Scott Living’s Newest Partnership with Karastan

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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

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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!

Choosing the right flooring for your home gym

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Looking to furnish your home gym with just the right flooring?

Having home gym can be a great way to save time & money – it’s always open when you want it to be, and it’s a space to work on your fitness in private.

If you’re considering designing a home gym of your own, or simply looking to spruce up your current gym with new flooring, then you’ll want to choose floors that are just the right combination of safe and functional.

There are many options for gym floors, each with pros and cons.  You can tile a gym floor, put down industrial carpet, or even lay hardwood.  Your decision should be based on your space, the type of equipment you use, and how you want your space to fit into the overall design of your home.

Before you make a decision, consider the safety, durability, functionality & maintenance of different gym flooring options so you don’t have to take a leap of faith with your decision.

Safety

When you think about safety, consider the types of exercises are you going to be doing, how experienced you are, and the type of equipment that will be going into your space.

Carpet is one option. A rubber-soled cross-trainer shoe will have a sufficient amount of traction on a carpet surface, greatly lowering your chances of a tumble. Furthermore, the natural cushion of carpeting provides just enough of a barrier between your equipment and the ground to prevent damage.

Be sure to choose a carpet with a lower pile – too much cushion could also result in injury. Commercial or industrial carpet would be your best bet.

There are various hard surface flooring types that we also recommend. Hardwood, laminate & luxury vinyl all  offers a bit of give and can be easier to keep clean. They also feature an attractive, inviting look. You can pair wood flooring with rubber-soled rugs & mats that will grip the floor and give certain areas in your home gym a bit more cushion.

Durability

When considering the durability factor, you have options.

Carpeting provides just enough give in case a piece of heavy equipment is dropped, making it a solid choice. Tile, though durable as well, is also hard and rigid. One slip can cause a serious crack in the flooring, it may not be suited for spaces where you’ll be doing heavier weight training.

Typically your best option is a type of flooring that holds up to lots of movement and deals well with stains. A carpet with a thicker yarn construction will be able to hold up against the pounding and accumulation of sweat that’s inevitable when you’re getting your fitness on! You can also choose from a variety of luxury vinyl tile and laminate options that are designed specifically to resist stains of all kinds!

Both vinyl & laminate flooring are available in attractive wood looks that will give your home gym the warm and welcoming vibe you need to get motivated to sweat!

Functionality

Whether your exercise routine consists of cardio, weight training or calisthenics, you need to consider the functionality of your flooring. Carpet, unlike tile, is inviting. If your program requires you to get down onto the floor it has just enough cushion and support to provide some comfort.

Traditional ceramic can be cold, it is most certainly hard, and is generally much less inviting. A gym space should be a welcoming space to encourage you to work out often. Instead, opt for a softer laminate or luxury vinyl tile in the warm look of natural stone or hardwood.

You may also see real hardwood in your fitness center for aerobics classes, but this type of surface tends to wear easily and could require a special sub-flooring for safety, which adds to your overall cost.

Maintenance

After you have made your choice in flooring, maintaining the cleanliness will ensure an enjoyable fitness space.

To keep bacteria buildup to a minimum, start with a quality dust mop & vacuum cleaner. Weekly cleaning will stave off the accumulation of dust, especially if your routine includes exercises performed on the floor. Be sure to address the nooks and crannies in and around gym equipment as these hard to reach areas tend to accumulate the most amount of dust.

If you go with carpet, shampooing is a less frequent but equally important option. This will also keep any unwanted smells and stains from taking away from the overall experience of working out at home.

Conclusion

When it comes to furnishing your home gym, a carpet with a very short pile is definitely our top recommendation flooring for you. It is safe, durable, functional and relatively easy to maintain. If you’d prefer a hard surface, try a laminate, vinyl or hardwood paired with mats & rugs throughout the room. We carry all types of carpet, hardwood & area rug options to suit your fitness needs!

