Holiday Home Tours Showcase Neighborhoods

Are you as big a fan of home tours as we are? If so, you’ll want to check out one or more of the home tours scheduled in the coming weeks throughout metro Atlanta. Here’s a small sample:


Home for the Holidays continues through Dec. 13 at Millwood Manor, located at 1150 Garmon Road. The tour benefits the Southeastern Horticultural Society’s Children’s Learning Garden and Farms.

Perfectly suited for entertaining, the house boasts plentiful windows, which afford views to both the front and rear of the property. The private master suite features an office, vestibule, and sitting space. The lower level has ample casual entertaining areas as well as a private guest or teen suite.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.


Virginia-Highland, one of Atlanta’s most charming neighborhoods, will welcome visitors Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 5-6) to its 21st Annual Tour of Homes. Local restaurants will provide food tastings at each tour house.

Six beautiful properties will be featured. Although different in style and design, they are all equally representative of the Neighborhood’s character.

Tickets are $25.

Funds raised by the tour will go to support various projects around Virginia-Highland, including park improvements, safety, sidewalk and traffic concerns, planning and preservation, and other community efforts.

dartmouthAvondale Estates:

The Avondale Estates Tour of Homes & Holiday Market will take place Sunday, Dec. 13. The tour features homes that have been sensitively restored or renovated to preserve the character of the historic city.

This year’s tour spans almost 90 years beginning with an Avondale “original” built when the city was established in 1926, a recently renovated 1950s bungalow, three of the newest homes in town, and a new “Back Porch” that was added to one of the 1940s bungalows.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the tour.

Are there other must-see home tours you gain design inspiration from?

MODA Floors & Interiors Participates in Extreme Bedroom Makeover Project

MODA TeamMODA Floors & Interiors and Agape Youth & Family Center, a non-profit organization, continued their “Extreme Bedroom Makeover” partnership this year. During the one-day event, MODA team members remodeled two bedrooms for four children in the Bolton Road community in Northwest Atlanta.

MODA team members accessorized the rooms with new comforters, pillows, accessories, and wall decals to reflect the children’s interests. Rooms To Go provided new beds, and Rosing Paint Center donated paint and supplies.

Nearly 125 children have received a bedroom makeover since the program began in 2010. The “Extreme Bedroom Makeover” is the recipient of the Carl V. Patton President’s Award for Community Partnership from Georgia State University.

Bedroom“This is a highlight for our team members each year,” said Dean Howell, president of MODA Floors & Interiors, a floor and window coverings resource with showrooms in the West Midtown Design District and Town Brookhaven. “The kids are always appreciative of the work contributed by all the volunteer teams.”

“The kids and families were beyond amazed and truly grateful,” said Chaz Chapman, Agape’s event coordinator. “The many ‘Wows,’ ‘Oohs,’ ‘Aahs,’ bright smiles and even some joyful tears made this all the more memorable.”

Agape Youth & Family Center provides afterschool programs and family services that focus on academic achievement, character development, reading proficiency by third grade, high school graduation and post-graduation planning and placement.

How to Select the Floor You Need

Photo: Tarkett

Photo: Tarkett

Choosing a new floor is very exciting. You probably already have some ideas about the style you would like, but the following tips will help ensure you get the floor you want and need.

Floors can be installed over a variety of different surfaces:

  • Concrete, tiles, stone and marble – vinyl, laminate and wood
  • Wooden floor – vinyl, laminate and wood
  • Very short-pile carpet – vinyl, laminate and wood
  • Embossed vinyl – laminate and wood, but must be removed or covered for vinyl
  • Long-pile carpet – must be removed for all new floors

Which Floor for Which Room?

Entrance and Hallway – People coming and going will bring dirt and dampness into your home, putting special demands on this part of the floor. Choose a hard surface that can stand up to moderate dampness and is easy to clean.

Office – If keeping your office quiet for concentration and comfort is a top priority, you should consider floors with good acoustic properties. If you expect a lot of visitors, you’ll probably want a tough surface that won’t be easily damaged by office furnishings or heavy use. Floors with anti-static properties can be a wise investment if you use a lot of electrical equipment.

