Stay Cool with Knight's Summertime Favorites

One thing we know is true:  If it works to insulate and keep you warm during winter, it will also work to keep you cool in Summer.  Insulation is the key and we're not talking about what's between the walls, nah, come on.... This is Knight's!  We're staying cool with insulating products that are added after the home is built and beautifying as we go.

80-Percent?  Wow!  We agree that is a pretty big number.  Hunter Douglas developed this shade just to out-do what they previously had done with the original Duette Honeycomb Shade and that is to create next-generation energy efficiency with their ever popular honeycomb shade. 
How do they do it?  Read our previous blog on the Energy-Efficient Home

Our customers love the Duette Architella Shades and we've heard rave reviews on their energy savings up to months after the installation.  Making this our #1 pick for Summertime Favorites.

Our customers love the Duette Architella Shades and we've heard rave reviews on their energy savings up to months after the installation.  Making this our #1 pick for Summertime Favorites.

You had me at "Hotel in Hawaii"!!  So, what could possibly keep us cool with this option you ask?  The ability to control your shades at home from anywhere, and at anytime. Let's say you forgot to close the shades when you left for work, voila! One-touch application with Powerview Motorization and you're up to task.  Powerview also allows pre-programming all your shades to open and close to your specifications. Rise and shine with the opening of the shades, and time them to close with the heat of the day.  That's our "Stay Cool" tip and our #2 Summertime Favorite pick.  Read more on motorized window coverings.

You had me at "Hotel in Hawaii"!!  So, what could possibly keep us cool with this option you ask?  The ability to control your shades at home from anywhere, and at anytime. Let's say you forgot to close the shades when you left for work, voila! One-touch application with Powerview Motorization and you're up to task.  Powerview also allows pre-programming all your shades to open and close to your specifications. Rise and shine with the opening of the shades, and time them to close with the heat of the day.  That's our "Stay Cool" tip and our #2 Summertime Favorite pick. 
Read more on motorized window coverings.

Back to the 80% . . .

Okay, you're excited about the 80%, but not too excited about the honeycomb shades.  You picture Summer as a sheer gently blowing with the breeze, a good book, let's throw in a tropical drink with an umbrella.  Are you cool yet?  The Sheers of Summer can be had with a little technique we fondly refer to as "Layering". 

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This beautiful Sheer by Gianti Fabrics is just the beginning to our Summer Scene.

We've narrowed it down to three choices

You may have noticed that our three choices do include a honeycomb shade - that's to keep with our 80-percent.  It will be hidden when raised, installed neatly behind the sheer and when it's lowered you'll have the "cool" effects.  Your second choice for giving a layer of insulation to our dreamy sheer window is the roller shade and number three, a customer favorite, is the Pirouette Window Shade.  The best part of this Summery Sheer Window Scene is the variety of looks on one window:  Fully open, shade raised and Sheers drawn open to frame the window, and there's the fully closed shade and sheer both closed to "Stay Cool", then we'll raise the Shade and close the Sheers, ahhhh, how about this one?  Lower the shade from the top (top-down/bottom-up application) and close the Sheers.  So many options and we do love options!
What's your favorite?

Must Have More Sheers

This stunning scene is from Hunter Douglas featuring their Design Studio Roman Shade in Sheer fabric.

This stunning scene is from Hunter Douglas featuring their Design Studio Roman Shade in Sheer fabric.

We've turned the tables on our Sheery Summer Scene, or in this case turned the windows, by having the sheer treatment as an inside mount.  The drapery portion is what keeps us cool!  Select from thermal or black-out linings for the drapery for the highest insulation value - Is that 80%?  Yes, yes it is! It's also our #3 Summertime Favorite.

Add sheery elements of texture and light for stunning effects.  The drapery does the work of insulating.  It's all in the layering.

Stay Cool With Tones Of Blue

Accessories are everything.  Accessorize your walls with tones of blue they'll give you that cool-down feeling you long for, which, just happens to be our #4 Summertime Favorite.

A Great Segue, We're Off To The Patio

We've all done it, spent our mornings cleaning and preparing the patio for company only to realize a little too late, it's just too hot to step outside.  Here's our Summertime Favorites #5 to Stay Cool.

Outdoor Sunscreen Shades by Graber will not only cool down the patio they also cut the sun's glare and the UV rays.  Add motorization for worry-free operation.

Outdoor Sunscreen Shades by Graber will not only cool down the patio they also cut the sun's glare and the UV rays.  Add motorization for worry-free operation.

Keep those bare feet cool with area rugs (shown here Recife Saddle Stitch by Couristan)
Complement with fabrics made for the outdoors with custom seat cushions, table runners, and draperies- there's trims & tassels too. These specialty outdoor fabrics are fade and stain resistant and look beautiful too.
Need more inspiration for your outdoor space?  Visit our Showroom or see our Pinterest Boards

Now About Our Favorites ...

We love what we do and that's due in fact to the quality of products we work with on a daily basis that we've featured as our "Summertime Favorites".  Like what you see, the ideas to stay cool?  Contact us!  We're happy to be of service and provide complimentary consultations on "Staying Cool". 

It's Sum...sum...summertime with knight's

thanks for joining in!

Window Coverings In The Motorized World

Do you recall the first time you saw a window shade open as if by magic?  I do, and it's been a number of years back while I was out on a new commercial building and I was in awe, amazed, and asked "how'd they do that!"  Since that time motorization has become home-friendly and many times no electrician is required (more on that later).  Back to the magic and the second time that 'aha' moment came over me, I was watching the movie "The Holiday" you may recognize our cover photo of the bedroom in that movie. The scene where Kate Winslet over-tired from her travels reaches to the night stand and lowers the black-out shades with the click of a button, and there we all witnessed the immediate relief of staying in bed while lowering the shades and wished those were our shades. Well, they can be...

What's Available

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Drapery

Drapery Rods have choices in motorization and the ones we are excited about are the newer decorative rod selections.   No longer is just commercial tracking available, the choices have opened up to include several finishes with beautifully coordinated finials all operated on a motorized traversing system that will span up to 40 feet and offered in individual and multi-system operations. 

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Shutters

Newer in the window covering world are motorized shutters and we are featuring Norman Perfect-Tilt, radio frequency operation.  Gone are the days of the extension poles for those upper and hard -to-reach windows.  This remote control operation is outstanding to tilt the louvers in any direction you wish and entire rooms can be programmed to operate at the same time or program on a timer.  We must say:  This is one we've been waiting on!

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Shades & More

Where there's a window, there's a way to put a motor on it.  Hunter Douglas achieved the magic in motorization with PowerView.  With WiFi operation you are able to control your shades through the PowerView App integrate with the Pebble Scene Controller and not only can you operate shades through the App, but with remote control as well from anywhere, anytime.  Not interested in the App?  The PowerView Pebble Control is a remote control that similar to the App allows pre-set timing and operates up to six different groups of shades.  Remarkable & innovative!

Sneak Peeks!

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Coming Soon 2017

Later this Summer Hunter Douglas' newest release will feature two new shades with motorized wand control.  The Sonnette and Designer Banded Roller Shades. 
"Best invention I've seen in years".

Without Intimidation. . .

In our "What's Available" section we kept to just that: Types of shades, drapes and shutters that can be motorized. You will note that we did not move into the actual technology of each featured system, as they are personalized and customized to each customer's specific needs.  With that said there are a few questions and recommendations to consider to make a smooth move into the world of motorization without intimidation:

Building New?  This is the best time to meet with a window covering professional and coordinate with your electrician/technician for hard-wiring or integrating into Smart Home Systems.

What type of motorization will work best in my own home?  Frequency is what it's all about, especially when considering Wi-Fi operation. 

What type of system do I need to set all of my shades, shutters and drapes on timers?

I want to be able to operate the window coverings that are in my home from anywhere.  Is this available to me?

How far away from the shade will the remote control work?  In direct sunlight?

I plan on adding drapery panels over the motorized shades at a later date, will the shades still work once the drapery is installed?

You have questions?  We have answers!

Post your questions in the comment section below, or give us a call at 805) 237-1400 for a complimentary consultation.  We're Happy To Be Of Service!

What To Ask Before You Purchase New Flooring

When we think of new flooring we are apt to tune-in to popular decor trends, beautifully showcased in design magazines.  While our focus is on the beautiful, it's good to remember that these images are staged to draw our attention and may not offer the best solutions for your personal living space.

At Knight's we focus on our client's lifestyle ensuring the selection you make is the one you'll love for years to come.  Consider this:  Gravity dictates that with every step you take in your home, you're stepping on your flooring.  Whether in high-heels, cowboy boots, cozy slippers, or your barefeet, you deserve the comfort and quality suited to your needs.

