My FLOR Story

I wasn’t sure if I had ever told the story to you all of how I became such a FLOR fan, so I thought I’d give you a brief history of my love affair with FLOR.  WHY, you ask??  Because the very last to-do for my son’s big-boy room is an area rug and of course I turned to FLOR immediately…but not just because I write for this here blog…

…my love affair with FLOR began back in 2008 when I was first pregnant with my son.  I was watching an episode of Martha Stewart and they were showcasing Martha’s line of carpet tiles at FLOR. I watched as Kevin Sharkey easily cut his tiles in half to create beautiful patterns of carpet on the floor. I was intrigued.

So I decided to order some for my son’s nursery and I commenced designing a crazy-pants carpet with tons of cuts and angles. My experience was NO. WHERE. NEAR. as easy as Kevin Sharkey’s and I was disappointed. But I knew that the reason my experience was more difficult was because I hadn’t used the proper tools. Namely, I was trying to cut carpet in a straight line with a chintzy X-acto knife and a wood ruler.

So, I cut my losses (pun not intended) and laid out my FLOR tiles in a not-as-complicated pattern and quickly realized just how great the tiles were. They were easy to put together. They adhered to themselves and NOT the floor itself, and they were super versatile save for the mini experiment I tried in cutting them.

Fast forward a year later and it was time for my husband and I to do something about our master bedroom. I once again, decided to use the FLOR tiles and once again, decided to do something custom. THIS time I got the right tools and the process was easy as pie…you can read more about it here.

Since then, we have also used FLOR tiles to make a mat in front of our kitchen sink. Here for your viewing pleasure are all three of those projects:

Now…as I mentioned, we’re in the market for another area rug and once again, I am going with FLOR tiles. THIS time, I used the super-cool FLOR builder tool on the FLOR website. Basically, it allows you to choose how many squares you need and how you want them laid out and then you can fill in each square with what color tile you want.


Bonus: once you have worked out your design, you can see how much your design will cost at the bottom of the screen and order it straight from there. (Please note: it LOOKS like I’m about to order a crazy-expensive area rug…but in reality, I plan to cut each tile into quarter squares so that there are 60 total squares which is what the image shows above…but since the online tool doesn’t adjust to allow for custom cutting [other than strips] I told the system I wanted 60 squares of FLOR tiles…which would be pretty-much enough carpet to cover the moon.  Ok.  I exaggerate a bit.)

So anyway, now you know why I love FLOR so much…tell me…what do you love about FLOR?

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A Place at the Table

Our 13 month old son has eaten at the dining room table with us ever since he started solids around 4 months.  Originally, he was propped up in chair that clipped onto the side of the table causing my husband and pretty much every guy who ever stepped inside our home to proclaim how wonderful a seat like that would be for them at a bar.  More recently we purchased a high chair that will also allow him to continue to sit with us at the table.  The chair will grow with him so that he can use the same chair for many years to come.

After the 'sidling-up-to-the-bar in a clip-on high chair' comments, the most frequent thing we hear from friends and family is their concern for our dining room table.  At only 13 months old, our son isn't the cleanest eater nor is he unaware of how fun it is to take one's sippy cup and slam it into the table.

Fortunately for us, we have a reclaimed wood dining room table that came with its own nicks and bruises and we figure anything our little barbarian can do to the table will only add to the wonderful character of the piece.

Reclaimed wood tables come in all sorts of shapes and sizes to fit into every home and they are such a great way to repurpose wood that needs a good home.  Its a win/win for everyone.

Here are some that have caught my eye recently:



The table above (with detail shown below) has such classic appeal it can be dressed country chic or modern minimalist. 


This warm tones in this wood table (above) play well with the cool espresso color on the wall while this blonde beauty (below) contrasts goregously with those delicious leather chairs.

A reclaimed wood table can be leggy…just ask those faux deer heads:


The table below is about as rustic as it gets…but I can just as easily picture it in an urban loft as I can a farmhouse kitchen.

Do your kids sit at the dining room table?  If so, what kind is it?

(Photo credits: 1 & 2 – crate and barrel, 3 – pure contemporary, 4 – eat sleep live, 5 – velocity, 6 – timber creek collection)

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