Want to give your child a fun and imaginative play area? Of course, as parents, we understand the importance of making sure the children have their playtime. In fact, according to experts, imaginative play helps children develop creativity and thinking skills that they will likely employ later on life. How can you create the perfect play area if you’re short on space?
While in a perfect world you would be able to dedicate an entire room to create a play area with all of your children’s favorite toys in the real world it just doesn’t work like that. In most homes, the main areas such as the living room or the family room have to be able to accommodate both the adults, teens and the little ones in the family. Here are some ways you can create multi functional play areas in your home.
Rework What You Have
It’s time to get creative. More than likely you probably already have the bare bones for the perfect play area. Consider using the long bare wall in your living or dining room. Yes, you can use the walls to create a large bulletin chalk board that the kids can draw and write on. If you have older children in the home you can use your handy skills to install a built in desk into the wall where homework or other tasks can be completed.
Turn Unused Space Into A Playroom
What about the attic that’s just collecting dust or the basement that no one really ever goes into? Consider turning spaces that the family doesn’t really use into a play area for the children. Remodeling such spaces don’t have to be expensive. A deep cleaning and fresh coat of paint can make a world of difference.
If your living room or family will also double as a play area then you want to separate or define the space. Area rugs can work as a divider to separate the play area. It’s important to not let the kid’s toys clutter the living room. Make use of smart storage solution to design a space with clean lines and also functional.
Love your natural stone flooring? No doubt, selecting the right flooring that would best compliment your home was challenging. Now that you’ve settled on a flooring material it’s time to protect your investment. Unlike traditional flooring materials, natural stone requires special attention so that it keeps its natural glow. Since stone floors are especially vulnerable you’ll need to apply a sealant to ensure that it stays in intact.
Hiring a flooring expert to get the job done is great, but if it’s not in the budget it is something you can complete yourself. Here’s how you can achieve professional results when sealing your natural stone floors.
Here are some important tools you will need to get the job done:
- Stone Sealant that has been recommended for your specific stone floors
- Vacuum cleaner
- A soft bristle brush
- Residue Remover
- Pair of gloves
Before you begin sealing your stone floors you’ll have to conduct a thorough cleaning of your floors. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove dirt and dust. Be sure to get the corners as well. Next, use a mild cleaning solution to further clean the floors. Instead of using a mop, dip a cloth into the solution and wipe the floors until they are spotless. Using harsh materials during the cleaning process can erode the natural stone.
Use residue cleaner to remove stubborn stains. After you’ve cleaned the floors you’ll need to make sure the floors are completely dry before moving on to the next step.
Next, it’s time to select a sealant that’s right for your natural stone floors and that fits your personal taste. The sealant should be derived from fluoropolymer technology. Make sure you purchase a sealant that’s compatible with your stone flooring. Do you want to achieve a glossy or matte finish? There are sealants on the market that can provide you with either look.
What type of stone flooring are you utilizing? Yes, the sealing method is largely depending on the stone type. Terracotta, limestone, and sandstone should be sealed before it’s installed and tile grouting takes place. Apply sealant to the front, back and side surfaces. Marble, travertine, and granite have to be sealed at the top and edges. These stone types can be sealed after they have been laid and grouted.
Wearing your gloves, you can apply the sealant solution with a paint brush to the floors. To create a polished look apply the sealant in the same direction. The sealant needs a couple of hours to cure. You can expect the sealant to last for at least five years before you’ll need to redo the process.
At some point while owning a home, you have went through these ten struggles while redecorating. Redecorating your place seems like a fun, easy task, but in reality, it can be lengthy, overwhelming and down-right frustrating. Before you redecorate, you need to know these ten struggles you most likely will face!
10 Struggles You Face When Redecorating:
Choosing a color scheme. We all have struggled with choosing a color scheme at one point or another in our lifetime. Picking a color scheme is difficult, because there are so many out there! If you are finding it difficult to choose, go online and gain some inspiration. See what other homeowners chose for their space and take their expertise to heart.
Not going over budget. A major struggling while redecorating is sticking to your budget. There will be some tempting decisions you will have to make that will either take you over budget or keep you under your set limit. Learn when to splurge and when to take the cheaper option.
Fitting everything you want into the space. This can be extremely frustrating because we tend to want everything we see, but it is important to stick to your list of essentials. Sadly, the rooms in our home cannot fit everything we may want and a big struggle you will face is saying “no.”
Finding the perfect paint color. A paint color may look amazing in the paint store and sure, the paint chip may actually look pretty nice on your wall, but paint looks different on the actual wall. Before dropping large amounts of money on paint, buy sample cans to test it out on different areas of your walls. Test out the color in different lighting and corners until you are positive that you love it.
Having the time. We all work and have a social life; therefore, sometimes it is hard to set aside time to redecorate your space. Try to set an hour aside each weekend to help you accomplish the project.
Making it a reality. Have you ever had a vision of the perfect room but cannot seem to actually capture it? This is probably the most frustrating struggle of all, because we have this perfect vision for our space but cannot recreate it. If you are facing this struggle, look at store’s catalogs and see how they are setting up the rooms. This can help you decide on how to use the piece of furniture in your own space.
