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Bedroom Blues

Jan-20-2012 By creatingyourspace

We’re not talking the emotional blues when we say bedroom blues. Blue in the bedroom is a beautiful color that creates a soothing and relaxing space. Blue is typically used for boys’ rooms, but this doesn’t mean it has to be a masculine only color. The range of blue colors means that there is probably a blue out there that will work with your floor color and bedroom furniture color.

This Mediterranean style bedroom uses blue accents to bring a pop of color to an otherwise neutral space. Neutral walls and a stone or concrete floor create a cool feeling in the room. Adding in rich blue accents in the throw on the bed and the mirror on the wall add a bit of energy to the room.  The energy isn’t the same as if the accents were red or orange. The cool tones of the blue color are typically thought to be more soothing than jarring.

Blue color on the walls or bedding would create bigger pops of color in this space. Larger expanses of color, no matter what color, will have a bigger impact on the feeling and energy of a room. Keeping the blue accents in this room to two relatively small elements keeps the room feeling neutral.  Layering different shades of blues can also work to create a more sophisticated color palette. Pale blue on the walls combined with richer accessories intensifies the calming feeling of the color. Lots of white in the room will keep the space from feeling too blue.

Light and Shadow

Nov-23-2011 By creatingyourspace

Are you drawn to light? Would you walk right up to that big window and ignore the darkened space to visit the view? Don’t do that or you would miss a beautiful room that knows how to use its shadows.

Despite the almost complete lack of color, this room has much to keep your interest. Look at the lines of the furniture. The chair with curved arms by the window echoes in the bench by the zebra rug. A candlestick’s spiral, dark against the left side of the window, shows up again in the spindle back of a dining chair.

Two elements make this room shine. One is the amazing wealth of light coming from one direction through the oversized window filling one wall. The second is the flooring that captures and reflects that light into the room with its glossy finish. Despite the floor’s natural dark tone, it serves as another source of light – banishing only some of the shadows.

There is a small surprise of color – the two orange stripes on the sofa’s arm. There may be more but we won’t know about it. Our eyes lose color in darkness thanks to their design. Yet despite the limited color this room has its own fascination. The interplay of light, shadow and line creates a strong design without drawing on color to do it.

Have you thought about how shadows can enrich and add mystery to your home’s design? Don’t be afraid of the dark.

Haunting can Help your Decisions

Oct-19-2011 By creatingyourspace

Do you find it frustrating to make a final choice when confronting numerous options? Sometimes it may seem as though the showroom, or the pumpkin patch, goes on forever and you worry that you may never find the right one to bring home.

If that happens, use the haunting technique to make your final choice. Here’s how to do it.

First, quickly review whatever options you’re considering, then leave the area. You can wander to other parts of the showroom or leave and shop for something completely unrelated. Go to lunch or get yourself a cup of coffee. You can even head home for the day.

As you do this, often one choice stays in your mind. You may find yourself dwelling on a particular tile, or imagining that carpeting in your own bedroom even when you’re focusing on something else. Well, congratulations, you have just been haunted by your actual favorite selection.

When this happens, go back and choose that flooring, or that seasonal vegetable accessory, and bring it home knowing that you found just the right one for you.

And when you stand back and admire how well your purchase fits the look and style of your home, it’s time to appreciate a type of haunting that doesn’t scare you, but helps you make a decision that you will be happy with for years to come, or in the case of your pumpkin, the next week or so.

Engineered Wood: Beautiful and Workable

Mar-24-2011 By creatingyourspace

Are you ready to upgrade to wood floors but aren’t sure where to start? One important decision is to determine whether solid or engineered wood floors are best for you.

In certain circumstances, engineered wood floors are really the only good option. If you have a concrete subfloor, solid wood is more likely to buckle or warp. Engineered wood is designed to hold up under the changes in temperature and humidity that occur with concrete.

