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Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Summer

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

Choices in gardening can be overwhelming for those who have never tried it before.   However, even a few vegetables can show a benefit with regular watering and care. Container herb gardens can grow starter herbs like basil, chives, thyme or rosemary. Even small spaces can be home to a beautiful garden! Your home and family will thank you for the effort!

 

Try these suggestions for tips and plants to start you on the road of gardening.

 

Tomatoes

This is one of the most popular plants for beginning gardeners.   Tomatoes not only come in several varieties but also a variety of sizes. These plants can be quite prolific, so you may want to start slowly. Hanging baskets and pots can be a great choice for those with limited space considerations.

 

Don’t forget that tomato plants need lots of sunlight.  Be sure to plan strategically.

 

Zucchini

Zucchini is another prolific plant.  It can easily take over your garden if you don’t plan correctly! Start with only one or two plants in your first garden.  Zucchini plants also need plenty of sunlight along with water – not an area to try to skimp! With this plant, either the blossom or the resulting vegetable can be harvested or eaten.  Both are delicious. There is a reason that so many recipes contain this ingredient.  Zucchinis will grow quickly, even overnight.   If a specimen looks ready to pick, then grab it!

 

Green beans

Like tomatoes and zucchini, green beans come in many varieties for the home gardener. A vine-growing bean is a great choice for those who are lacking in horizontal space, and bush types are available for those looking for a lower maintenance variety. Seeds only need to be planted in fresh soil where they can receive plenty of sunlight.

 

Lettuce varieties

Another incredibly easy plant to grow is lettuce. Many varieties of lettuce are available – baby romaine, red or green leaf, some spicy and some sweet.  This vegetable has the benefit of taking up only a little room needing small amounts of sunlight. Lettuce can also be harvested on a continual basis.  Just tear or cut the leaves allowing the base of the plant to remain.  The leaves will continue to be produced through the growing season.

 

Careful selection of plants for first time gardeners is a great way to see the benefits of growing plants at home.  With a little bit of care, a wonderful harvest will be reaped!

Enhance the Functionality and Character of Your Foyer

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

The foyer is usually the first impression that visiting guests have of your home. Since it has multiple functions, this space should feature items and furniture that are not only attractive but also practical. Decorative items can also be very useful for presenting a warm and welcoming environment.

 

A stylish mirror where you can check your appearance before going out, for example, can be hung from the wall. Instead of a painting, a striking clock can be displayed. If needed, a pair of accent stools can also be placed under a table. For storing small items such as keys and spare change, bowls or jars with wide openings can be used. If ever you need more storage space, a small chest can be used instead of a table.

 

Ambient lighting can be achieved using wall sconces. To highlight decorative features such as the unusual-looking clock or intricately made jar, accent lighting can also be added. Aside from overhead lighting, additional light when putting on and taking off shoes can be provided by a small lamp placed on top of the table or chest. If you want to cut costs, adjustable lighting might be more efficient.

 

Despite the primarily functional use of foyers, aesthetics should not be disregarded. Upon entry to your home after a busy day outside, the foyer is the first thing you see. It should, therefore, exude a relaxing and inviting ambience telling you that you are home. It also gives the visitors their first impression of the interiors so it should be a dynamic reflection of yourself and your lifestyle.

 

Enhancing the sense of entry can be achieved by having a different scheme for adjacent areas. Since the space for the foyer is usually very small, you can get away with using very busy and eye-catching patterns. Combined with furniture of solid colors, harmony can still be attained. Bright colors can also be used to introduce vigor to your home.

 

A vase filled with freshly cut flowers can bring in a little bit of the nature outside into your entryway. Tall, vertical plants and hanging terrariums can add even more character to the area. Various wall displays, which do not take up valuable floor space, can immediately engage visitors.

 

Despite being a small area, the foyer is a significant part of your home. It can be a very suggestive space so taking the time to think about how you would like it to be designed is important.

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What Are Some Ways to Make A Room Appear Larger?

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hints and Advice

By tricking the eye a room can actually appear larger. It is a type of optical illusion often used in decorating. What are some of these optical illusions that decorators use to make a room appear larger?

 

Color Usage: Lighter colors have a tendency to make things feel more spacious and open. Darker colors have a tendency to draw things closer and give a feeling of being closed in. You can have a few pieces of darker furniture against a sky colored wall, and you will have the feeling of open space. You might try using bright contrasting colors for the trim. Make your room into a painting and a work of art.

