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

It does not take a rocket scientist to understand what flooring does but there are so many choices to make from the type of flooring to where to buy it that the quality of the consultation really becomes the distinguishing factor. It truly makes all the difference! So remember only choose a floor only after you have had the benefit of a qualified consultation and then only based on a solid understanding of how your floors will benefit you and your family so you all can enjoy these benefits more, longer! And this does not take an understanding of flooring. It takes and understanding of ourselves, our families, and our homes… and this we already know better than anyone!

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Completely Painless Flooring is Now a Reality (Part 4 of 5)

Respectable and qualified is all that’s responsible.

This may seem a bit more complicated but it’s actually the easiest… Choose a respectable and responsible company that offers qualified flooring consultation. If getting a new floor does not seem so simple… here is where the proverbial rubber meets the road. And, actually we come full circle. Getting a new floor does not require a degree in “floor-ology” or a PhD in “Negotiation and Conflict Resolution”! When we get right down to brass tacks, what we need to do is simple. We must find a reputable, responsible and respectable company that offers a selection and range of service suitable to our flooring hopes and needs. Obviously, one of the first things we must verify is that the company displays its legal responsibility through written guarantees which it openly promotes. This is how we know it will graciously uphold any and all promises thereby allowing us to enjoy all the benefits of our new floor.

Having established this, there are only a couple more things to consider.We should always avoid companies that try to lure us into the flexible pricing “game.” Respectable companies will have a stated, “Non-negotiation Policy” that is to say their price will be fixed. When working with a company where the price they charge depends on a customer’s ability to negotiate a “deal,” one must always realize we are playing a dangerous game where the company is our opponent, not our partner, and that our opponent’s obvious aim is precisely to take advantage of us! Playing this game always puts us at risk of being ripped off and over charged. Think about it this way: whenever a sales person gives you a price then (perhaps after “talking” to her supervisor, manager, boss, or even the owner, or the owner’s dog!) offers you some discount (usually
justified by some exceptional –and sensational!- circumstance, such as a one-time only discount or “because he’s just in a good mood” or “it’s the last day of the month and I want to win a sales contest” or anything) to get you to buy, you must realize this company’s sole purpose is to make money by taking advantage of you, its potential customer! Just say, “No!” This definitely does not qualify as respectable or responsible, and it’s not even fun. Because, let’s face it, where does this slippery slope end? What other disreputable tricks will a company like this pull to make more money at your expense?

Responsible flooring companies offer capable, qualified flooring consultation not sale’s gimmicks designed to fool you into buying. Qualified flooring consultation invests time and energy to learn about your flooring dreams, hopes, aspiration and needs. A qualified flooring consultant effectively refers you to the most fitting solutions available to you, your family, and your home, and will patiently explain and be able to show you your prospective new floor’s benefits. A qualified flooring consultant allows you to choose the best floor for your home and family so you can make informed decisions you know will result in making your home nicer and your life better!

Completely Painless Flooring is Now a Reality (Part 3 of 5)

Don’t depend on a warranty: get the benefit of a guarantee!

…But, what if it doesn’t…? It’s got a warranty, right? Well, yea… but… While warranties do represent an important measure of what a manufacture believes a floor can do under ideal conditions, warranties do not cover exceptions and include coverage only for those things the manufacturer can predict a floor will do under ideal conditions assuming… it has been manufactured properly. Iron-clad guarantees are different. They are the only way to go!

Look for floors that come with an iron clad Replacement Warranty. Replacement warranties usually say that if you are not happy with a floor you select before a specified time period, you can choose to have it replaced. While this seems like a terrific assurance, these warranties often come with exclusions and limitations, such as you paying for labor! Having a replacement warranty with “no exceptions,” one that covers labor makes an enormous difference. Removing both the “small print” that would disqualify you from taking advantage of this warranty and the other huge deterrent, additional cost, allows you to actually take advantage of the benefit of this warranty! One example of such a warranty is Carpet One’s Beautiful Guarantee, a replacement warranty that actually covers materials and labor! So, if within a specified amount of time you wish for any reason you had chosen differently, Carpet One will replace your floor with one of equal or lesser value at no charge! This means there is nothing to stop you from being totally happy with your new floor.

Next, look for a “Low Price Guarantee” so you can be sure you’ll get the best value for your money. While flooring stores generally keep prices competitive and so charge close to the same amount for the same products and services, you may occasionally find a “sale.” But it is an insurmountable task to shop enough to know when you have found the best deal! (Then just when you think you have
found it, the sale ends or another company puts your floor on sale and round
and round you go…) A “Low Price Guarantee” states that you won’t find the same floor with the same service offering (i.e. installation, finishing details, take-up of existing flooring, disposal of existing flooring, etc.) for less money, but if you do… the difference will be refunded to you! This allows you to shop confidently, knowing that you are getting the best price. And, if another company runs your floor on sale, you don’t have to jump in your car, scurry over there, and hurriedly give the salesman a deposit before the sale ends… A “Low Price Guarantee” assures you that you will get the best price or at least have the difference refunded. This is what I call, “Taking the ‘ouch’ out of shopping.”

