We hope your Thanksgiving is full of friends and family!
We hope your Thanksgiving is full of friends and family!
When it comes to area rugs, they can often be overlooked as an accessory for your home. Do you have a room that feels incomplete, lacks warms and that inviting feeling? When you think about area rugs, don’t think floor covering (unless that’s your specific purpose!) think accessory….as in jewelry. When you think about how an area rug can finish off a room much the same way the right necklace can finish an outfit – then you’ll begin to see the value of what area rugs can do.
Area rugs are like magic carpets. They can transport and transform, “move” rooms (and their mood) from ordinary to extraordinary, change a room’s personality and character. They can do this through their color, shape, texture and size.
Area rugs are incredible design tools. They can define a space, act as a finishing touch, establish a color scheme, underlie a key piece of furniture, soften a hard surface, welcome guests to your home.
Area rugs improve your life. They can warm bare feet on cold surfaces, prevent wear in heavy traffic areas, protect children/elderly against injury from falls and absorb sound to reduce noise. Area rugs can also cover flaws in flooring and hide not so perfect carpeting. (Voila! Problem solved.)
Area rugs are the masters of change. They’re the only floor covering you can pick up and move, easily replace – change with the changing seasons. Tired of the way a room looks? Try changing your area rug before changing other things like wall colors. You’ll be amazed at what the change can do.
Area rugs cover the cost spectrum. They can be inexpensive and machine made (cotton and synthetic) to very expensive, handmade ancient weaves.
Think an area rug might be the perfect solution for your room? Century Tile has a great selection!
The holidays can be a joyous time filled with warm and friendly get togethers, love, and laughter. They can also be filled with stress as you attempt to prepare your home for your holiday guests. To help cut down on the amount of stress that seems to come with the territory this time of year, try preparing for your guests using some of these tips and techniques.
Plan Well Ahead
If you’ve been thinking about updating your guest bathroom or having the kitchen floor replaced before the holiday guests arrive this year, be sure to plan this well in advance. The busiest time of year for contractors is in the two or three months heading up to the holidays for just this reason; everyone wants their home to look good for the holidays. Plan and book your home renovation as early as you can to ensure that it gets done in plenty of time.
Anticipate Their Needs
If your guests are staying overnight or for an extended period of time, try to anticipate some of their needs so you can better accommodate their stay. Remember that holidays are stressful times for those that are traveling as well, and your guests may therefore forget things like toiletries or toothbrushes. They may also need a few comforts of home around so that they can relax once they arrive.
Prepare a basket with toiletries for them including things like soap, lotion, extra toothbrushes, tissues, and other items they may need. And stock up on their favorite tea, coffee, and brand of cookies as well. This will ensure that they can relax once they arrive – which means that you can relax as well.
Invest in Good Bedding
A good night’s sleep makes everyone more cheerful. Make sure that your guests are able to sleep well by investing in some good guest bedding. New air mattresses are available that fold away neatly, but blow up high enough to get them off the floor – perfect for extra or unexpected guests.
Have plenty of clean and fresh linens and extra blankets and pillows on hand and easily accessible by your guests as well. Leave them right out on a chair in the room they are staying in, right next to the basket of toiletries so they don’t have to bother you for anything.
This game is time consuming to set up, but it is always a huge hit with the kids. It also keeps them busy for awhile, which is of course, a big hit with the parents. But don’t stray too far away while they’re having their fun. Watching this game go from serious to silly is super funny!
Spider Web Indoor Maze
Enjoy watching the shenanigans unfold. Watching the children try to untangle the yarn while running into each other is priceless!
Hot chocolate is a staple on cold winter nights and holiday parties. Unfortunately, this dark liquid can stain your carpet quickly in the event of a spill. While it looks like it’ll be there forever, chocolate can be removed from carpeting. Just be sure to clean up the spill as soon as you see it to keep it from setting.
Begin by blotting up as much of the spill as you can with an absorbent cloth. Don’t rub the stain; you don’t want to work it further into the carpet, just absorb some of the liquid to help lighten the spill. Keep blotting until the cloth comes away dry.
After blotting the liquid from the spill, use one of the following mixtures. As a note, pretest any solution used on an inconspicuous location first. If a small amount of solution results in color transferring to a white cloth, use a different spot solution.
• Mix one fourth (¼) teaspoon dish detergent with one (1) cup of lukewarm water (don’t use any mixture stronger than this!)
• A non-flammable spot removal solution, such as a dry-cleaning type solvent.
• A mixture of 1 part vinegar to 2 parts warm water.
• Warm water
Dip a soft cloth into one of the above solutions. Use this to carefully blot the area of the spill. Begin on the outer edges of the spill and work towards the center. This will keep it from spreading.
Keep blotting the stain until you get the majority of it up. Rinse the cloth with water and pat the area again to help get any remaining soap out of the fibers.
If none of these solutions work, remember that professional cleaners are a great way to attack stains. Professionals have the equipment and skills to attack spots more aggressively.
