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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!

The Four Seasons of Decorating: Spring

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Post close springWhich season is your favorite? There’s something to love about every season, and any room in your home can reflect any season. Thinking of a specific season when decorating a space helps you keep everything integrated. Without even trying you will end up with a space that is cohesive and inviting.

We’re going to consider how to reflect each of the four seasons in your home, starting with spring. To begin – what does spring mean to you visually? Most people think of growth, light and freshness. After a long winter, the flowering trees and plants provide a wealth of colors and textures to work with.

Starting with flooring, light bamboo perfectly captures the fresh growth tone of spring. Light wood cabinetry and furniture carries that fresh theme throughout the room. Lots of white provides a critical sense of light – how about crown moldings, wainscoting and baseboards painted a bright glossy white? For window coverings, either white shutters or bright white sheers at the windows match the mood of the season.

Wrap up with an inexpensive accessory option – flowering spring plants in pots. Whether you set them on a windowsill or scatter them throughout the room, fresh plants carry the very spirit of spring into your space.

Think of specializing in spring when you decorate, because when you bring spring into a room, you have it with you no matter what the weather.

Trend Spotting: Fretwork

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14371760_SFretwork is a pattern of interlocking lines that dates back hundreds of years.  Sometimes called lattice pattern, fretwork comes from Chinese metalwork designs.  Thomas Chippendale, known for the Chippendale chair as seen in the image above, first introduced fretwork to western furniture in the 18th century. Since then fretwork has experienced numerous revivals and interpretations.

Fretwork patterns can be extremely elaborate or have simpler geometric patterns.  The common thread between them is the repeating intersections of the lines to create an overall geometric pattern. Sometimes similar to the Greek key pattern, fretwork is beloved by modern and traditional design alike.

The current revival of fretwork in design can be found on traditional furniture pieces as well as contemporary interpretations. Variations of fretwork pattern can be found on textiles such as curtains and bed linens, area rugs, pillows and even upholstery.  Fretwork wallpaper and stencils are used to add design to walls and the interiors of cabinets and bookcases.

The limits to where fretwork can be incorporated into your design are only limited by your imagination. Traditional fretwork patterns in metals, as seen in the Victorian era, can be found on radiator covers as well as exterior stair balustrades. Cabinet doors in wood or metal can be decorated with fretwork patterns.

When using a large fretwork pattern, let this be the dominant pattern in the room. Other patterns can be introduced in smaller scales as to not compete with the complex fretwork design on walls, furniture, floors or curtains.

Do’s and Don’ts of Laminate

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  • Glides or floor protectors on the bottom of your furniture will prevent possible scratching or abrasions.
  • It’s important to lift heavy furniture instead of dragging or pulling them.
  • Use pieces of carpet face down under heavy objects when moving them across your floor.
  • Spot cleaning and occasional complete cleaning of your laminate floor can be done using the manufacturer’s recommended products.
  • Never use abrasive cleaners, steel wool or scouring powder.
  • Do not use soap-based detergents or “mop-and-shine” products.
  • Never flood your floor with water or cleaner.
  • Do not wax or polish your laminate floor.
  • Never try to refinish or sand your laminate floor.
  • Durable but not indestructible, your laminate floor can be damaged by stiletto heels.
  • But the good news is that the finish on your laminate floor can help protect the floor from sunlight and the typical fading you find with aging hardwood floors.
  • Keep in mind that if a repair is necessary in the future, the replacement product may be a slightly different dye lot and/or texture than the initial installation.
  • However, with time and usage, the repair will blend in with your original product.
  • For additional care procedures please refer to the manufacturer’s care and maintenance instructions and recommendations.

The Endless Possibilities with Tile

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You are a unique individual, one of a kind, with one of a kind tastes. Your floors should reflect you personal style and contribute to the comfort and uniqueness of your home. Don’t think you have to settle for plain squares with no patterns. Tile is available in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

Tile flooring is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to update and personalize your living space. The choice of size, shape, and texture of tile is virtually endless. You can choose from vinyl, cork, ceramic, even glass. Be creative, be daring, be bold. The way the tile is laid out can be customized too. Why subscribe to the grid when you can have circles, or a mosaic pattern.

Even if you are a Do-It-Yourself kind of person and you have limited tile flooring experience do not fear. Nowadays exciting patterns, colors and textures even come confined to a square piece for easy installation.

So don’t be shy. Dig in and express you yourself with a new tile floor or even an impressive back splash. Ambassador Floor Company offers the St Louis area flooring that can help make your tile fantasies become reality.

 

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Considering Vinyl Flooring in your Home?