 

To make the best selection start with these questions:

1.  How is the room used?

2.  Heavy or light foot traffic?

3.  Is this space the center of activity for my family?

4.  How much direct sunlight is in the area/floors?

5.  What flooring is best for my pets?

6.  How can we create a smooth transition to other flooring surfaces?

7.  How often do I change my decor, colors, theme?

8.  Is this floor CARB certified? 

Now make your own list and let's see how these questions apply to you.

As a small, family-owned business it is of the utmost importance that we continue to provide quality where it counts.  From the accountability of our manufacturers & vendors, to our own installation team and into your home - we've found these questions very useful in helping our clients make informed decisions and we hope you'll find them useful too.
You have questions???  We have answers!

The Last Step To An Energy Efficient Home

Recently we were called by a client to remove and reinstall her window treatments that we had done a few years back as she was having her windows replaced.  During our initial appointment she mentioned that the window "expert" told her:  "Once you replace these windows, you won't need these drapes"....  Say What!!!  Okay, okay I am thinking maybe he just doesn't like custom draperies.  Whatever his preference in window coverings, it certainly has ignited a spark to this blog: The Last Step To An Energy Efficient Home.
Sure, you've replaced the windows, given up the water heater blanket for a tankless system, set the thermometer to 68 degrees, swapped out the light bulbs while reminding the kids for the umpteenth time to turn off that light! and, you've even considered radiant heat flooring, but what's the common denominator to The Energy Efficient Home?

Common Denominator #1 The Rules

We do love this quote: "No rules, no right or wrong, just what you think is beautiful" and if you're at this stage in the renovation, certainly the window coverings must be considered for keeping the heat in or keeping the heat out of our Energy Efficient Home, which brings us to Rule Number One - Layering.

Layering - An Essential Guide to Insulating Windows

We're running hot and cold - maybe a t-shirt for today, and, then I better bring a sweater, a scarf, a hat.... you know the routine.  That same way we think of our daily wardrobe is also the way we should dress our windows.  With layers!  Layering the windows brings us the ultimate to an Energy Efficient Home.  The question must be asked then:  What are your windows wearing? Let's start with the foundation, fondly referred to as Rule #2

Common Denominator #2 The Foundation

Featured:  Hunter Douglas Duette Duo-lite

Featured:  Hunter Douglas Duette Duo-lite

The "foundation", simply put, is the shade, the blind, the shutter, the practical application that allows light, light filtering, light blocking, privacy, color, style and presents so many possibilities for our Energy Efficient Home by insulating the window. How do you know the window covering is insulating? ASK FOR THE R-VALUE, which leads us to our next question.

What's an R-Value?

Ahhhh, we are assured, by this chart, that the layers at the window do increase our energy efficiency.  Okay, we proved our point (insert wink) and we're moving on with our energy-efficient window covering foundations, yes, foundations, the starting point to great design.

Duette Honeycomb Shades versatility is unsurpassed with specialty shapes, Vertiglide for sliding patio doors and motorization.  One shade for all windows.

Duette Honeycomb Shades versatility is unsurpassed with specialty shapes, Vertiglide for sliding patio doors and motorization.  One shade for all windows.

Talk about R-Values!  It's been said that Shutters are like putting a door on the window.

Talk about R-Values!  It's been said that Shutters are like putting a door on the window.

Woven Wood Shades as insulators?  Yes!  With quality linings woven wood shades bring an unexpected element of texture and beauty to our energy-efficient window coverings.

Woven Wood Shades as insulators?  Yes!  With quality linings woven wood shades bring an unexpected element of texture and beauty to our energy-efficient window coverings.

Common Denominator #3 Layer With Drapes

We've offered up a few "foundation" ideas to start with and now for the grand finale...
The Drapery!  Nothing finishes the window like a custom drapery.  From the pleat style to the luxurious folds of the fabric, it's the lining that creates the energy-efficient drape.  Consider quality thermal or black-out linings and be sure to select a color for those street facing windows that coordinates with your home's exterior.

An uncovered window wants to be covered.  Will any combination do?

Drapery photo with decorative pillows from our friends at Stout Textiles with a few suggestions for our foundation covering.

Drapery photo with decorative pillows from our friends at Stout Textiles with a few suggestions for our foundation covering.

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This much I know is true, We Love Drapes!

With a fully-lined custom drapery you expand the options of your foundation window covering, (aka: common denominator #2), as the drapery becomes the major insulator - sheery, open weave fabrics become an option. Think back to when sheer drapery panels were combined with a full drapery all set-up on a double traversing rod.  A practical solution for its time that gave you the fully exposed view through the window when both drapery pairs were drawn, filtered light when the sheers were closed and so on.  With today's technical advances in window coverings, one shade will do it all and the drapery?  The drapery is the finishing touch that completes the room, and there we have it "The Last Step To An Energy Efficient Home".

Your Fashion is Our Passion, especially when it comes to window coverings!  All of the products we've featured can be seen in our Showroom and we're just a phone call away to bringing the Showroom to you.  Check out our Promotions Page to download a coupon for additional savings.  Thank you so much for following along with us and I hope you enjoyed our Energy Efficient Home.

Ringing in 2017 With A Few Favorite Things

Happy New Year!!

As we look forward to 2017, we look back over our year by turning to our most popular posts on Facebook.  Discovering that the photos our customers sent to us are by far the biggest draw.  It's no surprise that happy customers our are Favorite Things!
Click here for our photo gallery

With each new project we are inspired to do more, and more.  Ringing in 2017 we ask ourselves:
"What are your favorite things"?

When we asked Marie what product she is most excited about . . .

"I can picture CoreTec's new Vinyl Plank Designer Series in my own home!  It looks great, is incredibly durable, waterproof, and can be installed over existing hard surface floors.  CoreTec is currently working on a flush-mount stair nosing - Yes, it's the little things that excite me" _____Marie

"I can picture CoreTec's new Vinyl Plank Designer Series in my own home!  It looks great, is incredibly durable, waterproof, and can be installed over existing hard surface floors.  CoreTec is currently working on a flush-mount stair nosing - Yes, it's the little things that excite me" _____Marie

Looking at these photos can you guess what Diane looks forward to working with?

If you guessed the color purple, well, your mainly right, but if your guess is Benjamin Moore's 2017 Color of the Year, "Shadow" - you got it!  Over the years we've come to know Diane's love for the color purple, so her pick for 2017 shouldn't surprise us.  "Surrounding yourself in your favorite color and giving that color just the right color combination, will compliment beautifully.  No need to over-indulge (insert laugh) just focus on the overall look with textures and patterns and repeat a bit throughout your home."

If you guessed the color purple, well, your mainly right, but if your guess is Benjamin Moore's 2017 Color of the Year, "Shadow" - you got it!  Over the years we've come to know Diane's love for the color purple, so her pick for 2017 shouldn't surprise us.  "Surrounding yourself in your favorite color and giving that color just the right color combination, will compliment beautifully.  No need to over-indulge (insert laugh) just focus on the overall look with textures and patterns and repeat a bit throughout your home."

We all agree on these new picks. . .

The colors of the poms are the introduction to Distinctive Carpets & Rugs new product line offering various styles of carpeting and area rugs in any color you want and in any width up to 21-feet wide!  Larger widths equal less waste and seamless style.  

The colors of the poms are the introduction to Distinctive Carpets & Rugs new product line offering various styles of carpeting and area rugs in any color you want and in any width up to 21-feet wide!  Larger widths equal less waste and seamless style.  

MOTORIZED SHUTTERS  Wait!  What??  That's the response we get when we ask our customers do you want your shutters motorized?  We've been installing shutters for years and in the upper, or hard-to-reach windows, traditionally we tilt the louvers during installation and will offer an extension pole for adjustment. Not anymore with radio-frequency motorization by Norman Shutters you can operate the louvers from 65 feet away, set to a timer for auto-tilt to operate one room or multiple rooms all with a remote control!  

MOTORIZED SHUTTERS  Wait!  What??  That's the response we get when we ask our customers do you want your shutters motorized?  We've been installing shutters for years and in the upper, or hard-to-reach windows, traditionally we tilt the louvers during installation and will offer an extension pole for adjustment. Not anymore with radio-frequency motorization by Norman Shutters you can operate the louvers from 65 feet away, set to a timer for auto-tilt to operate one room or multiple rooms all with a remote control!  

With grey being the new beige we've noticed an uptick in requests for Carrara Marble... in the kitchen!  Noted for it's natural beauty and a true baker's delight for rolling out dough, it is one of the Marbles that is not recommended for the kitchen.  Then, there's Quartz!!  Quality natural quartz surfaces combine the charm of natural stone with supreme material strength offering an alternative to the much sought after Carrara Marble.

