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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 13, 2017

Thankfully Easy Thanksgiving Decor

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, our to-do lists seem never-ending. And with pies to be baked and turkeys to be stuffed, who has time for decorating? Luckily, when it comes to adding some holiday magic to your home, we’ve got you covered. Check out these 4 simple ways to leave your Thanksgiving guests in autumnal amazement!

Pumpkin Pizzaz

Whether you invest in faux pumpkins to be used for years to come, or opt for fresh pumpkins from the market — placing pumpkins throughout the home will instantly set the holiday mood. We love using mini pumpkins and gourds for the table centerpiece, paired with fresh eucalyptus and pinecones. This combination feels earthy and beautiful, without requiring a ton of effort. Flank your fireplace in larger pumpkins, and consider spray-painting a few in silver and gold to add a touch of glam!

Festive Florals

Classic and easy, fresh flowers are a quick and impactful way to transform your home from any old Thursday to Thanksgiving day. Check your backyard for a few fallen branches and simply pair with grocery store flowers for an elegant and elevated look that feels undeniably fall-like.

Gobble-worthy Garland

Spruce up the front door and dress the mantel with beautiful fall garlands to create a wonderful harvest look. An artificial garland comprised of sunflowers, fiery leaves, mixed berries and branches will be a favorite Thanksgiving decoration for years to come.

Holiday Doormat

Of course, we can’t forget to protect your floors this Thanksgiving! Swap out your normal mat with something more festive, whether you choose to jazz up a basic mat with some stenciling or head to the store. Not only have you started celebrating from the minute guests enter your home, but you’re also protecting your floors from whatever they track in. Time for turkey!

 

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