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Vinyl flooring has been in vogue in America since first appearing in the 1950s and remains second only to carpeting in popularity as a choice for floor covering.  It is resilient, affordable, easy to maintain and versatile, capable of being manufactured to look like a wide range of other materials such as ceramic tile, wood and stone.  Vinyl is available in both sheets and tiles, comes in hundreds of colors, hues and designs and can be made to be resistant to scratches, scuffs, discoloration, mildew and mold.

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Ambassador Floor Company, the premier vinyl flooring St. Louis outlet, offers customers a wide assortment of vinyl and luxury vinyl flooring, with hundreds of options from which to choose.  If you’re considering vinyl flooring for your home, a quick trip to their St. Louis flooring showroom is a must.  You can also find information, tips and style choices on their website and learn what’s available to enhance the beauty and comfort of your home through a wide array of vinyl flooring options.  No other type of floor covering offers the value, styling, selection and maintenance ease of vinyl.

Prepare Your Hardwood Floors for Winter

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Winter is official here and as many of you know, it is near impossible to avoid winter elements being tracked into your home and over your hardwood floors. Dirt, slush, snow, and salt can all damage your beautiful and healthy hardwood floor.  To help avoid and problems follow these tips courtesy of Growers and Nomads:

Floor mats are your friends – There’s a reason that welcome mats are placed at the front door, and it’s not to welcome guests. It’s to ensure that all the dirt and grime from the outdoors don’t make it inside. For a floor mat to truly serve it’s purpose, it must be cleaned regularly.

Dishes vs. shoes – Who ever said dish drainers were just for dishes? Take a simple plastic drainer, place a towel underneath and use it for
children and guests to place their wet shoes.

Treat your pet – By placing a bowl of treats at your front or back door, you can begin to train your pet to stay near the entrance until you
can thoroughly wipe their paws clean.

Stock up – With all the foot traffic coming through the front door, it may be a good idea to keep whatever cleaning supplies you might need
nearby – particularly towels and maybe even a Wet Vac.

Know your investment – Whether your wood floors were already installed in your home or you had your floors redone, always know what type of
warranty exists, if any, in case major damage ever takes place.

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For help upgrading your flooring contact Ambassador Floor Company in St. Louis.

STAINMASTER Design Is As Easy As 1 -2– 3

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At the Ambassador Floor Company’s STAINMASTER FLOORING CENTER designing a new look for your home is a simple as 1- 2- 3.  We want to make the your as easy as possible and we want you to leave feeling confident that you have selected a carpet that will fit your style and needs that will last for years to come.

  1. First, you explore styles at the carpet selection center (the thousands we have all boil down to 6 main styles). Our touch screen system makes it easy to narrow your selections.
  2. Then use our exclusive in-store color lab to see how they will look in your home during the day and night. (Remember to bring your fabric samples, paint chips and color ideas with you!)
  3. Finally, select your cushion and schedule installation. Step up on the cushion tester and feel the difference your padding makes.

We will work with every step of the way using an interactive system that makes selecting flooring fun! We will explain each option open to you and provide you with information of the flooring’s performance and warranty levels as well as answer any questions you might have.

Come by and visit out store in Chesterfield, MO., or visit our website to schedule an appointment online.

Green Flooring For Your Kitchen

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Are you planning a kitchen remodel? Then mostly likely you are looking to replace your old flooring with new stylish and maybe green flooring. We have complied a list of sustainable flooring, that are strong enough to stand up to the regular wear and tare of your kitchen as well as make your kitchen a little more green.

  • Linoleum: Real linoleum is an all-natural flooring option made of linseed oil, cork dust, wood flour, tree resins, ground limestone and pigments, all pressed onto a jute backing. It’s long-lasting, easy to clean, and often contains recycled content.
  • Wood: Wood is a classic and durable flooring option. Just make sure that the wood you choose is Forest Stewardship Council certified, or salvaged/reclaimed wood. Avoid products with added formaldehyde, which are sometimes used in engineered/pressed wood backing or sublayers. Also look for sealers and cleaners that are environmentally benign and low-VOC.
  • Tile: Tile is beautiful and durable, and you can find companies that make their tile products with up to 100% recycled glass or ceramic.
  • Stone: Look for locally (or at least domestically) mined and fabricated stone, but avoid buying imported stone in order to reduce transport-related energy. If you need to use a sealer, make sure it’s a low-VOC product (less than 200 g/L of VOCs, per SCAQMD Rule 1113).

For assistance selecting sustainable flooring for your kitchen contact a consultant at Ambassador Flooring Company in St. Louis.

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Pros & Cons of Floor Coverings

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Selecting a new floor covering can be challenging that is why it is important to understand the advantages and disadvantages of the various types of flooring. Kitchens.com has developed an easy to read comparison chart that looks at eight different flooring options. Check out the chart and if you still need assistance contact a consultant at Ambassador Floor Company to help you select the best flooring for your home.

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