Archive for October, 2012

Give Your Home a Gift: Holiday Home Makeover!

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in About Us, Carpet, Hardwood and Laminate, Holidays, Natural Stone, Sales and Promotions, Thanksgiving, Tile

Are you entertaining family and friends for this year’s holiday season? Did you not get to finish or even start your home’s summer to-do list?

We can help get your house ready for the upcoming busy season so you can truly enjoy celebrating with loved ones!  Even if you’re not planning on entertaining the whole gang this year, now, is still a great time to cross a few home maintenance items off of that list.

We’ve got a huge selection of in-stock materials and fantastic deals on the latest styles.  Take a look at some of these fabulous deals:

  • Up to 35% off NAFCO Permastone
  • Only $.99 per sq. ft. on select Porcelain tiles
  • 20% off Mohawk DuPont Sorona and Wear Dated carpet with purchase of Mohawk Smart Pad
  • Get anywhere from 10%-20% off the entire line of Quickstep Laminate
  • Our entire line of Dal-Tile products are 10% off
  • Find a variety of Mohawk Hardwood up to 15% off

Visit one of our 12 Chicagoland stores or get more details from our website to make your floors ready to standout this holiday! This deal is good now until December 9th, 2012.

More Ways to Make your Home Cozy for Winter

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

Flannel sheets and a hot water bottle can make for a cozy winter bed on chilly nights. Taking the same idea of flannel sheets and the cozy hot water bottle and applying it to your winter décor will create a cozy home that will keep you warm all winter.

Blocking drafts and cold air from getting into your home is the first place to start. Replacing windows is a big expense but will save you thousands in heating bills over their lifetime. If this isn’t an option, look for products that can block the cold air from getting through the cracks around windows and doors.  There is a huge selection of products at the big box home stores.

Adding heavier curtains to windows is an easy way to keep the heat in. Opening the curtains to capture the sun during the day and shutting them at night is something our grandmothers did.  And it still works today.

Fight chilly floors by adding warmth through area rugs.  Or banish cold floors forever with wall to wall carpet.  If you prefer the look of wood, tile or stone floors, look into adding in-floor heating. Obviously this is a much larger expense than a few area rugs, but if you are doing a remodel or new construction, it might be worth the upfront expense.

Small touches like a cozy throw on the sofa, a roaring fire and extra blankets on the bed can fight those winter chills.  Flannel sheets and hot water bottles really do make for a cozy winter bed.

Football, Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Entertaining, Family

Let’s gear up for Monday Night Football! When temperatures drop and evenings become chilly, when there is a bite in the air and frost on the car windows in the morning you know that it’s fall. Before the heavy duty holiday entertaining starts why not have friends over for a Sunday or Monday themed football party.

Simply turn on the TV, set out coolers of beer and bottles of wine. Add some sodas, juices and bottled water for the kids.

For your menu serve a classic children’s favorite, but glam it up so it’s more gourmet and grown up. Yes, we are talking about tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. The soup can be made a day in advance. The day of the party slice, and skillet toast the bread, grate the cheese and then set everything out just before guests arrive.

Use the last of your home grown tomatoes to make a creamy tomato soup. Our favorite recipe follows:

  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 Yellow onion diced
  • 2 Garlic gloves, chopped
  • 4 Cups, chopped tomatoes
  • 3 Cups chicken stock, homemade if at all possible but low sodium from the store works too
  • Splash of Cream
  • Kosher Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

Melt butter over medium high heat in a deep skillet. Add onions and garlic. Sweat the onions and garlic until they are clear and softened – about 15 minutes.

Add tomatoes and chicken stock. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook for another 20 – 30 minutes, or until tomatoes are soft.

Working in batches, transfer soup to the jar of a blender and puree until smooth. Return to saucepan and place over medium heat. Add the cream and season with salt and pepper. Cook until soup is heated through. If soup seems too thick, stir in some extra stock to thin. Makes 6 cups.

