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4 Tips for Creating a Cozier Living Space

If one of the most frequented rooms in your home is small, dark and dull, you might be itching to spruce it up and transform it into a sanctuary for your family – but what do you do if you’re not exactly an experienced interior designer? Luckily, it doesn’t always take a professional to know how to select the appropriate flooring, furniture and decorative pieces to enhance a dark, bland space. Here are four tips on how to improve the decor of a room that could use a little extra TLC.

1. Use bright colors.
Whether your room has a limited amount of space or you simply want to brighten it up, there’s no easier way to do so than through color. Consider picking carpet flooring in a light neutral to make the room feel larger than it really is.


2. Bring in reflective surfaces.
Reflective surfaces can do wonders for a room that lacks space and style. Instead of decking out your walls with paintings, use antique mirrors instead to reflect light and create the illusion of more space. Use glass coffee tables or side tables that spread natural light throughout the room. These small tactics can go a long way when it comes to creating elegance and a welcoming atmosphere.


3. Utilize natural light.
What better way to brighten up a space than with sunlight? If your room has numerous windows, you’re in luck – these are the most effective tools you have to create a more inviting space. Allow sunlight to flow into your room throughout the day to make it a cozier area for work and play. Work in more window treatments to anchor the room in warm light.


4. Incorporate storage pieces.
Keeping your room neat and tidy might be all that’s necessary to enhance its interior design. That being said, you may want to bring in new pieces of storage furniture to make this dream a reality, whether it’s an armoire or a small standing cabinet. These items can make it easier for you and your family to maintain the decor of the space.


Whether you plan on decorating now or in the near future, these tips can help you create an interior design worth keeping for years to come.



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October 19, 2012 · 1:58 PM

Teragren’s Bamboo now Certified USDA BioPreferred


With a growing number of consumers, design professionals and builders seeking ways to incorporate “green” products into their home design projects, the Teragren company is an experienced partner and valuable resource.

Teragren was founded in 1994 (under the name of “TimberGrass”), and have been committed to developing and manufacturing beautiful bamboo products that:

· Reduce dependence on dwindling timber resources
· Rely on renewable-resource materials
· Adhere to stringent, environmentally sensitive specifications
· Promote green building
· Help neutralize the company’s environmental footprint

As a pioneer in the bamboo flooring industry, Teragren has championed strict environmental standards. They’ve worked with the U.S. Green Building Council to promote its LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™, a system that has become the national standard. Because bamboo is a rapidly renewable resource, all of our products contribute to LEED® v3 certification under MR Credit 6: Rapidly Renewable Materials. All Teragren traditional bamboo flooring, panel and veneer products made with our proprietary no-added-urea-formaldehyde adhesive, and our formaldehyde-free bamboo countertops/table tops, comply with IEQ Credit 4.4: Low-Emitting Materials—Composite Wood and Agrifiber Products. Teragren Portfolio and Synergy™ solid-strip strand bamboo flooring, stair parts and trim, as well as our strand panels and veneer qualify for LEED® v3 IEQ Credit 4.4 because they are manufactured using a phenol-formaldehyde adhesive that emits an average of 0.01 ppm of formaldehyde.


Teragren delivers peace of mind by complying with the highest quality, environmental, and health standards. Their floors were first in the industry to earn FloorScore®-certification, the highest air quality standard in the world. The FloorScore® program rigorously tests products for 78 different VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). Certified products qualify for use in high performance schools and offices and are recognized as contributing to good indoor air quality in order to ensure human health. All Teragren floors qualify for IEQ Credit 4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Flooring Systems. Teragren Bamboo has earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label for its complete line of bamboo building products, the company announced. The USDA Certified Biobased Product Label verifies that the products’ amount of renewable biobased ingredients meets or exceeds prescribed USDA levels. Biobased products are goods composed in whole or in significant part of agricultural, forestry, or marine materials.

Teragren’s USDA BioPreferred program was created to promote the increased purchase and use of biobased products which are expected to reduce petroleum consumption, increase the use of renewable resources, better manage the carbon cycle, and may contribute to reducing adverse environmental and health impacts.

“We are very excited that our products have tested at such a high biobased content, and are looking forward to proudly displaying the USDA BioPreferred label on all of our products going forward” said Teragren president Mike Boshart. The label is estimated to be on certified Teragren products and available to consumers by early 2013.



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Tile News: Porcelain vs. Ceramic


Tile terminology can be confusing. Most types of tiles are made from clay or a mixture of clay and other materials.  They are then kiln-fired. The larger classification of “ceramic tiles” can be split into two groups: 1) porcelain tiles and 2) non-porcelain tiles. These non-porcelain tiles are frequently referred to as “ceramic tiles” by themselves, separate from porcelain tiles.  While porcelain tiles technically are a subset of ceramics, they are often referred to as porcelains because they are denser, stronger and more durable tile flooring.


Ceramic Tiles are generally made from red or white clay fired in a kiln. They are almost always finished with a durable glaze which carries the color and pattern. They can be naturally colored and left unglazed (like terra cotta) or they can have highly stylized and designed surfaces that are glazed.  They can be glazed in a high gloss or matte finish. These tiles are used in both wall tile and floor tile applications.  They are softer and easier to cut than porcelain, and usually carry a PEI 0 to 3 rating (see below). Ceramic tiles are usually suitable for very light to moderate traffic and generally have a relatively high water absorption rating making them less frost resistant. They tend to be more prone to wear and chipping than porcelain tiles.  And, because they often red or white underneath, when they do chip, it tends to show more.

