Glass in the Kitchen

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1692658_SUsing glass or Plexiglas in the kitchen can open up the space.  Clear materials are nice to mix in with solid surfaces like wood and stone. Both glass and Plexiglas can be found in clear, frosted, ribbed and textured forms—each with its own unique feeling. Glass fronted cabinets are great for displaying the pretty things in your kitchen like wedding china and glassware. Frosted Plexiglas or glass doors can lighten your cabinet fronts and still disguise the pantry goods and clutter.

This contemporary kitchen uses frosted glass on the cabinets and traditional stools.  These materials work well with the dark cabinets and neutral flooring.  The glass and dark cabinets contrast so you can really appreciate the glass detail.  However, the light walls and counter top keep the glass from looking too contrasting and out of place in the kitchen. Light colored counter tops continue the look of the room.

In a more traditional kitchen, glass front cabinets can make built-in cabinets feel more like traditional furniture such as china cabinets and hutches.  Single paneled glass front doors feel more modern than glass cabinet doors that have mullions or dividers.

There are also glass fronted refrigerators and wine fridges that can be used in the kitchen.  A fridge with a glass door requires a high level of organization to avoid adding visual clutter to a room. This is why wine fridges with glass doors are a better idea for most of us.

Product Spotlight: Caprice

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Kitchen and Bath, Product Education, Tile

Screen Shot 2014-01-26 at 4.06.27 PMAre you looking for an accent or backsplash inspiration?

Caprice by Dal-Tile is our product spotlight this week.  It’s a glass tile product.

This product would look great used as a backsplash in a bathroom (like the image to the left) or in the kitchen.  You could also put it in the shower as an accent strip.  Where do you envision this in your home?

Caprice comes in eight different colors! Which out of the eight colors pictured below is your favorite?  Do you like the lighter or darker options?  The lighter colors would look great against a dark counter top for contrast and vice versa for the darker colors against a light counter top.  If you want to bring in a subtle color into the room, Whisper Green might just be the choice for you.

Take a closer look at our website here.

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Contrast Blend

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Creme Soda

Crimson Blend

Crimson Blend

Ice White

Ice White

Kinetic Khaki

Kinetic Khaki

Mink Blend

Mink Blend

Vanilla Blend

Vanilla Blend

Whisper Green

Whisper Green

Reader Question: Laundry

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18892590_SMy laundry smells less than fresh. Why?

Smells in your washer and dryer can be transferred onto the clothes that you are washing. You can get rid of those odors and keep your laundry smelling clean and fresh by following these tips:

Use hot water – hot water kills those odor causing bacteria. While you may be washing most of your clothes in cold water to save money, you should wash at least 2 loads a month in a hot cycle.

Don’t use fabric softener in the washing machine – although fabric softener will make your clothes smell good in the short run, over time it can build up in your machine. The residue from fabric softener is a breeding ground for mildew.

Let your washing machine air dry – if you are not going to use your washing machine for a day or two, keep the door open. Even though your machine might be empty of wet clothes, there is still a significant chance that there is water under the basin. By keeping the door open you let the basin air dry and stay free of musty and mildew odors.

Clean your washer – that’s right, you have to clean it. Once a month run an empty machine on a hot cycle using two cups of vinegar. This will kill any bacteria that have been developing.

Clean the lint trap on your dryer – after every load remove lint from the lint trap. Once a month clean the lint trap in hot, soapy water. Use the hose on your vacuum to clean any lint that may remain in the dryer. Excess lint can become damp and cause yucky smells.

Wipe down the inside of your dryer – mix one cup of bleach with a gallon of hot water. Using a clean cloth, gently wipe down the inside of your dryer.

Use vinegar – dampen a few towels with vinegar and run them in the dryer. This will eliminate any nasty odors that are starting to develop.

Floating the Idea of Floating Furniture

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10293098_SFloating furniture might sound like we’re talking about pool floats, but we’re talking about moving furniture away from the walls.  Why is it we like to line up our furniture around the perimeter of a room and leave the middle empty?  Are we hosting Zumba parties in the empty space in the middle of our living rooms?  Probably not.  While floating furniture in the middle of the room might not be new to you, there are ways to do it successfully and not so successfully.  This living room is a good example of a room that almost gets it right.

Elements this living room does successfully include having the furniture focused around the center of the room.  Having the two couches face each other, allows for a great conversational area, but the seating area is also focusing in on the fireplace and television.  Using an area rug to center and ground the furniture is another good thing.  The rug extends beyond the sofa and makes the seating area feel larger.

The two sofas and chairs not seen in the image help to create a balanced room. The larger ottoman that can be used as a coffee table seems similar in size to both sofas.  Using a smaller centerpiece in this room could be beneficial as far as aesthetics go.

One tricky thing with floating seating arrangements is where to put the lighting.  You have to be strategic with lighting sources because you don’t want to have cords running throughout the room.  This particular living room has overhead lighting.

Area Rug Brings Space Together

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fromPTG100512Most of us think of rectangular rugs in a living or dining room when we consider area rugs. But the right rug in a hall like this can make all the difference.

This rug provides warmth and draws the eye down the hall. It breaks up the dark wood floor and helps define the edges of the surrounding rooms without the need for doors or other separating features.

The classic style of this rug suits the traditional architecture and antique wood furniture. This home conforms to a very specific style and the rug supports that.

The big surprise in this space is the choice of yellow on the walls. It’s a vivid color, but the white molding, dark floors and neutral rug help moderate its tone.

Hall-shaped area rugs come in almost as many styles, colors and patterns as traditional rectangular rugs. The pattern is often tighter because of its narrow perspective. They are, however, most commonly seen in traditional settings where an Oriental look is standard.

