Archive for January, 2012

Easy to Implement Kitchen Trends

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Kitchen and Bath

Looking to update your kitchen? Here is a list of what is trending right now.

Go Industrial – change our your traditional pendants for something a bit more edgy.

Display your collection – remove cabinet doors to show off your treasures.

Think about your ceiling – whether you add a coffered ceiling or paint your ceiling a bright color, by paying attention to this fifth wall your kitchen will look super polished.

Maximize storage – keep your gorgeous granite countertops uncluttered by storing appliances and serving pieces in cabinets. In this kitchen they added shallow drawers in the toe kick for extra space.

Don’t be afraid of color – paint your cabinets a bold shade for a cheery feeling.

Don’t Forget the Pantry – make your pantry trendy and neat by using numbered bins and baskets to keep like items together.

Add a colorful backsplash – see how these tiles add a beautiful pop of color and stylish appeal to this kitchen?

Need some help? Come see us for even more design inspiration!

Cleaning Grout

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

Does your Saturday and Sunday consist of really un “fun” cleaning projects? Cleaning baseboards, vacuuming dust off ceiling fans, and dealing with dog hair. Well, sadly we’re just adding another one to your list. Cleaning your grout. We know, we know….you don’t want to do this, but it is important to keep your tile and your grout looking good.

The good news is that there is a cheap grout cleaner. It’s called baking soda and water. Make a paste of the baking soda and water and then get to work.

The first step is to wipe down grout with a washcloth. This will get rid of any easy to remove particles. Then get your toothbrush ready. If you have an old electric tooth brush that will work better. Make a paste of baking soda and water. Apply paste to grout and scrub vigorously. Wipe off any extra paste. Finally, wipe down the grout with a wet cloth. If a stain is really set in you can leave the paste mixture on for a few minutes. Shaving cream and vinegar are other substances that good housekeepers swear by.

Once the grout is clean, it’s time for a little preventative maintenance. Inspect your grout regularly and apply a commercial grout sealer once a year. Keeping it well sealed makes sure it doesn’t become home to mold or mildew. Keep the grout dry when you can and take care of small stains as soon as you notice them.

Your bathroom fan is your biggest ally here. Turn on your bathroom fan after you shower for at least a half hour for sparkling clean grout.

Ways to Make Your Home Worth More

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

We all want to get the most out of our home, especially in this economy. Here are a few suggestions that will help you with resale. Heck, when you get done making these improvements you may not even want to sell your house.

Curb appeal – you may be sick of hearing this word but it’s just so true. Make sure your front door is a stunning showpiece.

Paving your sidewalks is always a nice touch. So is having a floral oasis outside your front door.

Your foyer should be neutral in color and have updated lighting.

In fact modern lighting in all your rooms is a great investment.

Quick updates in the bathroom, including new facets, mirrors, light fixtures and cabinet hardware make a big difference.

Refresh your kitchen by simply repainting your cabinets.

Creating an outdoor entertainment space lets your potential homebuyer imagine the good times they’ll have.

And there you have it, simple ways to update your home so you can get the highest purchase price.

Century Tile – Pete The Pro

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in About Us, Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Pete the Pro, Product Education

Some of you like to do home improvements on your own, or at least you want to understand the process of laying tile, preparing a sub floor, knowing what tools are needed and which adhesive works best. But who has time to spend hours on-line or at your nearby hardware store trying desperately to find someone who may know a little something?

Fear not, Century Tile has “Pete the Pro”. Pete Lettecci, also known as “Pete the Pro” has installed ceramic tile for over 30 years. Since 1995 he has shared his knowledge and experience training Century’s staff and conducting 240 customer installation-training seminars. In his free time Pete responds to customer inquiries and tests potential new tools, setting materials and products.

Even if you don’t have time to check out one of Pete’s seminars, and they are quite useful, Pete has a series of videos on our website. He also has a list of commonly asked questions with very detailed answers. If you have a question that is not listed, you can post it and Pete will respond. How cool is that? A pro at your fingertips.

Pete teaches several workshops a week at each of our locations. He teaches classes at 7pm during the week and at 11am on Saturdays.

Please come and meet “Pete the Pro” or post your question on line. We want to help you make your ceramic tile project as easy as possible.

The Guest Bathroom

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Kitchen and Bath

Whether you are remodeling your guest bathroom or planning one for your home that is under construction there are several things you should consider before everything is installed. Your most important goal is to make a welcoming space for your guests.

While you may splurge on your master bath by adding a huge bathtub, radiant flooring and several sinks a guest bathroom is more like a hotel bathroom. It needs to be functional and as comfortable as possible without you having to break the bank. The essentials, sink, toilet and shower/bathtub are just fine.

