Posts Tagged ‘family’

Invasion of the Toys

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family, Hints and Advice

6353050_SAnyone who has ever stepped barefoot on a Lego can tell you that toys can be painful. Keeping toys organized and up off the floor is a daily battle between you, the kids, and the toys. Sometimes it seems like the toys are winning. If you feel like your house has been invaded by toys set on taking over, you are not alone.

Kids’ bedrooms, family rooms, living rooms, stairs and bathrooms all seem to be prime gathering places for toys and small toy parts.  Somehow if you have hardwood or tile floors, the toys seem to scoot across the floors to be found in the most unlikely places like behind the bookcase or wedge in the far corner underneath the sofa, far from the reach of little arms.

Corralling toys can protect feet and make it safe to walk around your house in socks or bare feet again.  Having strategic storage throughout the house is a good idea. Bins, bags and boxes are great for keeping toys off the floor.  Storage ottomans and benches can double as toy bins and still be nice enough for company.

Now the toys just need to find their way into the storage. It would be nice if they could magically put themselves away at the end of the day, but unfortunately this isn’t going to happen. Giving points for being tidy and picking up after themselves can be a good way to instill neatness and organization. There is also bribery if all else fails.

Eliminate Clutter

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hints and Advice

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.

Let’s Hang Out Poolside

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Outdoor Living

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?

Decor – Outdoor Living Spaces

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Outdoor Living

We’re gearing up for BBQ season, but that doesn’t mean just grilling your dinner. Here are some backyard kitchens that may inspire you to cook an entire gourmet meal al fresco.

Italian inspiration – Look at this outdoor dining space that’s built around a wood-fired pizza oven. The trough cut from the center of the Italian-inspired marble table can be used to display cut flowers or chill bottles of vino.

Super fancy – A blown-glass vessel sink, marble counter tops and ornate accessories lend luxury to this outdoor kitchen.

Ultra Modern – In this kitchen the rough, organic feel of the stone walls mixed with stick-straight cabinetry give the space interest. A copper vent hood and built-in flat-screen TV add a wow factor.

Gather by the fire – An open-air chiminea is the heart of this backyard oasis. A gas grill and cook top gives the host ample food prep area, while the L-shaped bar creates room for guests to hang out with the chef.

Rooftop kitchen – This rooftop deck’s natural gas five-burner grill has stainless steel cabinets to store grill utensils and spices. A glass fence stretches in front of the adjacent seating area to preserve the city view.

Are you hungry yet? Let us help you get started designing your outdoor kitchen today.

Check Out the New Website

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in About Us, Century Tile News

Century Tile is happy to announce changes to to the store website. Designed to be easier to navigate, we encourage you to take a look.

We especially like the big buttons at the bottom. Now it is easier than ever to peruse the product catalog, sign up for savings (who doesn’t like that?) and view other tools that make purchasing flooring and doing home improvement projects a snap.

For you DIY peeps, you can check out where Pete the Pro is holding workshops on how to install tile. For those of you addicted to social media, you can connect with Century Tile on Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In. For those of you who want to shop online before visiting the showroom there is a link to our on-line store.

It’s also easier to get into the Design Center. In the Design Center you can take quizzes to help determine your decorating style, learn about products that will work best with your lifestyle and even create a notebook where you can take detailed notes, keep design ideas and a list of questions to ask one of our experts.

And finally, there is the Virtual Room Designer link. This is such a great feature. Simply upload a digital picture of your own room, and within 48 hours you will be able to decorate your room within our Virtual Room Designer tool. You can actually view how different floor coverings and paint colors can make your room look new again.

If you’re starting a project or if you are simply thinking about changing up a room in your home, please visit the website. We’re here to make it as easy as possible.

Bedroom Design Trends

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hints and Advice

Many times we spend most of our energy and money on design for the main rooms in our homes, the rooms that are public, that everyone sees. We urge you, however, to think about doing something creative in the bedroom. After all, at the end of the day our bedrooms are our sanctuaries, our retreat from the world around us.

Wall paper is trendy again! Here a metallic paint design on colored wallpaper creates a dramatic look for this contemporary bedroom. To balance the space, choose a neutral, solid headboard and accessories.

Make your bedroom as serene as possible. Create a retreat-like atmosphere with soothing and well blended colors. Light purples, creams and soft greens are very popular.

Bedrooms are becoming our home within our home, almost like a hotel suite-like retreat. The master bedroom is more than just a room to sleep in — it’s trending toward becoming an all-in-one space where you can complete daily tasks without ever leaving the confines of the bedroom. Convenient features are a master suite must-have. Coffee bars complete with mini refrigerators and espresso machines give new meaning to hotel-style luxury. Another handy addition are appliances. Washers and dryers located within the space allow the convenience of tackling laundry any time of day.

Gold is becoming the accent color of choice. See how these lamps to play up this room’s Asian flare without going overboard. The graphic shape and the gold adds a rich tone against the wallpaper and headboard.

And finally inject a big dose of style with a one-of-a-kind headboard. Having a custom headboard made is often cheaper than purchasing one. Bedding can be designed based on a high-end patterns or colors you love. There are always ways to get creative with fabric.

