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Co-owner of the Carpet Maven, Sherri Schwartz, a certified interior decorator, gives helpful tips and advice for making your home and office shine in Decorating Sense.

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Information about the Carpet Maven (s)

Posted on May 14, 2018 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

     Leon and Sherri Schwartz opened their doors on Main Street in Woodbridge 29 years ago.  They are called the Carpet Maven, because they were a carpet store when they first started out.  They grew from carpeting to flooring and onto window treatments.  They are a hands on Mom and Pop store who take their business very seriously, and want to make every customer happy.  Leon has been in the flooring business since he graduated from School.  Sherri joined him a few years later, and is also an Interior Decorator.  Together this couple help to decorate their customers homes and offices with their expert knowledge of products, colors, patterns, and fibers.  They continue to take classes on all of the new and upcoming products in the flooring and window treatment industry. 

     They have been very involved in the Community over the past 29 years.  They have served on the Woodbridge Chamber Board of Directors, Executive Board of Directors, they are huge sponsors of sports teams, school events, scholarships, and the Woodbridge Downtown Cruise which they have chaired for the past 22 years, and Leon is the President of the Main Street Merchant's Association. 

     They opened their doors on Main Street in Metuchen over two years ago.  They bring the same beliefs about their business and making every customer happy.  They are involved with the Community in Metuchen just as much as they are in Woodbridge.  Leon is on the MDA Board, and also on the Metuchen Chamber of Commerce Board.  They sponsor sports teams, car shows, theatre groups, and are involved with the Street Fairs and Art Fests.

No matter which store you decide to shop at either Woodbridge or Metuchen, you will be treated with kindness and respect.  You will gain knowledge on the product you are inquiring about.  You will have a delightful experience with the installation of your flooring and/or window treatments.  The installation team at the Carpet Maven (s) are courteous, professional, and neat. 

Visit the Carpet Maven or the Carpet Maven II today.  You will be very happy that you did.

 

How to clean a cellular shade

Posted on March 15, 2018 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Decorating Sense....A little help in how to clean your cellular shade.  If your vacuum has an extension wand, you may find this very helpful.  If your vacuum comes with the soft dusting brush, I would recommend using it.  Attach it to the wand, and go from side to side on the lowest setting on your vacuum (if your vacuum comes with settings).  Don't forget to vacuum any dust that may be on top of the head rail.

Just another helpful hint.

SHERRI


Window Treatments for Sliding Glass Doors - Part 4

Posted on March 15, 2018 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Decorating Sense...Do you need an idea for that sliding glass door?  Why not verticals.  The vinyl S shape has a curve which makes it look more like a drapery on your door.  They are easy to clean.  You can wipe them down with a damp sponge or use a dry dust cloth.  They come in a numerous colors and patterns.  I like the S verticals, because they are beautiful, but also give you the privacy or sunlight that you may want.  I have also installed them on picture windows, and bow windows too. 

Verticals come in beautiful fabrics as well.  There are so many patterns and colors to select from.  They are easy to clean and maintain as well.  We have used verticals in home theatre rooms.  They give you the darkness that you need for the theatre room while watching the movie, but you can also have the light that you may want when you are not watching the movie.  Just another helpful decorating hint.

Happy Decorating!

SHERRI


Another Window Option - part 3

Posted on February 10, 2018 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Decorating Sense....When you want to highlight your room, but not necessarily your window treatments, why not use aluminum mini blinds.  They will give you the privacy that you want, but they will not take away from the decor of your room. 

Aluminum blinds come in many colors, and are easy to clean.  We suggested aluminium mini blinds for a big bow window and a garden window in a customer's kitchen.  The owner wanted privacy, but did not want to take away from their Bistro theme which had vibrant red color tones throughout the kitchen. 

The aluminum mini blinds comlimented the windows, however they did not take way from the big statues and objects that were in the kitchen.  Your eyes focused on the theme of the room, and not the window treatments. 

Just another helpful decorating hint...Happy Decorating!

SHERRI

Window Treatments - Part Two

Posted on February 1, 2018 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Decorating Sense...Another idea for decorating your windows are either beautiful wood or faux wood blinds.  I suggest a coordinating matching valance which looks beautiful.  They come in different wood tones and different shades of white.  They can enhance any theme of the room, and are easy to clean and maintain. You can use the wood or faux wood blinds alone to have the focus on the window treatment itself. 

I helped to decorate a room using a darker wood tone for a primitive country them.  The room looked amazing.  It looked like it was right out of a magazine.  Another room theme that I did was white faux wood blinds for a nautical themed room.  I liked how the white faux wood made the windows pop and added to the nautical theme. 

Each room was completely the opposite look of other, and both looked amazing by using the wood and faux wood blinds.  Use your imagination.  Pick a theme and get started on your decorating project.  Just another helpful decorating hint.


Happy Decorating!

Sherri Schwartz

The New Window Treatments - part one

Posted on January 15, 2018 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Decorating Sense....We are all so busy juggling our jobs, families, and our homes that we sometime do not have enough hours in a day.  Why not look for easier ways to decorate your home with beautiful window treatments.

