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Modern Kitchen Flooring Ideas November 30, 2016

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When designing a modern style kitchen, using materials in an unexpected way can set the tone for your space.  This type of decorating is meant to make a statement and showcase your unique style.  The best way to start do that is with your flooring material choice.  It is the foundation of your kitchen’s look and needs some thoughtful consideration.  Here are some suggestions to get you started with your modern look.

 

Wood-Look Tile

While solid hardwood is a classic choice is many homes, installing this material in the kitchen area can be tricky as it does not stand up to moisture as well as other flooring options.  That’s where wood-look porcelain tile comes into play.  Due to amazing advances in printer technology, the patterns on this printed tile are nearly indistinguishable from hardwood.  Since it is tile rather than wood, the tile is highly resistant to moisture while still giving you the look you want to achieve.  It is also easier to install than hardwood which can be a time-consuming project.  A variety of stains and species are available to coordinate with any colors you have in mind. 

 

Laminate

Another option for flooring in the kitchen is laminate.  Just like wood-look tile, laminate is resistant to moisture and will hold up well to the traffic through your space.  The patterns available in laminate have advanced tremendously in recent years with prints that lean towards those copying hardwoods.  The surface of laminate also provides a slightly more forgiving surface than tile, which will help those standing in the space for long periods of time.

 

Porcelain Tile

This material is one of the best at resisting scratches, stains or chipping.  It’s also one of the best materials to incorporate into any design: modern, rustic, contemporary and so on.  For the best modern look use, large format tiles (think eighteen inches or larger) that have the appearance of another material: concrete, glass, stone.  The unique textures and clean look of these choices will make a statement, while the tile size will reduce grout lines to maximize the space.

 

With so many choices available it won’t be difficult to find a material that speaks to your style and preferences.  Come visit us today to get started on your modern kitchen look!

Take the Lifestyle Quiz November 5, 2016

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When making upgrades to your home, it can be hard to get your direction decided. Take our lifestyle quiz, a test that you cannot fail (since it’s all about you!) and it will help to get the ball rolling for planning. Answering these questions about your lifestyle, family size, special needs and budget will enable us to narrow down selections that will meet the needs of your family.

Depending on your answers, the interview results will help you determine your needs as they relate to flooring choices and how these needs could be met. It makes suggestions for selections in certain spaces that are used frequently and need to be functional. It also makes decorating and design suggestions that will help you better utilize all areas of the home.

The results are able to narrow down the direction you need to go. By making selections and suggestions for certain areas, you are able to gather a starting point and an end game plan. After taking this interview, much of the guesswork is removed from starting a new project. This quiz asks the right questions for the most important selections, such as flooring, paint, lighting and other key elements of design.

When selections and suggestions are shown in the results, you are also given the reasons why these suggestions were made and how the products are best suited for your lifestyle. Your lifestyle, number of children and pets all differ from other families. The questionnaire can help you prioritize selections and functions of design selections. Results also give a few suggestions rather than a single option.

Our interview is quick and easy. It takes just a few minutes to fill out. Your results will also make furniture buying suggestions; as well as give you maintenance and cleaning tips for your home.

Get your game plan nailed down and make the right choices for your home and family. Never go into a design project blind. Make sure that your investment is made wisely and it will last for years to come!

 

Four Things Each Week October 8, 2016

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Our lives can quickly become packed full of activities and weekends can feel frantic and rushed.  However, having a set routine can help your weekends to feel calmer and the week to pass more smoothly.  Try the steps below to see if you can gain a few extra calm moments in your week!
  1. Wash your bedding and bathroom towels. This may seem obvious to some, but to others it may seem excessive. However, we spend a third of our day in our beds every day—would you wear your clothes that often without putting them through the wash? It’s just good hygiene and can also help clear up your complexion as old skin cells and oil flake and rub off on your pillowcase every night so washing it weekly should keep any buildup from affecting your skin. Washing your towels this often will keep them fresh and keep away the musty smell that can build up over time. Besides—who doesn’t love a freshly made bed or a fluffy towel everyday?
  2. Clean up your clutter. Again, another one that sounds obvious when you hear it but we all get busy during the week and when the weekend rolls around if we aren’t spending it doing various activities then the last thing we want to do is clean. By committing yourself to cleaning up your clutter once a week you will save yourself from those big overhaul cleans that take all day in the future. 
  3. Budget. Maybe you’ve set up a budget in the past and revisit it once a year. Or maybe you set up a budget and never looked at it again! Either way, budgets will only work for you if you work for them. This means checking it once a week and comparing it to your actual spending habits. Don’t allow yourself to cheat either! That only hurts you. Keeping a responsible eye on your budget will allow you to do the important things with it like save for hard times, put it in your retirement account or pay for that vacation you’ve been wanting to go on.
  4. Meal plan for the week. This is so important and incorporates your budget as well. If you meal plan for each week you are much less likely to waste food as you are only buying what you need for the next three days. You are also much less likely to end up buying whatever random thing you want to eat during the week, leading to healthier food choices. You’re also likely to save some money by not eating out for lunches and dinners because you already have your week’s meals planned out.

