So today, I'll stay close to home. As in home decor, interior design, and how to combine all that with a desire to support companies who are not trashing our beautiful earth. This is how I shop for house stuff in general, and keep in mind that general = rarely. I go to a website or store and I find things that are visually appealing. Then I do the math and see if it's out of my price range (because I have already tried hard to be at a company that I'm willing to do business with which means not a big box, and/or shipped halfway across the world). Then I get creative and find a way to achieve a similar look at a lower cost/price (cost to the earth/price to my checking account).
I have not actually purchased a FLOR modular area rug *yet* but I've had my eye on them for years because their patterns are attractive and they are really trying to make a good product that is practical for busy, active families (with pets) and not at budget-breaking prices. Here are a few designs that caught my eye recently when a dear friend was rug shopping.
L-R: Tailor Made, Everything Sparkly and Velvet Twist
Here are a few links if you are intrigued:
FLOR Main Site:
FLOR Pre-Designed Section:
The FLOR design help section:
The FLOR Recycle Program:
FAQs about FLOR:
They seem simple to assemble with stick-together, non-toxic "dots."
Here are installation videos:
Here are Price Categories:
They range from $5 to $30+, most seem to be around $15. One of the cool things about FLOR is you could buy the tiles a few at a time as your budget allows and then assemble when you've got all the tiles.
Okay, that's my FLOR sales pitch. Now I'm wondering: have you used FLOR? Does it hold up to high-traffic areas (a weakness I've heard about)? I'm a bit obsessed with yellow& grey lately, thus the samples I chose to hightlight, however in my home, I'm all about my other favorite color combination which is red & turquoise mixed with white walls and various woods (floors and furniture). So if and when I get myself a pretty area rug, yellow & grey probably won't be it. :)