Patterns in Tile Flooring

April 7th, 2016

When purchasing tile for your home, one of the details you should consider is pattern. There are so many ways to lay our tile and our showroom floors display many of them, but here is a guide to some of the most popular tile patterns available to you.

  1. Straight Lay

This is the simplest, most common tile pattern. Aligned with the walls of the room, it highlights the beauty of the tile.

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  1. Diamond or Diagonal

Tile is set at a 45-degree angle adding a little bit of interest to your space and making your floors feel more expansive.

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  1. Brick or Offset

Tiles are offset by half the width of the tile. This pattern has infinite options. You can lay them out vertically, horizontally, diagonally, etc.

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  1. Checkerboard

This pattern alternates two different colors in a straight or diagonal pattern to create a checkerboard look. Whether you’re going for a classic black and white or a more neutral color palette, this pattern makes a statement.

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  1. Diagonal with Dots

Larger square tiles laid out in a diagonal pattern, with clipped corners accented by smaller square tiles. Creates an elegant grid of dots.

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  1. Modular

This pattern is made up of three or more different sized tiles laid out in a repeating pattern.

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  1. Pinwheel

Also known as Hopscotch, this pattern is created by one small square tile surrounded by four larger square ones.

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  1. Windmill

Similar to Pinwheel, Windmill is made up of one small square tile surrounded by four rectangle ones. This results in a grid of small dots popular in bathrooms.

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Weekly Roundups: Area Rugs

March 25th, 2016

Area rugs allow for a custom and versatile look without a life long commitment! They also define different spaces within your home and give a different feel to individual rooms without spending a ton of time or money.

Flooring Trends: Layered Area Rugs by HGTV allows for mixing and matching of different area rug patterns and textures to achieve a fun and flirty look.

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Learn the do’s and don’ts of decorating with area rugs from Good House Keeping’s 7 Rug Mistakes to Never Make!

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Elle Décor showcases 11 Rooms Made Even Better by Show-Stopping Rugs!

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Ask a Designer: How To Choose an Area Rug? By our design team, answers any questions you may want to consider before buying an area rug for your home.

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The Benefits of Hardwood Staircases

March 23rd, 2016

No matter what your decorating style or color scheme, hardwood floors are versatile enough to compliment them all. They add a natural, organic, feel to any space that offers a touch of comfort and warmth to your home. In recent years, hardwood staircases have been rising in popularity because of their many benefits including durability, versatility and cost-effectiveness.

Wood is a naturally durable, long-lasting material that has the added benefit of being warm, inviting and beautiful. While carpet will eventually wear out in high traffic areas such as staircases and hallways, hardwood can last a lifetime with the proper care and maintenance. Vacuuming the stairs is a chore, let’s be honest. But with hardwood, frequent sweeping and occasional mopping will keep your stairs shining for years to come – with minimal effort! Not only are they much easier to clean, but unlike carpet, dust particles and other allergens can’t get trapped in wood floors, which is helpful for people with allergies or asthma. Healthier living is just one step away!

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One of the biggest advantages that come with hardwood staircases is the added value to your home. With professional installation and proper care and maintenance, wooden staircases can look great for years to come. Not only are they built to last, but they can also be varnished or coated for extra durability. With that being said, hardwood doors are also much more reasonably priced than many people assume and since they last so long, you really end up saving money and adding value to your home.

With all the benefits of hardwood flooring, it only makes sense to install it on your stairs as well. In so many homes, the stairs are the first thing your guests see when entering your home. Make them a statement!

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Weekly Roundups: Backyard Barbecue and Patios

March 11th, 2016

Spring is in the air and here in San Diego that means summer may as well be here! Weekend barbecues and leisure time on the patio is one our favorite ways to unwind from the hustle and bustle of the week.

Country Living has 13 Genius Ways to Throw a Better Backyard Barbecue!

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Martha Stewart has 60 Outdoor Party Ideas to help you get your party just perfect for your family and friends!

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House Beautiful has 21 Unique Backyard Ideas to Steal Your House. Get inspired with these breathtaking backyards!

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Outdoor Kitchens: 10 Tips for Better Design by HGTV will help you get the faultless outdoor kitchen for your entertaining needs!

