Archive for April, 2015

Unique Ideas To Make Your Bathroom Your Favorite Room In the House

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Part 1 – Inspiration

Gone are the days when functionality was the rule of thumb for bathroom design. Bathrooms are now one of the top two reasons why people buy a home (the other is the kitchen,) and people are seeking a space that is just as welcoming and comfortable as the rest of the house. This is primarily true of the master bath as it is the bathroom that gets the most extended use.

So, how do you transform your master bathroom from a well designed room into your favorite room in the house? By turning your attention to unusual ideas for personalization! In this six-part series we are going to share some fabulous ideas about how to accomplish the goal. Some of our suggestions are standard fare, but most of these ideas show you how to create a space in ways you’ve never considered. So, grab a cup of coffee and read on to learn how it’s done. The posts are short and to the point so you’ll whiz through all six posts in no time!

Inspiration – People typically think of an office or kitchen as the ideal place to feature inspirational elements. We suggest the bathroom. It’s the place that you both start and end your day. Morning and evening are excellent times to be reminded of your dreams and ambitions. Here are two great ways to incorporate motivation into your bathroom.

Hang wall art that features inspirational quotes and messages. Home design trends brought these pieces to the forefront a few years ago, so it is now easy to find them in mainstream stores. They are typically available in three formats. Framed artwork, canvas with no frame, and adhesive wall stencils. 

You can also hang artwork that represents where you want to be in the next five years. Visualization is an enormously effective way to realize your dreams. Seeing what you want makes you want it more and that makes you work harder. Now, imagine seeing it at least twice every day! Over the course of one year that’s 720 exposures to the desires of your heart. An example of what to feature is a wall hanging of a place where you want to move. Perhaps you feel that your dream life simply isn’t possible unless you live in Colorado. Hang a large print of a gorgeous image of Colorado and get a little further along with you’re your plan each day by seeing it. Another idea is to feature artwork that represents a skill you want to develop. Let’s say you are obsessed with becoming a photographer. Hang a large print that features vintage cameras or an abstract painting of a photographer at work.  

Next read Part 2 – Goals

Color Pallet: Rainbow Valley – Children’s Room

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If you’re the kind of individual who is no stranger to decorating her home, there’s a good chance you might be getting bored with the process. Either you’re out of ideas, or your usual resources, websites and magazines, are no longer inspiring you. Although they’re helpful, traditional resources for design ideas share one common drawback: the photos are always images of rooms in a home. After awhile, this is less and less compelling if you’re hoping to experience a new streak of genius.

 

Have you ever considered decorating a room based on inspiration from something other than a photo of a room? It’s a fantastic way to come up with unexpected ideas that will make the rooms in your home unique and innovative. 

To teach you how to do so we are going to make a decorating list using the image above. We call it “rainbow valley” for obvious reasons and it offers wonderful inspiration for a room in your home. If you happen to be a novice, then you’re sure to love the bullet point presentation of the information because it makes learning this inspirational technique a breeze!

 

The color pallet: Moss Green, Royal Blue, Pink Carnation, Berry Purple

What makes the colors work well together?

  • They are all medium to dark saturation which means none of them are near the lighter part of the color spectrum, and because the tones have similar vibrancy they have equal presence. This means no one color dominates despite the fact that they’re all rather bold. 
  • The blue and green are pure hues found on the color wheel, so they are settling and predictable which makes them well juxtaposed alongside the specialty colors such as “pink carnation” and “berry purple.”

What finishes or textures would we suggest?

  • Dark brown wood – mix and match species; floors, furniture.
  • Cotton textiles – ex. curtains, table cloth.
  • Soft, fluffy rugs with high pile.
  • Plants and trees – indoor species or fake, evergreen, bonsai tree.

What rooms in the house might best benefit from this design inspiration?

  • We really love this design scheme for a child’s space because it offers the vibrancy that is often preferred in kids’ spaces, but it also looks more sophisticated than the primary colors that are more commonly used.
  • Artist’s studio, for obvious reasons. 

Complimentary vs. Analogous

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When choosing color schemes it can be useful to help yourself and use a color wheel to determine what will work best for your home. Don’t overwhelm yourself by choosing too many color schemes in the beginning—this will only end up cluttering your final vision and may cause indecision down the road. Stick to two or three color schemes you truly feel best about, and stick with those as a jumping off point.

 

There are two different types of color schemes that you will work with when choosing which is best for your space. What space you are decorating will be very important in deciding which of the two color schemes is going to work for which rooms. Of course, if you feel inspired by one and it is not recommended for the room you imagined it in, feel free to explore your creativity and see where your color scheme takes you! You never know when the unexpected will pleasantly surprise you.

 

The first type of color scheme is the complementary color scheme. Complimentary describes colors that are opposite one another on the color wheel. Color combinations such as blue and orange, purple and yellow or red and green. However, this is only a loose guide—for instance if you choose green and red you do not have to go with the “traditional” hues of green and red.

