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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

It's Your Money- Use It!

Shoppers are "getting real" - so we are officially declaring 2019 the year of Being Real, which includes using all-natural products, focusing on sustainability, buying "Made in the USA" and being realistic when it comes to decorating and living. The world isn't perfect (and you don't have to pretend that it is), but you can also do something to make your world more perfect. Whether you want to install all new hardwood floors, or remodel that dated Master Bathroom, we can help you. But for many, the larger question is how to pay for it.
 
If paying cash is not an option for you, you need to look for ways to finance your project.  There are essentially three ways to finance a remodeling project, a cash- out refinance, an equity line, or a renovation loan.  The first two options can work well if you have a lot of equity in your home today. Renovation loans work well in all situations because the amount you can borrow is based on how much your home will be worth after you make the improvements.
 
Let's take a look at the cash out refinance and equity line options together because they work very similarly.  When you apply for one of these loans the bank will order an appraisal to determine your home's current value.  The bank will then lend you up to 80% of that value for the cash out refinance and typically 90% for the equity line.  From that amount you simply subtract your current mortgage balance to determine the amount you net for your project.
 
The primary difference between a cash-out refinance loan and other home equity loan options is that a cash-out refinance loan converts one mortgage into a separate larger one. With a traditional home equity loan, you take on a second mortgage at a fixed or variable rate with up to 30 years for repayment.

 
Again, these options work well if you have a lot of equity in your home.  But what if your current loan balance is at or above 80% of your current value?  What if you need more than $10,000 to $20,000 for your project? This is where the renovation loan saunters in to save the day.








The renovation loan was designed with you and your project in mind.  It has two huge advantages that make it an extremely useful financing tool.  The first is that the bank bases the amount they will lend you on the after improved value of the home, so you get credit for the upgrades and additions.  The second advantage is that if you meet credit requirements, the bank will lend you up to 95% of the after improved value if needed.  By the way, this product can also be used to purchase a fixer upper and finance the improvements into the same loan.
Todd Sheppard, Fidelity Bank
 Construction and Renovation Lending Specialist

According to HousingWire, as of September 2018, the amount of home equity accessible to America's 44 million homeowners has surpassed $6 trillion in untapped equity, the highest level in history. 
Sean Patrick Trombetti, Reliant Mortgage Solutions

So the economy is improving, the money is there to be had, and we are here to help you get started!


 
Design Tip for 2019
Ready to go green? Our desire to connect with nature has brought an array of delicious green hues to the forefront of design. "Earthy, rich greens are absolutely on the rise in homes across the country,"  Erika Woelfel, Vice President of Color and Creative Services at The Behr Paint Company tells us.

"People are looking to create an oasis at home where they can escape the stress of the world and technology, and green creates that cocooning effect," she says. Green engages the senses and symbolizes life, growth, and renewal thanks to its association with nature. For those who aren't afraid of color, Woelfel says green is a great choice because it is generally gender-neutral and universally-loved.

How Much Does It Cost?
Did you know we can make you an area rug from any carpet in the store? We recently installed carpet on the stairs and upstairs hall, and created four custom-sized rugs, 2 large and 2 small, for a customer, for a total under $3000. Choosing to make custom rugs from Broadloom carpet gives you thousands of choices, between the carpet patterns, plushes, and textures, and all their colors. If you have wonderful hard surface floors that need a rug, consider a custom made rug from Broadloom.

I Was Floored by Enhance
Jim in Marietta says "They are the best. They are not the cheapest, they are not the most expensive, and the quality of the work is top-notch. You will not be disappointed."
Thanks, Jim! We're glad you are happy!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

2019 Ready or Not It's Here

Are You Ready for 2019?
Seems like 2018 passed in the blink of an eye. Did you know that forty five percent of Americans make New Year's resolutions? The top resolutions are: to lose weight, get organized, to spend less and save more, to stay fit and healthy, and to quit smoking. While nearly half of all Americans make resolutions, 25 percent of them give up on their resolutions by the second week of January. Maybe your resolution is to finally update your home. We sincerely hope you keep that one!
 

