Whole Lotta Hoopla

So when I am not sifting through inspiration for this design blog, I am either sifting through inspiration for my wedding invitation business; sifting through inspiration on how to mother my children intentionally; or zonked out on the bed from hours of inspiration sifting…oh yeah…and you know, running a household, a small business and all that other stuff that goes on in my days.  Anyway, earlier this week, I was mid-sift of my wedding invitation business inspiration when I came across this amazing centerpiece display using embroidery hoops.


It reminded me of an image from a while back in Martha Stewart Weddings:

Embroidery hoops seem to bring an element of craft wherever they appear and I think that element, combined with carefully selected details, can truly create a beautiful piece.  I particularly love this fun, quirky bulletin board display by Etsy seller hoop.de.do.  The vibrant fabrics, paired with the various sizes of hoops are so inspiring!

Another sweet, utilitarian use for the basic embroidery hoop is this sweet calendar.

(I found it on Pinterest here and it was credited to this blog, but try as I might I couldn’t find it)

Of course, the embroidery hoop, being made to hold fabric, creates a wonderful frame for your favorite prints.  In a large display such as this one over at PurlBee, the hoops combine to make a powerful display.

Similarly, Caro at CaroThrift created a display over her bed that is a wonderful mix of size and pattern.

Lastly, this inspiring display from an Anthropologie store makes me smile.  I can imagine this would make a divine room divider in an open space or loft.

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FLOR Story: Uncorked Studios

Hello FLOR,

We’re a small software design studio located in Portland, Oregon. We recently moved into a new office space in a really cool warehouse building on the east side of Portland.  There are many great things about our space: there’s tons of light, different areas for our team to work creatively, and really tall walls, which are great for marker boards and sticky notes.

The only downside to our space is the acoustics. With concrete on the floors, walls and ceiling, there’s a lot of echo. While we liked rugs, it wasn’t cost-effective to cover our space in them. So we chose Flor tiles for our main work space. We’re planning on adding more for each of our rooms as our furniture arrives. It was really easy to install them, and they’ve held up well to our foot traffic and dog traffic as well.

Here are some photos of our space. We shot quite a few, including some that show how we’ve been using our FLOR samples as coasters. (They make great coasters believe it or not).

Thanks for making a great product!


Uncorked Studios

Ups & Downs

FLOR samples used as coasters

 Button Rugs


To see more stories like this one click here. If you have a FLOR story that you would like to share, email it to us at pictures@flor.com or post it to facebook or twitter (& tag us) and you can receive 10% off your next purchase.

For more information or questions about FLOR you can visit us at www.flor.com, call our design assistance at 866.952.4093 or visit a store near you!

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FLOR Story: Simple & Stylish


We love FLOR tiles!!!  They foster what seems like an endless supply of creativity and imagination on our side and because you’re always adding new designs we’ve never needed to shop any place else in the past three years .  Our modern style is important to us yet we also want to ensure that our place feels warm, functional and practical too.  We have an energetic dog and a tornado (otherwise known as a cat) that chase each other around the house from FLOR rug to FLOR rug.  So, your tiles have clocked loads of mileage over the past three years but you’d never know it by looking at them!  And, when there’s “emergency” clean-up around the house the FLOR tiles are usually involved.  Tail wags + Red wine = 911.  What we’ve found though is that what doesn’t wipe right up with a microfiber cloth and cold water goes into the kitchen sink for a hose down and then back to the floor like new.  We’ve shared this story many times with friends and family and it’s hard for them to imagine so much durability in a floor covering.  Of course, what most folks admire most about the tiles is that they’re a SIMPLE and SUPER STYLISH addition to every room in our house.  Attached is a snap of our latest creation: a modern take on Toy Poodle in Plum, Purple, Pewter and Bone.  LOVE IT!

Best Regards,



To see more stories like this one click here. If you have a FLOR story that you would like to share, email it to us at pictures@flor.com or post it to facebook or twitter (& tag us) and you can receive 10% off your next purchase.

For more information or questions about FLOR you can visit us at www.flor.com, call our design assistance at 866.952.4093 or visit a store near you!


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A Big Boy’s Adventurer Bedroom – Reveal

As some of you know, I spent much of the summer transitioning my son’s nursery into my newborn daughter’s own space and our guest room into my son’s very own, big-boy bedroom.  I took you along on the ride as I dipped my toe in the DIY Reverse Stenciling application process on his dresser, designed his very own patchwork rug from FLOR and modified some Ikea curtain panels and embellished them with additional panels from zGallerie.