5 Inexpensive Ways to Make Your Bedroom Super Comfy

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Your bedroom should be so much more than just a place to sleep. In fact, it should be your oasis; a place you can retreat to in the midst of chaos. With these budget-friendly ideas, you can turn your bedroom into your own sanctuary without breaking the bank.

  1. Paint the room a darker color
    Light colors can make a room feel larger and more open. Darker hues envelope the space making it more intimate. Yes, using a dark hue on your walls will create the perfect space to relax in. Since color has the power to change the mood of an room you’ll want to select a color that you really love. You can contrast and add some color to the room through your bedding and accessories.

  2. Adjustable lighting
    Soft lighting is ultimate for cozy living. If overhead lighting is necessary than you’ll want to invest in adjustable lighting solution. Consider installing a chandelier with a light dimmer so you can set the right mood by simply adjusting the level of illumination according to your needs.

  3. Layering Rugs
    There’s nothing that says comfort more than a soft rug. Rugs provide warmth especially during the colder winter months. Whether you have hardwood floors or wall to wall carpet be sure to incorporate a couple of area rugs in different shapes and textures to provide that super comfy look.

  4. Make your bed extra comfy
    Of course, your bedroom can’t be a retreat without a comfortable bed. When creating the ultimate bed you can never have too many blankets or throws. Use an assortment of blankets in various textures from soft cotton blankets to plush fleece throw. For an added comfort you can invest in a quality mattress topper. Don’t forget the pillows. What’s more inviting than a huge pile of pillows?

  5. Create a reading nook
    Put together your very own reading nook in your bedroom so you can cuddle up and read a book, browse a magazine or just enjoy the view. Forget about building a window seat since this can be costly. Instead, you can form a reading nook with a comfortable chair, a small bookshelf for your books or a small side table to hold your reading material and snack.

5 Ways You Can Fill Up Those Blank Walls

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Tired of staring at your stark and empty walls? Expansive, windowless walls are the perfect canvas for a creative mind so you don’t want to waste the space. Artwork isn’t the only way you can add some style to your bland walls. Here are some lively wall decor ideas you can use in any room of the house.

Ceiling Medallions
If you’re searching for a unique way to embellish your walls consider using ceiling medallions as wall art. You can find ceiling medallions at most home improvement stores. Although they are inexpensive they make for expensive looking wall art especially when they have painted a similar shade of the hues that you’re using within the space. Ceiling medallions are lightweight and they can be applied to the wall with temporary adhesive.

Book Covers
What are your favorite titles? Well, you can implement them into your decor with this creative idea. Using a craft knife you can remove the pages and hang them flat against the wall. You can use an upholstery nail to attach them to the wall.

Block Numbers
What dates have a special number for your family? Perhaps it’s a birthday or an anniversary. You can hang block numbers in a variety of sizes and colors on the wall. From metal to plastic blocks, try and mix up the finishes. Anchor the arrangement around a shelf or flat piece of furniture.

Cutting Boards
What about the kitchen? Turn your cutting board and platters into an artwork by hanging them on the wall. They can be attached to the wall with super glue or by hanging them on hooks. Arrange them so that they are mixed and matched. Use a variety of wood stains and finishes to accentuate the look. You can even add plates to the mix.

Fabric Artwork
You can really make it chic by using a fun or pretty pattern as artwork. Play around with textures and colors. You can frame the fabric or have it suspended against the wall. Search for vintage goods or handmade pieces.

Dramatic Artwork
Of course, you can use traditional artwork to dress up your walls. However, for a modern spin opt for super oversized pieces that will immediately capture the eyes of guests.

Five Ways You Can Bring the Outdoors Inside

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Decorating with natural elements by bringing a hint of the outdoors into your home can bring nature inside. If you are nature-starved, what are some easy ways you can implement nature into your home’s decor?

  1. Faux Fireplace
    Love looking at a campfire? Well, you can get the same look anytime you desire by purchasing a faux fireplace. Faux indoor fireplaces look so realistic and they even sound similar to the sound of a campfire.