 

Murals: Murals are an excellent way to draw a room out and make it seem endless. You can even extend the mural onto the ceiling in the form of a sun set or clouds. You can use almost any type of mural you want to create the effect you desire. Paths off into a forest or a glimmering city in the night give the illusion of a far away distance. Amusement parks often use this magic on their rides. You feel like you are in a huge space, when actually you are in a small area.

 

Mirrors: We all know the tricks of mirrors to give the illusion of doubling a room size and adding depth. The more mirrors the better. It really is best to use mirrors with out massive frames if possible. A whole wall done in a solid piece of mirror would be excellent. You can also use contrasting colors on mirror frames to give the illusion of floating in space, especially if you are using them against a cloud painted wall of muted colors. You become part of a surrealist painting.

 

Large windows and Natural Light: Windows and sliding glass doors unhampered by coverings really do create a spaciousness because you are working with the real thing. If you live amongst buildings this might not work because of the privacy factor. If you have an adjoining wall or a patio, you could paint a depth creating mural on it. Plants outside are also a depth giving factor, and you could pull a blind at night time.

 

Organized and Less Furnishings: When trying to create spaciousness it is good not to have a lot of pieces of confining furniture. Try to keep excess clutter at bay. The more space you have the better.

 

By using these tricks you are well on the way to making your room appear larger. Be creative and create the optical illusion of a spacious room. All of the same effects that you are using on an eye level can be carried upward, giving the effect of endless space, such as windows and mirrors on the ceiling. You can actually paint your furniture where it blends into the wall. This would work excellent with a mural. You can have your dream and create a room which appears larger for the ultimate in decor. 

Home Decor Accessories Room By Room

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In this overview of home decor accessories we will take a quick look of some very enhancing features of their addition to the total decorating package, room by room. The total decorating package includes every room in your home. It is good to add the beauty of accents without going into debt. You can add many wonderful accents and accessories in a sensible and economical way using a little ingenuity.

Good Suggestions for Home Decor Accessories

In every room window coverings, blinds and curtains are a very important addition, and can set the mood for the home. Accessories can be functional such as a clock, mirror or stool.A form of artwork is also good for every room. Side tables and lamps can also add to both the functionality and décor of your home.

Living Room: In addition to the draperies in your living room there are other accessories you should consider. Paintings, sculptures and coffee table centerpieces add a definite statement as fantastic living room accessories.

Dining room: The dining room can also have rich drapes or the lighter shades and blinds. Good accessories include a focal point of a major lighting piece, and possible wall sconces. Be sure to keep in with your decorating scheme.

Den: The den is a more relaxed room and deserves fun accessories. Decide what your family would enjoy and take it from there. Unique novelty pieces can make a great statement here.

Kitchen: Accessories for the kitchen are numerous. Keep with in your decorating style and try not to create a cluttered look. Lighting plays a big role as an accessory in the kitchen, altering the mood, look of food and the ease of preparing meals.  Don’t make the mistake of placing low lighting in the kitchen – you’ll need to watch where knives are cutting!

Bedroom: The bedroom is your special place, and deserves your special accessories. The main focus in a bedroom is typically the bed covering.  Start here and let your own personality shine.

Be Creative With Your Home Decor Accessories

Be creative when you are adding and selecting your home decor accessories. They are the finishing touches on your painting, the decor of your home. You don’t need to be a decorator just keep everything tastefully placed for a total decorating package.

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Resistant Flooring

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hardwood and Laminate

Wooden flooring has been highly coveted ever since it was first introduced. Everyone wants to give their floors that sleek yet warm look. It adds a great degree of sophistication, together with a homey feeling. The only problem – what do you do when you also want to have a pet in the house, or you need to push around some heavy furniture? Those kinds of situations can be nightmarish, for almost every home owner with wooden floors. Luckily, there are a couple of things you can do to make things better for yourself.

1. Alternatives for wooden flooring:

If you must have a wood floor but refuse to give up your dog, you need to use an easy alternative. Wood alternatives look just like wood but they’re not actually wood. In that matter you get two choices:

Woodprint Tile:

These tiles come in the form of planks and look very similar to wood. Made from ceramics, they are very realistic and give that warm, natural look to your floor while offering very good scratch and wear resistance.

