Archive for July, 2012

What Makes a Flooring Products ‘Green’?

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Green Flooring, Product Education, Tips

Due to a growing awareness of the effects of global warming, many homeowners are now supporting the idea of going green by using materials for their home and flooring products that are good for the environment.

So What Makes a Flooring Product ‘Green’?

· Renewable Resource. If the flooring is made from material that is easily renewable, then it is considered an eco-friendly flooring product. An example of this green flooring is bamboo. Bamboo takes just 5 to 6 years before it matures so it can be harvested repeatedly for many years. Cork is also a flooring product that is a renewable resource, as it is made from the bark of a cork oak tree, and nothing is harmed in the manufacturing of cork floors.

· Made from Recycled Materials. Recycling is another method that can help save the environment. Instead of throwing away old material, which adds to our landfill problems, recycled items can be recycled and put to good use. Reclaimed wood flooring that is taken from old homes, barns and buildings for demolition, create a rustic feel giving your home a unique look.

· Made from Natural Products. Natural products are good for the environment, as they don’t emit harmful chemicals that can damage and pollute the earth and atmosphere. An example of flooring that is made from natural products is linoleum. Linoleum is made from linseed oil, pine resin, and cork which are not harmful to mother earth.

There are now many options available for green flooring. They are affordable, beautiful and most of all environment friendly. Go green!

Remember When…..

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

Remember when you were a young boy or girl? What was your dream room? Perhaps it was something with castles, race cars, Disney characters, or construction trucks.  Wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to give your child a themed room that they’ll enjoy?  Take a look at some these pictures below for ideas:

A place to escape into a book.

Under the Sea.

A boat bed for sailing away!

An amazing space room to venture into the galaxy!

Want to play cowboys and Indians?

For the princess.

Who said you can’t play with Legos on the wall?

These concepts can be used in bedrooms and play areas.  Did the room ideas inspire you? If so, how did they?  Take a look at our Design Resource Center for more ways to help you design your next room.

Century Tile Sale!

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Carpet, Century Tile News, Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Hardwood and Laminate, Sales and Promotions, Tile, Uncategorized, Vinyl, Website Tools

Renovating, remodeling, and improving your home can be great ways to give it a makeover, gain extra space, or otherwise make it possible for you to stay in one place longer.

Certain projects add more resale value than others. Here are some that generally have the best financial impact.

  • Kitchens. People like to see modern conveniences and styles in the kitchen. Especially in older homes, kitchen improvements tend to add value. Read the real estate ads sometime — you’re sure to notice how many mention the updated kitchen features.
  • Bathrooms. Second to kitchen remodels are bathroom remodels. Again, modernizing older styles or appliances usually results in good return.
  • Outdoor improvements. Your house makes a first impression quickly, so sprucing up its outdoor appearance is a smart investment. This includes siding (fiber cement tends to cost the most, but has the best return) and landscaping, particularly in the front yard.

This is the time to make those home improvements that you have been talking about doing, putting off, and procrastinating about.  This is why – Century Tile is celebrating 65 years and is happy to announce their summer sale on large quantities of discontinued and special purchase material. The sale lasts now until August 5, 2012.

What’s on sale? Vinyl tile, laminate, ceramic tile, glass tile, area rugs, vinyl plank, hardwood flooring and natural travertine. Century is offering the lowest prices of the year. With 12 month financing available and super low prices, this is a great opportunity to save money on materials and improve the value of your home. Quality brands like Armstrong, American Olean, Bruce Hardwood, Nafco Permastone, and Mohawk carpet are all included in this event.

Learn how you can save money and make your home more beautiful by visiting any one of our twelve locations. Or visit our website and use some of our design tools to start visualizing what rooms you want to update. Our certified tile specialists are trained to provide you with all the answers you need.

The Tile Tale

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Century Tile News, Events

Retrieved from Journal Online's "Tile Tale"

Century Tile’s Mt. Prospect location is celebrating their 50th anniversary!

Journal Online helped Frank Parks Sr. recount the last 50 years of business, where he spoke about his many memories in the business.  Century Tile first started with one store location at Austin Avenue and has grown to 12 different locations throughout the state of Illinois!

Take a look at the entire Tile Tale.

Enjoy these past and present pictures provided by Journal Online.

A special thank you goes out to Frank Parks Sr. for sharing and everything he has contributed to our family, as well as to Journal Online for telling the tale!

Eliminate Clutter

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hints and Advice

It’s a never ending problem, isn’t it? You clean out your pantry, your junk drawer, your hall closet and in a few weeks time it looks as though you did nothing. Many of our readers ask us how to eliminate clutter. Today we have some creative and cute ideas about how to repurpose common items and turn them into clever household storage solutions.