  2. Decorate with “greenery”
    Of course, the most obvious way to bring nature indoors is to bring in some plants. Plants can brighten any space. When incorporating greenery into your design scheme look for ways to steer clear of the traditional flower in the vase thing. Mix it up by using a variety of pots in your plant area. You can even opt out of using flower pots and instead hang them on the wall using plant hangers.

  3. Natural Wood Furnishing
    Decorating with natural wood furnishing is a great way to create a rustic feel. Wood furniture is super durable and with great craftsmanship, it can be formed into all kinds of beautiful designs. You can add wood furniture sparingly. Perhaps a wood finished rocking chair in the living room or a wooden coffee table. A sleek, wood finished headboard adds a bit of outdoors to your bedroom.

  4. Buy a grass rug
    You can easily purchase an artificial rug that simulates the look of grass from popular furniture companies. It can serve as a focal point for your living room or the man cave. The grass can withstand foot traffic. It’s available in a variety of sizes.

  5. Constellation Projection Lamp
    Enjoy staring up at the stars at night? Well, you can do so right from the comfort of your bed. A constellation projector lamp allows you to easily project the beautiful heavens on your walls and ceilings.

Be imaginative when searching for ways you can make your home reflect your love for nature. Use different colors, textures, and patterns that are inspired by nature to energize a space.

Five Ways to Make Your Small Living Room Look Larger

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Are you tired of your tiny and cramped living room? Decorating a small living room can be challenging especially when you have your eyes set on furniture pieces that would never fit in the space. Don’t fret. By employing these easy design tricks you can create a living room that is larger than life. Here are five ways you can make your living room feel much bigger than it actually is.

Oversized Mirrors
Using mirrors to visually expand a space is the oldest trick in the book. However, it actually works. Professional interior decorators use oversized mirrors in small rooms because they reflect light which makes the room appear bigger. A unique way to apply this theory is to select architectural mirrors which provide the illusion of a window or door.

Trim and Ceiling
When painting their living room, homeowners tend to leave the ceiling and trim white. Since these architectural features are just as important as the walls you should harmonize them with the rest of the space. You can use a lighter shade of a consistent hue that you’re using throughout a design scheme or the wall color on the ceiling. Apply a slightly darker shade on the trim.

Multifunctional Furniture
When decorating a tiny living room you should take advantage of multifunctional furniture. Consider purchasing a double duty coffee table that serves as both a table and extra seating. An upholstered storage ottoman can double as additional storage and seating.

Mount the Television
Instead of a television stand, mount the television on the wall to save space. You can put a decorative spin on this by surrounding the flat panel t.v with artwork.

Properly Fitted Rug
A custom cut rug that properly covers the living room floors is important for creating a unified look. Store bought ready-made rugs won’t always fit around the corners and dips in your living room’s layout.

Plan the layout
It’s important to plan out the traffic flow in your living room. Section off different areas of the living room according to their function. For instance, set aside zones for working, eating and lounging.

Color Palette Decorating with Gold

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Most of us enjoy the glamorous and luxurious appearance that gold evokes. It’s a color that catches the eye which why it’s no surprise that it has become trendy in home decor. Decorating with this metallic color can be challenging because if it’s not executed correctly it can look gaudy and unflattering. If you’re interested in adding some sparkle to your home, we’re going to show you how to decorate with gold.

Make A Statement
When working with gold materials you have the opportunity to create great interest because gold has such a big impact. So if you’re going to use gold in a room you want to be sure that you create your “wow” moment. Whether it’s gold wallpaper, a side table or a gold covered pillow you should make sure that it perks up the room.

Mix Metallics
To truly bring out the beauty of gold in your home’s decor you should try mixing it with other metallics like bronze, rose and champagne gold. Mixing metallics has become increasingly popular because it adds layers of dimensions to a room. When mixing metallics you should also mix up the finishes. Combine matte, glossy and brushed metallic pieces to create a versatile yet harmonious look.

