Not your grandmother’s indoor/outdoor fabric and carpeting

  If you think indoor/outdoor carpeting is what you see on a miniature golf course, I understand because I once thought that way too.  Not anymore. Indoor/outdoor fabric and carpeting has done a 180.  Now, the differences are imperceptible with real fabric and carpeting and this ROCKS MY WORLD! Why? Because indoor/outdoor fabric and carpeting makes possible a new interior look outside your home and adds years to the look of rooms inside your home.  Nothing gets an interior designer more excited than that! Let me show you what we have to work with now. This faux leather by Valtekz looks like the real thing.  When I first saw it, I had to turn it over to see it didn’t have the imprint of cowhide on back.   I once saw faux leather on the bridge of a yacht where it looked fabulous even though the rain, sun and seagulls gave it a workout. I just did a family room in faux leather.  The family had two 125 lbs Burmese mountain dogs and a cat.  It stood up to them. Another example is this striped fabric.  It even has the texture of velvet woven into it. This white matelasse has raised velvet dots in the middle of it.  It looks beautiful in a formal setting. In a less formal setting, I’ve used the large leaf pattern to the left. It was for a teenager’s room where the challenge was to find a material that would look good all through the teen age years. It passed the test. The fun part is you can make an outdoor porch or patio look as inviting and beautiful as an interior room.  The area rugs below are waterproof so you can put them on an outdoor patio or a high traffic area indoors like a mudroom. They create a room that is set for years to come indoors or outdoors. All that is required to keep them clean is to hose them off or scrub them with a brush. Think about the time this gives you to enjoy a beach house or vacation retreat instead of cleaning it.  If you worry about wet, sandy kids or dogs rocketing though, now you can just relax and take in the scenery, not the mess. Has this changed the way you think about indoor/outdoor fabric and carpeting?  Do you have any rooms in your home you’d like to create or re-create? Why not leave me a comment below?  I’d love to hear from you. The companies featured...
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Rethinking wood floors

My guess is, when you read blogs with new ideas on interior design, you expect to be delighted but also expect to spend a lot money. The goal of this post is to delight you with ideas.  But I want to show you how to save a significant amount of money.  The topic is wood floors, like the one on the right. If you think wood floors depend on the quality of the wood and choices like pine, oak, white oak, maple, cherry maple or laminate, think again.  Wood quality does play an important part, but so does what you do with it. I’m going to let you in on a little secret.  Did you know the floor uptop is blow-torched.  That’s right.  Blow-torched.  Why?  The effect from a little blow-torching brings out the accents in the wood and gives the floor a rustic, historic look. Here’s another secret and one of my favorites.  Wood stenciling.  Before you rip out a perfectly good, high-quality, wood floor and spend a small fortune using intricate pieces of wood for that tiled or parqued look, think about stenciling a wood floor.   These pictures are from our house.  All of them are the original floor with wood stencil designs.  If I didn’t point it out, I’ll bet you’d never know.  And the design were as limitless as my imagination. Instead of spending a lot of money on wood, labor and disruption, we spent a much smaller amount on stain and stencil designs. From all of these pictures, it might look like I got carried away with wood stencilling; maybe I did.  Maybe it’s because I like the way it looks; maybe once I got started, I saw all the many possibilities; maybe I realized I didn’t have to spend a lot to have beautiful looking wood floor. Does this change your thinking about wood floors.  Would like some ideas about what could be done in your home? Just leave a reply to this blog and I’ll let you know. Hope this teaches you something new about interior design ideas for your...
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