Design Your Dream Room with Tarkett

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I never shy from a good challenge.  The steps involved in the selection process of core home furnishings can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be.  It’s time once again for a Places In The Home show and tell. The time has come for our guest room to make the transition to home office. The repurposed space will be a better fit in the scheme of things.  There’s not much to change in terms of design, but tastes and trends change many a mind. After great debate, I’ve decided the carpet is out and flooring is soon to be in. The issues of comfort, ease of maintenance and quiet factor into the flooring selection, especially in certain spaces of a home.

I have questions about flooring options just like everyone else does. I like to take advantage of pro tips and tools offered by manufactures of all things house that make a home products that assist in the selection process of home furnishings and home decor.  Seeing a product in actual working spaces is a plus in the process.  The Tarkett iSelect system, a design feature which groups Tarkett flooring options into 6 beautiful, easy-to-live-with color families, is an innovative design feature that allows the homeowner to coordinate flooring types, from room-to-room, throughout the entire house.

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iSelect  features Fiber Floor® and Luxury Floors from Tarkett. Fiber Floor® is a unique flooring option that stands up to real-life wear and tear in a warm, comfortable and it-looks-great kind of way. Tarkett Luxury Floors offer the ultimate in style, durability and versatility. Tarkett Luxury Floors are available in tiles with-or-without  grout, planks, adhered floors and floating floors.

Tarkett has organized a selection of FiberFloor products into six easy-to-shop palettes- Hushed Conversations, Fireside Chats, Warm Gatherings, Champagne Celebrations, Evening Reception and Earthy Connections. Each design complements the others within that palette.

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The intriguing interior design feature of iSelect is that no matter which floor you choose, it will complement any other floor in the same palette making it easy to coordinate adjoining rooms. Flow is one of the most important factors to consider, and iSelect will answer those questions for you.

The next tool of use in the flooring selection process is TarkettNA’s online visualizer, RoomVūe. Visualize your room at RoomVue by designing a room using an image from Tarkett’s onsite photo gallery of room design inspiration or upload an image of your own room as I did.  A variety of viewing options puts the design control in your hands. Photos and information gathered can be saved in the “My Projects” tool on TarkettNA’s website, printed, emailed or saved to your computer for future ideabook reference. Tarkett also provides a chat feature where you can chat online with professional Designers regarding questions about room design, flooring options and product details.

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Are you in the decorative contemplation process, looking to update up a room in your home with new flooring in a design palette that suits your style?  Check out iSelect, RoomVūe, and the entire family of Tarkett Flooring. Tarkett Flooring has over 10,000 retailers across the country. Find a retailer close to you with Tarkett’s retail locater http://www.tarkettna.com/locator.  Further the flooring inspiration experience by following Tarkett on Facebook, Tarkett on Pinterest, and Tarkett on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

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Keeping Home Decor Costs Low & Decorative Impact High: Affordable Home Decor Ideas

Affordable home decor ideas make cents. Unfortunately, there are times when too many ideas at the end of the money will happen.  Thankfully though, stylish and affordable home decor ideas help to keep home decor costs low and decorative impact high.

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Home decorating should be an exciting and rewarding experience, each and every single time you do it. Dave the Builder constantly reminds me that any interior decorating or designing project is like eating an elephant, one bite at a time.  It will all come together as you dot the i’s and cross the t’s of getting “it” right.  What is right?  Right is when the finished look is exactly what you envisioned it to be.

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Changing, rearranging, and editing from season to season puts a fresh spin in the mix of interior and exterior color palettes.

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Painted pieces add a touch of whimsy. Painting a vintage or thrifted piece can be the perfect muse for dipping your toe into DIY waters.

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A decorative tassel is a very stylish and affordable way to add the all important pop of color.  Opting to switch a lampshade from a warm color to a bright solid or bold pattern instantly brings a noticeable change to the space without breaking the bank.

A single curtain panel paired with a  tie-back  adds decorative flair and presence.  As a room divider or as a fixed curtain, this look can be a dramatic charmer.

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Achieving a designer look with curtain panels doesn’t have to be money or labor intensive.  I have great luck finding inexpensive curtains or a single panel online and at big discount and resale stores. Fabric store bargain bins are home to designer fabric remnants at great prices.

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If you choose to go with drapery fabric and you do not sew,  no-sew is no problem. I recently purchased a hand held Singer sewing machine from Hobby Lobby, but have yet to open the package.  Okay, the jig is up. Sewing is just not my thing.  Here is my my no-sew advice: take the fabric to a seamstress for those no-frills bottom hems, side hems, rod pocket and header projects.  The lady I use gets the job done reasonably and the work is perfect.  Custom does cost more than ready made, but it is worth it for the look and decorative longevity.

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With a glue gun in one hand and several yards of accent trim in the other, I’m now in the drapery decorating business.  Bouillon fringe comes in different lengths which comes to the rescue when the curtain look or length is not right. It’s a handy talent when you are a card carrying member of the hot glue gun gang!  Drapery hardware can also be found at bargain prices at home improvement stores, discount and thrift stores or estate sales.

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I am a corbel kind of girl, and I’ve never met a wall sconce I didn’t like. I absolutely love them!

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Using corbels as wall sconces for displaying decorative home decor accents comes highly suggested. Shake things and a can of spray paint up for an accent with a twist. Pick up a can of your favorite brand of spray paint in your favorite seasonal color and voilà!  This particular style corbel is from Wish I Had That and suitable for interior or exterior use.