Going with the flow. Things will happen while you are trying to redecorate. Paint colors will look different, furniture may have unwanted scratch marks, decor pieces will break, etc. A hard struggle to deal with is: dealing with it. You have to learn how to go with the flow during your decorating process.
Choosing comfort over style. A super stylish sofa chair may look amazing sitting in the corner of your room, but is it comfortable? There may come a time where you have to decide whether you want comfort or style for your space.
Personalizing the room. Are you a DIY project lover? You may have gained inspiration from a recent video you saw online and want to recreate it, but things may work out differently for you. It is a struggle all DIY-people have faced at one point in their lives. Facing the fact that they cannot do everything themselves and that is when we are thankful for online shopping.
Getting things done. Sometimes, you will need other people’s help. Putting together furniture and painting walls can be exhausting for one person. Do not be afraid to ask your family or friends for help!
With all of these struggles you will face, there is one thing that you can control and that is your new flooring. We have experts ready to answer all of your questions and install stunning flooring at an affordable rate. Contact us today for more information!
On September 7th, Laticrete, Century & CTD are hosting a Pig Roast in the parking lot of our CDC! The Pig Roast is for contractors, decorators and builders, etc. This appreciation event is for the commercial side of our business! Hope to see you there! We can’t wait!
Whether you are a brand new homeowner or you have lived in your current space for years, designing a home is always a fun and exciting process. The design process offers challenging decisions that you have full control over making. This is your chance to let your creativity run wild and set the tone for your space. Now, there is not a rulebook that designers follow to create the perfect space, but there are some general guidelines that you can use to get some amazing results. Here are our top five design tips and tricks for homeowners:
No one likes a crowd. When designing a room, it is easy to get carried away with decor and furniture, but you want to try and make your space feels open rather than over-crowded. Avoid putting too much furniture or decor in your space at least to start off the process. If you feel you need more, you can always add more later.
Center of attention. Every room will need one “wow” factor that will draw attention to it. Whether you choose a beautiful chandelier or an amazing backsplash, try to create a statement piece in every room you design.
Different sizes. Your decor pieces should all vary in sizes. If you choose to do a large mirror over a side table, choose small decor pieces to sit on top of the side table. This will help balance everything.
Rules of rugs. As experts in flooring, we understand the three basic rules of rugs and we are here to share these design rules with you:
Rule 1. All of the furniture legs on the rug.
Rule 2. All of the furniture legs off of the rug.
Rule 3. The front feet of your furniture on the rug.
These are the three ways of designing your rug in a room that will make it flow well. You will ideally
choose which design rule to use by the size of the rug. For large rugs, you will want all of the furniture
legs on the rug. For smaller rugs, you will want to have the back legs off or only the front legs on the
Perfect finish. Choose your paint color last! This tip may be confusing at first, but we will explain. We understand that you are so excited to paint your space, but always choose your room’s paint color at the end of the design process. You can pull colors from pieces in your room and you want to choose a color that ties the whole room together. Trust us, you want to finish the design process off with painting.
We pride ourselves on being flooring experts. Let us help you choose the perfect flooring for your home. We have a wide selection available with a knowledge staff ready to answer all your design questions. Stop in today or give us a call at (888-TileYou (845-3968).
Your home’s curb appeal will be the first thing that anyone will notice about your house. The inside of your home could be breath-taking, but some people will only see the outside of your house in their lifetime. Impress your neighborhood this summer with an updated look of your front yard. Engage any driver that may pass by your home. Impress them by making them slow down their cars and say “I love that house” with these simple tips:
Focus goes towards front doors.
Front doors are one of the first features that people recognize in a house. The front door helps hold together your home’s style. If you are looking for an inexpensive way to update your front door, paint the door a bold color. Then you can incorporate the bold color throughout your plants and flowers to help tie it in with the home.
Decorate for the season.
Depending on the time of year, your front porch has a lot of decorating potential. Decorations will help add a warmth and “homeyness” to your outdoor area. Around Christmas time, hang some lights and add a dark green wreath to your front door. During fall, incorporate some potted mums, bails of hay, and pumpkins around your front porch. There are endless ideas to keep your house festive during each season.
Add life to your yard.
There is nothing more sad than driving past a house that has a great size for a front yard, but the owners are not using it to its fullest potential. Whether your yard is big or small, plants can add an exceptional amount of beauty to your outdoor space. Remember that with great plants comes great responsibility. You will have to water them, pull weeds, plant new ones, etc. Let the greenery of your house speak for itself when people look at your curb appeal.
Update the little things.
Your house numbers draw several eyes when people are looking for a particular address. Buy some numbers that stand out and are different from the standard design. You can even consider revamping your current house numbers with a fresh coat of paint.
Invest in some solid outdoor lighting. Make sure that you have the necessary lighting around your home. Keep areas well lit for your guests and family members who may be leaving during nighttime. Motion-detecting lights help with the safety and security of your property.
