Removing Easter Egg Dye from Carpet

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It’s that time of year again, spring is here! We hope you had a very wonderful Easter holiday and had fun dying eggs. This is a fun activity, but if you happen to have carpet and children, there is a chance some egg dye may reach the carpet.  Don’t panic! There is a way to spot treat the stain.

As with any stains you want to act immediately. Always test a spot removing solution on a small, inconspicuous area of the carpet before applying it directly to the stain. If there is no color loss or change on the test area, it should be safe to use on the stain. You can make your own detergent solution.  Just mix 1/4 teaspoon of clear liquid dish detergent with one cup of warm water.

Apply a little of the solution to a clean dry cloth. Carefully and softly work it into the stain. Start from the edges and work your way in. Once the solution is applied to the stain, use another clean dry cloth to blot up the excess solution. Lastly add a small amount of warm water and blot the remaining moisture up. This is done to get rid of the solution residue.

You may need to repeat this last step several times to get the cleaner off the carpet. It is important to remove the solution from the carpet because it leaves behind a residue that attracts soil, dust and other dirt. Look for the absence of bubbles and shine to know when the stain has been thoroughly rinsed.

If the stain doesn’t come out immediately use the solution and warm water until the stain is lifted up. Keep in mind to be very gentle and careful not to rub the stain – only blot. The goal is to gently work in the solution and then absorb the stain into a dry cloth.

For a quick reference to this and other spot removing advice, take a look at our Floor Care & Stain Guide.

Pantone’s Colors of the Year: Using Rose Quartz and Serenity in your Seaside Simplicity Design Style

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naturally to those living near the ocean—Seaside Simplicity. Since Dolphin Carpet and Tile are located in Florida, we’re truly lucky to have the beauty of the ocean surrounding us. Pantone’s chosen colors of Rose Quartz and Serenity have been used for what seems like millennia by ocean inspired decorators. So, our question we’ll address today, is how to use these colors in a modern, fresh way. Maybe you already have these colors in your home and want a new look with the same colors—we’re here to help. Visit our website’s Design Center to learn more about the Seaside Simplicity style of decorating.

 

Your first step will be to give away or sell anything you feel is outdated, worn out, or just not needed. Allow yourself a time to live with less, while you shop for updated items to complete your new look. Have patience as you look for just the right items, furnishings, art and textiles. Take time to decide if you’ll go more modern, more traditional, or if you’ll stick to your current style. With this time in your space with fewer accessories and furnishings, you’re likely to get a clearer picture of what bigger changes to make; wall color, flooring, lighting, etc. Then you can fill it back in with items that will go with any big changes you make.

When you’re ready to buy new accessories, art, upholstery, throw pillows and lamps, think about not only the color scheme, but the interplay between darks and lights. Your overall look will be more dynamic if you include some darker tones paired with the lighter pastels of Serenity and Rose Quartz. You don’t want your rooms overwhelmed with all pastels. If you lean toward darker tones, add touches of pastel. If you lean toward the pastel, add touches of dark in the same or similar colors.

Notice in the image below, how the dark and light blues and greys work well together, and the pop of pink adds extra interest:

 

For an updated seaside look, go for a neutral pallet with the bigger items like furniture, and accessorize with the Pantone colors. The ocean and seaside surroundings offer unending inspiration that can be translated into home décor.

Most importantly, be sure to express your personality in your space and enjoy including what nature has to offer to make your home a unique and comfortable daily retreat.

Let us know in the comments if you enjoy decorating in this style and if you’ll be using the Pantone colors this year. Happy redecorating!

Pantone’s Colors of the Year: Using Rose Quartz and Serenity in your Traditional Décor

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Today we continue our series on redecorating using Pantone’s colors of the year: Rose Quartz and Serenity.

We’ve already talked about the styles of Zen and Urban Chic. The traditional or classic style of decorating is by far the lushest of the three, including lots of texture, pattern and color through upholstery, rugs, drapery, and varied furnishings.  We love the traditional style, because the aesthetic defies all trend, yet is enduring through the ages.  If you enjoy these colors, you can add touches throughout your home to include them, or you can do an overhaul, yet still remain classic. The pastel family of colors have always been included in the tradition of decorating, in big or small ways.

If you’re in the mood for a change in your space and you love traditional décor, you’re bound to have fun with these colors. Rose Quartz and Serenity look lovely with both gold and silver accents, they pair well with darker colors, and blend beautifully with lighter schemes as well.

