Showroom Spotlight October 27-31st

No one really wants to HUNT for sales on a frequent bases, so we’ve decided to create a weekly blog post which features in-house sales and offers a peak of showroom finds.  This publication is scheduled to be launched November 2014, however, we wanted to give you a sneak peak of what’s coming.  Our hope is to make it easier to stay in the KNOW on Showroom Sales, give-a-ways, community outreach, tips for your home, workplace culture and more. So here we go…the top SALEs EVENTS, for this week, and MORE:

1 -FLOOR NOW PAY LATER by SHAW FLOORING (NOW – November 10th)

Offers like this don’t come along everyday! We’ve partnered with Shaw Flooring so you can take advantage of this special offer >> 24 months financing with no interest when you use your Shaw Floors financing option. Explore the wide selection of luxurious carpet, timeless hardwood, durable resilient and innovative laminate.  Also, for this SALE time frame your 24 months with no interest can be applied toward any product purchase, in the showroom, including Liberty SAFES.  For more details, visit: http://shawfloors.com/floor-now-pay-later

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2 -Pink LIGHT Bulbs for Breast Cancer Awareness (NOW – October 31st)

This week is the final week to purchase your pink light bulb(s) for Breast Cancer Awareness. The bulbs are $5 where all of the proceeds benefit the Huntsville Hospital foundation for breast cancer research & technology.  We’ve already raised over $2000 with the Lite-it-Up Pink Epic Battle between Bob Wallace Appliance and Haley’s Flooring. Thanks for your contributions and supporting this great cause!PinkBulbs

3 -Carpet Sale (NOW – November 15th)

In-house carpet sale before the holidays. It’s a great time to take advantage of Carpet, Pad and Installation for only $1.39 sq ft before the company arrives.

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4 -The Newest Addition to the Haley’s Family

Meet the newest members of our team: Wendy Coward, Jeff Enzer, and Mike Coons!

Wendy will be working in our home interiors showroom as an Interior Decorator.  Jeff has been working with us for a couple of months in Flooring Sales and Mike joins us today as another team member in Floor Sales. We are so excited to have these additions to our team!!!!

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5 – Mirrored Cube Table – a Featured Item from Home Interiors

Aged black cube with red undertones, faceted with antiqued mirrors can be used, collectively, as a coffee table or side table in Transitional and Contemporary designs.  The dimensions below are 16 W X 18 H X 16 D (in); it also comes taller as side table option.

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Use four cubes for larger settings.

MirroredCubeTable500 Our goal is to make it easier to stay in the KNOW on Showroom Sales, give-a-ways, community outreach, tips for your home, workplace culture and more to help bring the vision of your HOME to life.

Fall & Football: Party Inspiration and Ideas

For many homeowners, Fall & Football go hand & hand.  Whether it’s shared with family, friends or with a spouse … it’s a FUN tradition for many.

For those who typically HOST, menu and party decor often becomes a concern.  We’re here to help lighten the load and make ‘Game Day’ party time a breeze.  We’ve complied a few of our favorite ideas as Football season kick’s off.

GameDay600Goodies surround a simple centerpiece representing the ‘rolling of Toomer’s Corner’ where fans throw rolls of Charmin and Scott bath tissue over ancient oaks, transforming downtown Auburn, AL into a mystical, two-ply micro-climate.

Follow our Football Season pinterest board to find Game Day recipes and more!

CupCakeDiariesBlogBanners & Burgers Decor — This layout screams ‘Game Time’ via Cup Cake Diaries Blog PlacesintheHomeTeam inspired Tailgating:  Food from the trunk; a thrilling game day tradition via Places In the Home

ProTip:  Auburn Fan recipe: Vanilla Rosemary Lemonade

MommyTestersEasy streamers drape brown paper for a neutral Game Day palette via Mommy Testers CelebrationAtHomeBlog‘Game Day’ party is topped-off with good food and company via Celebrations At Home Blog

ProTip:  Quick peanuts. In minutes you can season, bake, and cool Chili-Lime Pecans: Recipe > The Sooner  The Better Pecans CatchMyParty600We love this idea of using a black rod-iron basket to hold napkins, plates and a clip board instructing guest to ‘help themselves’ via  Catch My Partymoyuc600Fall & Football goes hand & hand.  We hope that you will enjoy watching your team this season and create many fun & enjoyable memories with family & friends in the process.  -Enjoy!

Plaster of Paris Homemade Chalk Paint

Brand name chalk paints come with an expensive price tag, in the range of, $30 – $40 a quart.  To save on cost, we’ve decided to find a recipe which would bring us the results of a brand name chalk paint but for much less.

