Pete The Pro Video Series Layout 1 – YouTube
If you enjoyed last week’s episode with Pete the Pro, be sure to watch episode 2, Underlayment. Pete packs a huge amount of information into a short video!
Pete Lettecci aka “Pete the Pro” installed ceramic tile for over 30 years. Since 1995 he has shared his knowledge and experience training Century’s staff and conducting 240 customer installation training seminars each year. In his free time Pete responds to customer inquiries and tests potential new tools, setting materials and products.
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We at Century Tile wish you a memorable holiday season with your family and friends!
Over the years, many of our posts have been popular around the holidays. We have collected a few of them for a great reading collection. We hope you enjoy them!
When the cold weather sets in and the holiday planning begins to take up all of your time, it can be nice to come home to a hot meal each evening. With a slow cooker, you can prepare your meal ahead of time, set it, and come home to it ready and waiting at the end of the day. Best of all, many slow cooker recipes take just minutes to throw together, so you don’t have to scramble to get things set up in the morning either. Try these fast and easy slow cooker recipes for yourself this winter when you need a little hot comfort food at the end of a busy day.
Split Pea Soup
This split pea soup is hot, nourishing, and incredibly easy to throw together. Add a 16 ounce bag of split peas to your slow cooker, along with a peeled and diced sweet potato, a peeled and diced onion, and some cubed, pre-cooked smoked ham. Add a tablespoon of celery salt, a teaspoon of white pepper, one bay leaf and six cups of water. Now just set the slow cooker to low and let it simmer for 8 to 10 hours. This meal also reheats very well the next day as leftovers.
This hearty chicken stew recipe combines some unusual winter tastes into one fabulous meal. Just cut up two pounds of chicken thighs into small pieces and layer them on the bottom of the slow cooker along with one bunch of chopped kale, and one half of a cubed butternut squash. Add a cup of green peas, a teaspoon of white pepper, and one of cumin. Then just fill the rest of the cooker up with your favorite chicken stock or broth. Simmer on low for 8 hours and your stew is ready.
Make this turkey chili as spicy or mild as you want by varying the amount of spices. Add a pound of ground turkey to your slow cooker along with one can each of black, red, and pink beans. Two chopped onions, two chopped red peppers, a can of tomatoes, and three cups of tomato juice round it out. Now add a combination of white pepper, Ancho pepper, and chipotle pepper to your taste to spice things up. Cook on low for 8 hours and serve with sour cream.
The fireplace is traditionally the heart of a home and often the place where people are drawn, particularly in the winter months. Therefore, when it’s time to decorate your home for the season, it makes sense to pay particular attention to the mantel. After all, this is a visual focal point of the room. Try using any of these ideas to create a mantel decoration that will capture everyone’s attention.
Don’t overlook the simplicity of winter greens for making a beautiful and formal decoration on your mantel. Look for evergreen swags you can drape across the mantel, and then try studding the greens with pinecones, bulb ornaments, bird’s nests, and other small items to help complete the look. You can also create small swags and circles out of holly branches or mistletoe; try arranging small groups of them around candles you can light in the evening to enhance the effect.
Have a little fun with your mantel and invoke the image of mittens drying by the open fire by creating a mitten clothesline. String a line across the mantel, and pick up several pairs of mittens from a dollar store or other discount vendor. Clip them to the line in coordinate colors to give the impression that many little hands are warming up after a cold day outside.
Create timeless decorations to display on your mantel this year, and for years to come by making some winter topiaries in a variety of sizes. Create a holiday-themed topiary out of bulb ornaments to display in the center of the mantel, or create two smaller topiaries out of pinecones to set on either end. You can also combine the topiaries with fresh greenery to help enhance the look of the mantel and bring something else to focus on into the overall design. Just be sure that you don’t duplicate the materials used in the topiary elsewhere in the design, so that each component can shine on its own.
We hope your Thanksgiving is full of friends and family!
Wall décor is a must for every room. It adds personality and interest to the room, gives you something to focus on, and can help brighten up the space and complete the design of the room. If you’re looking for something other than pictures and standard wall art to display on your walls, consider one of these dimensional wall décor ideas instead.
If you like greenery, why not create some living walls in your home? Wall planters are available that are large, shallow boxes that mount vertically to the wall. The plants are able to grow up the walls, rather than out of pots, which makes a living art display anywhere in your home. Just position them across from a window to get the best light and turn your walls into your own greenhouse.
Wall fountains are a beautiful trend in interior design right now. Not only do they give you a sculptural feel to the walls, they also provide ambient sound to the room. This can create a soothing, tranquil feeling in the room that can enhance the rest of the design. Opt for a fountain that is large enough to really make a visual statement as well as an auditory one for the best results.
You’ve probably already thought of wall shelves and niches as a way to display things on your walls, but what about built in pillars? Pillars allow you to arrange items at varying heights on the wall for a more eclectic look. You can also mount pillars on the wall next to your stairs, rising in height with the stairs to emphasize the shape of the wall and give you some added interest in this area.
Metal Wall Sculpture
If you’re in the market for some wall art, consider opting for some metal wall sculpture. Metal has an ability to be bent and shaped in ways that allow it to come right off the wall, while still remaining thin and relatively flat. This adds a lot of extra dimension to the room, because you can view the piece from several angles and see it differently each and every time.
When it comes to area rugs, they can often be overlooked as an accessory for your home. Do you have a room that feels incomplete, lacks warms and that inviting feeling? When you think about area rugs, don’t think floor covering (unless that’s your specific purpose!) think accessory….as in jewelry. When you think about how an area rug can finish off a room much the same way the right necklace can finish an outfit – then you’ll begin to see the value of what area rugs can do.
Area rugs are like magic carpets. They can transport and transform, “move” rooms (and their mood) from ordinary to extraordinary, change a room’s personality and character. They can do this through their color, shape, texture and size.
Area rugs are incredible design tools. They can define a space, act as a finishing touch, establish a color scheme, underlie a key piece of furniture, soften a hard surface, welcome guests to your home.
Area rugs improve your life. They can warm bare feet on cold surfaces, prevent wear in heavy traffic areas, protect children/elderly against injury from falls and absorb sound to reduce noise. Area rugs can also cover flaws in flooring and hide not so perfect carpeting. (Voila! Problem solved.)
Area rugs are the masters of change. They’re the only floor covering you can pick up and move, easily replace – change with the changing seasons. Tired of the way a room looks? Try changing your area rug before changing other things like wall colors. You’ll be amazed at what the change can do.
Area rugs cover the cost spectrum. They can be inexpensive and machine made (cotton and synthetic) to very expensive, handmade ancient weaves.
Think an area rug might be the perfect solution for your room? Century Tile has a great selection!