Bringing Home a Dog Soon? July 12, 2014Posted by creatingyourspace in : Kids , add a comment
A new addition to the family is a great event. No matter if this new pet is a young puppy or a dog that has grown a bit, both the new dog and everyone in the home will fare better if your home is prepared before the four-legged homecoming. Here are a few tips on making your home ready for Rover.
Make a quick list
Before heading out for the shopping, a list is your best way to ensure that nothing is forgotten and you won’t need to make multiple trips. This is a list of general items that will be useful for your new companion, although each dog will have a few specialized needs.
- A crate sized appropriately for your new friend (don’t forget that they will grow!)
- Bedding such as a dog mat or dog bed
- Chew toys made for your dog’s breed and size
- Food and treats – consult your vet on the right choices here
- Dished for food and water – make sure these are the right size!
- Leash and collar
- ID tags – talk to your vet about these as well
- Baggies for collect and disposing of dog waste
- Dog brush
- Cleaners made for pet accidents
Preparing for the inevitable is a part of pet ownership. Adjusting to new routines, new locations and new owners can take a toll on the habits of even the best-trained animal. Keeping cleaners handy that are made for these inevitabilities will make the accidents a little easier to handle. Vacuum more frequently to keep pet hair from becoming a problem and always use products that are made for pet stains and are approved by your carpet manufacturer.
Take the Time to Play
The responsibilities of having a new pet can seem like a lot to handle. This is a great way for kids to learn and grow alongside their new friend. But pet ownership is not all work! Dogs and kids both need plenty of exercise and it is beautiful when they can do this together. Backyard romping and family walks are a wonderful way for the whole family to interact with the new dog and become more active as well.
Taking care of a few jobs with your new dog will pay off for a long time to come. Remember that dog is man’s best friend for a reason!
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Summer-ready place setting ideas June 24, 2014Posted by creatingyourspace in : Kitchen , add a comment
Whether you are throwing a dinner party al fresco or having the girls over to celebrate an upcoming wedding or new baby, summer is the perfect time of year to entertain friends and family at home. If you cook and entertain a lot, you may already have the appetizers, main course and dessert figured out. But there’s still the table setting. Here are some tips for the tablescape and summer-ready ideas for personalized place settings.
Cover the table with a clean white tablecloth. Then, for each guest, assemble a mini floral arrangement in a clear glass jar or mini globe-style vase. Paint a strip of chalkboard paint on each jar and write the guest’s name on dried paint. In the center of the table add a larger version of the mini flower arrangements.
The color yellow screams summertime, so let that be your inspiration for this table setting idea. Place a large vase of various yellow flowers in the center of the table; perhaps a mix of yellow peonies, tulips and billy buttons. Then place two or three smaller vases of the same flowers on each side of the table. Adorn the table with bright yellow napkins and gray place cards with each guest’s name.
If you are growing herbs in your garden, this is a perfect way to use up any extra bounty. Tie mini bouquets of fresh herbs with twine and wrap in brown paper. You can use a paper bag, cut into large squares. Write each guest’s name on the brown paper. Pair with green napkins and small vases of herbs scattered on the table.
Summer candlelight theme
If you have a long outdoor or indoor dining table, this idea will look beautiful. Place a neutral runner down the length of the table. Alternate white votive candles with mini vases holding 1 to 2 flowers down the center of the table. Add floral-inspired napkins on clean white plates with silver flatware.
Host Your Own Shrimp Boil June 19, 2014Posted by creatingyourspace in : Kitchen , add a comment
The summer entertaining season is here and if you are looking for fun ideas to entertain friends and family at home, check out this guide for throwing a shrimp boil. This is a classic summer party that you can throw for any size crowd. It’s a great way to show off your landscaped backyard or freshly painted kitchen. Read on for tips and recipes for a classic low country shrimp boil.
