Design Your Dream Room with Tarkett

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tarkett NA for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I never shy from a good challenge.  The steps involved in the selection process of core home furnishings can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s time once again for a Places In The Home show and tell. The time has come for our guest room to make the transition to home office. The repurposed space will be a better fit in the scheme of things.  There’s not much to change in terms of design, but tastes and trends change many a mind. After great debate, I’ve decided the carpet is out and flooring is soon to be in. The issues of comfort, ease of maintenance and quiet factor into the flooring selection, especially in certain spaces of a home.

I have questions about flooring options just like everyone else does. I like to take advantage of pro tips and tools offered by manufactures of all things house that make a home products that assist in the selection process of home furnishings and home decor.  Seeing a product in actual working spaces is a plus in the process.  The Tarkett iSelect system, a design feature which groups Tarkett flooring options into 6 beautiful, easy-to-live-with color families, is an innovative design feature that allows the homeowner to coordinate flooring types, from room-to-room, throughout the entire house.

Introducing the iSelect® System from Tarkett North America on Vimeo.

iSelect  features Fiber Floor® and Luxury Floors from Tarkett. Fiber Floor® is a unique flooring option that stands up to real-life wear and tear in a warm, comfortable and it-looks-great kind of way.  Tarkett Luxury Floors offer the ultimate in style, durability and versatility.  Tarkett Luxury Floors are available in tiles with-or-without  grout, planks, adhered floors and floating floors.

Tarkett has organized a selection of FiberFloor products into six easy-to-shop palettes- Hushed Conversations, Fireside Chats, Warm Gatherings, Champagne Celebrations, Evening Reception and Earthy Connections. Each design complements the others within that palette.

The intriguing interior design feature of iSelect is that no matter which floor you choose, it will complement any other floor in the same palette making it easy to coordinate adjoining rooms.  Flow is one of the most important factors to consider, and iSelect will answer those questions for you.

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The next tool of use in the flooring selection process is TarkettNA’s online visualizer, RoomVūe. Visualize your room at RoomVue by designing a room using an image from Tarkett’s onsite photo gallery of room design inspiration or upload an image of your own room as I did.  A variety of viewing options puts the design control in your hands.  Photos and information gathered can be saved in the “My Projects” tool on TarkettNA’s website, printed, emailed or saved to your computer for future ideabook reference.  Tarkett also provides a chat feature where you can chat online with professional Designers regarding questions about room design, flooring options and product details.


Are you in the decorative contemplation process, looking to update up a room in your home with new flooring in a design palette that suits your style?   Check out iSelect, RoomVūe, and the entire family of Tarkett Flooring.  Tarkett Flooring has over 10,000 retailers across the country. Further the flooring inspiration experience by following Tarkett on Facebook, Tarkett on Pinterest, and Tarkett on Twitter.






Home Decor Finds Currently Catching The Eye

Spring packs a powerful and stylish punch with its April showers, May flowers and a stylish storm of home decor finds currently catching the eye.   I can’t say it enough,  inspiration is everywhere!  I can be as inspired by a discarded piece of treasure on the side of the road as I can be by a distinct shade of green running through the rind of a watermelon.  Funny thing about inspiration, you never know where and when it will come a-calling.


Turning the pages of Better Homes and Gardens will almost guarantee the reader an inspired idea or two.  Take the above  swoon worthy image.  Inspiration from this one image can go in many different directions-culinary, color, lighting, flooring, antiques, repurposing, tablescape and last but certainly not least, home decor.  See what I mean?  The china pattern and the vibrant shade of green grabbed my attention and set the wheels of seasonal home decor additions in motion. Before I knew it I was sourcing  kitchen tables and contemplating purchasing the table in the image below for a client and another for the Places In The Home kitchen.  Remember me telling you all about the current state of our kitchen dining table?  Perhaps the mention of a new dining room table may inspire Dave the Builder to relocate his plans, specs, and general stuff to a different and more appropriate location.



Wicker and rattan dining chairs continue to catch my eye.  Past being a trend and more of a taken the buying public by year round storm, the unpretentious allure of these chairs is based in the affordable price tag and ability to fit in with basically any interior design and decor style.




