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It’s a never ending problem, isn’t it? You clean out your pantry, your junk drawer, your hall closet and in a few weeks time it looks as though you did nothing. Many of our readers ask us how to eliminate clutter. Today we have some creative and cute ideas about how to repurpose common items and turn them into clever household storage solutions.
Shoe clutter and closet disarray is an all-too-common problem for those of us with shoe addictions. Conquere the dilemma of storing an abundance of shoes by creating a chic shoe bar that puts your favorite pairs on display and offers a vertical space-saving solution. The best part? No hammering or drilling required. To make, use lightweight polyurethane decorative molding cut into 24-inch-long strips. Paint them to match your bedroom’s palette. Attach them to the wall with removable picture-hanging strips. Each bar can hold three or four pairs of heels.
To keep your bracelets and necklaces nice and tidy, look no further than the garage. You would be surprised at how well a vintage rake head keeps necklaces untangled and hanging beautifully on the wall.
As babies transition to toddler beds, the cribs inevitably make their way to the attic or garage to take up space and collect dust.A new use for a child’s crib railing that is functional, space-saving and stylish, too: a clean-looking vertical magazine rack. Not only can you use the rail for magazines, but also for quilts, towels and wet laundry.
We can never have too many ideas when it comes to organizing and displaying jewelry. If you’re not short on storage space, reserve a vanity or dresser drawer just for holding bracelets, necklaces and rings. Use antique china teacups and soup bowls in lined drawers. Each dish serves as a perfect way to separate small pieces like rings, earrings and brooches.
If you’re not sure what to do with those tiny nooks around your house or apartment, then we have a solution to ensure they get used to their full potential. By using a tension rod from an old window treatment and some simple shower curtain rings, you can turn those once “dead” spaces into prime real estate for storing handbags, kitchen utensils, accessories and more.
Cute ideas, right? If you have any other brilliant storage solutions please share them with us on our Facebook page.
Yes, you want to add ceramic tile to your home. Easy, right? Have you ever stopped to consider that ceramic tile has been around for centuries. Since we are keen on history, here is a condensed historical account of tile.
The word tile come from the latin word ‘tegula’ and its french derivative ‘tuile’ which means “a roof tile of baked clay”. The english word ‘tile’ is less precise, for it can be used to describe any kind of earthenware slab applied to any surface of a building. The word ‘ceramic’ comes from the greek word ‘keramos’ meaning pottery. It is also related to an old sanskrit root meaning ‘to burn’.
Historically, man has always wanted to add beauty to living spaces. To that end, tile has been in existence for over 4,000 years. Beautiful tiled floors have been found in Egyptian pyramids, the ruins of Babylon and ancient Greek cities.
Decorative tile work was invented in the near east, where it has enjoyed a longer popularity and assumed a greater variety of design than anywhere else in the world. In Europe decorative tile work did not come into general use, outside of Moorish Spain, until the second half of the twelfth century. But when it did artists created tile mosaics in Spain and Portugal, maiolica floors during the rennaisance in Italy and tile iconography in England and the Netherlands. (Iconography means visual images, symbols, or modes of representation collectively associated with a person, cult, or movement – we had to look it up too).
In the beginning given that there was not much technology people used what nature could offer them: clay and water, baked in a furnace or simply dried in the sun. This is called “terracotta”, which literally means “baked earth”. As technology improved the technique of tile and its secrets of trade were safely guarded and orally handed from father to son and master to student. Each tile was hand-formed and hand-painted, so one can say that each tile was an individual work of art.
Today there are several types of tile – glazed, unglazed, mosaic, carved and modelled, sgraffito, glass and lustre painted. There are tile pictures and tile patterns. Tile can literally be used on any surface in your home.
If you interested in adding this type of art work to your kitchen, your bathroom or your floors, please let us help. After all, where else would one go other than Century Tile, when looking for a century of tile?
What makes a splash? Are you lucky enough to have a pool at your home, or are you thinking of installing a pool this summer. Should you have this project on your to do list, here are few examples of designer pools to inspire you.
This poolside defines the essence of tranquility. The illusion of concrete slabs floating effortlessly in the still pool mimics characteristics of a Japanese garden. At the rear of the pool, a 14-foot arc of fire highlights a curved stucco wall painted a rich green.
This tranquil space is highlighted by the interplay of light towers and water features, creating the perfect ambiance for entertaining or a serene retreat for solo relaxing. Light emitted from the towers is diffused by horizontal striations on the sides and a cascading waterfall down the front.
A glass-wall system seamlessly merges interior and exterior spaces, allowing the homeowners to enjoy both environments simultaneously.