What's going to be trending in 2019? New wood floors, both engineered and solid, in wide plank matte finishes. Laminate floors are on the rebound, and look beautiful as well as being super durable.  There are even waterproof laminates. New colorful graphic tile designs are gaining popularity. And vinyl! WOW! It is the fastest growing flooring choice we have, and the designs are better and better! Wood looks and tile looks, there is something for everyone. 

Of course, there are many other tweaks besides the floors to give your home that will help update it and make it, well, homier. A fresh paint job will do a lot to improve the looks of an outdated home. Grey has had a good run, but people are trending more to warm tans and taupes these days. Brushed nickel and polished chrome continue to be the leaders in plumbing fixture finishes. Did you know that we offer our customers access to shop at our local plumbing house for new fixtures, where they can guide you on the best choices for your style.


Don't forget, we do full bathroom remodels. There are so many gorgeous tiles and deco pieces to choose from! We make your new bathroom more beautiful, and more functional. Lots of our customers are doing away with the bathtub in the Master Bath and opting for a larger shower. Realtors advise this is fine, as long as there is still one bathtub in the house.

We love doing full kitchen remodels too! Cabinets, counter tops, floors, the works! But, if you just want to tweak things a little, we can do that as well. A new backsplash will really change the look of your kitchen. In older kitchens that still have cabinets in good shape, a new backsplash and a paint job can make a world of difference.


We can also install a new countertop. Corian reigned in the 80's, granite has been the go-to since the 90's, but both have now given first place to Quartz. Quartz countertops are composed of ground quartz stone, pigments and resin. These popular marble & granite like countertops are usually semi-gloss and do not require polishing. Some care is needed to ensure they maintain their luster. However, they are harder to damage than other countertops, like laminate and Corian. In order to care for quartz countertops, use non-abrasive cleaners, and avoid heavy pressure and quick changes in temperature. The colors and designs are just beautiful! Come in and see!

We already know that the New Year will bring us many new wonderful products. We are always excited to see what is new, and we love learning about new products and new decorating ideas to bring to you. Plan to join us in 2019 at one of our events. They are always fun and informative, and there are always great prizes that you could win!

Taking Care of Your Wood Floors
Many of us have hardwood floors in our homes. And many of us aren't giving them the proper care. Did you know there are vacuum cleaners made specifically to use on wood floors- with either soft brushes, or beater bars that can be turned off. Never, ever, NEVER use a steam mop on your wood floors! Water and wood floors do not mix! When you do clean the floors, use a cleaning product made for wood floors, and use as little as possible. We recommend Bona products, and sell them here in the store. You should also use floor protectors on the feet of all your furniture. Flexi Felt is a wonderful product that we carry and highly recommend.


Design Tip
If you have wood floors that aren't in good shape, we can sand and restain them for you. Or if you have been wishing to change the color, now's the time! If you need some time to decide on your next step with the floor or need to wait til summer vacation to get the work done, consider covering the worn-out wood floors with a rug. We have beautiful area rugs here in the store, and many more that we can order or custom make for you. Come in with some measurements and let us help you choose the rug that suits your needs the best.

 

How Much Does It Cost?
We just installed new solid oak hardwoods in an "active adult" home. The area was 500 square feet and consisted of the master bedroom, closet, living room, and dining room. The cost was $4200, which included new shoemold and removal of the existing carpet. It really updated the home and made it feel bigger and more open. 

I Was FLOORED By Enhance 
Tracy in Roswell writes "They did a terrific job. The guys that installed the carpet did the seams perfectly. They cleaned up after themselves. It was a large room, and you couldn't even tell where the seams were. They did a good job and cleaned up after themselves well. I couldn't say enough about them. I'd give them an A."