 

Play with shades of each color such as lighter green accents mixed with red and pink accents. Or you could use a soft coral orange in tandem with a beautiful iris hue. The key is that they are in the same family, not that they are exactly that shade.

 

The second type of color scheme is the analogous color scheme. These are colors that sit next to one another on the color wheel. These color schemes tend to feel more muted because they are colors that will match closely with one another, offering a more soothing environment because of the cohesion the analogous colors provide.

 

Analogous colors bring the room together and don’t make your eye work to understand the color scheme in a complex manner. These colors simply flow to your mind’s eye. This color scheme will work best in rooms where you wish to recharge and rest. Places like bedrooms, family rooms and even kitchens will work well with these types of color schemes.

 

If you have any questions about your decorating, feel free to ask or browse our website for ideas and inspiration!

Discover Your Style!

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Our “Discover Your Style” application is a great way to narrow down your tastes if you aren’t quite sure what look you are most fond of. The best way to use this tool is to be absolutely honest with yourself. If you can’t decide between two that you like the look of you probably still saw one and liked it on first instinct. Stick with this choice because there will be 10 questions that together give you a better idea of your design style.

 

Remember to have fun while making your choices and no answer is a wrong answer. You may find you have a more modern taste for your living room but when choosing your bedroom you might like something with a little bit more warmth and texture. Once you have answered all ten questions you will be brought to your results page where the tool will break down your style preferences across five types.

 

Those five types are Urban Chic, Italian Impressions, Rustic Reflections, Seaside Simplicity and Stately Elegance. These five design styles are the most common themes seen in decorating. If you chose any of these styles during the quiz you will be shown a breakdown by percentage of which ones you chose and at what percentage rate each style is representative of your own style.

 

Additionally, below the “What I Like Results” you will also be given a description of the style you chose the most so that you can get a better understanding of the look you like. It also includes historical information on how this style has evolved and grown over the years so that you can see where it came from and maybe even try and play with different eras of the style as you being to design your space.

 

Now that you have a better idea of what your style is, take that information and come in to visit us at Dolphin Carpet and Tile so that we can help you make your design dreams a reality! Or you can visit our webpage to browse our inventory. Whatever your design needs, we are here to help.

How To Care For Your New Lilies – Part 2

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Part 2 – The transition phase

Spring delivers so much beauty! Thankfully this includes seemingly infinite flowers that are fond of cool yet temperate conditions, not the least of which are Easter Lilies. They sure are lovely but if you’re not a gardener you may be baffled about how to care for them, so we created this two-part guide. In Part 1, we discussed the flowering phase. Now, let’s discuss the transition phase.

The Easter Lilly will have dead blooms throughout its flowering phase. When this occurs be sure to promptly remove any dead blooms. This ensures that your plant will remain focused on nurturing its existing buds, rather than turning its attention to toward next year which requires it to nurture the bulb from which it grew.

You can enjoy the flowering phase of the Easter Lilly into summer. As summer ends and fall approaches, you have three options. Plant the bulb for next spring, give it to someone with a garden if you don’t have a place to grow it, or be happy that you enjoyed it for a long time and be done. If you have the opportunity to replant your Easter Lilly it’s a fairly easy task for which to prepare.

Near the end of summer and the beginning of fall, the blooms will have ceased and the foliage will begin to turn brown. This doesn’t mean it is dead! It just means it’s ready to go into “hibernation” until next spring. Once the foliage begins to brown (but not die entirely) ensure it gets approximately six hours of sunlight each day. If you live in a cold climate, do this indoors until any threat of frost has passed. Refer to your local news weather reports. They typically keep track of frost activity. Once temperatures outside are warm enough you can move the plant outdoors to finish its transformation. Leave it in the pot for a short bit if you like, and then it is ready for planting! 

How To Care For Your New Lilies

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Part 1 – The blooming phase

Spring has made her grand debut! As such, there’s a very good chance that you just received the gift of an Easter Lilly. While its trumpet shaped quirkiness may amuse and delight you, you might find yourself wondering, “How in the world do I keep this thing alive?” It’s actually quite easy! Just follow our guide.

To start, determine which room in your house offers up the best environment for your new plant. Easter Lilies are most comfortable at cooler indoor temperatures. A good zone during the day is 60-65 F, and at night 55-60 F. Heat in general is not conducive to a happy lilly so keep the plant away from drafts of hot, dry air. Avoid areas near home appliance, HVAC vents, fireplaces, etc. Next, consider light. This plant will positively thrive in plenty of indirect light. Never place it in direct sunlight as this will quickly cause it to wilt. Since bringing your Easter Lilly home you may have noticed that it is rather fond of leaning. Simply turn it each day so that it gets 360 degree exposure to light, which will curb it’s inclination toward the light source.