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Lauren Coles Discusses Coles Fine Flooring History on San Diego Made San Diego Proud

March 10th, 2016

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Freshening Up your Home for Spring

March 9th, 2016

Not everybody has the time (or, let’s face it, motivation) for a deep Spring Cleaning every year. Sometimes all your home needs is a little refresher. Clear out the cobwebs from a long, admittedly sunny, winter and make your home feel fresh and summer-ready with just a few easy tweaks.

Reopen the front porch!
Sweep off all the leaves and dirt left by the last storm and hose down anything that looks a little neglected. You’d be surprised what hosing off your siding can to do for brightening up your paint color! Lay out a nice outdoor area rug to give the space some warmth and color and maybe replace the old welcome mat with one that hasn’t been soiled by a season of rain and mud. Wipe down your patio furniture and wash the cushions and umbrella canvas!

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Launder household linens
Run any curtains or slipcovers that have been cooped up all winter through the wash. Have any guest room duvets that have sat undisturbed for a couple months or throw pillows or blankets that need refreshing? Now is the time! Open the windows and let the breeze circulate the smell of freshly laundered linens and pat yourself on the back for a job well done!

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Declutter the Entryway
Rain boots and coats have a way of collecting near the front door over the winter. Put away any winter layers you’ll no longer be needing daily and sort through any junk mail cluttering your space. Hooks near the door are great for collecting often worn layers, but don’t forget to switch them out with the seasons. Put away the heavy jackets and instead hang a lightweight jacket or sweater by the door to grab on the go!

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Brighten up with foliage!
Whether you love tulips on your side table in the spring or a palm in the corner, spring is the perfect time to breathe some life and color into your home with plants and flowers. Fill the unused fireplace with ferns or make a centerpiece out of succulents. The world is your oyster and your home is your garden. Freshen it up!

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Get ready for summer!
Summertime is just around the corner – especially in San Diego! – and now is the time to get your patio ready for those summer nights with friends. Barbecues and pool parties are on the horizon! You’ve already wiped down your furniture and cleaned your cushions, just add some café lights for ambiance and set out a citronella candle toward off mosquitoes. All you’re missing is some cool drinks and good company!

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Weekly Roundups: Interior Design with Earth Tones

March 4th, 2016

By using earth tones within your home can create a cozy and inviting space for you and your family to enjoy. Here is our essential guide when choosing earth tones for your home!

Living rooms are the perfect room to incorporate earth tones. It allows for a relaxing environment and optimal natural beauty.

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Home Stratosphere explores more living rooms with 25 Gorgeous Living Rooms Featuring Comforting Earth Tones.

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Earth Tones in the Kitchen by Apartment Therapy show several different ways to incorporate neutral, timeless colors into your kitchen.

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If that’s not enough to inspire you, Houzz has over 300 magnificent earth toned rooms to get your creative juices flowing!

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Defining Lines with Area Rugs

March 2nd, 2016

One of the main purposed behind buying an area rug — other than decorating — is to help define a space. When searching for the perfect area rug, some of the most important things to consider are floor space, furniture and the balance between the two.

A few of the most common area rug sizes are the standard 4’x6′ or 5’x7′, the larger 6’x9′, or the over-sized 8’x10′ and 9’x12′ options. Custom sizing is also an option for many rugs, but is often more expensive. A great way to get a visual idea of what size you should consider before going shopping, is to use masking tape or newspaper to map out your space and arrange your furniture around it to see how everything will fit. When in doubt, always go with the slightly bigger option. It is much easier to tuck the excess under furniture than it is to make a small rug fill a big space.

In a spacious living room, define the seating area with a rug that fills the center and arrange the furniture with just the front legs on the edge of the rug. This will connect all of your pieces without having to pay extra to fill the areas under the furniture. Typically a 6’x9′ or 8’x10′ will fill a larger space nicely.

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Define smaller spaces within multi-purpose rooms with a medium sized rug like a 6’x9′. This will help visually separate the seating area from the rest of the room.