Thank you, Tracy. Enjoy your new soft carpet, we know your boys are enjoying playing games and laying on it!

Friday, December 21, 2018

Happy Holidays

This time of year brings festivities and family fun. It is a time for reminiscing and looking forward. We wish you wonderful memories during this joyous season.

Here are a few of our favorite holiday ideas and tips:
 ~~Read holiday books before bed each night. The Polar Express, Santa Mouse, How the Grinch Stole Christmas,  and Twas The Night Before Christmas are all excellent tales to boost your family's holiday spirit.
 
~~Set up a Christmas Eve hot cocoa bar.
 
~~Check out holiday lights in your area. Get in the car, play holiday music, and find brightly lit houses.
 
~~Have your child start an 'I Am Thankful' list. Have him add one thing he is thankful for each day. You can turn this into a decoration by having him write it on a paper Christmas tree or snowflake that you then hang across the fireplace or some other area.
 
~~Deliver cookies and treats to your local fire station, police department, and even the staff at your local hospital. After all, they'll be working through the holiday.
 
 ~~Yummmm, we all love the smells of the holidays.  Keep a simmer pot going with cloves, nutmeg, and other spices to give your home a fragrant holiday smell.
 
~~Set aside a single place to collect receipts throughout the season for returning or exchanging items. Update your budget list as you make purchases so you do not overspend.
 
~~Use lots of candles. Nothing makes a room feel warmer and more inviting than candlelight.  Plus, if unexpected company arrives, it is not as easy to see the dust in a dimly lit room!
 
~~Have pets?  Give your pet his own quiet space to retreat to--complete with fresh water and a place to snuggle. Shy pups and cats might want to hide out under a piece of furniture, in their crate or in a separate room away from the hubbub.

Holiday Hours
We will be closed Monday December 24 and Tuesday December 25.
One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day.  Don't clean it up too quickly.               
 Andy Rooney

Friday, December 7, 2018

Welcoming Winter



Baby It's Cold Outside!
Well here is that cooler weather we have been hoping for! It is chilly interspersed with days that are downright frigid! These are the days that it feels so good to light a fire, bake some cookies, and have a cup of hot tea, just get cozy. The winter months here in Georgia are thankfully not too awful, but they do make you want to snuggle up, read a good book, and watch the weather from inside! In the warmer months we are all about making our homes look and feel cooler- we pare down, use more whites in our accessories, and keep the iced tea handy. But now that December is upon us, let's spend a bit of time visually warming up our homes, especially the kitchen, the heart of the home.

First, add a few plants.  You have probably already brought your potted plants in, so make sure the pots are clean and attractive (and bug-free) and group them in the corner, near a window, or on the countertops if you have some to
spare. Or go plant shopping.  Herbs work beautifully in these groupings. Be careful to keep any plants that may be dangerous to animals safely out of their reach--some common ones to avoid are Dieffenbachia, Kalanchoe, and Cyclamen. Also, as the holidays approach, keep those beautiful Amaryllis and Poinsettias away from animals.  Plants lower our stress, improve our concentration, and clean our air, as well as making our environments prettier!

To keep those plants (and you) healthier and happier, be sure you are letting in plenty of natural light. We all know that a 
lack of sunshine can result in a real syndrome for humans--the less sunlight we see in the winter months, the more likely we are to develop Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). In researching this, I learned that the lack of sunshine and Vitamin D can result in the increased risk of heart disease, prostate and breast cancer, and even dementia! So, open up those blinds and drapes, and let the sun shine in! You may also want to look into new window treatments from Hunter Douglas ---many styles are dual purpose:  very sheer when open, dark and insulating when closed. More light during the daytime will make you and your plants healthier, and your home will look much more welcoming, cheerful, and happy.


While you are opening those blinds, be sure the view is beautiful. If it isn't, get out there now and change it-- move those trashcans, plant some pansies, trim those overgrown bushes, now before the weather forbids that kind of outdoor activity.

