Get Carpet Advice Straight From The Expert

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Are you searching for carpet color that will stand up to heavy foot traffic but also retain its beauty?

STAINMASTER’S  Patsy Kuipers, INVISTA’s color expert, suggests you select a jewel tone that complements your decor and helps continue the “mood” you’ve created in this formal area of your home.
Colors such as hunter green, navy blue, “tassel” gold and burgundy are classics.  Select a carpet color based on which color(s) in your upholstery and drapery fabrics you’d like to highlight. Keep in mind that darker colors tend to show lint, but with proper maintenance your carpet should remain beautiful for many years to come. Concerning construction/style, consider a pinpoint Saxony with a beautiful finish (i.e. smooth surface) which will create an elegant look for your home.

Photo: STAINMASTER

Design Your Dream Room On Your Computer

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Recently a friend sent us a link to a game called “Design Your Dream Room” on BravoTV.com and we have not been able to stop playing!  This game allows you to design a room from scratch, you get to choose everything from the wall color, rugs, furniture, and all the way down to the smallest accessory.  It’s kinda like shopping at Ambassador Floor and our sister store For the Home.  Try it out and see if you don’t become obsessed with this game too.  Good luck!

Best Flooring For A Lake Side Home

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Pools season is finally here and if you have a backyard pool, then you might be wondering if the flooring in your kitchen, den or even patio is strong enough to withstand the high traffic and moisture from the pool.   You should consider choosing flooring that is waterproof and durable.  Floor Now Blog recently posted Water Proof Flooring For Summer Fun, all about the best flooring for homes that attract wetness because they are near a pool, lake or beach.

Perhaps the simplest type of waterproof flooring is a piece of linoleum.  Today’s linoleum is not your grandparents’ linoleum.  This new green and renewable resourced product comes in many colors and patterns and there is a design for practically anyone.  It’s easy to wipe down after barbecue sauce spills and lemonade and other unknown stains, as well.  Even if you just do that, often you can get a bargain priced piece because it’s a leftover.  The best place to look for designs in linoleum is online, and there you can compare all of the types, advantages, prices and designs.  In a brick and mortar store there is often limited selection, and the designs they do have may not please you.

Another super waterproof (and extremely long-lasting) type of flooring material is tile flooring.  There are the basic peel and stick ones, plus hundreds of other kinds.  Porcelain tiles are precise and easy to clean.  Natural stone tiles are also attractive looking, but a little more difficult to put down as flooring because there are slight size differences and you cannot lay them in a normal checkerboard pattern in case some are off-measurement.  Stagger those like a brick wall, choose the right grout and sealant and you’ll have a super looking floor fairly quickly. You may even purchase porcelain tiles that look exactly like natural stone ones, but are perfect in their measurements because they are made in factories.

The final class of flooring that may be considered waterproof or water-resistant is ceramic tiles.  A few ceramic tiles such as Saltillos are iffy in that area, but well and properly sealed they could work.  The “ordinary” type and easily available ceramic tiles, which come in thousands of styles and colors, work extremely well.  If you have a small room, get large tiles and put them down diagonally.  This increases the visual space.  Make sure they are also properly sealed and grouted and you’ll have a super long lasting floor surface that will serve you and your family for a long time.

Contact a professional from Ambassador Floor to assist you when choosing the best flooring to fit your style and function of your home.MoHawk tile floor

Photo: (Top)Bruce, (Bottom) Mohawk

What Inspires You?

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What inspires you, is the St. Louis St. Louis Gateway Arch, or the Old Courthouse or maybe strolling through the Soulard Farmers’ Market.

Design Sherpa,the leading provider of revolutionary social media marketing programs for the home design industry  has just announced the “What Inspires You” contest for design enthusiast, of all back ground and styles.  Think of what inspires you most, and tell us using words, photos, whatever it takes.

The blog entry that wins will receive $10,000 and a trip to Masion & Objet Paris.  The only thing that is asked of the winner is to chronicle their Pairs experience throughout the blogosphere.  Visit the Design Sherpa for more information and contest rules. Good Luck!

Photos: StLou.org (top) ESC.edu(bottom)

Selecting a Bathroom Floor

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What matters most to you when selecting a floor for your bathroom remodel? Is it style, durability, how it will stand up to stains and spills, how it feels under your bare-feet, or how is handles moisture?  Lets count the top floor options for bathrooms and look at the pros and cons of each.

7. Carpeting – While carpets look nice and is soft under bare-feet. Carpet does not hold up to moisture. However, if you still must have carpeting in your bathroom ask a professional installer about to fit the carpet which carpets pads are the  best.

6. Solid Hardwood – A slightly better than carpet, solid hardwood looks great and feels warm under foot. But moisture kills natural solid hardwood.  Installing a solid hardwood floor is difficult because there can be no gaps in the bathroom flooring.

5. Laminate Flooring –  This flooring has the appearance of wood, but it is actually a better choice the solid hardwood floor. Laminate flooring is easy to clean, too. But laminate still has that wood chip base, and should it happen to contact with moisture it will expand and bubble and the only way to fix it is to tear it out.

