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Cold Weather Activities

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Staying active during the cold winter months can be difficult. But it is important to stay active no matter what the outdoor conditions in the winter. Fitness can suffer if you decide to take a break from your normal routine and keeping up with this routine can give you a boost to your immune system to fight off those winter colds. So what are some great ways to stay active?

 

Walking is one way to work around the cold temperatures and snow. Be sure to bundle up correctly so as not to get frostbite or have any discomfort while outside. And if the temperatures are on the cusp of being cold you can always layer so that by the time you start to feel warm on your walk you can peel off one of those layers for comfort. 

 

Another way you can keep up your workout regimen is to join an indoor gym and set yourself up with some goals. With the gym you are able to expand your horizons through classes where you can try new things. This might include yoga or spin classes, which are great ways to get out and socialize in the winter month when shorter days can sometimes make us feel a little isolated. You can mix it up with individual cardio and weights. Gyms are great because they offer large variety.

 

If you enjoy venturing out into the cold, hitting the slopes with your snowboard or skis can help combat winter lethargy. These two activities provide fantastic cardio and are great ways to improve coordination. If you have physical limitations that prevent these more rigorous activities you could look around with local businesses to see if they offer something like snowshoes or sledding. You could even bring the whole family!

 

And finally, the most practical and efficient form of exercise. Cleaning can be therapeutic and cleansing. But when you take to cleaning your entire house from scrubbing floorboards to dusting, loads of laundry and then folding it, vacuuming and mopping. These activities burn calories and at the same time you can feel accomplished at the end of your session when your house is sparkling back at you and you’ve gotten in your daily activity.

 

Getting physical activity in during the winter months can be hard but it is not impossible. Let us know in the comments—what are the unique and creative ways you get your exercise in during the winter?

How To Care For Ceramic Tile

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Ceramic tile is a favorite among designers and it has been in use in home design for a very long time. It is popular with home owners because in terms of versatility and design motifs the possibilities seem nearly endless. It can be used in both casual and formal settings and it reign supreme among all surfaces in bathrooms and kitchens. There are two types of ceramic tile – glazed and unglazed and both are set in place with grout. Glazed tile is the shiny tile often seen in bathrooms, and unglazed is the more porous version of the two. Grout is also porous.

Cleaning glazed tile is easily accomplished.  First, make sure to sweep regularly.  This will keep dirt from building up and making clean up more difficult.  You can also use a vacuum without a beater bar or the attachments on the vacuum.  Mats at each entryway will help reduce the amount of dirt tracked in as well. 

Damp mop tile floors regularly as well.  Use a mild detergent and make sure to clean with warm water afterwards to remove any residue from the cleaner.  Be sure to consult the instructions from your manufacturer to ensure any cleaner will not harm your tile.

Don’t use steel wool, abrasive cleaners, or those containing bleach or ammonia.  These can discolor your grout if used too often. 

Tile is amazingly durable, but it can chip or crack under extreme force.  Use floor protectors on furniture legs and chairs and be careful when moving large, heavy items across the floor!

For more information about how to care for your tile, visit us at Century Tile and use this page for reference.  

Tips for Clearing Clutter

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Getting rid of clutter goes hand in hand with deep cleaning. Find out how to get rid of clutter the easy way. The best way to cut ties with things you have been holding on to is to ask yourself a few of questions about the item in question.

Do I have the space available to keep storing this item? If the answer is no, then toss or donate the item. Space is so valuable and you always seem to need more of it. If you could store other things, which you use on a regular basis, clear out this space and put it to good use.

Do I have another item that serves the same or similar purpose? If yes then you need to consider which item is more practical. Also consider which item is easier to store and takes up the least amount of space.

Am I holding on to this broken item with intentions to fix it? If yes then you need to consider if it is worth saving. Ask yourself: “Can I fix this in the next two weeks?”  “Do I currently have the resources to fix it?” if your answer is no to either question then you should let the item go.

