Spruce Up the Patio for Spring

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Springtime is the time to renew your home, inside and out. The goal is to clean it well and add pops of color, perfect for spring! Even if the cold lingers, spring is in the air and around the corner.  Find out how to freshen up your patio space and have your patio ready when the warm weather arrives.

Clean patio furniture thoroughly. There is a chance that mold has grown on patio furniture that has been sitting out in the elements. Use a mild dish soap and warm water with an abrasive sponge to clean off all the buildup. Rinse them clean by spraying them down with the hose. A pressurized nozzle will work best for this.

Add a pop of color by adding brightly colored pots with vibrantly colored flowers. A helpful tip for potted flowers is to add crumple up newspaper to the bottom half of the pot. Next cover the newspaper with potting soil. This will make you planters lighter and easier to move, as well not using up a ton of potting soil.

Also add color by purchasing some new indoor/outdoor accent pillows for the furniture. Accent pillows bring fun and color to the outdoor living space. Lay down an indoor/outdoor rug that has a fun geometric pattern or print. Outdoor rugs transform outdoor spaces into a comfortable place where you want to take your shoes off and relax. The best outdoor rugs are made from natural or synthetic fibers that allow water to drip right through. These rugs do not have a backing on them (as the backing would not permit water to pass through the rug).

Feel free to spray paint old planters for a bright new finish. This will make any old planters look new again. If you are using the typical white, plastic patio furniture, you may want to hit them with the spray paint as well. Make sure to clean them well before. Make sure to lightly sand them with sandpaper before spray painting them.

Buy new cushions for outdoor furniture. Unless you have well-made indoor/outdoor cushions, most likely it is time to upgrade these items. The goal is to renew your patio space. This is achieved by cleaning and adding pops of color throughout!

Making Decisions in a Myriad of Choices: Our Website Can Help

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When you start replacing flooring in your home, especially if you’re covering multiple rooms and using different types of flooring, making decisions can be the hardest part of the process. Narrowing down types of tile, vinyl, carpet and hardwood, when each category has hundreds of choices, is overwhelming for anyone.

We’d love to help make this easier on you with some helpful features on our website! We have a Lifestyle Quiz and a Style Quiz to help you narrow in on the right flooring choices for you.

In our Lifestyle Quiz you’ll answer specific questions about the size of your family, your lifestyle and preferences and the quiz will generate helpful ideas and things to consider to help you choose the right flooring for your needs.

Also check our Style Quiz. You’ll click on a series of 10 images of homes and décor you like best and receive a style profile at the end. Being confident about your style will help greatly when choosing flooring. 

 

These two surveys are a great place to start before visiting our showroom and talking with a sales consultant. Ultimately, our consultants will help guide you through the flooring world’s myriad of choices, but if you start with these quizzes at our website, you’ll go into your first meeting with a bit more personalized knowledge and the confidence to make great choices.

 

While you’re at it, check out the other features in the Design Center on our website:

  • A workbook to save your design ideas.
  • “Ask Our Expert”: Looking for advice from an expert? Our frequently asked questions section can help you find the right design solution for your flooring project.
  • Design Styles: Learn all about today’s design styles: Italian Impressions, Rustic Reflections, Seaside Simplicity and Urban Chic.
  • Flooring Gallery: Get design inspirations from our gallery of floors.

We look forward to working with you as you make these big decisions and make your home the space you dream about. Contact us anytime with questions and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Thoughts on Lamps

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Lamps are some of the finishing touches you will purchase for your room when decorating. However, do not discount their importance to your rooms design. The right lamp and bring your room together perfectly. There are three main types of lamps to choose from—table lamps, floor lamps, and hanging lamps. Depending on the space you are decorating, the look you are going for, and how much light you will need the lamp to provide, one of these three types of lamps should suit your space.

 

The first thing you will want to do when deciding on what lamp to purchase is the size of the space it will be going. If it is a table lamp, be sure to measure your table so that you don’t get a lamp that overpowers it, or is too small to even be noticed. For hanging lamps and floor lamps the principle is the same thing, you will just be considering a different area.

 

Next you will have to decide what kind of design you want for your lamp. There are so many choices out there and it can seem overwhelming but before you begin browsing sit down in the room and look around you. What is the theme of your design? Do you even have one or is it more eclectic than that?

 

Consider that glass bases will look lighter in your space and can work really well with modern designs. Wooden and metal bases offer a heavier feel to them and work well in more traditionally decorated rooms. The only way you’ll know what style to look for is to decide what will work best in the room.

