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.

Transitional Interior Design: A Trendy, Traditional & Modern Home

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The world of design is everchanging; styles evolve and branch off into more tailored categories. Some interior design styles are timeless while others fade away and are just merely a trend. However, it is always something truly magical when two very distinct styles have the opportunity to mesh together into a new style, offering the best of both worlds. Traditional Design and Contemporary Design are prevalent yet very distinctly different styles, and that is where Transitional Design gives them the opportunity to shine together as one design. To better understand Transitional Design, we explored the two main outlets that power this style. Let’s take a look:

Traditional

There is something inspiring about the raw beauty of a Traditional Design. From its classic detailing through wooden trim to the rich, elegant environment it showcases, traditional homes easily highlight the inviting elements of comfort by integrating symmetry, boastful décor, and freedom of color to warm the atmosphere. With endless accessories, this has been a timeless style that balances a dramatic space with a refined yet elegant atmosphere.

Contemporary/Modern

On the other hand of classic, there is the new, edgy style: Contemporary Design. While Mid-Century Modern is an era that has come and gone, this is a style that is always adapting to its latest trends. Borrowing the open layout from Mid-Century modern is as far as these can relate. However, contemporary design is mainly influenced by today’s most trending design influencers. Patterns, colors, and styles are always becoming more unique and pushing the limits of design. This is a highly evolving design that can quickly be identified as very awe-inspiring. Modern Design will allow an open layout, and it thrives on sticking minimalistic with its décor and will tend to keep a neutral color palette.

The Balance

You can go three routes when combining the two styles in Transitional Design. First, you can choose to amplify Traditional Style through your home’s architecture, trim, flooring, and color palette. Find elegance and luxury in your home by incorporating woods and classic elements then you can add the sleek, more contemporary designs through furniture, rugs, and décor. Or, you can try to have a modern open layout home. Include contemporary design through the layout of your space but let your furniture incorporate more classic textures and patterns. Lastly, you can try the “even” blend–this is where your home has a little more of an eclectic feel. You let each design shine evenly throughout the space. Putting both Traditional and Modern design into the furniture, layout, and the décor.

When completing a Transitional Design, make sure your room always feels uniform and not unbalanced. Harmony is key when creating Transitional Design. Remember that this is an eclectic blend of sophisticated and new edge. Have fun with it!

2019 Color of the Year: Living Coral

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Annually, Pantone, the global authority in colors, selects a new “Color of the Year.” Their select team of color experts travels the world to see what colors are up and coming and influential in marketing and design. The chosen color makes a high impact on many industries over the year. In fact, Pantone’s color choice influences many significant companies, and it is incorporated in modern merchandising, marketing, interior design, fashion, and much more. Knowing the “Color of the Year” can allow you to stay ahead in your home’s design as well as incorporate in commercial work. Let’s take a look at 2019’s Color of the Year:

Living Coral

2019’s Color of the Year is Living Coral. Living Coral is an energetic, “buoyant” color that can liven up any area while still complimenting passive, cool tones. It is referred to as a tangy-peach hue with golden undertones that evoke a powerful statement to any application.

Complementary Colors

Living Coral is a stimulating color that can pair well with other accompanying accent colors. As a warm tone, Living Coral pairs well with all of the other warm tones. You can try accompanying Living Coral with a Raspberry Red for a robust and spicy design. You can also move toward the cool tone family and choose a teal, navy, or turquoise to balance the space. While usually warm and cool tones can be paired with Living Coral to neutralize a space, these pairings are full of adventure, fun, and inspire an optimistic atmosphere.

Application

Pantone declared, “Just as coral reefs are a source of sustenance and shelter to sea life, vibrant, yet mellow, Pantone 16-1546, Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.” Applying this to your own space can help you stay up-to-date with modern colors as well as trends. It can be a great application to include in your business’ marketing or commercial space if you own your own business. If not, try incorporating Living Coral in your own home to bring new levels of energy into your own space.

