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3 Simple Floor Care Tips for Bad Weather

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance

Winter is mild here in South Florida. It practically never snows, so unlike many regions of the country, your floors are rarely going to be exposed to the dangers of winter slush and road salt. Living in Florida comes with its own weather-related challenges. Miami alone gets more rain than almost any other city in the United States, which means your floors are going to be exposed to more than their fair share of moisture and mud if you don’t take the proper precautions against inclement weather.

Here are three simple tips for keeping your floors clean and protected against the elements.

Double up on doormats

When it rains, your shoes get wet and become magnets for dirt and debris that can be harmful to any type of flooring. Mud, grit, leaves and general moisture will get tracked into your home, and these can scratch hard surfaces and get ground down into carpets.

Fortunately, this is an easy problem to fix. Simply place a durable, bristled doormat on the outside of each of your entryways. Then, double up with a lighter, washable welcome rug on the inside of each doorway. Your family and guests will have the opportunity to clean their shoes before they ever set foot on your floors.

Designate a mudroom

Mats are helpful, but having a designated entrance to your home that leads into a garage or mudroom will ensure that wet and dirty shoes and clothes are contained. Some good additions to any mudroom can include:

  • A lipped rubber shoe mat or rack
  • Spare towels for quick drying
  • Wall hooks or racks for coats
  • A large planter with a saucer for umbrellas
  • A hamper for wet clothes

You may also consider placing a shoe mat or rack by each entrance for guests to store their shoes upon entering.

Regular, thorough cleaning 

No matter how many precautions you take against dirt and debris in your home, you can’t avoid it all. Inevitably, messes are going to get onto your floors.

The longer you let stains or dirt sit, the more damage they’ll do. You may not realize it, but walking around on unseen particles will crush and grind them into your floors.

Keep cleaning supplies handy so that you can get to messes as soon as they happen. Sweep up visible dirt regularly, and vacuum at least once a week to ensure that you’re picking up everything. You should also dry-mop your hard surfaces, and have your carpets cleaned professionally every 12 to 18 months by a professional service that offers hot water extraction.

With these simple tips in mind, you’ll be more than prepared for any weather that comes your way, any time of year!

Merry Christmas and very Happy New Year!

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First-Time Home Buyers Guide

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

You are about to purchase your first home. This is an extremely big deal and we are so excited for you! You are about to embark upon a new journey filled with ups and downs (hopefully, mostly ups). But what if you do not know exactly where to start? No need to fret, we want to share our first-time home buyer guide with you. We hope you gain insight and knowledge on the home buying world, and that your experience is much more simpler than you expected.

Credit Score. It is important for home buyers to know their credit score because it can affect their interest rate on loans. A higher credit score means a lower interest rate and vice versa.

Pro-tip: Try not to buy a car or other expensive items while you are closing on your home. These large purchases can affect your score and your credit will be reran before closing on your home.

Budget. Write down how much you plan to spend in a month on gas, food, household items, etc. Make sure to leave money for your savings and unexpected expenses. Owning a home will guarantee an array of unforeseen circumstances that are out of your hands. It will be great to have money put away to help you get out of trouble.

Mortgage Lenders. Research, research, research. Look online and gain a knowledge of the different mortgage lenders before you choose.

Real Estate Agent. It is always great to take a recommendation for a real estate agent. Ask your family or friends for a referral because you want the best when you are looking for a home. It will be nice to use someone that is trusted by your family or friend; therefore, you can have comfort in the agent’s recommendations for you.

Homes Online. The internet has a wide selection of homes for sale for buyers to browse. Get an idea of what style of home you prefer, the neighborhood, how many bathrooms and bedrooms you want, etc.

Your Future. Think about long-term goals for you and your family. The school district can be important for resell value as well as your children’s future. Take into consideration your commute to town, work and your family/friend’s houses. Think about everything because you want to make this home last for a really long time.

We hope you enjoyed these tips! Once you are settled into your new home, we would love to help you with any of your flooring needs. Store our number in your phone for the future: Dolphin Carpet & Tile (305) 233-3233 . We cannot wait to help you! Happy House Hunting!

Bathroom Lighting Trends

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Bathroom

Tired of the same old, bland lighting fixtures in the bathroom? Don’t be afraid to add style to the often neglected room in the house. You can make a statement just by opting for trendier bathroom lighting. Your mornings will get so much better. Here are some trendy bathroom lighting ideas:

Industrial Style Lighting Scheme
Want something wrought and unique? An industrial style lighting scheme is flexible. Opt for fixtures that feature exposed iron. Select heads that feature copper or silver tones and accents. Choose double sconce, adjustable heads that allow you to control the direction of lighting whenever you desire.

Vanity Lighting
Incorporating task lighting around the vanity lighting is a bathroom trend that you should hop on. It contributes to well-lit bathroom. Instead of a single lighting fixture around the vanity, opt for multiple wall mounted lighting on each sides of the vanity. This will also prevent unflattering shadows.

Accent Lighting in Areas of the Bathroom
Yes, accent lighting can be used to highlight different areas of your bathroom such as a piece of artwork and other interesting areas of the restroom. For instance, recessed lighting can be used to bring emphasis on a beautiful built in shelving unit in the bathroom while a glitzy chandelier over a freestanding jacuzzi bathtub brings emphasis to the area.

Layered Lighting
Use multiple types of lighting features within the bathroom to further enhance the space. A well designed layered lighting scheme could include: overhead lighting, vanity lighting and recessed lighting as well as accent lighting to illuminate key areas.

Under Cabinet Lighting
You’ve probably never imagined installing lighting under your cabinetry. Under cabinet lighting is an opportunity to showcase your bathrooms beautiful flooring.