How Should I Arrange Pictures On My Wall? September 9, 2016

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Displaying family portraits in your home is a great way to showcase your best memories, while also providing an easy method to pull together the decorations in any room. Be it printed words, dramatic photos or a beautiful painting, the process of hanging, balancing and aligning your desired wall pieces can be intimidating. Here is an easy tip to take the stress out of enhancing your home.

 

Butcher paper is your secret weapon for this project, but if you don’t have some around, any large piece of paper or pieced-together papers will do. If you really want to be thrifty, leftover wrapping paper is a money saver, but be sure to use the undecorated side to keep track of your markings.

 

Decide how much space on your wall you want to use for your display and cut your paper to fit all your pieces on it.

 

Make space to lay the paper flat on the floor and begin arranging your chosen pieces in different configurations until you are satisfied with spacing and alignment. Once you are confident with your choices, snap a quick picture of the final result.

 

Without moving your pictures, outline each one gently on your paper. When you are finished, flip each piece over to find it’s hanging point and mark your paper with it. This can be done by measuring from the top of the picture to where the hook or nail will come in contact with the wall when hung.

 

Hang the outlined paper on the wall, making sure to use the correct height for your pictures. Drive your nails straight through the paper and into the wall at each marked hanging point for proper alignment. Once you have all nails properly placed, rip your paper off the wall around each one carefully.

 

Remember the photo you took? Check it to make sure everything is where you want it to be, and take a moment to admire your perfect display!

Design Tips from the Trade August 7, 2016

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Decorating can be made so much easier if you know some key tips designers have been using for decades. When working as a designer you learn tips and tricks over time. Read on for helpful advice that can be utilized for years to come!

Treat the ceiling! This is the easiest way to give your room a designer look. People assume no one looks up. The truth is, drawing the eye up to a beautifully treated ceiling will make a huge impact on the space. Paint can work wonders for adding a dramatic effect. No treatment will go un-noticed. Put in the effort and you will be glad you did.

Hang large pieces of art. Statement pieces of art will defy the room and fewer pieces will be needed. This is a great way to take the design style of a room into the direction it needs to go. There will be an immediate impact and less decorating will be needed to complete the room’s look.

Leave ample room around each furniture piece. This is rule if particularly good for seating. Leave at least 30”-36” space between each piece of furniture. This rule is excluded for accent or end tables. Accent tables can be placed within an inch or two of the seating piece.

Wider walkways are needed to make the room and house flow properly. Building codes for residences state that 30” is adequate width for a residential walkway or hall. However 36” wide walkways are much more comfortable and open. If you have the room, plan your furniture around this rule. The home will feel comfortable and a positive flow will be achieved.

Hang draperies high. This rule excludes vaulted ceilings and is meant for standard flat ceilings. Hang draperies close to the ceiling and let them hang right above the floor. Puddled draperies are becoming outdated. They can become a hazard as well as requiring many more routine cleanings. A simple pleated panel will create a sophisticated and classic look that only requires cleaning about once a year. Never launder draperies yourself. For custom drapery that was made and installed professionally it is important to have the draperies dry-cleaned. 

Bedroom Decorating for Couples August 2, 2016

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A bedroom for a couple should be their sanctuary. A place where they get alone time and enjoy one another’s company, away from the kids. Find out what necessities are needed in this space. It is all about individual comfort, as well as creating a relaxing space where a couple will want to spend time together.

