Chocolate and Caramel Hues with Mohawk Flooring REVEAL & Giveaway

We are so happy with our new Mohawk SmartStrand carpet in our home.

Just in time for the holidays, we’ve now had all of the carpet installed with top-notch service from Fashion Floors in Medford.

Today’s the BIG REVEAL!


Here’s the history, how we got involved with the Mohawk Floors Me program. And today I’ll be walking you through the rooms in our home. With our chocolate and caramel hues throughout the home, with paint and wood, you can’t help but feel a much warmer glow to our home with our new carpet!


And after, with Mohawk’s SmartStrand Unrivaled Elegance (504 Rock Wall).

It’s the most used room (besides the kitchen) in the house. NO TV, but we gather here, sometimes we even eat in this area, music … guests … etc.


And after.

We love the darker contrasting color of carpet with our lighter furniture.

Our carpet problems began about 2 years after we moved into our home. We’d be in a different place today if we had purchased SmartStrand back in 2005, because of the way you can clean up stains and pet urine.

When my husband and I traveled to Ireland and England, a friend of ours came and brought her (cute) doggie here, while she cared for our home. But the problem started there … ever since she was here with her little dog in our house for 2 weeks, Haggis started doing his thing (wetting!) If someone came into our home who had a dog (like all of our kids’ friends), Haggis would mark his territory.

Yes, this cute little feller. (With NEW carpet!)

Old stairway.

And new.

Abby had a cat who puked all the time. We hear this is common with cats, and we even changed her cat food many times. It’s been a long time now since she’s puked, but she left her mark in many places (Oh, what we do for our pets!)

We’ve had lots of dinner parties, lots of kids over (our kids were 13, 11, and 9 when we moved in). One of Abby’s friends spilled a berry smoothie up in the family room, and that’s just one example of the many incidents our old carpet had endured.

Our old carpet’s issues:
1. We didn’t buy expensive carpet.
2. The color was too “light” throughout the house.
3. We didn’t have SmartStrand, with which you can clean stains with water (and it won’t seep through to the padding).
4. We let other pets in our house.
5. We couldn’t find a cat food that our kitty wouldn’t puke up!
6. Our bedroom was a high traffic area.
7. The entry and living room is where the kids came in after soccer and took off their muddy cleats.

The list goes on and on.


Abby’s room’s stains are now gone!

With new plush low-pile pin-dot pattern carpet (Natural Setting – 523 Subtle Skies) that goes well with her color scheme (and photography on walls).

Now bright and fresh! (with kitty, Hobbes)


We’re so happy with the results of this past week’s work.

We stripped everything out, and then put the furniture back in. Awww, I love the simple look. No clutter!

I put a few pieces back in to transition us from fall/Thanksgiving to the Christmas season, but this next week we’ll be putting our tree up.


Our master bedroom has newly installed Lavish Living (Color 513 Bocote) plush low-pile carpet (don’t you love the pattern?) It’s soft and sturdy, but encompasses your feet as you walk on it.

A huge improvement to our bedroom and walk in closet.


Upstairs we are loving the look … and feel. This is where we hang out and watch TV together. Our new carpet: Mohawk’s Refresh Effect – 507 Taupe (short twisted friese with a fleck pattern).

This last Saturday night we had guests over for dinner. We ate upstairs with our friends and watched the Ducks (U of O) game (they lost to Standford! boo!). BTW, we plan to reface the “original 1978” stone fireplace one day with tile. Stay tuned for another DIY project!

But when it was dessert time, we gathered here.

Nice and cozy. Everyone had taken their shoes off to feel the plushness.

The dark color is such a nice contrast to our lighter furniture and autumn-colored walls.

Since I’m a foodie, I like to think of our walls in our house as chocolate and caramel – melted chocolate (new rug), latte-colored walls with caramel toffee walls heading up the stairway to the family room. Nice and warm!

It’s been such a pleasure to work with the folks at Mohawk, and I’m so glad they chose me for their Mohawk Floors Me blogging program.

We’ll reap the blessings for years to come.


SmartStrand 6×9 bound rug, surged and cut (Enlightened Decor style of SmartStrand, color Vintage Cream). Here’s what the rug looks like over at Mohawk Flooring. Isn’t it gorgeous?

HOW TO ENTER: (7 chances total – come back and tell me!)