A new this or that update each season keeps the look fresh, new and “seasoned” to decor perfection.

home decor finds

There’s a trick to the host and hostess actually being able to be a part of the party and not being on constant party KP duty.  The rule of  KISS must apply- Keep it summer simple. Melamine plates rank high on the go-to, go well with list for summertime entertaining for that exact reason.  Mark these soft pastels with a pop of bright color, affordable and break and chip-resistant Melamine plates sold!  Besides, the only chips I want to contend with are the ones sitting next to the dip.  The Indian Summer cotton dinner napkins are just pretty.  Mother’s Day is only a couple of weeks away, and mothers tend to love pretty.  The Flea Market canvas print really caught my eye.  I deleted it three times, but kept going back to it.  It’s got a combination 1960’s attempt at mod, Pharrell because I’m happy thing going on.  Fun applies to home decor accents and accessories too. Happy is the theme, so I’ll run with it straight to JCPenney to pick up the Happy Chic Nina Geo lamp by Jonathan Adler.  The soft and pleasing color combination of mint and white is synonymous with fresh, and fresh is what we strive to accomplish when updating a look.  Here’s to happy, fun and pretty home decor finds.

Love your style!


Vennie Distressed Pine Antique White Dining Table  ||  Wicker and Rattan Dining Chairs here and here  ||Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler Nina Geo Lamp ||  Melamine Plates || Indian Summer Napkin  ||  Flea Market Floral Canvas Print

What Items Make Your House Your Home?

Past the design, past the paint, past the walls and windows- what items make your house your home?  Creature comforts, particular points of decorative interest, memorable mementos, and those I love my  _______________ gotta haves tend to go a long way in making the daily life lived within your home a little easier and a little prettier.  It dawned on me the other day I favor certain items over others when I clean, cook, compose, create… you get the idea.  I position certain accessories more front and center than others when company is coming. These items run the gamut of detail.  Some perfectly nail the details of our personal tastes and others make it a beautiful, easy and convenient day in the neighborhood. Far from mere decorative objects, everyday favorites and go-to items, these items all have one thing in common- they’re all things house that make a home.

The Big Blue Dutch Oven

The ooh la la factor is alive and well and cooking comfort food in French blue fierce style.

blue dutch oven

A great pillow

Hello.  I’m not Mike Lindell.  Seriously though, a great pillow can help to remedy the nightly flop, flop, flip, flip oh how uncomfortable this pillow is.  A rested home is a happy home.

bed pillows

A Scented Candle

Sorbet by Aromatique is my all time favorite scented candle.  It’s a summer in a jar!  Coming in a close second is the little square candle I pick up at one of my favorite antiques stores.  I must admit I like every single scent in the Texas General Square Candles line, but fried green tomato is the scent that has guests of Places In The Home asking, “what is that fantastic scent?”

fried green tomato candle


Dried, fresh or faux- flowers are one of the quickest ways to bring the colors of the season to the table in any space.

foyer flowers bold colorsHouse Beautiful


Modern accessories can, and do, live well with antique, primitive and vintage pieces.  Pairing the unexpected is a trade secret worth sharing in the quest to combat boring cookie cutter decors.  Remember this caveat- accentuate the mix and match, eliminate the mish-mash.

antiques oklOne Kings Lane

Family pictures

Displaying pictures of family members frames the personality of our lives and offers a daily pictorial retrospective.


Reliable Appliances that Get the Job Done Right the First Time

A cook, baker or happy homemaker is only as good as the appliances he or she uses.  Of all the appliances in my get the job done inventory, I would hate to do without my Electrolux vacuum cleaner(s).  I have four.

Yes, four.

File this one under if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

Electrolux vacuums

Two of the models are no longer in production and are used for parts. The other models are for finish jobs on installs and for everyday chores around the home base that is Places In The Home.


Show off  individual style and house to home personality through collections.  Place, hang, vignette- pick your display preference and do your collected treasures proud.

showhouse traditional entry


It’s show and tell time, friends!  What items make your house your home?

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The Heart And Soul Of Decorating

In an ever-changing world it’s difficult to stay on top of what’s on trend.  Think electronic gadgets.  About the time you program, master and become proficient with the latest and greatest electronic gadget of choice here comes the newest version down the pike.  Does this principle apply to decorating?  Nah!  Accents and accessories with timeless and classic appeal make sure of that.



The heart and soul of decorating is evident through individual decor style choices.  We put a lot of ourselves into the selections and styles we go with. Perusing the blogsophere last year I scrolled through images of a blogger’s kitchen remodel reveal.  In the comment section I was taken aback by a comment from another reader.  “The  _________________ look is so over!” I felt so bad for the blogger. There is no expiration date on what style you, the lead decorator of your domain, deem stylish, relevant and a necessary gorgeous to surround yourself with. The pride the blogger took in sharing the finished project was obvious, and to then have decorative doubt placed upon the heart and soul of decorating choices made- so uncalled for.  Comments, like great interior decorating, should be balanced with good taste and careful consideration.

