DCO Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are here!

Which of course now means you are graced with the joys gift-giving. This can be stressful, so we at Dalton Carpet One have made it easy for you this season. As always, we got you covered.

New Hardware for your Cabinets $

20161130_155459Hardware can change the look of your entire space. These small details aren’t something that many think they would notice, but once the project is complete, you have a refreshed look that won’t break the bank.

Dalton Carpet-7913Stair Runner $$


The entrance to your home is the first impression. Make a significant impact with your foyer’s appearance, as well as with your spouse, with little effort.

Area Rug $$

20161130_1543521Add some coziness to your living space, bedroom, or even dining area. The warmth of a new area rug can make a dramatic difference. The fact that you can change them out with the seasons is also a plus.


Carpet for your bedrooms $$

20161130_155847The carpet in your bedroom hasn’t been changed in years. It’s worn, starting to peel up, and wasn’t any good from the start. Upgrade to incredibly soft, incredibly durable carpet. BONUS: use one of our super cushioned carpet padding for a luxurious feel beneath your feet. You’ll never wear shoes in your room again.

room_41312Hardwood for your living room $$$


Give the gift that is classic, timeless, and rich. Hardwood has been the choice for living spaces for as long as floors have been around.

Tile for your kitchen and bathrooms $$$

20161130_155746Impress your spouse with removing that hideous pink tile that still covers the walls of your shower-tub and replace it with one of our many options. While you’re at it, replace the floors with a superb slip-resistant tile that will make the neighbors jealous. Oh, don’t forget about the backsplash in the kitchen! This is another great way to make a huge impact without redoing the entire space. BONUS: add a heating unit for your floors. We have Schluter DITRA-HEAT you can try for yourself in store.

dp_bruce-rosenblum-transitional-round-bathroom_s4x3-jpg-rend-hgtvcom-616-462Window treatments $$$

20161130_160048Still stuck with those cheap plastic blinds that your cat has clawed through? Time for an upgrade! We have beautiful shades and blinds that are remote-controlled. Yes, it’s true. Lazy or luxury? I’ll let you be the judge. Test them out in store today!

skandia-110Countertops $$$$


Granite, quartz, or whatever you think is necessary, any of your choices are sure to please your partner. Especially if you’re still working with Formica.

traditional-kitchen-countertopCabinets $$$$$


Get ready for the gift of the century! Yea jewelry can be nice, but new cabinets for her kitchen will stun and amaze. Cooking and entertaining will be changed forever.

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The Dalton Carpet One Difference

Even More Reason to Purchase from Us

Locally Owned and Operated
When you shop at Dalton Carpet One, you are among neighbors. We live side-by-side with you, shop in other local stores with you, and send our children to the same schools. So we are dedicated to our customers and we care about our community.

Competitive Prices
We are a member of a cooperative, a larger company owned by us and other independent, family businesses like us. Being a member of the Carpet One Floor & Home® cooperative gives us the scale and buying power to offer you, our customer, the most competitive pricing, service, and innovative flooring in the industry, all while maintaining our local and independent identity.

Cooperatives work together to gain buying power and scale. This allows independent, family businesses like us to provide the most competitive pricing and value. Together, our cooperative of over 1,000 member store owners is the largest buyer of floor covering in North America. This means that we can negotiate great prices and pass those savings on to you, our customers. We also benefit from shared best practices and business tools that help us run our business better and provide extraordinary service.

Exclusive Brands
We have more than 20 brands exclusively offered through Carpet One, as well as others. These brands include Bigelow, Lees, Tigressa, Innova, Resista Cutting Edge, Invincible Hardwood and LVT, Rustic River Hardwood, Vero Stone, Laminate for Life, and more!

Leading Flooring Experts
When it’s time to choose a new floor for your home, there are many things to consider. Whether you’re looking for a carpet perfect for active families or a hardwood that stands up to moisture, knowing and understanding the different products and attributes available can help you narrow down the selection. Our amazing sales staff can provide the information you need to understand the different types of flooring materials and the installation process. Dalton Carpet One has more than 1,000 years of combined flooring experience!

Community Focused
As an independent family business supported by our membership in a cooperative, we are dedicated to giving back to our communities and helping others. We live, work, and play in this community, just like you. We are fully invested in keeping our community vibrant and strong. We are your neighbors, friends, and family. In addition to giving back directly to our community, we provide local jobs and a positive work environment.

Every year, we hold two 3-Day Sale events- one in the spring and one in the fall. We offer to install carpet in your home for free if you donate a designated amount to a charity chosen by us. On Oct. 20 – 22, come out to support The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s with our $38 whole-home carpet installation.



Fall for Your Home Again

How to incorporate your favorite fall decor into your home.

