What Area Rugs Can Do For Your Home

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Area rugs are a great way to add a focal point in any room and can tie a room together from a design standpoint. Beyond their artistic value, area rugs also can add comfort and warmth on harder surfaces such as wood or tile flooring. As area rugs tend to be the glue that holds the room’s design aesthetic together, it is important that your area rug be your starting point. From their you can pull from the area rug to add other design elements to your space. 

 

But how to choose the right rug for your space? It certainly depends on your overall preferences but there are also some general rules that when followed, make it much easier to narrow down what you are looking for. The first thing to consider is where your area rug will be and what purpose will it serve. 

 

In a transitional area, such as between rooms, a rug that acts as a runner is a great idea, flowing from space to space. At least as narrow as your doorway or even narrower is best. This will create a natural transition between spaces and won’t feel super bulky where it shouldn’t.

 

In other rooms, such as the living room, consider how much space you have. If you are looking to create a space for your living room furniture, be sure to purchase a rug that is large enough. Generally, the furniture should have at least the front legs anchored to the edge of the rug so that it ties everything together.


If you are looking for an area rug to compliment your formal dining area, the best rule of thumb is to match the shape of your rug to the shape of your dining room furniture. This will create a look of cohesion between the two pieces as a dining room set is often the focal point of the dining room already. By matching the shape of the table, you are not detracting from the table’s presence but merely adding to it.

 

These are just a few ways to think about area rugs when you are looking to purchase one for your own space. Once you have a better idea of what to look for depending on your space, the better idea you’ll have about where to start. 

Fourth of July Grilling Ideas

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With the Fourth of July fast approaching you may find yourself beginning to plan what you want to make for your guests who are coming over for the annual celebration of our country’s independence. Before the fireworks fly and the marshmallows are roasted over fires, hosts and hostesses are faced with the task of feeding their guests, and for some this could mean dozens of mouths to feed. One solution sure to make your life easier is to incorporate skewers into your menu. They are incredibly easy to throw together ahead of time meaning your day-of cooking list will be that much shorter. Preparing them is a breeze and some require nothing more than refrigeration before serving while others are simply thrown on the grill. 

 

One great skewer for your party are caprese skewers. These are incredibly easy to throw together ahead of time and simply put them into the fridge until you want to serve them. All that is required is cherry tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, and marinated mozzarella balls. Thread the tomatoes, mozzarella and basil onto the skewers in whatever varying pattern you prefer. Using the leftover mozzarella marinated oil, drizzle this over the skewers on a platter along with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar as well. Throw a dash of salt and pepper over them and simply throw them in the fridge until you plan to serve them.

Another great skewer option is to chop up a bunch of summertime vegetables such as squash, zucchini, bell peppers, tomatoes and onions and arrange them how you prefer on a skewer. Season them with a drizzle of olive oil or your favorite vinaigrette, before throwing them on the grill. Once cooked, these skewers can be eaten as a healthy side of vegetables or they can be added to burritos, sandwiches, pitas, or even on top of a salad. These can also be prepared ahead of time and thrown in the fridge until they are ready to be cooked.

These two healthy vegetarian options are great alternatives to slaving over time consuming vegetable side dishes. They are easy to make, easy to store, and easy to eat when served. It’s summertime and nobody likes to eat with their knives and forks when the sun is out! 

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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Father’s day is fast approaching.  This year show Dad how much you really care, by giving him a gift that he will enjoy and get some use out of. First think about what hobbies he is into and how he likes to enjoy his free time. Save the socks and cuff links. Spoil him this year!

An amazing gift for dad is an upgrade to his favorite area in his home.  Does he spend his spare hours in his workshop?  Make his time there more enjoyable by replacing the floor in the room!  Does he love to cook?  His kitchen would no doubt benefit from a change in the floor.  Every time he’s in the room, he will remember you and your thoughtful gift.

A modern and sophisticated back pack is a great gift for almost any dad. Choose one that looks modern and in a color like gray. This way he can take it to work with him, or use it on a day hike.

Masculine phone valets are a good gift for any man in our life. It is a station that can charge his mobile phone, store his wallet and keep his keys. A phone valet is the perfect little spot to keep all of the things he needs to grab before leaving the house. There are also some great leather phone cases that protect the device and double as a wallet. This will eliminate one more thing that dads have to carry around in their pockets. You can also have it embossed with his name and email address, in case it gets lost. This makes it easy for someone to return the wallet/phone.

If dad has a smart watch of some kind, get him a new band or two. There is a nice variety of these available at many various prices. It is always nice to have different bands that can be changed out for different moods or occasions.

Get him a nice game set, depending on the game he likes. There are beautifully constructed game sets available for poker, chess, backgammon and many others. This is also an activity the two of you can use to spend some quality time with one another.

A nice Bluetooth speaker is great for dad. He can wirelessly connect his phone to the speaker and listen to music while working in the yard, tinkering in the garage or relaxing on the deck. This is a gift that keeps on giving. There are many available that produce quality sound that can match up to a small stereo!

No matter what your dad loves to do in his spare time, there are amazing gifts for him.  Stretch your imagination this year and surprise him with your thoughtful gift!

Plants that are Easy to Keep Alive

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Plants are a wonderful addition to the interior of your home.  Most decor styles benefit from these little pieces of the outdoors, and they help to clean the air inside your home. If you don’t feel that you have a green thumb, there are some plants that are a good fit.  These plants are each easy to keep alive as long as you water them occasionally!

Indoor plants can be easy to keep alive. If you don’t plan on planting a garden this spring, consider some potted plants that you can keep indoors.

Basil is an easy plant to grow indoors. It also tastes fresh and delicious. This plant is perfect to grow on a window sill. It needs sun, so this is a good location. The aroma it gives off is amazing and it is wonderful to have in the kitchen. Just pick a few leaves and add it to a meal! A small flower pot can be used to grow basil, so it can fit on a window sill or counter top.