Decorate the kitchen in a warm and cozy way. Some of the components I love to use are copper pots, old "tea towels" and throw rugs on the floor. Well-worn is even better! My favorite thing in the kitchen, though, is to have a lamp. Glowing in the night, or on a dismal day, it just automatically makes the kitchen warmer and more welcoming. If you can find an old one with some character, and fix it up with a fresh shade, so much the better. I have old fingertip linen towels that my great grandmother monogrammed. I kept them for years in a drawer, "saving" them, and then I thought, "they're not doing anybody any good in a drawer" and so I brought them to the kitchen, and I use them and I love them, and they remind me of my precious "Big Mama" who was all of 4 foot 10 inches! Have an old mixing bowl that belonged to an ancestor? Bring it out and fill it with fruit! Or even your great grandad's old boots? Stand them in the corner- I promise you will think of him every time you see them!

Another effect I love in the kitchen is to make the two chairs we use all the time different than the others. They are upholstered instead of plain wood, and they don't even match! But they are ours, and so comfy!

Wood components are good to use to warm up the look in a kitchen: an old cutting board, pretty salad bowls, or a jug full of wooden utensils can add to this. Lately, we have installed several wood or wood-look walls in kitchens and breakfast rooms. They do a lot to change the whole look of the room. We are carrying a new product especially designed to go on the walls, called Vercade. Come in and see it!

Of course, there is always paint, but painting for the seasons may be a little drastic! But you can try painting one accent wall a new fun color. Or if you have bookshelves in the kitchen, hang some removable wallpaper on the back walls as an accent!

Finally, nothing enhances a kitchen like the wonderful aroma
of something delicious in the oven or on the stove! Pies, cookies, a rich stew, are all inviting and comforting. You don't have to be a great cook to know this, or to make it happen- pick something up that is prepped, and take it from there. YUM!

Speaking of yummy, we had a Chili Cook Off here in the store recently, with 8 entrants! We had so much fun, and gave away some great raffle prizes! If you missed it, well, too bad, maybe next year. In the meantime, we are publishing the Award-Winning Recipe that won First Place in our contest:

Jere's Chili
1 ½ lb. ground chuck
3 (15 oz) cans of tomato sauce
1 (14.5 oz) can of diced tomatoes
1 package of McCormick's Chili Seasoning Mix (Hot)
1 (27 oz) can of Bush's Chili Beans
Salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder to taste

Brown hamburger, drain and add all ingredients. Simmer several hours in a crock pot or on the stove.
Enjoy!

Better Safe Than Sorry
I want to talk a little about keeping your home safe as well as cozy this winter. If you are travelling, follow all those tips you've been hearing for years: have someone pick up your mail and newspapers, leave your animals at home and have someone come in to feed and exercise them, leaving on assorted lamps and lights each time they visit. If there's a car in the driveway, ask them to move it from time to time. Be sure that motion activated lights outside are working properly. Notify your security company and your credit card company that you will be travelling.  And lastly, I know it's fun to post great pictures of your trip on social media, but DON'T. At least not until you have returned home. Travel knowing that you, your pets, and your home are safe.

Stay safe, warm, and cozy this winter. If you make chili, or follow any of our decorating ideas, we'd love to see and hear about it.  Post your pics on Facebook or Instagram and tag us so that we can admire your creativity!

How Much Does It Cost?
Shiplap---what is it and how did it become so popular? Simply put, shiplap is wide wood planks installed on the wall horizontally, slightly overlapped, and painted white.  Shiplap became all the rage thanks to HGTV's "Fixer Upper," a home design show hosted by Chip and Joanna Gaines. The Texas-based couple have used it in many of the homes they renovated, and the look caught on from there. Shiplap adds subtle texture to walls without going overboard, giving a clean-but-not-boring backdrop to a room. And this simplicity makes shiplap versatile and able to complement a number of styles:  coastal, shabby chic, farmhouse, modern, and industrial. We do install shiplap for our clients; the cost ranges from around $800 to $1200 per wall.