4.Engineered Wood – Engineered wood is a great alternative, it’s got a plywood base that holds up well against moisture. And it looks terrific because the top layer is real wood. If you want the wood flooring look in a bathroom, engineered wood is the best choice.

3. Stone – Moisture is not a problem with marble, granite, limestone, and the other stone flooring options. Stone flooring is only number three on our list for a couple reasons.  Stone is cold on bare-feet  and it tends to get slippery and dangerous when wet.  Plus stone floor is by far the most expensive flooring option on our list.

2. Vinyl – Vinyl is the most popular choice for bathroom flooring.Sheets or tile vinyl flooring is easy to install yourself.  Vinyl is also very cost efficient. However, vinyl sheets or tile can become unglued easily, you might see the corners of tiles popping up after a while.

1.Ceramic Tile – Ceramic tile, like stone, can achieve a rich, textured, solid feeling. Like vinyl, it’s waterproof and it’s fairly inexpensive. And like wood flooring, it looks pretty good.  Mosaic tiles come in pre-mounted plastic mesh sheets, so you don’t have to individually set each tile. With tinted grout, you can be even more creative. It cleans up well and bravely resists even standing pools of water. However, the only downsides of ceramic tile is that it’s cold (though heat tile is available through some disturbers) . Also, it can be slippery, but texturing solves that problem. Smaller tiles are less slippery, because more grout is used and the grout acts as a non-skid surface.

Photo: Shaw Tile

Purchasing Flooring For Your Kitchen

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If you’re are in the market for the new flooring, you know that is can be overwhelming, you have so many choices, about textures, colors, styles and durability. So how do you know whether to select tile, hardwood, or vinyl flooring?  The kitchen is possibly the most used room in your house, and most of the work is done while standing.  So to narrow down your chooses and select the best flooring for you, follow a couple rules that were provides by Ann Busby, vice president of the National Kitchen and Bath Association.    

Think about the comfort of the floor; look for something that is easy on your legs.  When you’re shopping around, take your shoes off and see how your feet, legs and back feel (keep socks and stockings on).  Then put your shoes back on and go for a walk to test the floor sound. 

Also keep in mind that the kitchen is a high traffic area and you’ll want a floor that wears well.  Children, pets, and spills can really take a toll, so consider the floors durability and maintenance. 

Hopefully these tips will help you while you are choose flooring for your home kitchen.  To learn more go to Kitchen Floor Essentials on HGTV.com, NKBA, or contact a consultant Ambassador Floor Company.

Master Bedroom Makeovers

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We love Candice Olsen here at Ambassador Floor Company and For the Home.  We are always so proud to carry Candice Olsen’s products. You might have seen  Candice on her HGTV show Divine Design.  Recently, Candice did a piece for the HGTV website that showcased Master Bedrooms Makeovers.  Here are some of our favorites:

Before: Green Carpet and Pink Wall paper is this 1982?

After:   Candice creates a floor plan that includes a sitting area and desk and made the fireplace the focal point of the room. A natural wheat color carpet and area rugs soften the room. This homeowner is thrilled. “This is the most beautiful room I’ve ever been in,” she says.

Before: The room had only the basics.

After: The room is cozy, stylish and environmentally friendly.  Candice chooses a low-VOC paint in a warm blue color, and mixed organic fabrics and recyclable carpet tiles.

To view more of Candice Olsen’s 10 Divine Master Bedrooms, check Candice out on HGTV.  Have you been inspired by Candice’s designs, contact a design consultant at Ambassador Floor Company for design assistance updating your master bedroom.  You can also find the Candice Olsen home accessories at the Ambassador Floor and At the Home Showroom.

Remodeling- Start From The Floor Up

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All great ideas start from the ground up, and remodeling a room in your home is no different.  When designing or remodeling a room you want it to be inviting and functional, so don’t forget the floor.  The floor will set the tone for the room.  So whether you prefer the soft plush look of carpet, the bright color of hardwood or the long lasting style of a tile floor; the floor should pull the entire room together. There is nothing worst then a beautiful decorated room, wrecked by an out-of-date carpet or a poorly installed wood floor.

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Carpeting is the top floor-covering choice in the United States.  The single most important thing in choosing a carpet or rug is understand your lifestyle and select carpet that will stand up in places where it will get the most wear. The trick is to avoid abrupt transitions between areas. It’s more pleasing to stay with a basic tone and coordinate choices for continuity in texture and pattern.

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Natural wood floors are beautiful, but also increase the value of your home. Hardwood floors are available in many colors and makes, such as cherry wood, walnut and laminate.  If you want to install new wood floors, be sure to choose a wood that meshes with the style of your home or the style you aim to create.

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Ceramic tile outperforms and outlasts most other floor covering product.  Tile is a practicel flooring option for bathrooms and kitchens because of its durability. It also offers limitless design possibilities in color, style, shape and finish, giving you the opportunity to create a very personal design statement.

Need more remodeling inspirations, click through the slideshow on PointClickHome.com.