Karastan Rebrands with Real Wood and Luxury Vinyl Plank

Summer is here and I am updating our design center to stay engaged with my passion for products during the challenges of Covid-19. My work life tends to mirror my home life. I love to rearrange, re-organize, and refresh! I’m especially excited to share Karastan’s new hardwood
and luxury vinyl plank lines with you.

Karastan BelleLuxe and Karastan Luxecraft debuted in Las Vegas last January and my samples are finally here. A collection of stylish hardwoods and unique luxury vinyl planks, their designs are sure to win over my most discerning clients. Their campaign encourages a “Live Beautifully” philosophy that I relate to. Why not live beautifully? I don’t want anyone to live hideously!

Karastan’s tagline is “Better than nature intended.” Now, I’m a wood nerd, so this was taking marketing a bit too far in my opinion. And then I saw the line. Wow. They’re gorgeous.

With the best design team in the industry, Karastan took inspiration from fallen old growth trees, vintage barn beams, and weathered fences to create a stunning assortment to choose from. You can preview their latest designs on Karstan.com.

Yoga Studio at Home

More than a physical workout, yoga fosters a deeper understanding of your body, mind, and soul. If you’ve committed to a yoga practice, you may want to create a space in your home where you can listen to your inner self and take a break from running on autopilot.   Ideally, this space should be tranquil, calm, and separate from the rest of your home.

When I practice my yoga, I  need a good foundation. As an Interior Designer I can’t say enough about how awesome and underestimated cork flooring is!  Here is why I’m convinced it is the best flooring choice for your yoga studio:

Cork is…

Healthy; naturally antimicrobial, it repels mold and mildew and has zero harmful chemicals

Water resistant; a water based coating allows you to bring on the sweat! Simply wipe clean

Shock absorbing; easy on joints (perfect for sensitive knees), and for flowing in and out of poses

Sustainable; the bark of the cork oak tree is harvested every 9 years without harming the tree

Warm; a thermal insulator, it reflects your body heat back to you

Durable; 3 times more resilient than wood flooring and can last 50 years or more

Fashionable; available in several colors with an unassuming yet unique style

A yoga room should also have natural light and a soothing color scheme. You may want to light candles or incense to evoke a meditative mood. Remember, this is a place for slowing down, reflecting, and discovering the best possible version of yourself.