Archive for February, 2015

How Do You Live?

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Website Tools

 

There are many useful tools on our website that can help you and your family choose the right design options for your home so that when you have made a decision, it is for flooring that you will all cherish for years to come. On our website you can choose our Virtual Room Designer and from there several design tools are available to you to help make your flooring choices more informed.

One of our favorite tools is the “How I Live” tool. With this tool you will answer several questions about yourself such as how many people live in your home, whether or not you own a dog and what types of preferences you have in terms of design scheme and color. With these questions answered and submitted the tool then generates informative content based on the answers you gave.

For example, if you have a dog and indicated this in your answers, this tool produces information regarding what types of flooring will be most beneficial to your dog. It also accounts for flooring that is best for your home, such as installing hard surfaces in front of exterior doors to protect them from the dirt and grime that can be tracked in with animals.

In addition, it takes into account your design preferences such as color themes and explanations about the differences between cool colors and warm colors. This information can be extremely helpful in pinpointing exactly what colors and themes you want to use for your flooring.

And finally, this tool can give more information based on your answers about what types of flooring might be best fit to suit your needs. Some people may need to consider how having three children and a dog means that a certain type of flooring will work best for their family. Others might live alone and because of this their flooring needs will be different as well. This tool helps make sense of all of your different options based on your answers and then provides you with the information necessary to make the right decision for your home.

To use this tool head to our website and choose the “How I Live” tool to find your perfect flooring.

Color Pallet: Space Age Sitting Room – Orange and Gray

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

 

Remember when everything on the cartoon The Jetson’s seemed far out and impossible? It’s sure been a wild ride ever since, with the dawn of the technological revolution! Along with that has been a transition into post modern decorating schemes that now look quite normal. Certainly this style existed in the past, as you may recall from the 70’s, but even then it looked rather futuristic. Now it just looks clean, simple, and chic. So if that’s your goal for a room you’re designing, read on!

To teach you how to achieve this sort of aesthetic we are going to break down the elements of the room into sections. It’s usually easier to understand them that way. If you happen to be a novice, this approach will make learning our design a breeze! Just read the bullet points for each aspect of the décor and extract what works best for your personal vision.

The color pallet: Light Steel Grey, Light Jade, Black, Camel Tan, Sunset Orange, Dark Taupe

 

 

What makes the room post modern?

  • Glass and metal
  • Very smooth, un-textured surfaces
  • Rounded corners
  • Sparseness
  • Gray, tan, orange color pallet.
  • Just one pop color, orange, rather than a complex color scheme
  • Straight lines
  • Geometric shapes
  • Minimalism
  • Simplicity

What makes the colors work well together?

  • They’re all warm.
  • Orange can be tough. This is simplified by spotlighting it rather than trying to coordinate it. It also packs a punch this way.
  • The green plants break up what could seem monotonous, and it works because it is an eco-green rather than a synthetic.

What makes the room seem comfortable and inviting?

  • The wood floor.

What would we change?

  • If you love this room but feel it lacks some panache, we’d definitely throw down a zebra patterned rug! But, FYI, it would change the vibe and slightly reduce the post modern element.

Sweet Potato & Quinoa Salad

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This time of year there is nothing like a warm, hearty meal to fill you up and leave you satisfied. But what if you could get all of those things out of a healthy salad that is packed with a great source of protein in quinoa and the nutritious and filling flavor of sweet potatoes?

The great thing about this dish is that there will almost certainly be leftovers for your lunches throughout the week and they work great as a quick and easy work lunch. This salad will taste just as good whether you choose to heat it back up or eat it chilled.

To create your own take on this salad feel free to remove any vegetables that you don’t like and add in any that you want to. The vegetables that really make the dish are the sweet potatoes, tomatillos and fresh cilantro, but beyond that experimentation is encouraged! The best part about cooking is that it is fun and you can be versatile with your food.

