End of Summer Purging

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The end of summer is a great time to purge. Next thing you know the holidays are around the corner and you still have floats and noodles left over from summer. We tend to acquire more items during fall. We stock up on back to school items, new fall clothing and décor. Next thing you know, we need more space for holiday decorations and gifts. In this read, discover tips that will help you successfully purge items around your home.

First start by categories. It can be whatever needs the most attention, such as clothes, toys or pantry items. Take inventory of each category item throughout every room in the house. A good question to ask yourself if, “Do I have multiple items of the same thing?”. If so decide which one to keep and which item to donate.

Go through all important papers and digitize what is relevant, and shred what is no longer needed. You can either scan documents or simply take photos of them. Create organized folders on your PC so you can easily find any document you may need. This will free up a ton of storage space in your home! These important folders should be backed up. We recommend buying an external hard drive. This will allow you to back up your files and keep the hard drive separate in case something should happen to the computer.

Go through your pantry, cupboards and refrigerator. Check the expiration date on all items. Throw away anything that is expired. Items that are expiring soon should be used quickly or simply tossed. You will be surprised how many items that will end up getting tossed!

When you find yourself with a lot of free extra storage space, after a purge has taken place, do not simply look for a way to fill up the empty space. Keep that storage space free until there comes a time where you need to store holiday decorations or whatever may show up. Having free storage space available throughout the year will help you stay more organized as well as keeping clutter at bay!

Summer Color Trends

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This summer the hottest trend for interior colors are lemon yellow and lime green! Yes pair both of these brightly colored hues together. This color choice is perfect for a sizzling hot summer!

Lemon and lime are great for interior or exterior use. When paired together they brighten a room and actually energize it. One cannot help feeling uplifted and energized in a space that utilizes this fabulous color combination.

The best way to execute this color scheme is by using these two colors in the accessories, accent pillows, accent rugs, and table cloths. Lemon and lime can work for the spring and summer months, but they are not going to be very successful during fall and winter. That is why it is helpful to use items in these color tones that can be used seasonally.

The backdrop colors that work best for this color duo are white, cream, gray, orange or even seafoam blue. Stick with light colors for the background. Adding the lemon and lime colors to a dark brown can create too much contrast. This creates an overall look that is not fresh and energized, but overpowering instead.

Feel free to set out bowls of lemons and limes to further enhance this fun color scheme. There is nothing better than adding life to a room, than adding real fruits that do not spoil quickly. There is also the added bonus of making lemonade and limeade when it is time to use the produce.

Rooms suited best for this color combination is kitchens, bathrooms, dining rooms and living rooms. Avoid this color combination in bedrooms, as it is so energizing it will make it hard to sleep in the space.

Lastly this striking look also works well in an outdoor living space. Spruce up your outdoor living space with instant life and excitement by using lemon and lime colors!


Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

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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.



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 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!

Three Day Only Sale

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in About Us, Carpet, Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Design and Decorating, Events, Hardwood and Laminate, Installation, Natural Stone, Sales and Promotions, Summer, Tile

Three days only… Don’t Miss Our Free Labor Credit Event starting July  27, 2013 through July 29, 2013!

Here are some of the great offers going on this weekend:

  • Celebrate our Special Offers at all twelve Century Tile locations.
  • Get Free Labor & Pad on any carpet purchase*
  • In addition…For EVERY 100 sq. ft. of ceramic, stone, glass, wood or laminate you purchase, you will receive a $100 Labor Credit towards your Century Hard Surface Installation!**
  • Do a Backsplash Installation and get $25 minimum off on labor.  Buy 500 sq. ft. – get a $500 credit…buy 1,000 sq. ft. – get a $1000 credit.
  • Find deals of up to 20% off Quickstep laminate flooring or 10% off Century Distinctive hardwood or laminate flooring (solid & engineered hardwood flooring).
  • Amazing 10% off on ALL Dal-Tile products – stocked or special order!
  • Special 18 month no-interest financing available!

Don’t delay – these offers are only good through July 29th at any Century Tile location!

*For more details, visit any of our 12 locations.

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Our Customer Appreciation Sale

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in About Us, Carpet, Design and Decorating, Hardwood and Laminate, Natural Stone, Sales and Promotions, Summer

Going on for only three days this weekend from Saturday, June 22nd to Monday, June 24th 2013 we are holding our Customer Appreciation Sale!  Thank you to all of our previous, recent, existing, and future customers for all that you do!  We’re taking this opportunity to show you just how thankful we truly are for you!  Check out our Customer Appreciation website information, too!

Have a wonderful weekend and we hope to see you at any one of our many locations!

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Consider Environment in Your Outdoor Space

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Summer

Have you been considering updating or improving your outdoor areas? Many people are looking at environmental concerns along with functionality and design in their yards.

Using plants and trees that are native to the area helps to reduce problems of invasive species harming local wilderness ecologies. In water-limited regions xeriscaping – choosing plants that use less water – can make a real difference in the water cost of a landscape.

Another concern that is gathering attention involves the natural drainage patterns of a landscape. Using too much hardscape – patio and paths – can negatively affect the natural requirements of your outside areas. The solution may not be to limit your outdoor living space but to choose to include water-permeable elements.

This spa in Bali provides some ideas. The gravel naturally allows water to drain from the area into the soil while still providing a walkway with selected pavers or tiles. If you want a more straightforward patio, you could reverse this approach and have large squares of concrete, pavers or tile separated by narrow bands of gravel. This would be easier to walk on and for placing furniture while still providing a place for rainfall to drain.

Another option is taking a look at a wide variety of permeable surfaces currently available. In response to this concern, outdoor flooring experts have been creating options that resemble standard hardscape materials in appearance and function, but allow rainwater to drain through them.

When you’re ready to redo your outdoor living space, be sure to investigate these options to help the drainage patterns in your yard as well as your neighborhood’s environment.

Indoor Camping

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family, Summer

School vacation can mean traveling, visiting relatives or seeing sights. It may include swimming and other sports, time to play and picnics.

Here’s one fun idea that you can plan no matter what kind of weather you’re facing – a night of camping indoors.

Start with a tent that doesn’t need any posts to set up – no risk to your nice flooring. Bring some houseplants into sight and turn off all the lights.

Candles are too risky for children, but today’s LED lights are made to mimic candles of all sizes.

Have your children pack their own knapsacks with snacks and favorite toys. Add a few surprises for each child, including their own flashlights. Spread out sleeping bags if you have them or a pile of pillows, cushions and blankets will work.

Hotdogs and beans make for good camping fare. You may want to head outside to the grill for smores before bundling back to the tent for scary ghost stories before turning in. One of the best lessons you can teach your children is how to make their own fun rather than relying on movies, television and video games.

Have your children make a plan for the next at-home event. They’re not only developing their imaginations and planning skills, they’re making memories that will last a lifetime.