Buying Guide to Outdoor Flooring

Buying Guide to Outdoor Flooring

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Outdoor spaces can be perfect for weekend get-togethers or it can be your weak end when it comes to weekends. Don’t let this happen. Spending time outside during the summer and even during fall can bring a lot of good memories. You might have a grill and some outdoor furniture, but nothing matters quite as much as the flooring. We know that it may seem like a small thing to think about when you’re out grilling some burgers, but if you don’t have a strong, sturdy foundation then there is going to be nowhere to dance… right?! So here are some tips from the experts on what to look for when purchasing your outdoor furniture.

One, how frequent are you going to have to replace it? Be particular in how often you will have to replace your flooring outside. When you have an outdoor space that is exposed to all of nature’s changes you have to be mindful of what will survive the long haul. A lot of outdoor spaces that bear the crushing cold winters won’t last as long as flooring that bears the heat in southern Florida, as a matter of fact, there probably are two different floorings for both climates. So, be mindful of your environment when shopping. One of our favorite floorings to suggest would be stone for your outdoor space. Stone decking can handle the winter, the warmth, and a good party.

Two, consider your budget. There are so many different choices out there these days that you can really get swept away in the choosing. So, before you go to the store be sure to set a thought-out budget of what you are willing to spend and then give yourself some wiggle room. Usually looking at product strictly under budget is a great way to ensure you don’t get shiny object syndrome. Being able to only afford wood and then considering a stone decking can really cost you in the end. When you consider your budget, you have to also look at the surface area you are looking to cover. For example, a one-thousand-dollar budget can get you some really nice material if it is only covering a small square footage, but if it is a large area you don’t want to pick a higher priced material before it’s too late.

Easiest and Quickest Flooring Installations

Easiest and Quickest Flooring Installations

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When it comes to updating and upgrading your interior space, flooring is always a good way to bring everything together. Flooring can change the whole feel of a room as soon as you walk in. It is the first thing you notice when you visit any home or even when you’re looking to purchase a home. Here are some of the easiest and quickest floor installations if you’re tight on time and doing this project yourself.

Our first choice has to be a floating hardwood floor. This flooring is unique because of the way it is installed. Instead of nailing and gluing this flooring down you simple snap it together. It technically “floats” above your old floor. This method saves a ton of time for do-it-yourselfers, but still gives a beautiful result at the end no matter what color or kind of wood you decide on. The only true downside of this flooring is that you can’t sand down and stain the wood as many times as you could if it were glued to the ground.

Another way to spruce up your flooring is to paint it! Sounds different than most methods, but we promise the outcome is positively gorgeous. Painting an old hardwood floor can bring your house up-to-date without breaking the budget. All you have to do is decide on the color, sand down your old flooring (depending on what you’re painting over) and go for it. We have seen floors painted solid and even with a new modern pattern, like tiles. Each room has been revamped in less than a day, just have to get to work!

Lots of homes these days attract others with their hardwood floor finished look, but there is something to be said about having carpet in a few rooms. There is no better feeling than having a place where your feet can feel warm and cozy, especially on those colder winter mornings. So when looking for a quick and easy way to update flooring, we couldn’t ignore the simplicity of installing carpet. After only minutes a carpet can be tacked into place and bring warmth to your room.

Simple Changes to Make Your Home Ready for Fall

Simple Changes to Make Your Home Ready for Fall

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Fall has to be hands down the best time of year. The leaves are changing colors, the temperature is starting to cool down, the smell of pumpkin spice and delicious lattes are surrounding you. With the seasons changing, there is no real reason why you can’t change up your home.

Here are some simple changes that can make all the difference in your home when it comes to the changing season.

1. Aroma

When you walk into a retail store during the fall one of the first things you notice is the delightful smell of pumpkin spice candles. Yes, they do this on purpose. Using the sense of smell to sell product is one of the easiest ways to move merchandise, but why is that? Usually, an aroma of something will take you back to your favorite memory or what you relate that smell to. For some, pumpkin spice reminds them of Thanksgiving and having quality time with their family in the kitchen while they bake pumpkin pie. Adding a candle or two throughout your house will undoubtedly warm up your home but also bring the fall season indoors.

