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Friday, August 7, 2015

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

Atlanta Home Improvement Magazine has announced the "Best of 2015" contest winners and we are thrilled to announce that we won Best Place to Shop for Floor Coverings.  We had some very stiff competition; most of the companies we were up against are much bigger than us, and thanks to YOUR votes, we won!  Thank you for voting and letting all of Atlanta know where to come for new floor coverings!

Design Tip: Tried and True
It is easy to find out the latest decorating trends, just pick up a magazine, see what is displayed prominently in the stores, or check out internet sites like Houzz and Pinterest.  But maybe you don't want something that is "in" today and "out" tomorrow for your Living Room or Family Rooms.  You want something that will not go out of style, simple pieces that stand the test of time. Here's a list of items that are never in or out of fashion, are classically chic and tasteful, and eternally look good (so you won't be forking over money to replace them in two years' time.)

Plantation shutters.  These elegant window dressings have become the perfect solution for metropolitan homeowners who don't want sheer curtains but aren't keen on passersby snooping, either. The other plus, of course, is undeniable curb appeal. If shutters are out of your budget, wood blinds (real or faux) give you a similar look for less of an investment.  NOTE:  Enhance Floors & More is a certified Hunter Douglas Window Fashions Dealer.

Tripod floor lamp.The architectural lines of the tripod floor lamp have made it a living room staple in recent years, and it looks set to stick around. As well as adding atmospheric pools of light, these cool pieces make a statement in their own right. Place one at either end of a sofa for oomph.

Chesterfield sofa.  

It's an ongoing favorite in  fashionable bars and boutique hotels, and no wonder. With their clean lines and comfort, button-backed chesterfield sofas are truly timeless, and look as good in a modern warehouse apartment as in a grand country abode.  (What is a chesterfield sofa?  A sofa with a tufted or buttoned back with curved arms.  Can be leather or fabric.)

Retro sideboard.  
It might not feel as key as a coffee table or sofa, but a stylish vintage sideboard transforms the look of a living room (and keeps clutter at bay, too). A midcentury number adds a quirky retro attitude and provides a handy surface for showing off precious ornaments and pictures. For a timeless look, stick to warm woods, such as teak or rosewood.

Leather club armchair.  A classic, deep-seated leather armchair is comfortable and adds a masculine touch to your décor.  Add a contrasting accent pillow, then sit back and relax.


Decorative over-the-mantel mirror.  It's the oldest interiors trick in the book. A striking over-the-mantel mirror gives even a supersnug living room a sense of space and light. However, don't settle for just any old mirror. For old-school elegance, go for a Shabby Chic-style French-looking piece with an ornate white plaster or gilt wooden frame. If you can afford to, get an original vintage mirror, complete with authentically aged silvering. If not, consider reproductions - they work a similar magic for less cash. 



Picture cluster.  OK, you've seen a thousand feature walls with multiple frames and artworks. But there's a reason this idea has stuck: it works. A cluster of pictures turns an ordinary living room into a home. This is an easy way to reflect your personality, and whether you line up or misalign the frames, mix or match, somehow everything always hangs together.

"Persian" rug.  Their intricate patterns and warm colors give any space a homey feel, as well as a touch of exoticism. Plus, these traditional rugs work equally well laid over wood floors, stone or carpet. Period settings are their natural habitat, but they can also cozy up a modern space.  The most skillfully handwoven rugs can be pricey, but purse-friendly machine-made designs are very affordable

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