Archive for October, 2020

Creating a Focal Wall Behind the Bed

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Bedroom Design

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.

In Memory of Frank Parks, Sr.

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To our Century family, customers & valued business partners:

It is with deep regret and sadness that we are writing to inform you of the passing of our business partner and co-founder, Frank Parks Sr. yesterday at the age of 92. He was beloved and an integral part of our business success and growth over the years and will be missed. He is survived by his children – Frank Parks Jr., Elaine Carlson, Cheryl Leach, Tom Parks as well as numerous grand-children & great-grandchildren.

Frank partnered with Paul Spiewak Sr. in 1947 to start Century Tile & Supply Company. Over the years, both grew the business from a little store on Austin Avenue in Chicago to twelve locations covering the Chicago-land area and becoming one of the largest floor covering retailers & distributors in the Midwest. Frank was a respected leader in the industry and had a great eye for product and industry trends. Frank continually brought new and innovative products into the Chicagoland market and wasn’t afraid to
push the envelope with what he thought would be a great seller. He was very dedicated to Century and the flooring industry.

While Century has changed over the years, our management team is committed to continuing the legacy that both Frank & Paul created over those years. Frank’s guidance and enthusiasm will be sorely missed, and we are all thankful for the opportunity that we had to work and learn from him. Due to the current pandemic and ever-changing COVID restrictions, the family is in the process of trying to determine how all of us can pay our respects and give thanks to someone who had such a large impact on so many lives. We will be continually updating the link below with the most up to date information we can provide.

Keep Frank’s family in your prayers,
The Century Tile Management Team
Corporate Office
747 E. Roosevelt Rd.
Lombard, Illinois 60148-4791
Phone: (630) 873-8200
FAX: (630) 495-8645

What Can I Do With Children’s Artwork?

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family

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.


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.