Posts Tagged ‘room’

Eliminate Clutter

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hints and Advice

It’s a never ending problem, isn’t it? You clean out your pantry, your junk drawer, your hall closet and in a few weeks time it looks as though you did nothing. Many of our readers ask us how to eliminate clutter. Today we have some creative and cute ideas about how to repurpose common items and turn them into clever household storage solutions.

Shoe clutter and closet disarray is an all-too-common problem for those of us with shoe addictions. Conquere the dilemma of storing an abundance of shoes by creating a chic shoe bar that puts your favorite pairs on display and offers a vertical space-saving solution. The best part? No hammering or drilling required. To make, use lightweight polyurethane decorative molding cut into 24-inch-long strips. Paint them to match your bedroom’s palette. Attach them to the wall with removable picture-hanging strips. Each bar can hold three or four pairs of heels.

To keep your bracelets and necklaces nice and tidy, look no further than the garage. You would be surprised at how well a vintage rake head keeps necklaces untangled and hanging beautifully on the wall.

As babies transition to toddler beds, the cribs inevitably make their way to the attic or garage to take up space and collect dust.A new use for a child’s crib railing that is functional, space-saving and stylish, too: a clean-looking vertical magazine rack. Not only can you use the rail for magazines, but also for quilts, towels and wet laundry.

We can never have too many ideas when it comes to organizing and displaying jewelry. If you’re not short on storage space, reserve a vanity or dresser drawer just for holding bracelets, necklaces and rings. Use antique china teacups and soup bowls in lined drawers. Each dish serves as a perfect way to separate small pieces like rings, earrings and brooches.

If you’re not sure what to do with those tiny nooks around your house or apartment, then we have a solution to ensure they get used to their full potential. By using a tension rod from an old window treatment and some simple shower curtain rings, you can turn those once “dead” spaces into prime real estate for storing handbags, kitchen utensils, accessories and more.

Cute ideas, right? If you have any other brilliant storage solutions please share them with us on our Facebook page.

Hardwood Floor Maintenance

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance, Hardwood and Laminate, Hints and Advice

Today’s post is a friendly reminder to those of you who have wood floors on how to maintain them. It’s easy to get sucked in to those commercials on TV that promise shiny floors. Yet in reality those products may actually harm the wood. Here are the rules:

Entrances are your first line of defense.

Place walk off mats or area rugs at each entryway to collect dirt and grit that might be tracked in. These tiny particles act like sandpaper and will scratch your floor.

Be sure to avoid using rubber-backed or non-ventilated mats or rugs as they can damage your floor. Instead use mats or rugs made especially for hardwood floors and remember to shake them out regularly.

In addition to entryways, remember to place mats in any areas where water may be splashed, such as near a kitchen sink.

Invest in these tools.

Buy a good quality broom and sweep your new floor regularly to pick up grains of dirt, dust and other particles.

A vacuum cleaner, without a beater bar, can be helpful in between planks and other hard to reach areas. Once dirt and grease are gone, buffing can help restore the luster of your hardwood floor.

Keep in mind these cleaning tips.

Cleaning techniques vary depending on the installation and finish of your hardwood floor.

For “Finish in Place” hardwood floors, we recommend using an 8”x14” terrycloth mop with a rotating head that makes cleaning corners, under cabinets and along base boards an easy task.

Spray a professional wood floor cleaning product recommended by us to safely remove tough stains and spills without dulling the finish of your floor.

Manufacturers of “Pre-finished” hardwood floors recommend their own specific products designed for their floors routine maintenance. Be sure to check with us as well about these cleaners.

All floors with a urethane finish should never be waxed and require cleaners that won’t leave a film or residue.

A hardwood floor cleaner is useful in removing occasional scuffs or heel marks. Merely spray some cleaner on a cloth and lightly rub the stained area. Sticky spots can be cleaned with a damp towel or sponge.

Do not use ammonia cleaners or oil soaps on a wood floor, as they will dull the finish and performance of your floor. These products will also affect the ability to recoat your floor later.

Since wood naturally expands when it is wet, never wet mop or use excessive water to clean your floor. Large amounts of water can cause the wood to swell and may cause your floor to crack or splinter.

Being a natural product, hardwood will expand and contract due to moisture level changes. Minimize water exposure to hardwood floors and clean up spills as soon as they happen.

Finally, protect against time, sun and traffic.

All hardwood floors will fade, darken or change shades over time. Exposure to sunlight will greatly increase this process.

Window treatments are recommended, as well as rotating area rugs and furniture regularly to allow floors to age evenly from UV exposure.

Cover furniture and table legs with protectors to guard your floor against damage. Take care when moving heavy objects across your floor to avoid scuffing.

