Room of the Week: Laundry Room

June 11th, 2014

laundry3While everybody dreams of a perfectly organized laundry room with neatly folded stacks of clean clothes and stylish wall art and a vase of fresh flowers on the windowsill, the reality is that most people don’t achieve this level of happiness when entering their laundry room. Let’s admit it, there is always more dirty laundry to do and the clean laundry pile could definitely have been folded more neatly. We don’t actually have a stylishly modern sink next to the washer for pretreating grass stains; we have a bottle of stain remover (maybe) that we spritz on the stains before throwing everything into the wash. Do we even bother to separate colors? Maybe if someone’s watching.


Maybe you’re one of those lucky people whose laundry room photos are circulating Pinterest, but chances are your laundry room was designed around function and never got much attention after the initial installation of your appliances. Laundry is nobody’s favorite chore, but maybe if we all had a Pinterest Laundry Room, we might spend a little more time in there ironing our shirts instead of giving them a good hard flick when they come out of the dryer.


A laundry/mudroom combo is every mother’s dream. A place where muddy boots don’t make it past the door to soil the living room carpet and a convenient place for your teenager to shed his football jersey… straight into the washer! No mother likes finding that single smelly sock under the bed.


Infinite storage for all that detergent and bleach, and a countertop for ironing and folding are just the cherry on top of our laundry room sundae.


So, while the dog naps in the corner of your vast and spacious laundry room (no cramped quarters here!) you can bask in the smell of freshly laundered towels and pat yourself on the back for turning that mountain of dirty into a stack of folded and pressed… before starting all over tomorrow.

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Friday Favorites: Summer Roundup

June 6th, 2014

Our Favorite Summer Links Roundup

As we get ready for the summer months, we dedicate our weekly link roundup to all things summer.

• Perfectly Imperfect brings us the $100 Beach Bathroom Reveal.

• Martha Stewart has 60 Summer Decorating Ideas to jumpstart any project.

• Looking to use the backyard more? Imagine laying in one of these hammocks, or dining al fresco.

• We all look forward to the summer parties. Here are 18 DIY Summer Party Decorations.

• Get the Beach House Look with ideas from the Chic Coastal Living Blog.


Our inspiration for the week:

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Coming Soon! Miele RX1 Scout Robotic Vacuum

June 2nd, 2014

With 1.4 million sold annually, robot vacuums make up about 7% of the floor care market; 1 in 15 people own a robot. This number has tripled over the last two years! iRobot makes up nearly 50% of that market.

The RX1 Scout is Miele’s first Robotic vacuum cleaner! Featuring Smart Navigation, the Scout accomplishes remarkable cleaning results. Its lithium-ion battery can clean up to two hours or 1,600 square feet on a single charge. A gyro sensor measures its rotation, allowing it to change direction as needed and a ceiling camera maps out the room ensuring precision cleaning of the entire room.

The RX1 Scout features a Triple cleaning system which includes a turbo brush, two long rotating side brushes for those hard-to-reach areas and an effective suction system. Sensors on the front prevent the Scout from bumping into furniture and more sensors underneath prevent it from falling down stairs. It also features four cleaning modes and a remote control.



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Stainmaster® Pet Protect™ Carpet introduces Bodie!

May 23rd, 2014
Meet Bodie! Not only can he sit and roll over, watch him shake it and show you how STAINMASTER® PetProtect™ carpet easily releases pet hair while vacuuming, cutting vacuuming time.
PetProtect™ Resists pet stains, Releases pet hair, and Reduces pet odors!

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How to Use 10 Trending Pantone Colors in Your Home (INFOGRAPHIC)

May 5th, 2014

Each year Pantone Inc. the global authority on color, surveys the designers of New York Fashion Week and more to bring you the season’s most prominent color tends. Whether you’re in the middle of a home renovation or want to make a few decor updates, get inspired by the trending Pantone colors of 2014!

10 Trending Pantone Colors in Your Home

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Music Matters

April 28th, 2014

Jazz 88.3 and Coles Fine Flooring with the support of the San Diego Youth Symphony presents the 10th annual “Music Matters Instrument Drive” during the month of May!

From May 1st to May 31st, you can donate your used musical instruments at ANY Coles Fine Flooring’s seven locations or at the KSDS Business office on the City College campus. Sorry, but drums are no longer able to be accepted. Collected instruments will be completely refurbished and distributed among San Diego City School music programs. In the ten years this program has been running over 650 instruments have been donated and our goal for 2014 is to significantly add to this number. Coles Cares! Our thanks go out to all the people that have supported this worthy effort in the past, and we welcome and thank all the new contributors. Together we make a difference.

