggests that dust, mold, and animal dander are among the most common indoor allergens.  Among his tips for protecting allergic children (and we could add adults) from indoor allergens, Dr. Shifrin recommends consulting your doctor but then working to addressing the causes by doing things like changing filters for heating and cooling systems at least once a month, keeping pets (whose dander can trigger allergic reactions) out of bedrooms, and vacuuming dust regularly.  According to the American Association of Pediatrics, it is crucial for family members of the nearly five million American children affected by asthma to learn how to, “Identify and avoid asthma and allergen triggers; recognize and present asthma attacks, understand medications, and help manage symptoms.”  Clearly there is great hope for those of us suffering with allergy symptoms and asthma.  The American Academy of Pediatrics Committee offers encouragement that people who have allergies can live healthy and active lives…  But how can we help?

We can give you Flooring Installation That’s Better for Your Health and Home

Our Healthier Living™ Installation System (HLI) is the most revolutionary innovation in flooring installation technology and standards in more than a half century. It represents a change in installation technology and standards that provide for a healthier flooring installation that ensures a superior level of care and health benefits, cleaner, healthier installation practices designed to minimize irritants, dust and odors and to encourage better air quality and higher ecological standards.

An Industry-First Flooring Installation System Promotes Better Indoor Air Quality By Minimizing Mold, Mildew, Dust & Irritants.

HLI offers you the most radical flooring installation innovation in 60 years: it actually enhances the fundamental process, procedures and principles of flooring installation in order to address our clients growing demand for cleaner, healthier indoor air in response to the rising tide of concern about indoor pollutants and allergies.  HLI utilizes the most advanced technology to clean the air of dust, odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew that can trigger allergic reactions during and after home-renovation projects. We’ve designed this system to dramatically reduce your exposure to irritants that can provoke serious allergy and allergy-like symptoms. Our HLI System provides the highest quality and performance flooring installation available and offers a superior level of care; cleaner, healthier installation practices to help minimize irritants, dust and odors and to encourage better air quality and health benefits. Plus, our 100% recyclable Healthier Living™ Carpet Cushion allows the planet can breathe a little easier as well.  And… During the entire month of May we will give you free HLI, in honor of National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month!

Healthier Living™ Installation System

Healthier Living™ Installation (HLI) represents an entirely new approach to flooring installation that provides a cleaner and healthier installation. The HLI System applies a 3-pronged approach to improving the conventional flooring installation. First HLI protects your home’s indoor air quality by implementing our dust-reducing and dust minimizing HomeGuard Care System™ , a combination of active and passive measures designed to minimize dust and dirt exposure. Next, prior to installation our expert craftsmen installer applies our HealthinEx antimicrobial treatment directly to the sub-floor. This kills existing bacteria and viruses that may be present and become airborne during the installation, thereby maintaining your home’s air and surface quality. Then with carpet installation, the last (but not the least) component of the HLI System is the use of our premium antimicrobial cushion which provides continued protection from indoor air pathogens and enhanced comfort under foot. These three major initiatives contribute to a better, healthier, more responsible installation.

HealthinEx™ is an exclusive antimicrobial agent used to treat the subfloor prior to flooring installation. It disinfects, protects and diminishes mold, mildew and bacteria. Healthinex™ also traps microorganisms on the surface so they cannot become airborne, and so it also provides a lasting, clean surface that resists mold growth. Healthinex™ Pre-Installation treatment is registered with the EPA and has proven safe and effective in over 30 years of use in other industries like the furniture, medical, marine, and construction. This treatment contributes to making flooring installation healthier when applied to the sub-floor to kill any remaining bacteria, germs or mold after old flooring removal and vacuuming and prior to installation of the new floor covering. This treatment also prohibits microbes from becoming airborne during the installation and provides a cleaner start for the new installation.

  • Destroys harmful bacteria, germs, viruses, and molds on the sub-floor
  • Prohibits microorganisms on the surface from becoming airborne during the installation
  • Helps to diminish, but will not eliminate pet odors
  • Preserves the home’s indoor air quality for the duration of the installation

When used as directed, is proven safe for use in all residential areas of the home

Throughout the installation, our HomeGuard Care System™ ensures that dust and particulates are contained to and removed from the work area. We will use a HEPA filter-equipped vacuum that will not release dust back into the home before and after we install your new flooring. The HomeGuard Care System features HEPA vacuuming of the sub-floor prior to us installing your new flooring and  your new flooring after installation because this process minimizes the dust and particulate matter in that can trigger allergy, asthma, and other symptoms and generally keeps the indoor air cleaner than a standard vacuum. HEPA vacuums trap large amounts of microscopic particles that other vacuum cleaners re-circulate back into the air of the home, resulting in cleaner indoor air. HEPA vacuums stop 99.97% of all particles 0.3 microns or larger from becoming airborne. A conventional vacuum cleaner removes particulates down to about 35 microns or larger in size.

The HomeGuard Care System also provides for the use of surface protection shoe covers that are used over shoes to prevent dirt and grit from being brought inside inadvertently. In addition, the HomeGuard Care System utilizes a dust containment barrier during flooring removal and installation when the work environment allows for the practical and safe use of a barrier. A simple barrier consisting of poly sheeting is taped over doors and other openings in the room and can “contain” the work area dust and debris throughout the duration of the installation.

Finally, for carpet installations, we use a premium antimicrobial carpet cushion that blocks spills from seeping through and inhibits growth of mold, mildew and odor causing bacteria. The premium Healthier Living™ antimicrobial cushion provides continued protection from mold, mildew, and odor-causing bacteria, as well as provides enhanced comfort underfoot. The exclusive Spill Block technology repels liquid and prevents spills from soaking through the pad and the antimicrobial treatment controls mold and odors. The cushion is formulated to reduce the presence of allergens and eliminate problems resulting from moisture. It is also 100% recyclable, so even satisfies our environmental conscience. In addition, Healthier Living™ premium cushions feature a Forever Warranty, which guarantees the cushion will never lose resiliency during the life of the home, or George’s Carpet One Floor & Home will replace the cushion and the carpet-no questions asked. Furthermore, when you use the HLI cushion we double your new carpet’s wear and texture retention warranties.

By minimizing dust and odors, the cleaner, healthier practices of the Healthier Living™ Installation promote better home air quality, especially for families in which allergies and dust sensitivities present a concern. The system also ensures that the subfloor under the carpet is sanitized. During the Healthier Living™ Installation, extra precautions keep dust, bacteria and particles from becoming airborne and moving throughout the home when old flooring is removed, and new is installed. Coupled with these high-tech steps to remove and prevent mold, mildew and bacteria growth under the carpet, this system is one-of-a-kind!

And, we also offer an complete array of flooring solutions to help diminish allergens and improve indoor air quality.

And remember, to make it even easier for you to use our HLI service, in honor of National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, we will give you HLI FREE for the rest of  May!

And,, let’s not forget about our guarantees:  As always…

Call, email, go online, or visit our store for more information or to get started  making your home healthier.

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