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10.16.12 / Free-for-All: Flor

*THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.*

Congrats to Bethany Winkler! Enjoy your new Flor!

In my last post, you got a sneak peek of the new rug in the boys’ bedroom. Previously, I bought an inexpensive cotton flat weave from IKEA to give the kids a soft place to play. I knew when I bought it that it wasn’t the rug. {But that’s okay. I was thinking ahead and planned to use it elsewhere once I found the right rug for the boys’ room.}

It was too light to survive in a boys’ bedroom {hello, dirt} and the size was all wrong. It was roughly 6’x8′ but I needed it about 3′ longer on the longest side to optimize play space. That meant I was looking for a 6’x11′ rug. Basically, a fat runner. If you’ve ever done any rug shopping, you know that 6’x11′ is not anywhere close to a standard rug size. I would find rugs long enough but they were too wide. {Eventually, two desks are going in on the right wall shown above so I didn’t want a rug that would extend into the desk area.} When I found rugs narrow enough, they were too short to run the length of the room. That’s when I realized I was wasting my time searching for the perfectly sized rug. The only way I was going to get a ~6’x11′ rug was to have one custom made or make one myself.

I went as far as to special order a custom cut rug via Home Depot. But when it arrived {six weeks later!} it was damaged and hadn’t even been cut to the size I specified. I had such a horrible experience that I swore off the whole custom cut rug idea. {In Home Depot’s defense, they hire out for the custom cutting of rugs and I did get a full refund because the product I received wasn’t what had been ordered – wrong size & damaged. Still, it was not a pleasant experience.}

That’s when I looked to Flor. Well, now. Here was a huge selection of rug tiles that I could position any way I wanted to nearly any size my house-lovin’ heart desired. Bingo. After I did the math, I discovered that if I made a rug 4 tiles wide and 7 tiles long it would produce a ~6’6″x11’6″ rug. Faaaantastic.

I chose 30 tiles of the sweater weather in grey. It has a cable knit texture I love in a color that will hide just about anything my boys can throw, drop, squish, mark or smear on it. For particularly awful messes, I can remove the affected tiles, wash them off in the sink or outside then put them back. Like nothing ever happened. Shhhhhhh. If one the tiles is ever beyond washing or repairing, I have two replacement tiles to use.

I was leery of the ‘heavy traffic’ description, afraid that the tiles would feel like the abrasive indoor-outdoor carpeting from the 70’s. But they don’t feel that way at all. They feel more like yarn than carpet or wool.

{Nevermind the sliver of sunlight blowing out the middle of the rug.}

The other great thing is that the rug has a super low profile. I can easily pull out the trundle bed of the bunk onto the rug without having to move anything first. The tile backs are slip-resistant so the rug doesn’t shift or wrinkle when the trundle rolls onto them. No need for a rug pad.

Putting the rug together was a cinch.

I laid out my 28 tiles in the rectangular shape I wanted, using the quarter-turn installation. Then we lived with them like that – floating freely – for a week or so to make sure it was the rug. It was! The only thing left to do was adhere the tiles to each other.

The tiles came with a slew of stickers.

At the intersection of four tiles, I placed one sticker – sticky side up – underneath and lined up the seams of the tiles with the guide lines on the sticker. {Picture the sticker above laying under the tiles.}

At the intersection of two end tiles, I placed one sticker – sticky side up – underneath the seam and lined up the seam with the guide lines on the sticker. {Picture the sticker above laying under the top tile as well.} I just went row by row, sticking the tiles together until they were all one big rug. It took me a total of 20 minutes.

This is the view from the top bunk. You can better see the size of the rug in relation to the room. It’s perfect.

I’m Flor’s newest fan. For several reasons:

*The tiles can be made into rugs of hard-to-come-by shapes and sizes.

*The low profile makes it ideal near moving doors, desk chairs and trundle beds.

*The slip-resistant backing makes a rug pad unnecessary.

*Tiles can be removed and replaced easily for cleaning.

*Tile facing is made from 100% recycled fibers.

I would highly recommend Flor for your floor-covering needs. To help you out, Flor is graciously sponsoring this week’s giveaway! See entry details below.

PRIZE: 20 Flor tiles of your choice!! {This will make a ~5’x8′ rug. You may purchase additional tiles for a larger rug.}

RULES: You must be at least 18 years old and have a U.S. shipping address {no P.O. boxes please} to enter. One entry per email address.

TO ENTER: ‘Like’ Flor on facebook then come back here and leave a comment on this post proclaiming “FLOR ME!”

DEADLINE: Enter before noon on Friday, October 19th. One random winner will be announced that same day.