Do you have a place in your home that would benefit from a hall rug? One could provide a clear path through a home with an open living area, add interest to a long hallway, or carry forward a design style from one room to another. This type of rug is also often used on wood stairways to add softness and stability.

Some of today’s halls may be too narrow for this type of rug to work well. It’s nice to have some of the flooring show on either side of the rug for contrast. Measure the length and width of your hall or stairway, and bring those measurements with you to our showroom. We’ll help you determine whether a rug like this could add color and interest to your home.

Light Wood in a Contemporary Space

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Screen Shot 2014-01-26 at 3.58.05 PMLight hardwood species like ash, alder and beech are popular choices in contemporary furniture design.  We’ve all seen it at a certain Swedish chain known for contemporary and inexpensive design.  The pale wood has a decidedly Scandinavian feel to it. Both ash and beech are popular choices for cabinets.

Pale wood on vertical elements like cabinets and horizontal elements like counters and floors create a nice flow throughout living spaces.  Light wood cabinets will seamlessly blend with the floors. A mix of gray stone, maybe soapstone or concrete, and pale wood on the counters can offer a nice contrast between light and dark, warm and cool.  You can be strategic and contrast certain areas if you want to focus on a specific area of the room, too.

Since we’re talking about light wood and gray accents and they’re both neutrals, pops of color would really stand out in the space. You could use bold artwork or incorporate bright colored décor around the space.  The colors would make for a nice addition but be careful not to take over the simple two-toned color palette created by the pale woods and deep grays we’ve been discussing.

Austin Ave. Location News

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Extra! Extra! Read all about it!  We are so excited to introduce our newest and most recently improved store.

Our Austin Ave. location is back in action.  It’s brand new and remodeled as a carpet only store.  Stop in for your new carpet because we have a huge selection to choose from and are specifically catered to talk about your carpet options.  The address, contact information, and store hours are given below:

 

3001 N. Austin Ave.
Chicago, IL 60634
Phone: (773) 863-3700
Fax: (773)237-8257

Store Hours:
M-F. 10:00-7:00
Sat. 9:00-6:00
Sun. 11:00-5:00

We can’t wait to see you there! For directions or product information please visit our website here.

 

Mosaic Accents in the Bathroom

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2012-09-24 15.06.59The Romans used mosaic as flooring for their homes and bathrooms so we have them to thank for the beautiful tile mosaics still being used in flooring and bathrooms today.  Mosaic is a natural choice to be used as flooring and walls in the bathroom.  It also makes wonderful accents with other materials.

A narrow strip of colorful mosaic tiles add interest to the wall in this bathroom.  The natural stone color of the larger tiles is given a punch with the deeper red tones of the mosaic.  This is also a great example of a more expensive material used sparingly for big impact at low cost.  Adding a strip of mosaic tiles made of tumbled marble or glass adds a touch of luxury to even the simplest bathroom tiles.

Mosaic tiles on the floors and walls can mean a lot of grout to keep clean.  Adding a mosaic tile border around the middle of the floor or stripes of mosaic tiles would liven up a plain floor.  In the shower, mosaic tiles can be used with natural stone tile, ceramic tile or porcelain tiles.  Tumbled stone mosaic tiles would have less impact than a glass or colorful ceramic mosaic.  A single row of mosaic tile used as a border high in the shower or at waist height, or both would work well.

Mosaics can also be used to decorate a mirror and bath accessories. Find a flat plain frame to fit your bathroom mirror and cover it with mosaic tile that you use elsewhere to help bring together the design of the bathroom.

Decorating Your Home for Winter

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6543918_SDoes the house seem bare now that the tree and yuletide décor is gone? Yes, the holidays are over but that doesn’t mean you can’t decorate for winter.

Rearrange your furniture. If you have a fireplace, pull furniture towards the hearth to create a cozy gathering spot.

Add some bright pops of color to counteract the blue and silver scene outside.

Just like you bundle up to go outdoors during these cold months, use slipcovers on your dining room chairs for a fun layered look. Layer beds with textured throws and pillows. Add dozens of throw pillows to your couch and chairs in your living room.

Throw a sheepskin rug by the fireplace or better yet put one on each side of your bed. Your footsies will thank you when you get up each morning.

Hang thick velvet curtains. Hang these right over the window treatments you already have. Once the warmer months arrive you can simply take them down.

You can still dress up the mantle of your fireplace. The greens and holly may have gone, but why not create a scene using a white, silver and a pale blue palette? Add glittery snowflakes too.

Hang glass icicles from the chandelier over your dining room table. Glittered branches in glass vases make a beautiful centerpiece.

Add snowflake decals to any mirrors in the house. If you have any snowman décor from the holidays, it is perfectly acceptable to leave those out.

Paul C. Spiewak Sr.

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Paul C.SpiewakIt is with deep regret that we announce the passing of our business partner and co-founder, Paul Spiewak Sr. on December 24th. He was beloved and an integral part of our business success and growth over the years and will be missed.  He is survived by his wife Dorothy and four children – Paul Spiewak Jr. Kathleen Boyle, Debbie Beyer & Phillip Spiewak as well as numerous grand-children & great-grand children.

Paul partnered with Frank Parks Sr. in 1947 to start Century Tile & Supply Company.  Over the years, both grew the business from a little store on Austin Avenue in Chicago to twelve locations covering the Chicago-land area and becoming one of the largest floor covering retailers & distributors in the Mid-West.

Paul’s guidance and enthusiasm will be sorely missed and we are all thankful for opportunity that we had to work and learn from him.