The last (but not the least) warranty to look for is an “Installation
warranty
.” Let’s face it; a floor is not like most other things we buy because it is only finished after being installed. So knowing your new floor will be installed correctly proves just as important as choosing the right floor! We can choose the best, best looking floor out there; but, if it gets installed incorrectly, it will not perform properly or look right, and the result will prove extremely
disappointing! Having the assurance of an “Installation Warranty” insures that your finished floor will look and perform just like it should; so, you can enjoy all the great benefits of your new floor! And, that’s what’s important, isn’t it?

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Some of this seasons freshest rug fashions by Momeni

As they have proven true season after season, Momeni possesses the talent, vision, and, innovative concepts to keep them at the cutting edge of rug fashion.  Their designers have again brought to market some of the most fashion- and style-forward area rug styles of this season (or any other).  Let’s take a quick tour of some of their more outstanding patterns!

Arabesque Collection

AQ-03 Arabesque Teal
Momeni credits Polonaise, Art & Crafts and Deco motifs for inspiring their Arabesque Collection.  The transitional styling of the rugs in their Arabesque Collection provides for “a modern collection” that harkens back to “past eras.”  But these rugs do more than just “nod to the past,” they bow to it (or looking at it a different way, they snub their nose to it) by innovating radically on traditional elements in a host of interesting and engaging but still relevant ways that serve to update and make these more traditional elements contemporary.
AQ-02 Arabesque Teal
While these rugs radically  innovate on timeless looks they maintain a Momeni’s steadfast dedication to quality.  All rugs in the Arabesque Collection have been constructed out of hand-tufted 100% over-twisted wool.  They also feature a heavy wash which lends them an antique feel.  The resulting juxtaposition of the modern designs with an antique feel translates into an almost surreal quality that pleases your eyes and engages your imagination.

Elements

Thankfully, Momeni continues to invest in this outstanding collection.  Each rug in the Elements collection taps into what continues year after year to define the “contemporary” aesthetic.

EL-32 Elements Multi

“Capturing all that is modern, Elements utilizes a brilliant color palette to enhance its contemporary edge.”  Momeni constructs each rug in the Elements collection of power loomed 100% New Zealand wool and each rug features a hand-made finish consisting of hand-serged edges and hand-carving.

EL-34 Elements Gray

As with every Momeni rug, it is their  unwavering attention to detail that makes  this collection even more special.

Sensations

SEN-5 Sensations Charcoal

As striking as they are unique, the rugs in the Sensations collection provides an absolutely stunning array of transitional designs.  Each exceptional rug in this collection results in part of a technique Momeni refers to as “over-tufting.”

SEN-3 Sensations Gold

“Over-tufting” refers to a process whereby Momeni tufts over each tufted wool design with supple art-silk.

SEN-04 Sensations IT Taup

Momeni thereby lends these designs an additional dimension of textural depth, style, and tailoring that further enhances these spectacular rugs.

Tetra

Tetra brings together a unique collection of transitional and contemporary designs characteristic of those for which Momeni has become so famous.

TT-06 Tetra Ivory

They tuft each design in this collection out of the softest polyester to provide a luxurious, silky feel that rivals even the lush softness of wool but has the additional benefits of saving some of the cost and enhancing fade resistance so these rugs feel cozy and can be used in spaces where the sun might otherwise fade natural fibers.

TT-02 Tetra Brown Multi

Then Momeni enhances each handmade design further by utilizing a cut-loop construction that achieves a “high/low” effect.  Finally, they finish each creation by adding an, “over-twisted yarn” to create an “abrash effect” to each piece thereby giving each rug in this spectacular collection an even more powerful  look.

Visit George’s Carpet One Floor & Home to get your hands on any of these and many other gorgeous Momeni rugs and rugs made by other top rug designers.

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?

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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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FAMILY-FRIENDLY DECORATING

Updating Your Home with Decorating Ideas that are Perfect for a Busy Family

 

For those of us with kids, pets and busy schedules, our homes can often feel like a congested space filled with clutter, rather than the beautiful home we’ve always imagined.  It sometimes seems like an impossible feat to maintain a tidy and organized house with so many toys, books, shoes and mail everywhere!  However, with some simple decorating ideas from the experts, you can transform your house into a neat and family-friendly environment for the New Year.

