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November 15, 2017

Dark Hardwood Maintenance 101

Dark hardwood flooring continues to be a favorite style for its classic good looks and fresh contrast against light and bright walls. And while we all love the look of spotless, dark floors, the reality is, they’re a little harder to keep looking clean than their lighter counterparts. Luckily, there are tips and tricks you can utilize to ensure your dark hardwoods are always ready for their close-up!

Microfiber Magic

Toss our your mother’s broom and invest in a quality microfiber mop of the future! Old-fashioned brooms are notorious for scratching up our beautiful hardwoods.  Pick up a microfiber mop or Swiffer instead, and prepare to be amazed! These soft and highly effective tools are pros at collecting dust without risking any damage. 

Opt For Low Sheen

The rule is: the shinier the floor, the more dirt will show. Dust, scratches, and dents — you name it, a shiny floor’s got it. A low sheen finish is a practical choice for those concerned about constantly cleaning. Additionally, a satin or matte finish will remain a classic style for years to come. A win for style, and a win for practicality!

Remove Your Shoes

It seems like a no-brainer, but one of the best tips for keeping floors looking beautiful is to take your shoes off.  The soles of our shoes carry trapped dirt and small rocks, causing scratches and dents to occur quite easily. Slippers and socks are the best option for walking around, as going barefoot can leave unwanted footprints throughout the home. And we think any excuse to buy a new pair of cozy slippers is a good one! 

Add Felt Pads

Be kind to your floors and your back, felt pads protect your dark hardwoods and make it super easy to rearrange furniture in a pinch. Make sure all pieces of furniture (especially chairs) are outfitted with felt pads, and leave your worries behind. It’s easy to pick up a multi-pack of felt pads at big box retailers and online, enabling you to felt pad your furnishings quickly and affordably.

 

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November 14, 2017

 

 

5 Cozy Winter Decorating Ideas 

As temperatures drop and holiday cheer rises, we’re bundled up and ready to bring some warmth back into the home. We’re making a list and checking it twice — these are our top tips for decorating this winter season.

Layer Up! 

Just like winter fashion, winter decorating is all about layering. From blankets, to draperies and even slipcovers —textured layers add warmth and winter vibes to an otherwise neutral room. Consider cozying up your dining room chairs with classic white slipcovers for a white wonderland effect, and utilize faux fur throw blankets to add an extra layer of comfort to your sectional after a big holiday meal.

Fa La La Flooring

We love our hardwood floors for their sophisticated year-round style — but it’s time to spice them up for the holidays!  A fluffy area rug will add warmth and texture underfoot, or for a unique style statement, consider layering rugs! An earthy jute area rug looks ski-lodge chic when paired with faux sheepskin.

Pillow Perfect

Add a few extra throw pillows for a quick winter style update. Playful plaids and statement pillows with metallic touches stand out against wood flooring and neutral soft furnishings. Be careful to choose accent pillows in colors and patterns that match your existing decor to ensure it all works cohesively. 

Warm Up Windows

Functional and fabulous, thick draperies add luscious volume and vibrant color without the permanence of paint. Not to mention, they’re brilliant at blocking out chilly winter drafts! Try juxtaposing rich fabrics with neutral woven wood shades for a luxurious and elevated look.

Seasonal Scents

Our winter decorations would not be complete without adding a little something extra to delight our noses. Luckily, a fragrant bowl of potpourri in a wintry scent (think cinnamon and vanilla spice) will do just that. Alternatively, you can always cozy up with a winter candle. We all look a little better in candlelight anyway…

 

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