Monday, June 24, 2013

Fresh Look: lighten & brighten a living room {plus a giveaway)

Blue White Living Room via homework (1)
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I’m not going to even pretend I have a perfect house that is always photo ready. Let’s be realistic. I have a messy husband, a teenage boy and a spoiled dog.

Blue White Living Room via homework (10)When our son was born we put in carpeting that wouldn’t show dirt and stains. It was a smart move but left the room a little drab.

Blue White Living Room via homework (9)I try to brighten the room with little splashes of color like the blue d├ęcor pieces along the two end cabinets.

Blue White Living Room via homework (17)The blue accents work well with the beige rug and beige sofa and love seat. But the room still felt a little dark to me.

Blue White Living Room via homework (12)When Mohawk asked if I would like to try out one of their SmartStrand area rugs I was thrilled and chose Tender Tradition Billowing White Cloud. I love how the white rug brightens up the entire room.

Blog Mohawk Carpet ReviewBut let me back up - when the rug arrived I couldn’t wait to unroll it and take pictures. You can see in the pictures above that I wasn’t the only one who was excited about the new rug. I couldn’t even finish unrolling the rug and Sammy was on top of it. Once I finally got the rug in place and the coffee table back in it’s place, the toys started coming out. And then she claimed it as her own personal space.

Sigh… that okay because these SmartStrand rugs have a permanent stain and soil resistance that will never wear off. Most carpets have stain and soil treatments that are applied topically to the fiber. Over time, in the face of foot traffic, and due to wear and tear, the topically applied stain and soil treatment wears off.

With SmartStrand, you don’t have to worry about that. All you need is a dishrag, some warm water, and mild detergent, like dish soap. So durable, in fact, Mohawk held a SmartStrand Zoo Challenge. Mohawk carpeted the rhino enclosure at a popular zoo and a Rhino lived on the carpet for 2 weeks! Once the carpet was removed and professionally cleaned using only hot water extraction… the carpet looked good as new!

smartstrand-room-4I’m pretty sure that my family won’t be as hard on the rug as a rhino.


Here’s great news - you can win your own 6’ X 9'' SmartStrand bound carpet rug in style Simonton Beach (a $500 value). And since this is all about color, Mohawk has agreed to let you pick the color of your choice. There are more than 40 Simonton Beach colors to choose from! Go to the contest page to enter. 

Blue White Living Room via homework (13)We love our new Mohawk SmartStrand rug and Sammy thinks it’s the best spot in the house.

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  1. Thank you Carolyn. I just entered and checked your blog when asked how I heard about the contest. I appreciate you posting about. Beautiful blog you've created.

  2. I have a messy husband, a teenage son and two cats. So I guess we are about even ;) The new white rug really does brighten up the space! It sure looks pretty :)

  3. it's amazing how much brighter the room looks! Great choice. I love seeing how a simple change can make such a big difference.

  4. Hmmm. Four boys, all of their friends, 1 dog, 1 cat and an occasionally messy hubs...? I need this.

  5. They look totally fab. Wished I lived in an area that I could enter. Yours has made such a difference to the room.
    Sheree x0x

  6. Pretty pretty! I agree... even the most active family is not as bad as a rhino although some days it may feel like it!


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