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Did you ever enjoy apple chips as a child? The crispy snack is a great healthy treat for both adults and children – and can bring a nostalgia for fall any time of the year. Rather than purchasing this item (at a very high price!), make them at home. This is a wonderful fall activity with children. Apple prices are low and a wonderful bonding experience between generations! You may find yourself eating these delectable chips almost as fast as you make them, so plan for plenty!
What you need:
Slice apples into thin slices about 1/8 of an inch. Leave the skin and core intact. The skin is healthy and the core makes a pretty design in the center of the apple chip.
Soak apple slices in a bowl of water. Use 2 cups of water and add ¼ cup of lemon juice. Let slices soak for 30 minutes. The lemon juice will prevent the apple from turning brown.
After soaking, pat the apple slices as dry as you can get them. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and arrange the apple slices on the baking sheet. Dust the slices with cinnamon and then use a basting brush to rub cinnamon on the entire slice.
Move the oven racks to the 2/3 from the bottom and 2/3 from the top. Place cookie sheets on the racks and bake for an hour. After an hour remove from oven and turn chips over. Return to the oven for another hour.
A great way to enjoy these is cuddled under a cozy blanket or near a warm fire. Turn on your favorite movie and snack on apple chips rather than popcorn. These are also wonderful enjoyed with a big mug of hot chocolate! Don’t forget the marshmallows!
- Purchase tall metal wire baskets and an ample supply of small pumpkins. Place a tall arrangement of fall leaves, willow branches, and twigs inside the basket. Hold the arrangement with one hand and use the other hand to fill the basket with the small pumpkins. They will serve as an anchor to keep the foliage arrangement in place. Because the basket is wire the pumpkins will also be visible!
- Replace old, boring porch light fixtures with lantern style light fixtures. Lanterns are perfect for fall themes.
- Set a bale of hay on one side of the porch. Place pots of mums on it and at the foot of it. Fill in any gaps with appropriately sized pumpkins.
- Display a unique wreath. Rather than the standard, round, store bought wreath, make your own. Find a large, twiggy branch in the front or back yard. Purchase a strand of fall leaves from the craft store. (Real fall leaves will disintegrate too quickly to get longevity out of your wreath.) Use floral wire to twist, weave, and attach the leaves to the branch. Tie a bow at the base of the branch, with the ribbons trailing onto the foliage. Hang on the front door.
- When Halloween approaches, maximize your display by working with the theme. Insert witch’s brooms in tall planters and containers, and then attach bats and ghosts to the siding of the house on either side of the front door. A few days before Halloween, carve a few of the pumpkins and set them on the porch floor, forward of the other décor and illuminate each night.
- Make good use of an old wooden ladder by using it as a display stand. Stack pumpkins, gourds, and small flower pots on the rungs. Fill the small pots with tiny pumpkins. If you’re creative, paint the flower pots in fall colors before putting them to use. Slide large planters underneath the ladder and fill them with mums or fall foliage. Nearby, set a small bale of hay on the porch floor, and place a square of plywood on top to convert the hay bale to a table. Set a wicker chair next to it.
There are many ways to play with pattern in area rugs. There will be patterns that work perfectly in your space. After considering the size, shape, existing colors and design of the given room there are still endless patterns for you to choose. In this post we will talk about three carpets and how they might work for specific types of interior design in your room.
This first area rug will look great in a room that has a retro feel or can be used in a more formal room to add a bit of fun to the design. It feels vintage because of its use of shades of brown which harken back to the sixties and seventies interior design aesthetic. The colors in the carpet are neutrals which gives it versatility and will work well with almost any color palette.
This second area rug is a little more modern in nature. This would work well in a room with white modern furniture and metal fixtures or accents. It is minimalistic in design with a modern abstract pattern that adds visual interest without having to use a more traditional pattern. It’s use of black and white with a pop of deep red create continuity in the narrative for minimalism.
This third area rug is one that demands attention. It has a classic feel, and is able to fit into almost any room’s color scheme. But it’s pattern is powerful and complex. The fanning of the design that surrounds its circular interior creates visual interest, pulling the eye inward. This is a rug that works well in a room with a strong visual center, such as a dining room table or bed.
These are just three interpretations of area rugs for your space. This is simply a demonstration showing ways to think about their characteristics. This should help with the decision when choosing the best area rug for your room. If you liked any of these three carpets in particular, you can find them on our website Century-Tile.com
Have you ever thought about finding a decade or era whose style and home decor resonate with you? Sometimes a fresh perspective and a new approach can help reinvigorate a redesign. It can be very hard to make a decision if you don’t know where to start and this can oftentimes stall your projects. But with a little help, these design ideas might help you get started again with a better idea of what you want to do.
