By Annette Callari, Allied ASID; CMG

Drifting sand, rhythmic waves, sea grass rippling in the wind, even fragments of driftwood—all lend inspiration to interior design goods that interpret into coastal design. Interiors have been favoring coastal influences for years, but this design theme has gathered momentum in the last two years. The charm of coastal living is magnetic. Lazy days soaking in sun and sea are the real-life inspiration. Organic shapes, natural materials, restful color schemes all add to the draw of Coastal design.

With this in mind, I set out on a hunt to find amazing floor coverings that fit the coastal design theme. A multitude of options were available, which tells me manufacturers are responding in force to this design trend. Here are some wonderful choices for your consideration:



SHAW ASHFORD VERSAILLE LATTE TRAVERTINE | floortalk.wfca.orgThe unpredictable patterns of wind-blown sands are echoed in Shaw’s beautiful travertine stone. The variety of sizes offered adds to the creative options: 8 x 8”, 8 x 16”, 16 x 16” and 16 x 24”

…with the chiseled edged pattern and honed surface, Ashford emanates a luxurious and organic feel. Soft and earthy hues offer a unique, individually exclusive floor as each stone reflects its own natural characteristics.


LSI FLOORS BEACH LVT | floortalk.wfca.orgLSI is noted for photo-realistic films used to create 3-dimensional flooring looks in luxury vinyl tile. Beach is a 24 x 24” smooth tile that vividly recreates the textures of a sandy beach.


NOURISON SUN & SHADE AREA RUG | floortalk.wfca.orgNourison never fails to disappoint when designers are looking for a themed broadloom or area rug. In this instance, my search for sandy beach designs led me to discover the “Sun and Shade” area rug. Constructed of 100% polyester in three sizes, this artistic rug brings the look of intricate seashells washed ashore. The colors are nautical and this lively area rug can steal the show (focal point!).

Holiday Magic

The holiday season is the perfect time to make sure your floors are looking their best.

By Annette M. Callari, Allied ASID; CMG

Approaching holidays always seem to force us take a long, honest look at our homes and to consider some season-inspired creative ideas. Decorating ideas abound in magazines and home shows this time of year. But let’s include some ideas for your floors so they look their holiday best.

This is the perfect time of year to get broadloom carpets professionally cleaned. Steam cleaning not only removes dirt and stains, it refreshes the fibers of your carpet, making them plumper and firmer. The overall appearance of the carpet will look fresh and feel thicker. If you have a tired looking carpet, this is the way to bring it back to life.

For renewing the look and sheen of your luxury vinyl tile or planks, contact your flooring retailer where you purchased the floor. He will be able to tell you what products the manufacturer recommends to clean and refresh the finish on your vinyl-wood planks. The same advice goes for your hardwood floors. Look to the professional to give you the recommended manufacturer’s products to maintain your hardwoods, and protect your warranties. Using non-recommended products may invalidate the warranty.

Once your floors are sparkling, we can consider dressing them for the holiday. Area rugs are a wonderful addition to bring Christmas themes and colors to any room. Dining rooms, especially, should be dressed, since this is usually the hub of your family’s celebration. Regardless of your year-round color scheme, feel free to play with green and red hues to transform your rooms for the season.

Thrifty ways to repeat holiday colors in unexpected places include festive toss pillows on sofas and beds; replacing shower curtains with holiday-specific themes and colors. Think about wrapping large wall-mounted pictures or canvases with holiday paper and ribbons. This entails little expense and changes the entire ambience of a room.

Get creative with lighting. Interior and exterior lighting can bathe walls in the colors of the season. Projection systems are a great way to make snowflakes dance on your walls or floors. Different templates can be interchanged to suit your holiday mood.

If you are one of those rare families that have a clean, uncluttered garage, you can transform it into an additional holiday dining room or dance floor! Here’s an idea: Karndean Design Floors makes a vinyl-wood plank product called “LooseLay”. It has a unique friction backing that adheres tightly to any clean, dry wood or concrete substrate. Create a temporary dance floor for your holiday party if it suits you and remove and store (flat) after the holiday for future use.

Hopefully you are beginning to realize that it takes more creativity than $$$ to transform your home to a joyful, season-friendly environment. Welcoming family, sharing good food with friends and loved ones, and being grateful for our many blessings gives meaning to the season. Your decorating touches make it that much better. Happy Holidays!