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Space is all You Need for a Reading Nook

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Area Rugs

Have you ever longed to have a special reading nook just for you? Creating this space is easier than you may think. Find out how one chair, a rug and a little planing can turn into your favorite spot!

Find a chair that is comfortable and aesthetically pleasing to look at. This exposed wood, French chair is beautiful and quite functional as well. The seat cushion is filled with a foam core, surrounded by goose down. The tight upholstered back provides good support and a slight incline that will make it easy to relax. Sitting in this chair will make the person feel relaxed and ready to read. Creating the setting for anything to happen, in any book of choice.

A simple yet comfortable ottoman is all that is needed to turn a chair into a lounge chair. This particular chair is not considered a lounge chair. However the ottoman turns this formal chair into the perfect lounge chair. Not a lot of space is needed to create a reading nook. Enough space is needed for the chair of your choice, a small ottoman (this pouf is a perfect item when low on space) and a small accent table. The small accent table is needed for resting a drink and a book. When reading people like to drink tea, coffee or a cold beverage.

Adding a small rug under the chair will form a designated reading space, just like that! We would suggest starting with deciding the area you want to designate as your reading nook. Then mark out the area with an area rug.  Add a chair that you love and from there you can select an ottoman, accent table and a cozy lap blanket.

Feel free to add a floor or table lamp if the lighting is scarce. If there is one thing you need in a reading space, it is light! This is very important in a space used for reading. Let us know how you have decorated your reading nook.  Leave a picture in the comments below!

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family

Father’s day is fast approaching.  This year show Dad how much you really care, by giving him a gift that he will enjoy and get some use out of. First think about what hobbies he is into and how he likes to enjoy his free time. Save the socks and cuff links. Spoil him this year!

An amazing gift for dad is an upgrade to his favorite area in his home.  Does he spend his spare hours in his workshop?  Make his time there more enjoyable by replacing the floor in the room!  Does he love to cook?  His kitchen would no doubt benefit from a change in the floor.  Every time he’s in the room, he will remember you and your thoughtful gift.

A modern and sophisticated back pack is a great gift for almost any dad. Choose one that looks modern and in a color like gray. This way he can take it to work with him, or use it on a day hike.

Masculine phone valets are a good gift for any man in our life. It is a station that can charge his mobile phone, store his wallet and keep his keys. A phone valet is the perfect little spot to keep all of the things he needs to grab before leaving the house. There are also some great leather phone cases that protect the device and double as a wallet. This will eliminate one more thing that dads have to carry around in their pockets. You can also have it embossed with his name and email address, in case it gets lost. This makes it easy for someone to return the wallet/phone.

If dad has a smart watch of some kind, get him a new band or two. There is a nice variety of these available at many various prices. It is always nice to have different bands that can be changed out for different moods or occasions.

Get him a nice game set, depending on the game he likes. There are beautifully constructed game sets available for poker, chess, backgammon and many others. This is also an activity the two of you can use to spend some quality time with one another.

A nice Bluetooth speaker is great for dad. He can wirelessly connect his phone to the speaker and listen to music while working in the yard, tinkering in the garage or relaxing on the deck. This is a gift that keeps on giving. There are many available that produce quality sound that can match up to a small stereo!

No matter what your dad loves to do in his spare time, there are amazing gifts for him.  Stretch your imagination this year and surprise him with your thoughtful gift!

Remembering Today

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Holidays

Plants that are Easy to Keep Alive

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Tips

Plants are a wonderful addition to the interior of your home.  Most decor styles benefit from these little pieces of the outdoors, and they help to clean the air inside your home. If you don’t feel that you have a green thumb, there are some plants that are a good fit.  These plants are each easy to keep alive as long as you water them occasionally!

Indoor plants can be easy to keep alive. If you don’t plan on planting a garden this spring, consider some potted plants that you can keep indoors.

Basil is an easy plant to grow indoors. It also tastes fresh and delicious. This plant is perfect to grow on a window sill. It needs sun, so this is a good location. The aroma it gives off is amazing and it is wonderful to have in the kitchen. Just pick a few leaves and add it to a meal! A small flower pot can be used to grow basil, so it can fit on a window sill or counter top.

Aloe is an good plant to have around the home. It is perfect for providing a soothing, natural remedy for sun burns during the summer. It can go days and even weeks without water. This plant does require sun. Place it in a sunny spot and enjoy it for years! You can even cut off a piece of aloe and regrow it. Feel free to make a gift out of your aloe, by re-growing it over and over again and giving it out to loved ones. 

Mint is another easy plant to grow indoors. It smells great and adds a noticeable fresh scent wherever it lives. These plants like a cool environment which makes it easy to grow indoors. Place your mint plant where indirect light is available. Water when the soil feels dry to the touch. Mint also enjoys humidity, so misting the plant occasionally will keep it happy and thriving. Turn the plant every three to four days to ensure it grows evenly. Use this plant to garnish dishes or add it to refreshing drinks!

The plants above listed are easy to grow indoors and useful to keep around. They can be grown and enjoyed year!

Tomato and Basil Open-Faced Sandwiches

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Entertaining

Are you ready to entertain this summer?  Once your home is ready for guests, your mind will turn to the food.  This recipe can be served for lunch or as an appetizer. It is perfect for summer and combines fresh and savory to make a refreshing and healthy sandwich! Make servings for one person or many, it is up to you. For appetizers use a smaller loaf of French bread. For open faced sandwiches, use a full size loaf of French bread.

