Really, must we worship oak?

One nice thing about a blog:  It’s a great place to let off a little steam.  Well, maybe “steam” isn’t the word.  Maybe it’s more like “share an observation.”  So, here’s my observation.  Why is it that men really don’t want you to paint wood?  Ever!  Just mention painting even the most obnoxious oak item or the most “blah” birch piece and you will expose every protective instinct in your man and turn him into an unreasonable lumber advocate.  It’s like they all worship at the alter of Wood gods.

Let me ask you this, O Wood Fanatic.  Do you think  your cars would be more attractive if we simply stained the steel they’re made of, or do you think that just maybe one important factor in your love affair with the rumbling beast is the color (red convertible, anyone)?  Or how about a stained barn?  No, make mine red, please!  Would a rose-covered cottage be the same without a WHITE picket fence?  Sometimes wood just NEEDS to be painted.

So, please, please, allow us women to express our natural love of color with painted kitchen cabinets.  Your steak will still taste the same, the beer will be as cold, and the garbage will still be there for you to take out.  (Did I hit enough stereotypes there?)

By the way, I have absolutely no scientific or clinical studies back me up here.  Everything I am ranting about, or rather, observing, is based on purely unscientific, totally biased, anecdotal evidence derived from a lot of years helping people remodel their homes.  And I have another unscientific observation to share next time.  This one will make you to “hmmmm”. -Linda Kelly, Designer

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Buying Carpet is Sometimes a Daunting Task

lindaOne nice thing about a blog: It’s a great place to let off a little steam. Well, maybe “steam” isn’t the word. Maybe it’s more like “share an observation.” So, here’s my observation. Why is it that men really don’t want you to paint wood? Ever! Just mention painting even the most obnoxious oak item or the most “blah” birch piece and you will expose every protective instinct in your man and turn him into an unreasonable lumber advocate. It’s like they all worship at the alter of Wood gods.

Let me ask you this, O Wood Fanatic. Do you think your cars would be more attractive if we simply stained the steel they’re made of, or do you think that just maybe one important factor in your love affair with the rumbling beast is the color (red convertible, anyone)? Or how about a stained barn? No, make mine red, please! Would a rose-covered cottage be the same without a WHITE picket fence? Sometimes wood just NEEDS to be painted.

So, please, please, allow us women to express our natural love of color with painted kitchen cabinets. Your steak will still taste the same, the beer will be as cold, and the garbage will still be there for you to take out. (Did I hit enough stereotypes there?)

By the way, I have absolutely no scientific or clinical studies back me up here. Everything I am ranting about, or rather, observing, is based on purely unscientific, totally biased, anecdotal evidence derived from a lot of years helping people remodel their homes. And I have another unscientific observation to share next time. This one will make you to “hmmmm”. -Linda Kelly, Designer

Carpet pad is the foundation you’ll build your room on.  It will support your carpet, your furniture, and YOU!  Carpets are engineered to have a good foundation underneath them.  All manufacturers have certain specifications for thickness and density of the pad that will be supporting their carpet.  Please ask about these and follow them.   From that point you can decide if you need “pet proof” pad, rubber pad (used for rooms with infloor heat) or any of a myriad of other upgrades.  Ask your floor covering professionals for some guidance here.

Now that you are armed with just a tiny bit of information about carpet, the next, and arguably most important, step in your shopping experience is the one that takes you into a reputable carpet store.  (And I don’t mean Big Box store, although there are some very nice people working in them.)  Your local store is just as competitively priced and is much more up front about the charges you will incur.  And the sales people are usually a lot more prepared to help you make an informed decision.

Speaking of competent sales people, why do you think the industry came up with square foot pricing for carpet?  Up until the late 1990’s all carpet was sold by the square yard.  But that changed when huge warehouse stores wanted to move into selling the fuzzy stuff.  First of all, it sounds cheaper to say a piece is $3.00 a square foot than to say it’s $27.00 a square yard.  And secondly, it takes less time to train sales personnel to figure square feet in a room than to figure square yards in a room.  But does it make any sense?  I mean, you CANNOT buy just a few square feet of carpet – it’s sold in 12 foot widths!  If you come in and tell me you have a 10 x 10 foot room and you need 100 square feet of carpet, I will   explain that, unfortunately, I need to sell you a 12 x 10 foot piece of carpet.  It’s just that simple.

And now you can go back to that remodeling project.  You are armed with the most formidable of all weapons:  information.  And here’s one more tidbit to mull over.  Carpet in 2014 is the best-researched, best- engineered and most stylish carpet there has ever been.  It’s not your mother’s carpet – it’s better!