To feed about 4-6 people, you will need about two pounds of large shrimp (15-18 count). You will also need six ears of corn cleaned and halved. Start with 5-6 quarts of water in a large, heavy pot. Add ¾ cup of Old Bay Seafood Seasoning with the juice from three lemons, one halved head of garlic, and two quartered onions. Cover and bring to a boil. Add a pound or a pound and a half of small red potatoes and cook for about 10 minutes. Then add the corn and cook for another 5-6 minutes. Finally, add the cleaned shrimps and cook until just pink. Drain the vegetables and shrimp and arrange in the center of the table or counter for family-style serving. Garnish with freshly chopped flat leaf parsley. Serve side dishes of clarified butter and lemon wedges.
Setting the table
Because guests will be eating directly from the table, you do not need to set a formal table. Simply line the table or counter with a disposable tablecloth. Set up a small station of plates and silverware and heavy napkins nearby. Folks can use their hands or tongs to serve themselves veggies and shrimp. Place a large party bucket with sodas and beer covered in ice next to the plates.
It’s always fun to make your own invitations and for a party like a shrimp boil, you can be pretty creative. Cut out shrimp-shaped pale pink paper and corn on the cob-shaped yellow paper and paste onto sturdy card stock. Handwrite or stencil in “You’re Invited” on the front of the card and inside write down all the details and RSVP information. Mail or deliver the invites–your guests will love the personal touch!
Easily Add Texture to Your Floors with Carpets June 18, 2014Posted by creatingyourspace in : Carpet , add a comment
Carpets can be expensive so you want to be sure to choose the right kind that last for a long while. One of the important considerations to keep in minds is the style of the room. Creating emphasis on the flooring might not be necessary if the walls, ceiling, furniture and décor are already making bold statements. Light patterns, simple shapes and textures, and neutral colors can be good choices.
Bare rooms, on the other hand, need vibrant hues and loud patterns that add visual interest and liven up the area. The carpet can either be the main focal point or a supplementary accent that highlights another object. If two or more carpets are being used in close proximity, the colors and patterns should complement each other – otherwise, no sense of harmony can be achieved.
Aside from providing aesthetic value, carpets can define the boundaries of a space. It can subtly mark hallway transitions from semi-public to private areas.
In dining areas, the table and the chairs can be set upon carpet. To determine its ideal size, simply adding 30 inches to each side of the table dimensions for chairs with arms will help ensure that the carpet is not too big or too small. A room can be visually widened by installing carpets or rugs that leave the edges of the floor bare. To find out the size of the carpet suitable for the area, around three feet of length and width can be subtracted from the total room dimension.
In high traffic areas such as the living area and the hallways, the likelihood of spilled food, drink and other messes are much more likely. Likewise, in homes with children and pets, carpets can be easily damaged. Stain-resistant carpets are ideal for such areas. Also, carpet tiles, as opposed to long continuous loop carpets, come in smaller sizes that are easier to remove and replace. Darker colors are favored as light colored ones can easily show the effects of wear and tear.
Carpets with accent colors that match the walls have more impact. Alternatively, the walls can be painted to match the carpet. For a cozier look, shades of red, orange and yellow are preferable.
For those with pets, the carpet may also be matched with the fur of the animals, especially if they are the type to shed regularly. By coordinating the colors, fur will not be very visible on the floor and your pet will even complement the style of the room.
Carpets can be a good addition to a home as they can add a bit of sophistication to the space but still feel comfortable on the feet. Once you have chosen the right one, it can greatly enhance the look of the room.
The Values of Ceramic Floor Tiles June 12, 2014Posted by creatingyourspace in : Tile , add a comment
Ceramic floor tiles are very amazing in regards to their decorative value and also have other features which make them an excellent choice for your flooring needs. These are finished in such a way to make them one of the best decorative choices for areas where water might be a factor. You can use them on the floor and the wall in such places as bathrooms and kitchens. They make excellent back splashes in your kitchen. These tiles are functional and beautiful at the same time.
Ceramic floor tiles are also very easy to keep clean. They are really strong and last an exceedingly long time. In the event that one does need to be replaced, it can be done easily, and is not very costly to replace a needed tile. Another valuable aspect of the ceramic tile is the fact that it is perfect for people who suffer from allergies. Dust is easily wiped off on both floor tiles and wall tiles.
The Decorative Values of Ceramic Floor Tiles
The decorative values of ceramic floor tiles are many. They come in several sizes and shapes. You can get really artistic and creative with these tiles creating a fabulous look. You can even use decorative ceramic floor tiles on the flat surfaces of furniture for a unique custom look. Lets look at a few of the decorative values.
