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Mother’s Day Ideas

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and every year when we were younger we would wake up early, cook our mothers breakfast in bed with dad, and generally spoil her all day doing chores and trying to stay out of trouble. Now that we are all grown up the normal is sending flowers or a card to your mother to remind her of how much you love her and appreciate her.

 

But there are other creative ways to show your mother your love for her, ways that she won’t be expecting. One great way to show your mother your love is to try sending her a hand written letter on the Sundays leading up to, and including, Mother’s Day. They could be about a warm memory you have of your childhood with her or they could be updates in your life and how she helped you achieve these things. A mother will appreciate the thought and hand written letters can be kept and treasured.

 

Another fun idea is to sign up for a paint night in your area where you go and an instructor helps the class paint a particular picture. Get two tickets and gift them to your mom for Mother’s Day. Then when it’s time to take the class you and your mother can sit together for a couple of hours enjoying each others company and getting to spend quality time together.

 

If you have enough childhood pictures you could also try scrapbooking those photos into a small scrapbook. Get creative and add little blurbs about your memories of the photos taken. It will be a nice way for her to see the world from your perspective when you were younger and you will have something to look over and share while you spend the day together.

 

Finally, if none of those appeal to you, you can always go old school and cook your mom a decadent home cooked meal. Grab the fixings and bring them over to your mother’s house and let her relax while you prepare dinner (you can always enlists Dad’s help here like back in the day).

 

At the root of it Mother’s Day is a celebration of the sacrifices every mother makes for her children and a day for us to express our gratitude for that. As long as your gift is a labor of love your mother is sure to love it.

We Are Looking For Great People!

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Century Tile News

 

Chicago’s largest floor covering specialty retailer is currently looking for full-time career orientated inside sales people.  Over 68 years in business and we are looking to expand our sales staff!

The Position:

Sales Associate — We are looking for a career orientated, outgoing positive professional who enjoys working with people.

The Job: 

Sales associates will have direct interaction with customers regarding suggested materials for residential/commercial applications.  Materials utilized include porcelain tiles, glass tiles, stone, hardwood, vinyl, and carpeting and laminate flooring.  Solid training wages provided.

The Requirements:

Desire to provide excellent customer service

Full time employment with some evening and weekend hours

Be able to work in a fast paced commission sales environment

Basic math and computer skills

Ability to interact with customers and establish long lasting relationships

Be knowledgeable in all products and the sales process

Strong work ethic

Act in a professional manner at all times

Ability to read, write and speak fluent English (second language is a plus)

Ability to exceed expectations

Understand and monitor individual sales goals

Be knowledgeable of store operations

Proactively meet and greet the customer in a timely manner

Perform some price tagging and some display work in the showroom

Ability to follow up on customer orders

Ensure the store appearance is clean and presentable at all times

Willingness to learn extensively about our products

Experience in other service related fields is a plus

Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills

An interest in design and layout to help the customer

 

Make sure to check out our benefits!

Locations include:

Diversey

Lombard

Cicero Ave

Woodstock

Itasca

Mundelein

If you are interested, please contact us at 630-873-8200 or fill out our contact form.  Hurry!  These positions will soon be filled!

4 Current Trends In Kitchen Design

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Kitchen and Bath

It seems like there was a rather extended period during which kitchen design fell into a status quo. Designs have been beautiful every year, but not necessarily new or innovative. Dark wood with dark colored granite counter tops is still eye-catching, but how many people do you know who have that style of kitchen? Probably a lot! It’s time to step into the new and try some stylish kitchen designs ideas. Here are four that are very of the moment…

  1. Combining white and wood: Variations include white cabinets with natural wood countertops, natural wood cabinets with white countertops, and natural wood floors with white cabinets. If you want it a little stark, incorporate a shot of black somewhere, for example a painted black wall.
  2. Minimal wall cabinets: Traditionally, high-end kitchens have always featured a substantial spread of cabinetry, floor to ceiling. Now, we’re seeing luxury kitchens that have few to no wall cabinets. If you have sufficient storage space in your lower cabinets and pantry, this is a great way to make your kitchen feel big and open. It works particularly well I you have windows that let in enough light to make all that open space seem airy.
  3. White subway/polished tiles: These traditional tiles are still around for a reason. They offer a clean, classic style and they can be incorporated in myriad design schemes. You could easily use them in a vintage styled bathroom, then turn around and use those same tiles in the kitchen. If you like the idea but are leery of cleaning white grout, simply use a dark contrasting color of grout.
  4. A change in metal surfaces: Stainless steel, brushed nickel, chrome, and silver will always look chic an appropriate in a kitchen. But we’ve seen a lot of that stuff over the last twenty years. Now, on trend homeowners are opting for warmer tones such as copper, bronze, and even gold. Or, you might also want to consider matte black metal for things such as faucet handles. 

Thanks For the Feedback!

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Testimonial / Reviews

We always appreciate hearing from our customers, especially when they have an incredible experience!  Thank you, Jill Moon, and thank you, Pat!

 

I wanted to comment what a great experience it has been working with Pat Nichols in the Bolingbrook location.  As a new(er) home owner, I am working on 2 bathroom remodels, and this is my first big project.  Pat has made this process easy and less stressful.  She immediately greeted me when I arrived at the store, she was helpful, but not overbearing, in helping me select tile, accent tile, grout, and a pebble shower floor.  When I needed to switch items on my order she was extremely helpful in working with me over the phone to adjust my order.  I trust her enough to have selected grout colors in my absence.  Because of Pat, I will definitely be returning to Century Tile for future projects.

