Five Ways to Tidy up Your Bedroom

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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

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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.

Tips for Displaying Textiles as Artwork

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Are you someone that loves the look and feel of textiles? If so, welcome to the club! We have learned from our many travels that bringing home textile from a favorite place is a perfect way to add to our collection. Textiles require little space for packing, varies in price from inexpensive to expensive, and will last for years and years! Plus, they have an infinite amount of uses for design. To help you gain a little inspiration, we have three must-try ideas for incorporating textiles as wall decor. Let’s take a look!

Framed Art

You can display that beautiful silk scarf you purchased in Madrid, Spain by framing it on your wall. Choose a matching frame with complimentary custom mats or pull the fabric from edge to edge without a mat behind it. Framed textiles are perfect for displaying the texture and beautiful colors of the piece. When guests are visiting, these pieces of art are always an interesting conversation piece. You can also frame them by using an acrylic box frame that shows the dimensionality of the textile. This will help add depth to the textile while safely displaying it on the wall.

Wall Hanging

As flooring professionals, we understand how diverse flooring nowadays can actually be. If you find a rug that you love, simply go to your local hardware store and purchase a finished drapery rod or a raw wooden tomato stake. If you choose the wooden stake, you may want to sand down with an electric sander and stain or paint to match your area rug or the wall color. You can hang it on the wall with hooks or drapery hardware. This is a great way to cover the large space of an otherwise blank wall.

Headboard for Your Bed

We love this idea because you can use almost any textile to make your headboard. The textile does not have to be finished; it can be raw because the edge of the fabric will be stapled to the back of the headboard: purchase pre-cut and measured plywood for the headboard. Your local hardware store will most likely measure and cut the plywood for you for free or a small fee. Afterward, purchase the fiberfill or batting from a fabric store to place on the plywood, so the board looks three dimensional and staple to the back of the board. Voila! You have a stunning, original headboard that showcases your travels.

We hope you enjoyed our article and would love to hear about your travels and treasures. Please share how you chose to display your textiles below in the comment section. Thanks for reading!

Where to Begin When Buying Flooring

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There is a perfect type of flooring out there for you, and you just need to find it. In the effort to help you narrow down your search, we have created four easy steps for beginning the process. Let’s take a look!

Where to Begin When Buying Flooring:

1. Consider The Type of Room.

When you are in the market for new floors, you will need to take into consideration the type of room in which you are installing flooring. If the room is prone to moisture like a kitchen or bathroom, you will want to choose a flooring material that is water resistant or waterproof. These features will help fight against accidental spills and humidity. If moisture is not an issue, you can choose any type of flooring that you desire!

2. Understand Your Needs.

Each homeowner will have a different list of needs for their space. Whether you have an active or inactive home, it will determine the type of durability you will need. For homes that are active, you will want a flooring with excellent wear resistance. Great durability means fewer scratches, stains, and dents.

3. Express Your Style.

Once you have your list of needs and the type of room, you can begin to narrow down the style and look that you want. From authentic hardwood to gorgeous natural stone, you have a wide selection of options to meet your needs and budget.

4. Plan for Installation.

Lastly, you will want to prepare for your installation. The installation day can be an extremely exciting time for homeowners, but we do not want you to get lost in the excitement. Before the installation, you will want to remove all furniture from the room. You will also want to follow any strict instructions for your new floors (i.e. hardwood). On the installation day, try to remain flexible with your timeline. We understand that you are eager to have your new space, but with every great thing, it takes time. Finally, if you have any questions or concerns about the installation process, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We strive to have 100% customer satisfaction.

Let us help you create the home of your dreams today! Call or visit us today for more information.

Professional Tips to Manage Your Small Living Room

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Owning a small home comes with its benefits. There is less to clean, less to pay for, and less to decorate. You may even find that with small houses comes personal charm like crown molding and ceiling beams. But if you are struggling to manage your small space, we have five tips to help you maximize its potential. Let’s take a look!

Professional Tips to Manage Your Small Living Room:

1. Sleek + Simple.

The modern style of home decor has it right when it comes to clean lines. The sleek nature of contemporary furnishings creates a simple outline. Without the harsh contrast of curvy edges, you are left with a smooth and simple piece of furniture. This modern look helps to compliment the room and not draw attention to its small size. Design experts recommend pairing these rather simple pieces with a decorative piece to add back any lost detail. Just be careful to never go overboard with the design. You want to capitalize on the sleekness and simpleness of the furniture not the boldness of the complimentary decorative piece.

