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

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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 https://tinyurl.com/b6l4fy3#giveaway

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