Porcelain Tiles are a newer tile form that are extremely popular among residential and commercial flooring projects. They are generally made by the dust pressed method from porcelain clays and fired at much higher temperatures than ceramic tiles. This process makes porcelain tile more dense, less porous, much harder and less prone to moisture and stain absorption than ceramic tiles. For these reasons, most porcelain tiles are suitable for both indoor and outdoor installation. Porcelain tiles usually have a much lower water absorption rate (less than 0.5%) than non-porcelain tiles making them frost resistant or frost-proof.


PEI stands for Porcelain Enamel Institute

This rating acts as a universal meter to rank porcelain tile in its application and use.

Class 1:  No foot traffic.  Wall use only

Class 2:  Light traffic.  Bathroom wall and floor applications

Class 3:  Light to moderate traffic.  Walls, counter tops and floors normal foot traffic

Class 4:  Moderate to heavy traffic.  Good for all residential applications as well as medium commercial and light institutional

Class 5:  Heavy to extra heavy traffic.  All residential and all commercial and institutional use.

Full body porcelain tiles carry the color and pattern through the entire thickness of the tile making them virtually impervious to wear and are suitable for any application from residential to the highest traffic commercial or industrial applications. Porcelain tiles are available in matte, unglazed or a high polished finish.  They tend to look more authentic to natural stone products.

Overall choosing a tile floor is always contingent on pattern, color, and price. Homeowners please consider the application and the potential foot traffic your prospective new floor will experience. At ProSource, we house over 20,000 flooring samples in each of our showrooms, so stop in today and take tour of our amazing tile selection!



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You Got What On The Carpet?!!


Once I had planned a fun activity to do with the kids. I bought a white sheet at the thrift store and laid out plates of different colored paint. My idea was for the kids to dip their feet in the paint and then run all over the sheet–decorating it with their cute little multi-colored footprints. Sounds cute, right? Well, I guess I didn’t explain it fully to the little ones because as soon as my little girl stepped into the blue paint…she took off running across the sheet…and into the living room, which was carpeted in a nice, pale shade of beige. There they were–little blue footprints all over the carpet. It took everything in me not to react, but to respond with kindness. “Oops! We were supposed to just run on the sheet!” Inside, I was thinking, ‘how in the world am I ever going to get those footprints out of that carpet?’

~Hannah Keeley

Similar to most adults whose floors bear the proof of a very active household, Hannah’s story rings true for many puzzled with the problem of stained carpet. Well not to fear, here are a few suggestions tips and tricks on how to resolve and restore mishaps on your floor.

  1. To remove red wine from a carpet, scrub the stain with club soda or cover the stain with salt to let it absorb the wine. Vacuum the residue. If the stain remains, wipe with a solution of detergent, water, and a few drops of white vinegar.
  2. To raise depressions in the carpet left by heavy furniture, hold a steam iron close enough for steam to reach the carpet, but don’t let the iron touch the carpet. Lift fibers by scraping them with edge of a coin or spoon.
  3. To remove gum from carpet, try pressing ice cubes against the gum until it becomes brittle and breaks off. Then use a spot remover to get rid of the remnants.
  4. Club soda is effective in getting up fresh stains in carpet. Just pour some on the spot, let it set for a few seconds, and then sponge it up.
  5. To remove candle wax from a carpet, place a brown paper bag over the spot and put a hot iron over it. The wax will be absorbed into the bag.

And in the event you can’t get the stain out, there’s always replacement. Let ProSource be your first and only stop for new soft surface floor-covering for the active living spaces in your home!


Your First Source for Carpet

Experience the huge selection of residential commercial carpet that only a leading  carpet distributor like ProSource can deliver. Each of our carpet Showrooms features a huge selection of residential and commercial carpet spanning a wide range of colors and styles. From traditional and simplistic designs to the most elegant and luxurious offerings available, select the carpet flooring that best suits your needs – all at reasonable wholesale prices. Visit our carpet Showrooms to see custom colors and quality products from carpet manufacturers all over the world.

Synthetic Carpet Fiber 101

Understanding fiber is key to understanding carpet. It breaks down easily into two major categories, synthetic carpet fibers and natural. Natural carpet fibers are derived from animal or vegetable sources that are processed further to make yarn. Cotton and jute are the primary vegetable-based fibers while wool is the most popular of the animal-based variety. Wool carpet fiber is expensive due to high demand and somewhat limited supply and is used mostly for rugs and higher-end carpets.

Synthetic fibers are produced chemically via petroleum products and include:

  • Nylon carpet-the work horse of carpet, comprises 75% of the industry, is resilient, cleanable and easiest to dye and style
  • Polyester carpet-softer and more accepting of brighter dyes, it’s used mostly in residential spaces due to its susceptibility to matting and crushing
  • Polypropolene carpet fibers-extremely durable and unable to absorb moisture, it’s inexpensive and used primarily for commercial installations inside and out

Whatever you  choose, ProSource has the price and selection to leave you floored!

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