1. Like Mohawk Flooring on Facebook and leave a comment OVER THERE saying why you deserve to win the rug. (If you want, share a flooring horror story.) (2 chances)

2. Like Reluctant Entertainer on Facebook. (1 chance)

3. Leave a comment RIGHT HERE on RE, again stating why you deserve to win the rug. Maybe, again, how SmartStrand (stain resistance) could have/would have saved the day. (1 chance)

3. Follow me on Pinterest, and pin one of the Mohawk pictures in this post. (2 chances)

Tweet the giveaway:

WIN a beautiful rug from @SandyCoughlinRE and @MohawkFlooring

Contest ends Saturday, 11/24/12, at midnight 11:59 pm. The winner to the KitchenAid giveaway is Cheri White, from Cheri Congrats, Cheri!

Read my carpet journey, here:
A Change in my Home with Mohawk Carpet
Becoming Educated with Mohawk SmartStrand Carpet
How to Choose the Right Style and Color of Carpet
Preparing for our New Mohawk Carpet Install
Mohawk Carpet Install and SmartCushion Padding for the Cure

My downstairs sectional and chair, plus the chair in the master bedroom, are from my friends at Terra Firma Home, downtown Medford. Check out their lovely site!

I’m partnering with the “Mohawk Floors Me, as Told by Bloggers” program, and have received all padding, carpet, labor, and services as a part of the project; but as always, all opinions and experiences are my own.


  1. I would love it for my living room!

  2. I have a BiG Boo-Boo on my cream carpet. A can of graphite {color} paint spilled yesterday :'( and it isn’t pretty! To make matters worse it is in my dining room (yikes!) and I can’t blame it on the pets or the kids . . . It would be fabulous to win your giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity and Happy Thanksgiving!!

  3. I am a NEW Fan of Mohawk Flooring on facebook!

  4. I posted on Mohawk Flooring’s facebook wall and let them know that you sent me and told them about my boo-boo as well! Thanks!

  5. I am already (a devoted) fan of yours on Facebook and a reader of your blog and owner of your book! Thank you Sandy!!

  6. I follow you on Pinterest and pinned a pic :::
    Thanks again Sandy!

  7. I like RE on facebook.

  8. I would love to use this to replace my water-stained rug from the recent hurricane!

  9. I would love a new living room floor, kids, animals and maybe hubby? That should explain it all!! Thanks

  10. I like RE on Facebook.

  11. The carpet in our living room is the carpet that was in the house when we moved in. Though it’s been cleaned both professionally and by us, it has never looked great. And, it’s PINK. Time has gotten away from us, as we’ve lived here 12 years. Certainly, we need new carpet. I’d be thrilled with a beautiful rug to cover our pink carpet and all of it’s stains.

  12. I already follow you on Pinterest, and I pinned here:

  13. 1) I “like” RE on Facebook; 2) I follow you on Pinterest; 3) a new area rug would be a wonderful addition to our new remodel in the basement.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  14. I like you on facebook. :-)

  15. I could really use that rug! I live with a houseful of young men, so it would be very useful.

  16. I would love for my mom to have a facelift in her living room- this would be perfect!!

  17. Our current carpet is 18 years old. I know. But it’s held up well over the years. We don’t have the funds to replace it just yet. This rug would be perfect to use in our family room. Thanks for the chance.

  18. Oh how I’d love this rug! My hose is built off the ground,& the wood floors downstairs are freezing during the winter! This rug would help keep my toes warm! I too have a cat that like to puke! It’s a CHORE to get that out of light carpet. Sure makes me wish I could use water only! I’ll be looking into Mohawk & smart strand when I replace.
    I follow you on FB
    I follow you on Pinterest.
    I followed Mohawk on FB
    I retweeted the giveaway

  19. A few years ago I pulled up the carpet in our living and dining room area only to find that the flooring did not go throughout the space. It was replaced by a little plywood where a wall had been removed by the previous owners. I’d love to win the rug to help bring the room “back together” and cover our mistake. Thank you for the giveaway and for all of the great articles.

  20. Your home looks beautiful! We are moving into a house where our dog keeps “marking” her new territory, apparently in reaction to the previous owner’s pets. A new Smartstrand rug would be wonderful! And they’re so soft — we love Mohawk carpets.

  21. I liked Mohawk on Facebook!

  22. I liked the reluctant entertainer on fb!

  23. I commented on Mohawk’s fb page, our kitchen table sits on carpet=bad idea!

  24. When my hsuband built our house he wasn’t thinking children and put carpet where the kitchen table sits. We now have a horribly stained rug under it. It’s a bit embarrassing!