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It is my personal and professional opinion that a look, style or decor choice will at sometime in its life be in need of at the very least a  freshening up.  That’s the heart and soul of decorating.  Tastes and decor likes, loves and gotta have it choices change over time.  A tweak here and a trend there guarantees it, but it’s the individual tastes and decor choices at the core of it all that makes it a statement of quality and personal style.

the heart and soul of decorating

And that look, my fellow decoristas, is never over! Embrace, be proud of, and by all means…

Decorating The Area At The Foot Of The Bed

Let’s talk the often overlooked detail of the master, guest or kids bedroom- decorating the area at the foot of the bed.  The decorative discovery phase of interior design and decorating makes my heart pound and my head spin.  That’s the beauty of beauty.  I never bore with the process that begins with inspiration and ends with decorative realization. Attention to detail is the final part of the process, and the final touches and tweaks go with the territory.  You move an accent piece one inch to the left, adjust the corner of a frame, change the position of a throw pillow.  Perfect!

faux fur ottomans

Better Homes & Gardens

Adjustments and placements make all the difference in the space and to the most discriminating eye- yours!  It’s a process full of individual style and taste to get from inspiration, to idea, to search, to gotta have it detail. The gotta have it details come together to bring imagined ideas to perfected realities.

sitting area at foot of bed

I addressed the subject of  placement in an unexpected and non-traditional place in the blog post Decor Mistake Or Furniture Placement Brilliance?   It is not out of the realm of possibility for the focal point of a space to be the result of the unexpected and non-traditional.  The success of  focal point impact is measured by visual draw.  It’s not the size of the focal point, it’s the decorative impact it delivers.


Summer House Style

The definition of pleasing and comfortable broadens as our design and decor needs change.  Bedrooms are becoming the new all in one space of convenience.  Sitting and work areas are high on the list of requested additions to bedroom design.  When space is limited, consider the area at the foot of the bed as a prime spot for a sitting or work area.  Let’s look at decorating the area at the foot of the bed.

Settee at foot of bed

Seating that doubles as storage is pure genius, a settee adds a dimension of elegance, and a desk or console table pulls decorative double duty. Working with a queen or king size mattress, consider the width measurement when selecting an option for foot of the bed placement.  A queen mattress measures 60 inches wide and 80 inches long, and a standard king bed measures 76 inches wide and 80 inches long.  Standard measurements for a loveseat range between 52-71 inches wide, and the width measurements of a settee tend to be comparable. Another option to consider is a twin sleeper.  This option may be a better fit for the space and a more practical version of a chaise lounge.  The Tate twin sleeper with storage ottoman from Ballard Designs measures 58 inches wide.  

foot of bed stools

A loveseat, settee, storage and decorative benches, stools, twin sleeper, or a pair of chairs remain wonderful considerations that will introduce form and function at the foot of the bed in a handsome manner.

foot of bed seating

A desk or vanity paired with a stylish desk, slipper or vanity chair has all the makings of a stunning focal point.

desk at foot of bed

Utilize the area at the foot of the bed to enhance not only the function aspect but also the overall flow of a bedroom.







images: S. B. Long  Interiors – John Gruen PhotographyCurbed

My Best of The Best of High Point Market 2013

The May 2013 issue of Home Accents Today features the Best of High Point Market Spring 2013 editon- a home furnishings and decor review of products and highlights from last month’s market.

Home Accents Today

High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world,and the party comes to High Point, North Carolina twice a year. Palpable style, trends, energy and excitement come together to marvel the interior design, home furnishings, and home decor industry.  I thought I would do a little style spotting of my own and share with you a select few of my favorites from the Best of Market Spring 2013 High Point high points.

Bliss Studio Lurgia Collection Cane Nesting Tables

Feather your nest with just the right side kick for an accent chair, sofa, or the area of a space that needs “that” special piece but nothing too large or decoratively overpowering.

Feiss Stateroom Collection Bali Brass Table Lamp

Brass is big in 2013, and the hint of nautical whimsy makes this lamp in season for sure.

Uttermost Chahna Bench

You had my attention at aqua blue, and your keeping it with the dark chocolate and milky white velvet cushioned seat.

Interlude Home Caicos Fan Coral

So silver. so ebony, so chic accent ready to go as a coffee table centerpiece or foyer bureau focal point.

High Point Market


Alden Parkes Reflection Bombe Chest

Elegance paired with a timeless color combination never goes out of style.

Zeugma Handmade Wooden Lantern

Lantern love this!  The handmade wooden lantern exemplifies mater craftsmanship and custom detail to attention.

Worlds Away Jared Navy Lacquer Desk with Gold Leafed Base

Gold leaf and classic navy in a modern marriage of style and function.

Imax Worldwide Home Marisa Graphic Ottomans 

Propped up or sitting pretty, the upholstered Marisa Graphic ottoman comes in  green, purple, grey, and orange- the hot colors of the season.

Eastern Accents Scalamandre Scarf Pillow

The iconic signature classic Zebra pattern from Scalamandre is a design standard.

