Archive for February, 2019

Five Ways to Tidy up Your Bedroom

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Bedroom Design, Hints and Advice, Tips

A clean, tidy bedroom makes for a happy homeowner. Along with making your bed each morning, we have created five simple ways you can tidy up your bedroom. Let’s take a look!

Double-Duty

Let your nightstand do some work in your bedroom by using a small dresser as a stand. The dresser creates a brilliant solution for keeping your room tidy and neat. You can store all of your necessities right next to your bed, and you will have easy access. Be sure to purchase a small dresser that will work well as a nightstand. You want to still be able to reach your alarm clock and cell phone on the dresser’s surface. Also, if you are looking for a consistent look, you will want to buy identical dressers for each side of your bed. This will help tie the look together and gives you extra storage.

The Purge

The best way to “tidy up” a space is by going through everything you own. Now, this process may take a couple of days or even weeks. But once you have gone through everything, you will want to sort it into different piles. The general rule of thumb is that if you have not used it in a year, you do not need it. Try and keep this in mind while going through your items that you need to purge. Odds are that you will find a bunch of things that you do not remember owning. Once you have sorted through everything, be sure to donate your gently-used items.

Clear off Countertops

Countertops can be one of the leading causes of clutter. To eliminate clutter and tidy up, remove everything from your countertops. Try and limit yourself to three items per countertop. For example, your television stand may have a television, a remote, and a DVD player. Your nightstand dresser may have a vase of flowers, your alarm clock, and a picture. By limiting yourself, you will feel begin to feel less cluttered.

The Great Divide

Drawer dividers can be an excellent solution for organizing your space. Try adding them inside of your dressers for extra organization and less clutter.

Stick to a Schedule

After you have organized your room, you will want to stick to a cleaning schedule. This will set you and your spouse up for success. Be sure to make your bed each morning so that you come home to a clean room each day. Also, you will want to make a weekly cleaning and laundry schedule to help you stay tidy!

End your cleaning on a fresh note by adding a couple drops of your favorite essential oil into a diffuser. The refreshing scents will help promote a healthy and happy lifestyle and mood.

 

How to Have a Successful Yard Sale

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hints and Advice, Organization

Spring is right around the corner, and you probably have a long list ready for spring cleaning this year. After you clean your house, you will most likely realize you have a variety of things you do not need. Spring cleaning is an excellent time for us to sort through our belongings and decide what to get rid of this year. Imagine how amazing it will feel to make some extra cash from a yard sale. You can put that extra money towards getting new flooring for your home. To help you have the most successful yard sale, here are some pro-tips:

Start Early

The longer you wait to sort through old items, the longer it will take you. Start early by sorting through your things now; tackle an area every weekend. If you have a garage filled with items, get started early so you will not feel overwhelmed.

Deciding What Stays and What Goes

This can be a complicated process if you are someone who loves to keep everything. If you genuinely want to do a deep clean, think about what you can live without having. If there is something that you have not used in years and probably will not use for years to come, sell it.

    • Pro Tip: getting rid of stuff is easier if you start early. You can tackle one area at a time and not be overwhelmed by all you are getting rid of.
    • Think of it this way: someone else could get a great use out of what you are selling. Why would you want to keep it stored away if it benefits someone else’s life?

Clean, Clean, Clean

Be respectful of people’s time and have items that are well-kept and clean. Make sure to dust off, wash, or wipe down all items before you put them out on display. Most people do not want someone else’s trash, and if you do not prepare the items, it may look that way.

Set a Date and a Time

Setting the time and day can actually be one of the most significant parts. You want to do your yard sale at a time of day that people will be able to see it and day where they will be able to stop. Typically, this is why you see yard sales on the weekend.

Spread The Word

The internet can be a great place to get the word out about your yard sale. You can create a Facebook event and leave your event open to the public. Another great way to spread the word is through flyers. There is nothing like an old fashion flyer to get the job done. Make sure to be descriptive and list some items you will have there. Include your address and a time frame of when people can come.

Price Your Items

Now that the word is out about your yard sale, there are some last minute organizational things. Set a price on your items and try to keep the costs low. Yard Sales are meant for bargain shoppers so try not to sticker shock your customers.

    • You can either label each item with a price tag or create a general price sheet for all of the items.