If you like a luxe version of traditional like the photo below, you can see how either color can easily be used in this space:

Or, if you lean toward a casual traditional style like this image shows, you can see how easy it would be to add touches of either color to this look. Simply replace the plum with either color, or use either color alongside the plum:

 

When you begin shopping to incorporate these colors into your spaces, look for some of the following, with either touches of the colors, or use them in a big way:

  • Reupholster your current chairs or buy new
  • Use classic patterns like damask, matelassé or chinoiserie
  • Oil portraits and landscapes
  • Tufted headboards and bedding
  • Lamps and lampshades
  • Throw pillows
  • Drapes
  • Antique Tea Sets
  • Sculptural Accessories

 

We hope you enjoy dreaming about how to use Rose Quartz and Serenity in your home. Visit our website’s Design Center for more ideas and inspiration and to read more about the traditional style of decorating.

As always, we’d love to hear from you in the comment section. If you enjoy the traditional look, do you plan to use these colors, or do you already use them in your home?

Pantone’s Colors of the Year: Using Rose Quartz and Serenity in your Urban Chic Décor

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Welcome to our second post in a series about redecorating your home using this year’s Pantone Colors. Today we are going to talk about incorporating Rose Quartz and Serenity into your Modern, Contemporary and Minimalist Décor Styles. We like to call these combined styles, Urban Chic. Visit our website’s Design Center for more description of this style and read about other styles.

Generally, the Urban Chic style includes clean lines, little clutter, neutral color palettes, and low simple furnishings. Due to your dislike of clutter and limited color palette, incorporating these two colors into your décor could be challenging. So the first step is to decide how much you love these colors and how committed you want to be in using them.

I LOVE these colors! I want them all over my house:

Since you love these colors, a good place to add them in your home is on your floor and walls. Look for floor options such as carpet or area rugs in your style that include these shades of pink or blue (the photo above is Mohawk Added Pizazz in New Dawn) and definitely start shopping for a couple large scale artworks that includes either color. Adding an accent chair or side table would also be a fun way to use the colors. Another way to include these colors is by changing out your dinnerware. This way, you can see your new favorite colors every day when you eat!

In the room pictured below, notice how the pop of color in the art, adds vibrancy to the black and white color scheme in the room.

 

I LIKE the colors, and want to use them for a season, then move on:

Due to your Urban Chic sensibilities, you might not have many knick-knacks around to switch out with the new colors. If this is true of you, one great way to add in accent colors is by changing the pots for your houseplants. If you don’t have houseplants, start shopping and look for pots with the minimalist shapes you like, in the Rose Quartz or Serenity hues. House plants are great in any style of home. If you do have house plants, we admit, it’s a major pain to switch out their pots, but the result would be worth the effort if you find a few pots you love. Also look for throw pillows at your favorite stores, kitchen towels, unique vases and fresh, light pink flowers for your kitchen table.

 

We hope this helps get you started on the fun project of updating the look of your home. How do you feel about the colors of the year? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Flying with a Small Child

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Traveling with a small child or a baby can be quite scary. It does get easier the more you do it. However once you think you have figured out the tricks, BAM they have evolved and there are new sets of obstacles, along with the old ones! Here are the basics that I have used on every flight with my daughter. No you do not need to bring all the passengers ear plugs and candy!

Bring a variety of snacks. You can bring food through security so pack enough to have extra. Some snacks will end up on the floor and inevitably in the trash, so make sure you have plenty. As a side note, try not to pack too many sugary items. Hopefully your little one will take a nap once the plane takes off, so do yourself a favor and pack some saltines. I like to bring apple slices, Cheerios’ (just be prepared to pick them up off the floor), graham crackers, cheese slices and baby carrots. Keep messy foods and snacks out of the equation for flights.

Don’t forget to pack something to drink during takeoff, during the flight and for the landing! Drinks are permitted through security when you are traveling with a baby or small child. Having something to drink during takeoff and landing, is imperative to keeping their little ears from popping.

Bring the stroller! A smaller umbrella stroller is a better size, more suited for flying. You can check it free at the gate, then it will be waiting for you on the gate when you get off the plane. If you have a tight connection, you may have to abandon the stroller if it hasn’t been brought up to the gate. Sometimes you have to wait for a few minutes the luggage people bring it up from under the plane. That is why a smaller $20 umbrella stroller is the best option for the airport. If you have a long layovers or direct flight, then you can bring your everyday stroller as long as it folds up. The stroller is handy to have while walking through the airport and keeps your kid from running everywhere!