 

Jill Moon

Non-Traditional Easter Decorations

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Holidays

Decorating your home for Easter is fun and fresh. Spring has just begun and winter is officially over! Celebrate the Easter holiday and the season change with a slightly different fashion this year by getting a little closer to nature.  Even if displaying Easter eggs and bunnies doesn’t fit your personality, you can still spruce up your home with seasoned sophistication!

Pastels are the choice color palettes for this time of year. Use pretty pastel accent pillows on your sofa and bedding. These are a great addition to your usual color scheme and are easily stored after the holiday is over.

Buy a few festive dishes in pastel color pallets. These will make your table setting look fresh and clean with a dash of fun. Add some cloth napkins in brighter color selections.

Fill clear containers with colorful Easter candy. Add shredded green paper to the bottom of the containers, to add another breath of spring to the space. Place these containers on your dining table, kitchen counter top and on the cocktail table. These little accents are pretty to look at and welcome visitors with a sweet.

“Spring” for a naturalistic wreath for your door. Finish off with a pretty pastel bow and faux Robin’s eggs (light blue eggs with brown speckles.

Tulips are the perfect flower for this time of year. Used in flower arrangements, they tend to last longer than other flowers. When you are shopping for tulips make sure and get a bouquet composed of closed flowers. They look pretty when they are closed and continue to look good as they bloom.

Enjoy brightening your home and welcoming the seasonal change!

Huntley and Woodstock Chamber of Commerce Mixer

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Events

Please join us April 2, 2015 from 5:00pm – 8:00 pm at our Woodstock location for free food and drink, ceramic tile installation seminars and representatives that will be able to answer any of your flooring questions!

We will have special offers on April 2nd only — make sure to ask about them!

 

 

Color Pallet: Lava Living Room – Steel Grey, Cranberry, True Red, Blood Orange

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

 

This goes without saying but let’s do it anyway. This space is not for the faint of heart! It’s daring, stark and edgy. But the beauty of it is that none of those attributes detracts from the fact that it is also very sophisticated. Furthermore, it has exceptionally artistic vibe, much like an art gallery. Not sure what the heck one would do with this sort of idea? It’s an ideal concept for a brooding artist, a serious corporate business executive, a big-city dweller, or someone who loves a clean feeling! You get the idea…

For purposes of this post we’ll focus on using it to achieve a modern décor with a sophisticated twist in a city loft. To do so we are going to break the elements of the room down in sections because it’s often easier to understand them that way. If you happen to be a novice, this approach will make learning our design a breeze! Just read the bullet points for each aspect of the décor and extract what works best for your personal vision.

The color pallet: Steel Grey, Cranberry, Blood Orange, True Red

 

What makes the colors work well together?

  • One dominant shade that is highly saturated – red in its various forms.
  • Gray that feels slightly unharmonious with the red. It gives the red a visual immediacy.
  • White serves as the much needed visual relief – a place for the eye to rest among the strong relationship between the red and gray.

What makes the design sophisticated?

  • Everything!
  • Straight lines
  • Geometric shapes
  • Limited use of pattern
  • Glass and metal
  • Minimalism
  • Simplicity
  • Massive piece of bold artwork as the focal point

What makes the room glamorous?

  • The incorporation of white

What makes the room versatile?

  • It works well for both a masculine or feminine aesthetic

Color Pallet: Country Library

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

 

If you long for a sense of warmth and peace you might want to consider turning one of the rooms in your house into a country library. This style is also known as primitive because it relies on simple, old fashioned furnishings inspired by the Americana aesthetic of yesteryear. You’ll frequently find rough textures, and saturated color that’s been artistically treated to look muted.

Items such as braided rugs and quilts will be casually lying around, and table-and-chair sets are usually sparse wood pieces geared more toward function than comfort. Practicality was a big influence on country style inspired by early folk art, so something such as a table would have been viewed as a surface for the handiwork that was a prevalent part of life.

Creative pragmatism makes for a room that is comforting because it is humble yet feels entirely stable and reliable. With all that said, let us not forget that country primitive style is also fabulous and pretty in its own way, and you could certainly glam it up a bit if you so desired!

For purposes of this post we’ll focus on using it to achieve a rustic library. To do so we are going to break the elements of the room down in sections because it’s often easier to understand them that way. If you happen to be a novice, this approach will make learning our design a breeze! Just read the bullet points for each aspect of the décor and extract what works best for your personal vision.

The color pallet: Muted Jade, Rose Brown, Chocolate Brown, Muted Pink Lemonade, Matte Black

 

What makes the room inviting?

  • Shelves full of old books
  • A fireplace that dominates the space
  • The rocking chair
  • Large area rug

What makes the colors work well together?

  • They are all muted to the same level of saturation as the neutrals and natural materials in the room
  • Red and green are complimentary, and pink and jade are derivatives of these colors
  • Though readily apparent, the pink and jade play second fiddle to the neutral colors, and this is appropriate in primitive style home decor

What makes the design country/primitive?

  • Rocking chair and spindle leg table
  • Old fashioned books and pictures on the wall
  • A hearth
  • Abundant texture
  • Simplicity