Clear Signs

Your customers will mostly be driving to your yard sale. Try to make straightforward signs on how to get to the yard sale. Put a sign before each turn and at the development entrance. You can each mark your driveway with balloons to help the shoppers.

Donate

Whatever you do not sell, donate. You already decided you do not need it, why not give it to charity?

Have fun with your yard sale and be proud of yourself, you have gotten rid of a lot of stuff! We wish you the best of luck with your yard sale, and if you need somewhere to spend that extra cash, you know where to find us.

Should I Remodel The Laundry Room?

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Remodeling

For a room that is always in use, laundry rooms tend to be an afterthought. Most homeowners do not take the time to design or decorate the laundry room. After all, these utility spaces are often awkwardly shaped and small. Since we tend to spend a lot of time in them, it is time to show it some special attention.  Remodelling the laundry room is a great way to improve function, make it look better and feel nicer. Are you ready to do laundry in style? Here are some features you should think about when remodeling the laundry room:

Function

Often, we do more than just wash clothes in this space. Laundry rooms are usually used to store cleaning supplies, random goods, and they sometimes double as a mudroom. While planning out how you want to remodel the room, make sure you design a space that is able to handle a variety of activities. You might want to implement more storage nooks and shelvings or switch out the flooring for something that is easier to maintain.  

Make Laundry Day Easier 

When remodeling the laundry room, you will definitely want to consider how you do laundry. Yes, the way you wash, dry and fold are important factors because the new design should make these activities more manageable to complete. If you have a large family and you tend to do laundry a few days out the week, implementing individual hampers or basket might be more efficient. If you prefer to fold clothes in the laundry room, adding in extra countertop space would be ideal.  Mounting a television in the laundry room could also make laundry days go by much faster.  

Investing in New Appliances 

Tired of the clunky washer and dryer that just does not work like they once did? If you have decided to switch out your old appliances, you will have to determine what kind of washer and dryer you want. Stacked appliances can save on space, but you might need a stool to reach the controls. Front loading machines allow you to expand countertop space over them.  Many of today’s appliances are manufactured in bold hues which are great for adding style or brightening the laundry room. 

Decorating

Decorating the laundry room does not have to be expensive. Experiment with color, personalize the area with rugs, artwork, and family photos.

Are you planning on remodeling your laundry room? We would love to be your choice for everything flooring-related. Please do not hesitate to call or visit for more information on our selection. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you.

Preparing for Spring with Easy Curb Appeal Ideas

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Curb Appeal

Spring, beginning March 20, marks the start of when charming curb appeal and magnificent landscaping begin to become a top priority. In the winter months, a home’s landscape and curb appeal can be easily overlooked due to unfortunate weather and other natural circumstances. You will notice that your neighbors have begun to put their best lawn forward and it is time for you to do the same. Here are our favorite curb appeal ideas to transition your home for spring:

Do General Yard Maintenance

Spring is the perfect time to get your yard back into shape. Begin by mulching, weeding, mowing, and planting your flower beds. General yard maintenance can easily transition your house from a winter nightmare into a spring paradise. 

Repaint Your Window Shutters

Older homes may need an extra coat of paint here or there, but you can also recreate your home’s look by repainting your window shutters. All it takes is a little imagination to get your house from boring to alluring. Be sure to do several coats of paint to ensure your window shutters look top-notch. 

Design with Vibrant Plants

Take advantage of different colors in your garden this year. Your yard holds a lot of potential and the items you plant in your garden can make your home stand out from the rest. Go to your local nursery and look through the different varieties of plants and flowers to get an idea of what you want for your home. It is also essential to find plants that thrive in your local climate. If you are unsure, a local nursery worker can be a significant resource. 

Add Decorative Pieces

Decorative pieces can really set a house apart from the rest. If you are trying to take your home to the next level, focus on its “glam” aspect. Include light fixtures in your yard, a doormat by the front door, beautiful containers to hold your plants, and a cozy seating area to create a gorgeous outdoor oasis. 

Spruce up Anything Dull

Winter can be a harsh month on your home’s exterior and garden. Things in your home can become dull or even fade. Try to do a yearly check-up for things that may need an extra coat of paint or maintenance.

  • Check the quality of your house numbers, mailbox, fence, garage door, etc.

