Carpet Maven



Co-owner of the Carpet Maven, Sherri Schwartz, a certified interior decorator, gives helpful tips and advice for making your home and office shine in Decorating Sense.

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Practice What You Preach

Posted on January 29, 2020 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (5641)

Decorating Sense....I help people decorate everyday.  I listen to what they like, what they don't like, and a look that they hope to obtain with my help.

I love helping people decorate their spaces in either their home and/or office.   I urge them to take samples home, not because I like to be Bossy or see how many samples people can carry, but because the lighting is different in your home and/or office.  The tones and hues really should be seen in the environment that you will be having it installed.  This is true no matter if it is for flooring, carpeting, or window treatments.

I recently had new flooring installed in our home (again).  I love to change things in our home.  I think it is very exciting, and something that I love to do.  I made sure that I did what I tell each and every customer everyday...."Take the samples with you.  See them under your light in your home and/or office."  To my surprise, what I thought I liked in the store, I did not like in my home.  It seemed either the color or the tone was off.  I returned the samples to my store, and more came home.  When I narrowed it down to two samples, I made sure that I looked at them during the daylight and at night, because they look different with and without the sun out. 

I am so happy, no I am in love with my new flooring.  It was a perfect decision.  If I did not take the samples home, I might not be so happy with my decision.  I made the perfect decision.  So remember, the next time you make a decision to get new flooring or window treatments, bring the samples home and do your homework.

Happy Decorating!

Sherri Schwartz, Decorator

We can do it all for you, so that you don't have to!

Posted on October 17, 2019 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (8)

Decorating Sense...What is a durable floor for a family room?  A vinyl floor is a great floor to put in your family.  The vinyl floor is waterproof, pet proof, and kid proof.  They look amazing, and they are easy to clean and maintain.  The vinyl floor comes in wood and tile looks.

Decorating Sense...What if you want an area rug, and it is an odd shape?  No worries, get it custom made to the size that you need.  Not only can you get an area rug custom made, but you can get mats or runners made to match it.  The rug with the matching runners and mats look amazing.

Decorating Sense....Are you looking to update your windows?  Why not consider cellular, wood, faux wood, mini blinds, verticals, and the list keeps on going.  New window treatments can enhance any room, and add value to the room.

Let us make your next decorating project a fun one.  We will help you with the color, the patterns, the tones, and the decorating of your home and office.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

Happy Decorating!

Sherri Schwartz, Interior Decorator

The Softer Berber

Posted on September 19, 2019 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (22)

Decorating Sense....I think that Berber carpeting is amazing.  They are durable for heavy traffic areas.  They look great in any room.  The disadvantage of a traditional berber is that they are not a soft feeling carpet.   If you walk on a traditional berber without your shoes on, or if you sit on the carpeting it might not be a comfortable feel - especially if the berber is being used for a family room where people may sit on the floor to watch tv, etc.

I recently suggested a softer fiber berber to a customer.  They are berber carpeting that feel soft, but just as durable as traditional berbers.  I told her that it will give her the look, the feel, and durabilty that she wants with a softer berber.  She was thrilled with this suggestion for her family room, stairs, and 3 bedrooms.  The softer berber is very warm and welcoming look for your home.  They come in a variety of colors too.  Come see the softer berbers for your home today.

Happy Decorting! 

Another helpful hint...

Sherri Schwartz, Interior Decorator 

My Sheerview

Posted on August 3, 2019 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (178)

Decorating Sense....Recently I had a Sheerview window treatment installed on my window. When they are opened, they look like a sheer is on your window.  When they are closed they look like a horizontal window treatment.  I selected a 2 " room darkening one for my window.  What this means is that you cannot see any shadows through it when they are closed.  It gives you the privacy that you may want and need.  They also come in light filtering.  This is an option if you want to see the light through the window treatments.  They give the room an elegant look.  The Sheerview fit in with so many different decors and styles.     

If you would like to talk about Sheerviews for your windows, please contact us, or stop in.  Your windows will be so happy that you did.  The color selections are in the neutral family, which accent any room.

Happy Decorating!

Sherri Schwartz, Decorator

Do your homework, and be prepared.

Posted on July 10, 2019 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (462)

Decorating Sense....Recently I was interviewed for a Podcast by Mike from Texas.  I was very impressed with him, because he did his homework prior to interviewing me.  Mike read my Blog posts.  He started off my interview by saying that my Blog was so informative to him. He said he was amazed to read what I said was the most important thing to have on hand in case you get a stain on your carpeting.  I started to laugh, and replied I sure do know what you are talking about, it's a white washcloth.  He thanked me for giving helpful tips, and said that he will use this the next time something happens to his carpeting. 

Don't wait until something spills on your carpet.  Be prepared and have your white washcloths on hand.  Your carpeting will thank you.

Happy Decorating!


I do not have a Magic Wand

Posted on June 26, 2019 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (29)

Decorating Sense:  Every day I tell people how to clean their carpets and floors.  I tell them the proper way.  This morning I had a situation.  I was getting ready, and I dropped my eyeliner on my beautiful custom made area rug.  I held my breath.  I was hoping when I went to pick up the eyeliner that nothing would be on my beautiful area rug, but that was not the case.  There was eyeliner on my light beige area rug. 