The center of the bedroom is the mattress, and this should be the best possible.  One third of our lives are spent asleep, so it is an important purchase.  Making the quality of your bed a priority will ensure that you look forward to your sleep each night.

Quality bedding is a must! Dress your bed in quality sheets and comfortable pillows. A light comforter is best in the summer months, since body heat doubles in a bed for two. Good quality pillows are also important. Each person should select their pillow of choice. Typically a man and a woman like different types of pillows. Then add some matching pillows to place over sleeping pillows, to balance out the appearance of any unevenness between pillows.

Mood lighting can really set the tone. Place a table lamp on each side of the bed. This way each person has a lamp they can read by, if they choose. Each person should have their own night stand, where they can keep their own things.

Install a TV on the wall or place one on a dresser. Smart TV’s are a good choice because you can stream movies or turn on a music app. Spring for a nice TV that the two of you will enjoy watching movies or listening to music. You may even want to get an app that offers screen savers, like a crackling fire or nature sounds.

Enhance the look of the space by painting the walls with a serene color choice that you both can agree on. This will only further enhance the relaxing mood of the room. Hang photos of the memories that you have shared together. This is a nice daily reminder that the space you share for motivates you to stay connected to one another.

Enjoy Your Day! July 4, 2016

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We wish you a very happy Fourth of July!  Please stay safe during this wonderful holiday and celebrate your freedom.

Important Bedroom Measurements June 8, 2016

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When decorating a bedroom there are some measurements that should be used to make the most out of this space. Find out what these measurements are and why you should be using them.

The most important dimension in a bedroom is the height of the bed. This is because a bed that is too high or too low is difficult to get in and out of. The proper bed height is between 24”-27” from the floor to the top of the mattress. 24” is a better height for shorter people and children. 25”-26” is a good height for elderly people. They do not have to stoop down to get into bed and they can easily stand up out of bed from these heights. Taller people need a bed height around 27” to easily get in and out of bed.

Night stand width should be proportionate to the size of the bed. A king size bed should have a night stand at least 36” wide. Otherwise the night stand looks too small for the size of the bed. A queen size bed should have a night stand around 24”-30” wide to look proportionate. A double bed can use night stands that anywhere from 18”-24” wide. There should also be at least 6” of space from the edge of the night stand to the wall.

Headboard heights typically vary from 42” to 52” high. If you want to conceal most of your headboard, select a height from 42”-48” high. If you want to showcase the headboard, choose closer to 52” high. When the height of the bed is around 24”-27” off the floor, pillow height can range from 18”-24” high. These two measurements added together will give you a total of around 42”- 48” high. A headboard should never be more than 60” from the floor to the highest point of the headboard. Only use taller headboards like this if the ceiling height is very high (meaning 12 foot or higher). Headboard heights need to be in proportion with the ceiling height.

We hope this helps in decorating your bedroom!  If you have any questions about this information, feel free to stop by or ask us!  

Happy Mother’s Day! May 8, 2016

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We would like to send special wishes to all mothers — thank you for all you do!

Spinach Egg Cups April 28, 2016

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Are you constantly looking for ways to feed your family healthier meals?  An easy way to accomplish this is to hide healthy veggies in your meals. These spinach egg cups were a little something we came up with while meal planning. Breakfast meals that can be heated up quickly and taken on the go is a great place to start. These egg cups do just that!

Ingredients:

2.5oz of fresh spinach

4 Eggs

½ Cup of Whole Milk

1 can of biscuit dough

*Recipe requires a muffin pan

 

Instructions:

Finely chop the fresh spinach.  

In a large mixing bowl, crack 4 eggs. Add chopped spinach and milk. Either whisk by hand or use a hand held mixer.

Cut each biscuit into 6 little triangle shapes. Fill the muffin cup half way with the egg mixture. The biscuits and eggs will expand. Add 3 biscuit dough triangles to each egg cup.

Cook at 400 degrees for 8 minutes. Then add aluminum foil to the top of the muffin tray, (so the cups won’t burn) and cook for another 6 minutes. Use a tooth pick to check to see if they are done in the middle. Allow at least 10 minutes for cups to cool before removing them from the muffin tray.

Keep cups in a plastic container in the refrigerator. Heat up by microwaving for 15-30 seconds depending on your microwave.