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Laundry Room Design Trends

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The concept of the laundry room is being re-done. There are so many things that need to be done, that you want to do, that the household chores need to be as efficient and convenient as possible.  Plus, no one truly wants to spend time in some dungeon-esque basement laundry room!

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The Top 15 Posts of 2013

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I always find it fascinating what you find most informative and helpful at a given time.  Here are the top 15 posts of the 1st half of 2013.  Are these some that you have found helpful?  Or was there another post you found helpful/inspiring/informative?  Would you like me to expand on any particular subjects?

#15: Have You Ever Thought About Cork Floors?

It’s definitely an interesting flooring choice.  You can’t get the look with any other category (though I’m starting to see a few porcelains and vinyls that are meant to look like cork.)  But is it the right flooring option for you?



#14: How to Design an Outdoor Room

Considering the time of year that this series covers, I am not surprised.  In the later winter we were all yearning for the spring and summer months and thinking of how to best take advantage of them.  Plus, there definitely seems to be a trend happening that I am very happy about: people are taking their yards the next step and making them more of an extension of the home.  What have you done or are thinking of doing?



#13: Super Performance Flooring: Titanium Durability and Beauty

Again, does not surprise me.  With the demands we put on our homes (especially the floors in them), there is a great need for a floor that can stand up to what you have to throw at it without the worry.



#12: Did You Know That You Should Never Use a Wet Swiffer or Similar Product?

I am so glad that this one is popular!  I have seen too much of what the residue left by soapy ‘quick fixes’ like the Swiffer can do to a floor!



#11: How to Choose a Living Room Layout

This was a guest post that I am hosting.  Interesting that it has reached the 11th spot.  Would you like to read similar posts?



#10: Why Do Hardwood Grades and Grains Matter?

Ah, a very informative post.  I’m a little surprised that this reaches the 10th spot just because it isn’t something people tend to think about.  But I’m glad that more and more people are as it is a very important part of thinking of a hardwood floor.


#9: Adding Texture: Burlap

Burlap is a fun thing to play with; it seems to be big on the west coast and is slowly gaining ground on the east coast.  Personally I really like it as a neutral way to add texture to a space.  What are your thoughts?


#8: The Truth About “Trackless” Carpet

Let’s keep it simple: there is no such thing!  There are carpets that can show tracks less than others, but that is it.  If you don’t want to see footprints, go with a hard surface floor.



#7: 10 Easy Steps to Renovate Your Home And Increase It’s Value

This was another guest post.  Are you looking to sell your home within the next few years?  Is this something you’d like to learn more about?



#6:  2011-2012 Top Color Palettes

But not the 2013 post?  I wonder why.  What did you like about the 2011/2012 color palette post vs. the 2013 post?



#5: Shower Room Design Ideas

Another guest post!  I’m glad that you are finding these interesting.  So what about this one caught your eye?



#4: Top 8 Tough Floors

Yup, not surprising.  We are a society of active and busy people who what to be able to live in their homes without the worry.



#3: The Truth About Brazilian Cherry

Interesting, I don’t typically find Brazilian Cherry to be that popular of a hardwood choice.  So what about this post caught your eye?


#2: Flooring Myth: People With Allergies Should Avoid Wool

The fact that this is #2 makes me very happy.  I’m glad to be dispelling a very popular myth!



#1: LVT vs. VCT: The Better Choice

That’s funny.  A post that is focused more on commercial floors is the most popular post so far this year.  Just goes to show that LVT (luxury vinyl tile) is growing greatly in the residential flooring sector.  Here is another post on luxury vinyl tile!


There you are!  What questions do you have regarding the home?  Are you working on any projects?

Give me a shout at Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com!
As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know! Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne Twitter.com/MercerFloors

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Porch.com (upcoming review announcement)

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Hello Everyone!  I thought I’d check in and let you know that in the next couple weeks I will be reviewing the new start-up website: Porch.com.



Why?  I received this not too long ago…

Katlin of Let’s Talk About Floors,

It is because of this (me being an influential blogger) that I would like to offer you an exclusive sneak peak of Porch, a new Internet start-up, that is creating a home improvement marketplace and social network. We connect homeowners, renters and design enthusiasts with over 1.4 million professionals. With $6.25M in funding under our belt and big guys from Facebook behind us, we are gearing up to launch in September. With our launch date fast approaching, we are starting to seek out key influencers in the blogger community to share early access of Porch, in hopes that you will use the site and give us any feedback you might have. 

