Archive for May, 2011

Making a Tough Situation Better

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When someone suddenly finds his or her mobility limited due to illness or an injury, even a month can seem like forever. A broken leg or a long recovery from a tough illness can force people to spend most of their time at home. As a friend or family member, you can make a difference in this difficult time.

Let’s start with the room or home itself. Chances are the patient will spend most of his or her time in the bedroom and maybe a sitting room. Are these rooms cheerful and inviting? Are the floors safe for someone with limited mobility to move across? Look to make sure area rugs are securely based with non-slip pads and the paths to bed, chair and bathroom are free of obstructions such as ottomans or tables. A few extra feet for someone who is not strong can seem like a long distance.

Make sure the patient’s waking hours have enough to fill them. Television, books and magazines are good entertainment. If the person is too weak for reading, recordings of stories, poems or music can help without demanding much energy.

Both patient and caregiver can benefit from a gift of food. Bring take-out from a favorite place for lunch or dinner. Bake homemade cookies or muffins. Stop at the donut shop on your way over for a visit. You’d be surprised how much of a treat this can be for someone who is house-bound.

Finally, stay in touch. If you don’t have time to visit, a quick phone call or email let’s people know you’re paying attention. There is no better gift you can give.

Thinking Condo?

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Different home choices work well at various times in your life. For a number of empty nesters, now may be the time to transition from the large family home in the suburbs to a comfortable urban condo. Great views, low maintenance and easy walking access to amenities make this decision a popular one.

If you’re ready for this type of lifestyle change, we’ve got a few factors for you to think about as you select your flooring.

The good news is that your flooring dollar will go a lot further because you have less square footage to cover. This can give you the chance to take a look at a higher price point than you’ve been able to consider before. Take the time to check out some of our wood floors, tile or our luxurious carpeting. Chances are your budget will stretch further than you expect.

Think about transitions when choosing your flooring. In a smaller space, combining too many flooring styles can chop up a space and make it feel tight. If you locate the necessary floor breaks at doorways that already have a transition feel, your rooms will feel more spacious.

If your condo has an open floor plan, you may have to adjust to the lack of separation between functional areas. For example, most condos combine the living and dining areas into one space. To help identify each area without putting up vertical breaks that can limit the view for the eye, consider using rugs. An area rug surrounding the living room’s seating area provides a natural break.

Finally, think about your future decorating plans when you select your flooring. Your new lifestyle may include a desire to update your furniture and accessories. If so, your flooring should focus on your long-term plans as well as your current decorating scheme. Select flooring choices that can meet both goals.

This can be an exciting move and an exciting new life. We’re happy to make sure your flooring selections can measure up to your dreams for the future.

Andy Warhol and More: Abstract Area Rugs

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Andy Warhol is known for his bright, bold color combinations in his famous pop art silk screens. These bright and bold colors translate easily to abstract area rugs that are perfect for a contemporary room. We’re not thinking a rug that copies Tomato Soup or his portraits of Liz Taylor– although those certainly would make a statement in your room! Abstract and geometrical designs, bold blocks of color can add interest to not only your floors but your entire room.

Contemporary design is all about form and line. If you furniture has strong lines or geometric forms, an abstract rug can create a nice balance and soften the overall feeling of the space. Keep furniture colors neutral if you want the rug to be the focal point. Or coordinate the rug with an existing bold color palette if you want it to blend. Bright colors will stand out more on a dark floor or against black furniture. A colorful abstract rug paired with white furniture will feel fresh.

Bright colors, anchored by strong black lines, are signatures of pop art by Andy Warhol and his contemporaries. Rugs with abstract patterns in black and white or in contrasting colors can bring the look of pop art to a living room, dining room or hall. Let the pattern be the star of the room. Keep accessories simple.

Be adventurous and chose an abstract rug inspired by Pop Art to complement your contemporary space from our Century Flooring selection. We think you’ll love it for longer than Warhol’s fifteen minutes of fame.

Using Slate to Create Beautiful Dining Spaces

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Natural Stone

Slate is a popular flooring choice for kitchens, entry ways, and bathrooms. We see slate in these rooms in shelter magazines and on blogs quite a bit. Slate is a durable stone surface that can hold up to heavy traffic. This is exactly why slate can be used to create a beautiful dining space which lasts.

With a myriad of colors, from charcoal grays to bluestone to multi-colored stones swirled with russet tones and grays, slate can be chosen to match most interior color palettes. Crisp white works well with slate as do both cool colors and warm hues. Look at your existing dining room furniture to decide which slate works best for your room. Warmer toned woods, like oak or pine, would work well with slate that has flashes of orange or rust. For a more modern feeling, pair black or white furniture with a blue-grey slate.

Slate can work with many interior design styles. A farmhouse table and Windsor chairs would look great with a slate floor for a charming country dining room. Mission style is a perfect mate for slate. The Arts & Crafts style incorporates natural elements so slate would fit both the aesthetics and the philosophy of this style. Dark slate floors add a natural element to a modern or contemporary dining space.

Chose a coordinating dark grout and the grout lines will almost disappear, giving your floor a uniform look. Or select a lighter grout for a more traditional tile feeling.