WHILE YOU’RE AT IT: Since we’re talking custom-sized rugs…what’s your favorite custom item in your home? Maybe you have custom built kitchen cabinets or commissioned artwork that was created just for you. I’ll go first. We had an engineered ridge beam custom built for the great room. It allowed us to vault the once 8′ ceilings to >12′. It’s definitely a custom touch that goes a long way in making our kitchen and family room feel bigger and brighter. We’d do it over again in a heartbeat.

BUT, WAIT!, THERE’S MORE: Ever wonder what happened to the IKEA rug I took out of the boys’ room? Check back tomorrow to see where it ended up.

images: all Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

595 Comments

16.October.2012

FLOR ME!

Pretty please with sugar on top :)

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16.October.2012

FLOR ME!! We actually don’t have anything custom in our house yet, but we also haven’t the home thats our forever home yet.

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16.October.2012

Flor me! I don’t have any custom items in my home, unless you count my four kids!

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16.October.2012

FLOR ME!
My floors need your help!

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16.October.2012

FLOR ME!
My husband built me a desk about 13 years ago that has lived in many different spaces/incarnations. It’s been L-shaped with the top resting on old metal bins once used to hold yarn at a factory and now it’s been modified to be a long and lean surface atop a couple of old wood and metal filing cabinets from the Pottery Barn. I have always loved it and felt so lucky to have a handy hubby who knows I need a desk where I can spread out!
We love FLOR products and would be thrilled to win! Thanks for the great prize opportunity!

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16.October.2012

flor me!

nothing in my new house is custom made just yet, i’m hoping for this rug to be the first one!

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16.October.2012

Flor me!
My favorite custom piece is our fireplace mantle. It was redesigne to fit in with the rest of the hardwood trim in our 100 year old house.

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16.October.2012

FLOR ME!!

we built our house a year ago, after saving every penny for more than two years so that we could “do it right.” the whole house is custom … it’s the farmhouse i wanted, and the modern home my husband wanted/needed. i love everything in my house, but my favorite custom item is the stairway. i’ve wanted a beautiful staircase my entire life, and when we built i made it abundantly clear that the stairs were a non-negotiable: wood treads, white banister and spindles, everything square and simple. i can see my daughter walking down it on prom night, my son climbing up it when he returns home from college. it looks amazing with garland at christmas. it’s perfect.

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16.October.2012

flor me!
The bench my husband made for our front door entry! Helps with all the hats and mittens!

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16.October.2012

FLOR ME!!! Please! :)

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16.October.2012

FLOR ME!

Ohh, I NEED this! I’ve been looking at FLOR rug tiles for a while now, and we literally just tossed our old living room rug last week after it got ruined by a spill.

Fav custom item in our house: framed artwork of me and my hubby <3

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16.October.2012

FLOR ME! I have been stalking FLOR’s website trying to pick something. I like Sweater Weather and Roadside Assistance.

My brother is builds furniture and my favorite thing is the cradle he built for our daughter. It means so much and it is beautiful.

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16.October.2012

FLOR ME!

I’ve loved that product for ever and finally have a place to put it in my house!

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16.October.2012

Flor me!

I love my custom utensil holder – a small and beautiful wedding gift :)

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16.October.2012

FLOR ME!

My dad is very handy and he has made me several items perfectly made to suit our needs. I think I love the bookcase he made our son most of all!

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16.October.2012

FLOR ME PLEASE!
We had a cushion created for the bench in our foyer. However, with a toddler running around with spaghetti fingers, that cushion is packed away for now.

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16.October.2012

FLOR ME! Honestly, the only custom thing I have in my home is my 10×13 FLOR rug in my living room made out of Finer Things in Laurel! We have a oddly long, huge-ish living room, so it was the only thing that worked.

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16.October.2012

flor me!
i need a little flor in my life :)

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16.October.2012

Flor me!

Although not custom, I have a gorgeous ’70s waterbed frame in near-mint condition. It’s one of the high pedestal one with drawers underneath and lots of pretty carvings on it. The coolest thing is that it has a couple of secret panels that pop open for hidden stuff! So awesome.

Well, I guess I also have a cute little double desk I share with my husband that we built out of an old closet door and legs from Lowes. It’s pretty adorbs and it gets the job done!

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16.October.2012

FLOR ME!
I’ve been eyeing a few styles in their catalog :)
Custom made, in my house, hmmmmm, my son ;-}

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16.October.2012

FLOR ME!

Everything in my house is custom…we are gutting and renovating a 100 year old home ourselves so we’ve done everything from putting beams in to building a kitchen from scratch. I recently recovered a chair in black and white houndstooth so that would have to be my current fave!