The Color of the Year can be a great design addition. Pantone meticulously identifies a color that’s influence has the most significant impact on design that year. Have you seen this color used this year? How will you apply this trending color in your own space? We would love to hear from you! Comment below what you think about Living Coral.

Adding a Little “Gloss” to Your Home

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There are a general set of principles that we associate with beauty in an atmosphere. Typically, the art or appearance of something must be positive, symmetrical, and visually pleasing to be considered aesthetic. However, we also take into consideration the “wow” factor. This can be an outlying factor that makes art, a person, or a room seem unique and beautiful. A great eye-catching element to consider adding to your home is gloss. Color can easily be one of the most influential properties in a room. You can amplify its characteristics by adding a sheen to it. Here are several key ways to use gloss in your own design and acquire some of its many benefits:

Accent

Add a layer of visual intensity to the room by incorporating gloss on an accent wall. The shine will make the wall pop and add character to the room. You can even apply the gloss to the ceiling or floor to make add emphasize on the color of your choice. This can allow a little bit of color to make a significant impact on the room’s design.

Add Character

Typically, we turn to color to add character to a room. With gloss, you can add a sheen to a neutral color like white or black. This can take a bland space and help showcase items like furniture. Try using this to transform your home and add life to neutral palette spaces. Adding gloss can easily add a luxurious finish to a contemporary or mid-century modern atmosphere.

Enhance Space

Gloss can enhance your space. Typically, dark colors can make a room feel small and less lit. High gloss can still push light around the room with very dark colors. Think of highly reflective black marble or onyx countertops– this black should make the room feel smaller, yet, with the high gloss finish, the sheen allows light to travel freely throughout the space. This can let you use dark colors without hurting the atmosphere.

Incorporating gloss into your design is an excellent choice. Since colors can be very impactful, you can learn to use them and their hues can help you accentuate your space.

Three Small Bathroom Problems Solved

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Do you feel you like you barely have room to move around in your bathroom? If you are tired of bumping into the sink every time you hang up a towel, it may be time you employ techniques that enable you to increase your sense of space. From smart storage solutions to visually enhancing your space, you can turn a small, awkward bathroom into something comfortable and chic with just a bit of planning.

Problem # 1: Lack of Storage

Is your bathroom vanity cluttered with products? Does it seem like there is no place to store extra towels, toiletries and cleaning supplies? We understand that there is nothing like a clean, streamlined bathroom, but finding space to store those extra items can seem impossible.

The Solution

Steal space from territory that has not been used in the bathroom. This can be the blank walls next to your vanity mirror, the area above your toilet, or corners that go unused. You can even consider building recessed shelving units inside the shower so that you can keep soap and shampoo off the countertops and floors. Also, be sure to use baskets to keep small toiletries and items neat and organized. Lastly, do not forget about the space behind the toilet. Perhaps, you can add some style and storage with a beautiful shelving system or cabinet.

Problem # 2: Tiny Blueprint

Are you adding a master bath to your bedroom but find that there is little room to add in a toilet and sink? Do not worry this is a common problem that several homeowners will face.

The Solution

Try expanding the sense of floor space by keeping everything off the floor. Opt for a floating toilet and sink. By suspending these items, it will help make the room feel much bigger. Additionally, keep furniture to the minimum. Furniture and bulky items can create an overwhelming atmosphere. Opt for lightweight, smaller pieces to create a sense of balance in your small space.

Problem # 3: No Room for Separate Shower Stall

Do you want a separate shower enclosure but there is no room? If your home has one main bathroom, you may find that keeping the bathtub is necessary.

The Solution

You can turn that small space between the bathtub and the sink into a shower stall by installing wet-room flooring. Use a frameless shower stall to avoid making a visual interruption, or you can do something traditional by combining the bathtub and shower.

If you are looking for the perfect wet-room flooring, please do not hesitate to call or visit one of our locations. We would love to provide more information to help you create the bathroom of your dreams.

