Archive for February, 2013

Itasca’s New Carpet Department Grand Opening!

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

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4 Days Only at our Itasca location!

The Details:

  • Screen Shot 2013-02-20 at 10.34.43 AMSale starts Friday, February 22, 2013 and ends Monday, February 25, 2013
  • It’s only going on at our Itasca location, which is at 1220 Norwood Avenue. Itasca, IL 60143
  • You  can get up to 18 months special financing!
  • Get a free carpet pad and labor on every carpet purchase you make
  • Materials offered: Porcelain, Ceramic, Stone, Glass, Wood, Laminate, AND Vinyl Flooring

Hurry now before the sale ends! If you have any questions or want more information give us a  call at 630-250-800 or visit our website here.

 

 

 

 

The Appeal of Handcrafted Furniture

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

14018723_SHandcrafted objects that show the mark of their maker seem to have more soul to them than mass produced furniture, objects and rugs.  Knowing that an individual’s time and effort went into creating a wood table or a hand loomed rug imbues the object with a history and a story.  Decorating with handcrafted furniture and rugs can also give your room character. One or two pieces of handcrafted furniture or a few handcrafted accents will bring charm to any room.

Handcrafted wood furniture is an art form. Whether you purchase custom crafted furniture locally or from an import store, these pieces have a unique quality. Each piece of furniture, each object or each rug is slightly different from any other furniture, object or rug made by the same craftsperson.  These idiosyncrasies are what make handcrafted furniture beautiful.  Some may call them flaws, but perfection is in the eye of the beholder.

When working with a local craftsman or craftswoman, design a piece of custom handcrafted furniture is a collaborative effort.  This is one of the joys of custom furniture: getting to create exactly what you need and want.  Even if you are working with a craftsperson online half a world away, you will still be able to give input and feedback on the design, size, color and patterns of the handcrafted furniture or rug.

Next time you are making a furniture, rug or accessory purchase, consider something handcrafted.  You’ll get a unique piece and support a traditional master craftsman. It’s a win-win situation.

Sometimes It’s the Little Things

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

13705181_SFresh flowers are a wonderful touch in any room in the home.  They can add a beautiful fragrance to a room as well as color and pattern.  A small bunch of flowers in the powder room or next to the bed in the guest room is a wonderful way to welcome guests.  Little touches like fresh flowers can add a lovely accent for not a lot of money. Here are some of our other favorite little touches:

  • For the bathroom, put lotions, q-tips, cotton balls, and extra bars of soap in glass jars.  Display these on a shelf or on the counter. It will make your bathroom feel less cluttered to have a uniform look to the storage.
  • For the kitchen, organize flours and pastas into glass or ceramic storage containers. You can keep these on the counter or shelf, if you have room, or in the pantry cupboard.  Use fruits and fresh vegetables in a bowl on the counter to add a pop of color to the room.
  • By the front door, or kitchen door, place a tray for boots and wet umbrellas. This will save your floors from moisture and dirt.  This way guests will know to remove their wet shoes and boots rather than track mud and water through the house.
  • If you are having guests over, place a few snacks on the kitchen island or coffee table for them to munch on when they arrive. A pitcher of ice water and glasses on the counter invites them to serve themselves if they are thirsty.

Creating a Play Zone

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

17005847_SCreating a play and creative space for your kids in your home is important for both the kids and you. Having a space to play and be creative helps little minds grow and keeps your kids occupied. If you have a designated playroom, you are ahead of the game. If you have to carve out a play area in the family room or kids’ bedrooms, you face a little more of a challenge.

Having a play and creative zone that is not in the kids’ rooms can contain the clutter and chaos that comes with crafts and toys.  Depending on the size of your family room or living room, you may be able to set aside part of the room as the play zone.  The key to designing and creating a play zone is storage. Storage, storage and more storage will keep the toys and craft supplies from taking over your room.

If you have little crawlers and toddlers, you’ll want to have a soft surface underfoot for falls and tumbles. This can be colorful rubber mats, carpet squares, or even a few layers of area rugs.  Creating a safe place to play is important.  Poufs are great for the play area since they are easily portable and can be used as seating.

For crafting, a floor cover to protect your carpet or hardwood from glue and paint is a must. This can be a simple drop cloth, tarp or plastic sheet.  You’ll want something that is easy to fold up and wash after the crafts are over.