Back Lit Mirror
We love mirrors in the bathroom. However, instead of choosing plain mirrors for the bathroom, spice things up by purchasing a back lit mirror. Backlit mirrors will give off a halo effect and cast a soft, warm glow over your bathroom.

Decorative Lighting
Every bathroom should have some form of decorative lighting to add interest to the area. From elegant chandeliers to intricately designed wall lights, your options are endless.

5 Inexpensive Ways to Make Your Bedroom Super Comfy

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

Your bedroom should be so much more than just a place to sleep. In fact, it should be your oasis; a place you can retreat to in the midst of chaos. With these budget-friendly ideas, you can turn your bedroom into your own sanctuary without breaking the bank.

  1. Paint the room a darker color
    Light colors can make a room feel larger and more open. Darker hues envelope the space making it more intimate. Yes, using a dark hue on your walls will create the perfect space to relax in. Since color has the power to change the mood of an room you’ll want to select a color that you really love. You can contrast and add some color to the room through your bedding and accessories.

  2. Adjustable lighting
    Soft lighting is ultimate for cozy living. If overhead lighting is necessary than you’ll want to invest in adjustable lighting solution. Consider installing a chandelier with a light dimmer so you can set the right mood by simply adjusting the level of illumination according to your needs.

  3. Layering Rugs
    There’s nothing that says comfort more than a soft rug. Rugs provide warmth especially during the colder winter months. Whether you have hardwood floors or wall to wall carpet be sure to incorporate a couple of area rugs in different shapes and textures to provide that super comfy look.

  4. Make your bed extra comfy
    Of course, your bedroom can’t be a retreat without a comfortable bed. When creating the ultimate bed you can never have too many blankets or throws. Use an assortment of blankets in various textures from soft cotton blankets to plush fleece throw. For an added comfort you can invest in a quality mattress topper. Don’t forget the pillows. What’s more inviting than a huge pile of pillows?

  5. Create a reading nook
    Put together your very own reading nook in your bedroom so you can cuddle up and read a book, browse a magazine or just enjoy the view. Forget about building a window seat since this can be costly. Instead, you can form a reading nook with a comfortable chair, a small bookshelf for your books or a small side table to hold your reading material and snack.

5 Ways You Can Fill Up Those Blank Walls

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

Tired of staring at your stark and empty walls? Expansive, windowless walls are the perfect canvas for a creative mind so you don’t want to waste the space. Artwork isn’t the only way you can add some style to your bland walls. Here are some lively wall decor ideas you can use in any room of the house.

Ceiling Medallions
If you’re searching for a unique way to embellish your walls consider using ceiling medallions as wall art. You can find ceiling medallions at most home improvement stores. Although they are inexpensive they make for expensive looking wall art especially when they have painted a similar shade of the hues that you’re using within the space. Ceiling medallions are lightweight and they can be applied to the wall with temporary adhesive.

Book Covers
What are your favorite titles? Well, you can implement them into your decor with this creative idea. Using a craft knife you can remove the pages and hang them flat against the wall. You can use an upholstery nail to attach them to the wall.

Block Numbers
What dates have a special number for your family? Perhaps it’s a birthday or an anniversary. You can hang block numbers in a variety of sizes and colors on the wall. From metal to plastic blocks, try and mix up the finishes. Anchor the arrangement around a shelf or flat piece of furniture.

Cutting Boards
What about the kitchen? Turn your cutting board and platters into an artwork by hanging them on the wall. They can be attached to the wall with super glue or by hanging them on hooks. Arrange them so that they are mixed and matched. Use a variety of wood stains and finishes to accentuate the look. You can even add plates to the mix.

Fabric Artwork
You can really make it chic by using a fun or pretty pattern as artwork. Play around with textures and colors. You can frame the fabric or have it suspended against the wall. Search for vintage goods or handmade pieces.

Dramatic Artwork
Of course, you can use traditional artwork to dress up your walls. However, for a modern spin opt for super oversized pieces that will immediately capture the eyes of guests.

Five Ways You Can Bring the Outdoors Inside

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

Decorating with natural elements by bringing a hint of the outdoors into your home can bring nature inside. If you are nature-starved, what are some easy ways you can implement nature into your home’s decor?

  1. Faux Fireplace
    Love looking at a campfire? Well, you can get the same look anytime you desire by purchasing a faux fireplace. Faux indoor fireplaces look so realistic and they even sound similar to the sound of a campfire.

  2. Decorate with “greenery”
    Of course, the most obvious way to bring nature indoors is to bring in some plants. Plants can brighten any space. When incorporating greenery into your design scheme look for ways to steer clear of the traditional flower in the vase thing. Mix it up by using a variety of pots in your plant area. You can even opt out of using flower pots and instead hang them on the wall using plant hangers.

  3. Natural Wood Furnishing
    Decorating with natural wood furnishing is a great way to create a rustic feel. Wood furniture is super durable and with great craftsmanship, it can be formed into all kinds of beautiful designs. You can add wood furniture sparingly. Perhaps a wood finished rocking chair in the living room or a wooden coffee table. A sleek, wood finished headboard adds a bit of outdoors to your bedroom.

  4. Buy a grass rug
    You can easily purchase an artificial rug that simulates the look of grass from popular furniture companies. It can serve as a focal point for your living room or the man cave. The grass can withstand foot traffic. It’s available in a variety of sizes.

  5. Constellation Projection Lamp
    Enjoy staring up at the stars at night? Well, you can do so right from the comfort of your bed. A constellation projector lamp allows you to easily project the beautiful heavens on your walls and ceilings.

Be imaginative when searching for ways you can make your home reflect your love for nature. Use different colors, textures, and patterns that are inspired by nature to energize a space.