For the grilled cheese offer sourdough, rye, pullman or whole grain. Instead of American cheese or velveeta use cheddar, fontina, mozzarella, Gruyere and Swiss. Grate the cheese so that it melts more evenly.

Why not add ham (goes great with Gruyere), prosciutto (goes great with mozzarella), or bacon (goes with anything). Don’t forget spreads like whole grain mustard, sauerkraut, fig jam and for garnish – minced chives.

Let everyone make their own sandwich and cook them a la minute. Serve with a mug of tomato soup.

Now that’s what we call a party! Da Bears!

The Grand Ceiling

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

Ceilings are often ignored or neglected when it comes to interior decorating.  If you have a gorgeous architectural elements like coffers or beams on your ceiling your eye will be drawn to these features. You can highlight a beamed, coffered or tray ceiling with paint or leave it a neutral color that works with the room’s palette.

A grand ceiling sets the tone for the rest of the room’s design. Rather than ignore the elephant in the room, embrace the strong architectural features of a coffered or tray ceiling to add interest to your room’s overall design. In a room with such a strong architectural element, furnishings and accessories should be in keeping with the style and formality of the architecture.

A room’s coffered ceiling can set a formal style that can be carried through the room with furnishings and flooring. Add an area rug that closely relates to the ceiling color, which will unify the entire room from floor to ceiling. Allow the eye to move from like color to like color, moving around the room from architectural element to architectural element. Floor to ceiling windows will help emphasize the height of a ceiling, as well.

Keeping furniture and accents simple in shape also lets the ceiling be the star of the space. Bright colors or patterns in the room will add interest to the room but won’t compete with the grand ceiling.

The Mountain of Laundry

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance, Family

How often have you used or heard the phrase: “mountain of laundry”? This is how most of us feel when faced with the daunting challenge of keeping up with our family’s laundry. It is a mountain to be climbed and tackled. How can we get ahead of the laundry and turn the mountain back into a mole hill?

Having a pretty laundry room can be a starting place. A room that we want to spend time in, instead of dashing in and out, is a good place to begin. Paint the walls a happy color. Put in pretty flooring that can stand up to the traffic and is appropriate for the room. If your laundry room is in the basement, consult with your flooring professional about the best flooring for the space if it is below grade. Cabinets and shelves can make storing laundry detergents and bleaches more organized and pretty.

Before the laundry even makes it to the floor of the laundry room, create pathways that sort the laundry as it is collected.  We all have someone in our family that has more dirty laundry on the floor than in the hamper. Have a system for sorting laundry into colors, whites and darks in the bedroom so that you don’t have to sort it as you wash it.  Three separate hampers or a large hamper divided in three can make this task easier. Create rewards for kids who sort their laundry into their hampers to save mom the extra work.

Big Bold Pattern on the Wall

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

The wallpaper and patterned wall trend looks like it is here to stay for a while. Big, bold patterns on the walls of bedrooms, dining rooms, powder rooms and even halls certainly bring energy and life to these rooms.  A single wall covered in wall paper or painted in a pattern using a stencil can make a big impact in a room.

Another great idea is using it in the bedroom. Putting a big, bold wallpaper or stencil on the wall behind the bed is a wonderful way to draw focus to the bed. There are wallpaper patterns and stencils that range from florals to simple geometric patterns so there is a wallpaper out there to suit every style.  Pattern size can range from delicate to bold.  A small pattern may look too busy on a large wall; bigger patterns have fewer repetitions.

How to decorate around these boldly patterned walls takes a little bit of finesse.  The easiest way to work with bold pattern is to use solid colors on big objects in the room like headboards, sofas and rugs.  Keeping the pattern on the wall or walls will keep your room from being too busy.  Keep flooring simple and neutral.  You could always pick up a color from the wallpaper in an area rug.  Add different scale patterns to accessories like pillows if you want to bring more pattern into the room. Mixing the scale of patterns in a single palette can create a harmonious look.  Choose big, small and medium patterns to work with the wallpapered or stenciled walls.