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In larger, open-plan dining spaces, a rug can help define the dining area and separate it from an adjacent kitchen or living room. The main thing to remember when mapping out this space is that the table and chairs need to fit entirely on the rug with enough of a border so that the back legs of the chairs don’t fall off the rug when someone is sitting in them. To find the ideal rug size for your table, place the chairs under the table and measure 20 inches out from the back legs all the way around. That should be your minimum rug size.

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Area rugs are a great way to make a minimally furnished space feel more welcoming. Smaller undefined areas like hallways or entryways often don’t have a lot of space for furniture or other décor, but a runner is a perfect solution for warming up an empty space.

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In really big open floorplans, you may want to opt for a custom sized rug to make that expansive space feel a little bit more intimate. In cases like these, the large area rugs anchor the high ceilings and pull the dimensions in enough to feel cozy without sacrificing any square footage.

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Weekly Roundups: Hardwood!

February 26th, 2016

Choosing the right hardwood for your home can be exciting and overwhelming! There are many options to choose from that cater to each individual family home needs.

HGTV breaks down the different considerations when choosing your hardwood. Think about: board width, color, texture, hardness, wood species and finish!

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Not only is hardwood durable but it also creates warmth in the home. To find out more benefits to hardwood look at our Coles Hardwood Guide!

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Better Homes and Gardens has 12 tips to assist you in choosing the best hardwood for your home.

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Houzz has a wonderful guide of questions to ask before you choose your hardwood so you and your family will be fully satisfied with your flooring investment.

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Miele has the Right Vacuum Cleaner for Everyone

February 24th, 2016

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Miele offers a variety of floor care models. To determine the model that is right for you, you must consider your floors and your own personal preferences.

Canister vacuum cleaners
A canister vacuum cleaner has the classic sledge shape and follows you on easy-running, 360 degree rotating castors. The vacuum weight is almost entirely on the floor, allowing you to vacuum large areas easily.

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Upright vacuum cleaners
The Miele Dynamic U1 upright vacuum cleaners are ideal for cleaning carpeting. Thanks to the deactivatable beater bar, these vacuums can effectively clean smooth floors as well. SwivelNeck™ technology of the Dynamic U1, along with flat-to-the-floor design, allow for unmatched maneuverability.

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Robot vacuum cleaner
Miele’s battery operated robot vacuum cleaner works completely independently – even when nobody is at home. Equipped with a ceiling camera and sensors for maximum floor coverage, Miele’s robotic vacuum recognizes all obstacles in a room. Thanks to Smart Navigation it cleans thoroughly and efficiently, even under different types of furniture.

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Floor tools specifically for scratch-sensitive smooth floors
Extremely gentle, easy-running and nimble: Miele parquet floor tools for scratch-sensitive smooth floors. Many smooth floors such as parquet, laminate and tile are very susceptible to scratches. To ensure your sensitive floors remain looking good, Miele developed parquet floor tools. They clean your floors carefully, yet thoroughly. With their soft bristle strip, Miele parquet floor tools glide gently over your floors. Thanks to their smooth-running castor wheels, vacuuming is effortless.

 

Turbobrush for short-pile, textile floor coverings
Miele Turbobrushes Carpets should be vacuumed regularly, even when no dirt is visible to the eye. To ensure that dust, hair and threads settled deep into the carpet are removed reliably; carpets must be brushed at the same time they are vacuumed. The beater bar on Miele’s Turbobrush, powered by the passage of air through the suction wand, ensures the thorough removal of dirt. Vacuuming on a regular basis restores the pile again and improves its appearance. Turbobrushes can be used with almost any Miele canister vacuum cleaner. Ideal for pet owners and households with short-pile carpets.

 

Electro brushes for deep-pile and dense carpets
Miele Electrobrushes Thick, deep-pile carpets subjected to excessive wear are particularly difficult to clean as dust and hair are pushed deep into the carpet. These are best removed when the carpet is brushed and vacuumed simultaneously. The long bristles of the electrically powered Miele Electrobrushes penetrate deep into the pile of your carpets. The suction power effectively and reliably removes dirt and dust particles. At the same time, the pile is brought up actively by the rotating roller brush, resulting in your carpets remaining in good condition and looking beautiful.

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