Total Prep Time: One Hour

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • a block of cotija cheese
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • a few handfuls of arugala
  • 1 bunch of chopped cilantro (use what you prefer for strength of taste)
  • 2-3 tomatillos
  • 1-2 bell peppers
  • 2 shallots
  • 1 medium red onion

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chipotle chile powder
  • drizzle of maple syrup (honey can substitute)

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cube the sweet potatoes, add olive oil and salt and toss. Then lay these flat on baking sheets and bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until lightly browned.
  2. While the sweet potatoes are baking, chop up all vegetables and set these aside.
  3. Whisk all of the dressing ingredients together. Feel free to experiment with the spices in the dressing to taste to your liking.
  4. When the sweet potatoes are finished toss everything together in a large salad bowl. Crumble the cotija cheese and mix this into the salad. Serve immediately.

Tips For Painting Accent Walls

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Have you ever been interested in painting an accent wall but unsure where to begin? If you have been curious yet uncertain about using accent walls, allow us to make you feel more comfortable with the process. Accent walls add identity to a room without having to paint the whole space.  They are less likely to overwhelm a room, especially when using a bright or bold color of paint.

Do paint the whole wall. When choosing to paint an accent wall keep in mind that it stands on its own. Avoid partially painted accent walls. A partially painted wall works better when the entire room is painted in the same manner. An accent wall is a part to a whole; therefore the entire wall should be used.

Whether the desired look is bold or a subdued space, make sure the trim color works with the accent wall color along with the rest of the room or overall space. Remember it is part of a whole.

Don’t be afraid to place two accent walls with in a close proximity of one another. These can either use the same color, or use complementary colors.

For example if you want a relaxed room, choose soft sea foam green and use this color to paint two accents walls. If you are going for an edgier look, choose two colors that complement one another.

Colors that complement one another can easily be identified by looking at the color wheel and examining the way colors appear on the wheel in relationship to one another. Analogous colors are colors that lay next to one another on the color when (such as green, turquoise and blue).

Accent walls also have the added benefit of being easy to repaint if the color is not perfect. How many times have you committed to painting an entire room and been unhappy with the results?  Take advantage of these benefits and add some personality to any area in your home.

Valentine’s Day Playlist

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Holiday

 

Valentine’s Day playlists aren’t always easy to come by. Certainly there are endless songs about the topics associated with the holiday, but it’s still different from holidays like Christmas or The Fourth of July. They have very specific songs. So, we’ve created a playlist with a bit of inspiration in the form of candy and flowers – the two most popular gifts on Cupid’s big day. Before we jump in, though, we thought you might enjoy a little trivia.

Flowers: The red rose is the most traditional Valentine’s Day flower and the most common choice. Not only is the color perfectly matched to the sentiment, the red rose was considered the favorite flower of Venus, the goddess of love. This further strengthens its mythology that among all the beautiful flowers in the world, the red rose is the queen of love and passion.

Candy: Yes, chocolate reigns supreme above all candy on the planet. But wait! Is it really the #1 candy you think of among all of your Valentine’s experiences? Perhaps not. It’s more likely that you have myriad memories that include those tiny conversation hearts. The multi-colored hearts with the brief messages, such as KISS ME. Surprising though it may be, it turns out that these nifty messengers of love and friendship have been around since the American Civil War. That’s a mind boggling number of tiny little messages changing hands!

Alright, there’s your interesting bit of trivia for the day. Here’s your playlist. Enjoy!

  • Candyman by Christina Aguilera
  • Flower by Kylie Minogue
  • Candy Girl by New Edition
  • Flowers by The Emotions
  • Candy-O by The Cars
  • Flower by Moby
  • Candy Man by Roy Orbison
  • Flowers In The Window by Travis
  • Candy Bling by Mariah Carey
  • Dead Flowers by The Rolling Stones
  • Candy by Mandy Moore
  • You Don’t Bring Me Flowers by Barbara Streisand
  • Candy by Gavin DeGraw
  • Flowers In Your Hair by The Lumineers

How To Make Your Acrylic Nails Last Longer

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There was a time when there was just one option for a manicure. That was….a manicure! Now we have lots of options. Gel, wraps, shellac, silk, etc. The upshot of these choices is that we can now get manicures that last much longer than the 3-5 days of the past. If you want the benefit of length, though, your options are more limited. This requires that tips be applied to your nails, followed by an acrylic overly. The result is glamorous but the upkeep requires that you revisit the salon every two weeks. Here’s how to make them last longer, and your money go further!