What You Will Need:

Roma tomatoes

Fresh basil leafs

1 Clove garlic

French bread

Plain cream cheese

Olive oil

Salt

Pepper

Directions:

Turn your oven on to the broil setting. While it is heating up, rub a peeled fresh clove of garlic on the French bread. This adds a small hint of garlic. Next use a spoon to apply olive oil to the bread and then use the spoon to cover the entire side of the bread. Lightly add a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and in to the oven. This will toast the bread. It only takes about 30-60 seconds, depending on the oven. It is best to keep a close watch, so not to burn the bread.

Once the bread has been toasted, turn the bread over and let it cool for about a minute. Next use a knife to spread on the plain cream cheese. You can vary the amount of cream cheese you want to use according to your personal space.

Chop up the fresh basil leaves so that it can be sprinkled over top of the cream cheese.

Slice the tomatoes and lightly salt them. Add the tomato slices to the cream cheese and fresh basil.

Ready to eat! Serve while still warm.

Healthy Egg Scramble in a Slow Cooker

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Kitchen and Bath

 

 

This meal comes from a need for quick, easy breakfasts that keep the family away from quick, sugary morning meals. In order to meet these criteria, the best option is to pre-bake healthy breakfast creations that include eggs (protein) and a healthy veggie (here, we use spinach). Spinach is a wonderful vegetable and very easy to using in your cooking. This recipe can be made easily and is fast to warm up in the morning, by using the microwave in short 15-30 second bursts.

What You Need:

12 Eggs

5 Oz. Chopped Spinach

1 Cup Whole Milk

½ Package of Turkey Bacon

12 Oz. Shredded Cheddar

1 Tsp. Salt

1 Tsp. Cracked Black Pepper

Directions:

Grease the bottom of the slow cooker with coconut or olive oil cooking spray. Cook the turkey bacon and chop it up into small pieces. Chop spinach finely.

Whisk eggs in a large mixing bowl and add the milk and salt and pepper. Whisk these ingredients well before adding the spinach, cheddar and turkey bacon.

Add contents to the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Serve with fresh fruit and orange juice.

 

Thank You for the Feedback!

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Testimonial / Reviews

We always appreciate hearing from our customers!  We would like to thank John S. for his review.

 

Although the outside of the building is a bit deceiving. It’s quite spacious and filled with a massive amount of flooring options. I worked with Mike and Judy they were helpful and upfront. I cannot stand walking into a store and feeling as though I am being sold something. That was not the case at all here. They helped me find the right tile for my bathroom, the right adhesive and grout all in one shop. They also gave me tips on how to install and apply each surface. Being somewhat handy and trying to save on costs, this was a huge win for me. So if your looking for flooring and not wanting the whole pressure sell id recommend this place any day. I recently recommended this place to a buddy of mine. He had nothing but great things to say about his experience.”

Thanks for taking the time out of your day to let us know how we’re doing, John!

The Virtual Room Designer

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Website Tools

Our virtual room designer tool is an excellent way to figure out what design selections to make, right down to paint colors. This tool allows you to work from a predesigned photo or upload a photo of your own. We suggest start with one of our photos to figure out a direction. This read will give you a better understanding of how to use this free tool!

Start by selecting the room that feels more like your style. The different rooms available are offered for the major rooms of the home, such as kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms. Next play around with the item you are most interested in. For example if you are thinking of designing your kitchen, select the cabinet style first and then play around with different finishes you like. If you are most interested in granite counter tops, start there. Staring with the item you are most excited about helps you build around the aspects you are drawn to.

Now play around with paint color. Since paint color can change the way a room looks instantly, it is important to figure out the sort of color palettes that look good with the elements you are most excited about. Paint color also encompasses a large portion of a room. It also has the ability to change the way other features and finishes look. If you are unsure where to start, ask yourself these questions “Do you like light and bright or warm and cozy?”. Light and bright colors are whites, light blues and creams and even grays. Warm and cozy can be achieved by beiges, browns, reds, greens and darker grays. Rich color palettes can be achieved by using darker blues, reds, greens and other vibrant, yet darker color choices such as wine.

The virtual room designer also allows you to play around with different floor and wall treatments. When using this tool make sure you view all of the options available. Tweak back splash and counter tops by selecting different patterns and materials. A variety of flooring selections are also available and the finishes can be changed as well. Have fun and create different styles. Save your work so you can go back and look at design styles later!

Natural Stone for Outdoor Built in Seating

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Outdoor Living

If you have a patio space that needs some extra seating, consider built in seating made out of natural stone. This type of seating is not made entirely of stone. It is framed with wood and the exterior is finished with natural stone. Natural stone seating is a great way to create extra seating that will not be harmed by the natural elements.

This project is a great way to create a custom look. It also looks amazing in an outdoor space. The seating fits in well with your patio space and has the added benefit of being custom just for your home.

As outdoor kitchens become more popular, people are realizing they need more seating to entertain in these outdoor spaces. By creating an outdoor kitchen with ample entertaining space is adding an extension of living space to your home. Outdoor areas are the best place to entertain, given the weather permits. It is worry free. There is no need to worry about spilling drinks or creating a mess. Naturally this will create a more relaxed atmosphere if you can let go of the fear of stains!

This type of space is also nice for children and their parents too. Children can run around while the meal is being prepared and then get as messy as they want.  Parents can relax further knowing their children are busy playing outdoors.

The stone used for this type of seating can be any of a wide variety of natural stone.  We are happy to help you select the best for your home.  When selecting the material to use, keep in mind that you want the stone to be comfortable to sit on. Select stone with smooth surfaces and edges. Having a smooth stone makes the seating more inviting. Feel free to add outdoor cushions that can easily be taken inside after use.

Build the patio custom for the yard and your family’s needs. Then simply create the stone built in seats around that. These types of seating or benches look really great when used in a round or semicircle application.

If you have any questions about the best natural stone for your needs, feel free to ask!  At Century Tile, we are always happy to help!