Choosing Your New Flooring

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If you are in the market for new flooring, you have came to the right place! Choosing flooring may seem like an overwhelming and daunting task, but we are here to make things a little easier for you. If you are struggling to find out where to start, we have the perfect guide. To choose what type of flooring you need, all you have to do is ask yourself our five flooring questions.

Five Flooring Questions:

Question # 1: What room do you need flooring for?
Different flooring will work better than others in certain areas of your house. For example, hardwood flooring may be a better option for your living room rather than your bathroom. Whereas, you may choose to use tile in bathroom but not in your living room.

Question # 2: What type of flooring material interests you most?
There is a large variety of different flooring materials available to consumers. Some basic flooring materials are hardwood, laminate, stone, tile or carpet.

Question # 3: What color flooring are you looking for?
Whether you want a neutral tone or a bold flooring color, you have the ability to choose from a wide range of flooring colors. You may want to choose a flooring color that ties into your overall decor of the room.

Question # 4: What type of activities will take place in the room?
You will need to take into account how durable the flooring needs to be in the space that is getting new flooring. For example, if it is a high-traffic area, you will want to take that into consideration and maybe look at buying laminate flooring. If the area is prone to moisture, you want to look at flooring that handles water well.

Question # 5: What size do you want the material to be?
Tiles and planks come in different sizes and you have the ability to choose what size material you would like in your room.

Do you have more questions that you would like answered? We have a knowledgeable staff ready to answer any question you might have. Feel free to stop into one of our showrooms or call us at (888-TileYou 845-3968). We also have an online flooring catalog available for your convenience. Take a look at what flooring we have available and let us know if you need anything. We look forward to working with you and making all your flooring dreams come true.

Things to Consider When Renovating

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The number one benefit of remodeling is to add more value to your home. Do some research on what improvements will help increase the value of the home. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have!

Upgrading to energy efficient doors and windows is always a good decision for adding value. Doing so will also help save on energy cost in the long run, which will benefit your family and add value to your home.

Fencing in the backyard is always a plus for any buyer. This keeps kids and pets safe, when playing in the yard. A fence also adds privacy, which is appreciated by all.

Renovating the kitchen and master bath will certainly add value to your home. Just make sure the selections you choose are not too wild or crazy. Upgrading the floors will always benefit any home owner.

Decide on an amount for your budget. Add in an extra 5-10% for unforeseen costs. Once you start opening walls up, there may be a problem that needs to be addressed. Never for a second think that unforeseen cost will not arise when doing a renovation.

In order to stay on budget, make a list of what needs to be done and what you want to get done. This will help you prioritize what work should come first. It is okay to do projects in increments. Tackle what needs to be done first and if funds are available then start on desired projects.

Document your possessions. Take photos of possessions and make notes about their value. Just in case a pipe should bust or something gets broken during the remodel, you can have insurance cover these items. It is better to be safe than sorry.

When doing a renovation stay positive and remind yourself that your lifestyle will be enhanced once the renovation is complete. Make smart choices and most likely recover the money spent, if you do decide to sell.

The Importance of Color

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Color is a very important tool in interior design.  Unfortunately, this is one area that many homeowners shy away from. The idea of using too much color can be overwhelming and many designs end up with an overall washed out feel.  Don’t be afraid to incorporate splashes of color into your own space!  Read below to find out how!

Both images above are photographs similar rooms. However, the two spaces are decorated quite differently. The first photograph is a success due to the use of color. The second photograph looks nice but is quite vanilla. It lacks excitement. Excitement and interest keep the eye moving around a space. When this takes place, details are noticed and the room feels complete to the people in it.

The sun inspired mirror has a gold/yellowish finish, which in turn ties together the bright yellow upholstery with the rest of the space. Choose art and accessories that tie together different colors of your color scheme!

The bright yellow adds life to the traditional space. This goes to prove that most design styles can and should be implemented with the use of color. If you are apprehensive to use color, consider selecting one powerful color and keep the back drop neutral.

All colors create a different result. Colors actually invoke different feelings in a person. Yellow, for example, evokes excitement and happiness. If there is a certain mood you would like to achieve within a space, do some research and find out what color will help achieve a your desired mood. For example if the plan for a room is to be a place of calm and relaxation, you can use soft blues or lavender hues.

Do not be afraid of color, simply plan ahead and experiment along the way!

8 Fabulous Ways To Wear a Plaid Shirt

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As school days approach and the weather starts turning colder, you may be looking through your fall wardrobe.  Bring some new life to your older pieces with these tips! 

