Scratches on Your Wood Floors?

This brief video offers tips on how to prevent scratches on your wood floors and what you can do about them if they are already there.

Did you know MODA Floors & Interiors is a Bona Certified Craftsman?

Source: Bona

Holiday Tours Provide Design Inspiration

Want design ideas for your home? Look no further than one of the home tours being held across metro Atlanta during November and December.

Home for the Holidays Showhouse (Thursday, Nov. 16, through Sunday, Dec. 10)

Presented by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine, this showhouse benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Twenty of Atlanta’s top interior designers will transform a newly built Buckhead estate. The 8,800-square-foot home integrates structured, classical design with more modern, casual living space. www.AtlantaHolidayHome.com

Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes (Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2-3)

Virginia-Highland is known for its historic residences, unique shops and local restaurants.

Eight homes are included on this tour. They include an English country-style home decorated with original pieces of art, a recently renovated American Foursquare built in 1916, a 1925 Cape Dutch with beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces, a restored 1916 bungalow with a multitude of original features and an historic building that is used as a combination art gallery and residence.

Local restaurants will provide food tastings in John Howell Park and at each of the tour homes. https://VaHiTourofHomes.org

Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour (Saturday and Sunday, Dec 2-3)

Get a glimpse inside six private homes that are located in the Whitlock Avenue district of Marietta. Each home has been lovingly restored and will be decorated for the holiday season. www.MariettaPilgrimage.com

Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes (Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9-10)

This tour offers attendees an intimate and charming way to experience both the past and present of the historic Grant Park neighborhood. Be enchanted by the warm glow of candles and holiday lights at every stop. www.CandlelightTourofHomes.com

Have you attended one of these tours before?

Color Trends for 2018 Announced

Shaw Floors Color of the Year (Gold Rush)

Painting is one of the quickest and easiest ways to make an impact in a room. Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional painter, painting can turn a drab room into something special. Add colorful pillows, a new area rug or a comfortable throw. Voila! You are on your way to creating a restful retreat, a fantastic entertaining space or something magical you didn’t know you wanted until now.

What are some of the color trends expected for 2018? Check them out below and let us know your thoughts.

Do you plan to use any of these colors next year when decorating? Which ones do you like?

Window Covering Maintenance

Window coverings are an important part of any home. Do you know how to take care of this design investment?

  • Water, solvents or abrasive cleaners should not be used on wood blinds or shutters.
  • The best way to remove dust or debris from hard to reach areas on honeycomb, window shades and shadings is by using a hair dryer on a cool setting or compressed air purchased from an office supply store.
  • Bathtub cleaning or water immersion, ultrasonic cleaning, injection or extraction cleaning and steam cleaning are all specialized professional cleaning treatments.  Power washing is not.
  • Many aluminum and vertical vinyl blinds are specially treated to guard against static electricity and dust. If not, the slats can be wiped with anti-static dryer sheets.
  • It is best to clean alternative wood blinds and shutters with a soft damp cloth.

Unique Flooring Options

 You can create a unique look with simple upgrades such as borders, medallions, distressing, painting floors, mixed media and staining.

  • Borders create a frame effect. They can incorporate multiple wood species, stone, marble, brass, stainless steel, nickel and other metals.
  • Medallions are installed in the main field of the floor. They can incorporate multiple wood species, stone, metal and leather. Medallions also can be routed into existing floors.
  • Distressing offers an antiqued appearance. Hand-scraping is the most-common distressing technique used to achieve a worn look.
  • Painted floors transform an ordinary wood floor into something unique. Features such as borders or other design elements can be added and sanded off later.
  • Mixed media mixes wood with other materials. A marble and wood foyer makes a dramatic entryway, while brushed nickel accents in your kitchen wood floor could showcase your appliances.
  • Staining can give your existing wood floors an entirely new look very affordably. Light, medium and dark stains transform your floors without replacement

Source: National Wood Flooring Association

Shaw Floors Announces Color of the Year

Every year since 2014 Shaw Floors has named a Color of the Year for the upcoming year. (Royal English Navy, Lady in Grey, White Hot, Lush and now Gold Rush) Shaw says these colors work well alone and can deliver even more pizazz when they work together.

Gold Rush brings energy to a room, creating a range of emotions from warmth to excitement, from serious to playful. What do you think about the color? Will you use it in your home?