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Monday, December 19, 2016

Now and Later Tips and Trends

 Holiday Survival Tips
Christmas is less than two weeks away, and we are all hustling and bustling to get everything done.  Here are a few tips to help you keep your sanity this holiday season:
~~~put all family activities on a calendar and always check it first so that you do not over commit
~~~set up a wrapping station in a low-traffic area of your home; wrap gifts as you buy them
~~~spend some time in your guest room if you are having overnight visitors.  Assess the mattress, linens, and pillows and make any needed changes.  Be sure there is adequate lighting and a luggage stand. Is there adequate tabletop and drawer space for belongings?  A place for hanging clothes?  Do your window coverings block streetlights and the early morning sun?
~~~set aside a single place to collect all receipts for returning or exchanging items
~~~buy or charge batteries for gifts, cameras, etc.
~~~guests coming over?  The holidays are all about the treats. Even if you can't bake, slice up pre-made cookie dough and stick it in the oven. The smell of cookies baking is enough to put anyone in the holiday mood.
~~~and, most important, remember that Christmas is not about things.Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends
 
Design Tip
Interior colors you'll be seeing a lot of in 2017:
~~Pale blue hues
~~Warm golden colors, soft coral, peach and yellow, skin tones
~~Earthy colors that symbolize nature:  deep greens, red wine colors, all shades of light and dark brown, soft orange, peach, and pinkish-orange
~~Soft and tender light pinks
~~Greige, grey, taupe
 
Descriptive color names to look for include Blue Serenity, Stormy Monday, Wet Concrete, Sea Life, Rose Quartz, Sealskin, Shadow, Pink Bliss, Mountain Air, Guacamole, Grandfather Clock Brown and Brandywine.  Inspired yet?
 
Wool---Not Just for Sweaters
Speaking of trends- everything old is new again! We are seeing a huge resurgence in the popularity and sales of wool carpet. Of course, wool was the first carpet fiber, and remained the leader until new fibers came along mid-century. First polyester, then nylon, and later Triexta (which is still our strongest seller.)  However, wool never really went away. It had, for many years, a reputation for being high-end. And while it is relatively pricey, as the King of Carpets it is a great investment. Wool is the ultimate green carpet, as it is a renewable resource, and is extremely low in chemical processing (usually only for an anti-static treatment.) We have many beautiful wools to choose from, from manufacturers like Karastan, Fabrica, and Stanton, in Berbers, patterns, and prints. Wool is an elegant and sophisticated carpet choice, and will look beautiful for many, many years.
 
Buy Now, Install Later
No one ever likes to hear about price increases, but you need to know that we have received notifications of first of the year cost increases from almost every one of our product manufacturers.  This is not unusual in our industry; the New Year seems to be a clear date for price changes to be made effective.  These increases are averaging around 6%.  That is around $150 on a typical $4500 project.
 
The good news is we can order products and accept delivery and store your order in our warehouse until you are ready for your installation in January.  So, if you plan on making a flooring purchase soon, but just can't get it installed til after the holidays, don't worry.  All you need to do is get everything finalized by December 30 and your price is locked in, regardless of any future increases.
 
When You Have Some "Me" Time
Work on building your profile on Pinterest or Houzz. Both are such handy tools! On both, you can save pictures of rooms, furniture, appliances, practically everything that you like. After you have done this for a while, you'll begin to get a really good sense of your style in more than just words. Both can be accessed through our website (www.enhancefloors.com).
 
Houzz is a website that focuses on home improvement projects. There are thousands of articles about decorating, remodeling, design, furniture, and more. Pinterest is a giant application that allows you to have a virtual corkboard and "pin" anything you like--- from hairstyles, to wall colors, to weddings, to remodeling. Both are also good ways to see new trends, and to conduct your own research for decorating, DIY, or remodeling projects you have in mind.
 
We love it when clients can show us what they like instead of just trying to describe it---a picture is truly worth a thousand words! Simply allow us to look at your board or Ideabook with, for example, the picture of the backsplash design that you like, and we will be able to take you to similar products in our store.  There are so many helpful ways to use Pinterest and Houzz as you begin your home improvement journey.
