Advice for a Bathroom Remodel

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Completing a bathroom remodel can be exciting but can also be a little more complicated than you imagined. If you are not sure about what to focus on when remodeling your bath, you came to the right place! Here is our expert advice on beginning a bathroom remodel:

Flooring

Making sure you choose a flooring material that is water-, scratch- and stain-resistant is essential. Water is going to be an issue when you are dealing with a shower stall, tub, and sink. Make sure you install something durable like tile to ensure your floors stay in pristine condition. Natural stone can also be a good choice if properly sealed. If the room used to be more on the dull side, try a uniquely shaped tile choice to mix it up. If you go with the classic tile shape, try installing a border to add character.

Storage

Clutter can ruin a functional space, so take this opportunity to install as much storage space as you need to keep things tidy. If there was too much storage prior to your remodel, try sleeker shelving that will still get the job done. If you are working with a spare bathroom that will not be seeing much use, you can skip the bulky cabinets and go with a more minimal look through open shelves or baskets. These will still hold the necessities for guests while taking up less square footage in the room.

Fixtures

An attractive set of fixtures can amp up the style in your bathroom. To save space in a small spare bathroom, install a pedestal sink with just enough room for overnight guests to fit their travel kits. A claw-foot tub also makes a beautiful statement. For the master bath, try a vessel sink or an undermount sink to create a more unique look. The master can forgo a bathtub and have a beautiful stand-up shower stall with tile from top to bottom and be enclosed with clear glass doors to keep the room looking spacious.

Lighting

Most bathroom lighting fixtures are set above where you would be standing to look in the mirror. This casts shadows downwards and is not the most optimal use of light for getting ready in the morning. Try adjusting the lighting to eye level on each side of the mirror. In doing so, it will help cast the right lighting for makeup application as well as a morning shave.

Ask for Help

Finally, do not be afraid to ask for assistance if there are parts of this remodel that confuse you. It is better to ask for help prior to installation so you can prevent purchasing any inappropriate materials for the space. Feel free to come and visit our one of our showrooms with any questions you might have. One of our expert sales associates would love to assist you. Do not wait; stop in today!

How to Choose Proper Lighting for Your Home

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Light is an essential element to any room. Without proper lighting, a room can feel small and unwelcoming. Light helps color pop, it makes rooms feel much larger, and it gives a general good vibe throughout the atmosphere. When you think of design, the lighting may not be the first thing to cross your mind; however, this essential element will make or break any room. While floors, paint, and décor are essential, without light, you cannot even see the aesthetics of a room! Knowing how to properly showcase lights is important. There are three ways to light an atmosphere properly. Becoming familiar with them can help make sure your rooms in your home are properly illuminated.

General Lighting

Every room needs general lighting. This is the light that illuminates the space, and it can be an overhead light which covers the whole room in light. Your general light should provide adequate lighting to make a room easily maneuverable and not feel dark. Rooms with dark color themes like black walls, dark ceilings, or dark flooring may need more than one source of general light to illuminate the room.

Ambient Lighting

Take your light further and incorporate ambient lighting. This lighting is vital to support the room’s overall aesthetics and highlight attributes. You can use ambient lighting to highlight pictures, create a mood, or help amplify or showcase a focal point. This spotlighting is excellent to enhance a space and should be used as such. Overplaying ambient lighting can take away from its significance; however, too much light is never a bad thing.

Task Lighting

What about the areas which you need more fine-tuned lighting? A task light is a way to illuminate spots in which you may perform certain daily tasks. These can be installed under countertops where food is prepared or in a reading corner where you need a little more light. Task lighting is excellent because it is used when needed. Include task lighting throughout your home for a more complete look.

Some rooms may need several of each type of lighting. Others may only need general lighting. Additionally, natural lighting from windows is the best source to help revitalize your space. However, the sun is only available for so many hours, so do not miss out on proper lighting!

