Friday Favorites: The Ultimate Halloween Homes!

October 9th, 2015

Here are our favorite Halloween homes to kick off your Halloween night!

Creepy crawly spiders are a simple and budget friendly way to prepare your home for a night of scares!



Good Housekeeping shares 11 Enchanting Halloween Decorating Ideas.



Spooktacular haunted house! Add boarded windows to spook the Trick-or-Treaters this year!



Here are easy last minute DIY Halloween party ideas from Your Cozy Home.


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Four Reading Nooks Every Home Needs this Fall

September 30th, 2015

What on Earth could be more luxurious than a sofa, a book, and a cup of coffee?
– Antony Trollope

As the leaves start changing and the pumpkin spice everythings start surfacing, so does a lazy feeling that tells you maybe it would be nice to stay home all day, curled up with a good book and a cup of coffee. Fall is like the calm before the storm of the winter holidays, and after the storm of a busy summer. It’s the time to take a breather and refocus. What better way to do that than to find the perfect place to curl up, undisturbed with a book and a drink?

Here are four reading nooks every home needs this fall:

For Early Morning:

In the early hours of the morning, before the kids need a ride to school and you have to start preparing for a morning meeting, clear your eyes close to the coffee pot and bury yourself in a newspaper (or novel you can easily put down once the day is begging to start) in a kitchen breakfast nook. Make sure there is plenty of overhead light until the sun has risen enough to provide ample reading light!



During the Day:

For those lucky enough to find a little bit of time mid-day to get in a chapter or two, find a comfy spot in the soft-light of a window with a cup of iced tea. Soak up the sun while you still can, because it’s setting earlier and earlier these days!



In the Early Evening:

Grab a throw blanket and a glass of wine and cuddle up next to the fire after dinner. Make sure you have a reading lamp nearby so you don’t strain your eyes! You may not get much reading done if you have a full house, but it’s worth the effort to experience that cozy autumn feeling.



For Late Nights:

Now is the time to pick up that page turner you can’t put down. After everyone else is tucked into bed and all your work is done for the day, curl up in a wingback chair in your bedroom with a cup of hot cocoa and read until your eyes are drooping. A backlit e-reader is the perfect solution if you don’t want to disturb your partner. Then, when you can’t possibly stand to read another page, your bed is just a few sleepy steps away.




But since fall hasn’t quite reached us in San Diego yet, take full advantage of the extended summer weather while it lasts and lounge on an outdoor patio with a glass of sangria for a relaxing afternoon read in the beautiful California sunshine!


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Your Fall Home Checklist

September 23rd, 2015

Fall is a good time to take care of home maintenance and repair projects before the shorter, cooler days of winter make outdoor work more difficult. While San Diego winters don’t have a particularly harsh record, shorter days mean less hours of sunlight to finish all those outdoor chores and those (albeit few) cool nights mean heaters and fires are more common.

1. Clean up Outdoors

Trim trees and shrubs, rake leaves and clean out gutters. With fall comes fire season and keeping dry leaves and dead plants to a minimum reduces fire hazards in your yard. Clogged gutters during rainstorms also can cause water to pool and damage your roof or siding. Cover your pool to keep falling leaves from clogging your filter.

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2. Make Exterior Repairs

Take a walk around your property and look for signs of damage to the roof, siding and foundation. Schedule repairs before wetter weather hits and causes more damage. Seal any gaps where critters could enter. With colder weather, bugs and varmints look for shelter and warmth. Mice only need a tiny gap to sneak into your home and cause all kinds of havoc. Fill small holes and cover larger ones to keep the wildlife out in the wild.

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3. Check Safety Devices

With cooler weather and the approaching holidays often come various forms of fire. From candles on the table to fires in the hearth (not to mention all those opportunities for cooking disasters!) making sure your smoke detectors and fire extinguishers are working properly is very important. Check the expiration date on your fire extinguisher and replace if needed. Replace old batteries in smoke detectors — and carbon monoxide detectors while you’re at it, that heater may be getting a little more use in the coming months!

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4. Deep Clean the Kitchen

Prepare early for all the holiday baking and Thanksgiving dinner preparations. Take a day to tackle those annoying chores you don’t always get to. Degrease the range and filter, clean the oven, scrub tile grout and dust the tops of cabinets, clean the light fixtures and small appliances, wash the walls and backsplash, wash the garbage cans. Impress all your holiday guests with a sparkling clean kitchen without the last minute scramble.

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5. Schedule a Chimney Cleaning and Heating System Maintenance

Making sure your chimney, furnace, broiler, ducts and vents are cleaned, maintained, and working properly before you need to turn on the heat is an important safety measure. Don’t forget to add a chimney cap is you don’t already have one to stop critters from crawling down your chimney.

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Improving your Interiors with Artwork

September 9th, 2015

Artwork is such an important part of a room. It can make or break a space. Whether it’s a sentimental piece that means the world to you, or a piece you stumble across that matches your throw pillows perfectly, you can build a room around a piece of artwork, or you can use a piece as the perfect final touch. Here are some things to consider when decorating with artwork.