Stiletto heels can cause dents and scratches that are not covered by your warranty. Love your pet but regularly trim their nails or claws to avoid scratches on the hardwood floor. The point here is to be cautious of sharp objects that may scratch or damage the floor.

A hardwood floor of beauty and pride can be yours today and tomorrow if you know how to care for it right from the start, clean it on a regular basis and schedule professional maintenance when that is called for.

Flooring Trends to Try

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Carpet, Design and Decorating, Green Flooring, Hardwood and Laminate

When we think about re-decorating a room we often just focus on paint colors, window coverings and furniture, but don’t forget about the floors!

Bamboo has been around for a long time, but what we are seeing lately is an explosion of variations including wide-plank styles that mimic the look of classic hardwoods. As with all wood flooring, it’s best to keep bamboo out of moisture-prone rooms like kitchens and baths.

New factory-finished hardwood flooring offers all the charm of reclaimed timber — right down to that timeless hand-hewn look — but without the high costs associated with true salvaged lumber.

Particularly popular these days, are large-format tiles — tiles that come 12′ x 24′ and even 36′ x 36′ — as opposed to the tried-and-true 12′ x 12′ tiles. In addition to looking great, larger sizes mean more tile surface and less grout lines to clean.

Selected primarily for its amazing acoustic-insulating qualities, cork flooring also is much more comfortable to walk on than traditional hardwood and most certainly tile. Long gone are the days when cork was available in any color so long as it was blonde — today’s options span the color palette. Thanks to new factory finishes, cork is far more durable than it was just a few decades prior. But it is susceptible to moisture damage and will fade when exposed to sunlight.

In the world of carpet we are seeing far fewer shags and friezes and more patterned carpets. By using a technique that combines both loops and cut loops — hence the name ‘cut-and-loop carpet’ — manufacturers can create a carpet with patterns that range from subtle to bold.

Trendy, sleek and durable as time itself, concrete flooring jumped from bare-bones utilitarian to chic. Thanks to a multitude of available colors, textures and finishes, concrete can adapt to almost any decor. The primary concern is comfort, after all concrete is a very hard surface.

Inspired? We hope so!

Colors of Spring Sale

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in About Us, Carpet, Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Hardwood and Laminate, Kitchen and Bath, Pete the Pro, Sales and Promotions

Spring is here and you know what that means – it’s the Colors of Spring sale at Century Tile.

Mohawk hardwood flooring, dal tile stone, glass and ceramic and Smartstrand carpet by DuPont are all discounted. If you missed the Good Buy to winter sale it’s not too late to still update your home and save money.

If you have been thinking of installing new carpeting in your children’s rooms, play room, or basement think about Mohawk Sorona Smartstrand Carpet. This carpet is stain resistant, super soft to the touch and it has built in protection that will never wear or wash out.

If you have been wanting to update your kitchen or bath by adding a tile back splash or a new tile design in your shower, dal tiles in glass, ceramic and stone are 10% off.

And, if part of your home improvement wish list includes adding hardwood floors then you are also in luck. Select hardwood Mohawk flooring in a variety of widths and colors are up to 20% off.

Family owned and operated since 1947, Century Tile has 12 locations throughout the Chicago area. Century carries the Midwest’s largest in-stock selection with over 10,000 styles and colors of flooring. Our size and buying power allows us to offer you the best selection of products at the lowest price and best value. And if that isn’t enough we also offer design resources and classes by Pete the Pro!

Come down to the store and see how you can add value to your home and save money in the process.

 

 

Decorating with Area Rugs

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Area Rugs

Area rugs are a great way to add style to a room. They require minimal effort, are easy to come by and inexpensive. Check out these inspiring area rugs.

By placing a large area rug directly underneath furniture, living room dwellers are given a comfortable sitting area without the pain of installing carpets.

This large area rug carpets the majority of this sitting area, allowing guests to get comfy on the floor as well as the couch.

Place an area rug in line with an over sized mirror to elongate a small space.

Stuck with a long, narrow living room? Area rugs come in all shapes and sizes, and there’s one for every space.

Area rugs can change the look and feel of a room quickly and easily. Please come and explore the many different rugs we have in stock. Our designers can help you determine which shape and color would work best in your home.

Goodbye Winter, Hello Sale!

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in About Us, Century Tile News, Hardwood and Laminate, Sales and Promotions

Dreaming of adding hardwood to your home? Now you CAN!

Say good bye to winter with the latest hot deals on hardwood flooring from Century Tile. We’ve got 15% off of our “Elegance Series” of solid hardwoods from our Distinctive Collection. For those of you who love tech specifications, our quality hardwoods come in a range of widths, from popular 3” wide boards up to fashionable 5” wide boards.

The sale isn’t just on Oak flooring, No! You can choose from several woods including Oak, Maple, Hickory and Birch and also a choice of exciting finishes,including subtle hand scraped, casual country, elegant and in a wide variety of
shades.