Have I used this in the last year? If you have been able to go about your day to day life without using this particular thing for a year, then chances are you do not need it. You may want to consider tossing it even if you have only used the item once or twice during the past year. Unless the thing you have been holding on to is Christmas decorations, it should be under serious review.

Have I been keeping this for sentimental reasons? We can become attached to things easily. Just by looking at an item can create a sense of nostalgia and we are leery of losing those feelings forever. Keep smaller sentimental things that can be put into a scrap book or a small box.

Keep this list of questions so you can de-clutter throughout the year. This list will help you keep the important items and cut ties with the rest!

Three Area Rugs Compared

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There are many ways to play with pattern in area rugs. There will be patterns that work perfectly in your space. After considering the size, shape, existing colors and design of the given room there are still endless patterns for you to choose. In this post we will talk about three carpets and how they might work for specific types of interior design in your room. 

This first area rug will look great in a room that has a retro feel or can be used in a more formal room to add a bit of fun to the design. It feels vintage because of its use of shades of brown which harken back to the sixties and seventies interior design aesthetic. The colors in the carpet are neutrals which gives it versatility and will work well with almost any color palette. 

This second area rug is a little more modern in nature. This would work well in a room with white modern furniture and metal fixtures or accents. It is minimalistic in design with a modern abstract pattern that adds visual interest without having to use a more traditional pattern. It’s use of black and white with a pop of deep red create continuity in the narrative for minimalism. 

This third area rug is one that demands attention. It has a classic feel, and is able to fit into almost any room’s color scheme. But it’s pattern is powerful and complex. The fanning of the design that surrounds its circular interior creates visual interest, pulling the eye inward. This is a rug that works well in a room with a strong visual center, such as a dining room table or bed.

These are just three interpretations of area rugs for your space. This is simply a demonstration showing ways to think about their characteristics.  This should help with the decision when choosing the best area rug for your room. If you liked any of these three carpets in particular, you can find them on our website Century-Tile.com

6 Ways To Make Your Front Porch Welcoming In the Fall

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Fall seems to be the coziest season of the year! Capitalize on its inherently comforting qualities by decorating your front porch with traditional fall decorations. People will feel instantly at home before they even walk through the front door!

  1. Create a display that includes the numerical part of your address. At the craft store, buy large metal or wooden numbers. So, let’s say your address is 5564. Buy two fives, a six, and a four. Attach each one to a white pumpkin. Fill a large whisky barrel with the leaves and foliage you collect after cleaning up the yard. Stack the pumpkins on top of each other on the foliage in the barrel to display your numerical address. If you buy wooden numbers try painting them first with fall colors that coordinate with the color of the exterior paint on your house.
  2. Set a distressed, weathered, wooden chair and table on the porch. On the table place a pot of mums. On the chair set an arrangement of pumpkins and pinecones. On the porch floor, at the foot of the table and the chair, set another large pot of mums and an oversized pumpkin.
  3. Set a large, tin watering can on the porch and use it as a ‘vase.’ Fill it with tall sprigs of fall foliage. Next to it place a large, medium, and small pumpkin. At night, include an outdoor candle to illuminate things. Try citronella if you live in an area prone to mosquitoes.
  4. Frame your front door with a large, trailing, fall foliage garland. Hang a fall wreath on the door. If you like Halloween, the wreath is a great way to incorporate the theme. Place one tall tin planter on each side of the door. Weight it with rocks at the bottom and place tall corn stalks inside.
  5. Decorate mini pumpkins with fall themed ribbons tied around the stem. Use them to fill up a flower planter that attaches to the wall of the porch. Display the pumpkins rather than flowers in the planter.
  6. Replace the summer patio furniture. Put away the wrought iron and glass table, as well as the metal chairs with warm weather cushions. In their place use wicker/rattan set of table and chairs. Drape a couple of the chairs with throws that can withstand being exposed to the elements.