- Entry Way- Entry ways look very hot with ceramic floor tiling. You can extend it on into your living room, or use another flooring substance in combination with them, such as hardwood or stone. The choice is yours.
- Stairs- With their many colors, shapes, sizes and patterns, ceramic floor tiles will make the fronts and walls of your stair wells into a work of art. Cocoa brown with a creme color hexagon tile would look tremendous. You might even fit in a paisley print floor tile, with a hint of sea blue.
We all know how great bathrooms and kitchens look with ceramic floor tiles. These are so durable you could even use them to create a special look on your kitchen counter tops. The uses are so many and you can pick up on almost any color in your decor.
Ceramic Floor Tiles As Your Flooring Choice
In deciding to use ceramic floor tiles as a flooring choice you have picked a very versatile and beautiful flooring option. Whether you decide to use ceramic floor tiles through out your house, or just in a few spots, you will find out the amazing values of ceramic floor tiles.
Three Things for Great Decor June 7, 2014Posted by creatingyourspace in : Design and Decorating , add a comment
In this post, we are going to talk about three things that can make a dramatic difference in your decor. Having a picture perfect home is the dream of nearly everyone, but not everyone knows what to do for helping a home to have a captivating decor. A beautiful home is not about size, but quality. You can buy all of the things in the world, but if they are not placed and used with great taste, they will be fruitless. Below are three things that can really add to your decor.
What Are these Three Things?
(1) Paint: Paint can change just about anything. You can paint your walls, ceilings or even furniture. The colors you use on your walls are very important in setting the over all theme of your room. The color should not be so strong as to dominate the whole room. It is perfectly fine to use decorative wall coverings, such as wallpaper on one wall, and to paint the other walls with a complimentary color. You can pick out the base color or the dominant color in the wallpaper for your color scheme. Furniture is a little hard to replace when making changes, so take into consideration the colors and patterns of upholstery. Certain colors fit certain styles better.
(2) Mirrors and Lighting: These are placed together because they both create light. Mirrors have a reflective quality that reflects light creating a multitude of interesting effects and moods. It is good to have controlled lighting, where you can adjust the brightness depending on the amount of light needed. Track lighting is an excellent choice, along with a few separate fixtures to fit your decor. The mirrors will also give the illusion of space depending on how you place them and use them. Mirrors and lighting apply to all rooms. You can even make a mirrored mosaic on your ceiling.
(3) Floors: Floors are an extremely important part of deciding the overall appearance of your home and its decor. You want the floors to be lovely, but you want them to also fit in with the total decor. Natural and wood flooring are a good choice for almost any decor. Natural and wood flooring will raise the value of your home and are easy to maintain. Slate and natural stone floors are especially appealing when it comes to breath taking interiors.
The Total Package When It Comes To Three Things for a Great Decor
By utilizing these three things for a great decor, you have set the foundation for a total package when it comes to inspiration and decorating. You have set the mood, the colors and the feel of your home when you have taken into consideration the three things for a great decor. If you have any questions, please allow the staff at Big Bob’s to help. Just ask!
Carpet Styles Part 2 June 3, 2014Posted by creatingyourspace in : Uncategorized , add a comment
- constructed of thicker, typically longer yarn
- very comfortable underfoot
- beautiful in a bedroom or living room
- better suited for rooms without a lot of activity
- can matte and crush with heavy foot traffic
- not recommended for stairs, hallways
- referred to as a berber
- big bulky yarns produced in a level loop or multi-level loop
- made out of olefin fiber
- some made with nylon, or a blend of various fibers
- very durable because of not cutting the yarn tips
- you can see each individual loop
- ideal for casual, active family rooms
- come in solid colors, berber fleck, patterns with varying levels of loops
- hides traffic patterns well
- may make seams more apparent
- backing is more visible on stairs
Cut & Loop
- combination of cut and looped yarns that crate pattern effects by the variation in surface textures
- also referred to as patterned carpet
- low profile and thus perform well
- sometimes seams are visible
- very fashionable
- used in casual and traditional rooms
- available in many patterns like fun geometrics and formal botanicals
- distinctive carved appearance and multiple colors
- hides stains
- stands up to traffic
Carpet Styles Part 1 May 27, 2014Posted by creatingyourspace in : Carpet , add a comment
Choosing the ideal carpet style is all about knowing the right combination of aesthetics, performance and budget that meets the needs of your lifestyle.
