Creating the Ultimate Spring Garden

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Spring into a new yard design this year by incorporating some of spring’s trendiest flowers and plants. Every spring, homeowners fall into a routine of planting the same things each year. This year, liven up your yard with bright colors and take on planting that garden you have always talked about, and spring into a new routine!

Plan the Layout

Your garden holds extraordinary potential, and maybe you have the perfect layout already in mind. But if you do not, draw up a layout of how you want your plants, herbs, vegetables and/or flowers to sit in your garden.

Pro Tip: You do not need to section off your flowers from vegetables, they can coexist and actually mix well with one another. Vegetables can actually benefit from certain plants and their shade. For example, lettuce loves the shade; place your taller flowers in front to help the growth of this vegetable.

When Less Is Better

Look for plants that are grown in your area at local nurseries or shops, because these plants will flourish in your yard. Homeowners struggle with choosing their plants because a lot of times they are not native to your area and will ultimately take a lot of extra work. So, create less work for yourself by dressing up your yard in native plants.

Add Personality

Marking your garden’s items is a great way to get creative. Plus, making DIY garden labels creates a fun project!

DIY Garden Labels:

  • Purchase chalkboard signs and write each of the herbs/vegetables you have growing in your garden.
  • Use some old bricks and write the plant names with a permanent marker.
  • Paint some rocks with the names of your plants.
  • Hammer down silverware and engrave the plant’s name onto the utensil.

Also, think about the containers you are keeping your potted plants in and try to purchase some stylish pots. You can even get crafty with your current pots and a can of paint.

Make a Calendar

Timing is everything when it comes to gardening. Making a calendar will help assure your garden grows to its highest potential. Section off the things that should be done in the early, middle, and end of spring.

Do you love to garden? Have any tips you can share with our readers? We would love to hear from you in the comments section.

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!

Charming Ways to Spruce up Your Home’s Exterior

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As spring is in full bloom, it is time to start taking care of our home’s exterior, and small weekend projects can make a big difference. If you have the opportunity to set aside a couple of hours this week, here are our top picks for exterior home modifications that are cost-effective and time-conscious. Let’s take a look!

Paint Your Front Door

This is a great do-it-yourself project that can really change your entire curb appeal. Simply, start by removing your door then remove your handles and locks so only the part that needs painted remains. Take your door outside where you can paint it. You will want to sand the door to remove old paint or until it feels smooth. Make sure all the dust is off the door before adding your primer. You can now paint your door any color you choose. You can give your home a pop of color with a bright red or blue, or you can even provide a modern look with a dark grey or black. Just make sure your door is completely dry before rehanging it.

Plant Flowers

Some flowers are easier to grow than others. If it is your first garden or flowerbed, you may want to start with easy plants. Consider if you will incorporate a water irrigation system. If you can make a system before planting, you can evade having your life revolve around watering plants during the hot months. Just make sure your plants can be exposed to plenty of sunlight as well. Trees and houses can block some other important sunrays crucial to growing your plants. Flowerbeds can be a fun project to keep up on during the warm months and completely change your home’s curb appeal.

Stain Your Patio Furniture

Pick a day that there will be no rain or intense heat. If you are staining patio furniture on a deck or concrete surface, make sure to tarp the area. Stain can really spruce up your old furniture but be sure to plan ahead because not all woods except stain the same. You will also want to sand with the grain. Apply your first coat and allow it to soak. You can wipe to remove any heavy coating and apply accordingly until you accomplish the level you like.

These simple projects are great for any level of home fixer-uppers. With little tools and a full weekend, you can accomplish wonders in your yard. Which projects are your favorite? We would love to hear from you. Make sure to leave a comment below and subscribe for more content.

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. 

Interior Design Principles for the Home

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Are you one of those people who was born with an excellent eye for design? If not, did you know that many designers have learned this valuable skill instead of inheriting it? There are some of us that do not have the first inkling of what to do when it comes to designing our homes. To help, we have listed a few of the basic techniques that will help you design your home. These decorating tips are simple enough that just about anyone can use. We hope you are motivated and comfortable in starting to design an entire house or just one room!

The Room’s Focal Point

The most emphasized feature of a room is the focal point. It is what your eye is drawn to when entering the room. Everything around the focal point will complement it. Finding the focal point is the first place to begin when decorating a room. If you are not sure where to start, look around the room for already built-in focal points. For example, a large window or fireplace can serve as built-in focal points. If the room does not already have a focal point, create one.