Built-in stools surround a swim-up bar. Notice the hammock — the ultimate poolside accessory. The use of natural stone adds texture, contrast and a beautiful look to this pool.
Check out this use of refreshing colors and unique materials to accentuate this contemporary poolside. The pool is lined with blue and black iridescent 3M Quartz that pops against the white interior of the pool.
Don’t you suddenly feel like having a margarita and hanging out poolside?
Today’s post is a friendly reminder to those of you who have wood floors on how to maintain them. It’s easy to get sucked in to those commercials on TV that promise shiny floors. Yet in reality those products may actually harm the wood. Here are the rules:
Entrances are your first line of defense.
Place walk off mats or area rugs at each entryway to collect dirt and grit that might be tracked in. These tiny particles act like sandpaper and will scratch your floor.
Be sure to avoid using rubber-backed or non-ventilated mats or rugs as they can damage your floor. Instead use mats or rugs made especially for hardwood floors and remember to shake them out regularly.
In addition to entryways, remember to place mats in any areas where water may be splashed, such as near a kitchen sink.
Invest in these tools.
Buy a good quality broom and sweep your new floor regularly to pick up grains of dirt, dust and other particles.
A vacuum cleaner, without a beater bar, can be helpful in between planks and other hard to reach areas. Once dirt and grease are gone, buffing can help restore the luster of your hardwood floor.
Keep in mind these cleaning tips.
Cleaning techniques vary depending on the installation and finish of your hardwood floor.
For “Finish in Place” hardwood floors, we recommend using an 8”x14” terrycloth mop with a rotating head that makes cleaning corners, under cabinets and along base boards an easy task.
Spray a professional wood floor cleaning product recommended by us to safely remove tough stains and spills without dulling the finish of your floor.
Manufacturers of “Pre-finished” hardwood floors recommend their own specific products designed for their floors routine maintenance. Be sure to check with us as well about these cleaners.
All floors with a urethane finish should never be waxed and require cleaners that won’t leave a film or residue.
A hardwood floor cleaner is useful in removing occasional scuffs or heel marks. Merely spray some cleaner on a cloth and lightly rub the stained area. Sticky spots can be cleaned with a damp towel or sponge.
Do not use ammonia cleaners or oil soaps on a wood floor, as they will dull the finish and performance of your floor. These products will also affect the ability to recoat your floor later.
Since wood naturally expands when it is wet, never wet mop or use excessive water to clean your floor. Large amounts of water can cause the wood to swell and may cause your floor to crack or splinter.
Being a natural product, hardwood will expand and contract due to moisture level changes. Minimize water exposure to hardwood floors and clean up spills as soon as they happen.
Finally, protect against time, sun and traffic.
All hardwood floors will fade, darken or change shades over time. Exposure to sunlight will greatly increase this process.
Window treatments are recommended, as well as rotating area rugs and furniture regularly to allow floors to age evenly from UV exposure.
Cover furniture and table legs with protectors to guard your floor against damage. Take care when moving heavy objects across your floor to avoid scuffing.
Stiletto heels can cause dents and scratches that are not covered by your warranty. Love your pet but regularly trim their nails or claws to avoid scratches on the hardwood floor. The point here is to be cautious of sharp objects that may scratch or damage the floor.
A hardwood floor of beauty and pride can be yours today and tomorrow if you know how to care for it right from the start, clean it on a regular basis and schedule professional maintenance when that is called for.
Great patio design, beautiful hardscaping and savvy plant choices combine to create perfect outdoor spaces just in time for the warm summer months.
This terrace went from no-place-to-sit to the ultimate in a resort-like lounge and dining space. When evening comes, the area turns into an extra-comfy place to watch movies. A 3-D water feature and a fire pit table complete the ambiance.
This is a dream outdoor space for a gourmet cook. While this kitchen can accommodate big gatherings, there are still places to lounge in shade or sun.
It’s hard to imagine that this Tuscan-style courtyard used to be nothing more than an empty gravel space. New stonework, a bubbling fountain, lush plantings and decorative finds resulted in a picturesque and very livable outdoor space.
This two-tier, curved bluestone patio coordinates beautifully with the home’s color and architecture. This previous empty lawn is now an elegant space for dining, relaxing and informal entertaining.
Natural stone paving ties in with the home’s interior. Thanks to designing on the diagonal, this courtscape looks bigger than it really is. Built-in seating maximizes the space.
Come see how Century Tile can help with your outdoor patio flooring projects. And don’t forget to take a look at our tile specials!