I Was FLOORED By Enhance
Elsa in Marietta shared this review:  "Had carpet installed by Enhance the week before Thanksgiving. We had almost the whole first floor done and they completed the job in one day. We also bought the carpet from Enhance and we love it plus carpet and installation was a great price. Hardworking crew, careful and respectful especially of our newly painted walls. Would recommend to anyone and will use them again."
Thank you Elsa---enjoy the holidays (and your new carpet!) with your family.  We sincerely appreciate your patronage.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Black Friday What Not To Do

Put your Christmas shopping on hold... until after you read this!

Here we are:  Thanksgiving week. Black Friday. Cyber Monday. The RealReal of Retail. The Superbowl of Shopping.

When and how do you prepare? Is it a family effort? Do you stay up all Thursday night to start ultra early on Friday? Do you all shop together or do you divide and conquer?

We have gathered and curated lots of good advice for this big event. No, we are not going to list the ten best buys this year (electronics) or the most wanted gifts this year (electronics) or the most discounted items this year (electronics) but we will be giving you some solid pointers for getting what you want, and staying safe and comfortable while you do it.

Number One- Do not bring the children shopping! Every site repeated this! There are great reasons- but it all boils down to- you will be distracted and less likely to make your best decisions- So, let Grandpa and the kiddies sleep in, and you and Grammy head out and do the shopping. If you play your cards right, they will have left for the park while you were gone, and now you can have a little nap ☺


Number Two- Take your credit or debit card and only that one card to do your shopping. That way, if there happens to be a credit breach (Remember Target 2013?) then you only have one card to be worried about. Also, if the worst happens, and your purse or wallet is taken, you have greatly reduced your exposure. Carry it in your front pocket- the most unlikely place to get pick pocketed. Best tip yet for ladies: don't even carry a purse. It is more to keep up with and really, how many times do you plan to reapply lipstick?

Number Three- Dress down. Do not make yourself someone's target by wearing your nicest outfit and sporting your favoritediamond ring. Leave those at home. Be comfortable. Remember to wear pants with a front pocket, good shoes for standing all day long, and if you absolutely must carry some things, wear a fanny pack. It's not a fashion show. If you just cannot do without your purse, then carry a carabiner, and clip the purse onto your shopping cart, and keep it zipped.

Number Four- Don't shop Friday at the Outlet stores. So many of them have great prices every day. Spend your time, and your dollars, where you can really have an impact. Outlet stores also frequently carry items that have been manufactured especially for them- not a lesser quality, but probably not the same models or styles you will find in the regular store. To get the absolute best bang for your buck, shop the really premium stores that normally don't have anything on sale and don't offer discounts. We're talking Prada, Louis Vuitton, Rolex. If you're ever going to get a deal on these items, today's the day. And get there early for the best selection.

Number Five- Make a list and check it twice. Ads will be everywhere- newspaper, television, online, so there is no excuse to fly blind. Make some decisions about what you are going to buy, and how much you are going to pay for it, before you ever leave home. Do comparison shopping, using model numbers if possible. Have a backup item for everyone, in case
what you wanted is sold out when you get there. And people, do not fight over items! It is just not worth it, and it sucks the fun out of the season to get involved in something like that. Like my mama says: "If you can't get that door to open, it isn't the right door for you!" Surely to goodness you can find another one somewhere else, and it will probably be a better one at that! Don't waste your time asking about price matching on Black Friday. Almost all retailers suspend their price matching policy that day. Clark Howard has a brilliant idea- buy discounted giftcards before you go shopping, and then use the giftcard to make your discounted purchase- double bonus! Check out a site called Raise.com and others for great deals on giftcards.

