Archive for November, 2012

Reader Question: Vinyl Maintenance

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance, Reader Question, Uncategorized, Vinyl

Reader Question: “I just hosted my family’s Thanksgiving dinner and my vinyl floor is a mess from all of the spills and traffic.  What cleaning answers do you have?”

Answer: First off, make sure you take a look at the manufacturer’s cleaning suggestions in your manual.

You can sweep or use a vacuum to get all of the excess dirt up from the floor, but be sure to use one without a beater bar; the beater bar may scratch the floor.  To deep clean the floor, mop it with clean warm water, rinse it thoroughly with fresh water.  Again, if you need to use a cleaning solution, please refer to the products recommended by the manufacturer.

If you cannot seem to locate the manufacturer’s recommendations, use one tablespoon of liquid dish washing detergent to one quart of water.  Be sure to rinse with clean water to avoid a film buildup.

Using walk-off mats or rugs at every entry will help prevent dirt from being tracked into the home for your future entertaining events.  Remember to shake them out every once in a while!

If you would like more, in depth information on maintaining your vinyl floors, please visit our website here.

European Kitchen

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Kitchen and Bath

This European kitchen has clean lines, bright colors and glossy finishes.  Utilizing bright colors have also become more common for the everyday kitchen design.

While this may not be the kitchen of your choice, there are some very good ideas that can be captured from this room. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

First, the strong contrast makes this an eye-catching kitchen. While the basic color choices are vivid, the white-black-yellow selection keeps the room light and bright. Next, the choice of glossy finishes makes the kitchen feel clean and reflects the light to make it easier to work and clean. Notice that the countertop does not have that particular finish so that there is no glare on the work surface.

Second, this is a very low-maintenance kitchen. By choosing solid-surface flooring, it’s easy to keep clean as well as notice and wipe up spots. The cabinets also are covered in a tough enamel finish that can handle a scrubbing without losing their bright shine. Long handles are an easy grab from any angle.

Third, space is well used but the cabinets don’t overpower the kitchen area. By using a series of shelves on the back wall the kitchen gains storage while still feeling open. The varying shapes and sizes of the shelving provide an almost sculptural background.

With a little attention, you may just find the right addition to your own kitchen in this inviting modern European design.

Beginning the Design Process with Samples

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Christmas, Design and Decorating, Holidays, Sales and Promotions, Website Tools

Imagining a new room or remodel is part of the fun. While choosing finishes and materials can be overwhelming at times, looking at samples can be one of the most enjoyable things about the design process.  Walking into one of our stores is like walking into a candy store for a kid.  There are so many beautiful options and infinite combination possibilities await.

If you are redoing a house, a room or just adding new flooring for the holidays, getting samples is a must.  Having some idea of what you are looking for before you go to the store is also a must. Pull together ideas online on a Pinterest board, magazines, or create your own workbook here. Knowing what direction you want to go in will save you time and sometimes money on your project.

Setting a budget and accounting for overages should be done before you begin to look at materials. Most home projects will go over budget—so account for overages in your initial calculations. This is another reason samples are important. Being able to take home a carpet, wood floor, tile or even upholstery sample can save you time and money in the end.  It allows you to visualize your room better. Making the wrong decision in material, size, or color can be an expensive error.  If you want to decorate or remodel your home for holidays, we’ve got an amazing holiday offer going on now until December 9th, 2012!  Here is more detailed information for your Holiday Home Makeover.

If you are working on multiple surfaces, pull all your samples together so you can see how the different materials work together or don’t work together.  Paint, flooring, upholstery and tile samples can give you a sense of the overall design in a small format.  You can also try out our Virtual Room Designer to help envision your room with all of these elements.

Water, Water Everywhere

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance, Hints and Advice, Tips

If you’ve ever had to deal with unwanted water in your home, you know it can be stressful and challenging. Whether you have a frozen pipe in the basement, a leaky kitchen pipe under the sink, a malfunctioning dishwasher or washing machine, water can quickly do damage in your home. Beyond these household flood sources there are natural causes like ice dams, heavy rains and flooding.

There are a few steps you can do right away to mitigate the water damage from pipes. The first is identifying the source.  If you have an overflowing washer or a burst pipe, turn off your water. Knowing where your main water shut off valve is located is always good to remember. If you just have a large puddle on the floor, remove the water as quickly as possible.  Use towels if it is a small amount of water or a wet vacuum if there is more water. If you are up to your knees in water, time to call the professionals.

Getting water out of carpets may require the carpet and pad to be removed to be professionally dried. Damp pads and carpet can lead to mildew and mold—two things no one wants in their home.  Even hard surfaces like cement basement floors need to be properly dried with fans and dehumidifiers to prevent mold.

If you have a water problem that is more than a large puddle on the floor and there is property damage, time to call your insurance company.  They will send out an adjuster to advise you on cleanup and filing a claim.

Flooring Choices for the Powder Room

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Kitchen and Bath, Tile

What really is a modern powder room? This is said to be a small bathroom that has only a toilet and sink installed in it. It is mainly used as convenience for guests and is often strategically situated on the first floor. This is to ensure a space designated for your guests so they don’t have to walk up or down the stairs. Since this space is small, making any choice as far as decorating is concerned is always tough, especially when it has to do with flooring choices for the powder room.

Yes, agreed that this space is small and is just for the guests’ use but you can still make it elegant and welcoming without breaking the bank. When it comes to the flooring of this space, there are several options available which includes but is not limited to the following:

Glass Tile: In using the glass tiles in the flooring of the powder room, it gives the user a spa feeling because of the soothing atmosphere that is created by translucent tiles. You can combine more than one color in these tiles to give the space interest and provide a more custom look.  Use patterns, too!  It’s not only great for a flooring choice, but you can also add detail to the powder room as a backsplash or along the wall.  Check out the photo above to for inspiration for adding this type of detail to this space.  If you would like more information on this trend, please visit our website to learn more about glass tile.

Ceramic Tile: Have you ever considered this option when it comes to flooring choices for the powder room? It’s a great choice because it is durable and if maintained well, can last for many years.  Ceramic is also known to be moisture resistant, which is perfect for bathrooms and powder rooms since they tend to have more moisture in their atmosphere.

Depending on your taste and budget, other choices include but not limited to heated tiles, hardwood, limestone, marble, granite and even vinyl.