Thursday, June 23, 2016

Flooring Trends

With so many choices available, deciding on the perfect flooring for your home or business can be a daunting task.  You want a product that is stylish, trendy, & accents the overall design of your space; but you may also have other needs, such as durability, & ease of cleaning & maintenance.  Let’s take a look at current flooring trends, to help you pick the flooring that best suits your needs for your new home, business, or renovation!
1.  Luxury Vinyl
By using 3-D photo replication, luxury vinyl can closely resemble any material, including hardwood and stone.  Each tile is embossed to mimic the desired texture.  This way, you’re able to have the high-end look of hardwood or stone, without the high cost and more difficult maintenance.
  • lower costs than hardwood or stone
  • easy to maintain & clean
  • durable, water resistant
  • others will think it’s real wood or stone!
2.  Patterned Carpet / Tile
Your floor is your 5th wall, so why not use it as a design statement!  This trend leans toward simple, solid (non-patterned) walls, furniture, & décor, paired with a pretty patterned floor.
Patterned tiles add character to your home.  In your bathroom you can continue the tile up a wall as a feature wall.
3.  Recycled Flooring
The “go green” trend has led to consumers demanding more eco-friendly products.  This trend is not only better for the environment, but has also led to some pretty awesome, vintage looking products!
Check out this stunning hardwood floor made re-purposed from old barn wood!  I used this wood in a previous post of mine because I loved it so much.
Some carpet manufacturers are recycling old products into new products.  Shaw floors is a great example of a company that carries products like this.  25% of the content in this carpet is recycled material.
4.  Wide Plank Hardwood
Wide plank hardwood has been a very popular trend lately.  Consumers have ventured toward planks ranging from 5 to 7 inches wide.  Wide planks can make a room seem more visually spacious, which goes a long with another trend of spacious, open-concept home layouts.
These planks are 7 inches wide.
For color, dark hardwood has been very popular, as well as grey-toned.  The first picture is from my boss's home.
The wood species in this grey-toned hardwood is Maple, and the color is Moonshine.
My favorite trends are the patterned carpet/tiles, and the grey-toned hardwood.  You can also find wood mimicking, grey-toned luxury vinyl or laminate.

All flooring recommendations can be purchased from CS4 Flooring & Design
If you're working with a budget, find great sale prices on flooring at Madison Floor Stock

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

DIYs & Garage Sale Finds!

It's the most wonderful time of the year.. No, not Christmas.. it's Garage Sale Season! (So basically like Christmas for some of us ;)
What some might find to be a useless old pair of crutches, others see as a repurposed book shelf!  Take your garage sale finds & get creative folks!
Here's 5 inventive ways to use your awesome garage sale finds!
1.  Shutter Magazine Holder
Simplified Steps:
  • Cut out every other slate using a Dremmel (or pop them out with a hammer)
  • Sand, prime, & spray paint
If you're going for a more vintage look, distress your shutter.
There's tons of DIY projects you can do with old shutters, so if you see these while garage sale-ing, make sure to grab them!
Head to My Repurposed Life for more detailed instructions.
2.  Mosaic China Plate Table Top
  Photo Source: Country Living
Simplified Steps:
  • break plates apart with a tile nipper (can also be done with a hammer)
  • prepare your table (wood: apply waterproof sealer, plastic: scuff with sandpaper)
  • spread tile adhesive onto tabletop
  • place tile pieces on table in design pattern, let adhesive set
  • apply a thick coat of grout using a spackle knife
  • use damp sponge to remove excess grout
You can also do this to a chair or to garden stones!
 Photo Source: fleamarketmakeovers
Mackenzie Wright provides more detailed instructions at SF Gate.
3.  Story Canvas
Photo Source: Fabulously Flawed
Simplified Steps:
  • tear out the pages of a book
  • arrange the pages, make sure the pages hang over the canvas to cover the sides (you may need to cut some pages to fill in small gaps)
  • glue down pages to canvas with modge podge & a paint or sponge brush
  • smooth out pages with hand & wait for glue to set
  • use brush to apply a thin layer of modge podge to the entire surface
To avoid bubbling:
  • let dry for a minute, then place canvas face down on a sheet of wax paper
  • place a book inside the frame of the canvas (frame not included), & then 2 more books over the whole canvas (frame included)
  • let it set for 20 minutes, peel off wax paper
  • if you still have bubbles, let it sit on a flat surface over night
This one is fun because you can use any book you want.. a children's book, a piano songbook, your favorite novel, newspaper pages, calendar pages, old CD covers, ect.!
4.  Rake Wine Glass Holder
 Photo Source: the kitchn
Simplified Steps:
  • break off handle of rake
  • use twine or ribbon to wrap around top or tie a bow
  • use 2 nails to hang on wall
This one is super easy & cute!  If you want a more clean look, paint your rake to match the room you put it in.
5. Crib Desk
 Photo Source: Tori Spelling Editorial
Simplified Steps:
  • remove drop side of older crib (if crib is newer, just remove front side of crib)
  • adjust crib to highest newborn height
  • cut 2 mdf boards to the mattress size (use strong boards)
  • paint with blackboard paint
  • attach hooks as preferred (suction, hanging, ect.)
What an awesome way to recycle an old crib.  Children's chalkboard desks can run over $100, so this is also a much more affordable alternative for your kid's creativity corner!
I wanted to see what other people were doing for DIY projects, so I went to Facebook & asked some of my friends to let me feature their projects in my blog!
 This one was done by my friend Lisa.  What an awesome transformation!