So, we said we're not going to tell you what to buy, and we're not, but we will tell you some categories that are traditionally good to buy on Black Friday, and some that are not:

Do NOT buy phones, laptops, fitness equipment, or important jewelry. These are not a bargain for Christmas.  Also, stay away from appliances and holiday décor. Buy all these after the holiday, or at another time of the year, for the best prices.

Some categories where you probably WILL find great savings are Smart Home gear and Smart wearables, last year'
s models of gaming systems, sneakers, and designer handbags. You should typically be able to find 40 percent off clothing and accessories. If you're shopping online, that would equate to 30 percent off and free shipping, or you may find deals that offer a giftcard incentive, so be a little flexible.

Do be aware of return policies- a 30 day return policy will mean that buying on Black Friday will make return of a gift opened on Christmas impossible. Read the fine print! Save all your receipts, and be sure to check your credit card activity, too. Unfortunately, this fun and happy time of year is also the time that thieves and crooks are the most prosperous.

At the beginning and the end of your glorious day of shopping and saving, be careful in the parking lot. Be especially cautiousof distracted drivers looking for the best spot. Do find a well-lit area, where there are others parking. Lock your car! Store anything and everything in the trunk, especially shopping bags full of goodies! Walk out with other people, check under your car from a distance, and have your key in your hand when you leave the store. You've heard these all for years, and they are still good advice!

Now get out there, you shopping warrior, and have fun!

Holiday Hours
We will be closed Thursday, November 22, for Thanksgiving Day.  We will be open our normal business hours on Friday, 9 until 6.

Black Friday Bonus
BOGO
Buy One In Stock Area Rug
Get The Second Rug Free!

Nothing changes and updates a room as quickly and easily as a new area rug.  And we have some beautiful rugs in stock.  Present this newsletter on Black Friday 2018 and save hundreds on new rugs for your home!  (Second rug must be of equal or lesser value)

Design Tip
December decorating can be more than red and green.  Here are a few color combinations you may not have considered:

Brown and green. If you love a traditional, classic take, add brown accents to your green decor. The earthy color brings an elegant look to seasonal decorations, blending especially well with wood and beige tones.


Navy and silver. Navy is practically a neutral and goes well with anything, including Christmas decorations. Mix it with a bit of silver sparkle and white accents for a clean, refreshing look.

Purple and red. Purple has long been known as the color of royalty, so bring a regal touch to your holiday decor by mixing it with red. The dark purple makes the red stand out and is an especially great option in a room full of wood.

I Was FLOORED By Enhance
George in Woodstock writes "We had a great experience----great customer service. Enhance was efficient and fast. They did a beautiful job. They installed hardwood throughout our first floor. I found out about the company through a friend's recommendation. I would rate Enhance as an A+."

We really appreciate you for writing such a nice review and for coming in and getting the FlexiFelt products to protect your new wood floors.  They work really well, don't they?


How Much Does It Cost?
The entire main level of George's home (Family Room, Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, Breakfast Room, Hall, Foyer, Utility Room, and Powder Room) was almost 1100 square feet.  We installed one of our best-selling wide plank hickory engineered wood floors for approximately $8400.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

I Gotta Be Me!

