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Feb-17-2017

Moving? Here’s How to Prepare…

Posted by creatingyourspace under Hints and Tips

Moving to a new home feels like a fresh start and presents you with new opportunities to beautify the blank canvas that is your new living space.  Thinking about all the possibilities can be fun and exciting, but you must get through the moving process first.  We’re here to help you prioritize your to-do list so things do not become overwhelming. Preparation is key! Putting in the extra effort now will ensure smooth sailing later.

 

Secure Your Packing Supplies

Setting aside a block of time to start packing, just to find out that you’ve forgotten something can be frustrating. Think about all the items in your house that you are taking with you and what you are going to need to keep them secure during transfer.  Some of these items include:

 

❏     Boxes (Used or New): Ask friends or local businesses for any they have left over or purchase them in bulk online

❏     Packing Tape: Purchase more than you think you need, because you probably will

❏     Bubble Wrap or Old Newspapers: For any fragile items like fine china, vases, figurines, etc.

❏     Box Cutter or Scissors: To customize the length of packing tape and bubble wrap as well as being a quick tool to re-open the boxes when they arrive at their destination.

❏     A Wide-Tipped Permanent Marker or Label Maker: Label the top and at least two sides of your boxes to be able to determine their contents no matter how they are arranged when they arrive at your new home.

❏     Mover’s Dolly: Whether you are performing the move yourself or through a company, lifting heavy boxes all day can be damaging to your back. Try to use the dolly to move the boxes back and forth to the areas you want to store them prior to the move to save time and energy.

❏     Large Blankets: To keep your furniture from being damaged during transfer

❏     Specialty Items: If there are specific items in your home that need special handling, purchase custom supplies as needed.

 

Narrow Down Your Inventory

Think about the items in your current home that may not need to come with you to the new one. You don’t want to waste space in your moving van to bring them over when you know you are just going to be discarding them when they arrive. The time is now to try to divide these items into piles to donate, sell or give away.  Donations can be as simple as calling up a local company that comes to pick it up from your curbside. Selling will free up some money to help with moving costs and giving items away will always be welcome to the people receiving them.

 

Secure Help for Your Move

Decide whether you will be hiring a moving company or doing the move yourself.  If you are hiring a company, research a few to compare prices and availability for the time-frame you need.  Keep in mind that summertime is usually the busiest time of year for moving, so try to secure transportation as far in advance as you can.  If you will be doing the move yourself, get a full commitment from family and friends and hold them to it.  The last thing you need is for people to bail out on you the day you need them. Only ask for and expect the help of those you know you can count on.

 

We hope this guide has given you some helpful ideas to get started with your moving project. Happy packing!

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These days, kitchen backsplashes are no longer there to protect your walls from spills and splatter. With the array of backsplash designs and materials available, they can add to the decor of your kitchen.  In fact, updating or installing a backsplash is one of the easiest ways to upgrade an old kitchen. So, if your kitchen’s decor has gotten a bit bland, add some pizazz to it by installing a trendy backsplash.

 

It’s important to spend some time on deciding what type of backsplash you’ll be installing in your kitchen. While it may seem like a simple task, choosing the right type of backsplash material and design can be complicated because it must fit in with your kitchen’s overall design.  What are some important things you should keep in mind during this process?

 

1. Height of the Backsplash

Many homeowners overlook the height of the backsplash, but this is a critical detail. The backsplash should have an endpoint. The endpoint of the backsplash can depend upon the placement of the cabinetry or your personal preference.

 

2. Will you go with colors or stay neutral?

The colors you’re interested in using the backsplash design scheme is the first decision you’ll make. You’ll have to decide whether you’re interested in selecting a color theme or if you feel it’s best to stay in the neutral zone. A colorful backsplash is a bold design choice that has an immediate impact. A neutral design is a safe choice that can add just as much character.

 

3. Type of Material

The kind of material you’ll be using in your kitchen backsplash design is just as important as the colors you will be selecting. What type of materials will blend well with your kitchen? Backsplash materials are available in ceramic, tile, glass and several other variants.

 

Are you ready to add a wow factor to your kitchen’s design? Well, it’s time to install a well-crafted and intricate design backsplash to your kitchen walls. 

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Dec-21-2016

What Kind of Floor Patterns Look Best in an Entryway?