With grey being the new beige we've noticed an uptick in requests for Carrara Marble... in the kitchen!  Noted for it's natural beauty and a true baker's delight for rolling out dough, it is one of the Marbles that is not recommended for the kitchen.  Then, there's Quartz!!  Quality natural quartz surfaces combine the charm of natural stone with supreme material strength offering an alternative to the much sought after Carrara Marble.

Why look back when moving forward?

Looking back gives us the opportunity to improve our services, and more importantly, to provide only those products that live up to our standard of quality, and to our customers' standards as well.  We've developed one program that embraces just this and is also a great pick for starting out the New Year when time is of the essence.  Newer to our category of services is our Project Coordination, we work closely with you and your renovation team to establish budget, time-lines for scheduling,  and introduce you to any sources that may be needed to complete your project.  Walking with you every step of the way!

A Happy New Year, A Happy New Day
We're thankful for you in every way

Fashionably Early Holiday Savings Event

Company Coming?

You'll arrive Fashionably Early with these great savings on flooring, window & wall coverings to spruce up your home for the holidays.  Scroll down to see all our offerings.

Countdown to CrunchTime

I know, I know, I know!  Thinking of the holidays in September is just something we don't want to think of... But (and, there's always a "but")

Did you know that fabric treatments: Draperies, Valances, Custom Bedding, Decorative Pillows, Throws & Reupholstery can all take six-to-eight weeks to complete?  It's an industry standard that got us to thinking we need to be Fashionably Early!

Our Summer Shutter Sale was and is so popular that we're including the savings all September long.  Just $19.95 per square foot includes installation.  
You'll want to plan on a six-to-eight week delivery time.  Click here to learn more

Artistry Hardwoods

Newest to our collection of Hardwood Flooring is Artistry.   We are featuring the Norwood & Loft Collections with an installed sales price starting at $10.99 per square foot.  Artistry Hardwood Floors stand the test of time with through-body-color technology.  Speaking of time, you'll want to allow three-to-four weeks for your project.

What Pairs Well With Hardwood Floors?

Whether complimenting your Artistry Hardwood Floors with custom area rugs or installing wall-to-wall carpeting, you'll love the quality and design stylings of Tuftex Carpets and, you'll also love our Fashionably Early Savings of $1.00 per yard.
From order to install please allow about two weeks.

Yes, It's Vinyl

This newer design of Vinyl if going room-to-room-to-room!  Originally designed for commercial applications, homeowners are loving the qualities of Vinyl Planking.  
Update and enjoy with 5% off our collections of CoreTec Vinyl Plank.  You'll want to allow about 3-weeks from order to install.

Season of Style

In an attempt to keep with our Fashionably Early theme, you may have noticed we kept an eye on the schedule - from six-to-eight weeks out fabric treatments to quicker turn-around times with carpeting.  If you are looking for something more along the lines of the quicker, but want to make a stunning impact, look to the windows!  
Rebate savings on selected styles of Hunter Douglas window coverings begin mid-September and carry through the middle of December.  No worries, you've got plenty of time!

You’re Fashionably Early
Your Guests are Fashionably Late
Relax & Enjoy
You’ve got this covered with Knight’s

Knight's Carpets & Interiors "Fashionably Early Savings Event" pricing effective September 1 through September 30, 2016.  Call 237-1400 for free estimates

Shutters, A Better View

We love the our historic finds on Pinterest

We love the our historic finds on Pinterest

Shutters; the first window covering?  
The truth lies in the relics of yesteryear, dating back some 500 years to the Tudor Reign.  Wooden Shutters were built as doors over windows for protection, and certainly that "protection" wasn't limited to UV Rays.  There is also evidence of the Shutter in Ancient Greek times where marble was used in the same way.  
Leading us to believe that, YES, Shutters were the first window covering.  
Enter the discovery of glass for windows and the Shutter evolves with louvers and a new tradition in window coverings is born....  Classic and timeless let us walk you through all the elements of the Shutter in today's window covering.

classic appeal that stands the test of time, how do we find the perfect fit for our own windows?

Shutters find a home in any interior; be it modern, eclectic, traditional, cottage, or a walk in Tuscany, the shutter creates a harmonious platform to build on.  The first choice to make to showcase your interior style is the louver size, yes, in Shutters size does matter.

Your view to the world is enhanced by the size of the vane - the louver.  The smaller the louvers the less view through, vis-a-vis, the larger the louvers the more view.  Opting for hidden-tilt operation also increases the view and is a plus for smaller openings for a cleaner look.    

Now for some color . . .

You have an idea in mind, possibly something you've seen before in a friends home, magazine or maybe one of our showroom displays.  When it comes to selecting the color of your shutters, consider that shutters are a furnishing for your windows.  With Wood Plantation Shutters you will have the most options as they can be stained or painted in any tone the color wheel has available, and we all like possibilities. The possibilities of custom staining the shutters to match our hardwood floors, or painted in the same color as the existing moldings, or just a tint of the wall color to highlight both the shutters and the wall. 

And, then there was Faux...

Faux wood shutters first came on the scene in the 90's originally developed with wet rooms and humid climates in mind -  PVC as they're referred to:  Poly-Vinyl-Composite Shutters unexpectedly took over the mainstream Wood Plantation Shutters with the practicalities of resistance to fade, discoloration, warping and fire resistance all at a less expensive price point.  There are many different qualities of PVC Shutters and at Knight's we focus on the utmost quality of our products.... Which leads us to the latest addition to our showroom:  Introducing this amazing new product Solid-Core Vinyl Shutters with a sale to last all Summer long.
 

Photos courtesy of Norman Shutters featuring Solid-Core Vinyl Shutters.  The faux shutter that isn't so "faux" after all, better than vinyl and PVC shutters this new "Faux Wood Shutter" has a solid MDF Core for incredible density and strength.  Click here for more.

Photos courtesy of Norman Shutters featuring Solid-Core Vinyl Shutters.  The faux shutter that isn't so "faux" after all, better than vinyl and PVC shutters this new "Faux Wood Shutter" has a solid MDF Core for incredible density and strength.  Click here for more.

Specialty windows take the stage

Over the years in designing and treating so many window coverings, I have come to appreciate the simplicity of shutters for covering every shape of window; Arches, Circles, Angles, Bay, French Doors, and Upper windows.  Upper windows may not be something new in the world of Shutter coverings, but they are when you add a remote control to tilt and position the vanes throughout the day.  Shutters add a composed influence to the window and become an actual part of the architecture.

Create the perfect platform

From a design style point of view, shutters create the perfect platform to build on.  Sure, shutters are great as a stand-alone-window-covering with molding styles that can be upgraded to accentuate the details, but combine with fabrics and the look creates a balance to integrate within any design theme.  

Cafe Style.  Shutter placement to cover just enough of the window for privacy and light control.  Add a roman-fold shade in any style to compliment your decor....  Yes, two treatments on one window, the hard and the soft of it and it is one of my favorite window covering combos.

Cafe Style.  Shutter placement to cover just enough of the window for privacy and light control.  Add a roman-fold shade in any style to compliment your decor....  Yes, two treatments on one window, the hard and the soft of it and it is one of my favorite window covering combos.

Draperies.  Shutters are known as one of the best insulating window coverings on the market.  To enhance your coverage and block light-lines that appear through the closed louvers, consider a drapery allowing enough stack-back off the shutter and higher placement of the drapery rod to soften the look and allow you to coordinate your fabrics to the window.  There's nothing like a window that completes the room - and this is it.

Draperies.  Shutters are known as one of the best insulating window coverings on the market.  To enhance your coverage and block light-lines that appear through the closed louvers, consider a drapery allowing enough stack-back off the shutter and higher placement of the drapery rod to soften the look and allow you to coordinate your fabrics to the window.  There's nothing like a window that completes the room - and this is it.

Not to be combined with any other offers

Not to be combined with any other offers

We're Happy to be of Service!

Like a cool breeze on a hot summer's day, we are very excited about our Summer long sale on our newest Shutter line:  Solid-Core Vinyl Shutters.  Our $19.95 pricing reflects our enthusiasm as well, as we don't think we've seen this price point since the year 1995!
With this pricing choose from standard louver sizes and standard colors all included with installation for just $19.95 per squarefoot.
  There are upgrades available for additional charges and include decorative moldings, invisible-tilt operation, French Door cut-outs, and motorization.  Ask our consultant about any features you are interested in.
Schedule your free estimate at 237-1400 or call with any questions you may have.  

 

Design Your Way to a Better Night's Sleep

There's been so much on the news lately about sleep-deprived America that the thoughts about covering up and sleeping are actually keeping me awake.  Funny how lively our thoughts become in the middle of the night. . . Thoughts on how to prepare our beds, windows, walls, floors and ceilings to embrace that ever-elusive sleep.  But, can we really design ourselves to sleep?

