what makes a house a home…

What makes a house a home? How is it that some places can feel like “home” right away, but some just never feel like they’re really yours? Each house has a personality, and it can make a big difference in how your home feels to you. Start by looking at your space. Is it quirky? Homey? Old fashioned? What does the style say? A beach cottage is very different from a mountain cabin. Even different neighborhoods can have distinct personalities. Understanding they style of your space is the first step to making it your own. Whether you’ve just moved in, or you’re struggling to put your personal stamp on a place you’ve been for a while, all it takes is a little thought, creativity, and finding the right blend of décor to make your house into your home. Continue reading

green and glam…
two great looks that look great together

If your view of eco-friendly décor is that it’s full of rough-hewn woods, scratchy fabrics and country-rustic styles, it’s time to take a new look. Bringing nature into your world, and creating a space that includes décor that’s good for the planet doesn’t mean sacrificing style or good design. Are you ready to take green from granola to glam? Continue reading

trendy vs. personal…
you don’t have to choose!

 

Slavishly following any trend can result in a cold, less personal look, whether it’s your wardrobe or your room! Embracing a trend doesn’t have to mean giving up your personality. You can have the best of both worlds, personal décor that reflects you and your style with a trendy feel. Here’s how! Continue reading

finding focus…
defining your focal point

 

It’s a common décor refrain—what’s your room’s focal point? A focal point is usually the first thing you see when you enter a room. It may be because it’s right there in front of you, or because it’s such a dominant presence that it overshadows everything else. It sets the tone and mood for the space. Some spaces have a natural focal point like an amazing view, fabulous architectural element, or a giant fireplace. Others lack anything to draw the eye and require a bit more effort. Either way, deciding on your room’s focal point and putting the spotlight on it will create a more interesting and pleasing interior. We’ve got some tricks to making that work without overwhelming the rest of the room. Continue reading

turning plastic into pretty…
gorgeous outdoor rugs with a story to tell

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Summer is over and it’s time to start putting away the outdoor furniture. Or is it? Before you cover the lounge chair and roll up the outdoor area rug, take a good look at them. Is the furniture a solid, weather-resistant wood like teak? Or is it made from all-weather recycled HDPE? If so, don’t cover it up yet! How about that rug? If it’s made from recycled plastics, it’s still good to go as well.

Wait… a rug that will stand up to cold and wet? But what about mud and leaves and all that fall and early winter stuff? Put the right rug down, and you won’t have to worry about any of it. Rugs woven from recycled polypropylene are surprisingly durable, waterproof and entirely washable. The colors won’t fade, the “fabric” won’t crack, and they won’t even cause mold or mildew on your deck. And since they’re woven, they look and feel amazing. So what’s the story with these rugs? Where do they come from?

Several years ago, a rug maker stumbled across some vintage looms, forgotten and idle. They followed patterns from punch cards, like old player pianos—a little prehistoric by today’s standards! The rug maker was also looking for ways to incorporate recycled materials into their product, and these looms were the start of an idea!

What if they took recycled materials—like plastics from soda and water bottles—and wove them into classic, traditional patterns on these vintage looms?

The process began. The search was on for the right type of recycled materials—it had to be the highest quality, completely safe and nontoxic for people and pets. Safe coloring and conditioners had to be found to create vibrant patterns and a soft feel, as well as UV protection to keep them from fading. The final design had to be completely care-free—just hose off and go, no worries about fading, staining, or trapped moisture.

Once all that was found, then came the fun part. Handcrafting the rugs on the vintage looms. Each rug would be a work of art. Sure, that meant there might be some variations and tiny imperfections, but that’s the difference between handcrafted quality and mass-produced products. The work environment had to be fair trade and environmentally sound. This was about true sustainability—good for people and the planet.

The result of all this hard work, thought and supportive environment? Beautifully crafted area rugs made from materials that were landfill bound.

That’s the story of our recycled plastic outdoor rugs. So go ahead, enjoy your deck or patio another season! We’re happy to be a part of it.

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