Weekly Round-up: New Ideas for Laundry Rooms

January 20th, 2017

It might not be the most glamorous room in your home, but a well thought out laundry room can make daily life so much easier.

Storage is a key factor when designing a laundry room. Here are 15 designs that will make sure everything has its place.



HGTV brings us a photo gallery of laundry rooms for inspiration. Why not add a beautiful area rug to bring  warmth to these sometimes utilitarian rooms?



The proper flooring is key in a laundry room. You’ll want something that’s easy care and can also stand up to moisture (as we all know, leaks do happen). You can still make a style statement though, as you’ll see in many of these examples.



So… maybe your laundry room is more of a laundry closet. Well no need to dismay! Here are some makeover ideas to add style and function to your laundry area, no matter the square footage (one idea….stackable washer/dryers!)



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New Year Home Check List

January 18th, 2017

The excitement from the holidays has finally wound down, the decorations are put away, and you’re ready for those sunny spring days of beach dwelling and outdoor activities that seem to be right around the corner. But what about in the mean time? The weather is a fickle thing this time of year and even though San Diego winters are fairly mild, we still tend to spend more time indoors than we normally would. Here are a few tips to help you get through these last few indoor months before our weekends can be spent soaking up the rays outdoors once again.

Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.With more heater use and fires in the fireplace, it is important to make sure all your detectors are in good working order. Use the test button on each device and change batteries as needed. The last thing you need is an emergency that could have been avoided with proper foresight.



Clean out the kitchen and pantry. Pull everything off the shelves and toss all those expired food items that have hidden in the back for way too long. Empty the freezer and fridge, clear off counter tops and declutter. It’s the prefect start to sticking with any health related New Year’s Resolutions!



Just like the kitchen, make a fresh start in the new year throughout the rest of your home too. Clear out the clutter! Focus on one space at a time so you don’t overwhelm yourself. Split tasks into categories such as clothes, books and children’s toys.



Revamp play spaces. With so much extra indoor time, small children tend to get “bored” much easier. Give their play space a new feature that will help them draw on their creativity, such as a chalkboard wall or DIY teepee!



In the colder months, the urge to spend extra time at home, just relaxing often creeps up. And that’s completely acceptable! Carve out a cozy corner for yourself and curl up with a movie or a book. Layer up, pour yourself a warm beverage, and relax. You deserve it.


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Best Flooring Choices for Pets

January 11th, 2017

Choosing flooring for your home is a big deal. When you have a pet to consider, it becomes even more important. Pets – like people – tend to be hard on flooring surfaces, but there are a few extra things to consider if you have a furry roommate to accommodate. Hair, odors, comfort, water/stain resistance and durability are just some of the things you need to think of when looking at floors for a pet friendly home.

While budget and installation will always be factors in deciding on flooring for your home, considering the best flooring options for pets beforehand may save you money in the long run. Cutting corners to save money won’t help if the flooring needs to be replaced before its time due to wear and tear from pets.

Although hardwood is one of the most popular flooring types for homes, it is not the best choice for ones with pets. Urine can stain the hardwood and leave behind odors. Even if accidents are cleaned up quickly, the urine could still cause damage, soaking into the wood.

Scratches are also something to consider on hardwood floors. Keeping pets’ nails trimmed will help you avoid extraneous scratches on the flooring. A wood floor coated with a high-quality urethane, would help with scratch and stain resistance.

Bamboo is a much harder option and is much more pet-friendly.


Laminate is much harder than traditional hardwood, thus being a popular choice for pet owners. With several different finishes and textures to choose from, laminate doesn’t show scratches as easily as some other surfaces. However, a high gloss might be slippery and may be hazardous to dogs running across your floors. Runners or Area Rugs throughout your home can help with slipperiness and will also give them a more comfortable surface to lie on.


Tile & Stone
Tile (stone, ceramic or porcelain) is a great option for pet owners. It doesn’t scratch easily and urine won’t damage the condition of the floor as it would with hardwood. The only thing to keep in mind with tile or stone floors is that, unless you they’re heated by radiant heat, they tend to be very cold. This problem, of course, can be helped with Area Rugs.