My sister, Brandi, sent me a picture of her new entry-way coat hanger she made from a wood pallet!
Here's a couple of Brandi's other projects:
Frappuccino bottle made into a vase using twine.
Transformed jars with burlap, lace, & twine.
Check out how my friend Kristi recycled these tires to create an awesome play space!  A car table, that doubles as toy storage, and a cute little chair.
Finally, my new project.. an antique school desk!  We have been too busy to get started on this project yet, but here is the hidden treasure that we picked up at a garage sale a few weeks ago!  We plan on creating an art station for our daughter, while keeping as much of this antique desk's vintage flare as possible!
Comment below about your home improvement projects/designs.  I'd love to show off your hard work by featuring it in a future post!
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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Nursery Designs

Whether your planning now or fantasizing years in advance, one of the most fun rooms to decorate is your child's nursery!
When my fiancé and I found out we were expecting, I decided I wanted to do a Jungle theme for our little peanut, regardless of what the gender was.  So, my fiancé, being the handyman that he is, immediately painted the nursery green.  Well.. then when we found out we were having a girl.. I decided she needed to have a princess room, and next thing you know my fiancé is painting the room a cream/tan color to go with my new pink and brown theme:)  Luckily the carpet he had put in still matched perfectly!
Moral of the story.. before going paint and project crazy, make sure you've decided on a theme and colors that are peaceful and pretty, because you very well may be staring at them at 1, 3, and 5 a.m. every night for the next 6 months! ;)
Marie Pari
Photo Source: Pinterest
 Navy and coral together are so pretty and elegant!  What could be more perfect for your little girl's nursery?
Photo Source: Pinterest
Take a couple of glass milk bottles, paint them, tie a burlap or hemp rope bow, and add some artificial flowers to create an inexpensive, adorable piece of décor.
Photo Source: HalfPintPMB on Etsy
 Repurpose a vintage china cabinet to make the perfect little armoire.  I like the idea of doing this piece in distressed pink.
Flooring to Match:
A medium toned, small-planked hardwood for a classic feel.  Almost everyone prefers wider planked hardwoods these days, but choosing the right small planked wood makes the room feel vintage.  Especially if you live in an older home, everyone walking into this room will wonder whether or not its the original hardwoods.  Feel free to add a cream colored rug in the center of the room, since, well.. babies learning to walk fall a lot :)
 The hardwood is great, but some prefer carpet in their bedrooms, especially in a child's room.  If I were decorating this room for my daughter, I would actually go with this pretty, patterned nylon carpet.
Lil Man Cave
 Photo Source: The Coral Cottage on Etsy
I loved the navy so much for the girl themed nursery that I had to do one for boys, as well!  I recommend grey paint for the walls, with a navy accent wall.  Or if you're a fan of DIY projects, create your own wood plank accent wall.
Photo Source: Project Nursery
Here's a few other pieces that you can either make or buy that will add to the rustic outdoors theme of this room.
Sold by RusticLuvDecor on Etsy for $65.82
This canvas sign cracks me up!  How cute is that?
Sold at Amazon for $30
Flooring to Match:
Tie it all together with a light grey carpet.  A darker hardwood works for this space, as well.
Travel Inspired