 

Finally, you will want to figure out what the function of the lamp is. If your lamp is going to be the main source of light in your room, then you will want to go for a lamp that is both brighter and larger. A floor lamp or hanging lamp would work well in this situation. If your lamp’s purpose is more for bedside reading at night you should look for softer lighting like a small bedside table lamp with a low glow. These three steps should help ease your lamp buying process.

Mad for Mod: A How-To Decorate Guide with 1960s Inspiration

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Decorating around a theme is often the best way to create a room that is impressive. It provides an easy way to ensure that the room is ‘pulled together’ by way of a common thread. It also helps with decisions such as color selection, accessorizing, and furnishings. Rather than ponder whether or not to buy that amazing couch you just found, you can quickly and confidently say ‘yay or nay.’ Either it works with the theme or it doesn’t!

To make it even easier we are offering our guidelines in short and succinct bulleted lists. We’ve found that when working theme it’s more effective to pick and choose possibilities a la carte. Otherwise you risk ‘overdoing it’ with the theme and end up with a room that might look it belongs in a theme park. Less is more. Lastly, when going about it this way the overall project seems less daunting. Just pick what you like and work it into your plan!

In this installment of our How-To-Decorate series we are going to dish about the fabulous look of 1960’s inspired mod décor.  If you bold pops of pure color and geometric shapes, this is the theme for you!

  • Color Pallet Options:
    • Warm red
    • Dark yellow
    • Sky blue
    • Kelly or spearmint green
  • Lighting
    • Suspension lighting
    • Glass lamp with a swag chain
    • Pendant lights
  • Furniture
    • Upholstered couches and chairs
    • Skinny wooden legs
    • Bold or pop colors
    • Multi functional, such as an end table designed to also hold magazines
    • Atomic inspired pieces, for example radial sun clock made of metal, boomerang shaped coffee table
  • The walls
    • Built in cabinetry
    • Funky, loud wallpaper
    • Large  mosaic comprised of numerous small hexagonal mirrors
  • The floor
    • Shag rugs
    • Brightly colored, textured rugs
    • Vinyl works well for high traffic areas where luxury options wouldn’t make sense

Something unique – locate a 1960s dressing table with triple tilting mirrors, very functional yet also quite interesting

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!

Revamp Your Bedroom

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As the weather turns colder, most people will find themselves spending more time indoors.  Make sure your bedroom is ready for the cold weather!  Sprucing up your bedroom doesn’t need to mean making major changes. There are several items within a bedroom that can be revitalized to make it feel cozier and ready for the fall and winter.

Reupholster the headboard. This can be done with minimal effort and material. Doing this makes your bed appear to be brand new. Upholstered headboards can be re-covered as many times as you desire, whether you change your style or simply want a fresh look.

Change out the artwork over the bed. You can mix up the artwork around the room and find new homes for the pieces to live. Get a few new pieces to spice up the look of your bedroom. Three dimensional or sculpted art can be hung on the wall to add interest and a pop to your decor. Keep an open mind and eye for sculptural pieces throughout your home – however, make sure the pieces are not too heavy to hang on the wall!

Nothing helps a bedroom like switching out your bedding, especially if it looks dull or tired. The season change is a perfect time for this!  Put an extra blanket at the foot of your bed, change into flannel sheets or replace your summer comforter with a cozy down-filled one.  Your bedroom will look freshly designed!

Revive flooring by adding a new rug. A cushy rug adds warmth and comfort to the bedroom floor and creates a nice layered look. If your floor needs to be replaced, do so now before the cold weather hits!

Paint or wallpaper an accent wall. Doing so will transform the room with minimal effort and material. If you do not want to redo an entire wall, consider adding a wall decal. Decals are very easy to install and do not damage the wall when removed. A decal or a painted accent wall has the ability to set the tone for the whole room.

You can decide to tackle one or all of the ideas in this article. Before doing so, take a long look at your bedroom and decide what areas really need your attention! 

Ceramic Tile: Environmentally Friendly

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Green, green, green! Ever since the collective social conscience has begun to fully concur on the importance of environmentally friendly design, the word ‘green’ has been the ultimate buzzword in exterior and interior home design. Builders now show a strong preference for environmentally conscience materials, and tile is no exception. A favorite among these is ceramic tile. Not only does is it aesthetically pleasing, it can absolutely be incorporated into kitchen and bathroom design in a way that also helps ensure that our natural environment will remain beautiful for generations to come.

