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Nov-15-2017

How to Clean Quickly for a House Showing

Posted by creatingyourspace under Hints and Tips

You have just gotten a call. You have two hours to get your house in tip-top shape for a showing of your house. While you are across town running errands, you agree to the showing, but you have zero ideas for how you will get your home cleaned in time. First, we want you to pause and take a deep breath. You can and will get your home cleaned in time because we have five tips to help you! 

 

How to Clean Quickly for a House Showing

Tip 1: Clutter-less. Before you begin cleaning, you want to clear out the clutter from each room. It will make the cleaning process more difficult if you have to clean around the clutter. 

    • Pro-Tip: Grab a trash bag and run around your house. Throw away all trash. Make sure you stay focused solely on this task. 

Tip 2: The Sock Trick. If you are pressed for time, place an old, clean sock on your hand. Run your hand over all of your flat surfaces to remove dust quickly and efficiently. 

Tip 3: Top to Bottom. You will want to work from the top of the room to the bottom of the room. This way if dirt or dust particles fall while you clean your fans and the top of your furniture pieces, you can gather the dust later while you clean the bottom layers. 

Tip 4: Load The Dishwasher. Odds are that the people touring your home will not feel the need to look inside of your dishwasher. Put all the dirty dishes inside of the dishwasher and run the load before they arrive. If you are pressed for time, leave the clean dishes inside of the dishwasher during the open house. While the dishwasher is running, you can focus on the kitchen. Wipe down all of the appliances with a damp, soapy rag. 

Tip 5: Vacuum/Mop Your Way Out. While cleaning your floors, you want to make sure you do not trace any dirt back into your space. This is why we suggest vacuuming/mopping as the last step and vacuuming/mopping your way out of the room. 

Tip 6: Get Everyone Involved. If you live with other people, get them involved in the cleaning process. Have everyone tackle a different room to prevent people from getting in the way of one another. 

Tip 7: Stay on Task. Do one thing at a time. Focus on either throwing out the trash or collecting laundry, do not do tasks simultaneously, because you could potentially get distracted. 

Tip 8: Do the Urgent Things First. If you are pressured for time, start with the most important tasks then move to the minuscule tasks. This way if you end up running out of time, you will have the major things accomplished. 

 

We hope you enjoyed these tips and have a happy house showing! 


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Oct-20-2017

Gorgeous Wood Floors

Posted by creatingyourspace under Hardwood / Laminate

Wood floors in this space work beautifully with the rest of the room. The floors add warmth and comfort to this eclectic minimalist design style. Minimalist design styles are difficult to successfully achieve. These floors make this design work perfectly.

The stairs are also made of wood. The stains are similar for both the floors and the stairs. These two elements working together are very important to the achievement of this room. A warm stain color adds a contrast to the dominant white colors in the color scheme. The stain color adds the right amount of warmth that this space requires. Treads of the stairs and the sides of the stairs are two different stain colors. Those same colors can be seen amongst others in the wood planks. Having various colors in wood floors can be a helpful way to tie together other woods within a space. Other wood furniture fits in perfectly because there is so much variation of color in the floors.

Natural elements in this minimalist space are further enhanced by adding greenery. Making the space feel full of life; despite the fact that there is not a lot going on here, is how to successfully create a minimalist space.

Wood floors are carried throughout here. It makes the space flow seamlessly and gives the floors a chance to be showcased. The entire scene looks warm and inviting; which is exactly what wood floors do best! If warmth and comfort are desired, wood floors help achieve that instantly.

Two area rugs are strategically placed, to further enhance the warm and inviting feel throughout this area. It is nice to add area rugs in various places, when using wood floors, especially if they are carried throughout the space.