Ah, Autumn! Pumpkin spice, foliage, sweaters, and football. Warm colors of reds, oranges, yellows, and browns surround us in nature. Athens is particularly pretty in this crisp season. Tailgating is one of a kind in our special town! When I think of Fall, I think back to my childhood where we would jump in the leaves, sing Five Little Pumpkins (which was apparently adapted into a book in 1998), make hot apple cider, pick our favorite pumpkin with my many cousins at the pumpkin patch, and wore patterned turtle neck sweaters my mom insisted were “in.” With so much love Fall receives, we want to show you how you can bring this sensational season – from colors to textures and scents – to your home.


The best way to bring Autumn to your home is to bring the outdoors in! Be creative! Popcorn kernels, apples, corn on the cob, sticks, leaves, and even nuts all add touches of nature, which is a beautiful decor concept. A couple of my favorites and more popular options are pumpkins/gourds and foliage.



Well, these are just my favorite so I’ll get started with these. The perfect way to add a punch of autumn to your porch or parlor is to add a precious pumpkin or plenty of ’em. Pumpkins now come in all shapes, sizes, textures, and trends. Some of the ones I like to decorate with most are the velvet, sweater, burlap, and the tee-tiny ones you can find at your local grocer. These textures are great because it brings out elements of Fall that are seen in other decor. Natural gourds that come in odd shapes (super tall with a hooked neck or short and squat), colors (orange, white, dark green, and even striped), and textures (smooth all around and lumpy) tickle me especially. Put them in a table scape, in your entryway, on the mantle, in a wreath, or on a side table. Adding a few pumpkins to your home immediately makes it feel like Fall.

Fall Foliage

It’s called “Fall” for a reason! Leaves fall from the trees and rain down in a colorful shower, ready to be raked up, thrown about, and jumped in. Draping a leaf garland over your mantle, banister, or door frame brings the crisp colors of Autumn into your home. Leaves can be used in decoupage, laying flat on a table, and even seen in patterned decor.

Autumn Color Palette

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Photo by @ellaferguson, a member of the @my_athens team. UGA Campus

What does outside look like during this time of year? Orange, yellow, brown, red- the colors of leaves falling from their trees to be replaced by fresh green ones in a few months, then repeat the cycle all over again.Fiery red maple makes a beautiful focal point when countered with the feathery foliage of dawn redwood laden with warm browns and soft yellows. Keeping these colors in your decor is a sure way to make the space exude Fall.


Throw Blankets

JUST LOOK AT THIS BLANKET! I want to throw it over my head because it reminds me of the big pile of leaves my dad would rake for us to jump in and throw around when I was younger! Who wouldn’t want a pile of gorgeous leaves in your living room, without the mess?!

Throw Pillows

Such an easy way to include the season into your decor! They can be changed out every few weeks to keep the space interesting and timely. Pops of orange, patterns to mimic the season, or textures to create an artistic touch can all be used. I love the tassel fringe used on this one. Be creative!

Let it Glow

The soft yellow glow of candles creates a warm and magical atmosphere for your home. One of my favorites, because of the bonus scent, is 3-wick candle in Autumn (rightfully named) by Bath and Body Works. Smells of bright red Gala apple, juicy fig, eucalyptus leaf, and fir balsam make up this incredible artwork of a scent. No wonder it’s a top seller.

Featured Product: Chosen by Mallory Cash

Mallory Cash joined Dalton Carpet One in 2015. Specializing in tile merchandising and interior design, she is very familiar with the exclusive tile products available at Dalton Carpet One.


Her Featured Product pick is BlendArt, a beautiful balance of the character of real wood and the durability and low maintenance of tile. The worn yet charming look of vintage reclaimed wood is realistically reproduced in this collection. Bring out the look of rectified wood to any project, indoors or outdoors, while appreciating the incomparable durability of porcelain tile.

“The chic look of Blendart wood grain tile creates a luxurious, yet rough aesthetic to any space,” says Mallory. “This flooring is the perfect blend of rustic, chic, and indulgence. It combines the timeworn appearance of painted wood planks with the lavishness of porcelain stoneware.”



  • Product Name: BlendArt
  • Color Name: Natural White
  • Finish: Natural
  • Style: Farmhouse/Rustic Luxury
  • Sizes: 6” x 48” | 12” x 48” | 16” x 48” | 24” x 24” | 36” x 36” |
  • Material: Porcelain Tile
  • Color Variation: Moderate Variation
  • Price: $7 – $12/sq ft


Mallory was brought aboard as a part-time assistant to both the Merchandising and Interior Design departments. Soon afterward, she joined Dalton Carpet One as a full-time member of the Merchandising team. Since then, she has become a part of the Kitchen and Bath Interior Design team, specializing in tile and cabinets.

