Monday, June 23, 2014

Hard work pays off!

Here are some photos of some of our work we've done recently. Whether it's tile, hardwood, carpet, or vinyl, we can do it all!

For questions or information about particular products or photos please feel free to comment below, call us at 803-786-8055 or e-mail at


Here is a bathroom we did for a doctor's personal office. We love the clean lines and the glass walls so you can see the tile! (Cohn Construction)

These muted hardwoods are perfect for this living room/dining room combo. Their dog agrees!

Here is another example of how hardwoods can really open up a room and bring a lot of warmth to it. 

This bathroom is one of my favorites, it's neutral but has a splash of color in the backsplash!

The next three photos are a lovely bathroom with elements of the forest. With the natural stone look in the floor it really gives it a "mountain getaway" feel.

This bathroom is light and relaxing. We can take credit for the tile but not for the tub, which is equally gorgeous!

For our final look, this was a customer who was at her wits ends! She had looked everywhere for the perfect accent on her floor and couldn't find what she wanted. We found this stunning marble basket weave and it was a match made in heaven!

Monday, June 9, 2014

May Flowers bring Pilgrims.

That's always been one of my favorite simple jokes. (For those of you that don't know it, the entire joke can be found at the bottom of this post.)

This month I want to explain something simply. You may see advertisements around town for "10% off to so-and-so" or "4th of July sale." Everyone loves a good sale, including myself, but the fact is in order to have a lot of sales you have to have enough of the product marked up to have a "sale."

In our case, we don't often have sales or holiday specials simply  because we are ALWAYS offering the best price.

So when we do offer 10% off (like for law enforcement or Lexington/Palmetto hospital employees) it means more than getting 10% off at those other stores.

We've discussed how to get this across many times among each other and I think the bottom line is, someone's got to say it.

10% off at Carolina Wholesale means more than 10% off anywhere else.

If the same exact carpet costs $.50 more down the road, 10% there is our normal price here - make sense?

We try VERY hard to beat all pricing. And to be completely transparent, there are times when we cannot. But most of the time, we are crushing it.

So, give us a call and let us compare some pricing or come by and see the prices for yourself!

If April showers bring may flowers then what do may flowers bring?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Carpet/Tile Blended Post

Many times people want to do big renovations but simply don't have the budget. We get it, putting new hardwood in the entire downstairs portion of your house isn't a walk in the park for your wallet. 

Luckily there are great ways to remodel without breaking the bank. Hence, the name of my blog post this month. 

CARPET and TILE. But not just any carpet or any tile. If you use these magic words in the right combination you can pack a strong punch.

Okay, I'll quit being so elusive.                                                     

Putting in a back splash in your kitchen is a game changer. (Similar to finding out your new employer offers free Chik-fil-a every. single. Friday.) Hint hint.

Putting in a new rug or stair runner is laying the decorating smack down on your frumpy room. Boom, goes the dynamite.
(Also if you haven't seen the "Boom, goes the dynamite" clip you're missing out. Watch here: Boom! )

Anyway, we have a bountiful amount of options for both rugs, stair runners, and back splashes. 

Here are few options that really make an impact without causing you to eat Ramen Noodles for a month.

stairs & runner 

                                                                                 With back splash you can go subtle and classic:
Kitchen backsplash

Or you can go fun and glamorous:If I had stainless, I might really consider this gliterry ass backsplash.  I think it'd make cooking feel better!

No matter what you're looking for or what your personal design style is we can help!

Come see us or give us a call anytime!

Happy Spring,

Monday, March 3, 2014

Three Cheers for Three Things

What better day to post a blog post? Three awesome things happened this weekend.

I'm sure you can guess, but if you are having a hard time I'll help you out:

1. Carolina sweeps Clemson! 
I mean we kind of saw this coming but it's still exciting.

2. USC men's basketball upset Kentucky in a game that I probably would have been thrilled to be at. (Unfortunately, my boyfriend told me it would "be ugly" so we didn't go.)