Pro’s & Con’s of Tile Floors

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Ceramic and porcelain tile flooring are commonly used in kitchens, bathrooms, hallways, entryways, laundry rooms, mud rooms, and living rooms. Tile is placed in these high traffic areas because of the way it is made. With tile being non-porous, it is an ideal flooring choice for areas wherever water is present.

Ceramic and porcelain tile are loved for being easy to clean and have been used in homes for thousands of years. To this day, not many people dislike tile floors. The appearance of tile can take many forms in the way it looks. From mosaics to other decorative styles that look like real hardwood and natural stone, tile has become a very popular choice in all types of designs and homes.

Pro’s of Tile Floors:

  • Ultra-Durable: Tile is known for being one of the most durable flooring options on the market.
  • 100% Waterproof: Glazed tiles are naturally and fully waterproof with no extra work necessary.
  • Gorgeous Imagery: Have you seen contemporary floor tiles lately? Not only do they still beautifully mimic the look of natural stone, but they also come in trendy, show-stopping wood looks as well. In fact, wood-look tile is one of the most popular contemporary flooring options available on the market.
  • Zero Maintenance: All you need is the occasional vacuum/dusting and damp mop to keep your tile looking fabulous.
  • Any Room; Any Space: Tile is used in many homes across the country, including the entire home is in tile. It is durable enough for commercial spaces as well.

Con’s of Tile Floors:

  • Cold Underfoot: This can be great in warm environments, but it can be a total bummer to step onto ice-cold floors in the winter. Tile does not retain heat as well as other flooring options and typically requires heated floors in order to stay warm underfoot. Additionally, you will find that its ability to remain cool makes it a popular choice for southern homes.
  • Hard Surface: Tile is not resilient and offers zero give. Standing on tile for long periods of time may make your feet hurt and you may need to invest in some mats for areas where you do a lot of standing.
  • Professional Installation: If a tile breaks or becomes damaged, you will need the help of a professional to replace it.

While there may be some minor con’s associated with tile, we believe the advantages significantly outweigh the disadvantages. Plus, as you saw above, each “con” has a solution to help make the flooring more comfortable for you and your home (i.e. area rugs and heated floors).

If you would like to learn more about everything tile has to offer, please do not hesitate to call or visit one of our showrooms. One of our expert sales associates would love to assist you in all of your flooring needs.

What Colors Should I Use in My Living Room?

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While designing and decorating, you may be wondering “what shade should I paint my living room walls?” When it comes to choosing a hue to paint your living room, it is all about the mood or atmosphere that you are hoping to set for the space. If you want to create a big, bright atmosphere, you will most likely go towards more bright, light colors. On the other hand, if you are interested in a tranquil setting, you may opt for subtle, cool tone colors. With so many different colors to choose from, you are probably having difficulty settling on a hue. To help you find the right shade, we gathered our favorite color schemes and why you should consider choosing them. Let’s take a look!

Neutralize

If you enjoy a more traditional and classic look for a living room, you might want to use a neutral color palette. In a neutral palette, you will embrace colors like black, white, taupe and even grey to create a chic, simple design. You can also warm up the space and add character to a neutral palette by adding wood accents. Using different wood tones in a neutral palette will make the space feel inviting.

Go Moody

Moody and deep hues like navy blue are perfect for creating a stylish oasis. Applying a blue to the walls make the space feel more intimate. This color also makes for a dramatic backdrop with your furniture and wall decorations such as artwork, prints or mirrors. In a living room that uses lots of this deep and dark color, you will want to complete the look with lighter furniture. You may even consider painting the ceiling the same color to create an even more snug atmosphere. It is all about your preference and what mood you are trying to set.

Keep Calm

You can create a super tranquil living room by incorporating colors like greens and light blues and using one of these colors on the walls to create the ultimate soothing feel. You can highlight the look with the upholstery and pillows in muted, neutral tones. Or, when using cool colors in a room, you can complement with darker accessories.