Storage Warrior | How to Maximize Storage in Your Home

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The key to minimalism is an open layout with no clutter.  However, minimalism is a lifestyle and does not happen overnight.  Getting rid of all your stuff at once and decluttering an aggressive approach.  A more practical matter is investing in more storage options.  The best storage options serve more than just one purpose.  When designing your space, especially smaller homes, you need to facilitate your space as much as possible.  Here are three easy ways to add storage to your design and help declutter your home more:

Ottoman

The key to minimalism is not going out and buying more furniture without eliminating some of the items you already own.  A good general rule of thumb to use in the beginning is for every one piece of furniture purchased, eliminate two.  An ottoman is a functional seat that can serve as an end table and includes internal storage.  For your own home, you will want to find an ottoman that complements your design theme.  Theses multifunctional furnishing can transform your design not only aesthetically but functionally as well.

Coffee Table with Enclosed Storage

Minimalism is a double-edged sword.  Some minimalist will lean toward Mid-Century Modern Design; however, this style likes to include open furniture to help make the space feel airier and more accessible.  Yet, if you want to store your belongings, they are very noticeable.  A coffee table with enclosed storage can still look great but adds a little more functionality.  Plus, almost all living room sets are not complete without a coffee table.  Adding a coffee table with storage can help you eliminate books, magazines, remotes, and other odds and ends in the living room.

Cube Storage

Cube Storage has been a trend for the last decade, and it has really been a great solution to tuck away unwanted clutter.  Create bins with labels to store mail, miscellaneous tools, or even shoes.  Cube storage is excellent to help create an aesthetic solution for storing your belongings.  You can get a wall unit or invest in a floating unit as well.  Find a style that best complements your home.

Under-Bed-Storage

Do you decorate for the holidays, and are you looking for a spot to tuck away your holiday decor?  Try investing in some under-the-bed-storage units.  With wheels on them, they can easily slide in and out from underneath your bed.  This can help you keep holiday decor and seasonal clothes easily accessible throughout the year.

Learning to see areas in your home to facilitate as storage is critical.  Just remember that minimalism does not happen after night.  Scrutinize your space and determine the best plan of attack. Start with a game plan, and you will be pleased with the end result. Best of luck!

How to Capture Real Estate Pictures|Part Two

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To successfully sell your home, you need to stand out against the rest of the houses available. The simplest way to achieve this is by capturing quality pictures of your home. As we explored in Part 1, you need to have the right amount of pictures, stage each room properly, and accentuate your exterior. However, more goes into photography than just your home. Knowing how to take the shots is equally important. Help your home sell quicker by using these quality tips:

Professional Angles

You do not need to be a professional to find the best angles. Your goal is to make each room look as large as possible. You may need to stand in a doorway or closet to capture the entirety of the room. Wide angle lenses are ideal but do not use fisheye. You want the pictures to look as natural as possible. Make sure nothing is too obtrusive to the shot. Take your time and play with the angles. You may need to take several pictures of one room to determine which is the best to help market the room.

Proper Lighting

Open all curtains, make sure that your light fixtures have matching bulbs, and double check all your lights are on in your home. Lighting is a critical element in photography. A properly lit space can look much larger. Do not take photos of your exterior in poor lighting. Pictures outside are best taken an hour after sunrise or hour before sunset–this time is referred to as golden hour.

Editing

Uploading poor quality pictures is one of the worst mistakes you can make. Do not overly edit your photos; however, having proper lighting and contrast is very important. Try to use a camera with at least 5-megapixels. Most camera phones are great than this today. Remember, a well-edited photo can make a world of difference. You do not need to be a photoshop pro. There are free apps available that you can edit your photos straight from your phone.

Using the proper techniques will help you move your home faster on the market. If you are struggling to make progress, you can always hire a professional; however, never underestimate the power quality photos can have on selling your home.

How to Capture Real Estate Pictures|Part One

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Real estate is a competitive market. You need to know how to represent your product best if you want potential homebuyers to make an offer on your home. Knowing how to take professional real estate pictures is essential to selling your home. You want to know what to shoot and how to capture it. Here are the general three rules of thumb to capture the perfect pictures for selling your home:

Not Too Many or Not Enough?

When taking pictures of your home, it is important to find balance. You are trying to spark the interest of the buyer. Not enough pictures can make buyers skeptical of the property, whereas too many images can hurt the potential sale as well. Aim for a dozen photos–include some exterior and interior shots. You are trying to showcase the strongest attributes of the home. Take pictures of areas that make your home unique and can help add to the sale. Remember to ask yourself why you are taking each picture.