Spills happen, particularly during parties. If you happen to notice some hot chocolate on your carpet, don’t panic. Take steps to clean it up as quickly as you can, and you shouldn’t notice any lingering stains to remind you of what once was spilled there. Learn more on removing chocolate stains here!
Modern kitchens are some of the most unique looking places around. Homeowners creating a modern kitchen often choose extremely avant garde materials to create some of the most interesting styles available. This use of innovative materials extends right to the flooring, which must match the rest of the style of the kitchen to help complete the design.
Tile is one of the best materials for use in a kitchen simply because it’s so durable and easy to care for. You can drop a jar of spaghetti sauce on it and it’s unlikely to get hurt. That said, not every type of tile is going to be right for a modern kitchen. In fact most types of tile would look completely out of place, so what to use instead? Here are a couple different tiles to consider in order to complement your space.
Porcelain tile is made of compressed clay dust that has been fired to extremely high temperatures making it extremely durable. It is highly resistant to stains, scratches and chips. It also comes in a wide range of styles, many of which are perfect for modern kitchens.
Look for large format porcelain tile of at least 18-inches in size to make the most of the space with relatively few grout lines. Porcelain that is designed to look like metal, concrete and glass are all great choices for the modern kitchen because their clean lines and unique surface textures complement the space around them.
You’ve probably seen quartz and recycled glass countertops, but did you know you can get this same material in a tile? Many of these tiles have bold colors and complex textures that are perfect for use in a modern kitchen
Modern kitchens demand floors that can keep up with their low-maintenance, high-style needs. Consider these options for your modern kitchen to bring out the best in the space.
Jack and Jill bathrooms sit between two bedrooms and are meant to be shared by two occupants. This means that these shared bathrooms often have more design considerations than other spaces. They need to reflect the style of the two bedrooms on either side, and they need to be functional enough for two users. When designing the space, keep those points in mind to ensure a blended, usable space.
Whenever possible in a Jack and Jill bathroom, it helps to ensure that both users have their own space. This helps cut down on clutter as well as arguments, and helps speed up time spent in the bathroom in the mornings. To that end, fitting in two sinks whenever possible is a good idea.
When laying out the bathroom, consider doing away with swinging doors and install pocket doors instead. The pocket doors will free up valuable floor space so you can fit in an extra sink or longer vanity cabinet.
If you have the room, you may also want to consider moving the toilet into a separate closet or room of its own to help facilitate use of the space.
Jack and Jill bathrooms are primarily used by kids, so make sure that the materials you use are easily cleaned and cared for. Look for porcelain, ceramic, and glass floor and wall tiles that resist staining. Mosaics make a nice floor choice because the grout lines help the floors remain slip free, while the many patterns and colors available can help make the bathroom more fun for the kids.
Whenever possible try to pick up colors from both bedrooms and tie them to the bathroom. If the colors work well together, use them both as accents by running a strip of color around the whole room at wainscot height. If they don’t work well together, try to find a third, coordinating color and make it the main color of the bathroom.
A Blended Room
The ultimate goal for a Jack and Jill bathroom is to blend the two styles and personalities of the users into one functional space. Take the time to consider the users in every decision to ensure a workable bathroom for all.
If you’re designing a classic bathroom to mirror any era from Victorian to Art Deco, chances are you’ll end up considering a mosaic tile floor. Mosaics were used primarily as flooring in these older bathrooms simply because the floors weren’t even enough to support a larger tile without producing cracks. There are many different classic mosaic tile patterns available, each in a wide range of colors. Learn more about them to make a better decision for your bathroom flooring.
The basketweave pattern is one of the more decorative patterns, particularly when used with a very bright or colorful dot. The pattern is made up of rectangular tiles, often 1- by 2-inches in size with a very small 3/8-inch “dot” lined up with each of the four corners of the rectangles. The result makes it look as though the rectangles are weaving themselves in and out of the floor. The colors of this pattern can vary, but primarily the rectangle is white; the dot can be black, cobalt, white, or cream and still fit in with the classic design.
The oct-and-dot or octagon-and-dot pattern is made up of two sizes and colors of tile like the basketweave. A larger, often 2-inch octagon tile in white with a ½-inch or 5/8-inch dot in a contrasting color like black or cobalt. This pattern works the best when the white tile is matte in finish to make the polished dot stand out further.
Hexagon tile patterns come in many different forms. You have one size and shape of tile throughout the floor, but with the potential for many different color patterns. The floors can be a solid color such as white or black, they may be a checkerboard of white and black or they may have a flower pattern with a mixture of white or light background tile with a color tile forming circles on the floor. The hexagons can come in several sizes from ½-inch up to 3-inches in size.
The most fun option among the classic mosaics is the penny tile. Measuring about ½-inch in size, these perfectly round tiles come in a wide variety of colors and sometimes color blends. It isn’t uncommon to find these tiles in a bold cobalt or seafoam green to brighten up a bathroom floor.
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