Wool Rugs

fusion-grey-set-11349_1Customers seek natural rugs nowadays to better improve the quality of air at home. We all know that indoor air is a lot polluted than air outdoors. This is because of chemical and synthetic made products that are most often found inside our homes. Believe it or not, the carpets and rugs we use contribute to air pollution. That is why choosing natural and eco-friendly rugs are a must to ensure reduced health risks and environmental hazards.

You don’t have to worry about choosing wool rugs because these are widely available in the market. There are different wool rug pad designs that you can choose from. This includes artistic graphics, modern neutrals, and sculpted dimensional as well as traditional designs. Homeowners can choose from a wide variety available in the market.

Aside from numerous designs, customers will love the natural and eco-friendly attributes of wool rug pads. Most wool often comes from New Zealand which is known to be the producer of the world’s finest. Sheep can be shorn every 9 months to a year making wool widely accessible. These animals also feed on grass making wool supply continuously available.

A hand-woven or hand-tufted wool rug pad can give a room so much warmth and comfort. These are also stain resistant making you less worried to spill anything on your floor. Wool rug pads are made with natural oils that stop dirt from entering to the yarn.

A rug pad is recommended to be used for all wool rugs although there are three other types of rug construction to choose from. Meanwhile, if you intend to use it for carpeting, it is recommended that you get a multi-purpose rug pad.

A hand-knotted wool rug has been used from generation to generation. The technique wraps the yarn and knot around each ward thread. Then, the yarn is hand tamped and hand cut to make a tight pile construction. Expert craftsmen are able to create intricate details to form a beautiful rug design with high value and lasting presence.

Another type of construction is through looming. Wool rug pads textures and looks are achieved by this process. This technique makes use of combining yarns and colors that are hand-woven to make a variety of designs done by skilled artisans.spenser-wool-rug-1

Meanwhile, hand-tufted rug construction makes use of a tufting tool, a frame stretched fabric and a yarn. The artist draws a pattern on the fabric and cuts or loops piles to achieve the process. Rugs are then backed with latex to enhance stability before incorporating fabric to create a finished appearance. Skilled tradesmen are responsible for each process.

Taking care of rugs is necessary to ensure dirt does not pile up. This will also ensure that your wool rugs will be long lasting. In the first two months, you have to do additional vacuuming to reduce the natural shedding of your wool rugs. You also have to avoid placing them in direct sunlight. This would help to prevent fading.

Wool rug pads are biodegradable. This means they go into the soil and decompose. They become natural nutrients needed by plants. Wool rug pads are also flame retardant making it difficult to burn. It also does not contribute a lot of toxic gas or smoke that makes up air pollution.

Just like with any other type of rug, wool rug pads gives you comfort. The only difference is that they give you extra soft, more warmth and added comfort when used. That is why more people are choosing wool rug pads despite their higher costs compared to regular, synthetic made rugs.

Painted Door DIY

THE TALE OF AN A-DOOR-ABLE PAINTED DOOR

I painted my front door a few months back. I chose a color that is bright, bold, and totally gave the occasional passer-by a sneak peek as to what the decor was all about inside. Well apparently bright, bold, beautiful doors are starting to run in the family.
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My older sister (who recently got married) moved into her home about two years ago. The doors were this hunter green color, which was actually really unique and totally worked well for their home. However, the paint was chipping and these doors had seen better days.
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…. and this is what you get! A bright, bold, and gorgeous new door color that totally breathes a breath of fresh, sassy air into their a-door-able home. I mean, talk about an All-American front door color. It definitely gets the stamp of approval from these two DIY Rookies.

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Backdoor beforeBut the fun part of this a-door-able makeover is that it doesn’t end at the front door. My sister’s house has doors on doors on doors… and every single one of ‘em underwent time in the Valspar Reserve beauty shop.IMG_1127

Each door is more gorgeous than the next! I just love how the red POPS next to the grey siding.