Do you spot a piece that is perfect for your style?


Havertys Inspiration Sessions

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Havertys Furniture. All opinions are 100% mine.

“A house that does not have one worn, comfy chair in it is soulless.”

~May Sarto

Ah yes, a worn, comfy chair- an excellent metaphor. In this case, worn stands for warmth, inviting, and comfortable- the qualities that make a house a home.  Home furnishings, accessories, and accents play a role in laying the foundation of a warm and inviting home. One of the nicest compliments I ever received was from an overnight guest visiting our home.  What made the biggest impression on him was not how clean the house was or how well the meals tasted, but how comfortable the overall vibe of our home made him feel.  Score one for the “home” team!

Dave the Builder and I go back a long way with Havertys. I distinctly remember selecting Highland House sofas, Lane occasional tables, and a Hooker Pine armoire for our first house. I knew exactly the look I was going for and Havertys had the quality pieces, the customer service, and the styles I wanted. Many pieces down the home furnishings road later, Havertys continues to be an excellent source for  home furnishings. Havertys has a 97% satisfaction rating for the entire experience (from buying to delivery) and 100 locations across 17 states.

leather chair

Personal style tends to evolve over the years as tastes and trends change. Traditional foundation pieces remain a go-to choice for me because the lines and finishes remain timeless.

Football, pizza and poker, and after holiday dinner family game night has got stylish fun written on it in the party-ready room. 

bull dog

Bertha Canvas

Leather with nailhead trim highlights the Brunswick Cocktail Ottoman. Twisted legs evoke classic English style.  How very pub perfect!

brunswick ottoman

Havertys offers a vast array of styles and excellent value so that your goal can easily become a reality.  Find a Havertys location near you using the store locator:

Baby Boomers: The Age of Aquarius Aging At Home

The John Tesh Radio Show has a feature I really enjoy listening to. Intelligence For Your Life factoids are entertaining and educational tidbits of information on everything from diet to affairs of the heart(physical and emotional).   I was especially interest in a particular segment I heard this week.  Baby boomers are those of us born between 1946 -1964.  It is estimated baby boomers have 40+ trillion dollars to bring to the economic table.  To further educate you on the numbers, Baby Boomer Magazine reports boomers have more discretionary income (wealth) than any other age group.  Boomers control 70% of the total net worth of American households, own 80% of all money in savings and loan associations, and account for 40% of total consumer demand.  Home furnishings and home improvement considerations for aging at home process is on the mind of baby boomers.

John TeshIntelligence For Your Life

Back to the Intelligence For Your Life factoid.  It really grabbed my attention when the subject of boomer style was addressed.  According to the factoid, styles will change to accommodate the tastes of baby boomers.

In regards to fashion:

Expect to see more flats, longer skirts, and stylish scarves for year round wearing.  Scarves are a hot fashion trend with boomers and the reason is fashionably obvious- a scarf covers a multitude of wrinkled sins on aging necks.  Plastic surgery proves a difficult option for the neck area, hence the stylish scarf.

boomer fashion

As I digested this interesting info, I took a quick mental roll call of some famous boomers besides Dave the Builder and yours truly.

Brad PittPeople Magazine

Denzel WashingtonNews One

Bill Gates


Johnny DeppPeople Magazine

Good looking bunch, wouldn’t you say?  The boomer generation will not take growing old sitting down, turning down the music or looking nothing but fabulous in the process. The age of Aquarius is aiming to be the age of active with attitude and agile ability.

Oprah WinfreyPeople Magazine

Wolfgang Puckvia

Jody FosterFine Movies Online

Madonna People Magazine

I would be remiss if I did not give thought to the influence and impact baby boomer consumers will have in the interior design and home accessories market. Construction, kitchen and bath and appliance professionals are paying close attention to the concerns of aging boomers.


grab barBathroom fixtures such as grab bars and faucets offer decorative options, plainly stating the obvious message the new age of aging conveys.  Simply put, Institutional design need not apply for the job.  Every aspect of  home construction is taken into consideration in the aging process.  Aging stylishly is as important as aging gracefully to the boomer generation. The look is as important as the form and the function.aging at home


We all want to be stay at home boomers.  What I mean by that is we want to be able to live in our own homes that are built, remodeled, or modified to stylishly and comfortably accommodate our concerns and needs as we age.  Decorative interior task lighting, non-slip hardwood flooring, door levers and scaled down furnishings are some of the options being marketed to boomers as the trend dictates.

Kelsey Grammar Dr. Frasier Crane

Entertainment Weekly

As boomers scale down to smaller square footage homes, furniture size and placement becomes a factor.  Furniture designers are responding by reducing the length and width of sofas, end tables, and decorative accessories. Speak loud boomers… they’re listening.