Blog articles in 2020

Lorrie Langdon Ice Dyeing Journey

From Residential Customer Service Manager to Marine Project Coordinator, Lorrie Langdon has donned many hats in her 20+ years with Brintons.

Residing in Mississippi, Lorrie spends her days coordinating fast-paced marine projects while she moonlights as a talented fiber artist. Though she thrives in the organizational part of her job, Lorrie seeks to stretch those creative muscles at the end of each day.

What began as a way to continue her grandmother-in-law’s legacy turned into a curious passion for different kinds of textile art. When chatting with Lorrie she said it would be “such a shame that no one would be able to continue this on when she passes." This thought inspired Lorrie to teach herself quilting a few years back.

Immersing herself in the world of quilting, Langdon discovered a generous community on Instagram.

She recounts an occasion where she had a scrap of material that she wanted to make a baby quilt from.

In hopes of finding more of the fabric, she tagged the original designer who responded to her claiming to have, “a ton of that.” Langdon remembers how insistent the designer was to not let her pay for anything – nothing, not even shipping!

Throughout the years, Lorrie's dabbled in various artistic outlets such as cross-stitching and quilting however, recently Mrs. Langdon has started ice dyeing custom fabrics in her home studio.

Captivated by the stunning quilts produced by Brooke Biette, Langdon sought to replicate her ice dyeing technique – adding a new dimension to her craft.

The process starts by soaking the fabric in a solution for half an hour then stretching it out with a carefully composed mix of ice cubes and powdered dyes placed on top. Once the ice and dye are arranged, Lorrie waits for 24 hours before rinsing the material.

Stressing that there is a learning curve to overcome in figuring out how much ice and dye are needed, Lorrie explains "the process isn't easy, but I fell in love with how no two pieces are identical and you never get the same results twice."

She’s since ice dyed pillow covers and face masks, used the new technique to take her quilts to the next level and even had the designs translated into the gorgeous Brintons Axminster patterns below.

We’re honored to have such a creative artist on our team at Brintons. Go show her some love by following her on Instagram here and head on over to our Design Studio Online (DSO) to play with recolors and flood these beauties into a room scene.

West Beach Conference Center at Kiawah Island Resort

Brintons teams up with Kent Interior Design to design and manufacture 3,200 square yards of custom woven Axminster carpet at the West Beach Conference Center at Kiawah Island Resort in South Carolina.

Located a mere 21 miles from the historically rich streets of Charleston, SC, the West Beach Conference Center sits along wide stretches of picturesque beaches and oaks swathed in age-old moss. The conference center, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, boasts 23,000 square-feet of flexible pre-event and modern meeting spaces that can host up to 1,000 attendees.

With the entire space being covered in Brintons Axminster carpet, the design team knew the floors were a key element to the interior. Kent Interior Design researched local plant life to incorporate into the massive ballroom and prefunction design.

Lauren Topits, Associate at Kent Interior Design says, "We wanted to have a fresh and updated design, so we chose to do an organic pattern, rather than the typical bordered designs." When working with a conference center it is crucial to keep in mind the space can have multiple functions and room configurations, "so it was important that the organic design flowed naturally into each space." explains Topits.

“With the help of Brinton’s awesome design team, we were able take the concepts of dwarf palm leaves and magnolia trees and turn it into a full custom carpet. The outcome was a unique and colorful representation of bringing natural elements found on Kiawah into the interiors.”

– Lauren Topits | Associate, Kent Interior Design

For the West Beach Conference Center and other similar projects, Axminster carpet is adhered using a double stick system. A double stick system describes the process when a pad is glued to the floor with a releasable adhesive and then the carpet is stuck to the pad with a permanent multipurpose paste.

According to Dwight Carter, Brintons Installation and Technical Services Manager, "The key to a successful install is following the seaming diagrams and making sure the patterns are straight and aligned."

If the seams do not match up properly, it can become obvious that carpet was not laid down well, ruining the appearance and overall design goal.

Watch the behind the scenes video, courtesy of Vision Installations, below to see Kent Interior Design + Brintons collaboration come to life.

From start to finish your custom project will be championed by your own project manager, who will guide you through the entire process from initial project shaping, planning and estimating right through to installation, aftercare and maintenance.

Contact your local representative here to learn about Brintons turnkey installation services for your project today.

Pom Box Insights

Get to know your Brintons Pom Box through the eyes of our experienced design team, who share their insights on how to get the most from your custom color palettes.

The Brintons standard offering boasts over five hundred wool/nylon blend tufts to build your custom colorations with. From beginning to end, our carpet manufacturing process is totally integrated, giving us full control of every aspect from selecting and blending the wool to its finished weave.

Thirty-two individual colors, the most in the industry, can be woven into a durable yet luxurious Brintons Axminster carpet.

Old Gold | 26-3236 | G22

Old Gold is a rich, earthy color that evokes the beauty of nature.

It works well alongside blues and teals and adds a touch of warmth and elegance to your color palette.

See the hue used in a variety of designs over on our Design Studio Online (DSO).

Cumbria | 24-3694 | F26

A shy pop of citrus playfulness.

Sublime when used as an accent to lift a neutral palette with a delicious touch of tang.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

For a bolder on trend statement partner the shade with blue and green hues – emerald jade, deep teal, indigo and inky blue tones.

Pasture | 24-4182 | I29⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Sage green is a color known for its calming attributes, symbolic of abundance and renewal.

Able to fit seamlessly within a neutral palette or work alongside bolder accent colours, Pasture is a versatile choice for your next color scheme.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Pair it with a burnt orange tone such as Henna (27-4148) to bring a little warmth into any room.

Get in touch with your local representative to download our digitized pom boxes – translated for a world that looks a little different than yesterday.

Coloring Pages with Brintons + Stacy Garcia

Brintons is teaming up with Stacy Garcia to bring you more than carpet during this time of social distancing and working from home. Ignite your creativity with coloring pages inspired by previous collections and our next collaboration, Vantage by Stacy Garcia for Brintons, launching in May.

Unwind by printing out these pages and seeing where your unbridled creativity can take you. You can color by yourself or get the whole family involved by printing out multiple copies.

Download your coloring pages here and tap into your inner artist by unapologetically applying vibrant hues or keep it neutral with shades found in our outside world.

Unveil your masterpieces! Use #PressPauseWith Brintons and #StayColorfulWithSG on Instagram. Then go ahead and tag @BrintonsAmericas to share your finished coloring pages with us.

Press Pause with Brintons

Nobody expected the beginning of the decade to start off with schools closing, a mass toilet paper shortage and an overwhelming cloud of uncertainty surrounding a global pandemic – shifting our culture from fast forward to pause.

At Brintons, the culture shift from fast forward to pause has us reconciling our current schedules and processes, inspiring us to adapt and learn to do things differently. These are unprecedented times and we want to be there to assist you in not only your commercial carpet needs, but also when you need rest.

We invite you to press pause with Brintons. Take five and uncover hidden sheep in our iSpy A Sheep game. You can get the whole family involved or pause with us on your own by printing out the activities or viewing them on your device.

Stay connected with the following channels: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest or directly contact your local Brintons representative. Share your iSpy A Sheep images with us on social media by using the #PressPauseWithBrintons hashtag.

We look forward to pressing play again soon.

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