Archive for April, 2011

Carpet Fiber Guide

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Carpet

Are you a carpet fanatic? Do you love decorating each room in your house with area rugs so as to define the space appropriately? If you like home decorating like we do, and if you love decorating your floors, it is best to know a thing or two about carpets. This guide will give you knowledge about the different types of carpet fibers that will help you in choosing the right carpet floor for your home.

Artificial carpet fibers range from Polyester, Acrylic, Blends, Nylon and Olefin (Polypropylene).

Acrylic- also known as synthetic wool as it looks a lot like wool, but comes at a cheaper price. It resists electricity, mildew, moisture, fading & sun damage.

Polyester- is more luxurious and softer compared to other fibers. It’s easy to clean and resistant to water stains. It is also relatively cheaper compared to wool & nylon.

Blends- is a combination of Nylon & Olefin. These types, however, aren’t stain resistant as the two types of fibers have different stain resistant properties.

Nylon- is the most common of all carpet fibers; about 90% are available in the market. They are best in high traffic areas, durable, stain, mildew and water resistant. Their colors are also most likely to last longer.

Olefin- are the next best thing to Nylon. Their colors are colorfast due to the dye mixing process during production.

Next time you stare at your carpet you’ll now have at least the slightest idea what it’s made of and how.

Let Floor Provide Warm Tone

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hardwood

When you find yourself drawn to cool tones in furniture and décor, you may want to consider starting with a warm flooring choice such as this hickory wood floor. With this option the overall medium brown tone is balanced by the dark brown graining and edging. A floor like this will support any color or tone choice you want.

With this white and black design choice, the floor provides the only color as well as the only warm tone. Its depth of color keeps the room from appearing dull.

The limited palette also showcases the room’s architectural details. The fireplace is simple and inviting. The French doors in the back virtually beg you to step onto the balcony, and the chandelier’s style says vintage.

This room appears to be in an older home, but everything in the space could have been installed in a newer home, including the chandelier. Many of today’s wood floors are designed to replicate the distressed and varied look of yesterday’s floors. Fireplaces are available in traditional styles, and room and door moldings are on the market to recreate the look of an older home. By making careful architectural choices, you can have the charm of an older home without the potential headaches.

This homeowner chose to make the most of both design approaches by combining the traditional with very modern furniture. Thanks to the clean lines and simple color choices, this room works.

How To Remove Easter Egg Dye From Carpet

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance, Holiday

Happy almost Easter everyone! We thought we’d share a few cleaning tips with you regarding Easter egg dye and carpet. Hopefully you do not have to use this advice, but here it is just in case.

Detergent Solution – Mix one fourth (1/4) teaspoon of a liquid dishwashing detergent per one (1) cup of lukewarm water. NEVER USE A STRONGER CONCENTRATION! Thorough rinsing is necessary to remove detergent residues that may cause rapid soiling. It may be necessary to rinse with warm water several times to completely remove residues. (See Residue Precautions.) Care should be used in selecting a detergent. Never use a laundry detergent of any type, because laundry detergents may contain optical brighteners (fluorescent dyes) that dye the fiber. Do not select an automatic dishwashing detergent because many contain bleaching agents that destroy dyes and some fibers.

Warm Water – Lukewarm tap water should be used in most cases to rinse the cleaning solutions from the fiber. Failure to completely rinse the solutions from the fiber may cause accelerated soiling.

Ammonia Solution – Mix one (1) tablespoon of household ammonia per cup of water. Please note: Be aware that ammonia, if used improperly, can cause a color change. Be sure to test a hidden area.

Call a Professional – Professional cleaners have the ability and the equipment to use more aggressive cleaning solutions to remove stubborn spills. Always consider consulting a professional cleaner regarding any spot removal question. CRI – 1-800-882-8846.

Making a Successful Move, Part 2

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hints, Tips and Advice

In part 1, we had a few suggestions to make your pre-move work easier. Now let’s take a look at during and after your move.

On the day of your move, prepare your new home’s floors for the movers by covering carpeting with drop cloths to keep it clean. Protective covers may also be a good idea for some wood floors so they don’t get scratched by heavy furniture.

Have one person at the old place and one at the new home. Make sure you have a list of boxes and the plan for where each piece of furniture goes. This is not a good day for distractions. Make sure you have a plan to keep children and pets taken care of elsewhere during the move.

Have your essential boxes placed in one spot so you can open and unpack them easily. Make sure your boxes are placed in the right rooms.

After the move, check your furniture for scratches or breakage. Check the boxes against your list. Let the movers know right away if there are any problems.

Plan for eating out or getting take-out on the day of the move and possibly for a few more days. This will give you the time you need to set up your kitchen properly. Unpack those critical need boxes first. Don’t be upset if you don’t get anything else unpacked – this has been a long hard day.

Go back to your old home and make sure every closet, cupboard and drawer is empty. Check walls for art you may have missed. It’s easy to lose track during a move.

Once your furniture and boxes have arrived at your new home, don’t feel obliged to unpack all at once. Take care of your main rooms and then unpack a little each day for the first few weeks. Be sure to take the time to enjoy your new home on the way.