Another important consideration is whether you want to add radiant heat when you move to wood. It’s an energy efficient option and particularly comfortable in cold weather. Once again, engineered floors are the right choice to handle the temperature shifts as radiant heat needs change from season to season.

Another issue to consider is installation. Solid wood floors require more installation time at the home because they are positioned and only then sanded and stained. Engineered wood is already stained and finished, so the only requirement is the actual installation on your floor. This makes engineered wood both faster and cleaner to install.

Choosing engineered floors today really doesn’t limit your options. You can select from a large number of types of wood, wood tones and finishes. As you can see from this photo, engineered wood is also available in wide plank styles.

When it’s time to step up to wood, take a good look at your options. You may find that engineered wood floors are the right choice for you and for your home.

Sharing your Heritage

Jan-30-2011 By creatingyourspace

Have you seen any of the shows on television that encourage families to part with family heirlooms or collections only to spend the money on some desired purchase such as a hot tub? It seems strange to discard your heritage in exchange for a temporary luxury item.

On the other hand, having your heirlooms packed away in boxes isn’t much better. Would you like to bring your family’s past into your present? You can do it by building a vignette that tells a story about one or more of your ancestors.

This family decided to celebrate a great grandfather who studied butterflies. Some of his reference books and personal notebooks provide the background to the left on this table, topped with the magnifying glass he used in the field. One of his loveliest specimen boxes leans against a panel and his microscope is in the focal position on the table. Add a few photographs and some of his sketches and you have more than a display of older items; you have a story of part of your family’s past.

Maybe for you, a favorite story may involve some recipes and old kitchen tools from Great Aunt Violet, known as the baker in the family, complete with photos of her around the picnic table behind her house. Or a collection of old tools may be displayed in Uncle Michael’s toolbox, joined with a shot of him working, sitting on one of the bookshelves he made that you inherited.

Why not make your family’s past an integral part of your present, by taking a little time to create a vignette that represents a favorite relative or two from your past and sharing the heritage they gave you with yourself and others.

Room Fix: Piano Problems

Jan-23-2011 By creatingyourspace

Imagine sitting at that beautiful piano to play on a nice afternoon. If you are a pianist, you will discover a problem immediately. This piano faces toward the window, leaving the sheet music in shadow rather than having the outside light fall on it.

Would you rather play at night? None of the lamps are close enough to give enough light to read music. Reading music requires as much light or more than what’s needed to read a book. While lovely, it’s clear that no one in this home plays.

Part two of what’s wrong with this picture comes from the window treatments. At the left, the window covering is a simple drape of fabric with some trim. The bow window, however, seems to have inspired someone to overdo. The same fabric and trim is overwhelmed by the rosettes at the window frames and the doubtful display of fabric in the middle of the window. You get the feeling that someone picked up one of those 101 window treatments books and lost their head.

If you clean up the windows, possibly eliminate that ruffled throw pillow on the sofa to the left and replace the flowered rug with one big enough to encompass the conversation area, you have a lovely room – as long as you don’t expect anyone to play that piano.

The First Flooring

Jan-16-2011 By creatingyourspace

Sometimes a book can make you take a second look at an everyday idea or product. This is certainly the case with At Home, a new book by Bill Bryson. It focuses on things we take for granted in our homes and discusses how they developed over time.

This month all the newest in flooring will be shown at Surfaces, the largest flooring event in the U.S., so now is a good time to consider the start of flooring and the progress we’ve made.

Initially, homes were constructed to protect people from the elements. Not only were style and design unimportant, so was something as basic as comfort. Floors were simply the dirt a home was built upon, generally packed down.

Over time, wealthier people in England and other parts of Europe added layers of rushes over the dirt to keep down the dust and make the ground softer and warmer to walk on. These rushes were replenished about twice a year generally. However, don’t picture nice clean green grass or dry hay underfoot. People generally didn’t remove the old rushes; simply placing new rushes on top. This meant that floors were deep, natural havens for insects as well as worse options such as mice and rats.