Make sure and pack a change of clothes. There could be spillage, vomiting and other unmentionable occurrences that soil your child’s clothing. Do yourself a favor and have a backup outfit for your little one and a fresh shirt for yourself if you have room in your carry on.

8 Ways to Rock Boyfriend Jeans

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You might be asking yourself what exactly qualifies as a boyfriend jean. Boyfriend jeans look just like they sound they would. They have the cut of a pair of jeans built for a man, so on you they will appear boxy and baggy. This isn’t a bad thing though. The reason they’re so well liked among fahsionistas is because the slightly careless shaping makes them look effortless. Effortless is often the hallmark of true style because it appears as if you didn’t have to try one bit to look amazing.

If you like that idea and you hate dressing up, boyfriend jeans just might become your new favorite garment in the closet. In addition to being a little baggy, the denim is typically very distressed (has rips and holes) so you’ll find lots of options with holes and frayed edges. To be a true boyfriend jean they must also be low rise. Now that you understand the ins and outs of them, let’s jump to ways to make outfits out of them!

  1. Traditional blue denim boyfriend jeans with a small cuff above the ankles, white short sleeved blouse with a peter pan collar, fitted red blazer, black/red/tan  chunky heeled sandals.
  2. Grey fitted sweatshirt with graphic print, indigo washed boyfriend jeans rolled to the lower calf, animal print stiletto pumps.
  3. Long sleeved floral blouse, medium wash boyfriend jeans with large cuff at the ankle, pop color peep-toe strappy high heels, neutral colored clutch.
  4. Dark wash boyfriend jeans, chunky tan sweater, brown leather ankle boots, brown leather briefcase, black knit infinity scarf.
  5. Plain black scoop neck tank top, boyfriend jeans cuffed above the ankle, brown leather belt, brown leather gladiator sandals, 2-3 tiered necklaces, bangle bracelets.
  6. Light wash boyfriend jeans with wide cuff at bottom of calves, black camisole, red pumps, black patent leather clutch.
  7. Long, off the shoulder tan sequin blouse with ¾ sleeves, light wash boyfriend jeans, basic nude colored high heeled sandals, dainty necklace.
  8. Dark wash boyfriend jeans with large cuff at the ankles, tan ballet flats, black ¾ sleeve length sweater tucked in, major statement necklace (the simple outfit serves as a great backdrop for your jewelry,) skinny belt that matches the color of your necklace, two coordinating bracelets.

3 Ways To Keep Children Entertained At a Wedding

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Children are a wonderful presence at a wedding because they bring with them an aura of youth and an appreciation for things that are festive and imaginative. And, who doesn’t love the timeless tradition of the ring bearer and the flower girl? Adorable! However, children can also be a tough crowd to please. Many of the ceremonial aspects of a wedding will be a big bore to them. To ensure that everyone is happy (the kids are having fun and the adults aren’t stressed by their presence,) offer lots of enjoyable activities to keep the children busy.

  1. Love Glow station – If you’re hosting an evening wedding, create a neon glow stick station. Set it up on a table short enough that the little kids can reach. Fill glass jars with un-activated glow sticks. You can find these at a party supply store of through a wholesale party supplier. Include a jar of the fasteners used to hook them together. Place a chalkboard on the table that read “Let Love Glow” in neon chalk colors.
  2. Order custom made puzzles with your engagement photo on them. When there is a time during your wedding day that the kids need to be especially quiet and well behaved, give them the puzzles to complete. Give out prizes to whoever does the puzzle the quietest, finishes first, etc.
  3. Rely on “old reliables.” When it’s not appropriate for the children to be freely roaming the festivities escort them to a game station. The station includes an assortment of classic board games, and tables and chairs. Make sure the tables and chairs are low and small enough for the kids to be able to comfortably play the games. 

Creating a Neutral Nursery

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It has become popular to find out the sex of your baby at the time of delivery. This really is the best surprise in a parent’s life. Not finding out the sex of your baby can make it a little more difficult to prepare for baby’s arrival. Alleviate some of that difficulty by making a gender neutral nursery.

Start by selecting a theme. Nature themes are great. You can choose a theme straight from the outdoors. For example, forest or jungle themes are exciting. Beach or ocean themed nurseries are calming. Space and celestial themes spark imagination.