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Sep-21-2017

Types of Flooring

Posted by creatingyourspace under Interior Finishes

With a wide variety of different styles of flooring, choosing the best option can become difficult. Each flooring option holds a specific benefit that may work better in a particular room than the other flooring options. For example, your bathroom contains a lot of moisture and wetness; therefore, you want to choose a water-resistant flooring for this room. Once you understand the properties of all of the flooring options, it will be easier for you to choose. 

 

Flooring Types:

1. Hardwood Floors

Let us start off with the most classic flooring option available. Wood flooring is a draw-dropping option that will finish your home off with a touch of elegance. 

Advantages

    • You can have long-lasting wood floors with proper care and maintenance
    • Easy to clean 
    • Great option for people who suffer from allergies 

Best Room(s): Family Room & Hallways


2. Laminate

Want the look of wood flooring without the cost of wood flooring? Then vinyl flooring is the perfect option for you. 

Advantages

    • Scratch Resistant and extremely durable
    • Less expensive

Best Room(s): Family Room & Hallways


3. Tile

Tile is not only for your floors. You can have tile on your walls, countertops, ceilings, etc. Tile is extremely versatile and comes in an array of different patterns, textures, and styles for you. 

Advantages:

    • Easy to clean
    • Extremely durable
    • Water resistant 
    • Eco-Friendly

Best Room(s): Kitchen and Bathrooms 


4. Carpet

The best way to give your home the natural warmth and coziness it needs is with carpet.

Advantages:

    • Adds warmth and coziness
    • Softens any slips or falls
    • Helps decrease sound and makes for a quieter home 

Best Room(s): Bedrooms & Family Room 


5. Sheet Vinyl

Sheet vinyl is a mind-blowing design that gives you look of wood flooring in areas that attract a lot of moisture. You can have floors that look like wood in areas that you never imagined possible. Plus, it is extremely durable. 

Advantages:

    • Wide selection of different colors, patterns, textures, and styles for you to choose from
    • Durable
    • Water resistant 

Best Room(s): Bathrooms, Kitchens, Laundry Rooms, & Basements 

 

Come visit our showroom and explore all the options we have for you! Our expert staff is eager to answer any questions you may still have! Stop in today for more information. 


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Aug-31-2017

Design Inspiration!

Posted by creatingyourspace under Area Rugs

If you are looking for design inspiration, look right below your feet. Rugs can give homeowners a unique and creative outlook on decorating the rooms in their home. If you are finding it difficult to decorate your room, we have seven quick tips for getting design inspiration from your rug. 

 

Design Inspiration from a Rug:

    • Accented: You will find that it is easy to choose the base color of your rug as the color palette for your room, but look deeper and focus on the rug’s accent colors. What colors are represented in smaller sections throughout the rug? These accent colors are perfect for incorporating in the room because they are subtle yet deliberate. 
    • When in doubt, neutralize: Neutral colors go well with just about everything; therefore, if you are having a tough time deciding, pick a neutral tone. Try using shades of gray, white, and black to help balance everything in the room. 
    • Bold colors for bold pieces: If you are choosing a bold color from the rug, use that color on a big piece of furniture. The bigger pieces will help tie the colors from the rug into the rest of the room and makes it pleasing to the eyes. 
    • Imperfection is perfection: Do not stress yourself out looking for the exact color that is featured in your rug. Colors that are similar will get the job done. 
    • There is such a thing as too much color: You will want to leave the walls a neutral color because too much color can be overwhelming. Try using a cool neutral on the wall to help balance more of the warm neutrals found throughout the room. 
    • Spread the vibes: Try not to have all the colors found in one area of the room, but spread them out to help the room look more open. 
    • Natural color: Complete your room’s look off with some fresh flowers and plants that add natural color and beauty to your space. 

 

Looking for a rug to gain inspiration? We have a large selection of rugs available! Come visit our showroom to view our rugs and get more design inspiration. We look forward to your visit.