You can go one of two ways with your travel themed nursery.  The 1st theme is "Up, Up, & Away"  Stick to pastel colors for this design.
Photo Source: Little Hands
This is the perfect scenario to use a wallpaper feature wall!
Make your little one his/her very own mobile.
Photo Source:
A globe is a perfect design piece for a travel inspired room.  You can also personalize your globe using paint, or purchase one already personalized from Etsy.
Photo Source: Kate's Creative Space
This hot air balloon is made out of paper mache, but you can also use a paper lantern.
Flooring to Match:
I choose a light multi-colored carpet for this room.  It's warm & goes well with the pastel colors in this room.
The 2nd Travel Inspired theme is what I call "Oh the Places You'll Go" (this is also my 2nd week in a row of referring to Dr. Seuss in my blog, so I'm realizing that I may need to get out of my house more and have more conversations with adults ;)
Photo Source: Pretty Perfect Living
Put a large map behind the crib, and let that be your feature wall.
Sold from World Market
What would look more perfect than a suitcase dresser for your little one's travel inspired room?
Inspire your little one to imagine and explore.
You could take your regular light switch covers and make this yourself, or purchase them from Etsy!
Flooring to Match:
So this flooring is literally awesome.  There's only 2 planks here, and they are large planks.  Each plank is made out of smaller planks of old barn wood.  This hardwood works so well for your little one's travel themed room because the wood looks old and "well-traveled on."  All of the little nicks and flaws come from the fact that this wood is repurposed.  Man, I can't get enough of this floor!
Mother Earth
Photo Source: dominomag on instagram
 This isn't the same wallpaper from last weeks blog on wallpaper feature walls, but it was the inspiration behind this theme.  While writing last weeks blog, I was thinking to myself that while I loved that look for a dining room, I was jealous that I hadn't thought of it a year ago for my daughter's nursery!
This theme could also be easily done in a boy's nursery, by simply switching out the wallpaper for a tree decal, while keeping the design pieces.
Photo Source:
This teepee can be found online at The Land of the Nod for $159
I also found tons of different styles of teepees by searching for them on Etsy.

Complete the look with an antique style rocking chair. 
When I was thinking of the perfect rocking chair for this room, the 1st thing that came to mind was the rocking chair that my mother has in the nursery she created for her grandkids!  So the chair pictured above is a picture of my mother's actual chair.
I remembered that she bought this chair while at a benefit, though, so I wanted to find a similar one so you all can purchase one, too!
Sold at Wayfair for $382
I adore this feather mobile, it looks like a dream catcher.  You could use an actual dream catcher to make a mobile, as well!
Sold by DreamkeepersLLC on Etsy for $141
Flooring to Match:
The hardwood variations are gorgeous.  Everything about this wood feels very natural.
I choose a carpet that was still light, but had darker variations, so that the room wouldn't look washed out with the light colored teepee or other light furniture/décor options.
I could literally spend my whole life just picking out colors, themes, and décor pieces for nurseries, but I guess I'll just have to settle for redecorating my daughter's room every few years :)
Which nursery was your favorite?  Comment your answer in the comments section!  My personal favorite.. Mother Nature
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