While vinyl flooring may not be the first thing that comes to mind when looking for pet friendly flooring, the new luxury vinyl flooring is an excellent choice for homes with pets and small children. Luxury vinyl is scratch and stain resistant, low in allergens, easy to clean and maintain, quiet to walk on, and even comes in water proof options.


When it comes to pets, carpet can easily become the worst flooring choice one can make. Even normal wear and tear in a pet-free home occurs faster on carpet than with other flooring options, but when you add pets to the equation, it inevitable speeds up the wear process. However, carpet is often a more budget friendly option, so luckily manufactures have come up with pet friendly options too.

STAINMASTER® PetProtect™ resists pet stains, releases pet hair, and reduces pet odors. Stainmaster also has some of the best pet warranties in the industry.


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Weekly Round-up: 2017 Home Design Trends

January 6th, 2017

Celebrate the new year by making some changes to your home decor. From projects big and small, here are ideas to renew your living space.

Here come the biggest home trends of 2017. Copper accents are the hot metallic of the moment, wood tile is trending and farmhouse style still works.



Marble is everywhere this year. From kitchen countertops featuring the real thing to faux marble look wallpaper, this is a great update for your home in the new year.



As we noted in a recent blog post, Greenery is the Pantone color of the year.  If you’re not ready for a big commitment, this color can easily be incorporated in small doses via pillows, throws and plants.



Sunset Magazine always provides a great round-up of decorating ideas for western homes. Here they’ve pulled together a top 10 list of design advice from decorators around the region.  Easy tips range from creating an at-home bar to embracing a  ‘less is more’ design aesthetic.



In the kitchen, full walls of tile are taking the place of a traditional backsplash.  Different tile shapes, such as hexagonal, are also making waves in the kitchen.


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Coles Celebrates 70 Years!

January 4th, 2017

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When Hubert Coles opened the first store in 1947 (then known as Coles of La Jolla Complete Home Furnishings) it quickly became known as one of San Diego’s finest furniture and flooring destinations. For the first several years, Coles provided bridal services in silver, fine chine, wall hangings, etc., along with furniture and other home accessories.

By 1965 Coles of La Jolla became Coles Carpets, specializing in floor coverings and draperies and grew from a 10,000-square foot location to its current 40,000-square foot superstore on West Morena Blvd.


Over the years, the company has gone through many other changes and growth spurts. Hubert’s two sons, George and Steve joined the company. We opened several new locations throughout the county, including on the military bases at MCAS Miramar and NEX 32nd Street. George Coles stepped up as President of the company and served for over forty years before passing the torch to younger brother (current President) Steve. Coles Carpets eventually became Coles Fine Flooring, clarifying our long-term commitment to all areas of flooring including Hardwood, Laminate, Tile and Stone, Vinyl and Area Rugs.

In 1992, Coles launched what is regarded as one of the boldest moves in the floor covering industry. Our “ONE YEAR SATISFACTION GUARANTEE”, to reflect our commitment to impeccable customer service. Fifteen years later, it still stands as the strongest retailer guarantee in the industry.

In 2006, founder Hubert Coles passed away, leaving behind a legacy of flooring excellence to his sons George (then President) and Steve (then Vice President), and his daughters Chris Coles and Janie Kuczwara who were working within the company at the time as well. Since then, Steve Coles’ daughter Lauren has stepped up, becoming the face and future of Coles and currently works in Sales at the San Diego location.

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Throughout all the growth and changes over the last seventy years though, Coles has maintained only the highest standards of ethics and the same commitment to impeccable customer service that Hubert Coles himself instilled in his family and his company seven decades ago. The Coles family dedicates their success to their ethics and support for other causes. Coles and its team of leaders is dedicated to the San Diego community through ongoing support of groups such as the San Diego Humane Society, Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse and the Better Business Bureau.

Since the first customers passed through the doors at the original Coles seventy years ago, the Coles family has had a single mission: To provide customers with the best in service, superior products and a selection unmatched in the area. Over the decades, everyone, from store managers to installers and customer service representatives, have worked together to ensure complete client satisfaction.

