Happy Thanksgiving November 28, 2013Posted by creatingyourspace in : Holidays, Thanksgiving , add a comment
Giving thanks to all of you for being a part of our Big Bob’s family! Thank you for incorporating us into your lives. We hope we’ve made a positive impact in your home.
Playing with Pattern November 19, 2013Posted by creatingyourspace in : Design and Decorating, Hardwood / Laminate, Hints and Tips , add a comment
Neutrals are popular for wall and upholstery colors because they are easy. You don’t have to worry about clashing colors and being too bright when you decorate your space with classic neutrals of white, beige, grey and brown. Monochrome décor in one shade or a tonal color scheme, such as in this room, means creating interest with texture and pattern instead of bright colors.
This living room is a great example of neutral décor. The walls, chair, and sofa are in light shades of neutral beige. These colors will never go out of fashion or trend. You can change the look and feel of the room through accessories and if you wanted, spots of color.
In this case instead of pops of color being added to the neutral room, patterns are introduced to the room in accessories and accent furniture. All of these pieces are easier and less expensive to replace than the main seating, the sofa.
Pattern can be all the same or a mixed with scale for added zing. The pattern on the ottomans or poufs is a smaller scale pattern. The accent pillows have a slightly larger scale pattern to balance out the bigger patterns. Keeping all the patterns within the color scheme of the room helps unite the look. A great addition to this room would be an area rug that could help further define the seating area.
The Perfect Thanksgiving November 14, 2013Posted by creatingyourspace in : Design and Decorating, Hints and Tips, Holidays, Thanksgiving , add a comment
Thanksgiving is all about spending time with friends and family, eating the ultimate comfort food, curling up on the couch to watch football and savoring the last of the autumn before winter shows up. To make your holiday as festive and as relaxed and sophisticated as possible follow the tips below.
Greet guests at the front door with spice cider. Spike it for the adults. Serve with a cinnamon stick.
Create a stunning centerpiece with roses, sage, pumpkins and gourds. Scatter votives all over your table and the dining room. Just be sure they are unscented so they don’t compete or overwhelm the delicious smell of the food you prepared.
Make handwritten place cards. Be creative, use craft paper, raffia, sheaves of wheat or packets of seeds. Or simply use a pin to pin name cards to a small pumpkin. Use fabric leaves or flowers and bakers twine to wrap silverware. Or write guest names on a fresh or dry leaf with magic marker.
Instead of traditional Thanksgiving grace, go around the table and have your guests say what they are thankful for.
Keep your workload light. Set up a buffet near the main table and let guests help themselves. Garnish dishes with fresh herbs and seasonal fruit. Put menu cards by each dish identifying the ingredients just in case any of your guests have food allergies.
Send your guests home with a pot of homemade-spiced applesauce or pears as a party favor.
Laundry Tips November 7, 2013Posted by creatingyourspace in : Hints and Tips , add a comment
Do you feel like you spend your entire weekend doing laundry, folding laundry and putting laundry away? Without any effort at all laundry can pile up literally overnight. Who taught you how to do laundry or did you figure it out on your own? Whatever the answer may be here are some reminders on how to wash clothes to get the best results.
- Soak clothes overnight to loosen dirt and grime.
- To keep colors looking their brightest and to prevent blacks from fading, wash your clothes inside out.
- If you notice a stain on an item, be sure the stain is removed before you toss it in the dryer. The dryer will set the stain and make it harder to deal with.
- If you miss a stain and you have already dried your garment, soak it for 30 minutes in an equal parts water and hydrogen peroxide solution. Wash the garment immediately afterwards.
- Add a quarter cup of baking soda to your washing machine to get rid of musty odors.
- Do you have stubborn food stains? Try rubbing foaming shaving cream on the spot. For dried bloodstains use hydrogen peroxide and wash garments in cold water. For ring around the collar paint shampoo on the stain and then wash immediately.
- Remember to separate clothes by color and fabric. Towels should be separated from any smooth, dark fabrics that will show every speck of lint.
- Don’t overload your dryer, as air will not circulate evenly. Clothing may emerge damp and wrinkled. Follow your machine’s instructions for optimal capacity.
- Be sure to clean out the lint basket.
Designing a Dining Room October 25, 2013Posted by creatingyourspace in : Design and Decorating , add a comment
Does this dining room stand out to you and give you an “oh my gosh, I wish I had that room in my house” kind of feeling?! There are only a few design elements and they’re easy enough to create in your own home. Let’s break down the room and start with one element at a time.
The Table: The table should be the center of the room. After all, that’s where all of the eating and entertaining will be. When it comes to choosing the right table, you want to keep in mind the space of your dining area. This table is a great size for the space and accommodates for many people to eat comfortably. The simple, dark wood table helps ground the room with all of the other design elements.
The Chairs: You may have noticed that the chairs aren’t all the same. This has become a new trend in dining rooms. In this particular room scene, the two different chairs help define the heads of the table. The other chairs provide comfort for the guests and create an elegant element in the room. Don’t be afraid to have a variety of chair styles in the room!
The Lighting: This room has great, natural lighting. The height of the windows and their window coverings create a grandiose feeling to the room. The chandelier adds sophistication to the space. Using a dimmer in the dining room is perfect for adding just the right ambience, no matter what the occasion!
The Walls: The wallpaper is the wow-factor of the room. Without it, the room would have a completely different mood. You can do wallpaper like this because of the patter and colors are simple enough that it does not make the room feel smaller than it really is. The wallpaper has a reflective element and accentuates the lighting from the chandelier and natural lighting.
