Archive for November, 2011

Preparing for Carpet Installation Day

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Carpet, Hints and Advice, Installation

You’ve purchased that gorgeous new Berber and now it’s time for it to be installed. There are several things you should do before your installers arrive.

Be sure to move all furniture out of the rooms where the carpet is to go. Empty china cabinets and closets. If you have particularly big items like a waterbed, an aquarium or a huge hutch we can help move these for an appropriate fee.

Make sure that anything that could be damaged during installation is removed from the room. This could mean electrical cords, lamps, computer fixtures or even items that hang low in closets.

Have a plan for how your old floor coverings will be removed. This is a messy and time-consuming task. We can give you a list of options but if you prefer to remove your present floor covering yourself, it is best to do it at least one day prior to installation to allow for cleanup and floor preparation. Please leave tack strips in place and pull the staples out of the floor from the original pad.

If you are repainting the room where carpet will be installed it’s a good idea to do this before we show up. Keep in mind however that paint may become damaged, usually near the bottom of the walls during the installation process. You will probably need to do some touch ups after we are gone. Baseboards will probably also need some TLC.

Doors that once swung closed effortlessly may not do so if the height of your carpet changes. We will re-hang doors for you and cut them if needed.

Putting in a new carpet produces trash! We will leave all the trash at your collection point or for an additional charge we can haul it away for you.

Knowing what to do in advance is the key to making your installation day go as smooth as possible which means less time and stress for you, your family and your home!

Design Your Own Room Online

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Website Tools

Yeah, yeah some websites have fun features that allow you to decorate a room on-line. While this may be a fun exercise and you may learn something from it, wouldn’t it be better to actually be able to design your own room on-line? Imagine changing floor coverings and paint colors in a blink of an eye.

Now you can have your cake and eat it too. Century Tile allows you to upload a photo of the room you want to remodel, re-do or change up. “This sounds a bit complicated,” you say. Not at all.

Simply take a digital photo of your room and upload it to our designer center. Within 48 hours (a little longer if you upload it over a weekend or on a holiday) you will be able to decorate your room using our Virtual Room Designer. You do need to be logged into our website in order to upload your photos, but that’s really simple as well.

How good is this tool?

You can choose flooring options, everything from hardwood to natural stone. You can choose the color of your walls, your ceilings and your appliances. You can try out different color cabinets and countertops too. And that’s just for a kitchen. You can also upload pictures of your bathroom, your living room, bedroom or hallway.

You’re welcome. This is just another way we feel we can help make your home improvement projects easier and more fun. Try it out and let us know what you think.

Thanksgiving is Almost Here

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hints and Advice, Holidays

If you’re like many of our customers you have been madly preparing for Thanksgiving. You’ve scoured magazines for recipes, braved the crowds at the grocery store and are making lists of all the cleaning you need to do before your doorbell rings this Thursday. You have your formal table décor figured out but what should you do for the little people that will running around your home?

While the kid’s table is the running holiday joke in some families, it is a detail that shouldn’t be overlooked. Here are a few tips on how to decorate the perfect table for your little pilgrims.

Cover a table in brown craft paper. Put crayons out and let the kids create a Thanksgiving masterpiece on the tabletop.

Instead of place cards let each child make an Indian headdress complete with feathers and their name painted on the headband.

Create paper cornucopias filled with Thanksgiving treats at each place setting.

Centerpieces on a kid’s table should be simple. Fill bowls with gourds or mums and embellish with ribbons, raffia and feathers.

And to keep the little ones busy during last minute meal prep please don’t forget to have the most classic Thanksgiving kids activity on hand – holiday movies. We are especially fond of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, Miracle on 34th Street or Home Alone.

From our family to yours, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Grout Grout Grout

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance, Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Design and Decorating

You’ve picked out your tile; you know the exact name of the paint color on your walls, your beautiful draperies are on order. But then…..here is the question you didn’t anticipate – what color grout do you want in between those gorgeous ceramic tiles?