There are several ways to make your own chalk paint; some methods use Baking Soda, Un-sanded Grout, Plaster of Paris and Calcium Carbonate.  In our project, we chose to use Plaster of Paris to reclaim this side of the road find, into a usable furniture piece.  Recipe and instructions are below:

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Chalk Paint Recipe:

  •  2 cups latex paint
  • 4 tbl Plaster of Paris (under $10 for a large box, which will last awhile)
  • 2 tbl water

Mix well and paint.  Distress areas you’d like the original finish to come through by sanding.  The application is smooth like a brand name chalk paint.  -Enjoy!

 

DIY: Tile Coasters

We love the art of re-purpose around the showroom; waste made to use with a new functional purpose.  Here’s a couple of DIY ideas using left-over tiles from a customer project.  Perfect for a unique gift idea for that special someone.

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Painted Coasters

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Directions for the Picture Coaster Tiles:

1.  Clean off tiles with a damp towel

2.  While drying, cut images to fit tiles. (NOTE: For best results, use a paper cutter and make your image slightly smaller than the tile)

3.  When tiles are dry, cover tiles with Modge Podge and place images onto tile. Wait a few minutes, cover tile and image with Modge Podge. NOTE: (Use a sponge brush to make the tile smooth and a bristled brush if you want texture.)

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4.  Once completely dry, paint 2-3 coats of a natural stone sealer and finisher over the top and sides of the tile. Make sure to let each coat dry 30-45 mins before adding another coat.

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5.  Put small felt pads on the bottom of the coasters to protect furniture and your project is done!

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Directions for the Painted Coaster Tiles:

1.  Clean of tiles with a damp towel.

2.  Paint tile using Acrylic Paint and a stencil. For a low cost option, print off the image, expose the image with an exact knife…which is what you see below.

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3.  Let paint dry for at least 30 mins before brushing on the sealer and finisher. This will prevent smearing when the sealer is put on. Apply 2-3 coats of sealer waiting 30-45 minutes between coats.

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4.  Once completely dry add felt pads to the bottom of coasters and your project is done!

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Create a memorable Father’s or Mother’s Day, Grandparents, Teacher’s or Staff gift at a low cost.  TilesFB

Ask one of our flooring representatives for the availability of natural stone tiles in our showroom. Tiles can be purchased at a low cost and in small quantities.TilePics3-550

Pallet-to-Purpose Nursery Accent Wall – a DIY Feature

When expectant couples plan to have a baby, one of the most exciting parts of the process is decorating the nursery.   Decisions of picking out furniture, bedding, paint colors, clothes, etc. is fun and enjoyable.  When challenges arise and the pressure is ON to be done before the baby comes, a new found determination often comes to get the project done.  This is exactly what happened in the Leininger’s story.

Inspired by Just a Girl Blog.com, the Leininger’s had a drive and passion to see this project through.  Daddy deployed at the beginning of the pregnancy and back before the baby’s due date; the Leiningers were challenged with 1 week to see this project through.  Project starts and mom goes into labor mid-project!  Nothing stopped this determined couple from accomplishing their goal, needless to say, the wall went up!

The homeowner is allowing us to share the process; a scope of how this accent wall vision became a reality.

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These Pallets were found at home decorating stores, other businesses and on the side of the road.

TIP: Look for pallets which have been ‘Heat treated’ to avoid pesticides; a HT will be located on the pallet’s side.

Removing Boards

The pallets were broken apart to form individual boards using a Reciprocating Saw to cut through nails.

 Organizing Boards

The boards were organized according to size then sanded to remove the dirt and rough edges.

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The accent wall was painted a dark color to hide gaps in the adjacent boards placed on the wall.

In an effort  to preserve the value of their home, 2 x 4’s were nailed to the wall studs; protecting it’s integrity.

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A Brad nail-er was used, with a compressor, to mount the boards.

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To receive the ‘rich wood tone’ , a Polyurethane stain blend was used; 1 quart for a 10 x 12 wall.

Tip:  Stain boards outside and let them sit for a few days to avoid strong fumes in the house.

Installing Pallets

Outlet Extenders were added due to the additional space created by the 2 x 4 protective layer on the wall.

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The finished room…gorgeous!

As baby David grows up, we could only expect him to cherish this room – holding a very special place in his  heart.  We too love this nursery; the homeowners did a wonderful job!

It took the Leininger’s 1 day to take apart the pallets, 1 day to organize and 1 day to stain.  One regret from this couple is that they did not allow the boards to air for several days, therefore, the strong fumes was a result.   Letters were found at hobby lobby and spray painted white.  The total cost of this project — $80

Another option for the wood wall is to use left-over wood from your floors, barn wood, raw pallets or even brick.

Urban Inspired Kitchen Decor – Potter’s Stool

When you think of Urban design style, what comes to mind…big city, loft living, heavy traffic?  Well many homeowners in the TN Valley are adopting this style and incorporating elements of the trend in their homes.

Below are three kitchen designs:  Urban-Industrial, Contemporary and Transitional – all utilizing an industrial-inspired pieces.

