THANKS TO MOHAWK FOR OUR Air.o UNIFIED SOFT FLOORING, AN ALTERNATIVE TO CARPET AND FOR SPONSORING THIS POST #AiroInAction
Kayla has a new room! A bedroom makeover for Kayla has been at the top of my to do list for quite some time. At 9, she’s on her way to the tween Iife, so I wanted to give her something slightly sophisticated and filled with fun.
It goes without saying, that nearly all of my home projects have been on hold this past year. With time to reflect on what my priorities are for myself and our family, I kept coming back to the same two things. Making our home comfortable for everyone and spending quality time together in and around it.
From the floors all the way up to the exposed beam ceilings, we’ve got lots to do! So it made sense to start with the thing that needed replacing the most. The carpet. Oh my, the carpet. All of the bedrooms in our home had carpet that predated our marriage by quite a few years.
It has seen an epileptic dog, a projectile vomiting baby, a puppy, a potty training toddler and just seems like an absolute dirt magnet. Here’s what our old carpet looked like. I’m showing you one of the less terrible areas because I can’t bring myself to show you the worst. Nope, can’t do it.
And while we’re looking back, here is what Kayla’s room used to look like. It wasn’t terrible or anything, it just felt a little thrown together. And at 9, perhaps it was time to move on from the teepee that comfortably fits a 5 year old. Also, use this photo as evidence that our dog Charger is always looking for a soft, sunny spot to lay in.
Craig and I contemplated replacements and found ourselves torn. I liked the idea of soft flooring in the bedrooms, but with two kids, a dog and a husband with allergies it didn’t seem feasible or helpful to Craig’s nose.
Then I learned about a new product from Mohawk called Air.o Unified Soft Flooring, which is ultimately what we put not only in Kayla’s room, but ALL of the bedrooms. We’re just a few weeks in and man, it’s a stick your toes in it, roll around in it dream come true so far! Literally.
The first thing Kayla did when she saw it was roll around in it. And I had no problem with this because Air.o is VOC-free, which means it is odor-free. I buy no VOC paint, so why not no VOC flooring? It’s even the first 100% recyclable flooring.
Air.o is soft flooring that has the qualities most of us love about carpet – soft, warm floors on cold mornings and cozy places to sit and play.
It’s hypoallergenic because its fibers don’t absorb moisture to allow mold to grow. This makes it a better choice for people with allergies, like Craig. Air.o also has a unique unified construction with integrated padding that allows better air flow. This means you can easily vacuum out dirt, dust or dander that inevitably makes its way into your home. I’m looking at you, Charger, you dander machine.
Here’s how excited Kayla was about her new room. I feel the same way!
If you follow me on Instagram then you know Kayla recently discovered the world of Harry Potter. We’ve been reading the books together and it’s become a bonding experience. I wanted to give her a clean, bright, modern room with touches of the magic from Harry Potter without overcommitting to a theme.
Floating above her bed are flying keys I cut from gold paper and glued feathers to. They hang from fishing line and lend an ethereal vibe to her sleeping space. They were easy to put up and easy to remove should she want to change things up in the future.
Like me, Kayla is a bookworm. Since she devours books, I wanted her to have a comfy chair to curl up in and read. I repurposed our rocking chair from Blake’s baby days and made it cozy with a fluffy sheepskin rug. Mark my words. You can make nearly any chair better by adding a sheepskin rug.
Now that she’s in third grade, having a dedicated place to study felt right. This simple white desk used to live by her bed and function as both a desk and a night stand. That wasn’t working – it felt like a fight for space. So I moved the desk to the other side of the room, added a modern lamp and a poster of the magical objects of the wizarding world.
It was easy and functional. The new setup seems to work well for Kayla. She goes to a Mandarin immersion school, so a lot of the tools she uses to practice are computer based. She has space for her laptop and can easily stick it in the drawer below to use her desk for art. Which she does quite frequently.