Kitchens –Spills and dropped food and equipment are a fact of life no matter how careful you are as a cook. Choose a floor that not only has good stain and traffic resistance, but that will also stand up to light moisture and repeated cleaning.

Bathrooms –Water makes the bathroom a challenging environment and you must be careful to select a floor that is water-resistant. In addition, for safety you’ll need to be sure that the floor won’t be slippery when it’s damp and that it will be easy to clean.

Bedroom –Your bedroom is often a very personal space so you’ll be looking at a wide range of decorative finishes. Don’t forget that looks are just part of the equation and that you’ll also want to be sure that it’s comfortable and warm for bare feet.

Kid’s Bedroom/Playroom –These bedrooms often have to accommodate a wide variety of play as well as sleep. To cope with active youngsters you’ll need a tough, practical floor that’s comfortable but also easy to look after and clean, and that will also help to keep noise levels down.

Living Room – You need a multi-purpose floor that reflects your style but can stand up to the challenge of a variety of activities. A tough surface that’s easy to clean and look after will reduce the time you need to spend keeping your living room looking good.

No one wants to spend every minute worrying about stains and cleaning. By choosing a floor that suits the area, you’ll cut down on the cleaning and general care you have to provide. You should also select a floor with the best possible surface protection.

Source: Tarkett


Hardwood Flooring Installation: Which is Best?

Photo: Bona

Photo: Bona

Hardwood floor installation is a project that can be done by seasoned professional contractors or by skilled “Do It Yourselfers” ambitious enough to attempt the job themselves. If you’re considering installing your own floor, be sure you understand the different types of hardwood floor installation. The subfloor you will be installing the new floor on may dictate which hardwood floor installation method you can use.

Nail/Staple Down

Hardwood floor installation using the nail-down method is typically used for solid wood flooring of ¾” thick strip or plank flooring to a wooden sub-floor. The flooring cleats are driven down through the tongue of the flooring and fasten securely in the sub-floor beneath.


A floating floor is engineered hardwood that is installed by attaching each board to the next without any adherence to the sub-floor. The boards are attached using a bead of glue on the tongue or by a click-together system. Floating floors are easier to install for a DIY project and can generally be installed over existing flooring such as tile or vinyl. When nailing or gluing flooring down, each board expands and contracts independently. On a floating system, the entire floor moves as one unit which will help reduce any cracks between boards in areas of fluctuating temperature/humidity levels. Floating floors can also be sanded dependent on how thick the wear layer is.

Glue Down

Glue is primarily used to attach hardwood flooring to fully cured and dry concrete substrates or wood when nailing is just not an option. Glue is also used as a sound reduction barrier and can help soften the transfer of noise when hardwood is installed in applications such as apartment buildings and high-rises. Hardwood that is installed using the nail down method can tend to have higher noise transfer between floors. Please refer to the flooring manufacturer for recommendations on installation.

Nail/Glue Down

In some cases when installing plank flooring 4” and wider, nailing and gluing the boards are recommended. Refer to the flooring manufacturer or the National Oak Flooring Manufacturers Association ( for recommendations on installation.

If you’re looking for someone to install your hardwood floor, contact a Bona Certified Craftsman to explore your options. A Bona Certified Craftsman (like MODA Floors and Interiors) is a professional contractor specially trained in the Bona Floor Care System and can provide you with a wealth of experience and expertise concerning hardwood floors.

Source: Bona

Home Tours Stimulate Creativity

Photo: NARI Atlanta Tour of Remodeled Homes

Photo: NARI Atlanta Tour of Remodeled Homes

Whether you’re planning a major remodel or just want a few ideas to freshen a space, attending a home tour this fall will help get your creative juices flowing. Here are four places to start.

Historic Brookhaven Candlelight Tour of Homes and Gardens

Thursday, Oct. 1 (5:30-8:30 p.m.)

This tour will offer an intimate look into older homes in sought-after Brookhaven, a community located just inside the perimeter.

Cost: $50-$70 (


Roswell Woman’s Club home of distinction

Oct. 2-11 (10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; noon-5 p.m. on Sundays)

This new home is a 6,700-square-foot structure with seven bedrooms and nine baths. It was inspired by Old World architecture and materials, including General Shale brick and James Hardie shake siding and cornices.