 
I Was FLOORED by Enhance
Becky in Marietta writes that "Enhance just put in pre-finished oak flooring for us. We had a real challenging floor to put in-it's an older home-and they put it in very nicely. Their technicians were excellent; they knew what they were doing. The owner was a really good guy too, and he seemed to know what he was doing as well. We had gotten a couple of estimates, and we liked him. Their business is very close to where we live, and they've been in East Cobb for 15 to 20 years, so we figured if they're there that long with all these major outlets around, they've got to be doing something right. We're happy with Enhance. I'd give them an A."
 
Thank you for the great review, Becky.  Enjoy your new floor! And please call us anytime with any questions or concerns you might have.

Before You Go To The Grocery Store

Holiday baking, cooking, and entertaining are family traditions in many homes.  Before you head to the grocery store, first spend a little time in your pantry organizing and purging the contents. We all have that item we bought and thought we'd use that's been pushed to the back, or that can that lost its label long ago, or cake mix that's long expired. Before it's time to do your big shopping trip and fill up those shelves again, clean them out, organize them, and maybe you'll be able to mark a couple of things off your shopping list!
 
Maybe you will find it is time to start thinking about changing some storage systems or living spaces to make your home more functional. As you climb that step ladder to reach those top pantry shelves, consider how many more years you'll want to do that. As much as we don't want to face aging, it is a reality that we are getting older and staying in our own homes longer and later in life. Making a few changes can make that so much easier---and safer! Consider adding lighting over the kitchen counters and in the bathroom, pull-out shelves retrofitted into the lower kitchen cabinets, a curbless shower with grab bars, and even tiny modifications such as lowering the heat on the hot water heater to prevent scalds.
 
Toys for Tots
Enhance Floors & More is an authorized drop-off location for Toys for Tots.  All you need to do is bring in a brand new unwrapped toy (or two or three!) and we'll do the rest.  And we have a swag bag for you as thanks for your generosity.  You give....and you will get!


 
Design Tip
Are you struggling with all the new grey colored products on the market? Ready to make a design move in that direction, but not ready to make a full-on commitment to grey? Consider bringing in some elements of greige--a cross between grey and beige. It is a great compromise--greige coordinates well with brown, black, creams, whites and greys, so it offers a lot of flexibility. You can pull greige into your color scheme in flooring, furniture, or accessories, or in the kitchen or bathroom in tile on the floor or a backsplash. Try it, and soon you'll be a greige fanatic!
 
We Promise
The staff at Enhance is here to help you decide which flooring options are best for you and your family. That is part of our Customer Service Commitment: to ask questions and to listen to your needs, to give you real advice and accurate information, to help you make the best purchase to fit your lifestyle and budget, so that you have confidence you have purchased exactly the right product.
How Much Does It Cost?
We recently installed new laminate floors in a large area of a Kennesaw home:  the family room, dining room, living room, master bedroom, plus the hall, foyer and closets.  Our client chose one of the floors we have installed in our Design Center, Mohawk Huchenson color Sunbeam Acacia.  The cost was just shy of $5000, which included installing the new laminate floor, taking up and disposing of the old flooring, the required floor leveling, moving the furniture, new shoemold, and transitions.
 
I Was FLOORED By Enhance
From Carolyn in Roswell:
"This is the third time I have used Enhance Floors to install real hardwood floors in my house. The first time they did my master bedroom, half bath and re-finished 15 year old floors in my foyer, kitchen and hallways. It was stunning. Made me think I had a new house again. The second time a few years later I had them install hard woods in my formal living room. Beautiful! Two months ago, I had them pull up the old carpet in the den and install new hardwoods and it is absolutely breath taking.  They are one of the few business I have found where they show up on time; do what they say they are going to do; clean up behind themselves and make sure you are satisfied before you give them the final payment.  I have really been impressed with the friendliness and craftsmanship of this business. Real hardwoods, installed, sanded and stained. Trustworthy workers too. They are great.  I am a delighted customer and would recommend them highly."