I sprung into action.  I got my white wash cloth that I tell everyone to always have on hand.  I wet the wash cloth and added a little bit of clear liquid soap that I wash the dishes with.  I came back with my wash cloth and started to remove the stain.  I was happy that every bit of the stain came out.  I do not have a Magic Wand, but I do have my white wash clothes on hand at all time.  I do what I tell my customers and friends to do.

Happy Decorating!


The New Nursery

Posted on March 22, 2019 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (602)

Decorating Sense...The look of the new nursery is now neutral tones and shades. There are so many different tones and hues in the beige, brown, and gray family that you can bring in other colors to the room for a dynamic look or a very muted tone. 

There are so many different neutral shades in carpeting that you can use for the baby's room too.  The gray family is the new beige now.  Gray is a neutral tone that can go with so many other colors.  It is a color that will last for years.  When the child changes their theme from the cute little infancy motif to the grade schooler, you can use this color with that theme. 

It is like that with window treatments as well.  There are so many different neutral tones in window treatments now.  You may decide to use a neutral cellular shade or a faux wood in the baby's room.  The window treatments will be able to go with the next stage of the child's life.  You will be able to once again change the accessories as the child changes their theme. The window treatments are great, because they can be used on their own or with a little valance, or whatever else you decide.   

However you decide to decorate your new Nursey, neutrals or not, just enjoy decorating it!

Happy Decorating!


Expert Decorating

Posted on February 18, 2019 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (180)

Decorating Sense...Some people may not necessarily know what they want when they walk into our store.  They may not know what is available to them, or that certain products are needed for certain areas. 

When you enter our store, you are in the hands of the decorating experts.  We will guide you you to the right product for your area.  Not every carpet is meant for every area.  You would not put bedroom carpet iin a family that has a lot of foot traffic.  We will help you with the right products for your area.  Just like not every flooring is meant to go into every room either.  Let the decorating experts, who have been doing this for more than 30 years, help you with your selection.

The decorating experts will help you with your window treatments too.  Do you want light filtering, blackout, cellular, roman, sheerview, wood, faux wood, or many other options.  We can make suggestions for your home, and listen to your needs and wants.

Decorating your home and office is fun.  There is no need to stress or worry.  When you deal with the experts, you will receive the right products for your area.

Happy Decorating!

Sherri Schwartz, Interior Decorator


Can you help me?

Posted on December 15, 2018 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (179)

Decorating Sense...My passion is helping people to decorate their homes and/or offices.  I find that some people really enjoy decorating their spaces, and others dread doing it.  How would you like it if you had personalized service to make your decorating project easier?

When you shop at the Carpet Maven or CM II that is all you receive...personalized service.  You deal directly with the owners.  We will sit and talk to you, and help you make that decorating decision for your home and/or office.  You are encouraged to borrow samples and to look at them in your home and/or office.  We (the owners) personally come out to your home and/or office to measure each and every job.  We are involved with you every step of the way.  We care about you getting the right product for the right area in your home and office.  We continue to learn about each and every new product that we select for our stores.  When we learn about a new product, we can educate you, the consumer.  We have decades of experience and knowledge to help you make your decorating decisions easier for you.

Even if you are a person who enjoys decorating, it might be nice to get a little help from your friends at the Carpet Maven.  If you do not enjoy decorating, your friends at the Carpet Maven will help you to select the best choices for your home and/or offices.  Make decorating fun, and let us help you with your flooring, carpeting, and window treatment selections.

Happy Decorating!


How to measure for carpeting

Posted on October 6, 2018 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (459)

Decorating Sense....It has been brought to my attention that some people do not know how to figure out the amount of carpeting they would need for their room(s).  It is a little tricky to figure out exactly how much carpet that you would need.

Most carpets come 12 foot in width.  There are exceptions.  Some carpets, not as many as the 12 foot carpets come in 15 foot widths.  They are specially marked on the carpets if they do come in 15 foot widths.  There are even fewer that may come in 13/6 width, but we will save that for another time. 

For example, if you have a room that is 12/6 x 18, what size would you order?  You can use a 12 foot carpet and order extra carpet and put a seam in it, because if you tried to put a 12 x 18 carpet in a room that was 12/6 x 18, you would be short of carpet, and would not be able to carpet the entire room.  Or you can take a 15 foot carpet (providing that the style that you selected does come in a 15 foot), and order a 15 x 18.  This would do your room without a seam.  You will have a little extra, but you will not have a seam.  Seams are not a big deal, if they are properly installed by a professional floorcovering mechanic.  Depending how much material is left over, you may be able to carpet a closet, or have a enough for a walk off mat.

Measuring for carpeting is tricky and may take a little practice.  I suggest that you always consult with an experienced individual who knows how to measure, and figure out your rooms for your home and/or office.

Happy Decorating!


Milliken Area Rugs

Posted on September 27, 2018 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (28)

     Decorating Sense.....It's fall and the temperatures are starting to drop.  Were you starting to think about an area rug to keep your home and/or office warm and cozy? 