I always want my home to look warm and inviting.  I decided to decorate my windows with window treatments.  I wanted to make my life a little easier, and it is easier to maintain the window treatments.  There are so many styles, textures, and fabrics to chose from.  I am a huge fan of window treatments.  One option is cellular window treatments.  They come in various colors.  The cellular window treatments come in single and double cells.  They come top down, and bottom up.  To give you sunlight or privacy.  What I really like is that they are easy to clean, and add a crip clean look to a room. 

Cellulars can be used alone or with a fabric valence, drapes, or curtains.  I used a neutral color, double cell without draperies for a traditional home.  The furniture and the accessories were the focal point.  The cellular window treatments just gave enough of a statement without taking your focus away from the decor of the room.  Just another helpful decorating hint.

Happy Decorating!

Sherri




It's Getting Cold Outside

Posted on November 14, 2017 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Decorating Sense:  Now that the weather is starting to get colder, you are probably starting to think about some carpet for those cold floors.  There are so many styles and colors to select from.  For some people it is easy, and for others it is not such an easy decision to make when thinking about new carpeting. 

If you need some decorating help, I would suggest bringing in a pillow from your sofa, a pillow case from your bedding, a paint swatch, or even photos to help you select colors.  Bringing in swatches of fabric will help you to selct the correct color tone.  You can use these decorating tips for your home and/or office.  Remember to look at your color selections under your own natural light to help you decide your color.  Sometimes the colors look different in a store, than they do in your home and/or office.  You may always want to look at those colors in day light and in the evening, because they will appear about a half of a shade darker under different lighting.  If you are skeptical about your color selection, ask the expert...I love helping customers with the color and style selections.

Happy Decorating!

SHERRI


Color Options - by Decorating Sense

Posted on August 16, 2017 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (1)

I am always asked my decorating sense when it comes to flooring colors.  The "in" colors are still the neutral tones and shades.  Your first step should be to select your theme of the room.  The neutral tones are safe choices.  They go with anything, and you can change the look of the room at any given time with accents of colors.  If you want, you can always put splashes of color or objects throughout the room to coordinate with your theme. 

If neutrals are not your first choice, you still have the option of picking different colors and shades for your flooring.  Maybe you are a red, a multi shade or patterns of different tones.  Whatever you chose, have fun decorating.  Pick a tone or shade that makes you happy.  Think of your theme, and decorate away. 

Happy Decorating,

Sherri Schwartz

The Holidays

Posted on November 12, 2016 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)
Decorating Sense....I love to decorate and I love to change my decor with the seasons. Everyone loves this time of the year. It is getting colder outside and the leaves are falling. Family and friends start to gather. People start to decorate their homes and offices for the upcoming holidays. It is such a festive time of the year. I have an idea...if you want to add a little change to your home and/or office and want to give it a splash of color, why not make an area rug. You can choose the pattern, the color, and the size. Many times the pre-made area rugs come in patterns and colors that may not suit your style or your color palette. What if you can choose your own color, choose your size, and choose if you want a pattern or not. It sounds like you can get exactly what you want. I have made many different types of area rugs for many different types of themes. The area rug will give a warm look and feeling to the home and/or office. Remember... you can add a rug and change the look of the room. Wouldn't it be fun to choose what you want your rug to look like, and have it made? Why not see what would look good in your home or office today. HAPPY DECORATING! SHERRI

Neutrals are the "It" Color

Posted on October 17, 2016 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

DECORATING SENSE....Have you noticed that the neutrals are the  "IT" color now?  The tones are the in the beige, gray, and greige families.  You can get creative by adding color accents to create the theme you are looking for in any room or office by starting with choosing a neural color palette for your carpeting.  The problem that I often hear from people is that they are concerned with stains on these neutral light color carpets.


I have this to say to the consumer...don't worry, because there are products that have Lifetime Stain Resistance Limited Warranties, Lifetime Pet Urine Resistance Limited Warranties, and Lifetime Fade Resistance Limited Warranties.  You can decorate with ease.  Choose your beige or gray tones, because you do not have to stress over stains.  Start thinking about your next decorating project with ease and comfort knowing that these carpets have stain protections built in them.


The most important thing to remember when decorating your room...enjoy your decorating project.


Happy Decorating!

SHERRI



TIME TO CHANGE YOUR OFFICE

Posted on September 19, 2016 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Decorating Sense....I love to decorate, and sometimes we forget about our office.  We want it to reflect who we are.  We can keep it professional looking, but add a little style and color to this room to give it a unique look.  It is a room that you spend a good amount of time in.  Why not make it a room that you really want to spend time in.

I would suggest a nice commercial carpet for your office.  You can pick a simple color or we can do a bold or subtle pattern.  The colors are endless to reflect your theme of the office.  There are many patterns and colors to choose from.  All you need is a theme, and we can do the rest for you. 

The most important thing to remember when decorating your office... is to have fun with your decorating project.

Happy Decorating,

SHERRI



Have you noticed?