Summer is here! While most of us would like to laze in the sun and just relax, there are still projects at home that need tending to. Here is a quick list of tips to keep your home, yard and hardscaping in shape for the warm months ahead – without too much effort.
Freshen the kitchen – each time you empty the trash spray your trash cans with an anti-bacterial solution. Keep a dryer sheet at the bottom of each can. It will absorb odors and spills.
In the garden – if you haven’t added mulch yet, now’s the time to do it. Put a one to two-inch layer of mulch on vegetable and flower gardens after plants have emerged in the spring to help conserve moisture.
Organize toys – sift through the beach toys, yard toys and recreational equipment, making sure everything is in good shape. If not, fix, replace or toss. And if you’re not using something, donate it now so other families can enjoy all summer long.
Inspect the roof – on a dry day, check your roof for missing shingles and damaged flashing. Inspect seals around vents, skylights and chimney for leaks. Repair as necessary. Look in your chimney to ensure that no critters have taken up residence.
Clean the shower – to remove hard-water scale or mildew on shower and faucet heads, soak them in vinegar. If the head isn’t removable fill a plastic bag with vinegar and position it over the faucet, taping the bag shut to let it soak.
Don’t forget the dryer vent – just as in winter, it’s time to move your dryer away from the wall and vacuum behind it. Remove the tube that attaches to the machine and clear out the lint. Finally, use a shop vac to clean the outside vent, too.
Repair railings and stairs – all steps, porches and banisters should be inspected at least once a year. Repair any place that shows signs of wear, loose nails or cracked boards.
Defrost the freezer – most freezers need a good defrosting and clean-out twice a year. Remove everything and store in a cooler. Throw away food older than six months. Defrost the freezer and use a gentle cleaning solution to wipe down the walls and door.
If you tackle one of these projects every few days, you’ll get this list done in no time and still be able to relax and enjoy the sun.
Remodeling or updating a bathroom is one of the best ways to increase the value of your home. Even small changes, such as replacing lighting or do-it-yourself tile, will yield big returns. Here are a few design ideas to turn your blah bathroom into something fabulous.
Vessel sinks are gaining in popularity due to their high-end look and increasingly affordable prices. There are literally thousands of styles and materials available including porcelain, glass, stone, copper and even polished wood. Before selecting a vessel sink, measure carefully to ensure that there is ample clearance at the front and back of your vanity to accommodate the vessel’s bowl.
Make a small bath feel more spacious by replacing the vanity cabinet with a pedestal sink. If you have a lot of toiletries, you’ll need to add shelving elsewhere in the room to make up for lost storage.
If your bathroom is short on storage, add wall shelves above the toilet. They’ll keep toiletries within reach while providing a place to display a few decorative accessories.
Trim molding is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to quickly update the look of any bathroom. Add timeless appeal with wide crown and baseboard molding or install a chair rail, beadboard or paneled wainscot for a charming update.
Just as the right accessories finish your outfit, the perfect tile will rev up the look of your bathroom. Whether you choose sleek glass or opt for rustic natural stone, new tile will add architectural interest, color and texture.
Come into the store or visit our website and see how we can help with your bathroom project.
Check out these incredibly stylish bathrooms that are also “green” and eco-friendly.
Recycled glass tiles make this bathroom super chic.
A sustainable alternative to wood, bamboo makes beautiful cabinets and flooring.
Using storm-felled trees is another way to be eco-conscious with design.
Richlite, a paper-based fiber composite, and recycled glass mosaic tiles are used in this luxurious bathroom.
Add natural light via skylights.
For those of you who would like to add more eco elements to your bathrooms, please come into the store and let our staff help you with more design inspiration.
Spoil Dad and design an outdoor space to lounge or nap in the sun.
During the hottest months of the year, let the summer breeze pick you up with a swing on this hammock. Make your outdoor swinging bed even cozier by throwing a down comforter on top. It’ll be more comfortable in the summer, and will be warm enough to extend hammock season into spring and fall.
Ample throw pillows make these outdoor beds ideal for leaning back to take in the view. Flowering vines add color and charm.
Whether meditating or enjoying a cup of green tea, this daybed set amidst a bonsai garden is designed for ultimate relaxation.
This bed takes sleeping outdoors to a whole new level. Flannel sheets make the bed extra soft, while flowy curtains block stray sun rays and prying eyes.
An outdoor daybed is possible even in the city. If you’re an urban dweller looking for cushioned grass for your afternoon naps or picnics, this grass-filled daybed might just be perfect.
Have we given you some good ideas to make a relaxing retreat for Dad? Happy Father’s Day!