 

One of the biggest challenges of living with a busy family is keeping surfaces like counters, walls and floors clean and free of clutter and messes.  The key to overcoming this challenge is to start with the right surfaces!  Try some of these ideas for family-friendly decorating, from the floor up.

 

Choosing the right flooring can save you a lot of time and energy.  For a high-traffic area in your home, you should opt for either a durable hard surface, like tile, hardwood, laminate, or vinyl or carpet that is specially designed to resist stains and spills. 

 

There are stylish, comfortable and functional carpets for all the rooms in which your family lives.  Good Housekeeping carpet, which is made with a unique fiber called Resista, represents a terrific solution for busy families.  Carpet made with Resista actually repels stains, so it is easy to clean and will retain its color and softness much longer.  And Relax, It’s Lees®,  offers families a new kind of carpet for the hectic world in which families live.  It offers the perfect blend of fashion and performance.  Lees features Ultra 25® with Scotchgurard Protector for groundbreaking stain protection and ExtraLoc® backing with double the density of standard carpets. Technical innovation plus a broadpalette of colors and styles will help you achieve your creative vision and not have to worry about spills!  These are both great options for families with kids, who often track in dirt on their shoes or tend to spill their food.  There are also hard surface flooring styles that are great family-friendly options. 

 

Since kids tend to walk around with sticky fingers, you should also opt for a wall treatment that will stand up to your family.  Look for a type of paint that is designed specifically for kids.  Most hardware stores carry styles that can be wiped clean and will withstand moisture. 

 

The right flooring and wall treatment will make cleaning up much less time-consuming, but what about all the clutter?  We also have some great tips for staying organized in every room in your home.  These ideas will help you get a great start on clutter!

 

§  Organize your entryway.  Your mudroom or entryway can often be one of the most disorganized areas in your home.  This area tends to collect shoes, coats, mail and bags from every member of your family.  The best way to combat this clutter is to add shelves, hooks and racks to your closet to make sure that everything has its own place.  Try placing hooks lower on the wall so that your kids can hang up their own coats and book bags when they come in the house.

 

§  Choose the right furniture and flooring.  In a room that’s used by the family every day, choose furniture and flooring that are easy to care for.  Opt for furniture made with durable fabrics and choose a pattern or a neutral tone that will camouflage wear and tear from your kids.  Save the more luxurious fabrics for an accent pillow or a throw.  Fabrics like chenille or crinkled velvet will give the room a more formal feel, but are still more durable than something like silk.

 

Choose flooring that is easy to clean or that hides dirt.  It’s easy to clean up spills and messes from a hard surface like ceramic tile, hardwood, laminate or vinyl.  Plus, these surfaces are generally scratch, dent and wear resistant, which is perfect if you have small children who may drop toys or books on the floors.  For a more comfortable room, try carpet in neutral tones or a multi-colored style that will hide dirt and wear.

 

§  Add storage in a playroom or child’s bedroom.  The best way to hide toys, books and other clutter is to create lots of extra storage space in a room.  You can use something simple and inexpensive, like stacked plastic bins for smaller toys or a colorful bookshelf for larger games and toys.  An over-the-door organizer is perfect for holding shoes, stuffed animals and sports equipment.

 

§  Keep your collectibles out of reach.  It’s a common problem that many parents face: you want to display your grandmother’s china and other family heirlooms, but you’re too afraid that one of your kids will break them.  The answer to this dilemma is to strategically display your favorite antiques and heirlooms out of the reach of your kids!  Try hanging china and old photographs on the wall above a mantle or on a high, free-standing shelf.  Or choose a stable curio that you keep locked.  These options will allow you to enjoy these collectibles, while ensuring that your children aren’t tempted to touch them or knock them over. 

 

§  Hide the clutter with storage pieces that look good and serve a purpose.  If your kids are used to playing in the living room or a central area, the plastic storage bins probably don’t match the décor.  There are plenty of options that double as a beautiful table or shelf and the perfect storage space.  Look for an antique trunk to use as a coffee table in your living room – this can be used as a storage space for games, toys, pillows and extra blankets.  A side table with drawers and doors can hide small toys, your kids’ favorite DVDs and miscellaneous items.  For larger things, like an oversized stuffed animal or big toy, try an old cabinet.  You can display photographs or place a nice lamp on the top of the cabinet, while keeping toys, games and books out of sight in the space below.     

 

Although maintaining an organized household with a busy family can prove difficult, it can be done with creative storage ideas and the right materials, with simple ideas like these aimed at striking that balance between function and form, a functional living space and an attractive home! 

 

For more family-friendly decorating ideas, visit www.georgesc1.com.