Don’t Let the Holidays Sneak Up on You

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16311397_SThere are so many already aired holiday ads, and the stores have had their winter holiday aisles up since just after Labor Day. Retailers certainly won’t let us forget that the holidays are almost upon us. Our email inboxes are already full of coupons for holiday cards and ideas for holiday meals. So, have you made your appointment for your family holiday photo yet? Are YOU ready for the holidays?

Without putting the horse before the cart, here is a checklist of items you can do now so that you are not overwhelmed as the holiday season arrives.

  • Get out your holiday recipes. Check your pantry to make sure you have what you need so you don’t have to run to the store in the midst of holiday food prep.
  • Plan your Thanksgiving meal. Order your turkey, if that’s what’s on the menu. Your butcher will thank you for not waiting until the last minute.
  • Also plan your holiday baking. You can easily make breads and cookies now and freeze them for future use.
  • Buy containers for freezer meals, holiday gifts and baked goods. The stores are full of holiday themed disposable ware.
  • Take stock of your china, holiday tablecloths, serving pieces and stemware. If you need additional items you have plenty of time to look for sales.
  • Review your address book. Update any changes and count how many holiday cards you need to order. It’s also not too early to start writing your holiday letter.
  • Make your gift list and plan your budget. Look through your wrapping supplies and see if you need extra tissue paper, ribbons and bows.
  • Make travel arrangements if you will be visiting family out of town. Service your car so that it is ready for the trek to Grandma’s house.
  • If you are hosting family, check your supply of extra linens, towels and throw blankets. Schedule carpet cleaning, window washing and a professional house cleaning so that your home is sparkling.
  • And finally, don’t forget to plan for a haircut, and a mani/pedi so that you start the holiday season relaxed and looking great.

Holiday Savings at Century Tile

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Get your home ready for the upcoming holiday celebrations!  We are having a great deal going on right now and you don’t want to miss out on this because it’s just in time for the holidays.  We are offering our best discounts exclusively to customers like you. Join us and take advantage of these special savings.

You can receive an instant $150 cash back with every $1,000 installed purchase.  We have a large variety of in-stock flooring options like bamboo, laminate, carpet, tile, vinyl, stone, glass, ceramic, porcelain, engineered and solid wood flooring.  Come visit one of 12 locations to browse and for more information on this great event!

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Decorating the Formal Dining Room

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10292857_SFor most of us, the holidays are one of the few times in the year when we use our formal dining rooms for family meals. With the trend to dens, home offices and open floor plans, many newer homes do not have a formal dining room. Decorating a formal dining room or a dining area in a traditional style is a lovely way to create a special feeling for family gatherings and holiday meals.

This dining room has many lovely traditional design features that give it a formal feeling. You can capture the formal feeling even if your dining room opens onto your kitchen or entryway. Painting the walls or a focal wall is one way to give your dining room a formal or traditional feeling. Installing molding is an easy DIY project. Embellishing the area below the chair rail with molding or batten and board can bring traditional style to the wall.  Painting the area below the chair rail a lighter color than the wall above would be another very traditional element.

Traditional style dining chairs and table are a must for a formal dining room.  The style of these chairs is a classic choice. Other formal touches could be added in wall sconces or a chandelier above the table.  Curtains to frame the window give the window a finished look.  Even panels flanking the large window would work, too.  An area rug under the table is also traditional element that would add pattern and color to the room.

Cookie Decorating Party

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16228315_SCookie decorating is a great holiday activity for the kids, your friends, and pretty much anyone involved.  Make it a cookie decorating party!

Baking Cookies: You could bake the cookies the night before so there’s less hassle the day of the party.  Another option is to have everyone bring his or her own special batch of cookies so you have a variety of holiday cookies.

Decorating Stations: Have everyone pick a few cookies and set up stations so people can get up and move around to mingle with everyone.  Set up an icing station with multiple icing colors in containers, a sprinkles space, and an area for miscellaneous cookie decorations.

Include the Kids: Set a table up just for the kids with all of the essential decorating tools in the middle so everyone can enjoy.  If you keep the cookie decorations in one place it helps with the clean up, too.  Put down a plastic tablecloth or one that you won’t mind getting a little dirty, just in case.

