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Cathy and Tom Ferris of Floor Specialists in their new Wellington showroom.

For Cathy And Tom Ferris Of Floor Specialists, Home Décor Begins With The Perfect Floor By Julie Unger

When building a home, you start from the bottom and build up. Floor Specialists applies the same premise when designing a home. “Our tagline is, ‘It begins with a perfect floor,’” owner Cathy Ferris said. “That sets the stage for the entire interior, whether it be hardwood, beautiful porcelain large-format tiles, marble, laminate or beautiful luxury vinyl tile. Your settings will then reflect whatever is on the floor.” For close to two decades, Cathy and Tom Ferris have brought specialty flooring to residents of the western communities. Tom, whose family has long been in the flooring business, specializes in hardwood floors, while Cathy’s forte is design. In 1998, she was hired by a major manufacturer to select specifications for a large home builder. The specific products she chose for the floors and walls then became the standard for the models.

“I would set up their design center and train their designers, who would do the selections on how to put everything together in these homes for their future buyers,” Cathy recalled. She gained vast experience in the 11 years she worked in that job, and offers her experience and expertise to her customers today. “As that grew, so did my knowledge of what works and doesn’t work,” she said. Cathy has worked with high-end designers who have taught her a great deal about surfaces and fabrics, but those come after the flooring is chosen. “Every designer will always start with, ‘What are we putting on the floors?’ That will set the stage on the rest of the furnishings,” she said. “That, in itself, says it all. It begins with a perfect floor.” For example, think about the surface

of the floor. If you use carpet, it provides warmth — and the color provides depth and affects how a room feels. “The overall feel that you want to give to your home dictates the type of floor you want to start with,” Cathy said. “The first question I’m going to ask you is, ‘Tell me a little bit about your lifestyle. wellington the magazine | march 2017


Wellington The Magazine March 2017  

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