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But my favorite transformation of this painted door series is probably this one. Can you spot the differences?

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A bright door AND a fresh new fence…. yes, please! Like how clean and amazing does this tiny white fence look next to the red?

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More doors?! I think this is the last one.. last but certainly not least! Wow, I may be a little biased since this is my big sis’ house, but this traditional red is totaling stealing my heart. Bright, bold, and G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!!
The color is Valspar Reserve’s Exterior Semi-gloss Radiant Red (1009-3). This product is amazing because it’s Primer + Paint in one. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about priming the door, waiting for it to dry and then painting it (again). It’s one stop shopping, which is a total MONEY & TIME saver. And the exterior paint is supposed to have much better protection to the sunlight and harsh outdoor elements than other exterior paints = less paint in the future!

Plus, Valspar’s website is filled with so many resources to help you pick the perfect paint color for your space. I mean seriously, you may be shopping for paint for days (ask my sister, she’ll tell you first hand). The color wheels are hypnotizing in a magical way that makes you want to paint your whole house and maybe even your neighbors too.

I love that they picked radiant red because this red really does follow my front door rule of: picking a color that gives the passerby a hint of what they’d find in your home. My sister’s house definitely uses hints of red to accent, so an accented red door seems to fit into the mix flawlessly. Maybe I’ll work on sneaking in to get you guys some pics of this adorable home. Give it time, I know I can win her over.

Overall, this a-door-able makeover was a success! And geez, if I’m gushing about their DOORS this much, I can’t imagine how excited I’ll be for their first born

Top 5 reasons to use felt rug pad

Rug protection
The first and foremost function and benefit of any rug pad is to extend the life of an area carpet or rug. Rugs are placed in rooms to give it a warmer and a more welcoming appearance. The use of furniture or walking over the rugs results in premature wear and pointless harm to the carpet/rug.  Thus, rug pads are used to avoid any such stress or pressure caused by these variables and can be used properly while maintaining its original look and condition.
Protection to the Floor
Usually rugs that are used on floors experience pressure, so using a rug pad protects them from bearing any such pressures. For instance, wearing high heels are known for pushing through the rug and denting the floor, thus, a rug pad if used resists such penetration. Similarly heavy furniture that is placed on the carpet or rug can also push through it and dent the floor. This is precisely why felt rug pads are recommended to be used as they are thick enough to manage such pressures.
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Providing Comfort
Felt rug pads have many varieties in terms of thicknesses and densities; each providing comfort to its own level. However, using a thick one under a carpet or rug makes it more enjoyable while playing or sitting on it.
Noise Reduction
Customers living mostly in apartments prefer heavy felt rug pads as they offer noise reduction. It basically absorbs the load that may create noise from the floor. While choosing a felt rug pad, one must select one that provides the highest protection against noise (a 40-ounce dense rug pad is usually recommended). However, if you choose any thin pads that are non-slip, no guarantee for any good quality for noise reduction is given.
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Providing Insulation
During winter season cold floors give an uncomfortable feeling and the room demands more warmth. Thus, the right rug pad can help in insulating and to keep the room warm. These felt rug pads have extraordinary thermal materials that keep the floors warm. But a thinner one does not have the ability to effectively do so. The thicker the felt rug pad or the greater its density in other words, the greater is the insulation. The most recommended felt rug pad is a 40-ounce dense pad that provides insulation more than any other and can be used even in extreme cold climates.
Thus, if one intends to buy a new area rug, then they need to ensure they select the right felt rug pad for it too. However, if there is already a rug which is without a rug pad, then it is better to get the right felt rug pad. This little investment can result in extended safety, condition and protection of your rug.

Living Room Flooring Ideas For Every Style

Living Room Flooring Ideas For Every Style

Your living room is probably the most used room in your house after the kitchen. The style you create in this main room sets the tone for the rest of your home.
Your floors are a major component of your decorating theme, and depending on your choice of material and color, can be understated and secondary to other aspects of the room, or bold and striking, demanding attention from all who enter.