Adults Only:  If you would prefer a more grown up approach to the cookie decorating party, just add a drink station for adults only.

Cookie decorating is fun for everyone!  To make the party a little more interesting, have a prize for the best-decorated cookie at the end of the night.  It’s always nice to see your friends and families’ creative talents on a delicious cookie that can be devoured in a few bites!  We hope you’re enjoying this time of the year!

Beginning the Design Process with Samples

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Imagining a new room or remodel is part of the fun. While choosing finishes and materials can be overwhelming at times, looking at samples can be one of the most enjoyable things about the design process.  Walking into one of our stores is like walking into a candy store for a kid.  There are so many beautiful options and infinite combination possibilities await.

If you are redoing a house, a room or just adding new flooring for the holidays, getting samples is a must.  Having some idea of what you are looking for before you go to the store is also a must. Pull together ideas online on a Pinterest board, magazines, or create your own workbook here. Knowing what direction you want to go in will save you time and sometimes money on your project.

Setting a budget and accounting for overages should be done before you begin to look at materials. Most home projects will go over budget—so account for overages in your initial calculations. This is another reason samples are important. Being able to take home a carpet, wood floor, tile or even upholstery sample can save you time and money in the end.  It allows you to visualize your room better. Making the wrong decision in material, size, or color can be an expensive error.  If you want to decorate or remodel your home for holidays, we’ve got an amazing holiday offer going on now until December 9th, 2012!  Here is more detailed information for your Holiday Home Makeover.

If you are working on multiple surfaces, pull all your samples together so you can see how the different materials work together or don’t work together.  Paint, flooring, upholstery and tile samples can give you a sense of the overall design in a small format.  You can also try out our Virtual Room Designer to help envision your room with all of these elements.

Last Minute Holiday Details

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Hopefully your Christmas shopping is done, cards and Christmas letters mailed and presents wrapped. If you are fortunate enough to be the one hosting a holiday dinner this season we have a few last minute ideas for details that will delight your guests.

Dress up candles with greenery.

Mini boxes filled with chocolates and decorated with scrapbooking supplies are a nice favor for guests to take home at the end of the evening.

Create a personalized place setting for each guest. This pinecone theme is easily accomplished with a few craft supplies.

Make your own party poppers. Fill them with wrapped chocolates, tiny cookies or gift cards.

Dress up your chair backs with paper cones filled with flowers.

Adorn your buffet table with bead garland and greens. Use safety pins to hold the garland in place.

With just a little extra effort you can make this year a holiday to remember.

Setting A Stylish Table

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All your guests have RSVP’d. You have been through all your December Bon Appétit magazines to get recipes for the perfect Christmas feast. Your local wine merchant has paired wine for each course. It looks as though Martha helped decorate your home. The last thing on your to do list is to set the table. Check out these great ideas for a stylish tabletop.

Glass Christmas ornaments in containers make quite a statement. Use a patterned tablecloth with the same colors.

Gold, gold and more gold! Keep all other colors neutral and you will create a most elegant setting.

Don’t forget your chandelier can be your centerpiece. Look at the drama that was created in this room.

Add a pop of color that isn’t traditional. See how this use of pink and unusual place settings makes this a very contemporary table.

It’s easy to set a beautiful table that will complement your wonderful hospitality. Happy Holidays!

Hanging Christmas Lights

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If you are like most of us you may have hung your outdoor Christmas decorations over Thanksgiving weekend. Or maybe you didn’t. Maybe you put it off until now because you didn’t want to deal with the ladder, the weather and untangling the mess of lights from last year. There is no time like the present to overcome all of those obstacles and get the outside of your home looking perfect for the season.

Gather all the items you will need to begin your outdoor lighting project. The ladder, extension cords, timers, clips, hooks and clamps, power stakes, work gloves and a few basic tools like a hammer, a screwdriver and some pliers. It’s also a great idea to measure everything you want to adorn with lights. Also measure the distance to each power source. It’s a pain, but so worth it.

