2019 Ready or Not It's Here

Are You Ready for 2019?Seems like 2018 passed in the blink of an eye. Did you know that forty five percent of Americans make New Year's resolutions? The top resolutions are: to lose weight, get organized, to spend less and save more, to stay fit and healthy, and to quit smoking. While nearly half of all Americans make resolutions, 25 percent of them give up on their resolutions by the second week of January. Maybe your resolution is to finally update your home. We sincerely hope you keep that one!

What's going to be trending in 2019? New wood floors, both engineered and solid, in wide plank matte finishes. Laminate floors are on the rebound, and look beautiful as well as being super durable.  There are even waterproof laminates. New colorful graphic tile designs are gaining popularity. And vinyl! WOW! It is the fastest growing flooring choice we have, and the designs are better and better! Wood looks and tile looks, there is something for everyone. 

Of course, there are many other tweaks besides the floors to give your home that will help update it and make it, well, homier. A fresh paint job will do a lot to improve the looks of an outdated home. Grey has had a good run, but people are trending more to warm tans and taupes these days. Brushed nickel and polished chrome continue to be the leaders in plumbing fixture finishes. Did you know that we offer our customers access to shop at our local plumbing house for new fixtures, where they can guide you on the best choices for your style.

Don't forget, we do full bathroom remodels. There are so many gorgeous tiles and deco pieces to choose from! We make your new bathroom more beautiful, and more functional. Lots of our customers are doing away with the bathtub in the Master Bath and opting for a larger shower. Realtors advise this is fine, as long as there is still one bathtub in the house.

We love doing full kitchen remodels too! Cabinets, counter tops, floors, the works! But, if you just want to tweak things a little, we can do that as well. A new backsplash will really change the look of your kitchen. In older kitchens that still have cabinets in good shape, a new backsplash and a paint job can make a world of difference.

We can also install a new countertop. Corian reigned in the 80's, granite has been the go-to since the 90's, but both have now given first place to Quartz. Quartz countertops are composed of ground quartz stone, pigments and resin. These popular marble & granite like countertops are usually semi-gloss and do not require polishing. Some care is needed to ensure they maintain their luster. However, they are harder to damage than other countertops, like laminate and Corian. In order to care for quartz countertops, use non-abrasive cleaners, and avoid heavy pressure and quick changes in temperature. The colors and designs are just beautiful! Come in and see!

We already know that the New Year will bring us many new wonderful products. We are always excited to see what is new, and we love learning about new products and new decorating ideas to bring to you. Plan to join us in 2019 at one of our events. They are always fun and informative, and there are always great prizes that you could win!

Taking Care of Your Wood Floors
Many of us have hardwood floors in our homes. And many of us aren't giving them the proper care. Did you know there are vacuum cleaners made specifically to use on wood floors- with either soft brushes, or beater bars that can be turned off. Never, ever, NEVER use a steam mop on your wood floors! Water and wood floors do not mix! When you do clean the floors, use a cleaning product made for wood floors, and use as little as possible. We recommend Bona products, and sell them here in the store. You should also use floor protectors on the feet of all your furniture. Flexi Felt is a wonderful product that we carry and highly recommend.

Design Tip
If you have wood floors that aren't in good shape, we can sand and restain them for you. Or if you have been wishing to change the color, now's the time! If you need some time to decide on your next step with the floor or need to wait til summer vacation to get the work done, consider covering the worn-out wood floors with a rug. We have beautiful area rugs here in the store, and many more that we can order or custom make for you. Come in with some measurements and let us help you choose the rug that suits your needs the best.

How Much Does It Cost?
We just installed new solid oak hardwoods in an "active adult" home. The area was 500 square feet and consisted of the master bedroom, closet, living room, and dining room. The cost was $4200, which included new shoemold and removal of the existing carpet. It really updated the home and made it feel bigger and more open. 

I Was FLOORED By Enhance 
Tracy in Roswell writes "They did a terrific job. The guys that installed the carpet did the seams perfectly. They cleaned up after themselves. It was a large room, and you couldn't even tell where the seams were. They did a good job and cleaned up after themselves well. I couldn't say enough about them. I'd give them an A."

Thank you, Tracy. Enjoy your new soft carpet, we know your boys are enjoying playing games and laying on it!