Ceramic tile boasts the fact that it is an excellent choice because it is ‘green’ from the beginning of its life all the way through completion of an interior design. Meaning, it is environmentally friendly from the mining process through final installation. This is due in part to the fact that the materials used are plentiful, and they are easy to mine and manufacture. In turn, this reduces fuel consumption and ensures that more precious resources aren’t consumed during the manufacturing process. Furthermore, many ceramic tiles feature recycled content which, as they say, ‘pays it forward’ when it comes to environmental impact.

Now, take into consideration that it can be expected to last at least 50 years! You want sustainability? Ceramic tile delivers to an impressive extent because it is a timeless design material that can be installed in arrangement that is classic and won’t ever look out of style. What about cleaning it, you ask? This is accomplished with ease using basic soap water. No need for caustic and toxic chemical cleaners to keep the tiles looking fabulous. 

If you’re initially shopping on your own, it’s easy to find environmentally-friendly ceramic tile because it will have a Green Squared label. Once you’re ready to get down to business, consult one of our experts and we’ll help you turn your vision into a reality!

Rustic Romance/Shabby Chic: A How-To Decorate Guide

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Decorating around a theme is often the best way to create a room that is impressive. It provides an easy way to ensure that the room is ‘pulled together’ by way of a common thread. It also helps with decisions such as color selection, accessorizing, and furnishings. Rather than ponder whether or not to buy that amazing couch you just found, you can quickly and confidently say ‘yay or nay.’ Either it works with the theme or it doesn’t!

To make it even easier we are offering our guidelines in short and succinct bulleted lists. We’ve found that when working theme it’s more effective to pick and choose possibilities a la carte. Otherwise you risk ‘overdoing it’ with the theme and end up with a room that might look it belongs in a theme park. Less is more. Lastly, when going about it this way the overall project seems less daunting. Just pick what you like and work it into your plan!

In this installment of our How-To-Decorate series we are going to discuss a rustic romance theme, along the lines of the well known and loved Shabby Chic style. If you love pale hues and a feminine touch, this guide will help your create a dreamy space in your home.

  • Colors:
    • White, distressed white
    • Soft light pink
    • Rose pink
    • Light mint green
    • Lighting
      • Chandeliers
      • Small to mid size table lamps
      • Furniture
        • Highly distressed wood, especially white
        • White rattan
        • Metallic
        • Mirror surface, such as a mirrored end table
        • Accessories
          • Multiple small, short bunches of roses in short vases
          • Antique keys
          • Up-cycled antique window frames, used to frame art from behind the panels
          • Repurposed vintage luggage
          • Quilts
          • The walls
            • Wall paper, micro print roses, white, pink, green
            • Satin sheen, pale hues, silver, pink, white
            • The floor
              • Rustic wood
              • Carpet

How To Make a Sweatshirt Look Smart

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Finally! We have reached a time in fashion when sweatshirts are considered appropriate for nearly all levels of dress. Gone are the days when they were strictly for running or cleaning the house. It’s now common to see them with pants, high heels, even sequin skirts. The main trick to making it work is to use a good sweatshirt. Either something new or something fashion forward (these are now really easy to find.) Then, you just start mixing and matching the same way that you would if it were any other top. Here are our top suggestions!

  1. Classic heather grey sweatshirt, black leather skirt, sneakers.
  2. Dark grey classic sweatshirt, over top of white button up with just shirt tails peeking out at the bottom, black skinny jeans, large leopard print scarf, tan leather bag, neutral flats.
  3. Black graphic sweatshirt, black distressed skinny jeans, oversized black leather bag, black booties.
  4. Slim fitting black sweatshirt with white graphic print, chunky chain necklace at neckline of sweatshirt, red/black/grey plaid pencil skirt, basic black pumps.
  5. Heather grey sweatshirt with pink and black graphic design, cream colored chiffon mini flared skirt, black clutch, chunky necklace, black and brown wedges.
  6. Burgundy button up shirt under grey sweatshirt, cropped denim jacket, burgundy/cream/navy large plaid scarf, black skinny jeans, black leather bag, leopard print slide on sneakers.
  7. Bold black graphic sweatshirt, lightly distressed whisker washed blue jeans rolled at the ankle, pop color bag, two-tone stilettos in colors that coordinate with sweatshirt.
  8. Charcoal sweatshirt with white graphic lettering, over top of red/black plaid button up shirt with just the shirttails showing, a watch, distressed blue jeans rolled at the ankles, chunky necklace, mustard yellow bag, brown suede mule boots.
  9. Basic sweatshirt in a neutral color, slim fit blue jeans, pop color watch, pop color sneakers that match the watch.
  10. Thin grey sweatshirt with sleeves cuffed just below the elbows, tucked into long floral flare skirt, black or neutral chunky heel sandals.