Mallory graduated from Athens Technical College with an Interior Design degree in 2011, and earned a Marketing Specialist Certificate in 2015. She traveled abroad to several cities in Italy in 2009 to study history, architecture, and to brush up on her sketching skills.

Mallory’s many areas of expertise include space planning, FF&E (Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment), interior design, and project coordination.

She lives in Commerce with her husband Drake and their son, Landon.

Office: 706.353.0547
Email: mcash@daltoncarpetone.com

For more information on the products shown here or any other flooring or cabinet products available at Dalton Carpet One, visit our showroom on Atlanta Highway in Athens or call 706.353.0547.


Renovating Budget Tips

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Nearly a third of homeowners do not have an initial budget prior to starting their home renovations (31%) [Houzz]. Having a budget in mind is extremely beneficial to the designer, as it serves as a guide for what direction to go in and it focus on what is really important to you. Creating a budget also helps you know what your means are, making over-spending less likely to happen.

With a wide variety of quality products available, there’s a kitchen for just about every budget, ranging from the lovely to the super deluxe. Most homeowners have an idea of how much they want to spend; however, deciding how to allocate those dollars can be confusing with all of the options available today.

To share a few examples, a large show-stopper of a kitchen with luxurious materials in a metro area could start at more than $100,000 and even go beyond that. However, a lovely, modest makeover in a smaller town can be achieved around $20,000 ­to $25,000.

Here are a few tips that can help keep you within budget:

  • Keep your priorities front and center. A $100 simple stainless steel sink or a farmhouse-style one in antique copper for $3,500? A $4 polished brass knob or a $98 crystal model? Figure out what is important to you!
  • Plan your budget for a 10% overage in case there are unexpected expenses that occur
  • To scale back financially, ask yourself if all chosen features are necessary; however, bear in mind that what you might not miss now could be an essential feature months, or even years, down the road. Avoid future disappointment by including as much functionality as possible early in the design process. This is especially true of bathroom storage solutions that need to be put in place when the cabinetry is being installed.

How much do I spend?

A recent national survey conducted by National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) offers as a guideline for allocating your construction budget. They found that, on average, consumers working with a designer spent the following:

4%…………………………………………………………………………………………Design Fees
14%……………………………………………………………………..Appliances and Ventilation
29%…………………………………………………………………………Cabinetry and Hardware
4%………………………………………………………………………………..Doors and Windows
5%…………………………………………………………………………………..Walls and Ceilings
4%……………………………………………………………………………..Faucets and Plumbing

Let our full service design team at Dalton Carpet One help you put together a budget for your renovating project.

For more information on Dalton Carpet One, stop by the showroom at 3690 Atlanta Highway, Suite 108 in Athens, Ga., call 706.353.0547 or visit www.daltoncarpetone.com.

Area Rug Guidelines

Looking for a great way to change the look of your room with little effort? An area rug is a striking design element to update any space. It pulls together the space, adds interest to the floor and can even influence the color palette for the whole room. But, that’s a lot of pressure to put on one item in your room. Choosing the perfect rug can be very difficult.

There are rules, and there are many who disagree with these rules. Instead of adding rules to the list, here are three guidelines to help you choose the rug that is right for your room.

Get the right fit
Before you go shopping for your rug, measure the room the rug will be in and map out where your furniture will be placed. Most rugs come in standard sizes (8×10, 9×12, 4×6, etc.). One of these sizes should work for your space, but sometimes that is not the case. Fortunately there are options to get that perfect fit. You can always choose a broadloom, or wall-to-wall, carpet, have it cut to the size you need, and have the edges bound is a great alternative to purchasing a standard size rug. This way it is custom-fitted to the space. Just be sure to keep the rug at least 8 – 10 inches away from the wall to show off some of the floor around the rug.

Hall rugs should have at least six inches of floor showing on all sides. In bedrooms, try runners at each side and even the foot of the bed, or place a rug one-third of the way under the bed so the rest of the rug creates a nice mat at the bottom of the bed. Even a beautiful rug can look odd in a room it doesn’t quite fit into, so follow these tips to be sure the rug looks like it is supposed to be there.

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You can find all sorts of rules about area rugs online, so how do you know which ones to follow and which ones to ignore? It truly is a matter of your personal taste, as long as you define the area without confining it.

With all the rules out there, there are a few that almost everyone will agree on. If you’re looking for a rug for your dining room, it is very important that you choose on that is large enough that all four legs of your chairs will remain on the rug even when they are pulled out. The rug should be centered under the table and extend at least 18 inches beyond the edge of the table so that the rug accommodates the dining chairs without worry about chair legs getting caught on the edge of the rug. Choosing a rug that fits the shape of the table is a good way to help soften the space.