Unlike the kitchen and bathroom, where concerns of moisture damage or cooking mishaps limit the suitable choices, your living room can be styled with whatever flooring material most suits your decor, your family needs and your budget.


Carpet

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For comfort, classic style and endless choices in color and design, you can’t beat carpet. Carpet has many good qualities, including:

-Comfortable underfoot
-Insulates against cold and heat
-Muffles sound
-Nonslip, safe surface
-Wide price range, can be inexpensive
-Huge choice of colors and designs

But there are negatives to carpet also, including:

-Stains easily
-Difficult to keep clean, frequent cleaning can be expensive
-Holds onto allergens such as dust, pollen, mites, dander

Carpet works with any decorating theme, although it best complements traditional, contemporary, retro or shabby chic decor.


Hardwood


Another classic choice, hardwood provides a natural, warm beauty that adds to the value of your home. There are many patterns available in thin strips, thicker planks, or parquet designs. Wood tones range from the lightest maple to the darkest mahogany, and every shade in between.
Hardwood is an excellent choice for the living room, with pros such as:
Adds value to your home
Easily cleaned
Good choice for those who have allergies
Durable
Scratches can be sanded out
There are cons to hardwood however, including:
Expensive to install
Can scratch or damage
Susceptible to water damage
Needs occasional refinishing
Can be noisy when walked on
Hard and slippery surface
Hardwood flooring complements every style of decorating, particularly country, Cape Cod, traditional, Victorian and Asian-themed.

Make your own rug pad

Save Money: Make Your Own Rug Pad

This post is about saving some money so that, instead of spending your cash unnecessarily on a pre-made rug pad, you can buy one of these…
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…and send it to ME so that I can wear that shirt while I have meaningful conversations with my cat and simultaneously earn another badge to pin on my Crazy Cat Lady Club beanie. After that, I can work toward the one where I buy my cat a matching shirt and then get our portrait taken by a professional photographer called Mrs. Snuggles.

But if you don’t want to contribute to my downward shame spiral, I’ll share how I am going to save enough money to buy one of those shirts for myself anyway, beginning with this new thing I discovered called rug padding by the yard.

The rug that we needed a pad for is an Indoor/Outdoor rug from Marshall’s that I inadvertently bought for our bathroom, intending to use it elsewhere. But being indoor/outdoor, it can be hosed off with soap and water AND is supposedly resistant to mold and mildew.

This seemed like a logical thing to try since I hadn’t had luck finding a “real” bath mat that I liked, what with these being out of my price range:

Would you want one if I told you that “This bathing room carpet is produced of imputrescible foam named plastazote”?

We still needed a rug pad, though, which I found by the yard at Joann Fabrics. It is regularly $7.99/yard (54” wide) but my friend Joann has this habit of sending out 50% off coupons approximately every other minute, making it just about $4 a yard. That means for a 3’x5’ rug, your rug pad will cost a mere $4 since you will only need one yard. The same size costs $13 at Target, $12 at West Elm, $16 at Walmart, $14 at Overstock, and $13 at Amazon. (All of those were online prices. The store might be different. But if you’re going to go to the store, you might as well go to Joann’s.) We needed 2’x4’, which meant 2/3 yard of rug padding. Once home, I just trimmed off the excess to make the exact size that we needed…and tada, a rug that stays in place. Even if a certain chubby cat isn’t laying on it possessively.

This is in sharp contrast with a rug that skids and scrunches because said chubby cat and her soon-to-be chubby sister insist on diving into it like it’s a big pile of meat.

With the money you and I will save, we could practically buy a moss mat and share it. You know, like an every other weekend and take turns at Thanksgiving sort of thing. Or, you could fly to my house and help me renovate our bathroom so that Jordan, Trey, and Grace are no longer rub-a-dub dubbing in our tub and our window can be covered with something better than a partially used sheet of white fabric.

Or, there’s that cat t-shirt thing. Just sayin’.