Not long after Home Depot launched its Expo Design Centers back in 1991, I visited one. It had a half dozen floors of home furnishing, the whole ball of wax including floor coverings. The products were reasonably well displayed in departments by product types. Some "experts" even predicted the demise of the floor covering specialty store. The big boxes were going to take over the world, they said. But I wasn't worried then or now about floor covering stores that focus on the basics.