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 (151)

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 env...

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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 (4)

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...

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The Softer Berber

Posted on September 19, 2019 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (7)

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...

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My Sheerview

Posted on August 3, 2019 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (8)

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 opt...

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Do your homework, and be prepared.

Posted on July 10, 2019 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (9)

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 a...

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I do not have a Magic Wand

Posted on June 26, 2019 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (5)

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 ...

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The New Nursery

Posted on March 22, 2019 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (127)

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...

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Expert Decorating

Posted on February 18, 2019 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (9)

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 traf...

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Can you help me?

Posted on December 15, 2018 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (8)

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 decor...

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How to measure for carpeting

Posted on October 6, 2018 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (8)

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 e...

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Milliken Area Rugs

Posted on September 27, 2018 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (10)

     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 w...

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The Lifetime Pet Urine Resistance Warranty

Posted on September 20, 2018 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (12)

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. ...

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Information about the Carpet Maven (s)

Posted on May 14, 2018 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (131)

     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.  S...

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How to clean a cellular shade

Posted on March 15, 2018 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (9)

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.


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Window Treatments for Sliding Glass Doors - Part 4

Posted on March 15, 2018 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (7)

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 the...

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Another Window Option - part 3

Posted on February 10, 2018 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (57)

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...

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