For this chapter of our House Tours, we took a break from homes we photograph for our catalog and knocked on the door of our Sr. VP of Design and Creative, Chip DeGrace, and his wife Cynthia. Nestled on a cozy street in the Chicago suburb of historic Elmhurst, Chip and Cynthia have created their home sweet home, complete with unique furniture pieces and dazzling design ideas.
In our second installment of FLOR Insiders we bring you Johnson Yur, a valued member of our customer service department who provides design assistance daily and, as you’ll see, has a special talent for improving a room.
Position at FLOR: Design Assistance Rep
Hobbies : Cooking, Re-purposing Furniture, Painting, Drawing
Favorite FLOR: Manx
Describe your interior design style: I would have to say a combination of eclectic, mid century modern with a touch of vintage. I love re-purposed furniture and a room that displays tasteful artwork.
Having recently moved into a historic high rise in Chicago, I became fascinated with the coalescence of vintage architecture in a modern, urban landscape. I felt the apartment’s interior design should portray this fusion of old and new. Through FLOR designs I was able to create a rug using old-world materials with a modern aesthetic.
Upon selecting a variety of FLOR styles, I was immediately drawn to the natural softness of the sustainable English wools in the Floresse collection. Inspired by the retro game of Tetris, I incorporate a random geometric design with half tiles in Shear Indulgence and Manx styles. The difference in pile heights brought together not only a textured rug but a multi-dimensional work of art.
My FLOR design has become a décor gem and the centerpiece of the interior space. The apartment’s traditional fireplace has been transformed, complimented by the rug’s sleek appearance and luxurious feel.
Even my cat, Roxie, seems to enjoy this new addition to our home as it has become one of her favorite places to relax.
Isn’t Johnson’s space amazing? He’s not one to brag, so we’ll do that on his behalf, those drawings above are originals from him. Simply beautiful!
Do you have any designs that you would like to share with us? If so, email us a picture at firstname.lastname@example.org and you could possibly be featured in one of our FLOR stories (not to mention, receive 10% off your next purchase). To see more stories like Johnson’s click here. Happy designing!
Everyone who works at FLOR is a little nutty about carpet tile. While there are many different degrees of creativity among us, it’ safe to say that we are all pretty passionate about design and love experimenting with product we create. So, we thought it would be fun to highlight a FLOR employee by sharing some of their inspiring designs.
Position at FLOR: Creative Assistant
Hobbies : Artist
Favorite FLOR: House Pet
Describe your interior design style: I would say that it is a mix of styles. I love industrial spaces that incorporate early 20th century arts and crafts furniture.
Here is Kelsey’s design story…
“Being an artist I always want to push the limits of what I can do with materials and FLOR was the perfect opportunity to try something fun. It’s kind of random … but the pattern is inspired from a tile design that used to be in the home where I grew up. The tile pattern is absolutely gorgeous – very simple and symmetrical. Ideally, I would love to do this pattern in a charcoal/cream combination but the yellow was an exciting twist and looked amazing against the cement floors. It also offered a more funky feel combined with the red metal chairs.”
“I thought that using Rake Me Over and Toy Poodle would help create that basketweave effect that I was going for. Although the color is the same, the different textures of the tiles give the rug some dimension.”
“Obviously, there were a ton of cuts but they were super easy because it was 1/2 tiles; so, I only needed to do 1 cut per tile. It took me about 2 hours to put the whole thing together. I am really excited about the way it turned out.”
We are too! What do you guys think? Isn’t her design incredible? Do you have any designs that you would like to share with us? If so, email us a picture at email@example.com and you could possibly be featured in one of our FLOR stories (not to mention, receive 10% off your next purchase). Happy designing!