Think about what you will be doing inside of the room and build your focal point around it. If it is a reading room, make a bookcase your focal point. You can also use a large piece of artwork or a mirror as a focal point. If you already have a focal point, let’s say the fireplace is painted white; you will place some accent pieces around the room in white. If the focal point is a mirror, you may frame it on either side with complementing pieces of artwork. If your room does not have a focal point, you can create one by:

  • Painting one wall a different color and accessorizing it with artwork or decorative shelves.
  • Decide what you want to use the room for then create a focal point around that. A great example would be a reading room and the bookcase as a focal point.
  • Use a large piece of furniture as a focal point.
  • Use a large piece of artwork/mirror/textile as a focal point.

The Odd Numbers Rule

By designing a room with odd numbers, you will be able to create harmony with visual interest. Designing with odd numbers is a foundation that carries more appealing and memorable areas than even numbered items. You need to have items that vary in height, textures, and shapes. Also, do not forget to keep in mind that something similar should be happening with each item. There should be something similar that groups these items.

Designing a space takes time. You will learn what works for your house through trial and error. Remember to take it slow and that you know more than you may think.

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.

Hardwood vs. Engineered Hardwood Flooring

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In today’s flooring market, we not only have solid hardwood floors we also have engineered hardwood floors. Engineered wood is made from a thin, top layer of solid wood, while the base of the product is made of plywood. Engineered wood is durable while providing the same beautiful look found in traditional hardwood floors. If you are new to the concept of engineered hardwood, we wanted to explain the key differences between traditional and engineered hardwood. Let’s take a look!

Engineered Hardwood

  • The cost is less expensive than solid hardwood because of the plywood base. Regarding solid hardwood, you are paying for the entire plank of wood, compared to engineered the expensive layer is only on the top.
  • Versatility for installing engineered wood floors with a tongue and groove system by loosely laid or installed using glue. Engineered floors can be installed on all levels of the home. Also, engineered hardwoods do not expand and contract like solid hardwood floors.
  • Various finishes are offered from hand-scraped, textured, and smooth.
  • Engineered floors are more environmentally friendly than traditional hardwood floors.
  • Engineered hardwood holds up well against moisture, allowing homeowners to install hardwood floors in places they never imagined possible.

Traditional Hardwood

  • Hardwood floors can be refinished over and over with the results looking like the day you bought it.
  • Many homeowners love having beautiful, solid hardwood floors in their home.
  • Solid hardwood floors are made from 100% wood and are more expensive. If you are not concerned with budget, solid hardwood floors may be the best choice for you.
  • Solid hardwood floors have more of a specific process for installing than engineered wood floors.
  • Solid hardwood floors will expand and contract with the weather and over time.

For more information on traditional hardwood and engineered hardwood, one of our expert sales associates would love to help guide you on which option may be best for your lifestyle and home. Please call or visit one of our showrooms for more information.

How to Create a Modern and Sleek Bathroom Design

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Who does not love the look of a modern and sleek room? Experts say it is time to apply this design concept to the bathroom. The bathroom is a space in the home that is often neglected when it comes to design. The key to creating a sleek look in the bathroom is simplicity. You will want to embrace minimalism with super clean, chic furnishings. Whether your home’s overall style is more rustic or traditional and you want to dabble with a modern style for the bathroom or your whole style is a modernist fantasy, here are some tips for creating the perfect modern bathroom:

Crisp Neutral Colors

The palette of a modern and sleek powder room is very simple. You will need to embrace a lot of crisp neutrals like shades of white, black, charcoal gray and taupe. You will find that most modern bathrooms use less sophisticated materials like wood varieties, nickel, veined stone or porcelain. These materials can be used to accent elements to make a subtle statement rather than overwhelming the space.

If you do not want the space to feel too cold, you can bring in natural touches through warm woods. Be sure to stick to subtle grains in order to preserve the tranquil and clean-lined atmosphere.

Implement Modern Lighting

In order to really make your bathroom look, feel both fresh and clean, bright and modern lighting choices is essential. Use LED or fluorescent bulbs which provide bright, white lighting without creating yellowish undertones. Often, modern light cast a cool glow. Use lighting above the medicine cabinet to keep the walls super bright, which ultimately makes the bathroom look bigger. Modern light fixtures include styles like a pendant or fixtures that are flush with the walls, which create beautifully illuminated spaces.

