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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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How to Use the Pantone 2014 Color of the Year – Radiant Orchid

April 16, 2014 10:16 am    Posted by NECarl    off

Pantone Color of the Year 2014 Radiant Orchid

Radiant Orchid – a vibrant color that is suddenly everywhere – is Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2014. “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple, and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates joy, love, and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm,” says Pantone Executive Director, Leatrice Eiseman. Pantone’s announcement of the Color of the Year is always exciting for those in the fashion, beauty, and home interiors industries – and for homeowners everywhere.

 
Not quite pink and not quite purple, the enigmatic Radiant Orchid is just the thing if you’re looking to enliven a space with a pop of color. We’ve put together a collection of rooms that use Radiant Orchid to bring out the lively, natural beauty of a few of our most popular floors.   more ►

Homes for Our Troops – The Story in Pictures

June 28, 2013 2:01 pm    Posted by Heather Antolik    off

Homes for Our Troops

Armstrong has partnered with Homes for our Troops (HFOT), a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization that builds specially adapted homes for the nation’s severely injured veterans.

As the exclusive flooring supplier to HFOT, we are donating floors for approximately 30 homes to be built across the country in 2013. The houses are built at no cost to the veteran through the support of individuals, foundations, and corporate contributors.

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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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Why the Backing on a Vinyl Sheet Floor Matters

May 17, 2013 4:14 pm    Posted by Kim Lefever    Comments (4)

Admittedly, talking about the backing of a vinyl sheet floor isn’t nearly as interesting as talking about the top layer, which features the design. In fact, as floor shoppers, most of us I’m guessing don’t consider the backing of a floor at all when we’re choosing a floor.

Felt LayerBut here’s why it’s important, the backing of a vinyl sheet floor affects how your floor is installed. Armstrong makes vinyl floors with a fiberglass backing, vinyl floors with a felt backing, and vinyl floors with a 70% stone composite backing. For this post, we’ll focus on floors with either a fiberglass backing or a felt back.

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