As mentioned above, one rule to abide by is to keep some space in between the rug and the wall to show the floor. You don’t want it to look like you have wall-to-wall carpet. A good guide is to choose a rug that is two feet shorter than the smallest wall in the room. You should swing open the front door and then measure the floor from that point, so the first three feet or so remain clear.

In large rooms, rugs should fit the configuration of the room and furniture. A big room set up with two smaller conversation areas would look best with two separate rugs, as long as they’re linked by color or texture. In the end it is your space, so do whatever feels right to you!

Be Consistent
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Some say all the legs of your furniture should be on the rug, others say all of them should be off, and many say half on half off. There are situations where all these rules work and some of it is just a matter of taste. We say that you should just pick one technique and be consistent. Take a gander at inspiration sites like Houzz and Pinterest to get a good idea of the look you want to accomplish. You’ll be able to tell which “rule” you prefer right away.

The best thing about area rugs is that they are easy to change so you can try something new without a long-term commitment. We have a variety of area rugs in our showroom, as well as binding capabilities to make any fragment of carpet into a rug for your space. We can help you personalize your space to meet your vision.

Dalton Carpet One has more than 200 area rugs in a range of traditional and trendy styles. Whether you’re drawn to wool or sisal fibers, indoor or outdoor options, or not quite sure, let our designers help you select the perfect rug to freshen up your room.

For more information on Dalton Carpet One, stop by the showroom at 3690 Atlanta Highway, Suite 108 in Athens, Ga., call 706.353.0547 or visit www.daltoncarpetone.com.

Home Inspiration: Summer

Five ways to add summer’s brightness to your home

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Hot summer days filled with sunshine and bright blue skies that end with relaxing sunsets are here. A refreshing, cold iced-tea (sweetened, of course) makes for the perfect break in the afternoon. Just thinking about juicy watermelon slices have my mouth watering! From summer fruit to flip-flops, bright colors are everywhere you turn. Why not bring this bright summer feeling into your home? Here are 5 quick and simple ways to go bright in your home this summer!

Window Treatments

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Use bright curtains or shades to dress your windows up for the season. Make it fun and floral! Window treatments can also help protect your room from that blazing summer sun and even keep a room cooler.


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One of the simplest ways to add brightness to your décor is with fun accessories. It’s also the safest way to experiment with bright colors since you can easily swap out accessories if they’re not working. This is a great option if you already have a neutral room. From throw blankets to lamps, you’ll find plenty of lively options to embellish your room.


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Go big, bold, and bright! Pick your favorite vivid color and paint an accent wall in your room. You’ll get maximum impact with minimal investment. You’ll be amazed how far a little bit of paint can go!

Accent Furniture

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If you’re looking for something a little more permanent but not ready to commit to a standout wall, you can add some brightly-colored furnishings. An accent chair, a side table, or a brightly colored sofa can add the excitement you crave this summer.


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Whether it’s wall to wall bold or a striking accent rug, don’t forget that your floors can be a great place to add color. If you plan on going bright on the floors, remember to keep the rest of the room fairly neutral. An outdoor space is the perfect place to experiment!

For more information on Dalton Carpet One, stop by the showroom at 3690 Atlanta Highway, Suite 108 in Athens, Ga., call 706.353.0547 or visit www.daltoncarpetone.com.

Home Inspiration: Cinco de Mayo

Decorate your home with some Mexican flair


Cinco de Mayo is observed to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. In America, we celebrate by eating Mexican food, drinking margaritas, and attempting to speak Spanish.

At Dalton Carpet One, Cinco de Mayo brings ideas of Mexican interior decorating. Mexican will always be a great inspiration if you want to have a colorful result. It shows a great energy as well as a good vibe.

Bright Colors

Bright pink, bright blue, bright yellow- all remind me of the Mexican culture. In Mexico, whole buildings will be painted with bright colors and it can be stunning, yet also a bit too much.

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Add bright colors with festive patterns to your home with an area rug, throw pillow, accent piece, or blanket. This is a great way to add this pop of brightness without overwhelming the space.


Mexican Tiles

From orange/brown Saltillo Tiles to colorful blue and green patterned tiles, this is a common trend among Mexican homes. Lay your kitchen with these huge Saltillo tiles adds warmth to the home. It is rustic, yet luxurious.

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Add a splash of color with these Talavera tiles. They can be used in the bathroom, kitchen, entryway, or any room in the house, really! They come in so many beautiful colors and patterns; you won’t know which to choose.

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Florals can be found in tile, textiles, pottery, and even furniture in a traditional Mexican home. Of course, these flowers are bright pink, red, and yellow. Mexican flair can be added with a piece of pottery with bright flowers painted on it, an accent piece of furniture, or a blanket with floral embroidery. The take away here is bright and bold- add these elements and you have achieved traditional Mexican décor!
Now it’s time for chips, queso, and a margarita. Ole!