2. An Area Rug.

Often times, homeowners will choose an area rug that is too big or too small for their space. A rug that is too small does not benefit you in a small room, it can make the room look jagged. To help make your room flow better, we recommend making sure that the front legs of your furniture are able to sit on top of the area rug. If they cannot touch, it is too small.

3. Storage Compartments.

Clutter can weigh down a room. In order to make your room look bigger, you will need to clear out unwanted clutter. You can store all necessary items inside of storage compartments. Adding bins and baskets will help to create a more stylish storage option, but when you are limited on space, you will want to opt for dual-purpose furniture. Try to find pieces that have hidden storage compartments to help create more space in your small living room.

4. Accent with a Mirror.

Mirrors are the perfect decorating choice in a small or large room. You want to be sure to add mirrors, especially in small rooms. Place a mirror on a wall that is across from a window. This will help ensure that it reflects the natural light and open up the space. You can even incorporate mirrored furniture like end tables. These will help to create a more open, welcoming space while adding a touch of elegance.

5. Fake Height.

Sometimes you have to fake it until you make it. In small living rooms, you can create the illusions of higher ceilings by placing curtain rods higher than where the window starts. Let the curtains hang all the way to the ground to create the visual that the ceilings are higher than they appear. Also, design experts recommend always using a light color on ceilings. It helps to create a more substantial atmosphere and does not distinctly show where the room ends.

We hope you enjoyed these tips! If you are searching for the perfect area rug, please visit our online showroom.

Simple Ways to Increase Value in Your Bathroom

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If you have ever talked to a real estate agent, you understand that the top two selling features of a home are the kitchen and bathroom. By focusing on these rooms, you will be able to increase the overall value of your home and potentially make a return-on-investment. Today we are going to focus on six ways that you increase value in your bathroom. Let us get started!

Simple Ways to Increase Value in Your Bathroom:

1. Get Fixed on Fixtures.

An easy update that you can do without a contractor is replacing your bathroom fixtures. From the sink to the shower, you will want to replace the faucets with new, chic ones to make the bathroom look its best.

2. Lights On.

Take a look at the current light supply in your bathroom. Lighting can be a significant selling feature without homeowners realizing it. You will want to make sure that there is an ample amount of natural light coming into the space as well as light fixtures. Take a look at your bathroom during the daytime and nighttime and see if your lighting needs to be adjusted.

3. Customized.

Everyone’s home is unique, and no two houses will be the same. That is something you can use towards your advantage. Customizing your bathroom specifically to complement its shape and architecture will help make it more appealing to buyers. Things like custom cabinetry with extra shelving can make your bathroom stand out from the rest.

4. Embrace Neutrals.

Unfortunately, we cannot know exactly what a buyer is looking for in a home. Each buyer is unique and has their own preferences. That being said, your best bet is to remain neutral in a color palette. It is the most generally pleasing palette for a bathroom, and it tends not to turn away buyers.

5. Create an Oasis.

You want to create an experience in your bathroom. To add value to your bathroom, you will want to focus on two areas: the shower and the bathtub. These areas are significant to buyers. Try and make sure that they are in excellent condition with new fixtures.

    • Pro-Tip: You can even set the tone with candles surrounding the bathtub, and play relaxing music during a showing.

6. A Good Cleaning.

You may be surprised by the amount of buyers that are turned away from a home because of its grime. Be sure to give your bathroom a good deep cleaning. Even if you are not putting your house on the market, it is a good idea to do a deep cleaning often to reduce the spread of bacteria and germs.

Are your bathroom floors in dire need of an update? We would love to assist you in selecting new, high-quality floors from Century Tile. Stop by one of our beautiful showrooms or call us for more information. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you! 

How to Remodel Your Kitchen for Resale

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You have decided that it is time to put your house on the market. While planning your resale, you notice that your kitchen is decreasing the overall value of your home. You have made the decision that in order to get a full return-on-investment, you want to remodel your kitchen for resale, and we are here to help. With our top six kitchen remodeling tips, we hope to help you make back your return-on-investment and sell your home to the perfect buyer. Let us get started!

How to Remodel Your Kitchen for Resale:

1. Ask a Pro.

There is no shame in asking a professional for their expert advice. Even your real estate agent can be a great resource. They understand the current trends and what buyers are looking for in a home. Before you begin your resale remodel, talk to a few industry professionals.

2. Simplicity is Key. 

With your color scheme and your kitchen design, the simpler you go, the better. Try to not be too trendy in your design, or it may go out of style and try to not go too bold in your color scheme or buyers may be hesitant. You want to decide on a simple, neutral design that can be appealing to all homebuyers.

3. Spend Your Money Wisely.

In a resale, there is no need to spend an extravagant amount of money, because odds are that you will not see a high return on investment. Sellers remodel their homes in order to sell the house and make back the money that they put into it (maybe even more).

