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Monday, December 30, 2013

Owners:
Don & Elisabeth
Design Consultants:
Wanda, Mallory, Robin & Jim

 
Installation Department:
Debra, Don & Robin

Best of Atlanta 2013
We are thrilled to tell you that Enhance Floors and More was named a Best of 2013 winner on Kudzu.com, a leading source for local business information and consumer reviews. Over 5 million local businesses competed across a wide range of categories including home, auto, health and professional services. Winners were determined based on thousands of votes from consumers in Atlanta. We received the top honor!
Thank you for your support.  We could not have done it without your votes!
2014 Design Trends
Hopefully you will find a few minutes during the holidays for some much needed resting and relaxing.  And if you are like us, you will take advantage of this down time to start thinking about some home decorating projects for next year.  Here are some design trends to look for in 2014:
~~~The bold and the beautiful: while designers may disagree on what constitutes some trends in 2014, on one subject they all agree:  Bright colors are most certainly “in.”  Expect to see bold shades of pink, blue, green, and red used as the big burst of color in the room.
 ~~~Still back to nature:  while stone, metal, and wood will still be popular, expect a more relaxed feel and rounded designs with earth shades and raw metal finishes. 
~~~Show your personality:  whether it’s bold use of color or accessories, don’t be afraid to express your personality.  Jeweled colors, gilded frames, and layered textiles will be methods of self-expression in 2014.
~~~Rub a dub dub, no one in a tub:  showers are becoming more popular than tubs.  Larger showers with benches, multi-head showers, and overhead rain showers are trending.  If clients are looking for that tub experience in 2014, it’s likely they will look for a free standing tub as a structural element, which takes up much less space in the room than the old tiled-in tub deck.
~~~Bland is bad:  look for geometric and floral patterns in soft 
accessories such as drapes, throw rugs and cushions. And you no longer have to play it safe sticking with solid color floor coverings. Patterned carpets are a stylish way to give your home a fresh, modern look.
~~~We’re all in this together:  more multigenerational features will be incorporated homes to help better accommodate more people living under one roof, such as aging parents and boomerang kids. For example, features like wall mounted sinks for wheelchairs, walk-in bathtubs, and motion sensing faucets are expected to grow in demand.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Easy Holiday Survival Tips

This is a crazy busy time of year.  Here are a few of our favorite ideas and tips to help you stay calm and enjoy the holidays:
~~Keep a couple of packages of frozen cookie dough on hand to pop in the oven when you have unexpected guests.
 ~~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.
~~For quick and easy decorating purchase a holiday rug.  These are the perfect size for your foyer, kitchen or in front of the tree or fireplace.  We have a nice selection of styles for $49.
~~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.
~~Once school is out, the kids will be bored.  Create an inexpensive family tradition---purchase a ready-made wreath of greens and then gather items to decorate it. Use pine cones, ribbons, crystals, feathers, beaded garland or homemade paper snowflakes.
~~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.
~~Looking to stuff your pet's stockings? Choose gifts that are safe.  Dogs have been known to
tear their toys apart and swallow the pieces. Stick with chew toys that are basically indestructible, Kongs that can be stuffed with healthy foods or chew treats that are designed to be safely digestible. Long, stringy things are a feline's dream, but the most risky toys for cats involve ribbon, yarn and loose little parts that can get stuck in the intestines, often necessitating surgery. Surprise kitty with a new ball that's too big to swallow, a stuffed catnip toy or an interactive cat dancer—and tons of play sessions together.
~~Feeling cozy is as mental as it is physical. Add a touch of nostalgia to create coziness. ‘Tis the season for sentimentality. Put out some Santa pieces or other family “heirlooms” on a buffet, and keep treats, sweets and cookies out so that the casual nibbler can enjoy themselves. Make a pot of hot cocoa to welcome your family into the kitchen.

Watch The Progress
We are almost finished with a big kitchen makeover and also have two bathroom updates in progress.  (Yes, Don is very busy overseeing these projects!)   We are posting pictures of our progress on Enhance Floors & Mores Facebook page.  Please check them out and let us know what you think about the results. 

Fashion: What's Hot
If you are shopping for clothing for gifts this holiday season, and have no idea what’s to buy, here’s a quick list of the “in” looks:
~~Punk looks
~~Checks, plaids, and tartans
~~Emerald green, grey, and blue shades
~~Winter white
~~Beanies and knit caps
~~Prints---bright colored and animal
~~Leather