2. Color switch

The second way to get your home ready for fall is by spicing up the colors around your house. Small changes like adding a fall colored garland to your mantel or to your console table can make a huge difference. You can even take it as far as adding a pop of colors through different curtains or throw blankets. Warming up the space with fall colors is a great way to change your house around for the season in an elegant way. People will take notice of the earthy tones and start to feel excited about the new season ahead.

3. Dining

You may be thinking that dishes are an expensive way to change up your home for the new season, but don’t scratch the idea yet. Adding a pop of color through dishes can add holiday fun to your meals. You don’t need to replace your whole set of dishware, but you can add a couple of small appetizer plates to top off your entree plates when it comes to dinner. Guest will see the pop of fun without knowing that it cost you half the price as changing all the dishware. You may also consider changing your napkin colors and napkin holders. A touch as small as adding a pumpkin napkin holder to your dining room table can be a great way to have fun with the season!

Creating the Right Interior Design Mood

Creating the Right Interior Design Mood

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Creating a space that has a certain type of mood or feel is one of best things about interior design. You get the freedom to play in your space and create whatever you want. That is also why some people might prefer their space one way and some the others, that’s the beauty of design. There is no wrong answer. There are certain things that you can do to create a certain mood within your room and we’ve put together a few ideas for you to consider.

First, figure out what you are going for in your space. An area that doesn’t have a direction will be a challenge to discern the mood of. Once you have figured out how you want people to feel in that space you can make décor decisions. For example, if you want your living room to be a relaxing, quaint space for visitors to feel relaxed you might want to think about your color scheme and seating options.

Another way to create the right mood in a space is by identifying it. A lot of times we see open concept houses and although they are beautiful, we are sometimes lost in the vastness of it all. Even if you live in an open concept house or apartment you can create room boundaries with simple touches like adding an area rug to the living room or adding a chandelier above the dining room table. Both of these add identity to the space without compromising your open concept feel.

Lastly, to help create the right interior design mood you can use the environmental elements to your advantage. That might sound confusing, but let us explain. Say you are living in Minnesota and it is mid-January and your living room is bright and full of pops of color. Well, this might contradict the mood of your visitors who just came in from the harsh cold outdoors. In order to play into nature, you can use your space in a variety of ways depending on the season. If it happens to be winter you can display throw blankets, have a fire going and maybe a candle in the background to warm up the room. Simple design additions can make all the difference.

4 Rules of Interior Design that Apply to Every Room

4 Rules of Interior Design that Apply to Every Room

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Just like how some people don’t have a green thumb, some don’t have an interior thumb. We have put together some blog post, more than just one, for those looking for a solution without hiring an interior designer. We put together a list of important “go-to” rules when it comes to designing a space to help some people out.

1. Keep it “you”

When designing a space in your home you want to stay true to your personality. Different houses have different energy space and decor, and that is because we are all not the same, and that’s okay! Go with what you like and play off of it. If you like rustic touches, but add bright colors to your home in every room. It may not feel like home to you.

2. Keep it minimalistic

Have you ever been in someone’s home that is just cramped? There is stuff everywhere and it immediately causes your breath to quicken because of how little space there is to move around? Living a minimalistic life is not only great for your health and your finances, but it also helps keep your home warm and inviting. If you find yourself hoarding unnecessary things check out the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo where she will teach you different practices to help you live a minimalistic life.

3. Stay consistent

Along with keeping it minimalistic, you want to keep your space simple and flowy. How do you keep your house feeling like it works perfectly together? Well, one way to do this is to keep similar in “theme”. Meaning, if you have a bright and loud home then you don’t want to add in a living room that is dark and unwelcoming.

4. Have fun!

We know that when it comes to design people may think that it is more stressful than fun, but it shouldn’t be. Nothing is too permanent and when it comes to your home, you can change it up as much as you want. So don’t overstress it, change the paint color if you don’t like it and remember your home is just a reflection of you!

Those are some of our favorite tips when planning an interior space in your home. Hopefully, we’ve given you more confidence to move forward in designing your home!