Individuality. That is the word for the coming seasons, for describing what is "IN".
In fashion, in home decor, in retail sales, and in lifestyles in general, the trend is to "Do yo' thing, honey" in the words of Aretha. We have by and large become a nation of non-conformists. We are encouraged to follow our own star, be true to ourselves, to honor what we are.
Thus, it follows that our homes will be a reflection of what we are. Conservative, colorful, playful, or serene, the environment we create to live in is certainly representative of our personality. And this is more and more encouraged in present times. There was a time when we were all much more homogeneous: we decorated alike, we dressed alike, we ate alike. But there is so much more diversity now, and we have learned so much from others' way of living, of dressing, of cooking, so it just naturally follows that we would branch out, try new things, experiment with new colors, new foods, new textures. And our lives have been enriched. Where would we be without pizza, tacos, or French fries?
The current "flow" (because it is so much more than a trend) is to be an individual. We encourage this when you come into our showroom. How boring would it be (and how unnecessary would we be?) if everyone came in and wanted the exact same floors, the exact same bathroom design, or the exact same kitchen remodel? How much fun it is to help a customer plan a new design in their bathroom, picking tiles and designs, and making it all work together! And helping you focus on what you like and don't like! Sometimes it is our job to simply find the physical interpretation of what you see in your mind. Sometimes it is our job to fine tune the whole picture. And sometimes it is our job to pull you back from the brink of unreality, because no, a bathroom that is 60 square feet can simply not have more than 6 different tile patterns, a two-person shower, a tub, a sauna, and a 10-foot vanity, and all for $5,000!
Bold colors, tribal and ethnic patterns, and hand crafted, artisan goods are IN. Live plants are IN. Comfort is definitely IN. (New fashion lines are being referred to as Easy wear!) We are seeing lots of big patterns in tile, and in carpets and rugs. Statement walls and ceilings are a coming thing- paint them or wallpaper them or floor them- why live with boring white on a big percentage of the surfaces that surround you? Go BIG! Here in the south we have painted porch ceilings blue forever, so blue ceilings are nothing new for us. How about purple? Or patterned? You know, it's only paint! If you don't love it, it can be repainted!
 

And speaking of going big- wide planks are still gaining in popularity. People are loving matte finishes on their wood floors too, and learning that they need less maintenance than glossy floors. We have several big beautiful wood floors that we just love! The new Tuscany Collection from Palmetto Road, the Hand Crafted line from Somerset, and the new Fabrica woods are all just gorgeous- come in and see them!
The RevWood Plus floors are simply unbelievable! 
Waterproof Laminates, and you would swear they are wood! You must see them- they are selling like crazy, because they solve all the big problems- dogs, kids, messy husbands...
 
For those of you who still love sheet vinyl (count me in) we have a new line by BeauFlor called BlackTex that is stunning! The visuals are very different than any sheet vinyl you have ever seen- really amazing! I am hoping for a resurgence of sheet vinyl-easiest to care for surface ever. And about as moisture resistant as a floor can possibly be.

Regardless of what you love, we are here to help you find and achieve it. Come by today and challenge us!

For Ideas and Inspiration
We find most of our clients are very visual---it is so much easier to describe what we like with picture than with words. The internet offers a lot of tools to help with this, and Enhance Floors & More participates in many. We post pictures of recent installations on our Facebook page and on Instagram. You can get lots of inspiration on Houzz ; be sure to bring your tablet with you so you can show us your Ideabooks, so we can see what you love. And for those of you that use Pinterest, there are lots of great pictures posted on our boards that are sure to inspire you. Or you can simply google "gray carpet in living room" for images that will help you visualize how a product will look in a large area. And don't forget about Room Visualizers---many products on our website offer the option to "see in my room." You first select a specific product, style and color, then upload a picture of YOUR room, and magically, you can view the product you like in your room. Be sure to take advantage of these helpful tools that will make your decision making much easier!


I Was FLOORED By Enhance
Teresa in Sandy Springs writes:

"They installed laminate flooring for me. It was a positive experience. The thing that I liked better about them than some other places is before the floor, the process of how the folks in the showroom would help me, they listened to what I wanted to do. I have pets, I really wanted wood. They steered me in the direction with my big dogs and let me take samples home and try them out, so I liked that. That was my favorite part. And the floors turned out beautiful!"

Thank you, Teresa. We really try to consult with you so that you select the right product for your lifestyle. Let us know when you are ready to do the bedrooms.