Give Yourself a Place to Relax

Take advantage of the serene space you have created for yourself outdoors. Give yourself a place to sit down with guests or a place to read your favorite book. Spending time outdoors can be healthy and renewing.

  • If you live in a neighborhood, having an outdoor spot to hang out in gives you the opportunity to meet new neighbors while you sit outside.

With the weather warming up in the next couple of weeks, now is the time to tidy up your yard! We hope you enjoyed this quick and easy curb appeal updates and if you are looking to update the inside of your home, we are happy to help!

Everything You Need to Know About Armstrong Pryzm Vinyl Flooring

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Are you searching for a flooring solution that will stand the test of time? If so, you might want to consider Armstrong’s Pryzm luxury vinyl flooring. From a unique, weathered wood stain looks to brushed oak, this flooring product is available in a variety of wood finishes that are guaranteed to complement your home’s interior. The great thing about Armstrong’s Pryzm flooring product is that it is much more than just a beautiful flooring option. It has several qualities that are hard to obtain out of most flooring products on the market today.

Why It is The Right Choice?

The vinyl line of flooring created by Armstrong is an ideal choice for homeowners who desire the authentic look of hardwood flooring for a fraction of the cost. The brand has managed to capture the realistic texture wood without sacrificing quality. Plus, you can expect Pryzm flooring to meet your lifestyle demands.

So, What Can You Expect?

Dent Protection – Pryzm floor products have been skillfully engineered to provide commercial-grade protection against dents, scrapes, scratches, and fading. This means that spills and furniture cannot easily damage the flooring.

Stunning Designs – Choose from multi-width planks based on your preference all featuring realistic visuals.

Waterproof – Armstrong’s Pryzm planks are 100% waterproof. You can install them in kitchens, bathrooms and even in the basement.

Easy Installation – Pryzm planks are made with locking planks and a cork underlayment which allows for a DIY installation.

Durable and Waterproof

Armstrong’s Pryzm is a hybrid flooring product. Hybrid floors are manufactured with three layers of materials that are pressed together. Combining multiple layers creates a very hard-wearing material; therefore, you can expect the ultimate durability which will stand up against normal wear and tear from heavy appliances, foot traffic, pets, and children. Your floors will look new for many years to come.

Pryzm wood planks are also non-porous which is why it has excellent waterproofing properties. It does not buckle, swell or corrode when exposed to water.  You will never have to worry about spills staining and damaging your floors.

Are you interested in viewing our selection? Please call or visit one of our showrooms, or see our online collection here.

Expensive Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

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Selling your home and getting a return on investment can be a challenging task.  Many factors go into how quickly and how efficiently your home sells.  You will need to tailor your home to the market to assure the property will sell.  With some renovation projects ahead of you, it is vital to avoid as many costly mistakes as possible.  Fortunately, with proper preparation, you can avoid some of these common renovation mistakes.  Here is everything you need to be aware of going into this project:

Personalize

Renovating your home to be tailored to a broad, general audience is critical. Too often, homeowners are too attached to their homes.  Personalizing your home is great but not optimum for reselling.  Go with neutral colors in your home. Your bold colored walls may look great to you but may not appeal to others.  Home buyers are deterred from purchasing homes they need to invest in right away. Keeping everything neutral will make a home “move-in-ready” for a much larger audience.

Expecting a Return on Investment

Your home’s value is strongly influenced by the neighborhood’s homes’ value.  While some aesthetic projects may look great, do not expect a substantial return on investment.  Invest in everything essential in your homes sale such as electrical and plumbing before aesthetics.  Avoid “overly” improving your home. Substantial investments do not always equal large returns.

Not Accounting for The Unexpected

Start with creating a budget.  Know the price you plan on listing your home.  Any project can open up unexpected issues.  Account for at least an extra ten percent for the unexpected.  Contractors are a safe way to go to ensure everything is done efficiently, but be wary of going with the “cheapest” contractor.  You do not want to find yourself hiring another contractor to fix your prior one’s work.  Find good reviews or recommendations before hire.

As daunting as some of these tasks may seem, with proper awareness of common costly expenses, you can avoid these unwanted mistakes.  To avoid over-optimism, do not expect to sell your house in a week, especially if you have a lot of renovations to finish.  Remember that most buyers do not want to purchase a home with a ton of unfinished projects.  Prioritize, budget, and conquer. Best wishes!