Non-traditional themes can be appealing and educational. For example a travel themed nursery can incorporate maps on the wall. Alphabet themes use different sizes and fonts of lettering around the room. Showcase the child’s name in an alphabetical theme. If you prefer you can go the geometric route. Use interesting patterns and textures, while basing the nursery around your chosen color pallet. Theme-based rooms tend to be very colorful.

 For a more simplistic nursery, concentrate on the colors rather than a theme. Select gender neutral colors like grey or beige paired with white. You can add pops of color later after the baby is born.

For a bolder look, select a navy blue and beige, and then add the gender-neutral color later. Navy and pink is exciting for a girl. Navy and green or navy and yellow are very suitable for a boy. Looking for a bright color palette, consider using turquoise, blue or green as the main color. All of these colors are gender neutral. Be careful using yellows and oranges. These two colors can be overwhelming, use them sparingly. Yellows and oranges are great as accent colors, but avoid painting the walls with too much of either.

Don’t forget to add exciting textures to your nursery. Texture provide sensory stimulation to your little one. Corduroy is great for upholstery. Soft carpeting and a shaggy rug add warmth and comfort to the floor.

Whatever you decide, we here at Dolphin Carpet wish you many good times with your new family member!

8 Ways To Look Classy Wearing a Sheer Shirt

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Sheer clothing is beautiful due to its light and breezy drape. It’s also very comfortable wear because it is soft and it breathes. It can be quite challenging though because one must be careful to keep it looking classy. Although it’s see-through, the trick is to wear other separates that prevent it from being to revealing.

Sure, you can try the most common cure which is a basic cami underneath. But sheer shirts are way too chic to have only one option for a way to wear them! You’d be surprised just how versatile they actually are when you mix them in unexpected ways. Try these ideas! 

  1. Long sheer off-white blouse with micro dots, under an oatmeal colored loose sweater with ½ length sleeves, distressed skinny jeans, nude pointy toe pumps, animal print bag, gold bangle bracelets.
  2. Short sleeved tan lace shell, black wide bandeau, high waisted cropped black dress pants, sandal mules.
  3. Cropped black cami, underneath sheer black button up blouse, tucked into faded black skinny jeans, black blazer, pointy toe black ankle boots, black leather bag.
  4. Long sleeve white lace peasant blouse tucked into white palazzo pants, black strapless bustier underneath, black strappy sandals, burgundy bag.
  5. Sheer black blouse with tan polka dots and sleeves rolled above the elbow, black denim shorts with cuff, tan cami, extra skinny cheetah print belt, brown leather bag, basic t-strap black sandals.
  6. Sheer navy blouse with ¾ length sleeves, tucked into rust colored straight leg pants cuffed to the ankle, navy blue midi tank, nude pumps, gold watch and bracelets on both wrists.
  7. Sheer black short sleeved blouse with asymmetrical hem skewed to one side, with black and white mini tank dress underneath, long gold necklace with large geometric pendant, red flats.
  8. Cropped black lace blouse with elbow length sleeves and boat neck, over top white button shirt buttoned to the top and left un-tucked, back flare leg jeans, black and white pointy toe kitten heels.  

Designing the Perfect Laundry Room

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If you are building, remodeling or sprucing up your laundry room, there are a few items  you should consider. Having an organized laundry area can make your life much easier. Do yourself a favor and create an orderly laundry area. Make this chore pleasant by taking pride in the neat appearance of your newly organized space each time you see it.

A soaking utility sink in or near this area is a wonderful addition. The best way to remove stains often includes treating the area and soaking in water. A nice, deep utility sink will give you the ability to better treat stains and also give you the ability to hand wash delicate items.

A dedicated place to fold clothes helps to encourage immediate folding and keeps the clean clothes off of your bed! If you have a place to fold, the laundry is more likely to get done and put away. It is also great to have an ironing board near this location. Space to fold and organize near an ironing board will make it easier to get this task done, as soon as the clothing is dry. For easy access and clearance, opt for an ironing board that folds up and out of the way.

Purchase a durable drying rack or you can be creative and make one yourself.  Create a rack by suspending an old wooden ladder, or install a collapsible wooden rack on the wall. This is a must have item, used for hanging clothing that is being stain treated or too delicate for the dryer.

Most laundry rooms come equipped with some sort of floor that can withstand water. This is wonderful for the space but not as nice for your body while standing for the folding of laundry.  Do your body a favor and place a nice memory foam rug or runner in this space. You will get more done if you can stand more comfortably. 

If you have any questions about the type of flooring to use in your laundry space, feel free to ask us at Dolphin Carpet or visit one of our showrooms!