Plaid shirts are such wonderful pieces to have in a wardrobe because they are funky yet classic, versatile yet relaxed. If you’ve never owned one it might be because the idea of trying to style one is intimidating. So much color and pattern! Or perhaps you’re convinced that there’s no way possible to make one look stylish or chic because they remind you of camping. Fear not! Peruse these ideas and you’re sure to find a few that will make you want to run to the store right now and buy a plaid shirt.

  1. Hip length plaid shirt, top it with a neutral cardigan with the sleeves scrunched just below the elbows and the cuffs of the plaid shirt flipped back over the cuffs of the sweater, skinny jeans, a chunky, flashy watch, and dressy flats.
  2. Hip length plaid shirt with sleeves neatly folded back to just below the elbow, buttoned up except for top two buttons, statement necklace and chunky bracelets, skinny dark denim, animal patterned pumps.
  3. Thigh length plaid shirt with cuffs loosely rolled back between elbow and wrist, black and white rock band t-shirt, high waisted cutoff shorts, funky black tights, bangles, and ankle boots.
  4. Hip length plaid shirt buttoned up and sleeves loosely rolled to just below the elbow, infinity scarf, skinny distressed blue denim, fancy flats.
  5. Form fitting, brightly colored plaid shirt buttoned up except for top two buttons, tucked into distressed indigo skinny jeans, chunky leather belt, pop colored suit jacket, statement necklace worn on the outside of the shirt collar, chunky ankle boots.
  6. Hip length plaid shirt with sleeves neatly folded back to just below the elbow, top it with a funky, textured vest in a neutral color, straight leg jeans with large cuffs at the bottom so your ankles show, light colored neutral booties.
  7. Oversized, boxy plaid shirt with ¾ length sleeves buttoned, loosely tucked into structured, flared skirt that sits at natural waist and is color coordinated with the shirt, black or dark navy tights, and pointy flats.
  8. Long sleeved, form fitting plaid shirt buttoned up except for top two buttons at top and shirt cuffs buttoned, tucked into dark denim whisker washed skinny jean, pop color skinny belt, statement necklace and ballet flats.

Smart Ways to Get Rid of Clothes After You Do a Closet Purge

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Sure, we’ve all donated clothes at some point, or had a garage sale and parted ways with old garments for a few bucks. If you’ve recently cleaned out your closet you might have discovered that many of the items you no longer want still have a lot of life left in them. Perhaps you even paid a lot of money for them and you can’t stand the thought of them ending up in a garage sale box. If so, consider these great suggestions.

Donate

“Old-reliables” such as Goodwill and ARC are always a great place to start. But there are some more specific organizations out there that would find women’s clothing especially beneficial. Look for career development organizations that empower underprivileged women to find stable, well paying jobs. They need career wear to help these women look their best on interviews and at work.

If you have beautiful gowns or dresses hanging around, look for organizations that serve underprivileged teens who have hopes of attending formal dances in high schools. Even if the dress isn’t the exact style they have in mind, it might be a great starting piece that can be reinvented at the hand of a crafty seamstress who donates her time.

You should also consider women’s shelter in general. They often provide haven for women and children who had to flee without the opportunity to bring along personal belongings. If you’re not sure where to find these organizations try online resources such as Charity Watch or Charity Navigator. Not only will you feel great about taking the time to find someone truly deserving, you can also keep a record and report them as a write off at tax time!

Host a fabulous swap party at your home or a local restaurant

The only imperative part of this is that you give everyone plenty of notice. Think about how much work it is to clean out your closet! Your guest will need enough time to get their closet purge project done before attending your party. Other than that, this is a super easy and fun way to de-clutter your closet. Simply invite everyone and serve a few goodies and beverages. Devise a basic system for the trade process and let the fun begin!

8 Creative Ways To Use Your Fireplace During Warm Months

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If you’re fortunate enough to have real, working fireplace in your home we say bravo! They are rare occurrences in newly built homes. But many older homes feature traditional fireplaces and wood burning stoves. During cold months the fireplace is often the central gathering point in the home, but once it goes defunct in the warmer months it seems like an out-of-place element that distracts from the harmony of a room. Rather than let it sit empty and looking a bit forlorn, we suggest trying a creative way to use it as an architectural feature. If you want to get especially creative with it, try more than one of these ideas at different times. For example, try #1 during Spring and Fall, and try #8 in the months between!