If you've followed along in our blog or Facebook page, you know that we always, without exception, recommend starting with the floors.  Did I mention there is one exception to this rule?  No?  Well, we're making that exception now.  When it comes to sleeping and practicalities, the best place to start is with the windows.  Yes, the windows as in window coverings.  Let's break that down:  When was the last time you had the best sleep of your life?  I ask this of my clients all the time and more often than not, it's when they're away from home,  at a hotel, on vacation.  Reality strikes!  Blacking-out the lights of night are great for sleep.  
Here's how we do it one step at a time.

The Foundation

Photo:  Pirouette Window Shading by Hunter Douglas

Photo:  Pirouette Window Shading by Hunter Douglas

The foundation to a true black-out setting starts with the shade and we've selected this photo to show that even with the best intentions of blocking out the light by installing a room-darkening shade,  there are still light gaps that creep and crawl there way into your sleep.  Ahhhh, so why not just extend the shade by installing as an outside mount?  Sounds right, but you'll still get light gaps as the shade will not be flush to the walls.  Select the mount you choose, inside mount or outside mount and move on to layering your design to capture the light.... just like your hotel room.

The Cover-Up

Success is gained by installing our shade as an outside mount, capturing the side light gaps with fully-lined drapery panels and the top light gaps with a cornice box in a style that embraces your decor theme.  With this type of layering the foundation choice doesn't necessarily have to be room-darkening; the lining of the draperies will do the work just as well when closed.  

Look Up

I don't know about you, but one thing I've discovered in my sleepless tirade is that a white ceiling seems brighter at night.  Maybe it's just that we're staring at the ceiling waiting on the dreams to come.  It's on those nights that I want to be in a cocoon, surrounded in relaxing color - just like our featured room.  Carrying the wall color to the ceiling erases the starkness of that white ceiling and adds unexpected height to the room, adding layers of softness with an area rug and upholstered headboard.....   Now we're getting cozy!

Mom-somnia

Photo courtesy Hunter Douglas Duette Duolites, Black-out Roller Shades and PowerView App on Ipad. Click here to learn more

Photo courtesy Hunter Douglas Duette Duolites, Black-out Roller Shades and PowerView App on Ipad.
Click here to learn more

Mom-somnia:  If you've heard this term or know what it means, you have my sympathy!  
You're fully aware that a good night's sleep only happens when your little ones sleep, and to that I say -  all of the above applies. From "The Foundation" in our first paragraph to painting the ceiling a starry night; creating a call to sleep for the kiddos should be first on your list.  
"Why", you may ask use black-out shades when the night light is on?
A couple of things come to mind, firstly, light-filtering shades allow shadows into the room from the outside world... headlights of passing cars... street lights.... that darn moon...
The same things that may wake us up have a tripled effect on the kids and their over-active imaginations.  Installing kid-friendly black-out shades may just be your ticket to sleep.  
Kick it up to the next level with PowerView motorization and you can set the shades to open when you want the kids to wake up.

What do you think can we design our way to a better night's sleep?  
We believe you will with the tips that we've shared.  
Contact our showroom for a personalized consultation.  
You may just be a black-out shade away to peaceful slumbers.

Sweet Dreams



 

Meet The Experts Open House April 30th

This year's Meet the Experts Open House marks our
25-year anniversary!

As you can imagine, we're very excited for this year's event and thank you for checking in here.  
Our "Experts" are coming together in our showroom with the newest product lines that you love the most. . .  Vinyl Planking. . . Window Coverings. . . Carpeting. . . Tile. . . Hardwood Floors
What makes our event a stand-out?  Our MEET THE EXPERTS event is a personalized home show where you meet one-on-one with Factory Reps, Installers and Industry Pros to learn more about the product's quality and application for your home.

April 16th - This just in!  You'll want to scroll down to see all the offerings for our Raffle Drawing.



 

MEET OUR "EXPERT"
TOM GARNER, TUFTEX CARPETS OF CALIFORNIA
Enter the event raffle to win
a beautiful area rug
(it's the rug on the far right)

Tom Garner began his career in flooring in 1977 as a carpet installer in Lansing, Michigan.  In 1983 he relocated to Southern California where he installed carpet at first, but then quickly moved into retail carpet sales.  After eleven years of retail sales and management, Tom switched to working for a carpet mill and began his 22-year career with Tuftex.  We're so happy that Tom will be our "Expert" for all your carpeting needs! Click here to see more on Tuftex Carpets

Tom Garner began his career in flooring in 1977 as a carpet installer in Lansing, Michigan.  In 1983 he relocated to Southern California where he installed carpet at first, but then quickly moved into retail carpet sales.  After eleven years of retail sales and management, Tom switched to working for a carpet mill and began his 22-year career with Tuftex. 
We're so happy that Tom will be our "Expert" for all your carpeting needs!
Click here to see more on Tuftex Carpets

Meet our "Expert" Toni Huggins of Hunter Douglas
See the magic of PowerView Motorization
One raffle prize winner will walk away with the magic
of the PowerView Hub!

Toni Huggins has been a player on the Hunter Douglas Sales team for a little over ten years and her energy is contagious!  She absolutely enjoys working alongside her dealer partners (namely Knight's) and loves her 'dream territory'.  Her expertise in Hunter Douglas Window Fashions is a definite Must Have for our event.  Toni is very excited to meet with you, share design ideas, and talk about "putting a motor on it" with the new PowerView app. Click here to see more on Hunter Douglas Window Fashions

Toni Huggins has been a player on the Hunter Douglas Sales team for a little over ten years and her energy is contagious!  She absolutely enjoys working alongside her dealer partners (namely Knight's) and loves her 'dream territory'.  Her expertise in Hunter Douglas Window Fashions is a definite Must Have for our event.  Toni is very excited to meet with you, share design ideas, and talk about "putting a motor on it" with the new PowerView app.
Click here to see more on Hunter Douglas Window Fashions

when it comes to tile...
see what emser tile has in store
for your floor and more

 

We had so much at last year's event, we're coming back to do it again!  Of course, we're bringing along pizza stones for the raffle and great savings on the above featured products.  Very excited to be a part of Knight's 25-year anniversary celebration! Click here to see more on Emser Tile

We had so much at last year's event, we're coming back to do it again!  Of course, we're bringing along pizza stones for the raffle and great savings on the above featured products.  Very excited to be a part of Knight's 25-year anniversary celebration!
Click here to see more on Emser Tile

Meet our expert
ryan burns of CORETEC VINYL
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE CORE

We've fallen in love with vinyl all over again, and you will too.  Our Expert Ryan Burns will walk us through the amazing properties of vinyl planking. The Core in COREtec is what makes this a truly unique floor with cork constructed in the underlayment.  Did we say "cork"?  Yes, we did and Ryan will be bringing along some local corkage for our raffle drawing. Click here for more on COREtec Vinyl Planking  

We've fallen in love with vinyl all over again, and you will too.  Our Expert Ryan Burns will walk us through the amazing properties of vinyl planking. The Core in COREtec is what makes this a truly unique floor with cork constructed in the underlayment.  Did we say "cork"?  Yes, we did and Ryan will be bringing along some local corkage for our raffle drawing.
Click here for more on COREtec Vinyl Planking
 

MEET OUR EXPERT SCOTT ASHMAN
design your home to fit your lifestyle
with hardwood or Laminate flooring

Are you wondering which wood will work for your home or office?  Scott Ashman's expertise in wood and laminate flooring is just the Expert advice we need to answer this question and more.   Hardwood or Laminate?  Custom Finishes?  Pattern layout?  Hardiness?  We came up with a few questions for Scott, now the question is:  What your's???   We have three outstanding product lines being featured for our event:  Mission Collection Hardwoods,   All American Laminates and Homerwood Hardwoods.     

Are you wondering which wood will work for your home or office?  Scott Ashman's expertise in wood and laminate flooring is just the Expert advice we need to answer this question and more.  
Hardwood or Laminate?  Custom Finishes?  Pattern layout?  Hardiness?  We came up with a few questions for Scott, now the question is:  What your's???  
We have three outstanding product lines being featured for our event:  Mission Collection Hardwoods,  
All American Laminates and Homerwood Hardwoods.  

  

Did someone say prizes?

What would a party be without goody bags?  Along with our Experts we've all been very busy bringing together some fabulous prizes for our raffle drawing and filling up the goody bags for all attendees.   This year's event is coming together with a ba-bang for our 25-year anniversary.  Can't wait to see everyone.  

What would a party be without goody bags?  Along with our Experts we've all been very busy bringing together some fabulous prizes for our raffle drawing and filling up the goody bags for all attendees.  
This year's event is coming together with a ba-bang for our 25-year anniversary.  Can't wait to see everyone.  