Posted on July 1, 2016 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Have you noticed the flooring at commercial establishments lately?  I have!  Maybe it is because I am an interior decorator that I notice the flooring.  However, I am seeing more and more vinyl floors lately. They are LVP (luxury vinyl planks) or LVT (luxury vinyl tiles).

I have seen vinyl flooring in stores, hotel elevators, restaurants, hospitals, and many other places.  Are you wondering why?  Commercial establishment floors get a ton of traffic.  They need a product that can withstand spills, snow, rain, and is easy to maintain.  That is the answer why places choose a vinyl floor, because of its durability and the beautiful look of the product.  Think of how vinyl flooring will be in your home or office.

Did you know that vinyl floors come in the look of wood, tile, and patterns?  Visit one of our locations to see the selections of vinyl flooring.  You will be happy that you did.

Happy Decorating,

SHERRI

PS  I have vinyl flooring in my home, and I love it!  We have also put it in one of our stores too.


Making it custom

Posted on June 9, 2016 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Decorating Sense...I love to decorate!  As a decorator, I enjoy making beautiful custom area rugs with matching or coordinating stair runners and mats to match.  It gives a home its own individual look that the customer wants.


We can custom make an area rug for you and your home.  We will help you choose the patter, the style, the the color, the texture, and make it for you.  One of the benefits to making a custom area rug is that you can make it whatever size you want and need.  Another benefit is that we can make a matching stair runner and matching mats for your home.


An area rug will ad warmith and character to your home.  A matching stair runner and mats will give your home the flow that it needs.  Call or stop in today to see the amazing patterns and colors for your home and/or office.  You will be so happy that you did.

                                                                                                           Happy Decorating,

                                                                                                           SHERRI



Decorating Sense: Fall is a time for change...with verticals!

Posted on September 15, 2015 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

     It's fall...like most people that means changing something in our home or to our home.  Did you know that the look of verticals have changed?  Verticals come in cloth and/or vinyl.  The patterns and the colors are amazing.  There are neutral shades as well as more vibrant tones.  There are swirls, designs, simple patterns, and/or solid patterns.

     Verticals make life a little easier, because they are low maintenance.  They are easy to maintain.  You can use a damp cloth on the vinyl or the vacuum on the fabric verticals.  There are even verticals that have the look of a drapery. 

     Stop in to see the "new" look in verticals.  This might be the change to your home that you needed.

Thank you for reading!

Sherri





Cellular Shades are Cool for the Summer

Posted on July 8, 2015 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

     When I woke up today, the weatherman advised that it was going to be a very warm July day.  I started to think about my home and how cool and comfortable it felt on this hot day.  It made me start to think about my window treatments and how they keep my home cooler with the heat outside.

   

     I have been decorating homes and offices for over 25 years, and still take classes and seminars on all of the newest and latest products.  I remember going to a course about window treatments.  The class was all about cellular shades.  The instructors told us that the cellular window treatments would keep the house cooler in the summer.  I was very doubtful and had to give them a try for my own home.  I thought they were very attractive looking, and would give a beautiful look to my home.  I am not doubtful any longer.  Not only do cellular shades keep your home cooler in the summer, but they make your windows look beautiful too.  They come in single cell or double cell.  The cellular blinds come in amazing colors and pretty patterns.  They can accent any type of decor. 


     I enjoy making people happy when they make the right choice for their home or office.  This product will truly make you happy that you selected it for your home and/or office. 

     That is why we are offerring this very special July Sale: buy four window treatments, get one free. So be sure to mention this blog post when you come visit us in Woodbridge.


My Staircase

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

     As a decorator, I like different.  I like the "wow" factor when I see something.  When I see a set of stairs, it is like a blank canvas to me.  What can I do with those stairs?  How can I make that staircase pop?  How can I create a unique look?  This is what goes through my mind.

     I am a huge fan of stair runners.  I like to see about two inches of wood on each side of the stairs.  Since stairs and widths come in different sizes, your size many vary for your runner and also the amount of wood you expose.  You can make stairs look modern, traditional, simple, bold, or whatever you choose.  You can put your own decorating skills to your set of stairs.  I love a beautiful traditional look.  It gives the stairs an elegant look.  The bold colors, the different tones in the flowers, and the color hues are amazing.  However, not everyone likes a traditional look.  What about a solid color patterned carpet.  You will get a beautiful pattern in one color.  It is a unique look and you will be the talk of your friends. Or maybe a pin dot carpet.  It is a small pattern, yet simple.  This does not monopolize the stairs.  It enhances the staircase.  Maybe you are a little more daring and would want to do an animal print, which are very popular now.  Another look is a border rug.  Which is a pattern carpet on the inside and solid on the outside or solid on the inside and print on the outside. 

     Whatever you choose for your stairs, why not make them the focal point and decorate with your own flair and style.  If you do not feel you have the knowledge to do this, have a decorator make suggestions and help you with your staircase project.  It is something that you will look at for many years to come.  You want to make sure that you like how it looks and that it goes with your decor.

     Thank you for reading.  From the Decorating Sense Lady: 

      SHERRI



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