Gather for Gratitude with Shaw Floors at St. Jude

Gather for Gratitude: 

“Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. 
It’s what you do for others.” ~Danny Thomas, St. Jude founder

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I love those words. 

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I’ve shared the quality and integrity behind the Shaw Floors brand but now, their generous heart! I recently had the opportunity to travel to Memphis, TN to celebrate the Shaw StyleBoard relationships and to experience St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, an organization very near and dear to Shaw. Shaw Floors is a very generous contributor and the visit was eye opening to say the least. Life changing!

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ABCs according to the little ones at St. Jude

The tour hosted by a sweet former patient (thanks, Eliza) was so interesting and positive filled with stories and facts. I’ve never been surrounded by something so important before. Here are some pretty amazing key points about St. Jude:

  • Families NEVER receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
  • Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90%, and we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. 
  • St. Jude freely shares the discoveries they make, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.

What an honor to walk those halls, to be a guest. 

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Pictured left to right (rubbing Danny’s nose for good luck!): Brittany//Addison’s Wonderland, Roeshel (Me!)//DIYShowOff, Rhoda//Southern Hospitality blog, Beth//Home Stories A to Z, Cassity//Remodelaholic, Heather//At the Picket Fence. Missing: Vanessa//At the Picket Fence, Amy//Blissful Bee.

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St. Jude – patron saint of lost causes and desperate cases.

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children’s artwork lines the halls

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Highlight of the trip: Seeing the halls lined with bright colored murals and children’s artwork helped to create an environment of smiles and hope, learning of the amazing work being done daily filled my heart with so much…hope! But getting creative and crafty with these sweet little faces was the best part of my trip! Giggles and smiles and paint and just a glimpse of happiness in what isn’t an easy experience. Such troopers! It really puts life into perspective.  

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{confetti celebrations on last day of chemo}

Target House was gorgeous – so many people coming together to supply everything needed for families to keep their focus on their #1 priority: treatment and care for their little loved ones. Built in 1999, Target House is a free home away from home for families and patients receiving long term care at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

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room designed by Shaun White

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Patients who stay at St. Jude Target House receive a handmade quilt, made by Target employees! 

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Amy Grant music room

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Art Studio at Target House

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Brad Paisley gathering space at Target House

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{painting by Brad Paisley}

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I expected to be overwhelmed with sadness and there is no denying my personal underlying broken heart for what those babies and children (anyone really) dealing with serious terminal health issues but the environment was warm and welcoming with cheerful colors, red wagons in place of wheelchairs and inspired hope and smiles. 

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The rest of the trip gave us a little sneak peek and small taste of Memphis – The Peabody hotel (the duck walk!), Iris Restaurant, Itta Bena and BB Kings. Wow! What fun! Gather for Gratitude St. Jude Children's Research Hospital #shawstyleboard #ad @diyshowoff Gather for Gratitude St. Jude Children's Research Hospital #shawstyleboard #ad @diyshowoff Gather for Gratitude St. Jude Children's Research Hospital #shawstyleboard #ad @diyshowoff

These girls and I were honored to enjoy such an experience, to learn more about this life changing organization! Thank you, St. Jude for all you do. Thank you Shaw Floors for the opportunity to make a difference by sharing with our readers.  

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So while I wasn’t “walking in Memphis”, hanging out there to experience a small taste and to understand the heart and soul behind the St. Jude name really touched me.

So, you guys? The Thanks and Giving campaign is coming up! And I didn’t shave my head to raise money but Danny Thomas also spoke these words…

“I’d rather one million people give $1 than one person give one million dollars.”  

Those babies, those children, those teens, those smiles and those giggles should be at home surrounded by family and friends this holiday season. They’re so brave and so precious, going through so much! Please join me by clicking the link below to give what you can (no amount is too small) to support St. Jude’s efforts!

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO GIVE

That saying “together we can make a difference” really does hold true. Let’s show those tracking that link above be overjoyed to see one million+ visits and gifts from our thoughtful caring DIY/home community!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, friends! 

Fall Home Tour with Shaw Floors

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Shaw Floors // Floorté // Classico Plank • Antico {shown above}

Welcome, friends!

It’s beginning to feel a lot like fall! Let the decorating begin. Pumpkins and mums, rich warm colors and cozy sweaters. Love this time of year! Don’t you? 