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16.October.2012

FLOR ME!

my little apartment isn’t quite the place for custom…but i did have some custom paintings done for my fiance and myself! those take the cake :)

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16.October.2012

FLOR ME! A friend of mine painted a really neat piece of a city skyline. She painted it over a layer of drywall mud (sounds crazy) that gives it a lot of texture. It’s in our bedroom and I love it!

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16.October.2012

FLOR ME!

Love FLOR…My favorite custom items are the built-ins my husband and I made together.

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16.October.2012

FLOR ME!

My favorite custom item is our kitchen table – my husband modeled after a table I was lusting over at CB2 and made it even better. He’s so handy.

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16.October.2012

Flor me!

I have a custom made shower curtain to tie together the four shades of tile in our outdated bathroom. It’s cute and eye-catching and I love that it distracts from everything else going on in that room until we can renovate.

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16.October.2012

FLOR ME! My favorite custom pieces in my home would have to be all of my kids artwork they have brought home throughout the years. I have a gallery wall started in my living room with nothing but their art. I love it!

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16.October.2012

Flor Me!
Love this or our playroom.

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16.October.2012

FLOR ME!

I commissioned my talented uncle to make us an oak CD cabinet a few years back–a little outdated re: technological advances, but it is beautiful and still holds our healthy CD collection.

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16.October.2012

Flor Me!
We have a custom made kitchen island! Love it!
thanks!

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16.October.2012

FlOR ME!

The only custom thing I really have in my home is a butcher block cutting board that my mom had made for my birthday.

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16.October.2012

FLOR ME!
Love these! I love how it looks in your boys’ room.

My favorite custom piece is the headboard my husband made out of an old solid wood paneled door from the ReStore.
My husband also came upon an old, old farm that was being dismantled piece by piece and we were able to rescue some barn doors, paneling and some other assorted wood. We can’t wait to find the time to create some more custom features for our home. Love rustic, reclaimed wood paired with some industrial/modern touches!

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16.October.2012

FLOR ME!

My favorite custom piece are the curtains I made for my son’s room. They’re a happy print that looks like eddy currents, works well with his airplane themed nursery.

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16.October.2012

FLOR ME! My favorite custom pieces are a couple of sketches of my beagles that my brother-in-law did for me. Such a heartfelt gift!

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16.October.2012

Flor Me! My favorite custom pieces are sketches of the kids we commissioned.

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16.October.2012

FLOR ME!

The custom bed I’m currently building!

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16.October.2012

Flor me!
custom maple euro ply cabinets…

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16.October.2012

Flor Me! I have a few pieces of custom art from artist friends and our travels. They are some of my favorite things!

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16.October.2012

FLOR ME! Maybe one day I’ll have something custom made.

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16.October.2012

Flor me! Please. We’re about to begin our basement laundry room project and I’d love some flor tiles to warm up that dungeon. Thanks!

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16.October.2012

FLOR ME!!! My sis commissioned a friend to sketch a picture of our house for my birthday – it’s my favorite “custom” piece in our home!

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16.October.2012

FLOR ME!

I have a custom yellow plaid coat that my husband commissioned for me for my birthday. Yep, I am the luckiest girl in the world.

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16.October.2012

Flor me! We are having custom built in shelves/cabinets put in our basement right now to hide toys along with a custom desk and office area so we can get organized and work while our child plays nearby. I bet I could make a snazzy rug with those Flor tiles if I win!

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16.October.2012

FLOR ME!

I love the custom kitchen island we are considering.

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16.October.2012

FLOR ME!
I just throw away the rug that was under my dining table (it suffered too many accidents), and I miss having something soft and warm under my feet at dinner. Flor tiles would be the perfect replacement!

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16.October.2012

FLOR Me Please!

I actually happened across some Interface/Flor at a St. Vincent de Paul last year and it is currently the only rug we have in the house (http://livinganalog.com/2011/10/12/flor-ed/). Love that stuff — I’ve had to take out a few squares and hose them down due to dog accidents but they clean up great. They should be able to survive your boys just fine!

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16.October.2012

FLOR ME!

I have a few peices of custom art done by my husband. I love them more than anything! He recently forbid me fro buying any more area rugs (even though I NEED one more) so I could sure use a free one!

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16.October.2012

FLOR ME!
Love the boys’ new rug–it’s fantastic!
My favorite custom piece would be our bathroom vanity we made from my grandfather’s dresser. I adored him and love having something of his in my house.

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16.October.2012

Flor me!

We don’t have anything custom which is a bit when I think about it :(

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16.October.2012

FLOR ME! I would love these for our new nursery.

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