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Huntley and Woodstock Chamber of Commerce Mixer

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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

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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

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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

Pete the Pro Episode 7 — Working the Grid

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Continue in the Pete the Pro series as Pete shows how to work the grid set down previously.


Pete The Pro Video Series — Working the Grid – YouTube

Pete continues his series in Part 7: Working the Grid. If you are overwhelmed by tile, Pete will show you the process from beginning to end. Pete Lettecci ak…

 

 

Pheasant Run Home Show in St. Charles, IL

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Our team recently participated in the Pheasant Run home show in St. Charles Illinois.  Below are some pictures of the great time we had!  Thank you to all who attended!

There are a couple of glimpses of Pete from our Pete the Pro videos!

If you would like to know where Pete will be next, here’s his schedule.

 

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day Rhinestone Rescue!

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Major retailers of jewelry across the globe have convinced us that in order for Valentine’s Day to be a success there must be diamonds. If you can afford them they are certainly impressive. Go for it and enjoy! But, if they’re not financially within reach you don’t necessarily have to forego a great dose of sparkle for your loved one. Instead, opt for rhinestones! Traditionally they have been associated with embellishment of garments or costume jewelry for formal events. These days, however, a lot of very beautiful rhinestone goods are available, including tasteful jewelry.

Here’s a list of suggestions so you can choose the perfect, affordable gift for the person in your life whose eyes light up at the sight of something sparkly. Are you the one with a heart desirous of some glimmer? Share this post with the one who needs to know!

Jewelry: brooches, bracelets, beads, earrings, charms, necklaces, rings, pendants, watches

Figurines: zodiac signs, butterflies, birds, animals, cartoon characters, holiday, flowers

Fashion Accessories: handbags, sunglasses, card holders, key rings, scarves, mobile device accessories

Home Accessories: candle holders, picture frames, ornaments, vases, dining items

Stationary: pens, stylus, USB pens/drives

Super spectacular: A tiara for the princess or crown for the queen in your life!

As you can see there are far more options with rhinestones than most of us realize. From the list above you’re sure to be able to find something for any personality type. Does the object of your affection have a deep love for animals? Offer up a lovely figurine of a favorite creature. Or maybe it’s someone who has a very busy and structured life that entails a nearly permanent attachment to the mobile phone. Who better to give smart phone case covered in rhinestones?

Last, consider wowing the object of your affection a little more by including some facts about rhinestones. Even though they aren’t diamonds, they still have an intriguing history that will add glamour to your gift! Rhinestones were first rock crystals that were collected from the Rhine, which explains their name. Later, a jeweler tried coating the underside of glass with powdered metal and they were thus manufactured.  In modern times manufacturing is so advanced that rhinestones have nearly the same dazzle as a diamond when exposed to sunlight. The largest supplies come from Austria and the Czech Republic.

Want one last unique, slightly silly idea? Lavish your gift upon your loved one with the song “Rhinestone Cowboy” playing in the background! Best of luck!

Pete the Pro Episode 6

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Continue with Pete as he shows you how to start a grid pattern. Don’t forget to go back and start his series from the beginning…

Pete the Pro Episode 1


Pete The Pro Video Series Start Grid – YouTube

In his continuing series, Pete shows the correct way to start a grid pattern. Pete Lettecci aka “Pete the Pro” installed ceramic tile for over 30 years. Sinc…

 

Pete the Pro Episode 5

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Make sure to watch this episode of Pete the Pro!  There’s no one like Pete to bring a straightforward explanation to you and make your project easier.


Pete The Pro Video Series Starting The Tile Straight – YouTube

Pete shows how to start your tile project and ensure that the tile is straight. Pete Lettecci aka “Pete the Pro” installed ceramic tile for over 30 years. Si…

 

Pete the Pro, Layout part 2

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Learn and laugh along with Pete as he shows another important part of the layout of your tile.


Pete The Pro Video Series Layout 2 – YouTube

In his second layout video, Pete shows how to measure and create a layout for your tile. Pete Lettecci aka “Pete the Pro” installed ceramic tile for over 30 …