Staging

Next, it is essential to make sure you stage your pictures correctly. Your landscaping should be impeccable for the photographs as well as your interior setting. Do not upload photos with messes or personal items in them like your car, family members, or pets. Sounds obvious, but you would be surprised. You may even want to remove bulk furniture from the space. This can be temporary for the photo but allows the area to look bigger. You want your home is welcome to look lived in; however, do it with taste. Remove your toiletries from the restrooms and only have essentials for selling points.

Exterior Tips

Not essential, but you can include some unique exterior shots to help your home on the market. If you live in a nice neighborhood, consider having a drone shot of the property, including some of the surrounding homes. If you have the ability to show one seasonal shot, take advantage of this as well. Homes can look different during the winter and summer months. If your environment does not have dramatic influences on the home’s exterior, you do not need to include this. Remember, you do not want to create a massive album. Three to five exterior shots are plenty.

Having pictures can increase the amount of internet traffic and views. Make sure you take the time to get the best photos to help sell your home. For more tips, be sure to check out Part 2. The more tricks and tips you have in your arsenal can give you the advantage you need to sell your home.

Tips and Tricks for Cleaning Grout like an Expert

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Tile can give any home a very luxurious feel. Immaculate backsplashes, enhancing shower systems, or tantalizing foyers all are rooted with tasteful tile selections. However, nothing can hurt this pristine look quite like dirty grout lines. You invest time and money into finding the perfect tiles and complementary grout yet overtime your grout has browned and looks unkept. To help, here is everything you need to know on why your grout is getting dirty, how to clean it, and how to prevent it from happening down the line. Let’s take a look!

Why Grout Gets Dirty

Grout is a pourable mortar used to close the gaps between floor and wall tiles. It comes in two types: sanded and unsanded. The sealant is composed of water, cement, and sometimes sand; therefore, grout is very porous, allowing it to be very permeable to liquids. If moisture is in the air, it can embed dirt into your grout lines. Likewise, if you spill a colored beverage, your grout is susceptible to soaking it up and staining with the color.

How to Clean Grout

First, you will want to broom or dust the surface of any grime. Using hot water can help break down more difficult soot embedded into the surface of the grout. Create a homogenous mixture of vinegar and water and pour it onto your grout. It may need to soak for several minutes to work its way down into the grout. After it is absorbed, use a toothbrush or scrub brush to remove debris.

Maintenance

Typically, installers will not seal grout the same day of being applied to allow the grout to cure. If you have epoxy grout, it is not porous and will not need to be sealed. However, if not, it would be in your best interest to seal it. This sealant can prevent unwanted discoloring or staining from occurring in the future. Your sealant will help protect against stains and bacteria from forming on your grout lines.

If you have dirty grout, do not leave it unattended for too long. Cleaning your grout is easy and can make your tile look brand new. Remember to seal your grout after to help prevent discoloring down the road. For more tips and tricks on floor maintenance, make sure to subscribe to our blog!

Why Do I Need Backsplash?

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When you think of your dream kitchen, it probably has beautiful cabinetry, a gorgeous sink setup, plenty of counter space, and of course, a backsplash.  Backsplashes are the perfect remedy to take your kitchen’s aesthetics to the next level because tile is a timeless home improvement that can make any room feel more luxurious and personalized. Additionally, tile can help tailor the design to your liking. 

Think of a backsplash as a blank canvas to express your design theme.  From monochromatic tiles to intricate mosaic glass work, your backsplash can be designed in a variety of different ways to make a statement.  That being said, backsplash serves more than just this purpose.  Here is everything you should consider prior to adding your backsplash to your kitchen:

Functionality

Kitchens can get messy, and drywall does not respond well to sticky messes and water.  Backsplashes primarily protect your walls and can make messes easier to clean.  Think of your backsplash as an extension to your countertops that runs up the wall.  They can easily be wiped down and help prevent stains from getting on the walls.  Backsplashes work great for behind the sink, range, or countertop where food prep is done.  You can even include backsplashes in your bathrooms as well to protect your walls.