Basement Ideas

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Do you have an unfinished basement that you have thought of finishing? Many homeowners have a basement that they choose to finish for various reasons. You could potentially gain equity in your home by making improvements. The options for the space are endless.  What could you use the extra space for in your own home?

The new space can be single or multi use depending on how much space is available. If the size is smaller, keep the use to single in order to keep from feeling cramped. If space is not an issue, you may want several rooms or a space that provides multiple uses. For example, turn the space into guest quarters with a laundry room for an added bonus in the home.

One option is to turn the basement into a media center or theater room. These rooms are great for families because it serves as a second living room. You have the option to buy a big screen television or install a screen and use a projector to give the space a real theater like feel. Seating can be groupings of furniture or actual theater seating. Who wouldn’t want to show this space off to guests? A media room is a way to do just that. It is also a good space for entertaining children.

A game room or Man Cave is another option for a space to entertain guests. Turning a basement into a game room can consist of a pool table or vintage video games. For a Man Cave, consider adding a bar and themed decorating. Either option will allow peace to reign upstairs while louder fun stays downstairs.

Single use spaces can have dual functions. For example, add a full bath to the media or game room and it could be converted to guest quarters at night. Add a pullout sofa bed or a comfortable couch. If your space is large, consider adding multiple rooms that function with the rest of the home.

Each of these ideas will add value to your home, whether you are thinking about staying or moving.  Visit our Design Center for a few ideas to help get you motivated!  

Tips for Creating a Successful Gallery Wall

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Gallery walls are becoming increasingly popular. This technique is best explained as a wall with art and photos, similar to the look of an art gallery. The concept is great for family homes because it gives you a way to display the many family photos that accumulate over the years. It is also ideal for people that have ample art to display. Find out how to successfully pull off this technique!

Groupings of art or photos need to be tied together so that it doesn’t give the appearance of a chaotic mess. There are several ways you can tie the different photos or art together.

Coordinate colors. Group together similar colors together. You can mix art and photos together by grouping subject matter, relative by color scheme. For example group black and white photos with line drawings, pencil and charcoal art. The relative component in the relative component is the colors is black and white. Use the same color frame if possible.

Family photos generally have many different colors within them. Keep the gallery wall in unison by selecting the same color frames or the same frames in different sizes. If you wish to use all different photo frames, consider using the same type of photos, such as organized by age (children’s photos as they grow are a great example). This will keep the gallery wall harmonious while using an eclectic group of frames.

Gallery walls art or photos are either hung in symmetrical groupings or asymmetrical groupings. If the subject matter is a mixture of art and photos keep the grouping relative by hanging frames in a symmetrical layout. If the grouping of art’s subject matter is relatively simplistic; choose an asymmetrical layout. This will add interest to your gallery wall.

The key to a successful gallery wall is to have a common element throughout the grouping. This can be achieved by coordinating color schemes of the subject matter, frame selections or the layout style of the grouping. Choose one of the above techniques to unite your gallery wall!

Smart Ways to Get Rid of Clothes After You Do a Closet Purge

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Sure, we’ve all donated clothes at some point, or had a garage sale and parted ways with old garments for a few bucks. If you’ve recently cleaned out your closet you might have discovered that many of the items you no longer want still have a lot of life left in them. Perhaps you even paid a lot of money for them and you can’t stand the thought of them ending up in a garage sale box. If so, consider these great suggestions.

Donate

“Old-reliables” such as Goodwill and ARC are always a great place to start. But there are some more specific organizations out there that would find women’s clothing especially beneficial. Look for career development organizations that empower underprivileged women to find stable, well paying jobs. They need career wear to help these women look their best on interviews and at work.

If you have beautiful gowns or dresses hanging around, look for organizations that serve underprivileged teens who have hopes of attending formal dances in high schools. Even if the dress isn’t the exact style they have in mind, it might be a great starting piece that can be reinvented at the hand of a crafty seamstress who donates her time.