And when you think it can’t get any better, it does. You can trust Century Tile quality. We offer warranties up to 25 year and we have over 60 years experience creating beautiful floors in Chicago. Trust us to offer great service and
the hottest flooring trends at amazing prices.

If you are looking for over 10,000 types of flooring, including domestic, imported, classic, contemporary, glass,
ceramic, stone, vinyl, wood, laminate and carpeting, then you need to visit one of our twelve Century Tile Chicagoland stores.

Easy to Implement Kitchen Trends

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Kitchen and Bath

Looking to update your kitchen? Here is a list of what is trending right now.

Go Industrial – change our your traditional pendants for something a bit more edgy.

Display your collection – remove cabinet doors to show off your treasures.

Think about your ceiling – whether you add a coffered ceiling or paint your ceiling a bright color, by paying attention to this fifth wall your kitchen will look super polished.

Maximize storage – keep your gorgeous granite countertops uncluttered by storing appliances and serving pieces in cabinets. In this kitchen they added shallow drawers in the toe kick for extra space.

Don’t be afraid of color – paint your cabinets a bold shade for a cheery feeling.

Don’t Forget the Pantry – make your pantry trendy and neat by using numbered bins and baskets to keep like items together.

Add a colorful backsplash – see how these tiles add a beautiful pop of color and stylish appeal to this kitchen?

Need some help? Come see us for even more design inspiration!

Cleaning Grout

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance, Ceramic / Porcelain Tile

Does your Saturday and Sunday consist of really un “fun” cleaning projects? Cleaning baseboards, vacuuming dust off ceiling fans, and dealing with dog hair. Well, sadly we’re just adding another one to your list. Cleaning your grout. We know, we know….you don’t want to do this, but it is important to keep your tile and your grout looking good.

The good news is that there is a cheap grout cleaner. It’s called baking soda and water. Make a paste of the baking soda and water and then get to work.

The first step is to wipe down grout with a washcloth. This will get rid of any easy to remove particles. Then get your toothbrush ready. If you have an old electric tooth brush that will work better. Make a paste of baking soda and water. Apply paste to grout and scrub vigorously. Wipe off any extra paste. Finally, wipe down the grout with a wet cloth. If a stain is really set in you can leave the paste mixture on for a few minutes. Shaving cream and vinegar are other substances that good housekeepers swear by.

Once the grout is clean, it’s time for a little preventative maintenance. Inspect your grout regularly and apply a commercial grout sealer once a year. Keeping it well sealed makes sure it doesn’t become home to mold or mildew. Keep the grout dry when you can and take care of small stains as soon as you notice them.

Your bathroom fan is your biggest ally here. Turn on your bathroom fan after you shower for at least a half hour for sparkling clean grout.

Ways to Make Your Home Worth More

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hints and Advice, Outdoor Living

We all want to get the most out of our home, especially in this economy. Here are a few suggestions that will help you with resale. Heck, when you get done making these improvements you may not even want to sell your house.

Curb appeal – you may be sick of hearing this word but it’s just so true. Make sure your front door is a stunning showpiece.

Paving your sidewalks is always a nice touch. So is having a floral oasis outside your front door.

Your foyer should be neutral in color and have updated lighting.

In fact modern lighting in all your rooms is a great investment.

Quick updates in the bathroom, including new facets, mirrors, light fixtures and cabinet hardware make a big difference.

Refresh your kitchen by simply repainting your cabinets.

Creating an outdoor entertainment space lets your potential homebuyer imagine the good times they’ll have.

And there you have it, simple ways to update your home so you can get the highest purchase price.

The Guest Bathroom

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Kitchen and Bath

Whether you are remodeling your guest bathroom or planning one for your home that is under construction there are several things you should consider before everything is installed. Your most important goal is to make a welcoming space for your guests.

While you may splurge on your master bath by adding a huge bathtub, radiant flooring and several sinks a guest bathroom is more like a hotel bathroom. It needs to be functional and as comfortable as possible without you having to break the bank. The essentials, sink, toilet and shower/bathtub are just fine.

If you can, make the guest bathroom as roomy as possible. Use easy to maintain materials for the countertops, shower and flooring. From ceramic tiles, natural stone and even carpet there are many choices that will work in your guest bathroom. Our in-store experts can help you pick the best material for your home.

Make sure there is counter space, good lighting and a mirror. There is nothing worse than having to precariously balance all your toiletries on a small counter top or even on top of the toilet. A drawer or two for your guests is not a bad idea. Neither is a small space to store linens, extra toilet paper, shampoo, soap and tissue.

Add a few hooks to hang bathrobes and clothes. A hamper for dirty linens is also suggested. Once your bathroom is finished add thick, luxurious towels, French milled soaps and scented candles.

Now your guests may never leave.