There are definitely two schools of thought when it comes to grout color. When choosing the color you can select one that blends in with the overall color of the tile to minimize the appearance of the grout, or you can select a grout color that is lighter or darker than the tile. It is also common to see grout variations when comparing the grout color in a tile floor and the same grout color on the tile countertop or wall. If the tile is installed in a high traffic area then you may want to select a darker grout.

WAIT – Stop for a second and take in that bit of information.

I repeat – If the tile is installed in a high traffic area then you may want to select a darker grout. Many, many homeowners are kicking themselves after installing a light colored grout in a busy traffic area of their homes.

is typically mixed on site, but slight color variations can occur. Grout can also vary from the manufacturer’s sample you saw in the store, but not by much. This can be attributed to variations in temperature and humidity at the time of grouting and it’s just a fact of life. Sorry.

Once the tile has been laid and grouted, it is your responsibility to maintain all caulked areas to guard against water damage. Grout may also darken over time in areas with heavy water use. But more on grout maintenance later.

The first thing to do is to make the right decision about the color of grout that will work best in your home today. Our experts are on hand waiting to help you make that decision. It doesn’t have to be hard. We’re very skilled at grout.

Area Rugs – How To Care For Them

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Area Rugs, Care and Maintenance, Carpet, Hints and Advice

We all know that area rugs can be a focal point of a room, they can define an area and they add warmth and comfort, but what is the best way to take care of your area rugs? Are there pads you should put underneath? Do they need to be cleaned by professionals? Welcome to area rugs 101.

Area rugs, no matter if they are a family heirloom, or purchased on a budget deserve the same care and attention as your regular carpet and tile.

Here is a quick list of how to keep your area rugs looking brand new:

  • Vacuum regularly, but be careful not to fray the edges.
  • Rotate your area rug 180 degrees every now and then – anything will help – use daylight savings time as a reminder, rotate them when you store your summer patio set or put away your Christmas decorations.
  • Water spills should be wiped up immediately. Dry the rug on both sides with your hair dryer. For those of us who drink more wine than water, no judgment here, just sprinkle the stain with salt or baking soda and then vaccum it up. Use a clean white cloth to mop up the rest of the stain. Be sure to wipe in the direction of your area rug’s pile. Do not scrub.
  • Every two years you should have your area rugs professionally cleaned. They have equipment to help clean and dry the rug better than you can do on your own.
  • Consult with us about the proper padding to be placed under your rug. Padding is an important element and will both stabilize and protect your rug. Good padding also makes it safer to walk on your rug and will protect its value and appearance as well as your floors underneath your area rug.
  • If the rug is to be stored for a long time, make sure it doesn’t have exposure to light or air and be sure to vacuum or broom it before it gets stored.
  • What should you do if your rug gets damaged or frayed? Repairing a handmade rug, is very time consuming and labor intensive; as a result, repair can sometimes be costly. Therefore, when considering repairing a rug, factor in the cost of repair in comparison to the value of the rug.

This is just a quick list of tips to care for your area rugs and flooring. For more information or to browse our extensive collection of rugs please visit our website or one of our convenient locations!

Fix Up a Special Girl’s Room

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

When your little girl starts to move out of the toddler stage and wants a room to reflect her feminine side, take a look at this simple and inviting approach. With a little effort you can create an old-fashioned space that is functional as well as inviting.

The dressing table shown here is inexpensive to create with just a little effort. Start by shopping at used furniture and thrift stores for a dressing table with drawers. Take your daughter along to help you find one in a style she prefers. Don’t’ worry about the finish – you can paint over anything.

Pull the drawers out and wash it down with wood soap and just a little water. Wipe it dry and let it sit overnight. The next day lightly sand the piece and wipe it down with a tack cloth. Prime and then paint it the color of your choice. A bright white sets the stage for plenty of pink, but you could be more daring with a light pastel in your daughter’s choice. If needed, replace the hardware with something more appealing.

A mirror is essential. If your dressing table didn’t have one, look for something in proportion to the table. Paint that to match if needed. This three-way mirror is nice for checking the back of a hairdo or dress.