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Jul-31-2017

Best Flooring Choices for Seniors

Posted by creatingyourspace under Linoleum

For seniors, living comfortably in their homes is of utmost importance. Being able to maintain an independent lifestyle without having to spend too much time worrying about demanding cleaning regimens and safety is key to their being able to enjoy the coming years with ease. Therefore, choosing the right flooring material is so important.  Materials like stone, brick and glass tiles are not ideal for slips and falls. Their maintenance isn’t something a senior should have to invest so much time in, nor should they have to worry about being able to afford to hire someone to take care of it for them. There are plenty of alternative choices out there that will make daily life easier while also being aesthetically pleasing at the same time. Here are a few.

 

Carpet

Carpet is a smart choice for the safety and comfort of seniors. It helps warm up a room, provides better traction than a bare floor and does the best job of providing cushioning for any possible slips or falls. While dust may accumulate in its fibers, this can easily be remedied through light vacuuming. There are plenty of lightweight vacuums on the market today that can easily be handled by an independent senior.

 

Linoleum

Linoleum is a smart flooring choice that will ensure that seniors do not have to mess around with strong chemicals to keep it clean. There is peace of mind knowing that this material is stain and bacteria resistant, making it a great choice for the kitchen area. A light sweep each day will take care of dirt and debris and a cushion layer between the subfloor and linoleum layer will ensure that any falls will be less severe than other harder flooring material choices.

 

Cork

While it may not be the material that first comes to mind, the more you learn about cork flooring and its benefits for seniors, the more attractive it becomes. With cork flooring, heat loss is greatly reduced.  This flooring is more forgiving on joints since it consists of millions of small air-filled cells and provides a softer surface if falls occur. It does not absorb dust, so it is a great choice for those who suffer from asthma.  Cork flooring contains Suberin which makes it resistant to mold and will not rot.  This substance also makes cork a fire inhibitor! This is a great, low maintenance choice that seniors can feel safe and secure with.

 

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Jul-8-2017

Declutter your closet in 7 easy steps

Posted by creatingyourspace under Closet Organizers

You may be at the point where your closet cannot hold any more clothing. You have finally broken down and decided to start clearing out your closet. Where do you begin? Organizing a closet can be overwhelming and tedious. No worries, we have seven easy steps to help you declutter your closet this spring. 

 

Decluttering in Seven Easy Steps:

Step One: Take out large items

Bigger items like shoe racks and suitcases can be removed from the closet. Evaluate your need for the items then set them aside for later or put them in storage. If you are not traveling frequently and own a basement or garage, store your suitcases in your basement or garage. 


Step Two: Get others involved.

If you share your closet with your spouse or a roommate, have them help with decluttering the closet. You can socialize during the reorganization and this will help assure you do not throw away anything of theirs. Plus, everything is better with a friend. 


Step Three: Plan ahead.

Set aside enough time to reorganize your closet. Mark a day and time to tackle the big project and stick to it!! Believe us, it is worth it. 


Step Four: Take out EVERYTHING

Remove every single thing from your closet. We want a “blank space” like Taylor Swift. 


Step Five: Sort through your items

Create three piles: Keep, Trash, and Donate. These piles are pretty self-explanatory, but be sure to donate good quality clothing to the less fortunate. Your help can go a long way and it is appreciated by us and your community. 


Step Six: Put everything back in place

Organizing by color may seem like a good idea but generally, you want to organize by item. For example, keep all shirts together in one area of the closet. Also, it may be a good idea to put items from last season in storage. This will open up more room for this season’s clothing without having to get rid of extra clothes. 


Step Seven: Stay organized

The most different part of organization is not the process but staying organized after the fact. Commit to keeping your closet clutter-free. When you see your closet getting messy, take 30 minutes to reorganize the space. 

