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Rustic Holidays with Armstrong Flooring

December 23, 2014 11:17 am    Posted by NECarl    off

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Nothing captures the holiday spirit more than spending time with family and creating memories to last a lifetime. Maybe it’s a warm rug in front of a blazing fire. Maybe it’s curling up in front of the tree with all the lights off, just basking in the glow. Or maybe it’s boisterous family meals served up home-style in your Grandma’s dining room. Whatever “it” is for you, we hope you enjoy your holidays as much as we do.

For this post, please enjoy these Rustic Holiday trends(and hey, maybe we’ll throw in some great floors or two for that “New Year, New You” thing you have going).

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Hot New Flooring Trends

November 7, 2014 4:04 pm    Posted by NECarl    off

Global Reclaim LaminateWhat are the hottest new trends in flooring? In this post, we’re going to talk about a few of the latest. The first is mixed species wood looks, laminate floors that mix different species together into attractive and rustic looks. Second is wide plank flooring, a look that can be achieved with laminate, hardwood, and luxury vinyl. And last, there is reclaimed wood – flooring that embodies the look of wood salvaged from abandoned farms and factories.

Let’s take a tour of how to achieve these looks in your home today!

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Easy Fall Decorating

October 19, 2014 2:54 pm    Posted by NECarl    off

tacky_pilgrimWhen I was young, my favorite Aunt used to take seasonal decorating very seriously. She had boxes upon boxes of knick knacks to get out and dust off, which turned every surface into a fabulous (very kitschy) display. In the Fall, she changed the placemats, table runner, and napkins to red, golds, and oranges. She changed out all the hand-towels (pumpkins) and even changed the curtains (fall foliage). It was out of hand, and took her a full weekend to accomplish.

Who has time to decorate like this today! We’re in favor of keeping it simple. The floor you choose is a foundation, a background for your taste, and can help you with keeping your life and your seasonal decorations simple. Check out some of our room scenes below, along with a few decorating pointers.

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What’s New in Laminate: The Laminate Flooring Roundup

September 26, 2014 4:14 pm    Posted by NECarl    off

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What’s new in the world of laminate? Color variation, reclaimed wood looks, and subtle textures! These three hot flooring trends drove our latest releases in laminate flooring.

In this post, we’ll show you our three new looks: Global Reclaim laminate flooring, which is part of the Architectural Remnants collection; three new flooring colors in Forestry Mix which is in the Rustics Premium collection; and Millwork Block, which is also in Rustics Premium.

All three brand new products make use of different planks to create a highly varied board look, and have a realistic texture.

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The Leftovers: Four Ways to Create Art Out of Extra Flooring

July 31, 2014 12:02 pm    Posted by NECarl    off

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Typically, you’re advised to have some percentage of “waste” flooring when you do a project. Sometimes, people end up with some extra flooring at the end of a project, which in turn ends up occupying some serious storage space in basements and closets everywhere.

What to do with those extra pieces? It’s time to get creative with your leftovers! We’ll show you four innovative ways others have used their extra flooring.

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Our Own Mara Villanueva-Heras on “American Dream Builders”

May 22, 2014 2:09 pm    Posted by NECarl    off

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If you missed NBC’s “American Dream Builders” on April 27, you missed a special appearance by Mara Villanueva-Heras, VP, Residential Marketing – Armstrong Floor Products.

 

The design competition show aired weekly on NBC on Sundays. In each episode, a team of designers competed in a variety of home renovation scenarios and one of the designers was eliminated at the end of each show.

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Architectural Remnants Laminate Floors Create Blog Buzz

November 1, 2013 4:43 pm    Posted by Marcia Fortley    off

Shanty2Chic SistersOur new Architectural Remnants laminate flooring collection is so fabulous we decided we needed an equally fabulous way to get it the attention it deserved. We found that perfect fit with a popular blogging team known as Shanty2Chic. Sisters Ashley and Whitney from Texas are the women behind the blog who talk about everything DIY for the home. And these women know what they’re talking about – they have the power tools to prove it!

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Express Yourself with New Alterna Shapes and Sizes

July 26, 2013 4:13 pm    Posted by Jeanette McCuaig    off

Personalization has become an important interior design trend in recent years. Now Armstrong introduces a whole new dimension of personalization – for your floor! With new shapes and sizes in our Alterna collection.

Alterna luxury vinyl tile is a beautiful alternative to natural stone and ceramic tile, and just like those products, Alterna is available in various sizes. In addition to 16” x 16” and 12” x 12” sizes, you can now get 12” x 24”, 8” x 16” and 8” x 8” in thirty Alterna designs.

Ready to design your own floor? Try these patterning ideas.

1) Install square tiles in a diamond pattern.

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NEW Laminate Floors Feature Reclaimed Wood Looks

May 31, 2013 4:01 pm    Posted by Marcia Fortley    Comments (4)

We’ve just launched the new Architectural Remnants laminate collection – a striking, harmonious mix of vintage and rustic reclaimed wood looks that set a new standard for fine and fashionable living.

I spoke to Sara M. Babinski, Principal Designer for laminate flooring, about this new collection.

Q: What was your inspiration for this collection?Architectural Remnants
A: Armstrong creates laminate floors that aspire to look like high end hardwoods. It was important to capture the right color, texture, and species for the floor to look harmonious and create the look and feel of a vintage floor that stepped right out of the past.

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SURFACES: A Recap of the Largest Flooring Trade Show in the U.S.

March 8, 2013 3:57 pm    Posted by Heather Antolik    off

In a recent interview, I talked with Mara Villanueva-Heras, V.P. of Marketing for Armstrong Residential Flooring, about SURFACES – the biggest trade show for the flooring industry in the U.S. – and the home décor trends that are getting her excited this year. Here’s what she had to say:

HA:  Let’s start by describing what SURFACES is.

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MVH:  SURFACES serves as the industry’s meeting place to unveil new floor covering products, tools, and technologies. The show was a tremendous success for us this year. Our focus was to launch new products and highlight some unique merchandising and marketing concepts.

HA:  What trends did you see at the show this year?

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