Archive for March, 2012

Decorating with Area Rugs

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Area Rugs

Area rugs are a great way to add style to a room. They require minimal effort, are easy to come by and inexpensive. Check out these inspiring area rugs.

By placing a large area rug directly underneath furniture, living room dwellers are given a comfortable sitting area without the pain of installing carpets.

This large area rug carpets the majority of this sitting area, allowing guests to get comfy on the floor as well as the couch.

Place an area rug in line with an over sized mirror to elongate a small space.

Stuck with a long, narrow living room? Area rugs come in all shapes and sizes, and there’s one for every space.

Area rugs can change the look and feel of a room quickly and easily. Please come and explore the many different rugs we have in stock. Our designers can help you determine which shape and color would work best in your home.

Swedish Home Design

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

What is Swedish decorating style?

Do you love white linen, pale color palettes, lightwoods and clean design? Do you know those attributes are the hallmark of Swedish design?

Swedish winters are very dark so this style has major appeal for its soft, light colors and wood tones, which serve to lighten interiors even on the darkest of days. Part of this design style also includes whitewashed and pickled floors.

Whitewashing is a technique that allows you to brighten your wood without hiding the grain pattern. Methods for staining woods white vary according to the type wood you’re planning to finish. Whitewashing is best suited for pine. Pickling is a technique best used on oak.

See how beautiful this bathroom looks with it’s claw tub and wide plank whitewashed floors.

Please note that to achieve the best results, the whitewash should be applied to the unfinished wood floors, especially soft wood like pine. After you are done painting a protective finish should be applied. This will go a long way to keeping your floors looking good for years to come.

The finishing piece to Swedish design is the use of sparkle or fun accessories to finish up a room. Look how this gorgeous blue Egyptian glass chandelier pops in a stairwell. Added sparkle in mirrors and touches of gilt give this style a hint of glamour as well.

 

Designing a Home Office

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Area Rugs, Design and Decorating, Hardwood and Laminate, Hints and Advice

Lucky you! You actually have a bonus room to turn into your home office. Since you don’t want your home office to remind you of your barren cubicle use these design tips to make it as luxurious and efficient as possible.

Location – you will likely spend many hours in your home office. Do you really want to be stuffed into the corner of your guest room? Make sure there are windows and plenty of light. If you don’t have windows face the door or hang a pretty picture on the wall. You should also consider if you want to be close to the activity in your home or if you work better when you are tucked away?

Picking furniture – consider your workflow and what items you need at your fingertips before investing in furniture, and then look for pieces that are both beautiful and functional. Keep with the theme of your home, meaning, don’t do a contemporary office if the feel of your home is warm and cozy earth tones.

And speaking of furniture – invest in a good chair. Think ergonomics. Why not use a balance ball and work on your posture and core while you work on your business?

No office beige – paint the walls a color that will inspire you. Don’t you know that color can affect your mood?

Make it comfortable – add wood floors and large area rugs. Get an oversized armchair. Wrap your bulletin board in a gorgeous fabric, and hide utilitarian bookshelves behind curtains made from the same material. Hang inspirational prints on the walls, whether that’s simply your kids’ framed artwork or a classic painting.

Organize, organize, organize – many home offices aren’t swimming in square footage, so using space efficiently is imperative. Hang floating shelves on the walls to get papers and office equipment off the desk, and use vertical file folders on the desk to keep important papers within arm’s reach. Are you a stacker or a filer? If you tend to make piles, get a nice basket to tame your mail, notes, and papers. If you prefer a clean desktop, designate one drawer for your “to-do” papers. Wooden or metal cube storage is a fun alternative to bookshelves, since each space can be used for books, knickknacks, or baskets of odds and ends.

Cords – please hide your cords. You can’t make your computer, printer and phone look pretty but you can avoid the octopus of cords that stems from these devices. Feed the cords into a desk grommet, a plastic or metal cap that helps guide cords through a hole in the desk and hides them underneath. Tame the cord jungle on the floor with cord winders, tubing, or a wire organizer that’s attached to the desk and lifts the cords off the floor.

Have fun designing and don’t forget our Goodbuy to Winter Sale is still going on until March 25th. No time like the present to come in and let us help with that home office project.

Century Tile News

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Century Tile News, Pete the Pro

Century Tile and Pete the Pro recently presented a “Do-It-Yourself Tile Style” workshop at the February 2012 Old house New House Home Show.

Pete Lettecci aka “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 each year. In his free time Pete responds to customer inquiries and tests potential new tools, setting materials and products. To get more advice from Pete the Pro, click here.

If you missed Pete at the Home Show, here is a list of his upcoming March workshops.


Cleaning Blinds

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance

What is your least favorite household chore? Did you just say cleaning blinds? It’s right up there with cleaning the oven, isn’t it. Fear not, cleaning blinds doesn’t have to be tedious anymore. Follow these quick tips and your blinds will look fabulous.

Vacuum your blinds weekly. Yes, weekly. Close the slats before you start. This way you clean more surface area. Vacuuming weekly will go a long way in keeping your blinds clean and dirt free.

Spot clean – fingerprints and dirt build up may require more than just vacuuming. Use a damp cloth or sponge to remove stubborn stains. Make sure you wipe the blinds dry to prevent water spotting.

Bath your blinds – when vacuuming and spot cleaning are not doing the trick take your blinds down and immerse them in your bathtub. Add dishwashing soap to the water. Never dunk wooden blinds or blinds with decorative tape, you’ll destroy them. Be sure to towel dry.

Get rid of the dingy – use white shoe polish on cording, ropes and taped areas if bathing and vacuuming don’t help. Yes, it seems like cheating but at least your blinds will look terrific.

Even though we have added another “to do” item to your weekly cleaning list, we think that it will help you keep your home looking beautiful.

Add Color To Your Bathroom

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

Don’t be afraid of color. Not only can we use colors for accent walls in the main rooms of our homes, we can also use color effectively and powerfully in our bathrooms. Bathrooms can easily be cold and boring, but by adding color you can make them warm and exciting. Check out the following designs and see if we can inspire you.

Use wallpaper! By keeping the trim, tub and fixtures in this room neutral, there’s room to have fun with bright pink, graphic wallpaper and modern accessories.

Use shades of blue glazed ceramic tiles. With a backsplash like this, a simple, modern sink and sleek vanity are all this room needs to look bright and polished.

Painting inside the drawers of this vanity cabinet with bold citrine adds a dose of the unexpected to this black-and-white bathroom.

Colorful bathrooms don’t have to hit you over the head with bright hues. This bathroom’s chamomile tea-colored glass tile creates contrast while still maintaining a spa-like feel.

What do you think of these colorful bathrooms? Let our design experts help you decide how to add more color to your most private space today. And don’t forget – the Goodbuy to Winter sale is still going on until March 25th!