Buying Guide to Bathroom Flooring and Cabinetry

Buying Guide to Bathroom Flooring and Cabinetry

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When it comes to creating your dream bathroom, figuring out your budget can be one of the more difficult and less fun parts. Planning your perfect mix of flooring and cabinetry is something that can feel a bit intimidating at first. What types of cabinets look good with which flooring? What color scheme should you plan for? To help get you started, here is a buying guide to bathroom and flooring cabinetry for your perfect remodeling project.

To begin with, you’ll want to treat this remodel just like any other and develop a well thought out plan before committing to any type of purchases. Do you like the free-standing vanity better than wall integrated cabinets? This is something that could make a huge difference in the design of your bathroom and is one of the first things you’ll want to think about.

Once you figure out what type of style cabinets you want, it’s time to pick materials. Bathrooms receive a lot of wear and tear naturally because of all of the condensation that naturally occurs in them. This means you’ll want something that not only functions for looks but is also reasonably durable. Without this, you run the risk of needing to remodel again in a few years time.

Flooring can be a tricky beast as well. One of the better materials to tile your bathroom floor in is porcelain. The porcelain tile is less porous and far more stain and water resistant than other types of flooring making it the perfect go-to option for remodeling. Once you decide on a medium, you’ll need to take extremely accurate measurements of the surface area you’re planning on covering. Even if you’re working with a larger budget, you still don’t want to overindulge yourself because this could hurt you later on. Not only is choosing durable materials important but also being accurate with how much of it you’ll need. There’s no sense in overspending in an area like flooring when you could be using those extra dollars to invest in other aspects of your remodeling project. Keep yourself honest and accurate and you’ll be sure to have a wonderful remodeling experience.

The Benefits of Hypoallergenic Carpet versus Tile

The Benefits of Hypoallergenic Carpet versus Tile

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When choosing a flooring for your home it can seem like an impossible decision. Not only are you focused on what exactly you want your home to look like, but also whether or not your dream remodeling project is actually within your budget. Flooring is one of the most expensive investments when remodeling and it can seem impossible to cut corners. Here are a few benefits of hypoallergenic carpet versus tile that will hopefully save some of your budget down the line.

Hypoallergenic carpets are design strategically to trap dust mites and other allergens that might be circulating in the air of your home. When you invest in one, not only are you getting a luxurious and comfortable surface to walk on, but you’re also essentially helping your quality of living as well. Hypoallergenic carpets are also far less likely to cause an allergic reaction. With this in mind, you’ll also want to make sure that the carpet backing and adhesives are of the highest quality as well to help avoid allergic triggers later on.

Tiling, on the other hand, does nothing to help trap allergenic triggers that may be in the air. While its surface may be easier to clean, it will need to be cleaned more often and more carefully than a hypoallergenic carpet as to avoid stirring up too many allergens. Tiling also is typically more expensive and difficult to install. Whereas carpeting can typically be done as a do it yourself project and doesn’t take too much effort.

Depending on how much you’re willing to invest in cleaning products can also affect which choice you go with. Carpets, even the hypoallergenic ones, need to be vacuumed regularly and shampooed every once in a while so that their ability to work as a filter to whatever allergens it comes in contact with is high operating. If you don’t think that you’ll have the time or the want to invest in such things, then spending a little bit more on tiling might be the right choice for you. In the end, it’s all about what will work best in your home for your family so don’t be afraid to learn all of your options before committing.

Creative Backsplash Ideas We Love

Creative Backsplash Ideas We Love

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Today remodeling is all about how much of it you can do yourself. This means getting crafty and creative on all levels. Everyone is all for originality and you’re probably no different. Here are a few creative backsplash ideas we love to get you started on your kitchen remodeling project!

Cork is in and basic is out

It’s time to put those old wine corks you’ve been saving for a rainy-day project to use and bust them out for your backsplash design. This is an amazing way to warm up your kitchen and add a pop of rustic chic to it as well. All you have to do is spend a little bit of time gluing the corks together and mount them on your wall with a clear glass covering to keep them protected. This is a modern and perfect way to spice up the look of your kitchen. 