Outside CleanUp

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

Make sure to spruce up the outside of your home before the holidays. Give it some extra sparkle starting at the curb. Here are some ideas for cleaning the patio, deck and driveway, organizing tools and more.

Start with power washing the outside of your home. Remove dirt, grime and those yucky spider webs. Follow the directions on your power washer so you use the proper pressure for each surface.

Don’t forget to wash the deck as well. After you are done, apply a wood preservative to prevent discoloration and water damage.

Pressure wash the driveway. To prevent future stains apply a waterproof sealer.

Remove debris from the gutters. Make sure you look for cracked seams at the same time.

Deadhead your flowers, cut back your herbs and add a layer of mulch to the garden.

Clean and put away your gardening tools for the season.

Wash the windows, inside and out. Splurge and find someone to do it for you. It’s so worth it.

Blow out the sprinklers.

Winterize your lawn – fertilize and aerate. Don’t forget to water your trees!

Now your home is ready for winter and looks better as well.

3 Day Sale at Our Cicero Ave. (Chicago) and Joliet Locations!

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in About Us, Carpet, Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Hardwood and Laminate, Sales and Promotions, Tile

Going on October 6th-8th, 2012!

Come in and check out some of the best deals and savings of the season that we have going on at our Cicero Ave. and Joliet locations.  We’re celebrating the GRAND OPENING of our new carpet department in Joliet and offering some unbelievable deals at our warehouse clearance sale at our Cicero Ave. location.

  • In Joliet – get free labor and free pad on any carpet purchase!  Also, save up to 50% off in ceramic, hardwood, laminate and vinyl floors. Get 24 month financing with equal monthly payments and have the your home ready to entertain for the holidays.
  • In Cicero – save up to 70% off on $5,000,000 worth of discontinued and overstocked materials.  It is priced to move!  Don’t delay and miss the savings on all types of ceramic, porcelain, vinyl and hardwood.

Hurry…this sale is only this weekend through Columbus Day! For directions to these locations, click here and for more details, visit our website.

 

 

Decorating for Fall

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Family

Put away the white linen, beach towels and cool toned accessories. It’s fall and it’s time to breakout the corn husks, pine cones and other harvest decorations. Here are a few simple ideas:

Decorate a bookshelf with pressed leaves and pumpkins.

Hang a corn husk wreath.

Display green apples and acorns in apothecary jars.

Spray paint pumpkins silver and white. Make sure you use a variety of sizes. Display them on your mantle with pine cones. This is a very elegant look.

Decorate your dining room table by placing a row of pumpkins and gourds. Add a tall vase filled with wheat.

Fill your votive candle holders with pumpkin or squash seeds.

Make leaves out of decorative scrapbook paper. Glue them to branches for a whimsical look. Display the branches in tall glass vases.

Fill an old tool box with candles, clementines and pine cones.

Hollow out gourds and use them as vases for fall flowers.

Put single leaves, either pressed or fresh, in small glass vases or use old lab beakers — look for them at antique stores. Replace leaves as they brown.

Put together a colorful outdoor fall display using a sturdy wheelbarrow as a base. Fill the wheelbarrow with ornamental cabbage and peppers, grasses, chrysanthemums, flowering zucchini and other seasonal plants. Fill the wheelbarrow with soil and insert the plants loosely, or tuck containers into the wheelbarrow, making sure to fill in the gaps with more plants.

Nuts are as easy to decorate with as they are good to eat. Anchor a candle inside a hurricane lamp. Experiment with different varieties of nuts and a selection of clear containers.

Nestle a candle in popcorn kernels or other seasonal materials such as candy corn or colored clear round stones.

Don’t forget to break out the rich, warm colored throw rugs, pillows and rugs. Light a fire, pour a glass of wine and enjoy autumn.