Minimalist Accessories

Since a modern bathroom embraces a minimalist style, you want to use simple accessories. A frameless mirror will look elegant in such a space especially if it is extended from wall to wall. Use streamlined hardware that originates from one manufacturer that features one solid finish that you can use for the faucet, shower knobs, and towel bar.

What are your thoughts on modern design? We would love to hear your feedback below in the comment section.

Three Things Every Bedroom Needs

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We tend to neglect the elements that can change our bedrooms. Some bedrooms can even tend to come across simple and boring, yet we spend a good portion of our time in these rooms. We may neglect them because others do not see them; however, it is important to value this room. It is a simple act of self-respect to put a little love and care into these rooms. Understandably, minimalism has its time and place, but it is ideal to still put some elements into this space to express ourselves and make it a more practical environment. These adaptive hacks are essentials to include in your bedroom:

Comfortable Mattress

New mattresses can be expensive but are worth the investment. There are twenty-four hours in your day. We typically spend eight hours sleeping which accounts for 1/3 of your life is spent in bed. Make sure you get the proper night’s sleep with a comfy mattress. Since not every mattress works for everyone, it can take a little testing and research to find the perfect mattress tailored to your sleep needs.

Body Mirror

A full body mirror may sound like a funny investment at first but actually makes sense. Keep yourself in check every day before you leave your home with a full body mirror. You can make sure your outfits look fly, and you are all suited up for the day. A full body mirror is a life changer and will keep your wardrobe in check daily.

Smart Tech

Smart technology is slowly becoming a norm in homes. Adding this tech to your bedroom is a game changer. Consider adding smart lights which can turn on and off or even different colors from a voice command station. Invest in a smart feature like a Google Home or Alexa or any other to control your devices. You can sync your television and speakers to make your whole bedroom controllable at the sound of your voice. Once you make this simple change, you will never want to go back.

These changes are worth the investment. Consider these the new bedroom essentials, and treat your bedroom with some more respect by adding these elements to the room. They do not demand a ton of space but can make your daily life easier and simpler. For more essentials, make sure to subscribe!

How to Properly Remove Carpet from Your Home

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Home projects can be quite expensive, and it is important not to take shortcuts on these investments. However, we should also try to identify tasks in which we can complete without jeopardizing our home’s value. A great example is removing your old carpet. There is a right way and a wrong way to go about this project. We put together a five-step program to follow to ensure you do it safely and correctly. Let’s take a look!

Tools

This task can be physically demanding. Before beginning this project, make sure you are up for the task at hand. You will need a few necessary tools: nuisance dust mask (optional), carpet knife, duct tape, floor scraper, hammer, flathead screwdriver, nail punch tool, broom and dustpan, shop vac, & garbage bag.

Remove All Furniture

First, you will need to prepare the room by removing all the furniture from the area. You will also want to remove any floor vents. You can put them back in once you remove your carpet. Next, make sure your curtains do not touch the floor. Simply, loosely drape them around one another in a gentle knot to give enough height from the floor. Lastly, you will need to remove your swing or sliding doors. For sliding doors, pick them up to remove them from the track. For swinging doors, use your hammer and flathead screwdriver to loosen pins from hinges then use your nail punch tool to push the pin the rest of the way out of the hinge.

Cut the Rug and Padding

Now you are ready to remove the old carpet and padding. If your waste management company will take your old, take-up carpet and padding, they may have a recommended size that the rolls must be cut. Typically, three-foot rolls will be fine. Use your carpet blade to cut your three-foot strips.

Roll up the Carpet and Padding

Next, you can roll your carpet and pad together or make the load lighter by rolling each separate. Use your duct tape to secure rolls from reopening. Carpet backing can be very unforgiving, so be careful removing the rolls from your home. If you come in contact with walls, you can easily scrape and scuff them.

Remove Access Staples, Pad, and Glue

After the carpet and padding have been removed, you can now see the subfloor. You will have a remaining pad that is caught in the staple or attached to old glue. Use your scraper to knock all the staples and padding loose. You do not want to remove your tackless strip! This will be used for the installation to come.

Vacuum and Broom Remaining Dust

Finally, broom up all the staples and padding scraps. Throw all the remaining scrap away in your trash bag. You can shop vac around the edges of the room to collect any remaining dirt and dust.

We recommend that you verify with your sales rep that there will be no issues if you remove your old flooring. If they give you the “good to go,” removing your own carpet will help you time and money. Just remember to follow the directions properly and do not take on the task if you feel overwhelmed or confused.