And now, I am so excited to FINALLY reveal to you the final result.  But first…a quick look at what we started with.  Yup…here’s our old guest room complete with unmade bed, open closet door and shirts-to-be-ironed, hanging around aimlessly waiting for some attention…

And now, without further ado, here’s my son’s finished big-boy bedroom:

The Tour

Let me take you on a tour.  Above is the view from the door leading into his room.  He absolutely LOVES his big-boy bed.  In fact, he moved into his new room and new bed as soon as those light blocking shades and the bed arrived and we continued to design the room around his being there…which definitely added to the amount of time it took to finish everything since usually the only time to work on such projects is during nap-time, when the room was generally unavailable!

You’ll recognize the space below.  The wall adjacent to the foot of the bed is where the closet and dresser are.  We’ve added some more globes and brought his hanging boat mobile in from his old nursery.

On the opposite side of the room from the bed is the door to the hallway.  My nephew who just turned 7 handed down his beloved train table to my son when our daughter was born and now he loves getting up in the morning and either playing trains or sitting in his reading nook and looking through some books. Of course, his super-hero cape is available and at-the-ready hanging right by the door for easy egress ;)

Long time readers of this blog may recognize the artwork hanging on the wall from a failed attempt at decorating our living room.  I am so pleased that this awesome canvas (of a photo that I took of the inside of a light house) not only looks great in the room but also fits right into the subtle discovery/adventurer theme we chose.


The Reading Nook

Once I found out just how much space I would have between the train table and the corner, I ordered a custom floor cushion from an Etsy seller and filled up the space with some fun pillows from Land of Nod.

The white book shelves really pop against the deep blue walls and I especially love the one that wraps around the corner.  Our son helped install the shelves so he definitely feels pride when he’s in this corner of the room.


The Bed

One of the features we love about the big-boy bed are the cubbies for holding all sorts of things.  Our 100+ year home is pretty short on storage, so this really is a great benefit for us.  For now, the bed is up against the wall, but someday when he’s older we can rearrange the room so that both sides of the storage bed are accessible.  My son loves to keep his favorite books and stuffed animals in the cubbies in his bed for easy access.  I won’t lie…for the first three nights he slept in the bed, he spent  a LOT of time opening and shutting those doors, but that fun seems to have lost it’s luster.

A brightly colored airplane hangs overhead and my son loves to talk about all the places he thinks it is going.

The three framed prints above the bed used to hang above his crib in his nursery and are actually pages from a calendar that I saved from years ago.

Sheets with cars and trucks and even bicycles are so fun to climb into at night and the brightly striped orange and white comforter is a really fun pop of color against the dark blue walls and the green accented curtains.


The dresser wall

One of my favorite details in the room is the parade of sailboats that leads from the door into the room, around the corner and down to the boats on the dresser.

We also added to our globe collection thanks to my mother-in-law who has been stalking thrift stores!


A final detail

I would be remiss to show off this room without including a picture of the light fixture.  The truth is, this light was the very first thing I ever purchased for the room.  In fact (don’t judge) I bought it with my son’s big-boy bedroom in mind back when he was a newborn.  I know…that’s weird…but it was on super-crazy clearance and I couldn’t let it go.  In the end, it fits in perfectly with space.


It certainly has been a long time since I first created and shared this inspiration board with my son’s big-boy bedroom in mind:

Thank you so much for allowing me to share the final results with you!

Photos via Miriam Bradford

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A Nod To Vintage

Vintage is a staple in today’s modern décor, but it’s also a rather timeless trend and certainly one that’s not going away. Those emotions that are invoked by our favorite vintage pieces don’t belong to a certain decade or generation; they belong to each of us, and are infused into our lives through the surroundings we create.

So we dusted off some of our favorite time-honored textures and patterns and put a modern spin on your home design with FLOR’s Vintage collection.

Watch This is brightly-colored patchwork patterns that are components of other FLOR, together in a bold and brash reinterpretation.

Remebrance is a melange of Persian rug references in a modern remix.

Overtly romantic colorations and low contrast, active patterning give a vibe that hints that your Heirloom rug might have seen some fun in the age of jazz.

One of the most popular motifs in modern textile design, Arabesque is our paisley interpretation that adds a bit of geometry to iconic organic swirl.

Reoriented is a modern twist on traditional art form resembling sewn-together rug remnants in updated, over-dyed colors.

All of these styles are made using 100% recycled Nylon face fibers – taking old and turning it into new.  Our new Vintage Collection merges old-world inspired patterns with new-world technology to create classic, timeless designs that keep up with your lifestyle.  View the entire Vintage Collection.

photos: 1.) homedit.com 2.) jubella.com 3.) jubella.com 4-8.) FLOR.com

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