Movement is used in the art world as a way to direct the viewer’s eye, influencing their perception. Using artwork that conveys movement can help create a rhythm between the art and the rest of the room.




Artwork can be used to enhance a color palette or create one in an otherwise neutral room, causing the artwork to become a focal point rather than a contributing element.

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A piece of art can be useful in pulling together the textures, patterns and colors in a room.




If you find yourself often getting bored with your space, rotating new artwork in every so often is an easy way to overhaul your room without completely redecorating. Different artwork will highlight different elements in your space and can help make the room feel fresh and exciting again!




While artwork doesn’t necessarily need to be the focal point of the room, don’t be afraid! Good art works in any environment and it’s an investment work considering. Find a piece that speaks to you and transform your space into something spectacular!


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Coles Wins Best Carpet and Flooring Store in San Diego Union Tribune Readers Poll

August 26th, 2015

Every year, San Diegans share their “best” picks in the San Diego Best U-T Readers Poll. The San Diego Union Tribune asks readers to nominate the best in 176 categories – from restaurants and attractions to shopping and services, and nearly everything in between.

Readers voted throughout the month of June and Winners were revealed in the SD Best special section online and in newspapers on Sunday, August 23rd.

For the seventh time Coles Fine Flooring has been voted San Diego’s Best Flooring/Carpet Store!! Thanks to all the votes from our loyal and happy customers, we are honored to have been chosen again!

Winning this award tells us that our commitment to providing quality products, excellent service, and superior value is on track. The majority of voters in the Carpet and Flooring category deemed Coles Fine Flooring the best and these votes represent the positive experiences of our cherished customers. Coles has been a family owned and operated company since 1947, and customer satisfaction is of utmost importance to us. We deeply appreciate the recognition and we sincerely thank all of our customers for your votes, your confidence, and your business!!





















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High Levels of Formaldehyde found in Lumber Liquidators Laminate Flooring

August 19th, 2015


With over 360 stores in 46 states and revenue of more than a billion dollars a year, Lumber Liquidators is the largest retailer of hardwood flooring in North America. But you can get more than just hardwood from those stores. Over 100 million square feet of Lumber Liquidators’ laminate flooring is installed in American homes every year. While Lumber Liquidators is an American company, much of its laminate flooring is made in China.


This past March, 60 Minutes reported it may fail to meet health and safety standards, because it contains high levels of the cancer-causing chemical, formaldehyde. In a test of over 150 boxes of laminate flooring from all over California, every single sample of Chinese-made laminate flooring from Lumber Liquidators failed to meet California formaldehyde emissions standards, many by a large margin. The average level found in Lumber Liquidators products was over six to seven times above the state standard for formaldehyde. Some were close to 20 times above the level that’s allowed to be sold.

According to Dr. Philip Landrigan of N.Y.’s Mt. Sinai Hospital, who specializes in environmental pediatrics and exposure to toxic chemicals,

“Long-term exposure at that level would be risky because it would increase the risk for chronic respiratory irritation, change in a person’s lung function, increased risk of asthma. It’s not going to produce symptoms in everyone but children will be the people most likely to show symptoms at that sort of level.”

Be sure the laminate flooring you buy is safe! Coles Fine Flooring buys all our flooring from reliable suppliers that meet health and legal standards. Do not be fooled by low prices in cheap laminate flooring – make sure you are paying for quality, safe products from reputable dealers.


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Introducing Outdoor Patterns Indoors

July 29th, 2015

One thing that will never go out of style is nature. The colors, patterns and textures found outdoors are the inspiration for more interiors than most people probably realize. Warm browns and soft neutrals complement virtually any color scheme and add an element of warmth you can’t find anywhere else.

Cowhide rugs are an easy way to bring a little bit of the great outdoors to your home. Not only do they complement almost any decorating style, but they also come in lots of colors from classic black and white, brown, white and everything in between! You can even find metallic splattered cowhides!

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Looking for something a little more exotic? Switch out a cowhide for a faux zebra-hide rug! Or, if you really want to make a statement, consider one of Karastan’s exotic animal print patterned carpets for a wall-to-wall expression of cheetah or antelope!

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Don’t forget though, sometimes all you need to make a statement is one or two accent pieces. A cowhide chair or ottoman is a unique alternative to a full rug. Or, mix it up with a horned ottoman and a deer hide pillow! The possibilities are endless!

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George Coles Receives San Diego County Floor Covering Association Award

July 15th, 2015

An icon of the San Diego business community, and former President of Coles Fine Flooring, George Coles has been awarded the San Diego County Floor Covering Association Award of Excellence. After taking over the company from his father, founder Hubert Coles, George spent over 40 years as President of the company before retiring in 2013. Steve Coles, George’s brother and partner in the business, took over as president and owner.


An avid supporter of many local causes, including the San Diego Humane Society and Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, George was recognized for his service to the community and the floor covering industry and received a standing ovation at the SDCFCA Award ceremony celebrating his hard work and significant contributions.


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Steve and Lauren Coles Discuss the Latest Flooring Trends on San Diego Made San Diego Proud

July 8th, 2015

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Coles Fine Flooring for the San Diego Better Business Bureau

July 3rd, 2015

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