How to Remove Gravy Stains from Carpet

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Hot Brown Organic Turkey Gravy in a Boat

Let the festivities begin, Thanksgiving day is around the corner!  We thought we’d share some of our gravy stain removal techniques with you.  Hopefully you won’t have to use them; however, there’s always the possibility thatsomeone may drop their plate full of food on your carpet.  Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Century Tile!

Solvent – A non-flammable spot removal solution, or dry cleaning type solvent, is preferred. Exercise caution when using a solvent. Never pour it directly onto the carpet or allow it to reach the backing, because it can damage the latex that holds the primary and secondary backings together. Acceptable solvents include Carbona®, Energine®, K2R®, Goof-Off®, etc.

Detergent Solution – Mix one fourth (1/4) teaspoon of a liquid dishwashing detergent per one (1) cup of lukewarm water. NEVER USE A STRONGER CONCENTRATION! Thorough rinsing is necessary to remove detergent residues that may cause rapid soiling. It may be necessary to rinse with warm water several times to completely remove residues. (See Residue Precautions.) Care should be used in selecting a detergent. Never use a laundry detergent of any type, because laundry detergents may contain optical brighteners (flourescent dyes) that dye the fiber. Do not select an automatic dishwashing detergent because many contain bleaching agents that destroy dyes and some fibers.

Vinegar Solution – Mix one (1) cup of white vinegar per two (2) cups of water. White vinegar is a 5% acetic acid solution. It is used most often to lower the alkalinity caused by detergent solutions or alkaline spills.

Warm Water – Lukewarm tap water should be used in most cases to rinse the cleaning solutions from the fiber. Failure to completely rinse the solutions from the fiber may cause accelerated soiling.

Ammonia Solution – Mix one (1) tablespoon of household ammonia per cup of water. Please note: Be aware that ammonia, if used improperly, can cause a color change. Be sure to test a hidden area.

When in doubt, call a professional – Professional cleaners have the ability and the equipment to use more aggressive cleaning solutions to remove stubborn spills. Always consider consulting a professional cleaner regarding any spot removal question. Carpet and Rug Institute – 1-800-882-8846.

Crock Pot Honey Glazed Carrots

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We all want to feed our families less processed foods, so we have been experimenting with making meals and dishes, using as many natural ingredients as possible. Cooking with crockpots this time of year is easy and nice to have a hot meal waiting for you when you get home, as the weather is cooling. Using a crock pot requires little prep and is easy to clean up. All of this lead to the creation of our honey glazed carrots; which are a perfect side to meals on any occasion!

Ingredients:
2 Pounds Baby Carrots
¼ Cup Honey
½ Cups Brown Sugar
¾ Tsp. Ground Cinnamon
½ Cup Orange Juice – *Note, Squeezing fresh orange juice is a way to cut back the amount of preservatives in this dish.
¼ Cup Melted Butter
Instructions:
In a large mixing bowl add the baby carrots and then the honey. Mix well so that the carrots have an even coating of honey. Then add the brown sugar and cinnamon and mix contents well.
Transfer the contents of the mixture into the crock pot. Lastly add the orange juice and butter and mix. Cook on high for 3-4 hours; until the carrots are tender and easy to bite.

Enjoy!

Creating a Focal Wall Behind the Bed

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Do you want your bedroom to make a statement? In a bedroom, the focus should be on the bed as it is the feature of the room.  When designing a master bedroom, builders often create one long wall to accommodate a king-size bed and nightstands. If you tour older homes there may not be such an obvious place for a bed in the room. This is also the case for standard bedrooms.  Creating a focal wall in a bedroom will anchor the bed in the room.

This bedroom has a dramatic wall of padded leather panels behind the bed. The black leather creates a bold statement in the space and can help for sound control to ensure a full night’s rest.  The padded panels replace a standard headboard so that the entire wall feels like one great big headboard.  Neutral bedding and wood floors keep the eye on the feature wall.

One idea is making the entire wall behind the bed padded leather panels. If padded leather panels are too strong of a design statement for you, consider using paint, fabric, wallpaper or even tile to create a focal wall behind the bed. You can coordinate the wall and linen colors or use a contrasting color for the walls to help it really stand out. Pattern, color, and texture can all be used to create a fantastic feature wall.

Sometimes the best place for a bed in a room is in front of a window. The old rules of design said you should put a bed in front of a window, but today’s design rules are more adaptable.  If you do put a bed in front of a window, use the curtains to frame out the bed and window to create a focal wall.

What Can I Do With Children’s Artwork?