Shoe clutter and closet disarray is an all-too-common problem for those of us with shoe addictions. Conquere the dilemma of storing an abundance of shoes by creating a chic shoe bar that puts your favorite pairs on display and offers a vertical space-saving solution. The best part? No hammering or drilling required. To make, use lightweight polyurethane decorative molding cut into 24-inch-long strips. Paint them to match your bedroom’s palette. Attach them to the wall with removable picture-hanging strips. Each bar can hold three or four pairs of heels.

To keep your bracelets and necklaces nice and tidy, look no further than the garage. You would be surprised at how well a vintage rake head keeps necklaces untangled and hanging beautifully on the wall.

As babies transition to toddler beds, the cribs inevitably make their way to the attic or garage to take up space and collect dust.A new use for a child’s crib railing that is functional, space-saving and stylish, too: a clean-looking vertical magazine rack. Not only can you use the rail for magazines, but also for quilts, towels and wet laundry.

We can never have too many ideas when it comes to organizing and displaying jewelry. If you’re not short on storage space, reserve a vanity or dresser drawer just for holding bracelets, necklaces and rings. Use antique china teacups and soup bowls in lined drawers. Each dish serves as a perfect way to separate small pieces like rings, earrings and brooches.

If you’re not sure what to do with those tiny nooks around your house or apartment, then we have a solution to ensure they get used to their full potential. By using a tension rod from an old window treatment and some simple shower curtain rings, you can turn those once “dead” spaces into prime real estate for storing handbags, kitchen utensils, accessories and more.

Cute ideas, right? If you have any other brilliant storage solutions please share them with us on our Facebook page.

A “Century” of Tile

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

Yes, you want to add ceramic tile to your home. Easy, right? Have you ever stopped to consider that ceramic tile has been around for centuries. Since we are keen on history, here is a condensed historical account of tile.

The word tile come from the latin word ‘tegula’ and its french derivative ‘tuile’ which means “a roof tile of baked clay”. The english word ‘tile’ is less precise, for it can be used to describe any kind of earthenware slab applied to any surface of a building. The word ‘ceramic’ comes from the greek word ‘keramos’ meaning pottery. It is also related to an old sanskrit root meaning ‘to burn’.

Historically, man has always wanted to add beauty to living spaces. To that end, tile has been in existence for over 4,000 years. Beautiful tiled floors have been found in Egyptian pyramids, the ruins of Babylon and ancient Greek cities.

Decorative tile work was invented in the near east, where it has enjoyed a longer popularity and assumed a greater variety of design than anywhere else in the world. In Europe decorative tile work did not come into general use, outside of Moorish Spain, until the second half of the twelfth century. But when it did artists created tile mosaics in Spain and Portugal, maiolica floors during the rennaisance in Italy and tile iconography in England and the Netherlands. (Iconography means visual images, symbols, or modes of representation collectively associated with a person, cult, or movement – we had to look it up too).

In the beginning given that there was not much technology people used what nature could offer them: clay and water, baked in a furnace or simply dried in the sun. This is called “terracotta”, which literally means “baked earth”.  As technology improved the technique of tile and its secrets of trade were safely guarded and orally handed from father to son and master to student. Each tile was hand-formed and hand-painted, so one can say that each tile was an individual work of art.

Today there are several types of tile – glazed, unglazed, mosaic, carved and modelled, sgraffito, glass and lustre painted. There are tile pictures and tile patterns. Tile can literally be used on any surface in your home.

If you interested in adding this type of art work to your kitchen, your bathroom or your floors, please let us help. After all, where else would one go other than Century Tile, when looking for a century of tile?

Let’s Hang Out Poolside

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

What makes a splash? Are you lucky enough to have a pool at your home, or are you thinking of installing a pool this summer. Should you have this project on your to do list, here are few examples of designer pools to inspire you.

This poolside defines the essence of tranquility. The illusion of concrete slabs floating effortlessly in the still pool mimics characteristics of a Japanese garden. At the rear of the pool, a 14-foot arc of fire highlights a curved stucco wall painted a rich green.

This tranquil space is highlighted by the interplay of light towers and water features, creating the perfect ambiance for entertaining or a serene retreat for solo relaxing. Light emitted from the towers is diffused by horizontal striations on the sides and a cascading waterfall down the front.

A glass-wall system seamlessly merges interior and exterior spaces, allowing the homeowners to enjoy both environments simultaneously.

Built-in stools surround a swim-up bar. Notice the hammock — the ultimate poolside accessory. The use of natural stone adds texture, contrast and a beautiful look to this pool.

Check out this use of refreshing colors and unique materials to accentuate this contemporary poolside. The pool is lined with blue and black iridescent 3M Quartz that pops against the white interior of the pool.

Don’t you suddenly feel like having a margarita and hanging out poolside?