Had fun! Some great ideas in decorating.
You guys went above and beyond!
Knight’s has been our go-to for years and we love this show every year.

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Knight's, 25 Years and Still Smiling

I got together with the staff at Knight's to pose a couple of questions to Sheryl Knight on her 25 years as owner of Knight's Carpets and Interiors. A celebration of sorts and we had a lot fun reminiscing about our years working with Gordon and Sheryl, and hope you all will enjoy
"The Interview".

Close up and Personal with Sheryl Knight

How did you get started?

In 1978 we started our store "Knight's Floor and Window Coverings in Aptos, California.  That store originally belonged to Gordon's brother and we knew it would be a good fit for us.  So, that is, officially, where we started out.

Wow, that's 38 years ago.  What brought you and Gordon to Paso Robles?

Gordon was raised in Santa Maria and always wanted to get back to the Central Coast, so, we moved and started new in Paso Robles.  Fun to think back on those days with our daughters Carrissa and Eileen being involved in so many new things - 4H clubs, Cheerleading, Drama, new schools and really just making it all work in a town we grew to love so much.

Your 25 year anniversary is in celebration of your business on the Central Coast.  Where was that first location?

We opened our first showroom in January 1991 on Riverside Avenue and we still work with a lot of our original clients.
 

Thinking back on your years in business I am just now realizing that you've endured three recessions, all of which have hit the construction industry pretty hard.  What do you think has kept you successful in these industry down-turns?

Everyone struggles with the same challenges in business.  Cutting back, and knowing when to make those cut backs on all expenditures is a good rule of thumb.  The strengths I see are having a loyal clientele, the support of community and a good banker.

Do you have a most memorable project?

I would have to say the rebuilding of Flamson Middle School.  It was the largest job we had ever done.  We installed VCT Tiles, Commercial Sheet Vinyl and Commercial Carpeting throughout the new building.  
Another favorite was the Santa Lucia Bank on 13th and Spring Streets in Paso.  Our installers expertise and craftmanship really shined on this job where we inset carpet and did carpet carving as well.  

Those are great projects!   Looking back at the all changes within the flooring industry, what do you see as the most significant change or trend?

That's an easy one:  Carpet to Hard-surface-flooring.  Just a few years ago we started noticing that our Hardwood sales are surpassing the carpet sales.  I think this is due to increasing the home's value for resale.... possibly, and that Hardwoods are just easier to live with.

Outside of work, What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?

That we've raised cattle and horses on our property in Paso.

Moving forward in the new location, what do you see the future holds for Knight's?

Over the years, we have helped our clients with many different sources to complete their projects.  I see this as a great value and we will be managing more customer projects - arranging movers, painters, and all of the sources needed to complete an entire project.  A whole house coordination and I'm very excited about offering this service.

Final Words???

(she giggles) When can I retire?  
How about a longstanding goal of mine?  My goal is to make our customer service the best we can be.  We have a really good team and everyone works together to do whatever it takes to make our customers happy.

We know this to be true.

Hi everyone! This is Troy.  You may have noticed my author title at the top of this blog.  Yes, I hijacked Sheryl's blog page to share with you all a little inside info about Sheryl and Gordon's beginnings.  It is of no surprise to me that our team at Knight's keeps growing.  Creating confidence in others, caring about their work within our community and the reflection of quality that it brings, are just natural occurrences that I've discovered working with the Knights.  And, there's more. . .
Sheryl and Gordon have been happily married since 1976 - just another milestone for 2016!
They have two daughters, Carrisa and Eileen who are both working in education, and three grandkids that they spend a lot of time with.  You may have even seen the kiddos in the showroom.  Carrisa's husband, Marco Montenegro, has given us the gift of his beautiful work in photography, enhancing our portfolio with images that we could never get on our own.  
Click here for portfolio.
If you've had any window coverings installed, you may have met Eileen's husband, Geoff Higgins.  Geoff has worked with us over the last few years installing and with our move to the new location, he is essential in guiding us all in being more computer savvy - still working on that one!
All-in-all, we're one, big, happy family!
 

 

 

 

 

An Easy Resolution to Keep You Smiling

I resolve to not make a Resolution...

Just the word "Resolution", will have many of us running the other way.  The fear of failure, among other bad words, is not a happy place to be.
So, when did this ritual of new beginnings start?  It appears New Year's Resolutions have been around some 4,000 years - twisting and turning to fit each time period's cultural needs and expectations.  An interesting read - click to see more

Cleansing mind, body, and soul

Okay, okay, I did promise to keep you smiling and here's my theory:  Outside of sleeping where do we spend most of our time?  For many it's work - yes, "the other bad word".  Whether you go to an office, have an office at home, or have a specified spot to take care of paperwork, the time we spend working, more importantly the workspace itself, should be embraced with all that inspires us to look forward to walking into our workspaces.

If we're happy in our workspace, the rest will follow.

I have nothing against clutter, and if you've ever seen my office, you'll vouch to this fact!  Clutter is not one of our bad words, in fact, I'm putting it in the happy category.  Oh, I've organized, time and again, only to come back to my glorified mess.  Here's the smile:  Let's give this clutter a backdrop - A color, a pattern, a texture - something we'll smile about each and every time we look up from our - CLUTTER.  Budget minded?  Painting is the least expensive thing to bring balance to your workspace and just think of it:  If you're going to paint that wall behind the desk, you'll have to clean your desk, point and match-"the rest will follow"...
 

Benjamin Moore's Trending Palette for 2016 has a color for every space.

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Elements of nature for a desk backdrop present texture to an otherwise boring space.  Wood, Stone, Grasses or Cork enrich the senses.  One tip to introduce a bit of texture:  Whatever selection you have made for your workspace flooring, order a bit extra for the wall and complete the look with a backsplash effect or full wall covering in fun patterns of Chevron, Herringbone, stacked stone, mosaic and more.  The inspiration is yours.
For selections of flooring click here or visit our showroom.

Did someone say FLOORS?

Tiles to take you in directions of color and pattern where the possibilities are endless.  
The first three picks in our photo collage are vinyl tiles from Mannington Commercial.  Vinyl tiles are durable, easy-to-clean, offering a unique look that is budget friendly.
Take a look now at the two photos on the end - carpet tiles - not just for the bank lobby.  Carpet tiles are a great pick for home offices too where worn traffic areas can easily be replaced by just replacing the affected area and not the entire floor.  See more here with the Mohawk Group.

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One of our favorite installations of 2015 is the Marley Floor and, as promised you can take it with you.  This amazing floor is a portable vinyl dance floor.  After all is said and done not all work environments are about an office workspace.  Wherever your work takes you, we have a floor for that.  Hmmmmm, maybe there is a resolution in my future...  Seeing this floor makes me want to dance, or exercise???  Maybe a bit cheeky, but we do have a great selection of rubber floors for exercise rooms.
 

Trending Fashions

Do you love some of the newer decor trends, but don't want to upset the flow of your home's decor?  The office is the perfect setting for the new trends you love:  Metallic wallcoverings, shiny tile floors, carpeting with a hint of glimmer and a little bit of glitter grout are all trends to brighten your day.  Add some dramatic features with lighting fixtures such as this
"Grayson Chandelier" from Oly Studio.  Instead of those dreaded mats under your chair and to add more pattern, add an area rug.  For more inspiration on office trends visit our board on Pinterest.

Transformation

Home offices that fit in the most unsuspecting spaces are found under the stairway or in the closet, and don't you love this drawer idea to hide away power strip plug-ins?

Taking time to live life will only inspire your work

We hope you've enjoyed our NonResolution, that may be a resolution after all.  I like to think of it more as gifting yourself with an inspired workspace that will make your New Year a happier place for your work to live in for years to come.

Holidays in the Well Lived Home

'Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house . . .

Timeless updates that last well beyond the holiday decorating are the focus of "Holidays in the Well-Lived Home".  Give yourself a gift while at the same time entertaining family and friends.
Want to make a big impact?  Paint the front door!

We love this holiday color palette by Sherwin Williams.  Your guests will delight in the color of a welcoming entry door and you'll enjoy your new look for years to come.  Learn more about Sherwin Williams "Chip It"   **Always, always, always paint a sample swatch before beginning any paint project.  Computer palettes are deceiving.   Don't forget the welcome mat!  They make great gifts as well.  

We love this holiday color palette by Sherwin Williams.  Your guests will delight in the color of a welcoming entry door and you'll enjoy your new look for years to come.  Learn more about Sherwin Williams "Chip It"   **Always, always, always paint a sample swatch before beginning any paint project.  Computer palettes are deceiving.  
Don't forget the welcome mat!  They make great gifts as well.