Six basic styles of carpet
- Textured, saxony or plush, frieze, cable, looped, and cut & loop.
- Each style has its own characteristics and performance capabilities.
- Carefully consider all of each style’s features, qualities and conditions in making your buying decision.
- textured carpet if you want casual
- very popular cut pile carpet
- alternating twists of yarn
- two-tone appearance.
- hides footprints and vacuum marks
- great for all areas in the home, especially for active families
- available in a broad range of prices
- formal, traditional and elegant look
- smooth, soft, velvet plush look
- luxurious feel
- yarn has uniform twist and finish
- good for master bedrooms, dining room or a formal living room
- not a good choice for high traffic areas or active kids
- shows footprints and vacuum marks
- cut pile style with a high twist level
- each strand of yarn is twisted so tightly that it curls over at the end
- for active areas
- has a textured surface with a knobby appearance
- durable and wears well
- performers well in high-traffic areas
- can go anywhere in your home
- hides footprints
available in various pile heights for different look
3 Part Process of Carpet May 20, 2014Posted by creatingyourspace in : Carpet , 1 comment so far
Carpet is made in a 3-part process.
- begins with weaving the synthetic or staple fiber into a primary backing material
- usually made of woven polypropylene
- main value is to provide a base cloth to hold the yarn while tufting happens
- tufting machine has 800 to 2000 needles like a sewing machine to pull the yarn through the primary backing material
- tufting machine is 12 feet wide, its needles penetrate the backing and a small hook (looper) grabs the yarn and holds it in place
Loop pile construction
- holds appearance well
- no exposed yarn tips
- only sides of the yarn are exposed to wear and stress
- known to hold up the best
- sometimes the looper cuts small loops creating a cut pile
- length of these pieces called pile height, or distance between the looper and primary backing
- cuts are controlled by a computer, and can be programmed to cut only some of the loops
- this cutting is called cut and loop construction and creates pattern on the surface
#2 Application of dye
Two dyeing processes
- yarn dyeing/ pre-dyeing -color is applied to the yarn prior to tufting
- advantages are good side-by-side color consistency, large lot sizes, uniformity
- carpet dying – applying color to the yarn after tufting
- benefits -greater color flexibility, lower co
Carpet dyeing methods
- Beck/ batch dyeing- stitching the ends together, then running the tufted carpet loop through large vats of dye and water for several hours.
- Beck process ideal for small runs, heavier face weight products
- continuous dyeing -similar to Beck dyeing – carpet is also run through processes other than dying
- continuous dyeing – applies color to the face by spraying or printing, also to create multicolor or patterned effects
- screen printing – color is applied through anywhere from 1-8 silk-screens.
#3 Manufacturing the carpet
- finishing process- single production line that completes the final construction stages
- coating of latex applied to dyed carpet’s primary and secondary backing
- secondary backing – made of woven synthetic polypropylene
- two parts are squeezed together in a large heated press and held firmly to preserve shape
- shearing- removing loose ends and projecting fibers created during the tufting process
- also helps the yarn’s tip definition
- inspection – for color uniformity and defects before it rolled, wrapped, and shipped
Terms and construction variables
Pile height, or nap
- length of the tuft measured from the primary backing to the yarn tips
- shown as a fraction, or decimal equivalent
- shorter pile is more durable than longer pile
- stitch rate – measure of how close the yarns are together
- stitch rate is measured in penetrations, or tufts, in a given length of carpet, usually an inch.
- stitch rate is controlled by the speed the carpet is moved through the tufting machine
- good number is seven to eight tufts per inch
- face weight-actual amount of fiber per square yard, measured in ounces
- typical carpet may have a face weight of 35 to 45 oz
- density- how tightly the yarn is stitched into the primary backing
- higher density will wear better than low density