THEN, the Oscars were phenomenal and a lot of awesome things happened.

So, since I am in a great mood, I'm going to share some of that with you.

Flooring doesn't seem like it would be exciting, but oops. You're wrong.

It's the glue that holds a house together, it's the heart and soul. Whether you're building, renovating, or grudgingly coming in because your perfectly good floors got ruined when a pipe burst, I promise to help and be happy while I'm doing it. Consider me the Lupita Nyong'o of Carolina Wholesale. I'm happy and I wear a lot of headbands. 

So, come by and see us. Whether it's hardwood, carpet, tile, laminate, vinyl, or a backsplash. 

ALSO, I can't believe I almost forgot this, we went to the Columbia Chamber of Commerce's Schmoozapalooza a couple weeks ago and won 4 weeks of FREE advertising on a digital billboard. So keep your eyes peeled for us around town!

Thanks all, have a great week and a great March!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Rain Rain, Go Away

I'm going to be honest, this rain is not conducive to creative writing. It's dreary, cold (okay, it's like 50), and gloomy.

So, since I'm in such a chipper mood I decided it's a great day to write a blog post. :)

Today I'll be focusing on hardwoods. There are so many misconceptions on what hardwoods are, what kind you need, and what kind you do/don't want. 

If you want a LOT of information, check out HGTV's Guide to Hardwoods. They do a good job of explaining in detail what I'm about to break down simply.

The main things you need to know about hardwood are:

1. Pre-finished vs. Site Finished

2. Solid vs. Engineered

3. Hardness and Wear Layer

So, here we go:

1. Pre-finished hardwood can be solid or engineered and is finished at the mill with multiple layers of polyurethane and usually a layer of aluminum oxide. You buy it ready to be installed. It comes in a variety of different stains and virtually every wood is available.

2. Site Finished (or unfinished) hardwood is raw wood (solid or engineered) that you will polyurethane once it's been installed in your house. While this is not a bad option we normally sell this to new houses, since it makes a mess and requires you to be out of the way for a longer period of time. You will also not get the aluminum oxide layer if you site finish.  A plus to this is that you can pick your exact stain color that you want your floors to look like.

-- There are pro's and con's to both - but nothing too drastic that you NEED to go one way or the other. It's what works best for you and your situation.


1. Solid floors are one solid plank of wood, they are normally 3/4" thick and cannot be used if you have a home that is on a slab(you need a crawl space or upstairs, obviously works.) You must nail them down, which rules out the slab option. They are durable and can be refinished multiple times, but if we're being honest I don't really know many people who enjoy refinishing their hardwoods over and over. (No judgement if that's your thing.)

2. Engineered floors are a veneer of real hardwood over layers of plywood. The come in a few thicknesses, most commonly 3/8" or 5/16".  A lot of times engineered hardwood gets a bad rep because people assume it's laminate. IT'S NOT LAMINATE :) Engineered hardwood is a great option if you want to get a wider plank (over 4") because it's more structurally sound. It's less likely to cup and bow with changes in the weather and humidity. Depending on your wear layer you can refinished engineered hardwoods once. 


1. Hardness is regulated by someone, with some authority,  who knows a lot about wood and tests it and puts in on a scale called the Janka scale. (see below) This one covers a few woods, but there are some that cover ALL woods, but it would have been overwhelming in this post. While this is something to consider, don't feel like you HAVE to buy Brazilian Ebony (to be honest, I don't even know what this is) because it's the hardest. If you're really concerned with hardness oaks and hickory's are plenty hard. If you want an exotic, Brazilian Cherry is a lovely option. 