 

Five Ways to Use Coral in Your Design

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Colors

With Pantone’s recent announcement of 2019’s Color of The Year, what better time than now to focus on how to incorporate coral into your home’s design. Coral is a warm and summery shade that instantly brightens a room, and though often viewed as a seasonal shade, when used correctly, it can complement your home’s design scheme. If you ready to do something unique with your decor, we are going to show you five simple ways you can use this hue in your interior. Let’s take a look!

Window Treatments 

What better way to add a warm touch to a bedroom than with coral colored drapes? You can even select coral window treatments with a decorative pattern for a chic look.

Walls 

You may have never imagined using such a bold color on your walls, but when you balance it out with complementary colors and the right shade of white, you can pull off coral walls without it feeling overwhelmed by the shade. But if you are not ready to paint the entire room Coral, you can try creating a coral-inspired accent wall. Incorporate a few accessories or pieces of furniture in the color to harmonize the look further.

Child’s Bedroom 

Of course, a little girl’s Bedroom is not complete without touches of pink. Try something different by incorporating Coral as the main color. You can even feature a large Coral colored dresser or headboard for a real “pop.” You can also include accents of coral in the bedding, lampshades and other accessories to complete the look.

The Bathroom  

If you are giving your bathroom a makeover, consider adding coral to the design scheme in a bold way. Drenching the exterior of your bathtub in dark pink will definitely make a bold statement and add some old world charm. Use other soft colors like orchid and a muted yellow to complement your coral colored bathtub.

Unexpected Accent 

In a room full of neutrals or a space that uses a specific color scheme, adding a pop of coral in as an accent will make this beautiful color stand out from the rest of the decor. For example, you could use coral draperies that feature bold geometric patterns to accent your room’s focal point: the window.

If you have yet to read about Pantone’s 2019 Color of The Year: Living Coral, we encourage you to do so. Living Coral has many design benefits, and it is said to be the most popular color in the industry this year.

What are your thoughts on Coral? Do you love it or hate it? We want to hear your thoughts below in the comment section.

What Does Waterproofing a Shower Mean?

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Kitchen and Bath

For many, the thought of waterproofing a shower sounds a bit strange; however, if you plan on installing a new shower in your bathroom, waterproofing can be one of the most important steps, especially when using tile. If you are new to the concept, it is okay! We will give you an inside look at why waterproofing your shower is so important. Let’s take a look!

Why Waterproofing is Important

So, why exactly is waterproofing your shower so important? Waterproofing ensures that you create a watertight seal around the shower area, which provides protection from water seeping down into the floorboards or the small crevices around the wall. When water gets into the floorboards or small areas, it can result in molding and even structural damage.

What many homeowners do not realize is that elements used in constructing showers such as cement backboards, mortar, grout, and sealers are not waterproofed. In fact, cement backboards and backer boards will only provide limited stability in these wet areas.

Drawbacks of Not Waterproofing

When your shower is not properly waterproofed, it can be detrimental to your bathroom. One of the most common mistakes when constructing and waterproofing a shower is a failed shower pan. When a shower pan is not doing its job, you can expect water to get trapped below the tile level.  In essence, the tile may never truly dry up. A failed shower pan can cause water to start buckling the walls behind the tile. Eventually, mold lines will begin to appear in the area where the wall and floor merges. A significant sign that your shower pan is not functioning correctly is when Efflorescence starts to form. Efflorescence is a chalky, white residue that grows out of the grout.

When moisture gets trapped, mold begins to breed. Mold can be harmful to one’s health. Not to mention, insects and termites are also attracted to the moisture. They slowly eat away at the structure causing thousands of dollars in damage to your home.

The Solution

LATICRETE ‘s innovating product line gives “complete system solutions” all the way from the substrate (bottom layer) to the grout for any style of stone or tile installation. The various products help to waterproof your shower with clean lines and easy maintanence for years to come. If you are interested in learning more about LATICRETE, please click here.

Additionally, Schluter Systems are a waterproofing system that is guaranteed to provide the ultimate protection against water.  If you are interested in learning more, please click here to read more about our Schluter products. 

If you would like to know more about one of our waterproofing products, please do not hesitate to call or visit one of our showroomsWe look forward to helping you create a design that is as functional as it is fashionable. Thanks for reading!