Archive for October, 2018

Scott Living’s Newest Partnership with Karastan

Written by Dolphin Blogger on . Posted in Area Rugs, Design and Decorating, Floors

Did you know that HGTV’s popular duo, brothers Jonathan & Drew Scott, now have a brand-new area rug collection in partnership with Karastan Carpet & Rugs? This past July at Las Vegas Market, Karastan announced this exciting new partnership and have brought you 21 new area rug designs to shop across two collections, Artisan and Expressions!  Designed with the consumer in mind, we think you’re going to like what you see.

Twice the fun

If you don’t know Jonathan and Drew Scott, they are well known for their very popular HGTV series, The Property Brothers.  In this show, they help families create their dream homes, all while never breaking those families’ budgets.  Jonathan is a licensed contractor and Drew is a real estate agent.  They are both now recognized worldwide and are known as being architectural, real estate & design experts.  So, when we learned about this partnership, we knew we would love what they designed!

Chic + Casual Collections

Let’s talk about these new collections, though.  The Scott Brothers were able to collaborate on their designs with VP of Design at Karastan, Tracy Pruitt.  With the Artisan Collection, you’ll find 4 designs.  This collection will hold more of the classic and luxurious look for your home.  Made with Karastan’s SmartStrand Silk yarn, the upscale art-deco inspired designs are dusted with cream & gold. They truly look & feel luxurious!

If you are shopping for a more casual style, be sure to scroll through the 17 designs that the Scott Brothers offer in their Expressions Collection.  These designs were influenced by coastal California vibes that are made to look more modern and artistic, each crafted using Karastan’s EverStrand recycled polyester yarn.

About Karastan

This year marks Karastan’s 90th Anniversary of offering high-styled, quality floor coverings!  Quality, beauty and craftsmanship have always been a part of the Karastan legacy, and Karastan is the only premium brand that inspires luxury by fusing the best of the old and the new.  Karastan truly builds products that stand the test of time.

A little more about the fibers though that make up these beautiful Karastan Rugs.  Karastan introduced a new fiber called Triexta under the brand name SmartStrand.  SmartStrand Silk is known for softness, durability and a permanent, built-in stain resistance. Can we just say: this is a softness that you can sink your toes into, and one that only SmartStrand Silk can offer!  You’ll find this fiber in the Scott Living Artisan Collection.

The Expressions Collection, meanwhile, is consciously crafted of Karastan’s exclusive EverStrand fiber, a premium polyester produced from up to 100% post-consumer content from plastic bottles.  These rugs will also offer an irresistibly soft touch, inherent stain resistance and vivid color clarity.

Scott Living home decor brand

Shop the Collections

Both of these collections are now available to shop: Artisan Collection + Expressions Collection.  When you are thinking about your area rug selection, remember these tips:

  • Area Rugs can help define a space for you in your home, especially when you’re working with an open floor concept where it can be a little trickier to visualize natural conversation areas
  • Easy to change from season to season
  • Area Rugs offer softness, warmth and sound absorption on hard flooring surfaces
  • Area Rugs offer another layer of design, luxury and warmth when laid on top of wall-to wall carpeting
  • When used with a rug pad, they help protect those new floors you just installed
  • There is a rug for every room, for every budget, in many different sizes and any style you’re looking for

You can shop our full assortment of area rugs, here > ALL AREA RUGS.

Happy Holidays area rug used as a front door mat.

Preparing Your Home for the Holidays

Written by Dolphin Blogger on . Posted in 4 Seasons of Decorating, Area Rugs, Carpet, Design and Decorating, Family, Floors, Hints, Tips and Advice, Holiday, Kitchen and Bath, Lighting, Outdoor, Thanksgiving, Tips and Advice, Vinyl

Happy Holidays area rug used as a front door mat.

Greet your guests with some holiday cheer before they even walk through your front door! This Happy Holidays area rug from Liora Manne makes the perfect door mat. Get it online only at Dolphin.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and the winter holidays aren’t too far behind! If you’re expecting holiday guests, it’s good to start preparing your home early for their arrival.

We’ve got some great tips to help you get organized, broken out into 3 phases: Projects & renovations, cleaning & decorating, and week-of final prep!

  1. Projects & Renovation

There’s no better motivator to finish up your ongoing home repairs & improvements than an impending holiday gathering! Get enough of a jump and you may even be able to start and finish a big project before family arrives.

Whether it’s a time-intensive task like a partially painted bedroom or a quick and easy fix like installing some new coat or towel hooks to a wall, intentionally block off some time to finish.

For things you can’t do on your own, call a professional well in advance – specialists tend to get booked up close to the holidays! Make sure all appliances, plumbing & heating are working. Then there’s our area of expertise here at Dolphin – home renovation! If your floors have seen better days, it’s entirely possible to get them repaired or replaced in just a few weeks.

A living room fireplace, with Mohawk brand carpet on the floor.

Nothing is cozier than warming up by the fire on plush carpet!

New carpet is one great choice for the colder months, adding a cozy comfort that’s perfect for large families who spill off of your limited couches onto the floor. Your nieces, nephews, children & grandchildren will also have a soft place to sit and play.