Posted by creatingyourspace under Tile

The entryway is the first thing that your guests will notice when they enter your home. Therefore, you should make a great first impression by implementing something unique in your design scheme such as an interesting floor pattern. There are a variety of enticing floor options available. So whether you choose to utilize natural hardwood, tiles or a combination of both on the entry floor you can create an impressive look for your entryway.

 

Use Borders Along the Entryway

A simple way to define the entry area is to use a border along the flooring. Borders are manufactured in all types of sizes, colors, and designs. Best of all, they blend seamlessly with different types of flooring materials. So whether you select hardwood, ceramic tiling or laminate flooring you can pair it with an enticing border.

The key to successfully using borders along the entryway floors is to install it a little bit away from the wall and square of the room. You can also opt to follow the shape of the wall. If you have tile floors, you may want to consider shifting the border from the outer edges to the interior. For instance, while you may install the tiles around the perimeter of the room you can lay them diagonally in the pattern.

 

Medallions and Accents

Yes, unique medallions and accents implemented in your floor is guaranteed to create that “pop” effect. Your guests won’t be able to resist looking down and enjoying this decorative piece. You can sparingly insert accents into your floor for a subtle yet noticeable effect.

 

Utilize Multi-Piece Patterns

Multi-pieced pattern borders can further enhance your entryway. This design makes use of various sized tiles or wood to create a pattern that’s in sync with your flooring. Select more beautiful multi-pieced patterns for eye-catching results. By using a plain, larger field tile alongside a small decorative piece you can create a “step pattern”. A step pattern is more exciting than the more common checkerboard pattern.

Set the stage for the rest of your home by creating a unique entryway!

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Nov-25-2016

The Lifestyle Quiz Tool – Find Your Design Style Today!

Posted by creatingyourspace under Website Tools

Having trouble figuring out what design style is best suited to your home?  Our Lifestyle Quiztool is here to help!  Answering targeted questions about family size, pets, special needs and your overall budget will assist us in recommending the appropriate selections in home decor and colors.  Having a precise list of suggestions will better equip you to make the right decision for your design project.

Each set of questions will focus on your everyday needs.  If there are small children in the home with a specific play area, the tool will recommend age-appropriate and functional pieces that are safe and make it easy for you to keep the room organized.  Information about your pets can also be useful in providing storage ideas for toys, food and grooming tools.  Hobbies like painting or scrapbooking, which may need a designated space in your home, are also accounted for when you answer the provided queries. 

The more information you provide, the better the results.  Let this tool take the guesswork out of finding function and style in every room of your home.  It may even help you realize that some of your current items are not the best at taking care of your current needs.  If this is the case, there will be recommendations for different pieces that can help you achieve the look you want while still serving their specific purpose.  Learning as much as you can about yourself and your family’s needs will make this service worthwhile. 

While information about what you currently need in your home is essential, remember to include information about new ideas that you want to implement so your results can be properly adjusted to accommodate them.  This will prevent you from having to go through the questions again once you are ready to renovate. 

Not only does this tool provide suggestions on furniture and complementary color designs, it also includes the recommended cleaning advice for each item in your plan.  Knowing how each product needs to be maintained will help keep them looking fresh and new.  Check out our Lifestyle Quiztool today and get started making your home beautiful and purposeful! 

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When you are ready to start choosing colors for your home’s decor, it may seem overwhelming.  There are so many to pick from but you don’t want to make your space look too busy or cluttered by choosing incorrectly.  Making sure you strike the right balance is a must, but many people don’t know where to start or what guidelines to use to ensure success in their endeavor.  To keep things simple, we suggest using a popular rule well known in interior design: The 60-30-10 rule.

 

What is the 60-30-10 rule? Using these numbers as basic percentages, you can break down how to properly distribute color throughout any room you want to decorate.  Three colors is a good number for a start.  No need to overwhelm the space with too many things going on.  The basic idea of the rule is to use 60% of the space for a dominant color, 30% on a secondary color and 10% on an accent color.

 

The dominant color, or 60% of your space, is usually reserved for wall color as this is the largest surface area in the room.  Using a neutral color is best since it will be more versatile if you want to change up the look of the room every now and then. Updating the accessories in the room is definitely easier than having to repaint all the walls.

 

The secondary color, or 30% of your space, refers mostly to any upholstered furniture in the room or even a large area rug.  It is also recommended to also choose a color that is more on the neutral side as well so that your large pieces complement the wall color as well as keep the focus on your accessories.  You can even play around with lighter or darker shades of the color you are currently using on the walls. 