How Much Does It Cost?
Laminates have been mentioned in this newsletter a couple of times already.  A few years ago, the experts were predicting their demise. As Mark Twain said quite a few years ago, "the reports of my death are greatly exaggerated."  Good quality laminate is still quite popular. To many people, the depth, texture, and realism of laminates is better visually than luxury vinyl (today's hot flooring category) and laminate is more scratch resistant than wood and vinyl.  And it is very affordable, too. We recently installed a master bedroom and guest bedroom plus closets (406 square feet) in a higher end laminate for $2500. This included removal of the existing carpet and pad, furniture moving, new shoemold and transition pieces.  Laminates are a "floating" installation, so you should always expect some floor prep/leveling to be needed, but we are experts at it and do what is needed to give you a quality installation.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Don't Fall Behind This Fall


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This year autumn has been rather elusive, hasn't it?  Record setting highs in September, mild mornings and warm evenings, no fall color yet.....but that's all changing! Cooler temperatures and shorter daylight hours have arrived, and now our thoughts turn to things like bonfires, sweaters, and cuddly blankets.  And the holidays. First Halloween (next week!!!) Then Thanksgiving.  After that Christmas and New Year's.  The whirlwind begins!

If you're hosting Thanksgiving dinner for family and friends this year, advanced planning is a must. Don't let a long Thanksgiving to-do list overwhelm you at the last minute; here are some things to do this week to keep your to-do list under control.

Look for sales at the grocery store and stock up on staple items like paper products and decorations. Purchase some inexpensive toys for the kids in your family (there are some great buys at the dollar store!) to help calm the commotion on Thanksgiving Day.

Assess all your cooking and serving equipment. Do you have enough serving spoons, bowls, pot holders, trivets, etc.? Buy or borrow what you'll need on Thanksgiving Day.

Related imageCreate your menu, make a master grocery list and print it out. Keep in mind the amount of cooking surfaces that you have and cooking times when planning your menu. Plan a few dishes that can be made ahead of time. If any of your guests are bringing food, double check or assign food dishes during the next step.

Create your guest list for Thanksgiving dinner. Check with your invitees to find out if they are bringing guests with them and what food (if any) that everyone is bringing.

Survey your home for any needed minor repairs.

If you'll be having overnight guests during Thanksgiving, inspect your guest room and other guest accommodations to make sure you have enough pillows, blankets, etc.

Clean your house from top to bottom. Wash the serving platters, china and polish the silver. Buy a few live holiday plants and give your houseplants a little TLC.

If you plan to have any food catered or prepared elsewhere for pick-up, place your orders this week.
Pull out and inspect all linens and guest towels that will be in use on Thanksgiving. Launder, press or dry clean if needed.

Prepare any food that can be frozen.

Sharpen all knives. Purge the refrigerator. Place a new bag in the vacuum cleaner and charge the battery on the hand vacuum. Keep your home de-cluttered.

Stock up the beverages you'll be serving and select the music you'll be playing.

Purchase inexpensive plastic food containers for leftover food or for your guests to take food home in.  These are just a few things you can be doing now to get a jump on the busy holiday season.

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Design Tip
Swap out your spring/summer rugs (indoors and outdoors) for a patterned rug in darker fall colors-oranges, reds, browns, and purples. It will instantly make the room feel richer and bold.

How Much Does It Cost?
We just warmed up a basement with new carpet, just in time for the family to visit for the holidays.  This client in Alpharetta has a large basement with a great room and bedroom and installed a very plush Lexmark carpet throughout.  The cost was $4200 for 947 square feet of new carpet and padding. It's now an inviting and comfortable space!
I Was FLOORED By Enhance
We just completed some tile work for Maria in Atlanta, and she posted this review on Facebook:  "Enhance Floors is the most outstanding company EVER! Professional, detail oriented, outstanding. My only complaint is I wish I had more flooring projects! I have had two projects that Enhance Floor has done and wish I had more."

Thank you, Maria! We appreciate the opportunity to complete all of your flooring projects.  Enjoy your beautiful home!