Another option making its way into just about every area of the home is waterproof flooring, such as COREtec vinyl or even wood-based RevWood+. These floors continue the elegant tradition of wood-look flooring in an affordable way that stands up well to messes & wear. Plus, installation is quick & easy! These floors can be laid and walked on in as little as a day or two.

A kitchen & dining area with Mohawk RevWood Plus flooring installed.

Looks like normal hardwood, right? This is actually waterproof RevWood Plus from Mohawk, a revolutionary new wood floor that can stand up to all of your family’s holiday messes!

  1. Cleaning & decorating

Cleaning is an obvious, but important step in preparing your home for the holidays. Since you know your home better than we do, we’ve made a list of some of the key spaces you may want to focus on in anticipation of family arriving:

  • Make space in entryways – these are the first parts of your home that guests will see! Store away your own shoes & coats so that family have a place to put their things when they arrive. Have a clear shoe rack, plenty of hooks, or even a standing coat rack!
  • Organize your kitchen – make sure you have a clean microwave, and consider setting up a well-stocked coffee station in a separate common area so that you don’t literally have too many cooks in the kitchen!
  • Seasonal décor can be simple. Lay or hang some fall leaves or tinsel, harvest vegetables such as gourds, and simple dining set pieces such as a tablecloth, candles & ornaments. Place some nice seasonal area rugs in hallways, at entryways, under tables & in seating areas.
A holiday area rug laid in front of the kitchen sink.

Add a subtle touch of holiday flair to your floors with a seasonal area rug like this floor mat from Liora Manne!

  1. Week-of, Final Prep

It’s finally the week of the holiday, and all that’s left to do is make some last-minute changes to your home’s normal setup.

Make sure you have ample seating for everyone anticipated, bringing out folding chairs if necessary. High-traffic areas such as bathrooms should be stocked with extra supplies, such as towels, soaps, and the all-important toilet paper!

You should also place nightlights throughout your home to guide guests who may wake up to refill a glass of water or use the bathroom in the middle of the night.

The wisdom we shared here today can be applied to your home year-round – no matter what time of year, when you’re planning to have guests, use these tips to get prepared!

What is Mohawk RevWood? The Benefits & More

Written by Dolphin Blogger on . Posted in Bathroom, Environmental, Family, Floors, Hardwood, Kitchen and Bath, Reader Question, Tips and Advice

Mohawk RevWood flooring in a bathroom.

In flooring & home improvement, as in many industries, a common misconception is the need to sacrifice beauty for reliability, performance for low-budget.

With Mohawk’s self-described revolutionary woods, RevWood & RevWood Plus, this is most certainly not the case! Designed by Mohawk to make homeowners, builders and designers rethink wood flooring altogether, RevWood is actually not what you may traditionally think of as wood. 

The Benefits of Mohawk RevWood & RevWood Plus

So if it’s not true wood, then just what is RevWood? Put simply, it’s an eco-friendly product that combines the beauty of real wood with the durability of laminate flooring. Let’s break down the benefits:

  • Waterproof installation means that, unlike 100% real hardwood, RevWood Plus can stand up to spills and humidity without buckling, warping, or being damaged in any way. Note that RevWood Plus is waterproof, but regular RevWood is not.
  • Resistance to stains, scratches & dents is built in to RevWood thanks to a durable wear layer and construction.
  • Mohawk’s All Pet Protection & Warranty gives RevWood coverage against messes from any type of pet & pet-related accident, all the time.
  • RevWood comes in a variety of trending colors and textures, each with distinctive wood knot and grain patterns. These include time-worn looks and planks in varying lengths and widths.
  • RevWood & RevWood Plus are available at outstanding price points compared to their real wood competitors.
  • Finally, Mohawk manufactures RevWood & RevWood Plus right here in the USA! 

Mohawk RevWood flooring in a combination living room and dining room area.

How does RevWood work?

So RevWood Plus is essentially waterproof wood – but how? It’s the result of two main features – a click & lock tongue-and-groove installation with beveled edges and a water-repellant HydroSeal coating developed by Mohawk. The tightly-locking planks block moisture from entering through the sides, and the coating blocks it from the surface.

One final step – a perimeter sealing of 100% silicone – seals the deal on the cut edges of the floor.

This moisture-resistant surface also makes cleaning up a breeze. These are the first laminate floors on the market that can be safely wet-mopped without worry about peeling or damage to adhesives – because there are no adhesives required in installation!

How & where to use RevWood & RevWood Plus 

RevWood is perfect for any part of your home where you wish you could have hardwood floors, but where it just doesn’t make sense to do so. One of the key benefits of RevWood and RevWood Plus is that they can be installed on any level of your home, over nearly any type of existing subfloor.

Hardwood, being naturally porous and flexible, does not handle moisture and humidity well. In areas like bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and even finished basements, it’s best to avoid installing real wood.

Mohawk RevWood flooring in a kitchen.

With RevWood, you get the look and feel of natural hardwood in a form that’s suitable for all of these areas and more. With so many great looks and textures from which to choose, you’ll find yourself with far more design freedom than you’d have with hardwood.

Learn more about RevWood & RevWood Plus on our website, or at one of our 10 convenient locations in the greater Miami area!