Laminate:  

Laminate flooring is not as durable as the kind of tile mentioned above but it does have some some excellent qualities. It is very resistant to scratches and is easy to install, though frequently moved heavy furniture may give problems.

2. Brazilian Walnut or Ipe

Brazilian Walnut,  or Ipe flooring, is a great alternative to treated woods – it is very dense and hard, and offers very good dent resistance. 

3. Hard Maple

It is tough not to at least consider Hard Maple as a flooring material when you’re looking at using wood. It has been used for basketball courts for a century, giving you peace of mind about any pet-induced scratches. Hard maple is also called rock or sugar maple.

4. Bamboo – Strand-Woven and Fossilized

Bamboo grass is hardened through a process that incorporates hard resins into the grass. Though Bamboo is technically a grass, the flooring industry classifies it as a wood. When it comes to long wearing and scratch resistance, bamboo flooring is a clear front runner with a beautiful natural appeal.

It’s great to know that there are numerous options when it comes to scratch and dent-resistant flooring.  The folks at Century Tile are more than willing to help you out with your choices!

Get Rid of Household Clutter

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Do you have a problem with household clutter? Do you set your car keys down only to have trouble finding them? Usually the problem is a lack of organization and a place to store things. Sometimes in a cluttered house the materials and things start to pile up. Its time to get rid of the clutter and start an organizational house cleaning. This does not need to happen over night. Take your time and try not to get over whelmed. Take it room by room. Look at the storage features in each room, and add new closets if you need to. You can even have creative storage places along one side of your living room. A lot of the storage spaces can actually add to your decor.

Using the room by room method, sit down and take notes on how you can solve your clutter problem. For instance if you are sitting in your bedroom, look around and take notes on what is causing the most clutter. You might have to donate items and clothes to a local charity, or even toss some things out. Garage sales are nice, but involve a large amount of work, pricing and planning. Sometimes it is best to forgo something which involves creating another problem with time and energy. Just take your time, sort out things room by room, and install and create creative storage spaces if you need to.

What Are Some Good Tips for Getting Rid of Household Clutter?

In addition to the tips mentioned above, you might also like these easy tips for cleaning and preventing clutter.

Have a place for your mail when it is brought in.

Have a special place by the door to hang your car keys. Create steady habits to make your life easier.

Have an entryway complete with coat rack and umbrella stand.

Keep dirty clothes bins in each room where clothes are changed.

Teach children to clean up after themselves and have a special place for their belongings.

Keep your kitchen table and top of your refrigerator clean of clutter. This is a common catch all. Make your table beautiful by adding a center piece and a beautiful table cloth if you are of traditional design. Modern usually looks better without table cloth and a sleek clean design. Think of the beauty your clutter is hiding.

Applying Getting Rid of Clutter to Your Household

Getting rid of household clutter can become a life style choice. You will be much more productive in an environment that is tidy and rid of clutter. After awhile you will love your decor so much that is shining through, you will automatically notice when something is out of place. Make it your choice to live in a household without clutter, by adopting good organizational habits.

 

Home Flooring as Art

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

 

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Home flooring has definitely become a work of art in your home adding depth and perception to the best of interiors. A lot of the modern floor art work is taken from ancient palaces and civilizations where the most creative of decors prevailed. The floors follow suit with the ancient patterns and have also evolved into the most modern designs imaginable. Flooring as art is not only appearing in the home deco, but in commercial buildings as well. It looks tremendous to peer over a balcony or stairwell onto an elaborately prepared floor. Different flooring patterns and materials are available on the market to make the home floors enchanting and captivating. The home flooring has become your art material. 

Home Flooring As Your Art Material

As people have started taking interest in making their home more lavish and garlanded, the flooring industry has experienced an obvious boom. Today a multiple number of materials are available to make the flooring mega attractive and artistic. Although the main purpose of covering the floor is still the primary one, the aesthetics have changed the flooring scenario. Now you can have marble, clay, graphite or natural stone tiles to create your flooring art, and arrange and lay them any way you want. There are even fantastic 3-glass tiles. The glass tiles come in many colors and can have a pure luminous look also. If you want you can even install lights under them for the most chic and posh look imaginable.