When it comes to designing your dining room you want to choose these design pieces that work well in your home and items that you’ll truly love. It’s your space and you want to be able to love it each time you see it.
Old is New! September 24, 2013Posted by creatingyourspace in : Uncategorized , add a comment
Trade in your old flooring now at Big Bob’s for new flooring right now! This sale is going on right now and lasts only until October 13, 2013 so hurry in before you miss it!
This is a great opportunity for you to get new flooring, especially before the holiday season begins. Save on ceramic tile, laminate, vinyl, and textured carpet!
For the complete details, visit our store located off of 18th St. and Arizona Avenue. If you would like more information on this great deal or to learn about the products we can offer your home, please visit our website here.
Double Height Living Room September 18, 2013Posted by creatingyourspace in : Area Rugs, Design and Decorating, Hints and Tips , add a comment
A selling point in newer homes is often a double-height living room or a living room with cathedral ceilings. These spacious rooms have a grand feeling and make a statement when you enter the home. They can also present design challenges when it comes to decorating. How to address that much space and volume in a room can be a challenge to maximize the space. Acknowledging and highlighting the height of the ceiling while grounding the furniture is a must. Paying attention to scale is important. You don’t want your beautiful furniture to feel dwarf by the height of the room.
Looking at this living room gives us an idea of what works in this space. The double-height ceiling is highlighted by two sets of tall windows. Tall curtains frame the windows and help give them a finished look. The curtains help give the space a more grand feeling.
Scale is important in any space, but especially in very large or very small spaces. The lamps with their larger than normal lampshades in this living room work well in this space because they help anchor the couch and frame the lower set of windows. Their size gives them presence in the room and they don’t disappear in the large volume of the room.
A beautiful area rug gives the floor pattern and designates the seating area. Having two sofas, similar in size allows for ample seating options. The larger coffee table fits perfectly and doesn’t feel overwhelming in the space.
A Galley Kitchen that Works September 12, 2013Posted by creatingyourspace in : Hardwood / Laminate, Hints and Tips, Kitchen , add a comment
Galley style kitchens can be found in apartments, condos and older houses. These narrow spaces pack in a lot of storage and activities into small footprints, which is why they are so popular in apartments and smaller homes. The narrow, small footprint can be a big challenge when it comes to functionality and style. This modern style galley kitchen is a great example of a galley kitchen that works.
Having a door at the end of the galley means this kitchen is also a pass-through space. Durable flooring, in this case wood, is a must for a high traffic area like the kitchen. Stone that coordinates with the cabinets would also work in the space.
Workflow is easier in a narrow galley kitchen as there are fewer steps between the microwave, oven, sink and refrigerator. Maximizing the counter space is a must for a kitchen where an island isn’t possible. Counters run the length of both sides of the room to provide plenty of workspace. Having an open space below the counter at one end creates an eat-in-space with a pair of stylish bar stools. Instead of creating lower cabinetry and shelving on the left side, if you brought up the cabinet height for an eat-in space that would truly maximize this area. Cabinets run up to the ceiling to maximize the height of the room for storage.
High end materials and finishes are used to bring style to the space. Beautiful wood on the cabinets is offset with sparkling, white upper cabinets. The light fixture provides lighting and a design element to the room. The backsplash creates a grid pattern for visual interest. Everything interacts together to make a cohesive and stylish galley kitchen.
Counter Top Options: Wood Butcher Block September 4, 2013Posted by creatingyourspace in : Design and Decorating, Kitchen , add a comment
We have a love affair with stone counter tops. They’re durable, stain resistant, attractive and add a high end touch to our kitchens. They are also expensive. While the investment is worth it, there is another option that is often overlooked that can add a lot of character and style to a kitchen: butcher block. Butcher block, made from thick pieces of wood glued together and sanded to a smooth surface, is a great, stylish option for kitchen or island counter tops that won’t break the budget.
Because butcher block is wood it will never be as durable or stain resistant as stone. Regular sealing with oil can help the wood be more water and stain resistant. And like aged and reclaimed woods, the scars and dings of butcher block over time give it character. Some wood counters are even made from reclaimed bowling alley lanes—talk about character!
Butcher block makes for a great island surface, like in this kitchen. It works well with the farmhouse style of this kitchen. The warm honey tones of the wood counter can coordinate with warm wood floors. Natural butcher block will deepen in color with continued oil treatments. It can also be stained with wood stain to match cabinets or wood floors.
Butcher block looks great in modern and more traditional style kitchens. It offers a nice contrast to cool surfaces of stainless steel and stone. Make sure to wipe up excess water near the sink, as butcher block can get water stains.
We’re Crazy From the Heat! July 8, 2013Posted by creatingyourspace in : Carpet, Ceramic/Porcelain, Design and Decorating, Hardwood / Laminate, Installation, Kitchen, Promotions, Vinyl , add a comment
Come visit us while we’re crazy from the heat because we have some fabulous promotions going on for the entire month of July (2013)!
Below are a few details for this month’s special offers:
- We will tear out your old flooring for free!
- 24″ x 24″ Ceramic Tile is $1.99/sq. ft.
- 8.3 MIL Laminate is $0.79/sq. ft.
- Click-Lock Luxury Vinyl Plank $2.49/sq. ft.
- Textured Carpet as low as $0.69/sq. ft.
- You can even save big on installation this month, too!
If you’re contemplating whether or not to change up your flooring, now is the perfect time to make the decision. We have a great selection and are happy to help with anything you might need during your flooring planning. Check out our video on our website to learn additional information and we hope to see you during the month of July!