 

We hope you found these steps helpful and that your closet begins to become more manageable. Do you have any closet organization tips for other readers? If so, we would love to hear from you in the comment section below:


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Jun-9-2017

Carpet Stain Removal: Sidewalk Chalk Edition

Posted by creatingyourspace under Carpet

Sidewalk chalk may be an outdoor item and it may say “washable” on the label, but if you’ve got kids you know that they have a unique way of making stains appear out of nowhere. While most of it will end up on the pavement, children like to really get into their art creations and this means laying on the ground while finishing up a drawing and rubbing their clothes and shoes all over this fun craft toy while they do it. They may place the leftover pieces back in the tub before coming inside or they may hide one in their pocket and forget it’s there, but inevitably it will sneak its way indoors. All it takes is just a few seconds for your kids to come waltzing in from outside and sit on the carpet to watch a television show and there it goes right into the carpet fibers. Even the most vigilant parent or caregiver can’t always stop it from happening, but we have a few tips for how to fix it when it does.

 

Remove the large, obvious pieces by hand to prevent any more chalk from rubbing into the carpet.  Once the debris is cleared away, use a vacuum to try to pull up as much loose powder as possible. To treat the stain, mix a solution of 1 tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with two cups of warm water. It is recommended to use a clean, white cloth to dip into the solution once combined.  Take your moistened cloth and apply the solution to the carpet through light blotting or directly and gently pushing into the material. It is important to use a vertical motion to prevent the powder from spreading around, which would happen if circular or back and forth motions are used. Once you’ve pulled up the remainder of the stain, use another white cloth to blot cold water on the cleaned area. Pat the section dry and allow the remaining dampness to air dry.

 

Messes are going to happen when there are children involved, but it’s nice to know they can still have lots of fun without causing permanent damage to your floors. Fun for them, peace of mind for you.

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May-11-2017

Backsplash Patterns for Every Kitchen Style

Posted by creatingyourspace under Backsplash

Your kitchen backsplash is not only a protector against the damage that occurs through daily use but it is also a great opportunity to inject a new style into the room.  There are multiple ways in which you can make your backsplash work for any kitchen style you have in your home.  Read on for some suggestions on how to bring out the best in this part of the room.

 

Contemporary

Subway tile is a popular backsplash choice for a contemporary kitchen for good reason.  It gives the room a clean, simple look without all the fuss.  To add a little flair to this display, try the tile in a herringbone pattern.  This will add an unexpected component to a runaway favorite tile option.  Don’t be afraid to use color as well. White is a common choice, but use the colors in your kitchen to help you decide if you can move away from a more predictable selection.   Another great suggestion is using natural stone.  When properly sealed, this material can properly perform its main function while also giving the kitchen a striking contrasted look.

 

Traditional 

A great way to add character to a traditionally designed kitchen is through a noteworthy backsplash.  Try a polished copper, brushed nickel or pewter backsplash panel over the sink and stove to make it unforgettable.  It will add visual interest while showcasing your cabinetry and counters perfectly.  Another way to create a focal point in a traditional kitchen is through the installation of a medallion over the stove area surrounded by ceramic tile.  This is your chance to choose a centerpiece that customizes the room’s look to your preferences. Let your personality shine!

 

Transitional

A transitional kitchen design can be enhanced through a beautiful mosaic tile installation with additional contrasting patterns sprinkled evenly throughout to provide a welcome diversion to the normal layout.  Another way to add a little unpredictability to your ceramic tile choice is with an unusual geometric design.  This will give you an opportunity to inject a little fun into the room’s look, especially if your kitchen features are on the plain side.

 

Modern 

Modern kitchens are known for their sleek, minimal design elements. Choose a backsplash that complements its features with glass mosaic tile with metallic accents to complement appliances and other surfaces. Marble is another great choice, especially if you have darker cabinets that will make this material pop out at you upon entering the room.  With the benefit of one large slab installed and properly sealed on the wall, this makes for quick, easy cleaning!

No matter what style you choose or need to match, the consultants at Carpets N More are ready to help!

