This month we’re highlighting some jaw-dropping projects across Floor Trends and Floor Covering Installer. 

First up: Our cover story on the Anso Gallery at Nebraska Furniture Mart. I had the opportunity to travel to Omaha, Nebraska, to see version 1.0 of this new showroom, which presents a new way for consumers to shop for flooring. Dave Chambers, director of flooring for the NFM, and Teresa Tran, vice president of the retail channel or Shaw Floors, gave us the tour and explained why doubling down on carpet is an investment in the future of flooring retail. 

Floor Trends also had the honor of witnessing the unveiling of a bedroom makeover for a child with special needs. Mohawk partnered with Sunshine on a Ranney Day (SOARD), a nonprofit organization based in Roswell, Georgia, that reimagines and builds custom rooms for children with special needs. 

We also feature a few top projects by Starnet and Fuse commercial installers. These projects push the envelope of creativity and execution. 

The FCI Installation Awards are one the highlights of our year. Celebrating the flooring installation industry’s talented craftsmen in both residential and commercial settings, we get to see some of the best work by professional installers. 

This year, we honor four residential projects and four commercial projects. Managing Editor Beth Miller interviewed the contestants, asking them to share what makes their installations special and the challenges they encountered along the way. You’ll be wowed by craftsmanship across the categories: a custom carpet for Southern Arkansas University and a Walnut and White Oak Basket Weave floor, to name a few.