  1. Multi tier expanse of pillar candles
  2. For a special event arrange dozens of symmetrically aligned tea light candles
  3. A large, ornate flower arrangement that fills the majority of the space, both laterally and vertically
  4. Install a temporary curtain rod and hang a pretty curtain to cover the opening; opt for a solid color which will then serve as a backdrop for anything you’d like to set in front of it
  5. Using the wood that will go unused until it’s time to light fires again, create an interesting sculptural formation; refer to the game Jenga for inspiration
  6. A focal point piece of artwork on an easel
  7. Print a favorite photo on a stretch canvas frame that is slightly larger than the opening of the fireplace, then simply set it in front of the opening
  8. If you have a glass walled wood burning fireplace insert a tray the size of the base and plant a terrarium – when it’s time to use the fireplace again you can easily slide it out and display it elsewhere

Types of Floor Transitions

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When two rooms abut one another, it’s common to use different flooring materials in each one, such as a hallway or bedroom or a living room and bathroom. When this occurs, there needs to be a transition between the two different floors. This can help even out differences in height between the two, or merely make a nice looking shift from one type of flooring to the next. There are several different types of thresholds you can use for transitions depending on the area, doorway size, and flooring choices. One of these may suit your purposes.

Marble Thresholds

Marble thresholds make great transitions from bathrooms and other small rooms with tile floors out into the main area of your home. They come in many colors, and are usually between 4 and 6 inches wide. They have a very soft edge that creates a subtle transition between the two floors.

Wood Thresholds

If one of the two floors is made of wood, you can use a matching threshold made of the same wood for a smooth transition between the two rooms. Wood thresholds come in a variety of different widths and lengths, so you can use this in nearly any size doorway.

Tile Transition

If one or both of the rooms has a tiled floor, consider developing a tile transition. This is done by the installer who cuts down one of the floor tiles to fit the space. The edges may need to be bullnosed on site if one of the floors is higher than the other for a nicer shift.

Metal Transition Strip

Metal transition strips are an excellent choice for carpets, tile, wood floors, and for very modern homes. These thin transition strips are designed to protect the edges of the two floors from rubbing against one another, so the effect is subtle. The metal strips come in several different widths as well as different metal finishes and powder coats so you can make them as decorative or unobtrusive as you like.

Thresholds are important to make the transition from one floor to the next as simple and clean as possible. To get the best results, it pays to give the same level of attention to your thresholds as you do to your other flooring choices. 

What Are Some Ways to Make A Room Appear Larger?

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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. 

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.

 

The Top Benefits of Carrying Out Home Cleaning Regularly

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The home is a place where a person wants to sit comfortably and relax after the stress of a long day or week at work. The last thing you want to see when you come home at the end of a long day is to see dirt, dust and junk cluttering up your living space.  Not only does dirt and dust make it impossible to fully relax, they also have long term negative effects on the structure and value of your home.  Floors, walls, gutters, windows, sinks, everything must be cleaned on a schedule in order to promote a happy, healthy home.

Often times we don’t notice the slow and steady build up of dust and dirt until the ubiquitous season of spring cleaning.  Many people prefer to hire a professional cleaning service to help them start the spring and summer off with a deep clean for the whole house.  If you’re short on your budget, you can always make a list and work through the house on your own. 

There are many reasons to keep up on your cleaning schedule:

Preventing and mitigating damage:  When you are regularly wiping down surfaces, sweeping and moping, you are far more likely to notice the early stages of damage – cracks, fading, stains and the like.  You can easily address many of these issues when you catch them early.

Preventing Allergies: Many people are sensitive to dust and pollutants, so it stands to reason that keeping your house clean and dust free will go a long way towards mitigating the misery that seasonal and atmospheric allergens can cause.

Avoid Mold Attack: Moist and humid atmospheres support the growth of mold.  Not only is it unsightly and damaging to the surfaces of your house, mold also has a proven negative effect on your health. Cleaning and maintenance are the best cures for mold in your home.

Removing Pests:  There are some very tenacious bugs out there, ready to invade even the cleanest of homes.  Yet, taking away obvious sources of food and shelter for pests will go a long way towards stopping the invasion.  Regular cleaning will also betray their presence in the early stages, when the problem of pests is easy to deal with.

Improving The Appearance: It is always embarrassing to visit an untidy home – almost as embarrassing as having someone visit your own cluttered living space.  Regular cleaning will help you to avoid those issues and stop fearing the unexpected visitor.