You should also consider women’s shelter in general. They often provide haven for women and children who had to flee without the opportunity to bring along personal belongings. If you’re not sure where to find these organizations try online resources such as Charity Watch or Charity Navigator. Not only will you feel great about taking the time to find someone truly deserving, you can also keep a record and report them as a write off at tax time!

Host a fabulous swap party at your home or a local restaurant

The only imperative part of this is that you give everyone plenty of notice. Think about how much work it is to clean out your closet! Your guest will need enough time to get their closet purge project done before attending your party. Other than that, this is a super easy and fun way to de-clutter your closet. Simply invite everyone and serve a few goodies and beverages. Devise a basic system for the trade process and let the fun begin!

8 Creative Ways To Use Your Fireplace During Warm Months

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If you’re fortunate enough to have real, working fireplace in your home we say bravo! They are rare occurrences in newly built homes. But many older homes feature traditional fireplaces and wood burning stoves. During cold months the fireplace is often the central gathering point in the home, but once it goes defunct in the warmer months it seems like an out-of-place element that distracts from the harmony of a room. Rather than let it sit empty and looking a bit forlorn, we suggest trying a creative way to use it as an architectural feature. If you want to get especially creative with it, try more than one of these ideas at different times. For example, try #1 during Spring and Fall, and try #8 in the months between!

  1. Multi tier expanse of pillar candles
  2. For a special event arrange dozens of symmetrically aligned tea light candles
  3. A large, ornate flower arrangement that fills the majority of the space, both laterally and vertically
  4. Install a temporary curtain rod and hang a pretty curtain to cover the opening; opt for a solid color which will then serve as a backdrop for anything you’d like to set in front of it
  5. Using the wood that will go unused until it’s time to light fires again, create an interesting sculptural formation; refer to the game Jenga for inspiration
  6. A focal point piece of artwork on an easel
  7. Print a favorite photo on a stretch canvas frame that is slightly larger than the opening of the fireplace, then simply set it in front of the opening
  8. If you have a glass walled wood burning fireplace insert a tray the size of the base and plant a terrarium – when it’s time to use the fireplace again you can easily slide it out and display it elsewhere

35 Things To Add To Your Porch

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Have you ever arrived at someone’s home and found the porch so beautiful that you didn’t even want to go inside? Some people have just the right touch for a creating an outdoor living space that makes you say WOW! In many cases this is a professional interior designer so if you have access to one, make good use of their advice. If you’re doing the job on your own, though, we have one main point of advice. Layer and accessorize the same as you would inside your house. Treat the porch like a room and it will be awesome! Here’s our huge list of 35 items that you can add to the porch.  Have fun!

  1. Rocking chairs
  2. Topiaries
  3. America Flag
  4. Ceiling Fan
  5. Drapes or sheers
  6. Flowering pots
  7. Couch and/or loveseat designed for outdoor use
  8. Hanging baskets of flowers
  9. Porch swing / Couch swing
  10. Hanging chairs
  11. Throw pillows
  12. Lanterns
  13. Decorative stools
  14. Bench with seating cushion
  15. Outdoor area rug
  16. Paint the ceiling if it’s covered
  17. Blue tooth sound system
  18. Coffee table
  19. Side tables
  20. Tray and serving set
  21. Fire pit
  22. Grill
  23. Baker’s rack
  24. Smoker
  25. Table and chairs for dining
  26. String lights
  27. Rope lights
  28. Roll down sun shade
  29. Border of natural mosquito and bug repelling herbs and flowers
  30. Large box with lid for delivery man to leave packages when you’re not home
  31. Dog kennel or crate so Fido can take a rest while guests dine
  32. Decorative magazine holder
  33. Coat stand with rain gear and protective head wear
  34. Shelf for outdoor shoes so they stay outdoors
  35. Extra flashlight in case you get locked out of your house at night