 

We all have that one friend or neighbor that is always one step ahead in changing their decor with every season.  We stand in utter awe of their planning, their skills in announcing a new holiday is coming!  We love the effect and charm and secretly wonder:  "How do they do it?"
Well, dear readers, I do have one such friend whose creative juices are already overflowing into the next season before I've even planned how I'll decorate for this Season. So, I've tapped into her brain with the question:  

If you could choose one piece to carry through to every season, what would it be?

Gift yourself a few "vessels" as shown here and simply transform your space throughout the year.  The antique suitcase is a great vessel find! Of course, asking for that one thing and I ended up with two - no problem!  Compliment your design scheme with table runners.  Get out those fabric remnants or Gramma's lace doilies and highlight the Vessel Vignettes.  Given a couple of hours I could pull this off!  Love these Pinterest finds.  

Gift yourself a few "vessels" as shown here and simply transform your space throughout the year.  The antique suitcase is a great vessel find!
Of course, asking for that one thing and I ended up with two - no problem!  Compliment your design scheme with table runners.  Get out those fabric remnants or Gramma's lace doilies and highlight the Vessel Vignettes.  Given a couple of hours I could pull this off!  Love these Pinterest finds.  

I can't help but give a practical side note for your entryway:  Bullit-proof your floors!  
 Learn more here from our blog post focus:  The Well-Lived Home Entryways

Is it too late to add an accent wall?

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We don't think it's too late and an accent wall is the gift that keeps on giving.  You'll smile every time you walk by.  With York Wallcovering's new SureStrip papers you are assured of an easy on installation, and if you joined us at our Relocation Celebration you saw first-hand these papers are also easily removed.  

We're on a roll now and will carry our vessel creations throughout the home and use to coordinate our table centerpieces and trim the tree in our amazing color-scheme.    

Cue the tree trimming. . .

Real or fake, family-style or high-end design...
I wish, oh how I wish, someone would have given me these tips years ago.  Learning over the years time-saving techniques to filling my tree with decorations - key word "TIME SAVING".  Give me spools of wider width wire-rimmed ribbons, decorated garland, floral picks and sprays and I'll decorate tree after tree, after tree, and love doing it.
 

Once you have filled the tree with lights, or better yet start with a pre-lit tree, grab your decorated garland and from the top drape throughout the tree loosely, going around the tree horizontally.  You'll be coming back for a tuck here and there.  Now my favorite part the ribbon!!  Again from the top and running vertically, about 9 feet of ribbon for every foot of the tree.  Vis-a-vis, you'll need at least 6 - 9ft. spools for a six-foot tree.  Now weave the ribbon in and out from top to bottom at equal points of length all around the tree.  Fill in with your floral picks and sprays and a few ornaments that you used in your Vessel Vignettes and you'll be tree happy!

Let's get cozy

Even as a decorator the task of creating the perfect holiday scene has me feeling a bit  pressured.  It's important to remember that there is no such thing as "perfect" and for that very reason give yourself, and your friends, another gift this season of cozy comfort.  
I'm ready to wrap myself in these faux furs from our friends at Fabricut, and possibly recover the ottoman too. They look so divine I would not hesitate to leave my furry throw out on the sofa and invite someone to join me with a cup of a rich, hot cocoa made just for us adults - insert wink.  Of course, slippers we must have slippers in our "Well Lived Home".
 

A Close Up - Knight's Relocation Celebration

Exciting things were uncovered at our Relocation Celebration. . .
Happy faces, new friends, the spirit of our community and testing out products' claims.  We're so thankful for all who were able to attend the events, and for those who want a virtual experience of the fun we had, here it is:  

We kicked off our Celebration of events with a traditional Ribbon Cutting hosted by the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce.  We love being a part of our community and our new location was well received with a great turnout.  So much fun seeing friends and making new friends too. Thank you to the Chamber for all your efforts!

We kicked off our Celebration of events with a traditional Ribbon Cutting hosted by
the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce.  We love being a part of our community and our new location was well received with a great turnout.  So much fun seeing friends and making new friends too.
Thank you to the Chamber for all your efforts!

We put our products to the test!  Having fun with our manufacturer's claims we decided to give it a spin with our own products and created interactive events for our guests to put these claims to the test.  The challenge for us?  We did not prep or test beforehand; we just let it fly! The results are in....

Immediately following the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Toni Huggins was on hand to demonstrate Hunter Douglas' latest innovation of their PowerView Motorization.  We took the cue "Designed to Simplify Your Life", and wondered how simple will this presentation be?  If you've ever traveled through our neck of the woods, cellphone reception can be lacking at times.  This was forefront in our minds as Toni began her presentation -  Yes, there's an app for that, but will it work!   Voila!  The PowerView demonstration was a success.  Our display shades seemed to have a mind of their own - raising, lowering, vanes tilting and an Ahhhhhhh falling over the crowd.  Success!  Our attendees ideas for implementing PowerView Motorization into their own homes - priceless.   My favorite:  Who wouldn't want to wake to shades being raised in their bedroom and the welcoming sunlight instead of that dreaded buzzing of the alarm!   Learn more about PowerView here  

Immediately following the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Toni Huggins was on hand to demonstrate Hunter Douglas' latest innovation of their PowerView Motorization.  We took the cue "Designed to Simplify Your Life", and wondered how simple will this presentation be?  If you've ever traveled through our neck of the woods, cellphone reception can be lacking at times.  This was forefront in our minds as Toni began her presentation -  Yes, there's an app for that, but will it work!  
Voila!  The PowerView demonstration was a success.  Our display shades seemed to have a mind of their own - raising, lowering, vanes tilting and an Ahhhhhhh falling over the crowd.  Success!  Our attendees ideas for implementing PowerView Motorization into their own homes - priceless.  
My favorite:  Who wouldn't want to wake to shades being raised in their bedroom and the welcoming sunlight instead of that dreaded buzzing of the alarm!  
Learn more about PowerView here

 

Day Two - Paper Party

One of the events we were very excited about, and still are, was our Paper Party. Presented by Ellen Kneely of York Wallcoverings featuring the SureStrip wallpaper.  York's tempting tagline: "Easy to Install.  Easy to Remove." had us at hello!  If you've ever tried installing, or more importantly removing wallpaper, only to end up swearing to the decorating Gods you will never cover your walls in paper again - you're in good company.   Scene set let's party!  A couple of days before the event we prepped a dry wall board and papered one end with the SureStrip papers as recommended using only hot water.  We wanted to be sure it was totally dry, set, fixed.  We didn't stop there, we brought in professional wallpaper installer, Tony Valentino, for an expert opinion on York's amazing claims.  Tony's take on the Paper?  "The paper came off very easy and the quality of the paper is great and looks like it would be very durable...."   With this recommendation I can't wait to get to papering my walls again!

One of the events we were very excited about, and still are, was our Paper Party. Presented by Ellen Kneely of York Wallcoverings featuring the SureStrip wallpaper.  York's tempting tagline:
"Easy to Install.  Easy to Remove." had us at hello!  If you've ever tried installing, or more importantly removing wallpaper, only to end up swearing to the decorating Gods you will never cover your walls in paper again - you're in good company.  
Scene set let's party!  A couple of days before the event we prepped a dry wall board and papered one end with the SureStrip papers as recommended using only hot water.  We wanted to be sure it was totally dry, set, fixed.  We didn't stop there, we brought in professional wallpaper installer, Tony Valentino, for an expert opinion on York's amazing claims.  Tony's take on the Paper?  "The paper came off very easy and the quality of the paper is great and looks like it would be very durable...."  
With this recommendation I can't wait to get to papering my walls again!

And, then there was crazy. . .

There is a means to the end of our Relocation Celebration and this event, well, here it is!  Mohawk Carpeting has promoted it's SmartStrand carpeting over the years with challenges that give clean freaks everywhere a shiver.  From Mohawk's first Rhino Challenge to today's Tough Mudder series it is the ultimate of the messiest messes and at Knight's we felt there was no better way to put SmartStrand carpets to the test than with our own little twist of challenges:  Pumpkin Carving on Carpets.   So, how did we prepare for the challenge?  To be fair and although it was highly recommended, we did not test the carpeting before the challenge.  Once again, we let the chips, or pumpkins in this case, fall where they may.  Our test consultants worthy of this challenge - kids!  

There is a means to the end of our Relocation Celebration and this event, well, here it is!  Mohawk Carpeting has promoted it's SmartStrand carpeting over the years with challenges that give clean freaks everywhere a shiver.  From Mohawk's first Rhino Challenge to today's Tough Mudder series it is the ultimate of the messiest messes and at Knight's we felt there was no better way to put SmartStrand carpets to the test than with our own little twist of challenges:  Pumpkin Carving on Carpets.  
So, how did we prepare for the challenge?  To be fair and although it was highly recommended, we did not test the carpeting before the challenge.  Once again, we let the chips, or pumpkins in this case, fall where they may.  Our test consultants worthy of this challenge - kids!  