4. Open Floor Plan.

Open floor plans are great for families and buyers that want to entertain. Most buyers are looking for an open floor plan for their living room and kitchen area because it is more welcoming. If you are not set on the idea, ask your realtor or contractor if it is a good idea for your home. Depending on the types of buyers, you may decide to go with an open floor plan.

5. Granite, Granite, Granite.

If there is one thing that you should take away from this article, remember that buyers want granite countertops. Do not skimp out on your kitchen countertops, because we assure you that the buyers want to purchase a home with beautiful counters. This may be the one area of the room that you decide to splurge.

6. Special Features.

Homebuyers like uniqueness. What makes your home stand out from the other houses on the market? If you do not know, try adding a special feature to your kitchen. From double ovens to a built-in wine cooler, the ideas are endless.

Are you in need of new floors for your remodel? Let us help you choose the perfect flooring to complete your kitchen. Stop in and visit one of our showrooms to learn more.

Best Flooring Options for Seniors

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When it comes to picking the right floors for older adults, you need to consider a few variables. One, not all floors are alike, and they can all have different positive and negative attributes. Two, some key factors to consider are maintenance, absorption, mobility, slip-resistance, and comfort. We put together a list of several flooring options to consider. You will want to decide what you are looking for out of your floors and what will be the best option for you. Let’s take a look!
 

Cork

Cork is an excellent choice. This floor is a low-maintenance solution to consider putting into your home to accommodate seniors. It offers superior sound absorption and thermal insulation. It is slip-resistant as well as a perfect resolution for wheelchairs, walkers, and canes. Cork flooring has a little more cushion to it to which can help with falls; however, also being so soft, it can easily be damaged. 

Rubber Flooring

Though it is not people’s first thought to add to a home, rubber flooring is an excellent floor for absorption. This is one of the safest options you can get because is both slip-resistant and soft on drops and falls. This comfortable solution can come with a little more of a price increase and has the drawbacks of not a large option of stylish residential designs.

Carpet

Low-profile carpet is good for comfort and provides added protection against getting hurt from a fall. It may be a little bit more demanding on maintenance and cleaning, but it creates a cozy look within a space. Another downfall of carpet is that it may not be easy for maneuverability for individuals who used wheelchairs, walkers or canes.

Luxury Vinyl Planking

This choice is excellent and provides an easy-to-clean solution. It is highly resistant to spills and looks great as well. Luxury Vinyl flooring is great for dust control and extremely durable. It may not be the friendly option for falls due to its relatively hard nature.
 
The Decision Is Yours
Try to avoid tile flooring because they are injury-prone and do not always offer slip-resistance. Deciding the perfect flooring for elderly folks and homes can be challenging. Weigh out the pros and cons of each flooring prior to your decision. Each floor has great benefits to help you make your solution. If you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. One of our expert sales staff members would love to assist you. 

5 Remodeling Projects You Should Take On Before the Holiday

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Is your list of home improvement projects piling up? If you plan on hosting guests in your home during the holiday season you no doubt want it to look it’s best. Since it can be a huge challenge to get everything done in the nick of time, we’ve created a list of home improvement priorities you’ll need to focus on in order to get your house ready for visitors.

Below are five home improvement projects you should invest in right away.

  1. Refinish the Cabinets
    If your kitchen cabinets needed updating years ago than this will be one of the first home improvements you should take on. Giving your cabinetry an high-end upgrade can give your kitchen the ultimate facelift.

  2. Upgrade Your Kitchen
    Since there will be a lot of food preparation during the holidays you’ll want to ensure that your kitchen is both functional and stylish. Now is the time to invest in a brand new backsplash. Be sure to select a classic pattern with a timeless hue. Also, you’ll want to make room for extra built-in storage. You may even consider adding in a built-in buffet to hold all of the food and drinks your guests will be feasting on.

  3. Install A New Stair Runner
    It’s so easy for a stair runner to look used, worn and even dirty after some time. Therefore, before you have guests in your home you should get rid of that dated, contractor grade stair runner and opt for something with a canvas border or timeless hue. There are numerous style options when it comes to choosing a stair runner.

  4. Make Over the Fireplace
    Who doesn’t love to gather around the fireplace during the holidays? Give your fireplace a modern look by making a contemporary update. Consider building a mantel out of wooden planks.

  5. Create A Focal Point in the Room
    You’ll need to wow your guests a little. This is done by adding a focal point to the room. A focal point could be painting an accent wall a bold color or even a beautiful painting. You can mix prints as well as layer different shades within the same hue.

Choosing Your New Flooring

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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.