The aftermath: Your front yard has never looked so good! You have impressed all your neighbors and your house is the talk of the town. Your new curb appeal has added value in other’s eyes and you achieved it at an inexpensive price.
If you are in the market for new flooring, you have came to the right place! Choosing flooring may seem like an overwhelming and daunting task, but we are here to make things a little easier for you. If you are struggling to find out where to start, we have the perfect guide. To choose what type of flooring you need, all you have to do is ask yourself our five flooring questions.
Five Flooring Questions:
Question # 1: What room do you need flooring for?
Different flooring will work better than others in certain areas of your house. For example, hardwood flooring may be a better option for your living room rather than your bathroom. Whereas, you may choose to use tile in bathroom but not in your living room.
Question # 2: What type of flooring material interests you most?
There is a large variety of different flooring materials available to consumers. Some basic flooring materials are hardwood, laminate, stone, tile or carpet.
Question # 3: What color flooring are you looking for?
Whether you want a neutral tone or a bold flooring color, you have the ability to choose from a wide range of flooring colors. You may want to choose a flooring color that ties into your overall decor of the room.
Question # 4: What type of activities will take place in the room?
You will need to take into account how durable the flooring needs to be in the space that is getting new flooring. For example, if it is a high-traffic area, you will want to take that into consideration and maybe look at buying laminate flooring. If the area is prone to moisture, you want to look at flooring that handles water well.
Question # 5: What size do you want the material to be?
Tiles and planks come in different sizes and you have the ability to choose what size material you would like in your room.
Do you have more questions that you would like answered? We have a knowledgeable staff ready to answer any question you might have. Feel free to stop into one of our showrooms or call us at (888-TileYou 845-3968). We also have an online flooring catalog available for your convenience. Take a look at what flooring we have available and let us know if you need anything. We look forward to working with you and making all your flooring dreams come true.
Glass tiles have been a major aesthetic component in homes all across the world. We’ve seen the beauty of accent glass tiles as backsplashes in our kitchens and we love how distinct they make our shower walls look. Since glass tiles are extremely versatile they can be applied in almost any area of the home.
Glass tiles can be purchased in all kinds of finishes including opaque and reflective glasses. Since glass reflects light and can visually expand a space and it can keep a room brighter for an extended period of time it has several advantages. If you think you’ve exhausted the ways you can use glass tiles in your home, here are some additional ideas.
Designing the Hearth
Make the fireplace the focal point of the room by decking the hearth out in mosaic glass tiles. The hearth may be the last place you thought seeing glass tiles but it makes for a durable and simply breathtaking surrounding. Imagine watching the light from the fire dance in the glass. To make this look unique you should invest in tiles with different color blends and designs.
Glass tiles are ideal for the hearth because the maintenance process is relatively simple. It doesn’t stain, it can be easily wiped clean and when grouped together glass is extremely durable.
Wrap Around Accent Wall
Take the backsplash concept a bit further by extending glass accent tiles across the entire wall. If you’re feeling adventurous you can carry out this concept in an area other than the kitchen or bathroom. You can create a mural across the length of the wall. Don’t limit the design to the traditional subway pattern. Instead, you can create a transitional look by spinning the tiles. Use glass tile that complements the decor of room for an outstanding effect.
Can’t seem to find the perfect headboard? Consider creating your own massive headboard using glass mosaic tiles. Adhere them to the wall behind your bed. Get creative and form tiles to create a specific design. Use tiles featuring different colors and accents to really make the headboard stand out.
July 4th is nearly upon us and with it comes all of the celebrations, fireworks, backyard barbecues we are accustomed to. The holiday is uniquely American as we gather with family and friends to celebrate the birth of our country. It is a holiday where we remember the sacrifice and loss that we as a country sustained in the name of our freedom. As such, the 4th of July is filled with celebrations as well as symbolism in our traditions. There are many ways to celebrate this 4th of July and to honor the men and women who fought so bravely for our country and its independence.
One way American cities do this is to celebrate with parades. These can range from small to large, but they generally honor our troops with a show of military units, floats, horses and flag bearers stepping to the tune of a marching band. These are great family friendly events that offer a fun way to honor our military.
A more community oriented tradition is throwing a family or neighborhood barbecue. When it’s summertime everybody loves to get outside and grille up some meat and veggies. Enjoying burgers, hot dogs and veggie kabobs while sharing time with your neighbors is a great way to build community on a day where our independence was won through camaraderie and sense of common goal. Hey, the food doesn’t hurt either!
One of the most famous celebrations of our nation’s independence is when families flock to their communities fireworks show. These are often loud and beautiful and choreographed to patriotic music. The fireworks symbolize the shots of gunfire and cannons that were heard throughout the war as our young nation fought for its freedom and commemorate and honor those that fought for our victory.
These are just a few of the ways that Americans have traditionally celebrated our great nation’s independence day. Whether you are grilling up a storm and sharing time with friends and family or getting to your favorite fireworks viewing spot early for the best view, we hope that you have a wonderful 4th of July celebration this year!