The common element in these kitchen are the Potter’s stool which features a metal base with two box stretchers connecting the legs. It comes with a beautiful Hickory finish saddle seat adding natural rich tones & texture.  Back-support ensures quality and comfort — swivel height adjustment feature allows your guest to modify the chair to their specific needs.  See the design results of using the Potter’s stool in these kitchens.

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Above is a snap-shot of the Potter’s Kitchen in our 2013 Dream Kitchen makeover.  Our decorators chose to highlight this Transitional kitchen with the Potter’s Stool.  Ironically the name of the stool, and our Dream Kitchen winners, are in perfect synq — great design choice all around.

Countertops – Waterfall

A waterfall counter-top is a design inspiration by a contemporary style, also called risers. The look is a fresh, simple and a straight-lined addition to any kitchen (or bathroom) breaking away from the expected horizontal design flow. Instead of the typical configuration; generally ending at the edge of cabinetry, the waterfall seamlessly falls over the side of the cabinet to the floor.

Many different materials can be used to create this look, such as Corian, engineered stones, natural stones and even laminate for a more affordable option.  The stone continues vertically down the sides of an island or counter-top, creating a waterfall effect. It beautifully ties the counter-tops or island to the floor, giving the whole space a unified, connected feeling.  Below are a few inspirations we enjoy and hope you will as well!

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HanStone Quartz Counter-top featured in our Urban Loft Renewal booth in the 2014 Building Home & Remodeling Home Show. The color feature is called Blanco Canvas by HanStone.
WaterfallCountersEx5A connect contemporary Urban space with Waterfall counter-tops and island flowing to a concrete floor from Solo Thais
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Marble Waterfall Island by Desire to Decorate
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Concrete Waterfall counter-top by Elle Decor
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Fresh Look with Paint from the 2014 Home Show

Interior wall color can enhance the visual appearance and appeal of surroundings; giving an ordinary space a fresh extraordinary look.  Instant ‘mood’ change — for ex. turning an existing cold and uninviting space into warm, relaxing and invitational.  It’s been proven that paint does wonders to enhance an existing space, however, choosing the right color can be a difficult task.

In this year’s Building Home and Remodeling Show, we’ve chosen a color which speaks warm, yet cool neutral grey tones for an interior wall.  This neutral was a great back drop & companion for our porcelain brownish red tiles, teal accents and various brown splashes in this year’s booth.  Take note of the Interior wall color, Interior trim and Exterior trim.  Add these neutrals to your color file; it’s among this year’s Spring color trends.

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Interior Walls = Benjamin Moore Affinity –  AF – 100 Pashmina

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Interior Trim = Benjamin Moore Affinity –  AF – 25 Paper Mache

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Exterior Trim = Benjamin Moore Affinity –  AF – 80 Jute

Curious to see how these colors will enhance your own space?  Try Benjamin Moore’s Personal Color Viewer tool which helps homeowners virtually view colors before paint ever hits the walls.

Explore paint color combinations to create the perfect look for your space with Benjamin Moore’s Color Viewer tool

Pallet-to-Finish:: Our Top TEN Creative Recycle, Upcycle, Re-use Pallet Projects

How does a wooden Pallet become a functional/ useable Treasure?  Constructional engineering, creativity and time.

We’ve collected our top 10 favorites Pallet-to-Finish projects for reclaimed pallet wood inspiration.  Three of our top 10 are Haley’s Flooring and Interiors creations; used in this year’s Building and Home Remodeling Show, as well as, custom furniture pieces from the show room floor.

Hope these inspirations spark a creative reclaimed project near you!

Pallet-to-Finish Collection:

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1 – Kitchen Island – This reclaimed and distressed finished wood kitchen island is custom-made by Haley’s and includes the aqua quartz counter-top! Featured in the 2014 Building Home and Remodeling Home show.

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2 – Kitchen Furniture – A custom piece, by Haley’s, featured on the Interior’s side of our showroom.

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3 – Bench & Coffee Table – Our very own custom-made cedar bench in a blue with antique white finish… it can be used outdoors or inside! Also, place this reclaimed wood hand-made coffee table in front for a great look! -via Bill Denyer

BreakfastInBedTray4 – Breakfast In Bed Tray – The complete project can be found at: eHomeandGarden.net

DeskTop5 – Desk Top – Have an old vintage desk you’d like to place curb-side?  Consider this project to give it new life!  Click the link for the complete project, via Thistle Wood Farms.

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6 – Rustic Headboard – The complete project can be found at: Stylizimo Blog (Design Voice).

FlatScreenBackDrop7 – Flat Screen Back Drop – The complete project can be found at: http://www.simonetasca.com.br/

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8 – Office Furniture – The complete project can be found at: Design Boom

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9 – Pallet Bench – The complete project can be found at: The Iron Stone Nest

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10- Wall Art – The complete project can be found at: Just Laine