Home For the Holidays

Pretty retired senior redhead woman at home cheers toasting celeAs many of you get ready for the holiday season with decorating and shopping- some of you may be contemplating updating your home. Saving money to purchase gifts for loved ones is important, but so is purchasing for your home. After all, this is the time of year to create a warm and inviting atmosphere for holiday guests.
Here are a few tips from minor to major on preparing your home for the holidays.
Kitchens are the congregating areas for most holiday festivities therefore, it needs to look its best.

  • A beautiful backsplash does not have to break the bank and it can really update the look.Subway tiles, glass mosaics, or metal accents will add that necessary twinkle to your kitchen.
  • Area rugs are another ideal tool for adding warmth and color to the winter blahs. They also make wonderful presents! They come in a variety of sizes and styles perfect for anyone.If you need a whole room replaced…consider one of the new waterproof vinyl flooring options. They hold up perfectly with heavy traffic, snow, sleet, and rain and they will last a lifetime. When paired up with a new area rug, they can transform that family room in to the perfect place to open presents.
  • The entrance is an essential place to rejuvenate. These areas are often neglected and in need of attention around the holiday season. Replace that faded entry mat, have the tile and grout cleaned and resealed or the hardwood sanded and refinished. In addition- replace the dirty stairway carpet with hardwood treads and a new unique runner.

Whatever your budget allows- we can help get your home ready for the holidays!


Let Your Creativity Show With A Backsplash

backsplash2Whether you have just installed new cabinets and countertops or looking to freshen up your kitchen, the backsplash can be the space to have fun and let your creativity show. Backsplash tiles are available in glass, ceramic, porcelain, metal, and natural stone. The finishes and styles offer a vast array of design possibilities. Making choices can be daunting, so start by ruling out items that do not catch your eye. Chances are, you’ll know it when you see it, and knowing how to use it is the key.


  • Select a tile that suits the style and color of the room. You don’t need everything to match but it is helpful if the colors blend with each other.
  • Consider the size and pattern. A large rectangular glass tile will look and feel more contemporary than a tumbled 4″x4″marble tile placed on the diagonal.
  • Consider using accents such as 1”x1” tiles or Rail Moldings. These can be used to accentuate the area over the cooktop, or the perimeter of the room. When planning a perimeter rail molding, try not to place in any area where there are outlets. It is better to have these moldings where they will not be interrupted.backsplash3
  • Look into the different textures offered today. There are crackle glazes, gloss, linen looks, stone textures, and almost any other finish you can imagine. If you are looking for an old world feel, you would want a tumbled finish. When looking for a classic finish, you may want a crackle glaze subway tile. Each will give you a different feel.
  • Accents in metal are a great option when space is tight and neutrals are the choice.
  • There are many different varieties of metal inserts that will add a designer feel to your project. Keep the field tile simple, and use the accent as your focal point.
  • Have fun! The backsplash can be a wonderful place to show your personality. If you like color, this is the place to do it. Even bright colors can give your home a designer feel and can add spark to any space.

When creating your backsplash seems to daunting, come into our showroom and let one of our experienced designers help you achieve the look and feel you desire. Having the product knowledge and creativity, our staff can help you get the look you would like. The possibilities are endless.



What “Wood” I Buy

Customers are always asking me what type of hardwood I would select for my own home. Having worked for years at my family’s 100 year old business, EF Marburger Fine Flooring, I feel like I can offer an informed opinion. Options have changed drastically over the years and there are now more choices than anyone can imagine. It is hard to decide which flooring is right for your home. There are a lot of words floating around out there that are misused, mispronounced, and misunderstood. It has become increasingly difficult to choose the right flooring from the right company and now there are other external worries such as formaldehyde sneaking into your home. . Allow me to clear up some of the confusion.

Solid Hardwood Flooring

Solid wood flooring is milled from a single piece of timber that is kiln or air dried before sawing. Depending on the desired look of the floor, the timber can be cut in three ways: flat-sawn, quarter-sawn, and rift-sawn. The timber is cut to the desired dimensions and either packed unfinished for a site-finished installation or finished at the factory which is called a prefinished hardwood. Site finished solids can be sanded down and refinished multiple times. Because of nano technology, the factory finish is far superior to a site finish floor. With a prefinished floor you avoid the mess and odor of site refinishing and you can walk on the floor as soon as it is installed. The planks are typically between 2 and 4” wide, and are vulnerable to cupping and gapping in our extreme temperature and humidity fluctuations.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Engineered wood flooring is composed of two or more layers of wood in the form of a plank. The top layer is the wood that is visible when the flooring is installed and is adhered to the core. This layer can usually be sanded down and refinished once, but again this has become less popular. Especially since if you decide to go with a hand scraped look- sanding this will eliminate the hand scraping.
The increased stability of engineered wood is achieved by running each layer at a 90° angle to the layer above. This stability makes it a universal product that can be installed over all types of subfloors above, below or on grade. In addition, the construction of engineered hardwood allows for a wider plank than the solids. The widths can range from 4” to 10” wide with less danger of cupping or gapping.

Laminate and vinyl floors are often confused with engineered wood floors, but are not—laminate uses an image of wood on its surface, while vinyl flooring is plastic formed to look like wood. All of our flooring manufacturers have sent us certificates showing that their products meet CARB2 certification. Thus, there is no worry of dangerous chemicals such as formaldehyde in the flooring.

The solid and engineered hardwood and laminate manufacturers represented in our showroom at EF Marburger Fine Flooring have provided us with certificates showering that their products meet CARB2 certification, alleviating the worry of the presence of dangerous chemicals such as formaldehyde in their flooring. With flooring being the backbone of your home, make sure you choose a reputable, experienced company who has plenty of choices and can give you the best guidance in selecting the right flooring product for your family and lifestyle along with a warranty on the product and installation.


Kelly Marburger Novak
Customer Development
Project Manager