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I recently whipped up a festive dreamcatcher wreath for the door in the entryway (see the fall dreamcatcher wreath // door decor tutorial for more details).

I love decorating this entryway area where we installed Shaw’s durable and water resistant product called Floorte´. Style and color are Classico Plank // Antico and I love the rustic feel for this old farmhouse, don’t you? A beautiful mix of beige and grays. Very rustic. 

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The perfect farmhouse vibe with a durable beautiful finish to it. Perfect for greeting friends, tracking in wet leaves. No worries! And best of all, it compliments our home’s style. So warm and welcoming!

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I also added a few fall touches to our living room to spice things up creating a cozy reading spot for curling up with a good book and mulled cider for those chilly autumn days. 

 

“October gave a party; The leaves by hundreds came,— Fall Home Tour Shaw Floors diyshowoff The Ashes, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
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And every thing was grand;
Fall Home Tour Shaw Floors diyshowoff Miss Weather led the dancing;
Professor Wind, the band….
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New-fallen from the sky….” ~George Cooper Fall Home Tour Shaw Floors diyshowoff

Finally, remember when I recently gave our dining room a color lover’s makeover and worried that the beautiful palette of blush, chartreuse, navy and grey would be short-lived because holiday decorating would be a challenge? Fall Home Tour Shaw Floors diyshowoff

I’m finding that the push to be creative with the specific color scheme is paying off and I love the results of a pink, cream, green and navy fall tablescape and decorative accents.   Fall Home Tour Shaw Floors diyshowoff

Non -traditional. Pretty.  Fall Home Tour Shaw Floors diyshowoff

Romantic, even!  Fall Home Tour Shaw Floors diyshowoff  

What are your thoughts? How do you incorporate fall into your home’s decor? Fall Home Tour Shaw Floors diyshowoff

Shop the room & get more details on the dining room makeover reveal

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I wasn’t even going to decorate for fall. Life just gets so busy sometimes, you know? And once I got started, I was reminded that decorating is a great way to unplug and despite the creative energy, it’s very relaxing! Are you decorating for fall?

Thank for joining me for my fall home tour with Shaw Floors!

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Up next! Looking for more inspiration? Continue the Fall Home Tour series with Shaw Floors tomorrow with Blissful Bee for the next fall home tour reveal. 

DIY fall ideas from DIYShowOff

Shaw Connect

As you know, I’ve had the privilege to partner with Shaw Floors a few times over the years beginning with the Shaw Floors/HGTV Home Design Challenge about five years ago to the current Shaw Style Board and what an amazing company! I recently enjoyed an opportunity to attend Shaw Floors’ 50th Anniversary celebration at their Connect 2017 convention in Orlando, FL. 

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There was a bit of pampering for the Shaw Style Board team as well as the Shaw Flooring dealerships in attendance from around the country. 

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 {Beth from Home Stories A to Z, me – DIYShowOff and Rhoda from Southern Hospitality}

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And then the biggest best flooring convention you can imagine!

What do you think of when you hear the name Shaw Floors? Flooring, carpet? Connect 2017 really opened my eyes to Shaw’s innovative product line on display in the expo 

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from a generous line of stain and soil resistant carpets

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to waterproof carpet 

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to tile and stone (who knew?! But I seriously fell in love and plan to learn more about their stunning tile line)…

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to luxury vinyl (waterproof) flooring (Floorté) and durable impact resistant hardwood

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Shaw 2017 Color of the Year: LUSH

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There were educational sessions for flooring dealers all across the country with great topics from innovation and design to operations for supporting those dealerships and their businesses. I’m not even a flooring professional and I left there so inspired and motivated. 

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Shaw makes it a family friendly environment and there was so much fun with dinner celebrations and the best food and an evening at Universal Islands of Adventure. A perfect balance of fun, education and ‘connection’. 

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Do you recognize a few of my friends?

Shaw Floors Connect 2017 #shawstyleboard @diyshowoff  Chris (Shaw), Vanessa (At the Picket Fence), Meghann (Shaw), Todd (Shaw), Beth (Home Stories A to Z), me (DIYShowOff) and Rhoda (Southern Hospitality). Not shown: Heather (At the Picket Fence), Brittney (Addison’s Wonderland).