 

The accent color, the final 10% of the space, is where you will be able to inject some fun into the room.  With the neutral foundation, you will have created in the space, choosing a color that pops will definitely draw the eye upon entering.  Using accessories in the same color family will keep you from having to use the same exact shade for everything.  For example, multiple shades of reds or blues will really shine when showcased properly.  Try to hang a picture or piece of art on the wall that ties in with your accent color to bring it all together.

 

Embrace the 60-30-10 rule today and see how easy it is to decorate any room in your home.

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Sep-29-2016

The Benefits of Carpet in Your Home

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A house with carpet gives the homeowner and their visitors a welcoming feeling. Not only does it provide warmth and absorb noise, it also provides a dual sense of style and function.  Read on to learn about the benefits of having this material in your home.

 

The comfort that comes with having carpet on the floor can’t be beat.  With proper padding, carpet feels soft underneath your feet while also providing insulation to the room, making it a safer space for children to sit and play. While it provides better traction for young and old to walk on, any slips and falls that may occur will be absorbed by the material better than a non-carpeted surface.

 

If anyone in the home suffers from allergies or asthma, then carpeting may be a good choice. Carpet absorbs dust and allergens which are then easily removed through vacuuming, making for better air quality in your home.  Be sure to inquire about carpeting with low VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which are emitted as gas and can cause irritation if inhaled. Proper cleaning and eco-friendly carpeting will ensure the air you are breathing is at its best.

 

The noise absorption that carpeting provides also makes it a good choice for your home. Installing this material in high traffic rooms and on stairs will help bring down the level of everyday noise that comes from visitors with their shoes on, running children and family pets. Your floors are protected from nicks and dents while you enjoy the lack of noise echoing throughout the house.

 

A feature worth looking into if the carpeted area is going to get some heavy use is stain-resistance.  Life happens. Pets have accidents, children spill drinks and sometimes guests tread dirt into your home with their shoes.  Know that there are choices for stain-resistant carpeting that still provide beauty and style.  Not only is it cost-effective, but it will last longer because the everyday messes that happen will be easier to clean.

 

Lastly, choose carpet for the style it provides to your home. It comes in all different lengths and colors to provide any look you want to achieve. Whether it’s a lighter carpet to make the room appear larger or a darker hue to add a sense of warmth, there are multiple fabrics out there to choose from.  Longer yarn can give the room a plush, intimate feeling while shorter lengths can provide a sense of durability in areas with high foot traffic. 

 

With so many benefits to carpeting, there is sure to be a room in your home that can be enhanced by this material.  Contact us today to find the best carpet for you. 

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Sep-9-2016

Taco Bowls

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Making a fun and delicious family meal doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming. In fact the chicken can be cooked in the crock pot while you are at work. This receipt can be adjusted to feed two to four people. The ingredients do not have to be exact. If you want more or less of anything you can adjust.

Ingredients:

2-4 Boneless chicken breast (depending on how many people you are feeding, estimating one chicken breast for every one to two people)

1 Jar of Mild Salsa for every two chicken breast

Packet of Chicken Taco Seasoning

Tortilla Chips

Bag of Shredded Lettuce

1 Large Tomato

Sour Cream

Shredded Mexican Cheese, or Queso (heated in sauce pan)

 

Start:

Rub boneless chicken with the taco seasoning for chicken. Place chicken in crock pot and cover with salsa. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. After cooking, the chicken should be easily shred into smaller pieces.

Place tortilla chips into serving bowls. Top chips with the shredded chicken. Then add the shredded lettuce and chopped tomato. Add a dollop of sour cream on top.  Sprinkle on shredded Mexican cheese.

Suggestion: Buy a block of Mexican Queso. Cube cheese or shred. Add cheese to sauce pan and pour ¼ cup of milk in. Melt cheese on low and continue to stir. The cheese will thicken and then you can pour over your taco bowl.

Let the crock pot do the hard work. All you have left to do is prep and serve for dinner!

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Aug-10-2016

Items to Reuse, Instead of Tossing

Posted by creatingyourspace under Green Flooring

We all know how important it is to recycle items and keep them out of landfills. There are other items we can at least re-use once or many times over before tossing them in the trash. Read on to get nifty tips for re-using, re-purposing and up-cycling things that we typically throw away. This will help the planet and yourself!

Clothing that is not worthy to donate, because they have holes or stains, are great for turning into cleaning rags. Do not buy cleaning rags, simply cut up old clothing and add them to your laundry room. This works especially well for clothing made from all cotton.