     Look no further.  I have a few suggestions for you.  You can look at the beautiful new prints, patterns, styles, and colors in the Milliken line.  We can custom make a beautiful area rug for the area you were thinking about.  Just decide on which beautiful print, pattern, style, and color you would like, and we will do the rest.

     I guarantee you will receive compliments with a custom Milliken area rug.  Please feel free to visit our FB Carpet Maven page to see some of the patterns, styles, and colors...or better yet, visit Carpet Maven or Carpet Maven II for the full line of Milliken carpets.  You will be happy that you did.

Happy Decorating!


The Lifetime Pet Urine Resistance Warranty

Posted on September 20, 2018 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (17)

Decorating Sense...As a Decorator I get to know my customers and their families pretty well.  I know what they like and dislike.  I get to know how many children, pets, and traffic they may have at their home. 

I have great news for the families and people with pets in their homes.  Many people worry about getting carpeting with pets, because of accidents.  We have carpeting that has a Lifetime Pet Urine Resistance warranty.  Yes, it really does.  You need not worry about accidents from your little furry friends. 

This carpeting is beautiful and comes in many styles, colors, and patterns.  If you like carpeting, you don't have to worry about your little furry friends having an accident.  The Lifetime Pet Urine Resistance Warranty has you covered. 

Happy Decorating!


Information about the Carpet Maven (s)

Posted on May 14, 2018 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (645)

     Leon and Sherri Schwartz opened their doors on Main Street in Woodbridge 29 years ago.  They are called the Carpet Maven, because they were a carpet store when they first started out.  They grew from carpeting to flooring and onto window treatments.  They are a hands on Mom and Pop store who take their business very seriously, and want to make every customer happy.  Leon has been in the flooring business since he graduated from School.  Sherri joined him a few years later, and is also an Interior Decorator.  Together this couple help to decorate their customers homes and offices with their expert knowledge of products, colors, patterns, and fibers.  They continue to take classes on all of the new and upcoming products in the flooring and window treatment industry. 

     They have been very involved in the Community over the past 29 years.  They have served on the Woodbridge Chamber Board of Directors, Executive Board of Directors, they are huge sponsors of sports teams, school events, scholarships, and the Woodbridge Downtown Cruise which they have chaired for the past 22 years, and Leon is the President of the Main Street Merchant's Association. 

     They opened their doors on Main Street in Metuchen over two years ago.  They bring the same beliefs about their business and making every customer happy.  They are involved with the Community in Metuchen just as much as they are in Woodbridge.  Leon is on the MDA Board, and also on the Metuchen Chamber of Commerce Board.  They sponsor sports teams, car shows, theatre groups, and are involved with the Street Fairs and Art Fests.

No matter which store you decide to shop at either Woodbridge or Metuchen, you will be treated with kindness and respect.  You will gain knowledge on the product you are inquiring about.  You will have a delightful experience with the installation of your flooring and/or window treatments.  The installation team at the Carpet Maven (s) are courteous, professional, and neat. 

Visit the Carpet Maven or the Carpet Maven II today.  You will be very happy that you did.


How to clean a cellular shade

Posted on March 15, 2018 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (458)

Decorating Sense....A little help in how to clean your cellular shade.  If your vacuum has an extension wand, you may find this very helpful.  If your vacuum comes with the soft dusting brush, I would recommend using it.  Attach it to the wand, and go from side to side on the lowest setting on your vacuum (if your vacuum comes with settings).  Don't forget to vacuum any dust that may be on top of the head rail.

Just another helpful hint.


Window Treatments for Sliding Glass Doors - Part 4

Posted on March 15, 2018 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (17)

Decorating Sense...Do you need an idea for that sliding glass door?  Why not verticals.  The vinyl S shape has a curve which makes it look more like a drapery on your door.  They are easy to clean.  You can wipe them down with a damp sponge or use a dry dust cloth.  They come in a numerous colors and patterns.  I like the S verticals, because they are beautiful, but also give you the privacy or sunlight that you may want.  I have also installed them on picture windows, and bow windows too. 

Verticals come in beautiful fabrics as well.  There are so many patterns and colors to select from.  They are easy to clean and maintain as well.  We have used verticals in home theatre rooms.  They give you the darkness that you need for the theatre room while watching the movie, but you can also have the light that you may want when you are not watching the movie.  Just another helpful decorating hint.

Happy Decorating!


Another Window Option - part 3

Posted on February 10, 2018 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (177)

Decorating Sense....When you want to highlight your room, but not necessarily your window treatments, why not use aluminum mini blinds.  They will give you the privacy that you want, but they will not take away from the decor of your room. 

Aluminum blinds come in many colors, and are easy to clean.  We suggested aluminium mini blinds for a big bow window and a garden window in a customer's kitchen.  The owner wanted privacy, but did not want to take away from their Bistro theme which had vibrant red color tones throughout the kitchen. 

The aluminum mini blinds comlimented the windows, however they did not take way from the big statues and objects that were in the kitchen.  Your eyes focused on the theme of the room, and not the window treatments. 

Just another helpful decorating hint...Happy Decorating!