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If you’re like most families, you probably have a large stack of artwork that your children have created. Many people choose to display children’s artwork on their refrigerators however, this can get cluttered and messy fast. There are several other ways that you can incorporate your kids’ artwork right into the rest of your home’s décor, creating a much neater and more stylish way to show it off.

Picture Wire

Picture hanging wire is usually strung across the back of a heavy piece of artwork to enable you to hang it on the wall. This doesn’t mean, however, that this is the only think you can use it for. By inserting two eyelet screws into your walls, you can string the wire between them. Now just invest in some mini-clothespins or other clips and you can hang your children’s artwork on the wall anywhere in your home. There’s no tape or additional nail holes, and you can swap things out easily once the line gets full.

Temporary Frames

Purchase several unfinished photo frames. Now have some fun painting them in a variety of different colors. Hang them in a nice grouping on the wall and swap out your kid’s artwork in the frames. This helps show off their current art work and adds to your décor at the same time.

Posters

If your kids are particularly prolific, and you hate to take anything down, try scanning everything that they create into your computer. Now head to a photo printing site and arrange all of their artwork together into a large poster collage. Print the poster and have it framed; now you can show off hundreds of pieces of art work all at once. You can make several of these posters to hang around the house, and they all make excellent pieces of abstract and interesting art. Because you can’t quite tell what they are at first glance, they make great additions to gallery walls and other areas. Once you see them for what they are, they also become excellent conversation pieces as you discuss the many different elements within.

Decorating the Nursery

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Most parents-to-be today find out the sex of their baby before the baby’s arrival.  However, there is a strong minority who wait to know if they are having a boy or a girl until he or she arrives. Whatever camp parents-to-be fall into, decorating the nursery for baby is an exciting process.  And with all exciting projects, it can also be a little daunting.  Do you choose classic pink for a girl? Blue for a boy?  Or do you decorate in a more gender neutral color like yellow or green for future babies who may occupy the nursery? What if you have fraternal boy/girl twins?

While pink for girls and blue for boys continue to be the most popular choices for nurseries, there is a rise in gender neutral decorating in the nursery.  Princess pink can be replaced by yellow with gray and white accents.  Baseball blues might be exchanged for purple and apple green.  There is no limit to the colors you can choose for a baby’s room.  Keep in mind that it is easier to change paint color than replace flooring so you might want to stick to neutral carpet colors or wood floors for the nursery.

If you go neutral on the walls and floor, you can always bring in feminine and masculine touches with the crib bedding, curtains and accessories.  Toys and games as well as art are great ways to personalize a space to fit baby’s personality as well as gender. Neutral will also allow the room to grow as baby grows into a big kid.

Design Your Outdoor Space

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As autumn takes over for summer, these days of perfect weather give us one last chance for outdoor entertaining. If you have one of those beautiful outdoor kitchen and patio spaces, enjoying the outdoor space is just a matter of picking up the food. Even if your space is limited along with your budget, you can create a lovely outdoor spot for company, or just for your family.

Here are a few ideas.

  • Think about your space. Before you go shopping, take a look at your patio or yard. Would a picnic table be a good family choice? If your patio and household are small, maybe just a table to seat four would make more sense. For balconies, the bistro tables designed for two are a nice option. Would you like a small seating area beyond your table? Make a plan and do some measuring before you shop.
  • Take advantage of end-of-season sales. As the weather turns colder, patio furniture drops in price dramatically. Now is the time to pick up some outdoor items to enjoy this fall and next year.
  • Don’t limit your options to standard patio furniture. Repurpose an old wooden set painted by painting it a bright color. While this option may mean that you bring it into a shed or cover it when not in use to help it last, it’s an appealing and inexpensive alternative.
  • Have fun with color. Vivid colors such blue combined with the yellow of the lemons creates an inviting dinner spot from an old painted table and some linens. Are there some bright colors you’d like to have in your life that don’t fit in your home? Maybe you can have them in your backyard.
  • Include nature. Decorate the table with lemon branches and add fruit on the table remind you that you are outside. You can do the same with apples or pears in a more temperate climate. Celebrate the outdoors with plants, fruits and flowers.

Creating an outdoor space is a great way to expand your living area and add to your entertaining options. From a large gathering under the trees to a simple breakfast on your patio, take full advantage of the outdoors.

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

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It seems like everyone is baking more now that we are all spending more time at home. When the craving strikes for homemade chocolate chip cookies, consider this healthier alternative. These muffins make easy items to grab and go! Find out how to make these delicious treats that will fill you up and satisfy your sweet tooth!

