Floor and Decor articles for April 2018

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I can't believe April is over.  It was a great month for my blog.  I actually got over 175,000 pageviews for the month with large growth in both organic and pinterest traffic. It was also a record month for blog income (I'll have to write about it separately...in a members only post).


In April, I pushed myself to do 2 blog posts/week.  In May, I plan to just do 1 and maybe 1 project per week.  This week's project is to upgrade my hosting and switch to https.  The transition is underway, and thank goodness I'm not the one doing it.  Hopefully, things will be set and upgraded tomorrow.


So, I thought I would share my articles for April here with you guys.  Even though I wasn't busy on Active Rain, I was super busy on my blog and on Pinterest.


Top 5 Low cost alternatives to Hardwood flooring

As you know, I love hardwood flooring.  But, there are places where hardwood isn't the best choice, and there are also times when people need to save money, so I put together the 5 best alternatives for hardwood.  This may come in handy for your clients, especially if they are prepping and staging their homes.


19 Easy ways to add farmhouse decor for an authentic look

Farmhouse is all the rage these days (in case you didn't notice).  And, if you don't know this style, check it out on pinterest.  It's everywhere!  So, I gathered 19 different (and affordable) ways to add farmhouse style to your home.


Best vacuum cleaner for pet hair (on carpet)

I finally got to this...it's been on my "to do" list for months.  If you have pets and carpets, you know that fur gets everywhere.  This goes over the best vacuums for pet hair.  These will help with carpets, sofas an well just about any fabric (including clothes). 


10 Ways to decorate with Navy for a modern look

Navy is a hot and up and coming color.  It's a way to add a neutral punch of color, and if it's done tastefully and in moderation, it's super chic.  I included my favorite paint shades for navy, too.


Bathroom vanity trends for 2018-2019

So, I got this idea from a promoted pin I saw on pinterest.  I clicked on it, and it did NOT show me trends.  Then, I googled the topic and realized that no one had written an article on this topic.  They were always writing about bathroom trend, but none were specific to vanities.  So I wrote one.  We'll see how it does.


13 Dramatic paint colors for powder rooms to wow your guests

So, I went a little bit wild on colors here, and you may want to check this out if you are planning on painting a powder room soon.  Personally, I prefer neutral paint colors in the most areas of the home, but powder rooms represent a small little and private area where you can really express your personality.


How to transform your desserts into restaurant style masterpieces

Okay, I know this has nothing to do with home decor or what I typically write about. But, for those of you have followed me throughout the years, you know I'm famous for my cheesecake and love decorating this.  I was inspired to write something fun and quick on the topic.  Home decorating, cake decorating...same thing.


15 Unique coffee tables

This was just a fun coast to share a few wild and unique coffee tables.  When done right, a coffee table can be the centerpiece and focal point in the room


10 Best farmhouse style pendant lights under $200

I love pendant lights.  They are a fun way to add light and decor at the same time.  I recently wrote an article on pendants, and this is a subset of those lights.  These are the ones that are both more affordable and have a farmhouse style look.


11 Remarkable dark hardwood floors for a stunning look  

In this article I share 11 stunning dark hardwood floors. These are pre-finished woods that are made in the factory.  I'm writing about refinishing hardwoods so often, I thought it would be a nice change of pace.


So that's my monthly round up.  I'm going to slow down the pace for May as there are several projects I want to work on.  I'm hoping some of them may accelerate my blog income or traffic or both.  Wish me luck.


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John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Debbie Gartner thanks for the latest valuable list of floor and decor articles

May 02, 2018 05:42 PM #1
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Debbie Gartner ,

Your posts are so impressive..I'm booking marking this post until I can read all of them! Thanks for sharing with us!

May 02, 2018 05:57 PM #2
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debbie you could start a second job as an SEO consultant, on a side note I just checked out your Bathroom Vanity Post it is great hope you will get a lot of activity from it, Endre

May 02, 2018 06:00 PM #3
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Alliance Real Estate - Minot - Minot, ND
Bob Timm, Broker Associate, Alliance Real Estate

Thanks Debbie Gartner , I'm eager to take a look at some of these posts.

May 02, 2018 06:07 PM #4
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

John - You're welcome.

Dorie - Thx so much, and I hope they're helpful.

Endre Barath, Jr. - Thx.  You're so sweet. Glad you like the article.  And, FYI, I'm doing a bit of SEO coaching and blogging for others on the side.

Bob - Oh cool.  So glad to hear that.

May 02, 2018 06:15 PM #5
Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
Your Lifetime Friend/Helper!

Congratulations Debbie Gartner for getting so many viewers! Your articles are quite intriguing!

May 02, 2018 06:26 PM #6
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

What an amazing Blog Debbie Gartner - I loved each section and you are truly a wealth of knowledge.  I can see where you would have so very many Page Views - Major 'Congrats!'  You are a motivator and an inspiration - I learn from you.  Thank you!

May 02, 2018 08:20 PM #7
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

Always a great refernce source for all things floorng ! 

May 03, 2018 04:58 AM #8
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I could sit on this page all day and read your posts, Debbie. But I did quickly respond to your vacuum cleaner post. True story: I caught my housekeeper using my vacuum cleaner yesterday and she felt it necessary to explain herself (like I care which she uses), by saying only my vacuum cleaner gets up the fine white cat hair from our two ragdolls.

May 03, 2018 11:20 AM #9
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Elizabeth - Thx so much.  I have to wait until the transfer is complete before accepting/responding or it will get lost.  I really appreciate.

Sally - Thanks for the endorsement.

Allie - Thank you.  I'm glad it keeps growing.

Bruce - Thanks.  I really appreciate that.

May 03, 2018 04:12 PM #10
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