Aloe is an good plant to have around the home. It is perfect for providing a soothing, natural remedy for sun burns during the summer. It can go days and even weeks without water. This plant does require sun. Place it in a sunny spot and enjoy it for years! You can even cut off a piece of aloe and regrow it. Feel free to make a gift out of your aloe, by re-growing it over and over again and giving it out to loved ones. 

Mint is another easy plant to grow indoors. It smells great and adds a noticeable fresh scent wherever it lives. These plants like a cool environment which makes it easy to grow indoors. Place your mint plant where indirect light is available. Water when the soil feels dry to the touch. Mint also enjoys humidity, so misting the plant occasionally will keep it happy and thriving. Turn the plant every three to four days to ensure it grows evenly. Use this plant to garnish dishes or add it to refreshing drinks!

The plants above listed are easy to grow indoors and useful to keep around. They can be grown and enjoyed year!

Tomato and Basil Open-Faced Sandwiches

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Are you ready to entertain this summer?  Once your home is ready for guests, your mind will turn to the food.  This recipe can be served for lunch or as an appetizer. It is perfect for summer and combines fresh and savory to make a refreshing and healthy sandwich! Make servings for one person or many, it is up to you. For appetizers use a smaller loaf of French bread. For open faced sandwiches, use a full size loaf of French bread.

What You Will Need:

Roma tomatoes

Fresh basil leafs

1 Clove garlic

French bread

Plain cream cheese

Olive oil

Salt

Pepper

Directions:

Turn your oven on to the broil setting. While it is heating up, rub a peeled fresh clove of garlic on the French bread. This adds a small hint of garlic. Next use a spoon to apply olive oil to the bread and then use the spoon to cover the entire side of the bread. Lightly add a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and in to the oven. This will toast the bread. It only takes about 30-60 seconds, depending on the oven. It is best to keep a close watch, so not to burn the bread.

Once the bread has been toasted, turn the bread over and let it cool for about a minute. Next use a knife to spread on the plain cream cheese. You can vary the amount of cream cheese you want to use according to your personal space.

Chop up the fresh basil leaves so that it can be sprinkled over top of the cream cheese.

Slice the tomatoes and lightly salt them. Add the tomato slices to the cream cheese and fresh basil.

Ready to eat! Serve while still warm.

Healthy Egg Scramble in a Slow Cooker

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Kitchen and Bath

 

 

This meal comes from a need for quick, easy breakfasts that keep the family away from quick, sugary morning meals. In order to meet these criteria, the best option is to pre-bake healthy breakfast creations that include eggs (protein) and a healthy veggie (here, we use spinach). Spinach is a wonderful vegetable and very easy to using in your cooking. This recipe can be made easily and is fast to warm up in the morning, by using the microwave in short 15-30 second bursts.

What You Need:

12 Eggs

5 Oz. Chopped Spinach

1 Cup Whole Milk

½ Package of Turkey Bacon

12 Oz. Shredded Cheddar

1 Tsp. Salt

1 Tsp. Cracked Black Pepper

Directions:

Grease the bottom of the slow cooker with coconut or olive oil cooking spray. Cook the turkey bacon and chop it up into small pieces. Chop spinach finely.

Whisk eggs in a large mixing bowl and add the milk and salt and pepper. Whisk these ingredients well before adding the spinach, cheddar and turkey bacon.

Add contents to the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Serve with fresh fruit and orange juice.

 

Thank You for the Feedback!

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We always appreciate hearing from our customers!  We would like to thank John S. for his review.

 

Although the outside of the building is a bit deceiving. It’s quite spacious and filled with a massive amount of flooring options. I worked with Mike and Judy they were helpful and upfront. I cannot stand walking into a store and feeling as though I am being sold something. That was not the case at all here. They helped me find the right tile for my bathroom, the right adhesive and grout all in one shop. They also gave me tips on how to install and apply each surface. Being somewhat handy and trying to save on costs, this was a huge win for me. So if your looking for flooring and not wanting the whole pressure sell id recommend this place any day. I recently recommended this place to a buddy of mine. He had nothing but great things to say about his experience.”

Thanks for taking the time out of your day to let us know how we’re doing, John!

The Virtual Room Designer

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Our virtual room designer tool is an excellent way to figure out what design selections to make, right down to paint colors. This tool allows you to work from a predesigned photo or upload a photo of your own. We suggest start with one of our photos to figure out a direction. This read will give you a better understanding of how to use this free tool!

Start by selecting the room that feels more like your style. The different rooms available are offered for the major rooms of the home, such as kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms. Next play around with the item you are most interested in. For example if you are thinking of designing your kitchen, select the cabinet style first and then play around with different finishes you like. If you are most interested in granite counter tops, start there. Staring with the item you are most excited about helps you build around the aspects you are drawn to.

Now play around with paint color. Since paint color can change the way a room looks instantly, it is important to figure out the sort of color palettes that look good with the elements you are most excited about. Paint color also encompasses a large portion of a room. It also has the ability to change the way other features and finishes look. If you are unsure where to start, ask yourself these questions “Do you like light and bright or warm and cozy?”. Light and bright colors are whites, light blues and creams and even grays. Warm and cozy can be achieved by beiges, browns, reds, greens and darker grays. Rich color palettes can be achieved by using darker blues, reds, greens and other vibrant, yet darker color choices such as wine.

The virtual room designer also allows you to play around with different floor and wall treatments. When using this tool make sure you view all of the options available. Tweak back splash and counter tops by selecting different patterns and materials. A variety of flooring selections are also available and the finishes can be changed as well. Have fun and create different styles. Save your work so you can go back and look at design styles later!