Decide where you want to hang your lights. Some of the most popular spots to hang lights are on the eaves of your home, or along your roofline. Atop bushes, hedges and trees. On pillars, posts and railings. Around windows and doorframes. Near driveways and pathways.

Unwrap all lights and untangle cords. Swear to yourself that this year you will put them away neatly. Test each light strand before you hang it. Replace burned out or missing bulbs. Toss any light strand with fraying cords. Hang your lights during the day as climbing a ladder in the dark is not very safe. If you can, bribe someone to be your partner. Hanging lights goes much faster with a buddy.

The rule of thumb for how many lights you need is 100 lights for every foot and a half that you want to cover. A 6-foot tree would therefore need 400 lights for the basic lighting. If you want to get a little more ‘blingy” you can double or even triple the amount of lights you use.

Should you need to purchase additional lights for you project make sure you pick outdoor lights, as indoor lights are not meant for the elements. If you can spring for LED lights you should. LEDs are more costly to purchase, but they’ll save you money in the long run. They’re 90% more energy-efficient and last thousands of hours longer than comparable incandescent bulbs. Icicle lights are great for rooflines and eaves. Net and blanket lights make it easy to cover bushes and shrubs.

Start high and work your way down. For safety reasons never connect more than three light strands together. After you’ve hung your third strand go back to your power source for your next set of lights. Use clips to attach lights whenever possible. Please don’t hammer or staple through cords as this can cause damage to the light strand.

And viola – you are no longer the only Grinch on the block without Christmas lights. Take your buddy out for a beer and breath of relief that your holiday decorating project is done.

There Is No Place Like Home For The Holidays

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A roaring fire, chestnuts roasting, cookies baking in the oven and snow falling outside. Yes, it’s holiday time again and you know what that means. Your family is about to descend on your home. Now is the time to make those home improvements that have been on your to-do list forever. Rest assured, we have your back and even better, we have several great products on sale!

The Distinctive Laminate flooring collection from the Allure Collection is a great way to add value to your home. Laminate flooring brings a rich and elegant look while it “lives” worry free. This beautiful alternative to traditional hardwood flooring is perfect for anyone who is budget conscious, time crunched and style savvy.

Have you been dreaming of brightening up the backsplash in your kitchen, or adding a pop of color to your bathroom? Glass tiles are the perfect way to add a new design element. They can be mixed and matched with any ceramic wall tile to add depth and interest to your chosen area.

Carpet tiles are perfect for a basement or rec room are also being featured during our Holiday Sale. They can also be replaced by individual tile, so no need to replace the entire room’s worth of carpet! How great is that?!?

To learn more about how to make a few home improvements before the holidays please visit us and see our great holiday deals! We are here waiting to help make your home more beautiful than ever – just in time for those delicious family dinners, caroling and decking the halls.

Holiday Home Décor

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The holiday season is filled with different activities that only come around once a year. Decorating for the holidays should be fun, not a chore. Keep the following tips in mind when decorating your home for the festive season!

1. Don’t procrastinate: The longer you wait to get your decorating complete, the less time you have to enjoy your hard work. Don’t spend more time planning and shopping than you actually do decorating. An abundance of planning and shopping makes you tired before the real work even starts. Don’t over think your decorating plan, this type of decorating is temporary. Make your life easy, don’t take it too seriously and have fun! Make putting up and taking down holiday decorations a family affair tradition. Things will get done faster. When families accomplish tasks as a team, it brings them closer.

2. Focus: When decorating, start with a focal point. Rooms naturally have an area that is seen first by viewers due to architectural details and their locations. Larger rooms can have more than one focal point. When you begin, start with decorating the room’s natural focal point (for example: the fire place, windows, and built in bookcases with decorative moldings). Keep in mind that the whole room does not need to be decorated. Focus on what people notice and spend your time on those areas. Don’t create too much work for yourself!

3. Get inspired: Holiday color schemes are not restricted to the typical red, white and green. Use creative color schemes using bright colors in combination with a metallic color such as silver and/or gold (for example: green, purple and silver). Fresh new looks are exciting and notice-worthy. Have some fun and take some risks!