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Most times we only really consider the products but I have to say that the company, the people behind the company are really a huge part of the package, the behind the scenes that you don’t see is really something we SHOULD all see. But since you can’t, I just want to say that the integrity and kindness of the people I’ve dealt with at Shaw isn’t something we as consumers ever really consider but it’s definitely worth mentioning so that you know not only are you getting a high quality product but it’s coming from a pretty cool company with a big heart. 

Floorté Vinyl Plank Flooring from Shaw

More progress on the enclosed porch turned room makeover! When I visited Shaw Floors headquarters last summer, I had the opportunity to see all of their amazing high quality flooring products from awesome waterproof carpet to beautiful hardwoods to unbelievable waterproof planks. So much thought and innovation goes into the design behind the scenes!

The many features of a product called Floorté caught my eye. 

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Floorté, enhanced luxury vinyl plank floor by Shaw is a luxury line locking durable, waterproof flooring option and I am in LOVE! 

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curtains (affiliate link)

First, remember the ugly before picture from when we removed exterior siding and turned an exterior-interior window into a doorway…

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to the after drywall/trim/paint and light fixture…it’s beginning to look like a different room altogether, right? That’s the plan! 

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to some floor prep work…

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to the installation of the Floorté. I chose the design “Antico” from the Classico collection. It’s a beautiful distressed-inspired look with gray/brown wood tones. I think it resembles weathered wood.

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Did you catch the durability demonstration video on Instagram? 😉 

Our installer, Mike, subcontractor from A&S, knocked out this installation in half a day!

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Next step is for us to install shoe molding and to complete decorating but I couldn’t resist putting up the curtains. I just need to make a few decisions on this room’s purpose then tweak the fine details so more on the final reveal coming soon, but in the meantime – isn’t she lovely?!

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Stay tuned for the final before and after room reveal with this gorgeous Floorté flooring! 

There’s a Hole in the Wall!

Okay, because I’m a crazy lady, I decided to tackle a room makeover in December. In my defense, it’s just a little room so it shouldn’t disrupt our entire holiday season or anything, right? Right! Well, I’ve always been told “it’s the thought that counts” and I’m going with that thought. 

We have this odd enclosed porch area off the open pantry…see that door on the left? open pantry at diyshowoff.com

The one with the curtains? That’s the original front door to this old house. And where does it lead? To a warm and inviting entryway to our house? 

No. A homeowner from the past enclosed the porch and rerouted the door to the side. We enter our home through the back French doors on the patio.  We do not have a real front door or curb appeal and that’s a dream for another day but we did recently put in new windows AND insulated the outer walls. And this room reached my puke-point. It looked like a room from an episode of Hoarders. A true junk room. I’m over it. It’s something you don’t see on a blog every day. The ugly truth. Well, enough is enough. 

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Oh, and that room has this window at the bottom of our stairs in our living room always bothered me. An exterior window INTERIOR? Don’t you just love nearly 100 year old houses? Weird. Oh, “let’s look out this window at the sunny day” … (::cue horror movie music::) … it’s a room piled to the ceiling with JUNK. NO! Just no. Merry Christmas to me because it’s going away! 

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Did you even notice it had exterior vinyl siding on two walls? Looks like an option for insulation from a past home owner. 

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Down to the original siding from 1927… but those other walls? Ugh. they’re staying for now. 

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And the siding has been removed and drywall installed. It’s starting to come together. No matter what, anything is better than it was and I’m looking forward to a bright fresh new room. 

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Those other two crazy walls with planks and hunter green trim overload are too involved to change out now (moving windows and doors to install drywall is more involved than we can deal with at the present time, so fingers crossed that paint tone down that in-yo-face trim circus! 

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And the floor? That hideous green painted concrete has to go. New product: Floorté, enhanced luxury vinyl plank floor by Shaw and I can’t wait! More on that coming up. Floorté is a luxury line locking durable engineered waterproof PVC flooring option. More on that coming up! For now, there are some decisions to make…

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And someday, when a new beautiful front door is in the budget, this room will grow up to be a real live front entryway, a foyer! But for now, I’m claiming this space to create more square footage, to make it useful space. I’m still on the fence about it’s purpose though. I’m leaning towards den/home office.  

Stay tuned for more progress!