Old toothbrushes make great brushes to use when cleaning jewelry that contains diamonds or gem stones. They also work well when cleaning small, narrow areas like grout.

Wine bottles can be transformed into cool table top torches, perfect for any patio or garden. Look online to find tutorials on this easy DIY project. Decorative glass bottles can also be used to store hand soap and other liquids you use around the house. Simply buy the tops used for liquor and keep salad dressing or dish soap in them. These glass bottles make wonderful single stem vases for cut flowers. Use them in groups by placing them around a room or line them down the center of a dining table.

Save old newspapers to wrap and store breakable items in. Paper keeps delicate Christmas decorations and delicate china safe, when not being used. There are loads of other items that this material can protect. You can also cut up or shred newspaper and add it to a compost pile.

Transform old books into nifty little hideaway containers to keep valuables in. This is another activity that can be easily explained online. Basically use a utility knife to cut a square out of the pages, where jewelry and other small items can be stored away. Place them on accent tables or hide them amongst other books in a bookshelf.

Being responsible for the environment is very important to us at Carpets N More.  Click here to learn more about the specialty floor options we offer and ask us how we are committed to doing what is best for our world.

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Jul-16-2016

Current Tile Trends

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Tile will always be in style, whether the look is classic or contemporary or anything in-between. But do you know about the latest looks available in the tile world today?  Find out the most popular trends in tile right now! Learn how to incorporate the latest fashion in your interior.

One of our favorite trends right now is placing tile on an entire wall in the kitchen. Who says backsplash should only be 18 inches high? Since backsplash is the jewelry of a kitchen, there is no reason to only use backsplash tiles in small portions. In other words start the backsplash at the counter top and install it all the way up to the ceiling. This looks especially good on the wall behind the range.

Typically, above the range there are few (if any) upper cabinets. This is the perfect location to showcase a beautiful tile backsplash! Apply this technique in kitchens with few upper cabinets (this is also trending as well). Run the tile behind floating shelves to really open up and beautify this space.

The classic chevron pattern has been showing up more and more in tile installation. This requires long skinny tiles. In the end the result is nothing short of stunning. A classic look is created in an eye catching manner. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Tile that appears to be other materials is enjoying the limelight. Due to huge advances in digital scanning and printing technology, porcelain tile can now be made to look like a wide variety of materials.  Long tile can look like wood planks (with the pattern scanned from a wide variety of wood species and finishes). Instead of installing a wood floor with the maintenance associated with its care, try porcelain planks! 

No matter what trend speaks to you, we can help you with the process.  Visit us at Carpets N More and let us know what we can do for you!

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Jun-20-2016

Stylish Décor Trends

Posted by creatingyourspace under Design and Decorating

Do you love to be on the cutting edge of home décor trends? Find out what these new trends are and how to best apply them to your home!

Two toned cabinets are becoming quite popular. This idea works great because by selecting two different cabinet finishes the space instantly looks custom! The variety of combinations are endless. Decorate with different dishes on upper and lower cabinets, or you can select two different finishes for one entire aspect of a room than the adjacent side. However, make sure to keep the cabinet styles and hardware the same.

Stainless steel appliances move over! Black stainless steel is here! That’s right you heard us correctly! This finish for appliances is becoming more readily available. Use this finish for a sophisticated or modern space. Enhance your kitchen by adding some futuristic sleekness!

Traditional living rooms without TVs or gadgets are coming back full circle. More and more families are choosing to have living rooms devoid of screen time, in order to really interact with one another. These living rooms are the places where beautiful family memories will be made and cherished. Families are living their lives together and being present to really enjoy with family and loved ones. These living rooms also make an excellent place to read an actual book or take a quick cat nap.

Formal dining rooms are also making a comeback. Creating a space where beautiful home cooked meals can be enjoyed without distraction is something that is becoming more important in today’s society. Slow down, have more dinner parties and live your life interacting with family and friends. Like the living room, having a formal dining room free of distractions, keeps us present to make memories with everyone we eat with!

Mirrors are also a hot trend in glamorous kitchens. You can check your hair and makeup while cooking and admire your kitchen while at the stove. The mirrors add sparkle and glitz to this previously utilitarian space we call the kitchen. More people are enjoying preparing home cooked meals, especially since it’s so easy to have the ingredients shipped to your door. People are enjoying their time using their kitchens and loving the space they created!

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