  25. Following the reluctant entertainer on pinterest

  26. pinned the great picture of your living room

  27. Because I have a 2 year old! :)

  28. We live in a sweet 1933 cottage with hardwood floors, and we have a very mobile 10 month old who is crawling everywhere. I’d love to have more plush spaces for her to play – the floors are just so hard when she falls, it really hurts! And it goes without saying that with a baby/toddler, having carpet that is easy to clean is essential. :)

  29. I have lovely hardwood floors in our 2 year old home, so a rug would go lovely in our fireplace room!

  30. I follow you on pinterest(Kelly Saver) & Pinned

  31. I follow you on pinterest(Kelly Saver) & Pinned

  32. I “like” your Facebook page (FB name: Madeline Brubaker).

  33. I’d love to win because we also have cats who have left stains around the house and this kind of carpet would definitely help! Plus I spilled wine on our carpet once!

  34. I like Mohawk Flooring on Facebook and here’s my post:

  35. I like Mohawk Flooring on Facebook and here’s my post:

  36. Here’s my pin:
    I follow you on Pinterest (username: Madeline Brubaker).

  37. Here’s my pin:
    I follow you on Pinterest (username: Madeline Brubaker).

  38. I liked Mohawk Carpeting on FB, my comment:
    I would love to win the rug, first of all my son wanted a dog and I left him get one only because he was moving out on his own. So he did and came back 3 months later with dog. A couple of months after that, my brother and his wife also moved in with their two dogs. There you have it, Five smoking adults, 3 big dogs and eight months later. I NEED A NEW CARPET!

  39. I Like Reluctant Entertainer on Facebook.

  40. Why do I want to win, first of all my son wanted a dog and I left him get one only because he was moving out on his own. So he did and came back 3 months later with dog and then his friend moved too with a dog and stayed for three month’s. A couple of months after that, my brother and his wife also moved in with their two dogs. There you have it, six smoking adults, leaving burn holes and 4 dogs leaving their hair and stains and eight months later. I NEED A NEW CARPET! I have scrub my carpet so many times and still can’t get the stains or smell out and this was all new carpeting.

  41. I love the colors you chose. So warm and inviting. I have to say, Sandi, that you have made me rethink carpet as an option for upstairs. We were really thinking of having hardwood installed throughout up there. We’ve had our fair share of dog puke and cat horking and bunny whatevers over the years. But the underpadding and stain-resistant carpet you’ve detailed here has opened up our options. The question will be whether or not I can get these products in Canadaland. Fingers crossed.

  42. I like REluctant Entertainer on FB. :)

  43. What a beautiful transformation in your home. So beautiful. We live out in AZ and why they put light color carpeting in every home I do not know. We too have pets and children who have left their marks and our carpet is tired. I look forward to one day replacing our carpet. I have enjoyed going on this adventure with you, learning from you so that we know better what to do when we replace our carpet. The color of the carpet rug is gorgeous. I have two rooms right now that I am thinking this rug would look amazing in. Thanks Sandy for this giveaway opportunity. Happy Thanksgiving.

  44. I love the smell of new carpet!

  45. I like them on FB and commented! #1

  46. I like them on FB and commented! #2

  47. I like you on FB!

  48. I would love to win because I have two young daughters who love to play together on the floor. Not only would this be so much more comfortable for them but with both a toddler and a baby, messes are bound to occur and the stain resistance would be such a life saver! I have spent so much time worrying about spills and then trying to get various stains out! Thanks so much for an awesome giveaway!

  49. I’m following you on Pinterest and pinned

  50. I’m following you on Pinterest and pinned

  51. Liked re on facebook :)

  52. I would love to win the rug to put in my daughters room, she would love it!

  53. I would love to pu the rug in my living room!!!

    Lynn G.

  54. I like them via FB (Alaine Elise) and wrote on their wall telling them why I’d love to win.
    family74014 at gmail dot com

  55. I like you via FB as Alaine Elise
    family74014 at gmail dot com

  56. I like mohawk via facebook and commented as alaine elise
    entry 2
    family74014 at gmail dot com

  57. I’d love to win because we just moved to a new home with a bigger living room- this would significantly warm my room up and make it feel more cozy!!!
    family74014 at gmail dot com

  58. I follow via pinterest (Aubrey) and pinned one of your pics :)
    family74014 at gmail dot com

  59. pinterest entry number 2
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  60. I tweeted about your giveaway:
    family74014 at gmail dot com

  61. Sure could use a rug in my exercise space.

  62. your house is so beautiful, I can see why you enjoy entertaining there. Do you have people take off shoes at the door now, with the new carpet, I think I would be paranoid.

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  65. What a beautiful transformation! I’ll be linking to your post on our Flooring pinboard. Check it out at

    – Chante

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