Find Something You Really Like When It Comes to Flooring as Art

Some flooring is just naturally art, and you really do not have to do anything to make it extra special. Figure out what look you are going for and be as creative as you want. Ceramic is great, and can be mixed with other tile forms. There are so many possibilities, as mentioned before. You might try inlaid rock and produce any look you want. You can make a huge sun in the middle of a room, or maybe a circular pattern showing the four directions. It is almost like being in an art store and picking your supplies when it comes to using home flooring as art.

Whatever your personal style, the team at Century Tile is always ready to share our knowledge and experience.  Let us know if we can help!

 

The Four Basic Kitchen Designs

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Kitchen and Bath

 

When you are designing your kitchen, there are basically four kitchen designs or styles. While all are basic variations on the same ultimate purpose, they all function very differently and present very different options for the occupants of the home.

Traditional

First you have the most commonly found, a traditional design. A traditional design is the kind of kitchen you will see on your favorite television show with the family gathered around the table. It is the sort of kitchen you can hang out in and make a pot of coffee in the morning.  Usually featuring a kitchen table or a breakfast nook of some kind, you can complete all your meal duties in one place – preparing, eating and cleaning up.  This is the kind of kitchen that is referred to as the heart of the home.  Many different types of activities will happen in this kind of space.

Transitional

This kitchen is exactly what it sounds like – it is a kitchen in Transition between the traditional and the contemporary.  Usually it is based largely on the traditional with some features from the contemporary brought in.  Sometimes it is as simple as bringing in art, newer lighting styles or opening up one of the walls to provide more access to the rest of the house.

Contemporary

Often times, people think that contemporary and modern are the same. This is not true when it comes to design, especially the design of your kitchen. The contemporary kitchen started presenting itself in the 1960′s or so. You would find contemporary furnishings with smooth lines and no frills design. The trending colors in the 60′s were turquoise and tangerine, with a touch of black.   The “modernized” kitchen was centered around time saving gadgets and design that evoked the industrialization of the American kitchen.

Modern

The modern kitchen is for the busy person on the go and has the latest features in design and technology. You will not be able to tell where the kitchen cabinets are because they are skillfully built into the walls with touch open cabinets.The modern kitchen is similar in design to a jet liner. Smart Homes will most likely have a modern kitchen, with voice commands and smart phone control as standard options.  The lines of a modern kitchen are sleek and sophisticated, and also the most expensive direction to take in kitchen design.

 

Natural Materials for Kitchen Sinks

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There are some very good natural materials for kitchen sinks. Gone are the days of cast iron coated with porcelain showing the darkened areas where it has been chipped. Metal core porcelain is also thrown out the door when it comes to natural kitchen sinks – you can say good-bye to stains and hello to natural and lasting beauty. Forget stainless steel with all of the scratches and go for the many advantages of natural kitchen sink materials. 

What Are Good Natural Materials for Kitchen Sinks?

Copper: Copper sinks are very beautiful and come in a variety of styles. Copper is antimicrobial, which means it has the natural property of inhibiting and killing micro-organisms which is always a good thing in the kitchen.

Granite: Granite is a beautiful choice for a kitchen sink and it will last longer then any substance in your home.

Soapstone: Soapstone is the stuff that sculptures were made of in their days of glory. It is possible to have a solid counter of soapstone with the sink carved right into it.

Marble: Marble is an excellent choice for kitchen sinks and comes in a very wide variety of colors and shades.

Onyx: Onyx is immensely beautiful and makes a perfect kitchen sink. Black Onyx is especially superb and works well in a very tasteful decor. It can be polished or unpolished. 

The Many Possibilities of Natural Materials for Kitchen Sinks

There are many possibilities and benefits of using natural materials for your kitchen sink. Copper a warmth and charm that is completely unique, plus it is very lasting and durable. The stone materials are virtually indestructible, easy to maintain and clean, and almost impossible to stain. There is no rim or separate edging on stone sinks to catch germs or leak. Often a drain board is cut right into the stone along with the kitchen sink.  Soapstone almost sounds like it might be soft, but it is a metamorphic rock that is extremely hard. It is next to impossible to put scratches or abrasions on it. While it is true that some of the stone sink styles need to be combined with the right countertop choice, the benefits to having a stone sink are tremendous.