If you can, make the guest bathroom as roomy as possible. Use easy to maintain materials for the countertops, shower and flooring. From ceramic tiles, natural stone and even carpet there are many choices that will work in your guest bathroom. Our in-store experts can help you pick the best material for your home.

Make sure there is counter space, good lighting and a mirror. There is nothing worse than having to precariously balance all your toiletries on a small counter top or even on top of the toilet. A drawer or two for your guests is not a bad idea. Neither is a small space to store linens, extra toilet paper, shampoo, soap and tissue.

Add a few hooks to hang bathrobes and clothes. A hamper for dirty linens is also suggested. Once your bathroom is finished add thick, luxurious towels, French milled soaps and scented candles.

Now your guests may never leave.

Organizing Your Home in the New Year

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

The holidays are over and now it’s back to the daily grind. After the chaos of houseguests, parties and shopping have you overlooked dealing with basic housekeeping and clutter that has accumulated over the past month? Remember everything you shoved into a laundry basket and hid from view? You promised yourself you would deal with that in the New Year. Now is the time, my friend! Let’s get organized.

Don’t try to organize the entire house in one day. Instead focus on the rooms that need it the most. For right now let’s talk about your garage, home office and your closets.

Closets

If you haven’t worn something in a year get rid of it. Have a box or bag ready for charity as you go through your clothes, or host a clothes swamp party with girlfriends. Your cast off may be another’s treasure.

Group clothes together by color – now you won’t have to spend hours looking for that one white blouse. Consider grouping clothes together by season as well. Store seasonal items in garment bags and boxes that can be keep under the bed or in the guest bedroom closet if you are short on space.

Home Office

Only keep items on your desk that you use everyday. Put everything else in a storage closet or filing cabinet. Sort through mail daily and immediately toss or recycle junk mail. Deal with bills and other correspondence right away. Don’t make a pile to deal with later, these tasks just add up. Shred anything that you don’t need and file everything else. Remember we want to avoid all kinds of piles – file piles, bill piles, documents to shred pile. You get the drift.

Garage

Invest in wall panels with hooks and baskets. Your goal here is to keep the floor of the garage as uncluttered as possible. Hang garden tools, bicycles, ladders and sports equipment. Buckets are another good organizational tools for the garage. Have one bucket for paintbrushes and rollers, one for rags, and sponges and car care products.

By taking time to focus on these three areas you can quickly and easily keep your home as organized as possible. After all it is much less stressful to arrive to an organized home than one that is chaotic and cluttered.

Grand Illusions – Our Product of the Week

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hardwood and Laminate

When you think about flooring you probably aren’t thinking about grand illusions. But we are. We are featuring Grand Illusions by Armstrong as our product of the week. But let’s back up a minute here. This hard surface product is laminate. Yes, that’s right – laminate. Why do hard wood floors get all the attention?

Laminate flooring’s popularity has soared in recent years and for good reason. It is incredibly durable, affordable and easy to clean. It’s available in a wide array of styles from rich and traditional to clean and contemporary, including today’s popular “exotic” wood looks inspired by rare wood species from around the world.

This particular product is known and trusted for reliable quality, and an expansive offering of colors and designs to meet your personal style. Laminate floors have exceptional durability as they won’t dent, ding or fade. Laminate floors are scratch resistant so they look newer for longer. They are easy to clean, just a quick damp mop every now and then. They never need sanding, buffing or refinishing. Installation is also easy, even for those of you who have “DIY” husbands.

Look at this example of Grand Illusions Laminate. Can’t you just picture these gorgeous floors in your home?

We want to tell you more about laminate. Please visit our flooring showrooms in Chicago, Bolingbrook, Itasca, Joliet, Lombard, Matteson, Mt. Prospect, Mundelein, Naperville and Woodstock, IL. We’re here to help your ideas become reality.

Home Gym – Time to Work Out!

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

Was getting fit one of your resolutions? If so, you’re not alone. Losing weight is the number one change we decide to make with the coming of the New Year. To help you stick with your resolve we are happy to give you some great ideas on updating your home gym.

If you have a large basement add big mirrors, a rubber floor and lots of exercise equipment.

Bring the gym outside by keeping it separate from the rest of the house. The large windows give a great view while you sweat away calories.

Don’t be afraid to theme your home gym. While you may not be a Colts fan, think of this room done in Bear’s colors.

Do a Boot Camp Gym instead of using machines. You can still get a high intensity workout without spending tons of cash on equipment.

Now, go work out and remember no matter how slow you go, you’re still lapping everyone on the couch.