What You Will Need:

Muffin Pan

Olive Oil Non Stick Spray

3 Bananas

1 Egg

1 ½ cups Whole Wheat Flour

1 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

¼ Cup Honey

½ Cup Plain Yogurt

1 Tsp. Baking Powder

¼ Tsp. Salt

1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract

1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil

1 Tbsp. Coconut Milk

Directions:

First you are going to mix together the dry ingredients (flour, salt and baking powder). Use a fork or whisk to mix these three ingredients together.

In a large mixing bowl, use a fork to mash the bananas up. Then add the honey, vanilla, yogurt, coconut oil and coconut milk. Mix well by hand and then use a hand held or counter top mixer, to thoroughly mix the wet ingredients.

In a large mixing bowl add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and use your hands to mix up the batter. At this time add the chocolate chips and continue to use your hands to distribute the chips into the batter.

Spray the muffin cups with the nonstick spray. Using a spoon, add the batter to each muffin cup. Fill up each cup about ¾ of the way.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. After twenty minutes, use a tooth pick to check to see if the muffins are done. If the toothpick comes out a little wet, bake for five more minutes.

Let the muffins cool for ten minutes, then remove from the muffin tray and place them on a serving plate.

Got a favorite healthy baking recipe? Share it with us in the comments!

Creating a Functional Closet Space

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When it comes to keeping your home organized, there’s a long list of items to take care of. While you may have a handle on all of the obvious spaces a guest will see when they enter your home, the closet may be a little neglected. It’s easy to understand why this part of your home would be put on the bottom of the priority list: no one is coming over to snoop around your storage space. That’s also why it’s so easy to just throw items in there when you’re cleaning up and just need to get on with your day. It’s time to stop hiding the mess and get it organized!

There are multiple reasons your closet may look the way it does: its size is too small, there is insufficient space for special occasion or seasonal items or you may just not have a good system for the items you currently own. No matter what the case is, take everything out and assess the empty space in front of you. You will be unable to visualize what is best for your closet space if you cannot see what you are working with.

Your first step is to de-clutter your current items. Create different piles for items you need to access often, special occasion items, seasonal items and items you no longer use but haven’t gotten around to removing from the space. You know what to do with your out-of-rotation items: can you say donation bag? Whether it’s clothing, shoes or assorted accessories, there is always someone in need who can benefit from your contribution, so delay no further! If you don’t love it, leave it out! For your remaining items, it’s time to come up with a game plan.

This is where your creativity comes in. Look at your remaining items and think about whether you would like them to be hung up, folded, placed on open shelving or racks. Now make the space work for the items you have. This may mean going to a home improvement store and purchasing closet organization units or removing and adding racks and shelves to customize the space to your specific needs.

Be sure to place your heavily used items in the most easily accessed part of the closet and the rarely used pieces more out of your way. If you find that some things still do not fit the space, relocate some of the lesser used items into a different closet space or purchase storage bags to be used under the bed. Once finished, enjoy your beautifully organized closet and keep the space clean!

Create Contrast with Your Kitchen Cabinets

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Contrast is a principle in art that has become increasingly popular in modern kitchens. When used effectively contrast can be the key to adding interest and drama to a space. This principle involves using elements that are different in design to add personality and make a striking statement.

Here are some easy ways you can create contrast in your kitchen.

There are many different ways you can create contrast in the kitchen area. Homeowners can mix a variety of styles such as contemporary and country styles to achieve a contrasting look. Also, you can mix up your color scheme, cabinetry, and countertops.

Below are some ideas you can implement.

Mixing Up Colors
Perhaps the easiest way to create contrast in the kitchen is by mixing up colors. Don’t shy away from bold colors. Pairing two bold colors that are different from each other will have a wow effect. For instance, imagine a bold lime green color paired with glossy white.

Contrasting Textures
You can further add contrast by using various textures within one space. You can mix wood colors and throw in colorful fixtures. The texture on texture contrast has also become trendy in the last few years. Instead of mixing and matching textures you can utilize the same texture in variations around the kitchen. For example, the same natural stone tiles can be used on your flooring and backsplashes. While the final look is subtle, these details will draw attention.

Two Toned Cabinetry

You can create visual diversity in your cabinetry selection. Here are some ideas:

  • Paint the top and bottom cabinet different colors. Using such colors as red or navy blue go well.
  • You can also try contrasting finishes. If your kitchen has traditional dark brown wood cabinets you can switch one set out for a stainless steel finish. You can also break up wood finishes with monochromatic materials.

Kitchen Island
If you’re looking to make one big statement then you’ll let your kitchen island stand out from the rest of the kitchen. Try painting the bottom of the island a vibrant color or replace the top surface with a finish that hasn’t been used yet. Don’t forget to further add emphasis by adding funky bar stools to add to the overall look.

Let us know in the comments below if you have any other great ideas of ways to add contrast to your kitchen! We always love to hear from you!