Tools & toys

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - — Cary Jenk­ins


What’s to love: The in­ter­lock­ing foam tiles cre­ate a soft play area with enough de­signs and op­tions to match al­most any play­room or nurs­ery decor.

What does it do: The die-cut tiles are 2-foot square and de­signs in­clude sa­fari an­i­mals, bugs, flow­ers, di­nosaurs and trans­porta­tion. Each de­sign can be or­dered in an ar­ray of col­ors. A nine-piece set with beveled bor­ders cre­ates a square mat and sells for $120. An eight-piece mat is sold with­out the bor­der and cre­ates a rec­tan­gu­lar shape. It’s $80. There is also an op­tion to build or cre­ate a cus­tom mat. More in­for­ma­tion at


What’s to love: Thin peel-and-stick real wood planks for the doit-your­selfer.

What does it do: Th­ese planks are made of re­claimed river logs. Ac­cord­ing to tim­ber­chic’s web­site, the logs are re­cov­ered from a lake and river sys­tem used to float wood to Maine’s lum­ber and pa­per mills for more than 150 years. Th­ese planks are made from the logs that sank. They are pre-fin­ished and col­ors in­clude coastal white, drift­wood and river planks which are left nat­u­ral. Prices range from $10-$13 a square foot de­pend­ing on fin­ish and width of the plank. More in­for­ma­tion at tim­ber­

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