Tricks to Free Up Counter Space

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Whether or not you live in a small home, you may find yourself struggling for extra counter space in your home. From the kitchen to the bathrooms, counter space is limited and you are running out of ideas. But there is no need to worry because we have four simple tricks to help you free up counter space. 

 

Four Tricks to Free up Counter Space

Trick One: Just Look Up. Counter space tends to be limited, but have you ever thought about using your wall space? Installing a shelving system can be just what you need to maximize your home’s storage. Plus, installing a shelf can work in literally any room of your house. From your kitchen’s spices to your bathroom soaps, shelves have you covered from the ceiling to the floors. 

Trick Two: Double-Duty. Doors hold a lot of storage potential and they can help keep your home looking tidy! Install a door organizer to the back of your door to store all different types of items. Your pantry door can hold extra food, your laundry room door can hold detergent, and your garage door can hold cleaning supplies. All you will need to do is group the items into different categories and place them on the appropriate door organizing system. It is a smart idea to keep chemical cleaners outside of the house and in the garage. 

Trick Three: Stack Em’. If you afraid of losing too much counter space, try storing vertically instead of horizontally. Bins and baskets that stack can save homeowners more room than storing them horizontally on top of their countertops. You will want to try and look for stacking systems that can store your household items without sacrificing counter space. 

Trick Four: Out of Sight, Out of Mind. Instead of storing items on top of your valuable counter space, consider stashing them away in hidden places. The area underneath your beds is a great place to start! Depending on what room you are working on, you will be able to find a lot of nooks and crannies to hide your items. 

 

We hope you enjoyed these four quick and easy tricks to free up counter space. When your countertops are open, let us know if they also need to be updated!  We are always happy to help.  Check back each week for more posts, updates, and blogs! 


Taking Your Backsplash from Bland to Beautiful

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If your kitchen needs a little boost in the style department, consider updating your backsplash to create a focal point.  Most contemporary kitchens have similar looks that will appeal to a large portion of consumers. While keeping with this pattern is a great method for selling your home in the future, sometimes it can be nice to add a little something different to the room’s color palette.  An easy way to do that without redesigning the entire kitchen is to draw the eye to the backsplash area.  Not only is this an affordable upgrade, it is also a simple fix if your tastes happen to change over time.  This type of update will give you a chance to let your personality shine through and give the space a more custom look.

 

While there are some tried and true classics out there (white subway tile, anyone?), you want to think outside the box to really make the space your own.  Try some fun, geometrically-shaped tiles in bright colors. You will still be able to benefit from the easily maintained look of this material without making the room look too dull.  Even conventionally shaped tiles with a beautiful running pattern would immediately draw attention to the backsplash area.  If the remaining design of the room is predictable in nature, a busy pattern will bring some pizazz to the room. There’s also mini glass tiles in metallic colors which can help bring out the look of stainless steel appliances. Rustic homes can benefit from a brick or stacked stone look. If you do love the subway tile look though, try it in a faux polished wood version.  Presented in this way, it will be sure to turn a few heads.

 

If you don’t know where to start or don’t feel like you aren’t the creative type, come and visit us at our showroom and a professional consultant can get you started with some ideas to jumpstart your planning process. We will work with you to make sure that you are properly matched up with the look and materials that will bring out the best in your kitchen’s style.  Let us help you get started today!

Thoughts on Wood Floors and Selling Your House

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You’re ready to sell and move on to bigger and better things in a new home. But, first, you’ve got a lot accomplish in your existing house in order to prepare it to sell. One of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make is whether or not the floors need to be replaced or spruced up in order to catch buyers’ attention.

Although it might sound over simplified we can confidently say to you that wood floors are the safest bet. Why? Because the most popular and well loved flooring option has long been and continues to be hard wood. Home buyers not only appreciate it, but they sometimes won’t even tour potential homes if it isn’t present.

It is particularly preferred in common areas like the living room, den, dining room, or library. It’s warm and welcoming and it provides the room with a sense of solidarity and tradition. Before you purchase new wood flooring, though, be sure to pull up the corner of any rooms with carpet and double check to see if wood flooring lies beneath. It wasn’t uncommon during the 70’s and 80’s when carpet and vinyl were all the rage for people to cover up a wonderful wood floor in favor of the trendier options. (Thank goodness green shag has come and gone and isn’t likely to return. Ever!)

If you do find an existing wood floor you’ll have to decide if it’s worth saving or if you want to replace everything entirely. Keep in mind that cost can be affected by the subfloor so make sure you check to see what you have before visiting with a flooring expert. Concrete sub floor is a different consideration from plywood sub floor.

Also be sure to take a close look at the setup of your kitchen if you’re thinking about doing some flooring work in it. As mentioned, wood floors are hugely popular in the kitchen. Keep in mind that a kitchen is an especially important place to include an expert because there are many architectural causes for concern. Everything from cabinetry to appliances has to be properly coordinated when installing or refinishing a wood floor.

Certainly, other flooring options such as carpet, tile, bamboo, and concrete are well received by some buyers. But, if you want the most bang for your buck on the seller’s market, wood floors are the way to go!

Product Spotlight: Natural Stone

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Adda Blend (Brick-Joint Polished Mosaic)

This brick jointed polished mosaic, Adda Blend by Daltile, is a wonderful decorative accent for a kitchen or bathroom backsplash. Marble is a natural stone that is a metamorphic rock of crystallized limestone that consists mainly of calcite or dolomite.  It is a fine  material to add elegance to your home.

Learn more about this product in Daltile’s Marble Collection here or visit our website to view more natural stone products here.
Adda Blend (Brick-Joint Polished Mosaic)

Decorating the French Provincial Kitchen

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5119306_SWhen it comes to decorative terms, “French Provincial” is more or less “French Country”. This style of interior decoration from the French Provinces came to the fore during the 17th and 18th centuries. Decorating the French provincial kitchen entails rough and whitewashed walls or smooth walls that are covered in beautiful wallpaper.

Using painted furniture isn’t uncommon, and straw woven seats can be a great addition to the kitchen table. One thing that makes this pattern of decoration unique and popular is the adoption of bright fabrics, which could range from tiny floral designs to wide paisley designs.

To achieve that traditional kitchen look while decorating the French provincial kitchen, the walls of the kitchen are painted in warm and milky white. What if white is not your favorite color? No need to fret, you can alternatively go for violet blue, muddied sea green, washed out ocher yellow, or even light gray.

Remember, think of a bright kitchen with a light feeling.  Using a chandelier for lighting above the island is a great idea and will add another depth of design to the kitchen.

Backsplash Tile Pattern Preference

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Out of these four patterns, which do you prefer the most?  Think of how you would want a backsplash in your kitchen or bathroom.  Leave your favorite pick in the comment box below!