Repurposed bottle caps

Whether it’s all of the caps of your favorite beers or a few vintage soda can tops, this is a great design for your modern backsplash. This design is perfect for a neutrally toned kitchen because the natural pop of color in the caps will provide you with the perfect accent piece for your kitchen design.

Seeing in three dimensions

This is a great one because it provides you with practicality as well. Instead of opting for a basic tile design, choose one that pops (literally) and go with a 3-D tile. This will cause your backsplash to almost appear as a woven basket on your wall and give you more depth and dimension as well as a sleek and useful finish.

Buttons Galore

While this one seems a bit out of left field it’s one of the best ways to add a little pizazz to your kitchen. You can choose a color scheme that matches with your space and just go from there choosing buttons of all shapes and sizes to decorate your backsplash with. This gives you the option to design within your creative idea itself. Choose a few shades of blue and create some waves, or go with warmer tones to emulate fire. Whatever you choose, your kitchen is sure to be the envy of all of your friends.

Benefits of Corian Countertops

Benefits of Corian Countertops

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When redecorating your home, it’s good to know all the different benefits and drawbacks of using different kinds of materials. One of your biggest investments during a renovation project is the countertops. While there are plenty of options for your countertop investment, the most popular and one of the best (arguably) materials is Corian. Here are a few benefits of Corian countertops:

To begin with, Corian is a material that has the ability to be very flexible with whichever color you choose. Since it’s made from plastic resin, you can pigment it with almost any color as well as a number of different textures. This makes it the perfect choice if you have a unique color scheme or are looking for an accent piece in your room. Instead of having your wall color be your accent piece, this allows you to have a little bit more of an original take on interior decorating.

Corian is such a durable and diverse material that it can be used for outdoor patios as well. This is a great asset so that you don’t invest in an outdoor countertop that will suffer too much wear and tear from the weather. Corian is not a natural material, so its finish allows it to be more wear resistant than marble or granite would. Making your investment much more cost efficient. Outdoor patios can be difficult to decorate, but Corian will keep your budget intact and your patio looking brand new for years to come.

Since it’s a man-made material, you can get them cut into slabs as large or small as you want which allows you to ensure that there are no gaps or holes that could get damaged by water or other leaks later on. The material can even have a granite or marble looking finish. This will save you loads because you’ll be able to have all of the flexibility of the Corian as well as the look of a more upscale countertop, should you so choose. This also makes it far cheaper. Marble and granite typically run pretty pricey and finding matching slabs for different areas of your home can be really difficult.

Eco-Friendly Carpet Options for Your Home

Eco-Friendly Carpet Options for Your Home

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Choosing flooring for your home can seem like an impossible task. What medium do you choose? Which one will actually fit within your budget? How much do you need? These are all questions you’ll feel bombarded with while you’re moving forward in your remodeling project. We’re here to make life a little easier for you.

Carpet is one of the more affordable avenues to go when it comes to flooring. Not only does it last for a long time, but typically they are easier to install as well. This being said, you’ll want to be careful of what type of carpet you’re buying. It isn’t too difficult to pick out eco-friendly carpet options for your home as long as you’re aware of what to look for.

To begin with, you’ll want to look out for VOCs (volatile organic compounds) which are emitted as gases in carpets and can have fairly negative health effects. It’s typically a byproduct of the binding material used to install the carpet mixed with the actual physical backing of the carpet and can linger in a home for a little over a week after installation.

To avoid this, try airing out your carpet before installing it. Typically, this can be done by wherever you’re purchasing the carpet from anyways and shouldn’t cost you extra money. Should you have to glue the carpet down, look into “low-emitting nonsolvent adhesives” to minimize the fumes that you could be exposed to. And finally, before purchasing check to make sure that the carpet has been tested by the Carpet and Rug Institute’s (CRI) Indoor Air Quality testing program. This is the best way to ensure your health.

In general, as long as you’re being aware of what you’re putting in your home when it comes to carpeting you should be alright. It’s important to ask whoever you purchase the carpet from how they would advise cleaning it and how often it should be done. Keeping your carpet clean is what will keep it looking great and lasting longer, so investing in a high-quality vacuum wouldn’t be a bad idea either!