Coles is proud to be celebrating 70 Years of service to the San Diego community this year and are excited for a bright future ahead.

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Weekly Round-up: New Year’s Resolutions for your Home

December 30th, 2016

While you’re revamping your diet and exercise regime, don’t forget to plan projects to keep your home in tip-top shape in 2017.

This guide to organizing and decluttering has every room in the house covered. Don’t get overwhelmed; use it as a starting point and craft your own plan for success.



Here is a simple rule to keep in mind as you put away new holiday gifts:  for each gift received, toss two counterparts. This article has other decluttering tips as well.



The idea of living a simplified life always sounds like a good idea to start off the new year. Here are some fun ways to get you started on a more minimalist lifestyle.



The new year is also a great time to make sure your home is safe, and that you are being as energy efficient and water-wise as possible.  These five home resolutions will get you on the right track.


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New Year Clearance!

December 23rd, 2016

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New Year Clearance at Coles!

December 23rd, 2016

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5 Tips for Decorating Your Home

December 21st, 2016

When it comes to designing or decorating your home, there are no hard and fast rules. No one can tell you that anything you’ve done is “wrong.” That being said, there are a few general principles that can help ensure a great result every time. It doesn’t take years to master these skills, they are merely a foundation for developing your own creative style, and doing it well.

Hang Artwork at the Right Height
This one is simple ergonomics! The average human eye level is 57 inches, so for optimal viewing, galleries and museums hang artwork so that the center of each piece is 57 to 60 inches from the floor. This eliminates neck craning, and ensures the majority of people have an optimal view.

In a room with high ceilings, you might be tempted to hang the art higher, but keep in mind that it needs to relate to human scale, not the structure’s scale. Stick to the 57-60 inch average.

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Choose a Focal Point
Whether it’s a quirky light fixture, an architectural element, or a piece of artwork, every room needs a focal point to anchor it. Too many big, attention seeking pieces in one space can easily become overwhelming. Choose one focal point and design the rest of your space around it.

Below, the antelope patterned Karastan carpet is a showstopper on its own. In the second room, the fireplace is definitely a dominant feature. Both focal points easily dictate the neutral color pallets, the rustic light fixtures and the warm atmosphere. The linear composition of both, also draw your eye right to the center of the room and anchor it there.

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Consider sight-lines
Your focal point should be visible from one room to the next, connecting the spaces and making them feel like one open room. The best place for a focal point is usually directly across from the entrance to the room.

The orange chandelier in the dining room below is visible from the living room, and the horse painting in the next room is perfectly framed by the archway separating the two rooms. And they’re both perfect.

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I don’t care if your deceased great grandmother gave it to you, if a piece just isn’t working for you, it’s time to find it a new home. Whether that means passing it on to another family member, or trying you luck in another room, you need to know when to stop. Moderation is everything.

While a floor to ceiling bookshelf filled with neat and tidy volumes may work, a smaller shelf packed to the gills with mismatched trinkets feels much more crowded and haphazard. Choose a unifying theme – whether it’s a color scheme, or something more unique – and make sure everything fits. If not, let it go.

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Don’t be Afraid to Be Bold!
Remember, there are no rules, so make your own statement and have fun! Try something new, and if it something doesn’t work, try something else.

Try bold colors or dramatic flooring. Find anything that will make you happy every day, and go for it!

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Weekly Round-up: Bedroom Flooring Options

December 16th, 2016

There are so many options when choosing bedroom flooring. Whether you prefer the clean look of wood or want warm carpet beneath your feet, options abound.

The flooring you choose for your bedroom will set the tone for the entire room. This article gives you bedroom style ideas and suggests a flooring type to enhance the theme.



Even if you might prefer hard flooring surfaces in other areas of your home, there is just something so comfortable about carpeting underfoot in the bedroom. It’s quiet, soft and welcoming.  Here are tips to make the best carpet selection for your home.



Many people prefer options other than carpet in their bedroom. With that in mind, HGTV shows us the beauty in other flooring types, from hardwoods to polished concrete to travertine tile.



Budgets are always a factor when it comes to flooring. This article gives ranges for various flooring types, and pros and cons that can help you decide what would work best in your bedroom.


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