Updating Our Home: How To Decide On Flooring

Today we’re sharing how we decided on the flooring for our home. With help from Mohawk Flooring, this sponsored post features tips on what to consider when making flooring decisions. We’re also sharing about the Mohawk All-American Sale & Sweepstakes.

Updating Our Home How To Decide On Flooring

As the little miss gets closer and closer to crawling, one thing is on our minds: flooring. When we moved into our new home a year ago we knew we wanted to change things up and update the existing flooring but we wanted to wait a bit to get a feel for exactly what we wanted. Now that we’ve lived in the home for a while we know exactly what we want and are saving up to create the home of our dreams, flooring and all.

We’ve gone to check out flooring quite a few times and have finally decided on what we’ll be doing. Since we have to do this in stages, we’ll focus on the downstairs first.My big change will be to take out the carpet in the living and family rooms as well as the hallway to the bedrooms. Then I want to update the carpeting in the downstairs bedrooms, the stairs, and the upstairs rooms to SmartStrand Forever Clean carpet. After our experience with our SmartStrand bound carpets, we know that this product is perfect for our family. Luckily, Mohawk is having a sale!

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How To Decide On Flooring

  1. What Room Are You Updating? – Consider the room the flooring will be in and what you’re using it for. Also consider who will be walking on it. Since we have a dog and small kids, that factors into our decision making. In high traffic areas like our hallways and living/family rooms, we need something that’s durable and easy to clean. In the bedrooms we prefer to have the soft, plush feel of carpet to step on when we wake up. 
  2. What Type Of Flooring Is Best? – Now that you’ve decided what type of flooring you want in your room (carpet, hardwood, etc) you can now narrow down what’s best for that room. Just like the factors you took into consideration when choosing what would go best in the room, you’ll also consider those same things when deciding the specific flooring you get. Also consider the warrenty on the flooring you choose as well as the expected life of the flooring so you know when you’ll need to replace it. 
  3. What Other Colors Are In The Room? – Once you have the type of flooring picked out, now it’s the fun part! Deciding on color/pattern. The biggest deciding factor for me with color is looking at the color palette of the room it’s going in and determining what color would look best. But don’t just go by a small sample square. Most flooring stores will have someone come out with a few large samples so you can see what the color will look like better than those small squares. 

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Mohawk All-American Sale

Mohawk is proud to offer select flooring that’s made in the USA, and they’re celebrating all things homegrown with an All-American Sale and Sweepstakes. ThroughAugust 31st, Mohawk is offering a $500 coupon to use towards some of their most popular made-in-America flooring. This includes styles of SmartStrand Forever Clean carpet and ArmorMax hardwood.

Have carpet in your home you’re looking to replace? Or looking for a great rug for one of the rooms in your home? Consider SmartStrand Forever Clean; it’s the only carpet with permanent protection from stains and soil, featuring Nanoloc technology for quick and easy spill cleanup. We LOVE our SmartStrand carpets! And hardwoods with the ArmorMax finish are up to five times more wear-resistant than similar flooring and include a 50-year warranty on the finish. With little kids in the home, durability is key in flooring. 

Register here to receive the sale coupon, along with a list of your closest participating retailers.

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Mohawk All-American Sweepstakes

For the chance to save even more on new flooring, enter the All-American Sale Pinterest® Sweepstakes. Running August 3–17, one Grand Prize winner will receive an extra $1,000 off their flooring purchase, and one First Prize winner will receive an extra $500 off. Register here for the sweepstakes.

Now for the fun part: to complete your entry, just create a board on Pinterest® called “My All-American Dream Home,” and pin your favorite made-in-America home products or American-inspired images and tag all the pins with both #MadeInAmerica and #MohawkAllAmerican.

Need help getting started? Find inspiring pins on Mohawk’s All-American boardA winner will be announced on or about August 21.

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Photo Courtesy of Mohawk

 

You can follow Mohawk on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ for more flooring inspiration.

Where will you install your new flooring if you win?

Revamping Old Kitchen Cabinets

This post brought to you by Duck Brand. All opinions are 100% mine.

Revamping Old Kitchen Cabinets

The only drawback to the new house is the kitchen. We’ve added rooms, bathrooms, and storage everywhere else but our new kitchen kinda sucks.

Now this may be because I was slightly spoiled at our old house. I was able to design my dream kitchen and had plenty of space to store all of my gadgets, pans, and baking sheets.

Since we’re downsizing to smaller cabinets, less space, and an older kitchen I will be making a few changes to make it more appealing to our family. And the first thing I tackled was the shelf liner.

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Tips for a Smart Home: Creating an Energy Efficient Home

Thanks to Direct Energy for sponsoring today’s post, and sharing valuable tips for creating an energy efficient home!

Tips for a Smart Home: Creating an Energy Efficient Home

Ever since my husband first moved into our current home – a house built in the 1960s – we’ve been in a constant battle to create a smart home that was more energy efficient. And we’ve found that creating an energy efficient home isn’t as hard as we thought. It just takes a little time… and sometimes a little money.

But the outcome of creating a smart home has actually allowed us to save money each month on our energy bill and gives us a little satisfaction knowing we aren’t wasting precious resources.

Below are a few great tips to help create an energy efficient smart home of your own. Some tips are easy, inexpensive fixes, and others take a little more time and money.

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Rain Barrel Rebate Program in San Diego

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With our city in an ever constant drought, we’ve taken quite a few steps over the years to reduce the amount of water we use in our home. But with the addition of two children in our lives, it’s been hard to stick with the conservation efforts we’ve made.

So when we heard about the rain barrel rebate program through the City of San Diego we knew we needed to investigate further. And we were so glad we did.

Then we found out that Dixieline was running a sale on 60 gallon rain barrels for $90. So our $75 rebate and $90 sale price meant that we were paying $15 out of pocket for each barrel. Now that rocks! We picked up two for our home and are considering going back to get two more (limit of 4). [Read more…]

Make Managing Your Home Easy with HomeZada

This post is brought to you by HomeZada. All opinions are 100% my own.

HomeZada managing your home

One thing I’ve found about home management is that you can never be too organized. And utilizing technology to help with that organization is key. So when I was asked to check out HomeZada, a home organization solution that helps homeowners manage everything about their home in one place, I knew I needed to see what it was all about.

And after playing around with it for a few weeks I have to say that my home is running much more smoothly. I have reminders set for pest control, house cleaners, our twice a year carpet cleaning, and other important appointments to make for the home. But I’ve also been able to do much more! [Read more…]

Finding the Perfect Solar Solutions with Complete Solar

This is a sponsored post about solar solutions from Complete Solar Solution.

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Making our home more energy efficient has been on my radar for quite a while. Just recently we made a few changes on our own to make our home more energy efficient but we’re also looking to do more. Including finding solar solutions.

So when Complete Solar came to our home and talked with us about what our options were to adding solar panels to our roof we were quite interested to hear what they had to say.

What we learned is that it’s actually a painless process with many different ways to go around doing it. And there’s an option for everyone. [Read more…]



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