The finish to this table comes from the silk flowers surrounding the mirror. Garlands in almost any choice of color or style can be found at fabric and hobby shops. With the addition of some pretty boxes and bottles, the dressing table is done.

To finish the rest of the room, carry the color and flower theme throughout. The curtain shown here has a simple pink ribbon to add color. A bedspread to match or in a rose pattern will fit the room’s style. Add an area rug in pink or roses on white to warm up the space, some hooks to hold necklaces or hair ribbons, and your little girl’s room is ready.

There Is No Place Like Home For The Holidays

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Carpet, Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Christmas, Design and Decorating

A roaring fire, chestnuts roasting, cookies baking in the oven and snow falling outside. Yes, it’s holiday time again and you know what that means. Your family is about to descend on your home. Now is the time to make those home improvements that have been on your to-do list forever. Rest assured, we have your back and even better, we have several great products on sale!

The Distinctive Laminate flooring collection from the Allure Collection is a great way to add value to your home. Laminate flooring brings a rich and elegant look while it “lives” worry free. This beautiful alternative to traditional hardwood flooring is perfect for anyone who is budget conscious, time crunched and style savvy.

Have you been dreaming of brightening up the backsplash in your kitchen, or adding a pop of color to your bathroom? Glass tiles are the perfect way to add a new design element. They can be mixed and matched with any ceramic wall tile to add depth and interest to your chosen area.

Carpet tiles are perfect for a basement or rec room are also being featured during our Holiday Sale. They can also be replaced by individual tile, so no need to replace the entire room’s worth of carpet! How great is that?!?

To learn more about how to make a few home improvements before the holidays please visit us and see our great holiday deals! We are here waiting to help make your home more beautiful than ever – just in time for those delicious family dinners, caroling and decking the halls.

Let the Shadows Play a Part

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hardwood and Laminate

Why is this room so beautiful? Most designers want lights to chase any shadows away and allow the colors to stand out. This room, however, is all about one source of light and the shadows it creates.

What happens when you just let the light make its own way into a room? It doesn’t always work, but in this case the wall-sized window becomes its own focal point.

You can look at the view which even on this foggy day shows itself to be amazing. How about getting comfortable on the inviting sofa? Or maybe you might want to sit in the dining chair in the foreground and appreciate the play of light and shadow this room casts.

The window is the strongest light source, but the glossy floor comes in at a close second. Despite its dark pitch, this rich wood choice grabs the light and reflects it well into the middle of the room.

The lines of certain furniture pieces pick up the window light and the floor’s reflection to add the sort of interest designers generally rely on color to provide. Notice the unusual curved seat in the middle of the room just inches from the zebra-patterned rug. These same curves appear on the arms of the chair by the window. The dining chair’s swirling spindles also echo in the candle holder on the left silhouetted against the window’s light.

Does your home take advantage of light and shadow the way this one does? What can you do to let shadows play a part in your home’s design?

Save Your Back and Your Pocketbook

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Century Tile Difference, Installation, Website Tools

Wintertime is just around the corner. While there are so many lovely things about winter, sparkly snow, skaters, mittens, frost glazed windows and curling up by the fireplace; there is also the freezing temperatures, snow and ice which can cause wear and tear to your home, especially to your roof and gutters. What’s a homeowner to do?

Nuheat has just introduced its Freeze Protection line of regulating cables to help prevent burst pipes and ice damage. Even better for those of us who hate to shovel, they also have slab cables to melt snow and ice on walkways and driveways.

Winter is fast approaching so if you are interested in saving your back and your pocketbook check out the following facts:

Nuheat Freeze Protection Fast Facts:

• Self-regulating heating cables manufactured by Fujikura

• Prevents ice dams and dangerous icicle build-up

• Protects roofs and gutters from harsh winter weather

• Prevents burst pipes during cold snaps

• Melts snow and ice on walkways and driveways

• Industry leading 10-year warranty

All Nuheat freeze protection products can be controlled using a variety of thermostats, controllers, sensors and control panels.

To add Nuheat’s cables to your roof before the weather is at its worst please ask us for more information or learn more about this system at www.nuheat.com.