Aesthetics

Functionality aside, backsplashes are downright beautiful.  Adding a backsplash in your kitchen or bath can help enhance your home’s aesthetics.  There are some many wonderful selections to choose from when picking your tile.  Consider mosaic, painted designs on tiles, ceramic, subway tile, or even creating your own picture frame with pencil tile.  Your walls are blank canvases for you to create your very own masterpiece.  The next step is to find a complementary grout to help enhance the design.  You can go with a close neutral color or even a contrasting color to help make your tiles pop.  A general rule of thumb is to not have your wall tiles be a larger size than tiles on the flooring.

Other Materials

There are more than just ceramic or glass tiles you can use to create your look.  You can invest in granite, stainless steel, laminate, shiplap, or even sheet glass for a flawless look.  Decide what backsplash will enhance your design the most while considering how messy your walls may get and what application works best.  Find the best solution for functionality and then go about the design for your home.

Backsplashes are perfect upgrades to improve your home’s beauty and value.  They say “copying” is the highest form of flattery.  Look online or in person for a style you would like to replicate. If you need help or assistance, one of our knowledgable sales associates would love to assist you in finding the perfect look. 

How to Choose the Perfect Bathroom Tile

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When deciding to begin a bathroom remodel, we get excited to explore all the different ideas that can be incorporated. We look at countertops, sinks, cabinets, bathtubs, but most importantly, we look for the perfect tile. Tile is a timeless bathroom remedy that can functionally enhance the aesthetics of the atmosphere. We generate a theme from what we have seen before and have liked. Maybe you saw a rustic design at a restaurant, or perhaps your friends’ house has a simply beautiful, all-white design. While we search through a plethora of Pinterest pins and available options in a store, you begin to form an idea of the direction you want your bathroom design to go. To help you guide you during your decision process, here are our top three rules to follow in choosing the perfect bathroom tile.

Design

The first step is that you will need to select a design style that is meaningful to you. Decide if you want dark or light tiles, ceramic or glass, a lot of character or plain, texturized or smooth. Try not to select more than three tile types in your bathroom. Too many styles can feel busy and chaotic. To make your design feel more uniform, you will want to pick a primary tile and secondary tile. Your other tile choices can be used for trim, accent, and added character throughout the room.

Scale

If you are stuck on the size tile, consider the relative scale. If you select a 12×24, you can use it to accentuate the length of a room. You can use a smaller, more symmetrical option like 12×12 tiles too if your bathroom demands more cuts. A smaller tile will mean fewer cuts around plumbing and furniture. If you go with a larger tile, it can make a small room feel larger. Be careful not to go to big in very small spaces, or it can look strange. A general rule of thumb is to never put larger tiles on the walls than the tiles on the floor.

Maintenance

If you are okay with a little more maintenance, natural stone tiles are great for adding character to a room. However, if you do not want to be spending a ton of time cleaning, ceramic and porcelain are your safest options. Glass can make great for accents or walls but is not a good choice for the ground. Look into some mosaic glass designs to add even more character in your showers or bath.

Picking the perfect tile is fun. It is safest to go with your first instinct. All tiles have character, decide how much you are willing to put in a space. Too many high-designed tiles can clash and make the space look busy. Also, do not forget to consider the maintenance and size you want in your home. With these simple guidelines in mind, you are ready to create your dream oasis bathroom.

How to Showcase Your Travels in Your Design

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If you love to travel and have been around the world, you recognize how life-changing it can be. When you return home, you just keep dreaming of the places you have traveled until you slowly come back to reality and once again begin your normal life routines. Just because you are home does not mean you cannot contribute to these oases into your living space. Buying memorabilia specific to place you travel and putting it in your home design can express your love for travel. Here are six spots on earth and souvenirs you should try to keep an eye out for when you travel:

Africa

Taking large continents and making a small list of souvenirs will not encapsulate everything these areas have to offer. Keep your eyes open for similar memorabilia and artifacts to bring home with you. Africa is rich in culture and has so much to offer from Egypt down to South Africa. With such a varying landscape, there are so many treasures to find in these lands. Keep an eye out for African-culture wood carvings. These make beautiful, cultured pieces of artwork for your home. You can also find Tanzanite at a favorable exchange rate in South Africa, so keep a lookout for this alluring blue jewelry. Africa is recognized for some incredible wire art pieces as well. Look in rural areas to try to find wire art ranging from small animals to intricate designs.