And then of course there is the STUFF. Prior to having our new flooring installed, I needed to pack up all of Kayla’s books, toys and art supplies so we could move her furniture to install it. If you’re a parent, you know. Birthdays, holidays, craft projects, things just accumulate. I didn’t want to pack up a bunch of junk to then spend time unpacking and finding homes for it again. That seemed senseless.
Instead, while she was at school I did a preliminary decluttering of her possessions. Stuffed animals with no sentimental meaning, books that she had outgrown, old games and endless random creations made from paper and beads were all sorted out for Blake to inherit, to be donated or to go in the trash. Then I packed up everything remaining and put it in my office. Out of sight. Out of mind.
I asked Kayla to make a list of 10 toys, books, etc. she wanted in her new room as an exercise to figure out what really mattered to her and what we could probably get rid of. I expected a long list and some whining about sticking to 10. Instead, she surprised me and had a hard time getting to 10. She had so much stuff she didn’t even know what was missing!
Anything she asked me for went back in the room. The rest, I left in storage bins in my office. I’m giving it a couple more weeks to see if she asks for anything in particular and then I’m donating everything in there without a second glance.
What we did keep, I organized on a bookshelf so that Kayla’s possessions act as decor instead of bin clutter. Blake spent a day home sick from preschool and was all too happy to help me set things up and walk around with a tape measure, measuring everything in the room. He’s a pretty great little brother and always my little helper on home projects.
Last, I added a modern cubby storage unit to provide some storage for things with more pieces. Kayla’s art supplies and sewing materials went in it, along with some larger sets of books, her globe and a sentimental soccer ball signed by her whole team.
And now, Kayla has a room that feels brand new! There is plenty of space to spread out and play. She has this cozy, comfy floor to spill her toys out on and enjoy them. She can’t wait to have her friends come and sleep over.
Going into this project I expected to be SUPER excited about how our new flooring looked. What surprised me the most was how much of a difference there was in how it felt. Seriously guys, it’s like walking on clouds. When you step out of bed in the morning, it feels fantastic.
But the family member who I think is the most excited about our new Air.o flooring is Charger. It took him no more than 5 minutes after our installers left to settle himself down on the floor and take his first sunny nap on it.
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Want to see a little more from our Air.o installation? Here you go!
We chose Moon Rock as our Air.o color for all of the bedrooms. The second I had the color sample in my hand I knew it was the one. It was my ideal pick as it’s a subtle grey melange. It’s more forgiving than standard solid colors and completely goes with the white/light grey colors I tend to use in the house.
I get lots of questions about our home on Instagram. People often ask how things feel so bright and airy. Light walls and floors bounce natural light around and make the people within the photos stand out. That’s exactly what I want. I want our family to be the focus. After all, what better possible focus is there?
Here is our amazing installation team from Cole’s Fine Flooring on Morena Blvd in San Diego, ripping out the old carpeting. They were sweet, funny, professional and didn’t mind me snapping a few pics along the way. I also took some more photos and video that you can find over in my Instagram Stories.
Next they prepped the subfloor by removing all of the stuff holding down the old carpet (this was probably the most time intensive part) and then they were able to lay down adhesive for the Air.o. Because Air.o has a tension free construction, it will lay flat as soon as it’s unrolled in your home.
Meanwhile, outside they rolled out this monster roll of unified soft flooring. It just fit in our little driveway. I got texts from excited neighbors wanting to know what was going on and our neighborhood real estate agent even showed up at my front door.
I think he was trying to figure out if we were doing this in preparation to move. Apparently mid-century modern homes near the beach are in high demand. NOPE! Not moving. Especially not after I finally got new flooring in our bedrooms. SO much more work to do on this place, but I’m excited about it.
Then, they laid down the Air.o unified soft flooring and matched the seams so everything looks perfect. Installation is fairly fast with Air.o and one more thing I seriously love is that it’s 100% recyclable.
And here’s a final shot of the room from a bit of a distance. I’m so happy with the finished product! It’s clean, modern and easy to transform as time goes on. Now everyone in our family likes running around the house barefoot too.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mohawk Flooring Air.o Unified Soft Flooring.