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The benefits of Karastan Wool Carpets

April 18th, 2014

Karastan carpets are manufactured using the purest New Zealand wool, creating remarkable carpets and rugs that offer a number of advantages for you and your family.

Easy to Clean

Wool’s natural resistance to dirt and soiling make is very easy to maintain. It is a non-allergenic fiber and it does not promote the growth of bacteria or dust mites or give off harmful emissions making it safe for you and your family.


Strong and Durable

Karastan creates products that last using patented woven technology to make wool products that are durable and strong.


Crush Resistant

Wool has a natural crimp which gives it built-in crush resistance! Dents from furniture disappear easily when gently moistened and left to recover naturally.


Inherently Fire Safe

Karastan wools are naturally fire retardant, making them difficult to ignite. They do not melt and are self-extinguishable.


Resistant to Static

Karastan wools do not collect static electricity buildup.



Natural bulk and pliability give Karastan wools great sound and heat insulation.


Environmentally Friendly

Karastan is an environmentally responsible company that consistently practices energy efficient and safe manufacturing procedures that pair well with the natural sustainability of New Zealand wool.

Karastan is one of the largest importers of New Zealand wool and the wool carpeting and area rugs made from it are some of the most environmentally friendly products you can use in your home. During National Karastan Month, come shop the lowest prices of the season on all Karastan Wool carpets and Area Rugs, now through May 31st.

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Lauren and Steve Coles talk Flooring Values on KUSI’s San Diego Made-San Diego Proud

April 15th, 2014

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Coles Green Story

April 4th, 2014

We all affect the environment – and we rely upon it, too.

Coles is one of the few companies that actually thinks about what happens to used carpet and padding after it is taken out of a home. Over 90 percent of our pulled up flooring is shipped to one of two recycling companies where it is then separated, cleaned, and converted into various products. Coles Fine Flooring takes great pride in recycling our products and making the Earth greener, one floor at a time.

Coles carpet recycling

These days, there are so many ways to live an eco-friendly lifestyle. Products such as carpet, hard surfaces and even cleaning products are available for the green lifestyle. Wool and Jute are both great eco-friendly carpet options as well as the Bio-Floor Collection for those suffering from chemical sensitivity or those just concerned about the environmental impact of their products. The Bio-Floor Collection uses none of the dyes, pesticides or stain protectors used by most other carpet manufacturers.

There are also plenty of green options for hard surfaces. While Bamboo, Cork, Reclaimed Wood, and Rubber Tiles may be the first to come to mind for most people, did you know normal hardwood flooring can be eco-friendly, as well? For every package of flooring that environmentally conscious companies sell, they plant a tree to replace the one they use! Their facilities also use the latest equipment and technologies which help minimize waste and air pollution. This helps them produce some of the highest quality flooring in the world.

Coles is a landfill sensitive company and strongly opposes pollution. As a customer at Coles, you can be assured that you are getting the finest quality products and work with an environmentally conscious company that contributes to keeping the planet green.

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Monochromatic Interior Design

March 21st, 2014

Monochromatic interiors have been a popular style for hundreds of years. People love the refined and sophisticated look of a predominantly white room. Nothing can beat the way sunlight fills a white room. Don’t limit yourself to strictly pure white though! Remember, whites are just like any other color, there are warm tones, cool tones, off whites, and light beiges and tans. Cottage whites are more creamy and soft, worn and antiqued looking, while contemporary whites are more are crisp and sharp.

One thing to keep in mind when attempting this look is texture. Mixing textures will give a monochromatic color scheme more dimensions. A shiny comforter with a cable knit throw, on top of a patterned white on white plush carpet with sheer white curtains has so much more depth than strictly smooth white surfaces.

Playing up architectural features within a room can do amazing things dimensionally. Paint the ceiling or wainscoting a different shade of white than the walls and floor. Using different sheens of paint also adds new interest. Lighting is very important in a monochromatic room to highlight different elements. Be sure to choose light bulbs that cast the same tone of light as the whites you’re using in your room, cool bulbs for cool whites and warm bulbs for warm whites.

Dashes of color — a dark piece of furniture, light colored wood, or an accent color here and there — have a big impact as well. Any contrasting color will automatically become a focal point in your monochromatic room, try a violet comforter or subtle area rug. Light fixtures will also draw attention, so have fun with them! A funky lamp or classy chandelier will add a bit of spice to the space.

Monochromatic spaces are one of the most versatile styles in interior design. You can achieve any style you desire from shabby-chic country cottage to ultra-modern uptown loft to high-class glam style. Whether you’re using weathered whitewashed wood and distressed whites or high gloss lacquered finishes monochromatic color palettes are a truly timeless addition to your space.

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