The challenger:  Steam Away Carpet Cleaners

Is it Team Steam Away vs. Mohawk SmartStrand Carpets?  Pumpkins vs. Steam Away?   Or, boy oh boy you sure made a big mess!  For us it's Pumpkins vs ALL!!  The gauntlet is thrown, the challenge is on:  Will Mohawk's SmartStrand Forever Clean carpeting "the toughest, easiest to clean carpet on the planet" stand-up to our pumpkin challenge?  Dave Vance, owner of Steam Away, is not so sure..... pumpkins, carpets and kids,  oh my....  

Is it Team Steam Away vs. Mohawk SmartStrand Carpets?  Pumpkins vs. Steam Away?  
Or, boy oh boy you sure made a big mess! 
For us it's Pumpkins vs ALL!!  The gauntlet is thrown, the challenge is on:  Will Mohawk's SmartStrand Forever Clean carpeting "the toughest, easiest to clean carpet on the planet" stand-up to our pumpkin challenge?  Dave Vance, owner of Steam Away, is not so sure..... pumpkins, carpets and kids, 
oh my....
 

Close-up we can see why Dave of Steam Away was a bit skeptical.  What a mess!   Give it up for Mohawk SmartStrand Forever Clean Carpets - Winner and still champion.   We're happy, Team Steam Away is happy and the pumpkin carver's parents are very happy too.  Notice the leftover stain in the last photo?  We left it for comparison - a keepsake of sorts. After the daring day, we spoke with our carpet cleaning pro, Dave Vance:  "I was skeptical about it cleaning up, but it did.  I use a hot water extraction method and i would recommend this carpet...." There was talk from our parents about cleaning up wine stains, hmmmmmmmmmm, looks like another challenge may be in the works - maybe our annual Meet The Experts will be a great setting for wine on carpets.    We just hope Steam Away will be available. Contact Steam Away Carpet Cleaning at 237-9958.  

Close-up we can see why Dave of Steam Away was a bit skeptical.  What a mess!  
Give it up for Mohawk SmartStrand Forever Clean Carpets - Winner and still champion.  
We're happy, Team Steam Away is happy and the pumpkin carver's parents are very happy too.  Notice the leftover stain in the last photo?  We left it for comparison - a keepsake of sorts.
After the daring day, we spoke with our carpet cleaning pro, Dave Vance:  "I was skeptical about it cleaning up, but it did.  I use a hot water extraction method and i would recommend this carpet...."
There was talk from our parents about cleaning up wine stains, hmmmmmmmmmm, looks like another challenge may be in the works - maybe our annual Meet The Experts will be a great setting for wine on carpets.    We just hope Steam Away will be available.
Contact Steam Away Carpet Cleaning at 237-9958.
 

Celebrating our new location with everyone was so much fun, and our journey continues.  
It doesn't seem all that long ago that we started off in Paso Robles, and here we are coming up on the 25 year mark in this beautiful place we call home.  
We're still celebrating our new location with Storewide Savings to continue through the end of the year.    
Stop by and Say Hi!

Great Rooms in The Well-Lived Home

Revisiting our rooms in the Well-Lived Home,  today we tackle the Great Room with great emphasis on the word "tackle".   Consider this:  A Great Room is a space within the home which combines the specific functions of several of the more traditional room spaces - the family room, the living room, the study or den, the dining room and more notably, the kitchen into a singular unified space.   We enter the modern home with enthusiasm where the mix of family living is shared, varied, eclectic, transitional and most deserving of a design strategy that brings a comfort of efficiency within the space.
So, you ask . . .
"What is a great design strategy for the Great Room?"  
As the Great Room is a compilation of all rooms, so is our answer and we've called in some help from our local decorators and designers. . .

                                        Photo credit Emser Tile

                                        Photo credit Emser Tile

Interior Decorator Diane Curley's approach is to start with the floors.  "For open floor plans it's best to go with what I like to call bulletproof floors and the first thing that comes to mind is Tile Planking.  My design strategy is floors that flow while at the same time designating each space as its own by turning the planks, and adding interest with floor patterns".
Diane Curley is an Interior Decor Professional with Knight's Carpets and Interiors

                                                               Room photo courtesy of Sherwin Williams

                                                               Room photo courtesy of Sherwin Williams

". . . because great rooms tend to be more contemporary in style, I love using the dark warmer gray tones". . .  What makes a gray warmer?  "Subtle brown undertones add a depth of richness and expand the space.  As long as there is plenty of natural light flowing into the room, the deeper tones will work.  I'm currently working on a project where I've incorporated paintable wall sconces.  The Metro Wall Sconce by Justice Design Group is from Lumines Light.  They blend into the wall beautifully creating a soft glow."
Click here to visit Eliana's website
 

"For my busy family our kitchen is the Living Room, kids working on homework at the island while we're getting dinner ready, and finally getting the little ones to their beds gives us some time to relax and enjoy with the lights dimmed.  Key lighting systems are essential for open floor plans combining function with decorative fixtures, incorporating practical uses with dimmers, sensors and wireless integration  is our strategy for well designed lighting in the great room".
Chelsea Silva is an Interior Decorator/Lighting Specialist with Wesco Electric Inc.
Click here to visit Wesco Electric's website

                                Custom Furnishings and Fabrics credit Robert Allen                     Area Rug by Jaunty

                                Custom Furnishings and Fabrics credit Robert Allen                     Area Rug by Jaunty

"I have to say the thing I love most about working in Great Rooms is the mix of fabric patterns that the space calls for.  Starting with the smallest detail in the barstools at the island and moving and mixing throughout with a base fabric pattern that carries into each area for the upholstery of the dining chairs to the draperies, and decor pillows. If the space allows, create seating with back-to-back sofas that integrate the living/family room with the kitchen and define the seating areas with area rugs".
Marie Goldsmith is an Interior Decorator with Knight's Carpets and Interiors

Lynn Donovan, Interior Designer Donovan and Donovan Construction, reminds us what Great Room living is all about . . .  
"What I love about Great Rooms is the welcoming feeling for family and friends to spend good times together cooking, sharing meals and playing games. . ." 
"One important aspect is to address the window coverings.  Since the television and other media are usually in that room it is imperative to address the amount of light and glare coming into the room.  With new technology and innovation it is possible to provide just the right amount of illumination".
To contact Lynn at Donovan & Donovan Construction give her a call at 239-0848

                                                     Room photo credit Silestone

                                                     Room photo credit Silestone

One of the core elements that are consistent in our great room concept, and my contribution to this blog post, are the countertops and I'm happy to report that we do carry a quality selection of countertops.
Gordon and I are so very thankful for the time and the feedback we received from all of the designers and decorators who participated in making our Great Room GREAT.  It's truly enlightening to see all of the different design perspectives through the eyes of our local professionals.  
We've included the contact info for all our participating designers along with links for product information.  If you need more info on any of the products we've featured or a design strategy give us a call, we're happy to be of service.
Thanks so much for joining us in the Great Room.  Stay with us as we go room-by-room in our Well-Lived Home there's a link below to subscribe via e-mail.

"I work on the assumption that a house is successful if it is pleasant to live in"
- Alexandra Garidel Thoron

 

The Well-Lived Home Entryways

In my decorating travels over the years there are so many things I've learned from our clients. The ins and the outs of providing practical solutions for family living, all the while maintaining a well-appointed design.  An interesting challenge that can and will become one for us in "The Well-Lived Home".

The Entryway is the first impression...
 

CoretecPlus Premium Vinyl Plank in Mission Oak

CoretecPlus Premium Vinyl Plank in Mission Oak

For those who are fortunate enough to have a mud-room and entry from the garage, the landing area for the clutter of a busy day is easy to hide.  For the rest of us the landing area must become a feature in the design.   The console table is an intricate piece to this theory and becomes the catch-all for keys, homework, shoes and more so choose well.  Keeping the top of the console decorated will distract from the mess hidden within and detour family members from cluttering the top.  Give them a flat surface within arm's reach and it'll easily be filled with the findings of the day.

It's all about the drawers... Working closely with clients we've discovered dressers and sideboards make wonderful entryway tables.  

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The big and the small of it.  
Living large, if you have the space we say go for it! As shown here in this entry hall a very family-oriented space with enough drawers for hiding you'll have to assign a row for each member of the household, pets too.
When working with smaller spaces that don't offer an entryway, create one by placing the console table close to the door and incorporating into the living area.  Designate the flow with an area rug.  This small space is very charming and will easily adapt to any design theme.  
The consoles are picked and have been placed, but what about the floors?

Our Favorite Entryway Floors for our Well-Lived Home are worry-free selections that can a take a beating and hold their beauty.