Always a Classic

Of course, you do not have to use a set color in the living room. Painting the walls white allows you to decorate with different patterns and textiles. With white walls, you can also contrast with intense colors like black to create the ultimate effect. The options are truly endless for a white color scheme.

When choosing paint for your home, what colors do you tend to lean more toward each time? We would love to hear your thoughts below in the comment section.

Everything You Need to Know About Vinyl Tile

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Vinyl tile is composed of three layers: the clear, protective film, the printed design, and the structural vinyl backing. Typically, you will find vinyl tile in 12″ by 12” squares. Vinyl tile is an affordable and durable flooring option for homeowners. It provides easy care, and it is able to be installed in virtually any room. If you are interested in learning more about vinyl tile, we encourage you to keep on reading!

Installation

Vinyl tile needs to be installed on a flat and level surface. It cannot be installed on stairs; however, most homeowners typically use it in areas like kitchens, bathrooms, mudrooms, and laundry rooms. It can be installed anywhere from your second floor or all the way down to the basement. Plus, the installation process is extremely easy that any homeowner can do it themselves. It utilizes a peel-and-stick backing to help make the installation process a chinch. 

Durability

While vinyl tile is a budget-friendly solution, it does not compromise on durability. Vinyl tile can be a great choice for homes with kids, pets, and heavy foot traffic. The amount of wear and tear protection it provides will depend on your selection; there several products ranging in resistance. If you are searching for something a little more durable, please do not hesitate to call or visit one of our showrooms.

Style

Vinyl tile does not fall short of stylish options. There are a wide variety of looks for homeowners to browse. Whether you want something resembling stone or flooring that incorporates fun patterns, we have a choice for you! Just be aware that the standard size for vinyl tile is 12×12″.

Do you have your heart set on vinyl tile? We would love to assist you in the search! Please do not hesitate to call or visit one of our showrooms for more information. We look forward to working with you on your next project!

Should I Use a Shower Door or a Shower Curtain?

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When it comes to personalizing your bathroom, a few ideas always come to mind on your must-have list: the colors, the materials, and the lighting. Another important decision for this area is whether to use a shower curtain or shower door. There are pros and cons to each so it may not seem like too easy of a choice just yet, but read on to find out which one sounds more appealing to you.

Looks

Going with the obvious reasons, we all have our preferences for the way a feature makes the room look. This is no different when it comes to the curtain/door debate. A shower door makes a simple, understated impression while a shower curtain provides a little visual movement to the space. A shower door, while not easily changeable, provides a more sophisticated look to your bathroom while a shower curtain injects a little fun with its possibilities since curtain designs can be switched out at any time. Choosing a shower door would mean committing to the look it will provide the room while a curtain would be able to be updated on a whim if you become bored with the color scheme.

Maintenance

The next issue to think about when choosing this bathroom feature is how much time you want to invest in its maintenance.  A shower door requires daily wipe downs to keep stains from building up on the glass.  If it slides open and closes on tracks, these also need attention since mildew can easily be built up in this difficult to reach space. If the door opens and closes, be sure that the hinges are cleaned regularly to avoid a similar problem in that space as well.  A shower curtain can be low maintenance for the simple fact that if you notice the inner or outer liner is starting to stain, the material can easily be restored through mild cleaners and a sponge or a cycle in the washer if it is fabric.  If stains are particularly stubborn, usually at the bottom where water is most likely to come into contact with it, you can simply throw it out and purchase new materials.

Cost

When it comes to affordability, shower curtains end up being the less expensive choice while a shower door requires more of a commitment and investment. If you feel that you are not ready to commit to the idea of a shower door, a curtain may be for you.  If you are willing to put aside a little extra money in your budget to add an elegant touch to your bathroom, consider installing a shower door.

Either choice is an excellent idea. It truly depends on your personal style and what tone you are trying to set for the space. We think that there is something effortlessly elegant about a shower door, but shower curtains offer homeowners with more design freedom.

What are your thoughts on the debate? Are you team shower door or shower curtain? We would love to hear your thoughts below in the comment section.