One way to do this is to not feel boxed into just one era per room—feel free to play with mixing different eras to create a more layered look. Rustic dark wood and cabin like touches of decor can harken back to large hunting cabins and a more simple type of living. The addition of sleek modern technology such as a built in stainless steel stove in the kitchen or more modern pieces of furniture can keep your room from feeling dated.
Conversely, you could try using a light to gray wood flooring with wider planks and a matte finish can create a wonderfully modern look to your room. Retro pieces such as a brightly colored antiques from the 60’s can keep your modern design from feeling cold and lifeless. You might even try a rug with color and design that keeps the modern design feeling fresh and from falling flat.
The other approach is to commit to a decade entirely—if you have always loved the roarin’ 20s and want to go all out in recreating the decade you could try creating a bedroom that drips of the decade’s decadence and flapper style. Liven up the room with a decadent chandelier for lighting. Add a beautiful vanity with large mirrors. The possibilities are endless and this is just an example for one decade in particular.
There are so many ways to use the styles of eras or decades past to put together a design for your room that will tell a story or add more layers to your rooms final look. Try to think about what your style is and research past design trends to see if there is something out there for you that you didn’t even know existed.
To update your flooring to match your era-inpsired design visit our website at Century Tile for ideas and concepts.
Fall seems to be the coziest season of the year! Capitalize on its inherently comforting qualities by decorating your front porch with traditional fall decorations. People will feel instantly at home before they even walk through the front door!
- Create a display that includes the numerical part of your address. At the craft store, buy large metal or wooden numbers. So, let’s say your address is 5564. Buy two fives, a six, and a four. Attach each one to a white pumpkin. Fill a large whisky barrel with the leaves and foliage you collect after cleaning up the yard. Stack the pumpkins on top of each other on the foliage in the barrel to display your numerical address. If you buy wooden numbers try painting them first with fall colors that coordinate with the color of the exterior paint on your house.
- Set a distressed, weathered, wooden chair and table on the porch. On the table place a pot of mums. On the chair set an arrangement of pumpkins and pinecones. On the porch floor, at the foot of the table and the chair, set another large pot of mums and an oversized pumpkin.
- Set a large, tin watering can on the porch and use it as a ‘vase.’ Fill it with tall sprigs of fall foliage. Next to it place a large, medium, and small pumpkin. At night, include an outdoor candle to illuminate things. Try citronella if you live in an area prone to mosquitoes.
- Frame your front door with a large, trailing, fall foliage garland. Hang a fall wreath on the door. If you like Halloween, the wreath is a great way to incorporate the theme. Place one tall tin planter on each side of the door. Weight it with rocks at the bottom and place tall corn stalks inside.
- Decorate mini pumpkins with fall themed ribbons tied around the stem. Use them to fill up a flower planter that attaches to the wall of the porch. Display the pumpkins rather than flowers in the planter.
- Replace the summer patio furniture. Put away the wrought iron and glass table, as well as the metal chairs with warm weather cushions. In their place use wicker/rattan set of table and chairs. Drape a couple of the chairs with throws that can withstand being exposed to the elements.
Gallery walls are becoming increasingly popular. This technique is best explained as a wall with art and photos, similar to the look of an art gallery. The concept is great for family homes because it gives you a way to display the many family photos that accumulate over the years. It is also ideal for people that have ample art to display. Find out how to successfully pull off this technique!
Groupings of art or photos need to be tied together so that it doesn’t give the appearance of a chaotic mess. There are several ways you can tie the different photos or art together.
Coordinate colors. Group together similar colors together. You can mix art and photos together by grouping subject matter, relative by color scheme. For example group black and white photos with line drawings, pencil and charcoal art. The relative component in the relative component is the colors is black and white. Use the same color frame if possible.
Family photos generally have many different colors within them. Keep the gallery wall in unison by selecting the same color frames or the same frames in different sizes. If you wish to use all different photo frames, consider using the same type of photos, such as organized by age (children’s photos as they grow are a great example). This will keep the gallery wall harmonious while using an eclectic group of frames.
Gallery walls art or photos are either hung in symmetrical groupings or asymmetrical groupings. If the subject matter is a mixture of art and photos keep the grouping relative by hanging frames in a symmetrical layout. If the grouping of art’s subject matter is relatively simplistic; choose an asymmetrical layout. This will add interest to your gallery wall.
The key to a successful gallery wall is to have a common element throughout the grouping. This can be achieved by coordinating color schemes of the subject matter, frame selections or the layout style of the grouping. Choose one of the above techniques to unite your gallery wall!
