Archive for May, 2013

Pet Friendly Decorating

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family, Hardwood and Laminate, Hints and Advice, Tips, Wool Carpet

15377336_SWe all know how much we love our pets; they’re really members of our families.  The pet industry is a multi-billion dollar a year industry dealing in everything from food to clothes to doggy daycare.  Which makes us ask, how are we incorporating our pet’s needs into our decorating to provide them with the healthiest and safest homes.  There are a few tips and ideas to give your pet a healthy and pretty home that is stylish and safe for all members of the family.

The air we breathe is the first place to start.  Paint and other finishes give off gas chemicals that can affect not only human health but our pet’s health too.  Choosing a low or non-VOC paint for walls, baseboards, molding and furniture is a great place to start. Be aware of painted surfaces if your dog or cat scratches or gnaws on furniture.

Flooring is another important consideration for animals.  Some pets are allergic to different flooring options or polyurethanes used in wood floors.  Make sure you get your pet tested for allergies if there are signs of irritation and scratching.  Wood floors are a smart option if your pet sheds. Wall to wall carpet in a natural material like wool can work for pets, too. Just make sure you have a good vacuum with a pet hair option for carpet and upholstery.

Cleaning products can also have chemicals that are not the best for our fur friends.  Make sure you are creating a clean and safe environment for pets in the choices you make.

Trending Prints: Cowhide

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

3123354_SAlong with classic animal prints like zebra and leopard, cowhide is a big trend in the design world. You can find cowhide rugs, cowhide being used on furniture and cowhide covered accessories.  This love of cowhide extends beyond lodge and country styles into sleek contemporary spaces as well as traditional rooms.

This chair with its cowhide upholstery is a great example of how cowhide is crossing over from country into a wide range of styles. The more modern styled chair gets a twist with the black and white cowhide on the back and brown leather seat.  Mixing up styles between the form and upholstery is a great way to make a piece of furniture feel more modern and now.

Cowhide rugs are as popular as zebra skin rugs were a few years ago. The classic cowhide rug is typically in the original organic shape. We’ve seen cowhide rugs that are made of squares or patchwork of smaller pieces of hide. These rugs have a quilt or mosaic look to them. Cowhide rugs are durable but are best not used in wet or very high traffic areas because of their organic quality.

The variation in color and pattern in cowhides means it can be a bold pattern or even a solid color. Brown, white, black and cream are common colors for cowhide. This variation allows cowhide to work with so many styles and forms.  Pillows, like the one here, are a great way to add a bit of the cowhide trend to your living room or bedroom.

The 66th Year

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in About Us, Century Tile News

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This is our 66th year of having the pleasure of serving the Chicagoland area!  Thank you to all of our customers, families, and friends!  For more information about us, please visit our website here or visit our Facebook page here.

 

Invasion of the Toys

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family, Hints and Advice

6353050_SAnyone who has ever stepped barefoot on a Lego can tell you that toys can be painful. Keeping toys organized and up off the floor is a daily battle between you, the kids, and the toys. Sometimes it seems like the toys are winning. If you feel like your house has been invaded by toys set on taking over, you are not alone.

Kids’ bedrooms, family rooms, living rooms, stairs and bathrooms all seem to be prime gathering places for toys and small toy parts.  Somehow if you have hardwood or tile floors, the toys seem to scoot across the floors to be found in the most unlikely places like behind the bookcase or wedge in the far corner underneath the sofa, far from the reach of little arms.

Corralling toys can protect feet and make it safe to walk around your house in socks or bare feet again.  Having strategic storage throughout the house is a good idea. Bins, bags and boxes are great for keeping toys off the floor.  Storage ottomans and benches can double as toy bins and still be nice enough for company.

Now the toys just need to find their way into the storage. It would be nice if they could magically put themselves away at the end of the day, but unfortunately this isn’t going to happen. Giving points for being tidy and picking up after themselves can be a good way to instill neatness and organization. There is also bribery if all else fails.

Flood Recovery Postcard

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

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Have the recent floods disrupted the way you live?  Has your home been damaged and you need to start picking up the pieces?  We have felt the impact of the weather conditions and want to provide as much help as we can!  Let’s work together to get your home back to its warm self and a place you can call home again.  For a limited time only, we are offering an exclusive combination of offers.

  • We can help work with your insurance company
  • We’re here to help with labor: free labor credits
  • $25 off any Century Tile backsplash
  • Receive free labor and carpet pad with any carpet purchase
  • 18 month special financing available

We’ll help you get back to normal as soon as possible!  Print out the invitation above and bring it into any one of our locations to receive these exclusive offers!  Check out our website for more information on our products.