Gold and Natural Materials
Pairing gold accessories with natural materials makes for a great balance. You can use organic touches like floral arrangements and wood materials to break up metallics. Mixing these elements will prevent your gold decor scheme from being too overpowering.

Gold and Bold Colors
Gold is also appealing with paired with other bold colors like purple and blue. You can use various tints of colors like yellow, purple and green. Using such variations softens the theme and adds a sense of depth to the overall design. If you want to further tone down the look incorporate more neutral tones.

Use In Moderation
As glitzy as the gold look you should avoid incorporating too many gold pieces in one space. Doing so will have the opposite effect and will be overwhelming. The sparkly specks in gold materials naturally catch the eye. So you don’t need to use several gold accents to make a statement.

Curating Your Home With Beautiful Artwork

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Home is where the art is. The truth is no home design is complete with quality art pieces. Many people are scared at the thought of curating artwork for their home. However, with some planning and a bit of creative flair, you can create a home that tastefully embraces the arts.

Create A Timeless Collection
When curating your home with beautiful artwork is important to think beyond what artists and pieces are trendy and hot right now. Instead, you want to build a timeless collection of artwork that resonates with you. Art is only a good investment if it can give you some daily inspiration and improve the overall mood of your living space.

Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment
Get out of your comfort zone and look for pieces that don’t just depict the average things. Try expanding to different styles such as Industrial or Scandinavian pieces. Your collection should add a little surprise to your space. Investing in your average, catalog pieces will create bland and “cookie cutter” look.

Collect Pieces That You Love
All too often, homeowners purchase artwork just to fill up space on their blank walls. However, you should only invest in artwork that you absolutely love. Also, you don’t have to stick to just one style. Mix up the genres and sizes. There are no rules to what kind of pieces you can combine in a space. The only thing that matter is curating a collection that you’re in love with.

Create A Showcase
Do you really want to make a statement with your art collection? Turn an average area like the hallways into a showcase. The hallway is a great area to create your own gallery. Avoid hanging large pieces because they are likely to fall in such narrow spaces. Hang series of small to medium prints to capture your guest’s attention. Select a bold piece to hang at the end of the hallway to add to the look.

Blend Family Pics with Prints
Of course, no space can truly feel like home without hanging up photos of your family or personal mementos. Create a unique experience by blending your original artwork with your favorite prints.

Quality Frames
Protect your pieces will quality frames that not only preserve your prints by also adds to the overall design scheme. Look online and at consignment shops for unique frames that feature intricate designs.

Complimentary vs Analogous Colors

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Are you in the process of designing a space? There’s no doubt, that you’ll have to focus on selecting a color scheme. Color schemes are a combination of colors that best complement each other. Anyone who’s ever decorated a room knows that picking out a color scheme can be challenging. Basic knowledge of palettes and where they are placed on the color wheel can be really helpful during this process.

If you seek to use colors to create different effects and feelings than you’ll need to know the four most common color schemes in the design world which include: Complementary, analogous, triadic and split complementary.

Complementary
Complementary color schemes sit on opposite ends of the color wheel. Some examples of complementary colors include: orange, green and red. These are known as opposing colors because they are drastically different from one another. Just imagine it. A room painted green with bright red accents with no doubt be bold. Even though complementary colors are different from each other when used correctly they will draw attention and add emphasis to a space.

Analogous
Analogous color combinations are soft on the eyes because they often utilize colors that are situated side by side on the color wheel. Many analogous color schemes simulate the type of colors that we see in the natural world everyday which can provide a serene effect. Yellow, yellow-green and hunter green are some examples of analogous colors. When using an analogous color scheme experts suggest using one color as the dominant color in the room.

Split Complementary Colors
A split complementary color scheme is very similar to the complementary color combo. When using this scheme in a space you’ll have to first select a base color and then use opposite palettes on the color wheel as accents to complement each other. The base color is what brings in the design and makes it less risky.

Triadic
A triadic color scheme will consist of three that are positioned evenly around the color wheel. Orange, green and violet are some examples of a triadic color scheme. A triadic color scheme is best pulled off by using a base color.