Supplies

  • Non-acetone nail polish
  • Nail polish
  • Top coat
  • High grit grinding nail file
  • Fine grit finishing nail file
  • Rough grit nail buffer
  • Fine grit finishing nail buffer
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Nail brush

Technique

  1. Remove old polish from your acrylic nails. It is imperative that you use a non-acetone nail polish remover because acetone dissolves acrylic and your nails will deteriorate.
  2. Wash hands thoroughly, and use the nail brush to deep clean them underneath, between the nail and edge of the nail bed. (Bacteria builds up here.)
  3. Use the rough grit file to file down your nails to the desired length. You might be strongly tempted to cut them using clipper, but don’t. The acrylic can’t typically take the force of the clipper and you’ll crack or break your nail.
  4. Next, your goal is to buff down the bump where you would usually have a nail technician do a “fill” or “rebase.” You obviously won’t be able to achieve quite the same effect, but if you buff thoroughly the bump will be substantially reduced. Once you polish the nail the bump will be hard to detect.
  5. Soak your fingers in water a few minutes and then push back the cuticles. (Trim if necessary.)
  6. Use the fine grit buffer to smooth the surface of the nail so that it can be polished.
  7. Use the fine grit nail file to shape and smooth the nail tips.
  8. Wash hands again, and use nail brush to clean dust and debris from tops and under nails. Don’t put on any hand lotion yet.
  9. Apply a base clear coat to the nails and let dry.
  10. Apply two coats of nail polish color, and let dry partially. Although it’s more expensive, we advise considering nail lacquer instead of polish. It hardens to a stronger finish. It lasts longer and it will help keep your nails strong and crack free until you can return to the nail salon.
  11. Apply a clear top coat.
  12. Let dry for at least 20 minutes.

How To Apply Lip Liner and Lipstick That Lasts All Night

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Swiping on a quick swish of regular lipstick is easy stuff – especially because you can just reapply throughout the day as needed. However, artistically creating a desired lip shape and getting it to stay on for hours is an entirely different art! If you’ve tried lip liner with no success in the past, it’s time try it again with some new-found savvy. To ensure success while you’re learning, set aside at least ten minutes for the job. Once you’ve mastered it, you should still set aside five minutes because picture perfect lips are never accomplished in a flash. Since they last for hours though, it’s time well invested!

Supplies

Traditional tube lipstick. No glosses, sheer, matte, or other variations. Stick with the original.

Lip liner in the same shade as the lipstick. Spend a little extra on decent stuff so it’s soft and glides. Cheap pencils are nearly impossible to work with.

Transparent face powder. Loose or compact is fine, but you’ll need a small power puff to apply it and the compact comes with one included.

How To:

Start with clean exfoliated lips. If they’re rough use a warm wash cloth to gently massage dead skin off. Apply one thin layer of tube lipstick. Then use the pencil according to this pattern to avoid drawing something akin to a clown’s mouth:

First draw in the bow from the top to center. You’re essentially making a little X. Then, still working on the top lip, start from the corner of the mouth and trace to the top of the bow. Repeat on the other side. Now, do the same with the bottom lip. Rather than try to line it from end to end, start at the corners of the mouth and have them meet in the middle seamlessly.

Apply second, heavier layer of the tube lipstick. To set it, lightly dab it all over with transparent powder. Lips will now be slightly dry to the touch.

Apply a final layer of tube lipstick and lightly retrace the lip liner lines to clean up any unfinished looking edges

Done! Eat, drink and be merry for hours before having to touch up your lipstick!