Do Something Nice For Mom

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Events, Family, Holidays

Mother’s Day is this weekend! Yes, that’s our reminder to you that you need to plan something special for Mom. And we have plenty of ideas!

You could do the typical breakfast in bed, or brunch in an overcrowded restaurant. You could send her to the spa (never a bad option) or get her some flowers. Our suggestion this year, however, is to do something unexpected and something that will last for years and years.

Come by the store and let Mom pick out tile for a new kitchen backsplash, or new countertops in the bathroom.

You could finally tear out that old carpet and install hardwood or laminate flooring. Likewise you could replace the carpet with something luxurious and stain resistant.

You could promise to paint that accent wall that Mom has been wanting for years and years.

You could install a flagstone patio and brighten it with container gardens full of Mom’s favorite herbs. Or even just clean off the winter dust and debris and cook Mom an al fresco dinner.

You could power wash the outside of the house, and have the windows professionally cleaned. Window cleaning, we are sure, is not one of your mother’s favorite things to do.

Least of all because our mom’s are super busy, you could make her day by deep cleaning the house, or steam cleaning the carpets, or tackling those chores that she hates.

Whatever you decide to do, we wish your Mom Happy Mother’s Day!

 

Rock the Newest Decor Color Trends

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hints and Advice

Spring is the perfect time to give your home a fresh look. From serene shades to vivid hues, we have 8 color schemes you’ll want to try this season.

Liven up traditional design with the hottest spring colors. The brightly colored wallpaper for this formal dining room features two spring-inspired hues: turquoise and tomato red.

Don’t shy away from color this season. Pair classic red with hot pink for a bold bedroom design. By using gold and cream in the bedding and wallpaper, these vibrant shades don’t overpower the space.

Spring hues are ideal for a girl’s bedroom. This polka-dot pillow was the inspiration for a focal wall in a girl’s room. Damask fabric in apple green complements the vivid pink wall, while a white headboard and bedding give the space a crisp, fresh look.

One of the most appealing shades of spring is the deep blue found in this bedspread. It’s combined with other favorite hues, like tomato red, turquoise and apple green, to create an energetic and bright design.

Bring light into your room with a vivid yellow. From the circle artwork to the upholstered footboard, every item in this room has a touch of sunshine.

And there you have it – how to rock spring’s trendiest colors in your home!

Colors of Spring Sale

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in About Us, Carpet, Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Hardwood and Laminate, Kitchen and Bath, Pete the Pro, Sales and Promotions

Spring is here and you know what that means – it’s the Colors of Spring sale at Century Tile.

Mohawk hardwood flooring, dal tile stone, glass and ceramic and Smartstrand carpet by DuPont are all discounted. If you missed the Good Buy to winter sale it’s not too late to still update your home and save money.

If you have been thinking of installing new carpeting in your children’s rooms, play room, or basement think about Mohawk Sorona Smartstrand Carpet. This carpet is stain resistant, super soft to the touch and it has built in protection that will never wear or wash out.

If you have been wanting to update your kitchen or bath by adding a tile back splash or a new tile design in your shower, dal tiles in glass, ceramic and stone are 10% off.

And, if part of your home improvement wish list includes adding hardwood floors then you are also in luck. Select hardwood Mohawk flooring in a variety of widths and colors are up to 20% off.

Family owned and operated since 1947, Century Tile has 12 locations throughout the Chicago area. Century carries the Midwest’s largest in-stock selection with over 10,000 styles and colors of flooring. Our size and buying power allows us to offer you the best selection of products at the lowest price and best value. And if that isn’t enough we also offer design resources and classes by Pete the Pro!

Come down to the store and see how you can add value to your home and save money in the process.

 

 

Wet Pool & Dry Floors – Can You Have Both?

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hints and Advice, Tips

Do you enjoy having a pool in your backyard but worry about all that water dripping on your nice floors? If you were able to include a bathroom with patio access, you can use that as an airlock – having everyone shower, dry and dress before heading into the rest of the house. However, if you don’t have that available, there are other choices.

Putting in an outdoor shower can give you many of the benefits of a pool bath. If you can design some privacy in, people can shower, dry and dress before going into the house. This is a perfect opportunity to install a solar hot water heater. It will provide plenty of heat on warm sunny days when the pool is in demand.

Another option is simple management. Have everyone towel down and stay outside long enough to dry off before coming into the house. If you make sure to have nice patio furniture and cold drinks and maybe even snacks outside, this will not be a burden on family and friends. On warm days, 15 minutes or so will probably be the most that’s needed.

One solution will address the worst of the problem but it’s more than a bit of work. If you place washable rugs or folded towels outside the patio entrance and inside the house for seven or eight feet you will capture most of the drips before they hit your floors. Of course this involves making sure towels and rugs stay dry enough to work and get laundered regularly.

The best way to look at this situation and find solutions is with the help of the whole family. It’s best to talk together to determine what will work best for all of you. After all, you want to make sure that your pool is a source of fun rather than contention.