Fourth of July is right around the corner and while the invitations may have already gone out for your Fourth of July party, now comes the planning. It may not be the most enjoyable part of throwing your party but if you plan ahead in a few strategic ways you will be able to remove most of the stress that comes with hosting a party.
The first thing to tackle is the food. Plan on providing a few of the main dishes, such as barbecue or hamburgers and hotdogs. Grab the meat and buns and condiments necessary for this and then let your guests know that it will be potluck style. Ask each guest to bring one thing, such as side salads, potato salad, deviled eggs, chips, baked beans, and the like. This will take a significant amount of preparation off of your table and allow you to devote your time to all other aspects of the party.
Next you will want to think about decor. There are great ideas to find online if you want to craft for your party but it never hurts either to raid the dollar store for some red, white, and blue napkins, plates and small decorations. Don’t go too overboard with it though, otherwise it can come across as a bit over the top. Keep it tasteful, and be sure to string up some lights if you haven’t already for ambient lighting.
Finally, prepare the entertainment for the night. Purchase a couple of rounds of sparklers for everyone to light up in celebration of the holiday. Create several playlists for your guests to enjoy in the background ahead of time so that when the day comes you aren’t having to scramble back to your phone whenever a song comes on that isn’t appropriate for the occasion. You can also grab a few lawn games for your guests to enjoy, such as bocce ball or corn hole. These games are a sure hit.
Now that you’re prepared for your Fourth of July party, let yourself enjoy it. The preparation you’ve done will allow you to sit back and relax with your guests as we celebrate the day of our country’s independence.
This goes without saying but let’s do it anyway. This space is not for the faint of heart! It’s daring, stark and edgy. But the beauty of it is that none of those attributes detracts from the fact that it is also very sophisticated. Furthermore, it has exceptionally artistic vibe, much like an art gallery. Not sure what the heck one would do with this sort of idea? It’s an ideal concept for a brooding artist, a serious corporate business executive, a big-city dweller, or someone who loves a clean feeling! You get the idea…
For purposes of this post we’ll focus on using it to achieve a modern décor with a sophisticated twist in a city loft. To do so we are going to break the elements of the room down in sections because it’s often easier to understand them that way. If you happen to be a novice, this approach will make learning our design a breeze! Just read the bullet points for each aspect of the décor and extract what works best for your personal vision.
The color pallet: Steel Grey, Cranberry, Blood Orange, True Red
What makes the colors work well together?
- One dominant shade that is highly saturated – red in its various forms.
- Gray that feels slightly unharmonious with the red. It gives the red a visual immediacy.
- White serves as the much needed visual relief – a place for the eye to rest among the strong relationship between the red and gray.
What makes the design sophisticated?
- Straight lines
- Geometric shapes
- Limited use of pattern
- Glass and metal
- Massive piece of bold artwork as the focal point
What makes the room glamorous?
- The incorporation of white
What makes the room versatile?
- It works well for both a masculine or feminine aesthetic
If you long for a sense of warmth and peace you might want to consider turning one of the rooms in your house into a country library. This style is also known as primitive because it relies on simple, old fashioned furnishings inspired by the Americana aesthetic of yesteryear. You’ll frequently find rough textures, and saturated color that’s been artistically treated to look muted.
Items such as braided rugs and quilts will be casually lying around, and table-and-chair sets are usually sparse wood pieces geared more toward function than comfort. Practicality was a big influence on country style inspired by early folk art, so something such as a table would have been viewed as a surface for the handiwork that was a prevalent part of life.
Creative pragmatism makes for a room that is comforting because it is humble yet feels entirely stable and reliable. With all that said, let us not forget that country primitive style is also fabulous and pretty in its own way, and you could certainly glam it up a bit if you so desired!
For purposes of this post we’ll focus on using it to achieve a rustic library. To do so we are going to break the elements of the room down in sections because it’s often easier to understand them that way. If you happen to be a novice, this approach will make learning our design a breeze! Just read the bullet points for each aspect of the décor and extract what works best for your personal vision.
The color pallet: Muted Jade, Rose Brown, Chocolate Brown, Muted Pink Lemonade, Matte Black
What makes the room inviting?
- Shelves full of old books
- A fireplace that dominates the space
- The rocking chair
- Large area rug
What makes the colors work well together?
- They are all muted to the same level of saturation as the neutrals and natural materials in the room
- Red and green are complimentary, and pink and jade are derivatives of these colors
- Though readily apparent, the pink and jade play second fiddle to the neutral colors, and this is appropriate in primitive style home decor
What makes the design country/primitive?
- Rocking chair and spindle leg table
- Old fashioned books and pictures on the wall
- A hearth
- Abundant texture