Eventually wood, stone and tile replaced this practice, but choices were limited to what was available locally. Carpets, which often came from far away or were woven at home, were so valuable that they were hung on the walls or placed on tables. Certainly no one expected to walk on one.

It’s worthwhile to think of the challenges homeowners had in the past the next time you come into our showroom. You have an amazing selection of a variety of flooring materials gathered from across the world. Instead of picking up rushes, you can pick from our samples, and we will remove the old flooring before installing your new choice. And our rugs are meant for your feet, and are priced accordingly.

Simple Tips To Improve Your Interior

Dec-18-2010 By creatingyourspace

Does your interior need a lift? Not sure how to improve areas? There are simple tips that can uplift any room. Read along and experiment on your most problematic room or space. You will be surprised how tweaking one thing can lead to incredible results.

Fabrics and upholstery have the power to give the “just re-decorated” look without having to actually redecorate. Buy brightly colored accent pillows, or recover the ones you have. Fresh, plump accent pillows act as a face-lift for any worn sofa or chair. Fabrics also have the power to create warmth, drama, elegance and variety to any room.

Window treatments allow you to control light, give privacy and improve insulation. They can also help alter appearances of a room. Wish you had a higher ceiling? Install full-length panels higher above the top of a window. If you don’t want wall showing in between, you can add a valance that only hangs down an inch or so past the top of a window. Panels and valance combined make a window look higher than it actually is. Treatments made of dressy fabric add elegance. Casual fabric gives a room a comfortable feel. Different types of blinds also have the power to create the mood of your choice. Bamboo shades lend an exotic feel to a space. White plantation shutters add a classic look to any window.

Try out one or all of the tips above! You have the ability to uplift any space!

Sustainable Hardwoods

Dec-11-2010 By creatingyourspace

 

More and more, people who want to make environmentally responsible decisions can access good information on home products. Through national and international associations as well as supplier research, details on every step of a product’s development are increasingly available to consumers.

One research study on American hardwood has been started recently by PE International; a consulting company that specializes in helping organizations become more sustainable. The firm is investigating the environmental impact of every step in the process of hardwood products, from the initial harvesting to delivery at the importer’s yard.

Studies such as this are designed to enable both suppliers and customers to make informed decisions about the sustainability of the products they choose. In the long run, customers will drive a push to environmental responsibility with their dollars.

The best tool you have to change the world’s approach to the environment is how you choose to spend your money. If you demonstrate that environmental responsibility is important to you as a consumer, companies will listen and make appropriate changes.

Are Your Cleaning Products Safe?

Dec-2-2010 By creatingyourspace

First, let us start by saying that when possible, you should ALWAYS use the manufacture’s recommended cleaning products. They know what’s best for their product, as well as how to protect your warranty! We also realize that most people don’t know who manufactured their floors!

Keeping that in mind…..

The products you use for everyday cleaning are probably not as gentle as they seem. Flip those cleaning products over and look at the active ingredients, host of chemical names will stare back at you. Different phosphates, formaldehyde, ammonia, chlorine bleach, and sodium hydroxide are only some of the many toxic chemicals that are normally used in all household-cleaning products.

Some of these chemicals may be carcinogenic, while others cause allergies and can be harmful to children. Not only are these products harmful to your family, they also harm the environment. There is no better time than right now, to switch to an eco-friendly product.

Eco friendly substitutes contain traditional cleaning formulas and few toxins. These “green cleaning agents” are just as effective as their toxin-loaded competition. You can look for authenticity of a product by checking the pH level, the biodegradability, as well as solvent amounts.

pH levels should be 7 or lower. Anything higher tends to be corrosive; use this exercise to red flag products. A product will state on the packaging if Biodegradable. When checking the solvent amounts, remember that less is the better choice. Look for PGE (propylene, glycol, ethers) and EGE (ethylene, glycol, ethers). If you spot these in the fine print, stay away!

Switching to eco friendly cleaning products is the healthier choice for you and your environment!