The big question we typically have about caring for any kind of plant is, “How much do I water it?” Basically this plant likes average amounts of moisture in the soil. Not too wet, not too dry. It does not respond at all well to overwatering. It’s especially important to avoid leaving it sitting in standing water. Most flowering plants are sold in a pot that is covered in a pretty foil wrapping. Be sure to remove it each time you water, or transfer the plant to a proper flower pot.  If you don’t do this, the Easter Lilly will essentially drown in the water trapped at the bottom of the foil wrapping. If you aren’t yet ready to pot the plant, it is okay to return it to the foil wrapper but only after the water has drained. To water it properly, place it in the shade outside or in the sink. Saturate the soil, let it drain, and then you can put it back in the foil wrapper. The flowering part of the plant is also fond of a bit of humidity. If you happen to live in a dry environment you can try keeping it in a well ventilated bathroom that will provide moisture. There is also another little trick for simulating humidity. Place the flower pot on a saucer that has a layer of small stones in water. With the appropriate amount of moisture the new, unopened buds will be sure to reach maturity. 

Next read Part 2 – The transition phase

The Modern Bedroom

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Designing with the intention of creating a modern look to your bedroom is sometimes difficult to imagine, especially if this is your first foray into modern interior design. Don’t let this deter you—with the right guidance and your own inspiration you can breathe new life into your bedroom and make it a place worthy of more than just sleeping.  

 

There are many different ways you can create a modern statement in your bedroom and build out the rest of your design from this statement piece. For example, a large, structured, geographic chandelier can add drama to your bedroom and act as the centerpiece. Once the main focal point in the room has been decided upon, the rest of your design will follow. If your chandelier is made of glass and metal this might lead to a smattering of glass vases and metal bedroom furniture to accent.

 

Accent walls are another great way to give your design a jumping off point and there are several ways of doing this. You could try to create a modern look by using neutrals in a geometric fashion along the wall behind your bed. Alternatively you can try using little to no color in the rest of your room except for a “pop” of color, for example a vibrant chartreuse accent wall that matches a couple of throw pillows and your bedside lamp. If you aren’t feeling like paint is what inspires you try imagining a wall that is paneled with wood. This is a great way to bring both a modern and rustic look to your bedroom.

 

Floor choice is another important aspect of your room design.  Wood floors have a classic look and feel, but can easily fit into a modern design scheme.  A dark wood finish is a wonderful choice for a modern floor – for instance this hickory finish on Orchard Fields by Mohawk.  

 

The final touch to your modern inspired bedroom is to focus on soft lighting. You want to be able to relax in your bedroom.  Harsh lighting can not only ruin your design efforts, but strain your eyes or even make it difficult to fall asleep. What you choose for lighting will depend greatly on what type of statement piece you chose to base your room’s design off of. Look for lighting that uses soft, indirect light that can be adjusted based on your needs.

 

Using a focal point in your room and using that to inspire the rest of your room’s design is a great way to keep your design focused and edited, while still feeling inspired and fresh. 

Alsatian Salad

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It is about that time of year where you begin to start making cold salads for those warm sunny afternoons. This salad, whose origins began in the Alsace region of France, is a dish traditionally served with thinly cut cheese and vegetables. This variation is just a little bit different, changing up the dressing with some yogurt for a healthier base and adding herbs and spices to add more flavor. The cheese can be chopped to your liking; our suggestion is just one way to do it. If you are trying to cut calories you can add tofu instead of the cheese as well.

 

An added perk to this meal? It serves six so if you are only cooking for two or three you can throw the leftovers in your lunchbox and have a fresh salad ready to go at work the next day! Enjoy this chilled salad with a side of sliced baguette or for a healthier option an apple will do as well.

 

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups cubed cheddar cheese (about 1/2 inch in size)
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed swiss cheese (about 1/2 inch in size)
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, thinly sliced and halved
  • 1 bundle of diced green onion
  • 1 finely diced white onion
  • 1 package of heirloom tomatoes (whole)

 

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 3 tbs. mayonnaise
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 tsp. dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. horseradish sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. basil
  • 1/2 tsp. tarragon
  • 1/2 tsp. dill
  • dash of parsley

 

Directions:

  1. Toss the cheddar cheese, swiss cheese, sliced cucumber, sliced bell pepper, diced green onion, diced white onion, and whole heirloom tomatoes (you can slice in half if you prefer) in a large salad bowl.
  2. Whisk the yogurt, mayonnaise, minced garlic, dijon mustard, horseradish, paprika, basil, tarragon, dill, parsley and a dash of salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Combined the dressing with the vegetables and cheese in your salad bowl and toss well.
  4. Serve immediately or chilled. Leftovers can be refrigerated for up to several days.