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Apr-12-2017

Kitchen Backsplash Tips

Posted by creatingyourspace under Kitchen and Bath

In the past, kitchen backsplashes were not addressed in the design stage, they were instead an afterthought. Today, backsplashes are a unique and creative way to draw attention to a focal point, and a driving force in design element. Below are a few tips that will make backsplash choices a breeze!

  1. Home Colors – Is there a consistent color scheme throughout your home? If so, pick one of these colors for your backsplash. Are you planning on keeping this color scheme for years, or replacing soon? Keep in mind that tile backsplashes are more permanent than paint or fabric. When in doubt, stick with white and neutrals.
  2. Balance of Colors – Look around your kitchen and determine if you have different colors or a consistent color scheme. Think wall paint color, cabinet color, countertop color and floor color. If there are many colors in your kitchen, go with a neutral backsplash. If your kitchen is a consistent color scheme like white or neutral, now is your chance to go bold with the backsplash. Just make sure it’s a color you won’t get tired of or a trendy color that fades quickly!
  3. Kitchen Surface Patterns – Are the walls a solid color or wallpapered? Don’t forget about decorative moldings and chair railing on the wall. The same goes for the cabinets, are they simple, clean lines, or do they have decorative carved molding.  Are the countertops a solid color surface, or a busy, marble surface? Don’t forget about the floors. Too many patterns can be busy and confusing, while too little can be boring and bland. The goal is a balanced kitchen!
  4. Counter Space Use – Do you have small appliances like toasters, can openers or cookbooks, and artwork on the counters? If you display a lot of items on your countertops, a busy backsplash will make your kitchen look confused and cluttered. On the other hand, if your countertops have open space, a plain backsplash may appear boring or washed out. Here is your chance to focus on a backsplash “Focal Point” with color and pattern.
  5. Tile Installation is a PATTERN – Most of us never think of this tip as a pattern, but it is! Many backsplash tiles used are smaller and create a pattern on its own. Subway tiles are a wonderful way to add a herringbone or brick pattern, while square tiles are perfect for a diamond pattern. Keep in mind, grout color will also create a pattern.

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Mar-16-2017

Getting to Know Carpet

Posted by creatingyourspace under Carpet

You have been looking to purchase new flooring for your home and have final decided on carpet. Carpet can be a great choice for homeowners. Carpet provides you with various styles and designs; the options can be endless. 

 

Tips for buying carpet: 

  • Consider the room that you are buying carpet for and look at the amount of traffic that the room gets. High-traffic areas may require a darker, multicolored or patterned carpet to reduce the appearance of soil. 
  • The carpet cushion can be just as important as the carpet when making your purchasing decisions. The better the padding, the longer the carpet will last. 
  • The color of carpet you choose can change the look of your space. When choosing your carpet, consider the color scheme and furniture you have currently in your home.

 

Benefits of carpet: 

  • In recent studies, carpet has shown to reduce symptoms of asthma and allergies. Carpet can serve as an “air filter,” helping to improve breathing. 
  • Carpet is exceptional for adding warmth to a room as well as your toes. 
  • Carpet is great for families with young kids. It can help put parents at ease with active kids. Carpet is soft enough to help cushion a fall or drop. 
  • Also, carpet can improve noisy rooms caused by electronics or heavy foot traffic.

 

Cleaning carpet: 

  • Do not be afraid to buy carpet because of its cleaning process. 
  • Make sure to react quickly to messes and try not to let an area stay soiled for very long. It is essential to respond the accident as fast as possible in order to effectively remove the stain. For detailed carpet cleaning instructions visit: carpet-rug.org
  • According to The Carpet and Rug Institute, carpet should be deep cleaned by a commercial company every 12-18 months. 
  • Keep up with high-traffic areas by vacuuming everyday. When dirt gets deep into the carpet it begins to break down the carpet’s fibers. 

 

Choosing your carpet may get overwhelming at times, because there are so many great choices out there. At Carpets N More, we are happy to help you through the entire process!


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