Making a Successful Move, Part 1

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hints, Tips and Advice

When you’re ready to move to a new home, the move itself can be satisfying or frustrating depending upon how you handle the process. In this two-part series, we’re going to take a look at some steps you can take to make the best of a tough job.

Before you even start the moving process, start going through your things and discarding what you don’t want to take with you. It’s better to sort before you move rather than wasting time, space and money hauling things you don’t really need anymore.

Next, give yourself a few days between closing and moving to prepare your new place for the move. If the home is a resale, check to see if it needs cleaning. This is one time to consider hiring professional cleaners to help if needed. Check your floors to determine if the carpets should be cleaned or other types of floors should be polished or sealed. This is much easier to do before you move. Measure the rooms to help you make a furniture plan.

Give yourself about twice as much time as you think you will need to pack. Plan on about twice as many boxes as you think you’ll need also. Wander behind copy shops to get great paper boxes – they’re sturdy, easy to stack and a good size for a lot of things.

Keep a numbered list of your boxes with a short inventory of critical elements inside each. Be sure to label your boxes with the right room for their delivery in your new home. Highlight the boxes you should unpack first.

There may be things that are too fragile or precious to entrust to movers. Designate a closet or cupboard for those, and plan to move them after the movers finish. Take a last walk through your old home, checking every closet and cupboard. Check walls for any art you may have missed. You may think you’ve taken everything, but you could be wrong.

Next: what to do during and after your move.

Decorate a Child’s Room for You and Your Child

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

When you are ready to redecorate a child’s room, it can be hard to strike a balance between what you want and the wishes of your child. This year he may want dinosaurs, and next year be caught up in Spiderman. The following suggestions will help you both get what you want without breaking the budget.

  1. Start with the flooring. Choose something neutral enough to work well with any theme or colors. A light or medium wood floor, bamboo or a light neutral easy care and stain proof carpet will all work well with a variety of colors and other decorating options. Remember that the room has to grow with your child and that bright blue he loves at seven might not work when he is 15.
  2. Choose simple flexible furniture. Pick out a few pieces that will last a long time and always be useful such as a chest of drawers and a desk. Look for modular pieces that can combine in a number of ways over time. For example a bunk bed with a desk underneath is fine until your son is six feet tall and his feet hang over the end of the bed.
  3. If you put in wood blinds to coordinate with your flooring, you can always buy an extra set of sheets to make up inexpensive curtains to add to a window or eliminate curtains entirely for a sleeker look.
  4. Bring in color and themes through paint, bed linens, art and accessories. These are the least costly of your decorating expenses. With neutral flooring and furniture, your child can let his or her imagination run wild and still keep within a reasonable budget.
  5. Finally, use this project as an opportunity to teach your child about compromise and negotiation. With some planning on your part, it can be a fun and educational experience for both of you.

Careful Use of Color

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

This could be a challenging room to decorate, but the choice of white as the strongest tonal element combined with black accents and only two more colors actually make this room work amazingly well.

White is a gutsy choice here, but with the floor to ceiling windows, high ceiling profile and the decision to position the television above the fireplace, choosing white provides support to all the architectural elements in the room. The two major black elements become the focal point, framed in the floor-to-ceiling soft green curtains.

The black is echoed gently with the delicate coffee table. The green encores as part of the throw pillows. The room needed one more color to come to life, and red is a daring choice. Combined with this particular shade of green, there is no holiday appearance. Instead, the colors add a sophisticated touch to the room.

The white carpeting and furniture may seem like high-maintenance choices but don’t be fooled. Today’s stain proof fiber technology allows white carpeting to stay white and furniture to keep their like-new look.

Speaking of today’s technology, take a look at these window coverings. The curtains are strictly decorative. Privacy and light control are managed by the white blinds. Remote-controlled, these blinds can cover the entire window or completely disappear. They can rise up from the bottom and down from the top, or both as is shown here. This is the best solution for windows like this.

Do you want to jump into this type of white look? Then select two or three colors that you love, don’t forget the black, and go for it!

Area Rug Pulls Room Together

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Area Rugs, Design and Decorating

From size to color to design, this area rug is the perfect selection for this room. If you’re thinking of buying an area rug, some of the decisions that led to this choice may be helpful.

To begin with, the homeowners chose a rug that allowed their lovely wood floors to show. Some area rugs are selected to completely encompass a seating area, with a size that positions all of the furniture on top of the rug. This smaller rug pulls all of the room elements together without getting in the way of the wood floor.

The colors in this room are both warm and cool. This rug has a warm brown border as well as the cream in the design, but the cooler colors in the room such as the grey sofa and loveseat and the black lamp bases are echoed in the rug’s colors. This helps the rug integrate the room through its color palette.

This rug has a central design. With this particular coffee table, the central pattern shows well. If the table’s style covered the base, any central design would disappear. In that case, either a border design or an overall pattern would work better.

Finally, the simple contemporary style works with the design of the furnishings. At its best, a rug should enhance a room’s design, pulling disparate elements together.

Are you ready for an area rug? Well, if you take your time, measure your space and figure out what colors and design will contribute to the room’s style, you should be able to find one that works well for you.