When you want to carry real wood floors throughout your home a stunning compliment for the entryway is to create an area rug with tile.  Capture the tones of your decor and protect your wood flooring from the in and out traffic through the entryway.  Do you have an open floor plan with a view to the kitchen?  Replicating the tile from the kitchen to the entry gives beautiful balance to your open spaces.

Armstrong's Rustics Premium Laminate Flooring

Armstrong's Rustics Premium Laminate Flooring

You love the look of wood floors without the worry of higher traffic areas.  The choice is laminate flooring, but which one?  Your first consideration in making the right selection is the floor's rating.  Is the floor rated for commercial use?  This is a great guideline to go by.  Commercially-rated floors are optimum in performance for your home's entryway.  Our pick is Armstrong's Rustics Premium Laminate offering a 50-year residential warranty and a 10-year commercial warranty.  

DalTile Collections

DalTile Collections

A cohesive spirit is happiest when the outdoor flooring carries through to the interior.  Curb-appeal to our first impression entryway design is accomplished with tile.

For our carpet lovers let us lay on the hospitality.  Hospitality in this case refers to the type of carpet.  Milled in a collection of inspiring colors and details just for public places and if it works in the hotel lobby it certainly will work for our entryway design.  We're featuring
Masland's Contract Carpeting. Combine with selections of Mohawk's SmartStrand Forever Clean carpets and we're covering the adjoining rooms too - worry-free softness underfoot. 

We've come full circle and have decided it's time to present some area rug offerings.  Presentation is everything after all and we do love our Jaunty Area Rug collections.  I think I see a "Perfect Pair" here..
Thank you for joining us in our "Well Lived Home".  We'll be following up with a sequel soon.  The floors we've featured are of products that we showcase and if you'd like to see the sampling in your own home, please give us a call. We also provide interior design services to assist you in all phases of your entryway project.
  

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A Designer's Guide To Fitting An Area Rug

Most rooms need an area rug - A welcome invitation to define the space where patterns merge and treat the feet.  An Area Rug "Fitting" for your room is just like a visit to the seamstress with a stitch here and tuck there, then finally delighting in the perfect fit.  The area rug is just that a larger piece of your wardrobe to live on and love day after day.

So, how do we make the perfect fit?  Start with your style it will lead you in the right direction. Which component of your design will the rug serve?  Are you wanting more texture, a softer blending of neutral palettes for tranquility or is making a statement the design component you desire?  
Think quality and all will be well.  Similar to your flooring selection a quality area rug will be with you for years.  Look for "hand-made", "hand-tufted" or "hand-woven" qualities.  Wools are the go-to fiber for higher quality rugs and are naturally soft, and stain and crush resistant as well.  To further extend the life of the rug we recommend an underlayment.  An area rug pad or cushion which comes in different qualities specific to your flooring type - rug over carpet, rug over hardwood, etc.
 

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Let's compliment the room using the pictured layout settings that feature popular arrangements.  With area rugs bigger is better as the rug becomes the foundation for the furnishings.  Consider the size of the room and leave a good amount of space (at least a foot) for your existing floor to show, keeping in mind that the area rug is the compliment, a layer to the design.
Working with our clients I like to give a good visual for the size of the rug, with measuring tape in hand I measure out the space to the furniture arrangement - chair at an angle here, back of sofa not on rug....  Visualization is a must, and if we must we'll tape off the perimeter area using painters tape.   I've had great results with this technique and now we have our rug size...  or do we?  
 

You've completed your measure, you've even tried templating the space with painter's tape, and you're perfect fit rug isn't available in the standards.  Let's call this the fun part, that part where the creative decorator inside you is screaming "WAIT! I HAVE AN IDEA" and that idea is CUSTOM.  Any shape, size, and colorway banded together to complete your own masterpiece.  You may notice we've been playing with the frames of the photos to inspire this purpose, purposely.  An FYI - custom banding can also be added to a standard area rug size.  

Let's mix it up a bit.  We've found a perfect pairing with a standard size area rug in the entry and a custom size for the living area.  The custom rug is made with broadloom carpeting cut, bound and fit to the space. Photo courtesy - Karastan Carpets.  Click on photo to see more Karastan offerings.

Let's mix it up a bit.  We've found a perfect pairing with a standard size area rug in the entry and a custom size for the living area.  The custom rug is made with broadloom carpeting cut, bound and fit to the space.
Photo courtesy - Karastan Carpets.  Click on photo to see more Karastan offerings.

Just a couple of tips for dining in style:  You should be able to pull out all chairs with chair legs remaining on rug.  To achieve your optimal rug size add 24 inches to each side of the table, of course, more if available and don't forget to include the leaf extension.  You'll want the hardwood or tile to still play a part  in your overall design scheme, so allow a minimum of ten inches to feature your hard surface floors. Photo courtesy:  Jaunty Area Rugs.  Click on photo to see more Jaunty Rug offerings.

Just a couple of tips for dining in style:  You should be able to pull out all chairs with chair legs remaining on rug.  To achieve your optimal rug size add 24 inches to each side of the table, of course, more if available and don't forget to include the leaf extension.  You'll want the hardwood or tile to still play a part  in your overall design scheme, so allow a minimum of ten inches to feature your hard surface floors.
Photo courtesy:  Jaunty Area Rugs.  Click on photo to see more Jaunty Rug offerings.

In the bedroom the area rug will work best when placed under the bed.  This will give you cozy comfort when stepping out of bed.  An 8 x 10 area rug will work for a king-size bed. Using the 10-foot side as the width will give you about 20-inches on each side of the bed.   Again, going bigger is better and measuring to include the nightstands will give you a good balance.  To determine the length get a good position of where your feet hit the floor in the morning and your set.

In the bedroom the area rug will work best when placed under the bed.  This will give you cozy comfort when stepping out of bed.  An 8 x 10 area rug will work for a king-size bed. Using the 10-foot side as the width will give you about 20-inches on each side of the bed.   Again, going bigger is better and measuring to include the nightstands will give you a good balance.  To determine the length get a good position of where your feet hit the floor in the morning and your set.

Area Rugs define your living spaces

Feeling better about your area rug fitting?  A second pair of eyes, or maybe just a simple tweak, will have you in that aha moment validating your vision for success.  At Knight's our designers are here for you every step of the way, offering complimentary consultations to complete your *Perfect Pairing*.  When your beautiful masterpiece has been completed, our installers are available to deliver and place for you as well. 

Still have questions?  Post your questions in the comments below and we'll post our solutions.  

Happy Decorating!



 







 

One Room ~ Three Views

One Room      ~        Three Views

Our flooring vendors always feature the most inspiring rooms leaving room for the inner decorator in us all to fill in the spaces and imagine the possibilities to create our style from within.

Are Your Windows Special?

All windows are special they give us our view to the world and we absolutely love the architectural design and unexpected shapes of specialty windows. . . 
So, how do we cover them?
There are just two questions to ask yourself - Yes, just two for now.

  1. Do I want the window completely exposed at times to relish in the architectural features?  OR...
  2. Am I okay that the angled or arched portion will be permanently covered.  If you answered yes here, you no doubt have discovered the sun's glare is glaring indeed.

Option One - THE SOLUTION

To be able to enjoy the integrity of the specialty window in all it's detail an outside mounted covering is key.  Our favorite pick is draperies with a decorative rod customized to feature the opening.

Photo credit:  Le Fer Forge Drapery Hardware  

Photo credit:  Le Fer Forge Drapery Hardware

 

Of course, shutters run a close second and are optimal in becoming one with the window.

Photo credit: Knight's Carpets & Interiors

Photo credit: Knight's Carpets & Interiors

Option Two - SOLUTIONS

For those of you wanting to permanently diminish uninvited light and prefer the option of inside mounted coverings there are many possibilities.  Specialty window coverings have evolved over the years to meet your personal design style.  Honeycomb shades being the most popular are a practical solution. Roman-fold shades in your choice of fabric, woven wood shades for natural textures and Silhouette window shadings for a light and airy look.

Hunter Douglas Duettes      Photo:  Pinterest               Horizons Woven Woods    Hunter Douglas Silhouette                                                                                                                           

Hunter Douglas Duettes      Photo:  Pinterest               Horizons Woven Woods    Hunter Douglas Silhouette


                                                                                                                      

 

 

If you're good at puzzles - round hole, square peg type of thing, then you may jump into a design all your own.  For most of us the best way to proceed is with a Window Covering Expert. This is the part where we add more questions to determine the best selections for a perfect fit, create a template, and arrange for a professional installation - another key ingredient for success.

For more ideas on Specialty Window Coverings visit our showroom, call for an in-home consultation of your windows or check out our board on Pinterest.  You can also post any questions you have here in the comments section.  We're happy to be of service.