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Cork Flooring Delivers on Eco-Chic Style and Comfort

There was a time when homeowners were forced to choose between beauty, function and responsible sourcing. Not so now, according to famed architect and designer, Vern Yip. As a long-time champion of sustainable design, the HGTV star is constantly looking for eco-friendly materials with a fashion-forward appeal that can adapt to any aesthetic. “The variety …

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5 Kitchen Flooring Ideas You’ll Love

Kitchens are high-traffic rooms that need exceptional flooring. Besides having to look good, successful kitchen floors need to withstand spills, food, sliding chairs, dropped dishes and the occasional mopping. Here are the pros and cons of the five top flooring choices for this important room. Ceramics, porcelain and stone tiles: Ceramics are a favourite for …

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The Beauty and Durability of Laminate Wood Flooring

Being the owner and editor of two home decorating websites, I was recently asked my opinion of laminate wood flooring. In my opinion, laminate flooring is becoming one of the fastest-growing products in the flooring industry. Today’s laminate floors are created using a photographic image of wood, marble, or tile that is bonded to fiberboard, …

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Home décor rules to live by

Are you looking to refresh a room, or give life to tired space? Take a look at a few creative quick tips from Vern Yip, the acclaimed interior designer, long-time HGTV star, and an ambassador for the Portuguese Cork Association. Especially for DIYers, here are Yip’s top design rules: Tie in the Old with the …

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Natural materials top the home décor trends for 2015

Leading designers are saying that 2015 will be all about ‘style fusion’ and natural materials. There is also a trend towards re-use and recycle, says long time HGTV star Vern Yip, who is also a vocal champion of eco-friendly materials with a fashion-forward appeal. “The variety of choices available to environmentally-conscious consumers today is remarkable,” …

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Give Your Home a DIY Facelift with New Wood Floors

After another winter’s worth of wear and tear, has your flooring reached the point of no return? Or perhaps you’re just ready for a change. Either way, bringing the beauty of wood flooring into your home is a great way to instantly change the look of a room. From the country feel of oak to …

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Keeping Hardwood Floors Looking Beautiful

(ARA) – No matter what the setting, the good looks and durability of hardwood floors can be maintained with minimal effort. It’s simply a matter of proper care and maintenance. The American Hardwood Information Center, www.HardwoodInfo.com, in conjunction with the National Wood Flooring Association suggest the following care and maintenance guidelines to keep hardwood floors …

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Make an Impression with Your Flooring

Most people think the first impression of their home is made by the color on the walls or furniture in a room; but in reality, it’s made by what’s under your feet – the flooring. If the carpet is dirty and worn, tiles are chipped, or the wood floor is warping, it’s time for a …

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Recommended Cleaning for Bamboo Floors

That beautiful new bamboo floor is the envy of the neighborhood. Friends are dropping by to check out its beauty. All this in and out traffic is bound to create some dirt that needs to be removed, but what is the recommended cleaning for bamboo floors? The first thing to understand is that this is …

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Solid Bamboo Flooring

When looking for durable, strong flooring, many people are turning to solid bamboo flooring to beautify their homes and have a floor that will last for many years. Traditionally, strong floorings have been made from hardwoods like oak and pine. However, with much of the world focused on sustainable products that are long lasting, bamboo …

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