Cost: $20 (


Candler Park Fall Fest Tour of Homes

Sunday, Oct. 4 (Noon-6 p.m.)

You will find an eclectic mix of homes and outdoor spaces, including treehouses and gardens.

Cost: $20 (advance) or $25 (tour day) (


NARI Atlanta Tour of Remodeled Homes

Saturday, Oct. 24 (10 a.m-4 p.m.)

Eight private homes transformed throughout Atlanta’s northern suburbs by members of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry Atlanta Chapter will be open to the public. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit CURE Childhood Cancer.

Cost: $20 (advance) or $25 (tour day) (

What other tours would you add to this list? What’s the best idea you have picked up on a home tour?

How to Remove Water Stains on Wood Floors

Many people have plants in plant pots sitting directly on their wood floor. Often, plant pots leak without your noticing when you water the flowers. When you move the pots to vacuum you see dark round spots on your wood floor.

Photo Courtesy: Bona

Photo Courtesy: Bona

Here are some tips on how to remove those stains.

On lacquered floors:

  • Move the plant pot and wipe up any liquid. Let dry, and keep well ventilated for 24 hours.
  • If you can still see the stain, it means the fluid has soaked into the wood.
  • Bona recommends contacting a Bona Certified Craftsman (like MODA Floors & Interiors) for more advice and practical help.

On oiled floors:

  • Move the plant pot and wipe up any liquid. Let dry, and keep well ventilated for 24 hours.
  • Spray the surface with Cleaner for Oiled Floors, use a Microfiber Cleaning Pad and let dry thoroughly. If you see a dark color or ring in the wood, it indicates that water has soaked into the wood. To fix the stain, sand the surface with very fine sandpaper. Then add oil to where the stain was. Be sure to choose the same oil you used previously. If you’re not sure and need assistance, contact a Bona Certified Craftsman for further advice and practical help.


  • Always put plant pots on saucers with felt pads or other protection to collect water and moisture.
  • Move your plant pots occasionally so that they dont stand in the same place for too long. This will avoid color changes from sunlight.



Five Common Carpet Myths Debunked


Photo Courtesy: Tuftex

Photo Courtesy: Tuftex

Carpet has been the most popular floor covering in America for decades for good reason – carpets feel soft, reduce noise and insulate rooms. But some common misconceptions deter people from buying carpets.

MYTH 1: Asthma and allergy sufferers should not have carpet in the home.

FACT: Environmental Protection Agency scientists concluded that carpet fibers, in trapping and immobilizing potential allergy-causing particulates, help people with allergies. If allergens are in the carpet, they’re not circulating in the indoor air stream. Shaw Floors recommends using a HEPA-filter vacuum to fully remove such particles from the indoor environment.

MYTH 2: Carpet is hard to maintain – it stains and wears out very easily.

FACT: Simple steps can extend the life of your carpet and keep it looking new. Frequent vacuuming removes soil particles before they get below the surface of the pile, where they are far more difficult to remove.

Carpet in a typical household should be thoroughly cleaned every 12 to 18 months. Hot water extraction systems provide the most effective cleaning. Professional carpet cleaners generally get the best results.

MYTH 3: Carpet is outdated and boring.

FACT: Carpets come in patterns ranging from traditional hounds tooth to exotic zebra, and in stylish colors like chocolate or mint green. Many consumers use a mix of carpet, hardwood and tile in their homes.

MYTH 4: Carpet emits harmful chemicals that cause health problems.

FACT: Carpet is one of the lowest emitters of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) among household furnishings and building materials. Shaw carpets meet the industry’s highest VOC standard, the Carpet & Rug Institute’s Green Label Plus program.

MYTH 5: Carpet is bad for the environment

FACT: Floor manufacturers now provide many eco-friendly options for environmentally-conscious consumers. Shaw carpets made of Anso or EverTouch nylon can be recycled at Shaw’s Evergreen Nylon Recycling Facility, where they are broken down and remade into new carpet fiber. The process helps turn carpet into a renewable product and keeps carpet waste out of landfills. In fact, Shaw has collected 178 million pounds of post-consumer carpet since 2006.

Source: Tuftex