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From Beige to Gray

March 6, 2019

As greys and greiges come more and more into home fashion, we’re finding ourselves changing out the beiges of the 2000’s and welcoming these cool, modern colors.

We did this runner for Beth of Chatham about 15 years ago, back when golds and lattices were all the rage. But, now she’s updated her walls to a more modern shade of gray, so it was time for that runner to go!

Beth chose a beautiful organic striped pattern in variegated shades of gray and beige to both complement the wall and tie into the graining for the oak treads. In addition to being fashion forward, this pattern is so practical at hiding dirt and wear. And, notice how we’ve changed her up from a waterfall to a more modern upholstered installation.

This little stripe will hide everything that Beth’s busy family can track in.

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Basement Made Beautiful

February 8, 2019

Too often our basements are treated as afterthoughts during our home decorating process. But, in fact, these below-grade areas can be inviting, integral spaces in our homes and in our family life. We’re always afraid of water in the basement, so we feel we don’t want to invest too much in this space. But with the right products, water can be far less of an issue, and can truly elevate that otherwise castoff room. Look what one Chatham homeowner did, installing waterproof vinyl flooring to look like wood. Would anyone call this beautiful space “just a basement?”

We are only responsible for the flooring and rugs. The other elements are the homeowner’s own vision using classic molding profiles, chair rails and rich colors on the walls. And, she picked this faux hand scraped vinyl in Saffron Hickory to add a warm, casual element. The flooring adds the classic touch that wall-to-wall carpet would not.

The custom rug helps to define the “family” area of the basement. It also adds warmth and sound absorption in this media area. We used a super soft Innovia fiber for a couple of reasons: first, it feels like silk, so the kids will be more than comfortable during their sleepovers. Second, it’s stain proof, so mom will be more than comfortable during their sleepovers!

Is it wood or is it vinyl? Only the homeowner knows for sure!

Durability, ease of maintenance and water resistance make vinyl plank flooring the perfect choice for the gaming area of the basement. Add in the warmth and beauty of the rustic hand scraped wood-look, and the flooring elevates this space to that of a high-end club room.

Because it’s a bedroom, we warmed up the space with a room-sized area rug that still highlights the beautiful faux wood. Even though the area rug almost fills the room, we still see enough of the vinyl wood-look flooring to make us feel less like we’re in the basement. The result is a cozy basement guest bedroom that could be anywhere in the house.

The stairs are wood that the homeowner had previously stained and finished. We installed a wool sisal runner to reveal just enough of the stair wood that expertly blends with our faux wood flooring.

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Split level houses are really best suited for wall-to-wall carpet. But, with today’s trend to hardwood floors, everyone is ripping out the carpet and refinishing the wood. Then, the next question is how do we add area rugs to define and soften the spaces?

After removing Mrs. P.’s wall-to-wall carpet, we did a dust free sanding of her oak floors, then finished them in natural to keep these smallish rooms light and bright. Next, we needed rugs that work well together but differentiate each space.

Sizing an area rug in a split level house can be tricky. We want to leave walkways and avoid trip hazards. But we want to avoid “floating islands” of furniture with no connection to the area they belong to. Sometimes, in these small spaces, the half on-half off approach can pull the room together.

There is a very subtle vine etched into this custom bound carpet to add interest and coordinate with dining room nearby, without fighting with the large sofa pattern.

A traditional bordered rug works perfectly with Mrs. P.’s antique dining set. The small scale of this pattern does not overpower the small room. The rug is just large enough to accommodate the chairs with people seated. And, it still leaves an adequate walkway to the kitchen.

When buying bordered rugs, look for expertly crafted corners like this one.

The runner adds just the right pop of color on this split staircase. 3-1/2″ to 4″ of wood exposure on either side of the runner is a good balance.

The light scroll against the burgundy background blends perfectly with the natural color of the oak stairs.

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After installing the geometric runner (see our blog post “John and Sarah’s Townhouse”) the homeowners decided the pattern was just not right for their taste and for the style they are trying to achieve in their home. Thanks to Cramers Carpet One’s “Beautiful Guarantee,” they were able to change the runner to this much simpler wool sisal. It adds warmth and texture, while creating a simpler backdrop they can build on going forward. And, with the “Beautiful Guarantee,” this second try do-over didn’t cost them a thing!

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This carriage house in Chatham has hardwood floors throughout, and the homeowner wanted to keep that clean, classic look while adding a stair runner for safety. We custom fabricated this wool sisal stripe into a custom runner that complements the light and airy feeling of the house.

The subtle blue/grey and cream stripe marries the two wall colors–light blue in the foreground, grey on the back wall of the staircase. The freshness of the colors gives the space a breezy, coastal feel.

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For this contemporary center hall in Berkeley Heights, the homeowner wanted to make a refined statement for visitors coming through the front door. They decided on this contemporary floral vine in taupe wool with viscose highlights. The viscose fibers add dimension and shimmer, much like silk would, with much higher durability.

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This four-story townhouse in Morristown needed a stair runner that would work from the basement family room all the way to the fourth floor bedrooms. John and Sarah’s style is modern and fashion forward, but they also needed durable and practical for their high traffic and pet. This geometric pattern on a chocolate background gives them plenty of style while hiding soil. And the commercial construction gives them all the durability they will ever need.

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An Elegant Staircase

May 22, 2018

When Marilyn wanted to add a more modern finish to her newly built center hall home in Madison, we took a traditional approach with a custom fabricated runner, but with a more transitional floral design. Her classic tones of white, ivory and beige get a modern lift with the gray-on-cream pattern as it comes down the staircase.

Because of her curved walls in the upper hall, we custom fabricated a runner to follow the form, maintaining the right amount of wood exposure, for a contiguous, cohesive design.

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Keith’s Master Bath

April 3, 2018

As part of his complete renovation project, Keith added this master bath with old world traditional touches. The ceramic floor tile was installed on the diagonal, adding width and volume to the space. We did the walls in a coordinating 12″ x 18″ porcelain tile, installed brick-jointed or “subway” style. We topped them with a double row of stone chair rail outlining a vintage-style vine listello. The chair rail carried into the shower, adding coordinated mosaics for the floor and granite for the seat tops.

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Family friendly foyer

March 6, 2018

For a busy family, durability and low maintenance are most important–but not at the expense of fashion and style. In this Morris County center hall, we’ve achieved both!

This family friendly foyer has an “area rug” designed right into the floor. Using porcelain tile combined with tumbled stone listellos, we designed our rug with a timeless diamond motif. It creates the focal point the homeowner wanted without the fuss of having to maintain an area rug.

This chocolate soil-hiding runner continues the family friendly theme. The ivory border coordinates with the porcelain floor tile as it transitions to the oak flooring above.

In the upper hall, the chocolate runner contrasts beautifully with the golden oak floors. We went ahead and tacked the runner to the floors, making vacuuming super simple and no rug slippage!

 

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