Are you interested in trying out Porch? Let me know, I would love to give you early access to the site! 

Take care,
Lauren K.
Join us on the Porch!
Facebook: www.facebook.com/porchdotcom
Twitter: @PorchDotCom

So, it was very cool to get that.  I’m glad that so many people enjoy my blog, but when I received that I went ‘Really? You think I’m influential? Cool!’

But that isn’t the only reason, it also sounds like a potentially helpful website for those who are looking to work on remodeling projects of all sizes.  Per their ‘About Us’ page, Porch.com is “where neighbors and friends meet to share home professionals and projects they love.”  Sounds kinda like a social Angie’s List, which makes a lot of sense to me.  Paying for a membership to write and share reviews never computed with my brain.

Until I’m ready to post the review, have fun on their Pinterest Page!

As always, if there are any questions give me a shout at Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com!
As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know! Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne Twitter.com/MercerFloors

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5 Helpful Home Improvement Articles

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Home improvement: it can either be a very large project or a tiny one.  Either way, you are probably going to want to review these 5 articles to make sure you’re making the absolute best decisions for your home!  (Cause you’d rather not have a project full of mishaps like what this family had to deal with, right?)


1: 10 Things your General Contractor Wishes You Knew – She Knows Home & Garden

“Chances are, you have never had to hire a general contractor — unless you have undertaken a large-scale remodel or had a home built from the ground up. What exactly does a general contractor do? We asked a general contractor what we should know.”


2: 10 Common and Costly Home Repair Mistakes – Business Insider

“DIYers make mistakes, so we asked home-improvement experts around the country for the most common mistakes a home handyman might make — and how to avoid them.”



3: 5 Best – And Worst – Home Remodeling Projects – US News

Before you get started on that family room addition, take a moment to consider its potential return. Each year,Remodeling magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report provides a fascinating look at the percentage of a home improvement project’s costs that are likely to be recouped at resale. The report finds that not all home remodeling jobs are created equal—you’ll probably get more of your investment back after building a wooden deck, for example, than adding a sunroom.”


4: 5 Ways to Cut Costs, Not Corners, on a Kitchen Remodel – Consumer Reports

The average cost of a kitchen remodel is $19,802, according to a Consumer Reports survey of more than 5,000 readers nationwide. If you’re planning on custom cabinets, professional appliances, and other high-end features, the price tag will certainly go higher. Whatever your budget, it pays to avoid costly overruns, or you could be forced to make unwanted compromises. Here are the five surest ways to save on a kitchen remodel.”


5: 10 Things Electricians Wish You Knew – She Knows Home & Garden

Do you love DIY home improvement projects? Maybe you’re handy with tools and like to tackle your own repairs. No matter how capable you are around your home, when it comes to wiring and electricity you may need a professional.”


What do you think?  Were these helpful?  Were some of your questions unanswered?

Have Fun,

Katlin Farrell
Mercer Floor and Home
Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com
Office: 410-480-0087
10155 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City Maryland 21042

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As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know! Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne Twitter.com/MercerFloors

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Blog Spotlight: Kathy’s Remodeling Blog

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I recently stumbled upon this gem.  What really caught my eye is Kathy’s seemed frustration (that I share) with the cheep contractors and other ‘so-called professionals’ that we run into on a regular basis.  And she pulled together a helpful ‘quiz’ to help showcase the best choice.

So how do  you decide what to do? Ask yourself a few questions:


1. Is saving money the most important thing in life without exception?

If yes, choose Contractor Cheapo
If no, keep asking questions


2. Is having a high-quality project the most important thing in life without exception?

If yes, choose Contractor Artisan
If no, keep asking questions

3.  Is complaining about the faults of contractors a favorite pastime?

If yes, choose Contractor Cheapo
If no, keep asking questions

4. Is having a warm feeling from having the most considerate, thoughtful contractor important?

If yes, choose Contractor Artisan
If no, keep asking questions

Bottom line…”


This might be funny to watch, but do you want these guys working on your home?
I’d love to know your thoughts on this.  Do you have any stories you can share about your experience with Quality, Artisan work vs. Cost Focused work?

As always, if there is ever anything I can help with, give me a shout!

Warm Wishes,
As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know! Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne Twitter.com/MercerFloors

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