Durable and stylish, think about a slate floor for your dining room or eat in kitchen. Take a look at the slate flooring we have available at

Bright Colors and Light Wood

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If you love bright light colors, you may have been frustrated about finding flooring that can handle a variety of vivid shades. White carpeting would be beautiful, but demanding to maintain. Most tile has a cream or beige tone, and white tile in a living area might feel cold, no matter how much color you add.

Light wood floors provide the perfect solution. As this photo shows, a light floor can handle bright colors while still feeling warm and inviting.

This particular color is similar to Pantone’s color for 2011: Honeysuckle. Pantone provides many color palettes for graphic artists and designers. The appealing reddish pink works beautifully with a light wood. Notice also how well the light blue shade on the book cover connects with the maple floor.

The other advantage to a light wood floor is flexibility. By choosing neutral shades for the primary furniture and bringing in color through pillows, area rugs and accessories, you could easily change the colors in this room to suit your mood or the season.

When you’re planning a child’s bedroom, consider light wood. As their tastes and color preferences change, this wood choice will continue to work with their plans. Add to that the durability and longevity of wood, and you have the perfect flooring for today’s and tomorrow’s needs.

Diagonal adds Drama

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

A hotel lobby that caters to an international clientele has to find a good balance between old and new. This room makes it look easy.

To start, the flooring is a traditional wood, but the diagonal installation and light color gives it a modern look. This light-toned floor is perfect to showcase a selection of antique oriental rugs. The rugs come in a variety of patterns but the consistent colors hold them all together.

The columns are original to the building, and the whitewash combines a feel of old and new to their texture. New prevails in the rattan furniture. The modern style and simple white cushions helps the pieces work without distracting from the power of the rest of the décor. The dark tone on the rattan anchors the room and complements the rugs.

In spite of the columns, the opening at the back of the room and the layout of the rugs shows a natural path through the space. However, the diagonal wood floor encourages visitors to move from the main path and stop in one of the conversation areas. The diagonal draws the eye away from the lengthwise pattern of every other element in the room.

Would a diagonal floor enhance one of your rooms? Whether you are drawn to the contrast of dark and light or old and new, take a look at this room and see if you can use any of its ideas in your own home.

Multigeneration House: Sharing With Adult Child

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It’s not unusual for an adult child to move back into your home for a short time. They may want to save money for a home of their own, need a place to stay for a few months before moving or getting married, want to go back to school, or just want to retrench and get ahead on debts. All of these are good reasons for the decision, and with a little planning on your part, it can work very well for everyone. Consider these issues:

  1. Negotiate an agreement with your child before the move. It should include a time-frame for the stay, how much money your child will put aside each month to reach their goals, any expenses they will cover, and any responsibilities they will assume. Responsibilities should include their own laundry and taking care of their own dishes and in general cleaning up after themselves. You really don’t want them to fall into any frustrating patterns that occurred when they lived at home before, so address those as part of the agreement. Also negotiate real consequences for not meeting the agreement.
  2. Choose the space that will be given to your child. It does not have to be the same bedroom they had when they were younger. While you don’t want to redecorate a space for this temporary stay, you may want to encourage your child to make the space feel like their own. An area rug can address flooring issues, and will be a nice addition to their new home.
  3. Remember that your child has been on his or her own and you no longer have the authority to parent the way you did when they were in high school. Focus instead on any issues that affect your comfort such as coming in quietly late at night or keeping you informed on whether they plan to be home for a meal.
  4. This is a unique opportunity to spend time with your adult child. With expectations met and understood, you may find yourself enjoying their stay very much.

Multigenerations: Sharing With Parents

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Are your parents getting to the age where you worry about them living alone? Sometimes the loss of a spouse can create concerns for an elderly parent. If you are considering bringing a parent into your household, here are a few ideas to make the transition easier.

Spend time before the move talking about goals and expectations. Does your parent have an active social life and will only join you for dinner three or four times a week? Will they have their own space or will some of it such as a bathroom be shared with other family members? Knowing the situation ahead of time can help limit misunderstandings.

Be sure to let your parent or parents know how much space they will have. Measure it so that their furniture decisions will be realistic. If possible, plan for providing their own bedroom, bathroom and sitting room. Be sure to include a personal television so program differences are taken care of.

Do a safety check in your home. Since falls are one of the most common sources of medical problems for the elderly, look for tripping hazards. Make sure that all of your rugs have non-slip pads under them, and check all of the flooring transitions from room to room. Consider adding safety bars and non-slip pads to the designated shower or bathtub.

Provide as much storage space as possible for personal items. It’s hard enough leaving a home and giving up almost all of their possessions. These valued items may not look important to you, but they may have a strong emotional value for your parent or parents. Something like a well-seasoned cast iron pot or a set of wrenches can be hard to part with, so find space as much as possible. If necessary, encourage them to rent some storage space.

Does your mother like to make a big Sunday dinner? Is your dad good in the garden? Don’t force them into a passive role in your home. Let them help out based on their ability and inclination. The more you incorporate them into your daily life, the better the situation will work for all of you.