Australia

Australia is another large area with so much to offer. It is known for their exchange rate on opal and can be purchased at a fair price. For home décor, you can look into buying an authentic boomerang which was an iconic hunting tool to the aboriginal Australians. Australia also has many fine wines to keep on the lookout. These are great to take back home and keep in your winery. If you can find areas that sell Indigenous art, these make excellent display pieces for your home as well.

North America

Each state in the United States has a unique piece of history or characteristic about them. Without deep diving into every state, you can start something as simple as a coin collection or a mug with each state’s name on it that you traveled. This is a fun, creative way to make your own personal travel checklist and express it in your home. Canada has a lot to offer as well. Keep an eye out for Canadian Maple syrup or even dream catchers. These are a fun thing you can put in your home to show your travels. Canada is also the headquarter to TY Stuffed Animals so make sure to check out some while you are up there.

South America

Textiles are highly exported from South America. Keep an eye out for quality, wool tapestry to hang in your home or handmade musical instruments. Every country has a unique design style in their art and should be explored while visiting. Chullo hats are brightly colored hats made from llama, alpaca, or sheep’s wool and are beautiful to wear or put on display when you return home. With textiles being so affordable in South America, you can purchase woven friendship bracelets and colorful backpacks as gifts. South America will tend to have beautiful, bright colored painting you should look for as well. Also, you should look for their dolls and finger puppets which can be displayed on a bookshelf or mantel when you get home.

South East Asia

Asia is also a historically rich culture. Sticking to the country’s roots is a great way to showcase elements in your home. Silk is highly prominent textile in Asia and is considered extremely luxurious. The pottery and jewelry in Asia are also unique and tailored to their beautiful culture. Explore options to add to your kitchen like ceramic teapots or chopsticks as well while you are there. South East Asia has many countries with very elaborate gowns and dresses which can be purchased as well.

Europe

Europe has many countries with exceptional heritage. Italy is celebrated for its leather goods and is a great place to find high-quality wallets and purses. Romania is known for its exceptional wooden spoon craftmanship and would be a great addition to add to your home. Turkey has highly-renowned coffee whereas Norway is known for its knitted wools. The Netherlands has become known for its Delftware which would look great in any China cabinet. Every country has its own claim to fame and should be researched before going. Try to decide what countries you will be visiting and what items to keep an eye out for when you are there.

There are so many wonderful spots in the world; each country and continent has a unique, rich heritage of beautiful artifacts and modern treasures that we can admire. We cannot encapsulate all these treasures in one post but can give you ideas of what to keep on the lookout while you are there. Happy travels, and be sure to revisit this page after your trip to let us know what you bought.

Factors to Consider when Purchasing Shower Tile

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Finding the right tile for your shower stall may sound simple. In fact, most homeowners primary concern when shopping for shower tiles is selecting something that will merely get the job done. However, you should take time to consider color and patterns so that the shower tile you select complements your bathroom decor. Below, we listed factors you should consider when purchasing shower tiles. Let’s take a look!

Smaller Tiles for Curves

Depending on the design of your shower bench, you might have to opt for smaller tiles. If you would consider your shower bench as “curvy,” small tiles are ideal. Why? Installing tiles around the edges can be a challenge when working with larger sized tiles. Also, when working with smaller tiles around curved benches, you will have greater control during installation. It allows you to be precise so that you can create a seamless design, especially if you plan on installing the tiles yourself.

Add a Feature Wall

If you really want to add style and glam to your bathroom, you can create a feature wall by selecting a different tile choice than what was installed on the rest of the walls. In fact, you can create an accent are right in the shower by opting for tiles that feature a bold pattern or different hue.

Use Small, Colored Glass

We all love the look of glass tiles, especially in the shower stall. Working with glass can sometimes be difficult; therefore, you should try using small, colored glass. Since moisture can often get trap behind glass, design experts recommend using small, colored glass to create a flawless look that does not feature any fog from steam.

Play with Texture

Believe it or not, texture matters. While smooth tiles are great for the seats and walls, textured tiles can be applied to the floors for safety purposes. The texture can help the foot grip the surface more securely and offers homeowners will peace of mind.

Consider the Maintenance Process

Finally, you need to consider the maintenance process of the tile surface that you are thinking about installing on your shower stall. Experts recommend opting for larger slabs if you are looking for a quick and easy cleaning experience.