2. Wear layer mostly pertains to engineered floors. When you buy an engineered floor there will be a layer of veneer on the top of the actual wood you are seeing. This varies in thickness, which directly correlates to price. Ideally, you'd like to get an engineered wood with a thick wear layer (we suggest anything over 2-3 mm.) If you are sure you'll want to refinish down the road, getting a thick wear layer is key. You can easily see the wear layer by turning your sample to the side. 
You can see on this photo that the wear layer is very thick. This engineered product would be a great buy if you want to refinish down the road. Do not call and ask me what this wood is. I do not know. I found this photo on the internet. I can, however, find you a similar product.

If you have any more questions, if you haven't stopped reading by now, call me or comment below!

Thanks for learning all about hardwoods - thanks for listening to me ramble. (educated rambling, but still)

Until next time, 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Fa la la la la, la la la la!

'Tis the season! 

I have been blessing the office with Christmas music and my singing for 5 days now. If you don't think that creates a blissful office environment, you're plum crazy.

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or anything in between, this month is all about giving, sharing, and enjoying the company of loved ones. I personally go home to visit my family in 24 hour spurts as to not ruin the "sharing and enjoying" part. 

What we would love more than anything is for you to come share and enjoy with us! Now that football season is over and we all have a little more free time (and lower blood pressure) it's the perfect time to get some renovations going. 

My focus today will be on carpet. Without picking a favorite company, I'll say that we have three new absolutely gorgeous displays that feature the softest carpet this side of the Mississippi. (actually softest carpet anywhere, but I love that saying)

Carpet has come leaps and bounds in the past 5-10 years. People will come in with samples of carpet they have in their homes and it feels like sandpaper compared to today's luxuriousness. 

Whether you need a pattern, a loop carpet, or a cut-pile we don't care. (We do care) We can help you find your perfect match. Think of us as that creepy old guy on the eHarmony commercials, without the dentures and comb over. --->

 What I'm trying to say is, we are experts and we promise to give you 100% while you're here!

Now, enjoy a photo of the carpet I was speaking about earlier. 

Happy Holidays guys!

One thing I've learned doing this post, is that carpet doesn't photograph well enough to show adequate softness. Which means, you must come in and feel it yourself! 

Here is one of the carpet's we sell in an advertising campaign... no sheep were harmed in the making of this ad. It's so soft you'll think you're petting a sheep (a clean sheep with no knots in it's coat.)

Thursday, November 7, 2013

You can cry, but only on my wood-look tile.

Welcome back, guys!

I hope you enjoyed my first post. I know my parents were beaming with pride. (No, it doesn't take much with them.) This time around we will be focusing on one of my FAVORITE options for flooring. 

Wood-look tile

Wood-look tile is the best of both worlds. It's having your cake and eating it too (without the calories.) It's friends with benefits (not recommended.) It's the peanut butter to... okay, you get it. 

Lot's of people love the look of wood, but unfortunately we live in the South. It's humid as a steam room and there is water everywhere. So, when you want to get gorgeous 5" wide solid hardwood floors don't be surprised when we cringe a little bit. If you tell us you want to put it in your laundry room, bathroom, and kitchen don't be surprised when we start crying a little. You would be amazed how many horror stories we hear from toilets overflowing, dishwashers exploding, and washing machines bursting into spontaneous waterfall-like behavior. With all that said, wood-look tile is your new best pal. 

It's gorgeous, water safe, and most importantly cheaper than wood (most of the time!) You can live on the lake, at the beach, or chill in your new kitchen with wide, lovely, DRY "hardwood" and not have to fret. Some of our favorite hardwood looks are rustic and worn, but they come in all shapes and sizes. (Okay really just sizes, most are rectangle shaped.) Some of our favorites are pictured below. Wood-look tile is installed the same way normal tile is installed. You can do thinner grout lines for a more "wood inspired" look and stay away from annoying grout. 

If you're interested in wood-look tile swing by the store and chat with myself or Cindy. We will promise to guide you to wood-look tile nirvana. 

Thanks for reading! If you have something you'd like to know more about comment and let me know. I'm like a wedding DJ, requests are welcome and encouraged.