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!).

Shaggy, Shaggy Chic

Submitted by Annette Callari, ASID; CMG

iStock_000012121251XSmallIf you are old enough to remember the ‘70’s then I know you are familiar with shag carpet. Ugh! But wait a minute—maybe not “ugh”. History always has lessons for us to learn, and carpet history is no exception. It has taught us to refashion worthy design elements from the past into contemporary winners.

The problem with the truly vintage shags was that the finished pile heights were so long that the yarns laid over (yes, you would actually be walking on the sides of the yarn bundles, not the tips). Not only that, but a dog could successfully bury a small bone in the carpet pile, never to be found again. Obvious problems were aesthetic and hygienic, but the lush, casual look of the carpet was its saving grace.
Carpet mills have now applied some 21st century creative thinking and technology to take the best of this renowned design style and make it better. Here’s a thumbnail sketch of what was, and what shag has become:


1970’S Shag Carpet Styling 2010-And-Beyond Improved Shag Versions
Then: Now:
Extreme Pile HeightsMatted,
Crushed, Laid Over
Shorter Pile Heights,
Improved Yarn Systems
Intriguing Mixes
Of Thick-And-Thin Yarns In One Carpet
Improved Performance And Durability
Colors Of The 1970’S –
Gold, GreenBeige, Brown (thus the ugh factor)    

Solids And Berber Colorations In a Full Spectrum
Of Colors
Barber Pole Constructions Mixing Two Colors
In One Yarn Twist
Better Luster Levels
Limited Yarn Technologies 21st Century Technologies –
Soft-Handed Yarns Now Available
Yarns With Texture-Retention WarrantiesImproved Stain And Soil Resistance
Not a Good
Performer In HighTraffic Areas    

Improved Constructions
Eliminates Wear Patterns In High Traffic Areas


Having a casual style carpet that invites you to sit on the floor in comfort is the driving factor that inspired carpet stylists to bring back the concept of shag carpeting. “New and improved” would be an understatement. If you are considering new carpet for a family room, game room, office, or even your bedrooms, take a long look at the uber-chic long friezes and shaggy styles now on the market. I think you may just fall in love with what’s out there. Shaw, Tuftex, Beaulieu and Mohawk have all invested in bringing fresh new styles to the marketplace.
What’s old is new and what’s new is AWESOME.

For more information on flooring visit the World Floor Covering Association’s Consumer Carpet & Flooring Guide.