Hanging out at Haley’s

Showroom style.

Showroom style.

Yesterday I got the chance to interview Carter and Nancy Haley of Haley’s Flooring & Interiors.

I really enjoyed visiting their huge showroom, since I’m so into interior design. The Haleys established their business in Huntsville, Alabama back in 1988 and have just exploded in growth–starting with flooring products and adding other product lines (cabinets, countertops, area rugs, home interiors, window coverings, safes, and grills) as time has progressed.

The Haleys are the nicest, most down-to-earth people, and they credit their business success to God’s blessings and following the Golden Rule with their customers, staff, and vendors.

Hope you all enjoy seeing some of the cool stuff that they have…I photographed some of my favorites!

I love these pillar candle holders!  Would be perfect in my future new house.

I love these pillar candle holders! Would be perfect in my future new house.


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Lovely glass lamp base with elegant lines and curves.

Lovely glass lamp base with elegant lines and curves.


This, we're going to have to go back for!!!

This, we’re going to have to go back for!!!

Check out these backsplash tiles!

Check out these backsplash tiles!

Fabric galore in my favorite color!

Fabric galore in my favorite color!


Design as easy as 1-2-3!

Design as easy as 1-2-3!

The Light Touch…

Chandeliers galore!

Chandeliers galore!

Really, how often do you think of lighting when considering home decorating?

I didn’t, but our realtor asked us to place lights above our bathroom sinks to lighten the room. So after years of procrastinating, Lefty (my left-handed, left-brained husband) and I drove to a local home-improvement store to find wall sconces for our bathrooms.

We didn’t find what we were looking for since the stores didn’t carry many in stock, and we’re in a dashing hurry to put our home on the market.

So I drove into Huntsville and tried Richard’s Lighting, a home-owned and operated store that has been around since the 1960’s. Our realtor told us that they are having a h-u-g-e sale, with savings up to 80% off.

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I opened their door and was in awe at the huge selection of merchandise. Fortunately, Brad Lapidus was on hand to help me quickly wade through the large volume of lights to find the perfect choice. Not only did he help me to select the best design for our bathrooms, he also helped me to stay well below my budget.

Although the store was incredibly busy last Saturday and I hated to take him away from higher-paying customers, Brad assured me that all of their customers are important. Brad very nice and helpful, and I found out that he attended the University of Alabama back when I was there. Roll Tide! RTR_lamp_finial

The sale goes on for two more weeks. Be sure to tell them that I sent you!

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Note: I did not receive compensation for this blog…I just guessed, however, that you all would enjoy the photos and this little piece of life in our state.glittering_design2

Lamp finials.

Lamp finials.

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Chandeliers galore!

Chandeliers galore!

How cute is this tea pot lamp?!

How cute is this tea pot lamp?!

Can you guess what these are???

Can you guess what these are???

White is the New Stainless Steel

Magnets on our white refrigerator door.

Magnets on our white refrigerator door.

If you wait around awhile, a certain fashion will eventually make a comeback. As with the case of stainless steel appliances.

I don’t watch a whole lot of TV. Not much time for it and not many good shows. When I do watch, it’s usually on my breakfast or lunch break from writing. And it’s either Fox News or HGTV.

I am a home/garden design junkie! I am crazy about watching designers transform horrendous rooms or yards into works of art.

And I’m totally on to designers’ methodology of setting trends. (Well, at least I think I am.)

So for years I’ve seen nothing but stainless steel appliances installed into new, designer kitchens. You’ve seen it too, right?

Well guess what. Now they’re saying that white appliances are back in. (Actually, Kitchen Crashers that I just watched was broadcast in 2013…so I’m a year behind. You all probably already know this!)

Here’s my theory: Retailers do an about-face so that we will see what we’ve got, it’s so different that what we have, so we’ll feel the urge to go out and buy the new and trendy. Let’s say that instead of stainless steel, retailers went a shade darker in stainless steel. Or whatever. Nope. Too close to what consumers already have. So no one would want to go and lay down the money to upgrade. Just like flare and skinny jeans. Skinny jeans are in. I look at my flares and think, “Ugh…too early millennial. I need to toss them and go buy skinny. Lots and lots of skinny.”

Does my theory make sense?

So out with the stainless and in with the white. Right?

Lucky for us, we never went stainless. We’ve always kept our white from way back when. Sigh. Just when they sold me on stainless.

What do you think? Do you agree? Is it just obvious?