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Let there be color, presence, height, proportion, style, and a new and affordable look!  Seasonal home accessorizing can equal a stylish look that is both easy and affordable.

 

Cucina Construction: A Kitchen Remodeling Project

Oh my decorating & designing goodness, this kitchen remodeling project was a doozy!  Our home is my childhood home and I realize I’ve gone full circle in my house to home life.  Familiarity and fabulous memories from the past, the nail & hammer present, and the next generation future offers a comfort we can, and are, easily living with.  Design tweaks, adjustments, and repurposes have been met and mastered.

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Eight foot ceilings I love to hate have been embraced, especially when the architect gave us his bid on raising these puppies two feet.  Heavy, and I mean h-e-a-v-y five figures later- that’s a big negatory!  Please excuse the fact that I can’t help myself with the homage to Convoy.  Casey Kasam’s Classic American Top 40 is on the radio. Between the before pictures and the tunes I’m swimming in the 70’s.

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The kitchen is a multipurpose high traffic area of the home and ours is no different. When my parents built the house in 1965, the kitchen was a design marvel among the ranch house set. It underwent two decor remodels that simply did not stand up to the test of time or design. When we took our first real look at the kitchen as the present homeowners, we realized this space needed some space. To give you some idea of what we were working with, I am posting before and way,way before pictures of the space in question.

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First order of demo was to take down the wall at the end of the first picture of me and my paternal grandparents.  Immediately after first demo we tore down the breakfast bar, broom closets, and cabinet built ins shown in the second picture of a dinner with family, our preacher, and his wife.  My thought process was to incorporate the formal dining room.  I’m all about removing walls to open up a space.  We are picture deficient of the demo process.  Just imagine dirt, dust, and chaos.

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We  salvaged, saved and strategically placed existing cabinets in with purchased solid wood prefabricated cabinets.  We took the door and drawer fronts off both the old and new cabinets. Dave the Builder ordered 60 MDF cabinets doors and 29  MDF drawer fronts. Dave primed all with oil base KILZ interior oil stain block and primer from Lowe’s. The cabinetry color is a standard favorite of ours,  Sherwin-Williams Pure White. The wall color is Sherwin-Williams Anjou Pear. Counter tops were born by sheeting the new cabinet tops with 3/4 ” CDX plywood as the base.  I selected MS International 12″ square granite tiles for the counter tops.  For the backsplash we went with 12 X12 ceramic paired with 6″ copper half round rope metal molding wall tiles.

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Slab granite was definitely a consideration, but the $$$ difference between the two is money we can spend elsewhere. Dave won the “discussion” of bull nose vs. wood trim for the counter top front edging.

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We dressed up the upper cabinets, existing fluorescent light fixture, and ceiling molding with decorative molding from Home Depot.

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The Sub-Zero refrigerator was moved from our previous home and repainted to match the new cabinets on site.  A casing was built to house the refrigerator to match the new cabinets.  There were several left over cabinet doors.  Dave repurposed the doors as side casing decoration, adding them to the refrigerator casing.

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We removed the original windows and installed Pella replacement windows from Lowe’s. I knew from the get- go I wanted 13″ X 13″ ceramic floors with the tiles laid diagonally, and I am thrilled with the result. I was adamant the original Baccarat crystal chandelier my mother selected forty years ago fit into the overall look.  The breakfast area chandelier is from Lamps Plus, and the pendant light from Home Depot.

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Amerockcabinet hardware was purchased on clearance from Lowe’s. Let’s build something and save money while doing it together, Lowe’s!  Both the corbels framing the window above the sink and the ceiling medallion were purchased from Wish I Had That.  And now, without further ado, may we present a preview picture of our new kitchen.

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Remodels, Redos, And Renovations In Pictorial Preview

Remodels, redos, and renovations are the three R’s ruling the past two weeks at Casa de Places In The Home.  I’ve had a few things on the creative part of my brain (this could be trouble), and there’s no time like the present so here we go.   Let me share a in progress preview pictures with you.

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and now we have…

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Are we having fun yet?  You bet we are!  More details and pictures to come.  I have added the Our Home page with pictures of the spaces recently completed.

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DIY Home Remodeling Projects: DIWhy Did I Think I Could Do This?

DIY home remodeling projects are here to stay.  Books, blogs, websites, and entire television networks are dedicated to the pursuit of teaching and sharing the inside scoop on how to face, tackle, complete, and master the DIY  home remodeling project.

Reluctant contemplators  may at first over think their qualifications and/or limitations. The bevy of information available helps to reinforce the I think I can into the I know I can project. One slip back into negative territory and here comes the over thinking it stage which leads to regression, which ultimately brings us to the solid ground of “suck it up (insert name here), let’s do this!”

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Perfect doesn’t always make for realistic instruction or television.  We are all fallible and make mistakes.  The professionals on DIY programs allow for, show and emphasize missteps, mishaps and mistakes.   How else would we, the captive audience, take the pressure of  perfection off ourselves and put the do it yourself in DIY.   Seasoned pros in the know are eager to share problem and time saving techniques. Dave the Builder is a sharing fountain of how to information.  People have asked over the years  how he came to be able do so much of everything? Vision, drive, desire, attitude, and financial creativity make you learn real fast how to jump in with both feet.

The more you do, the more proficient and comfortable you become with your level of expertise. Each remodel or new construction job can be described as controlled chaos.  It is true of professionals and DIY amateurs alike.   When it all comes together, and the light of the DIY day can be seen, you”ll know exactly why you do this.   One completed and beautiful project, one renewed sense of  confidence, two consonants and an apostrophe later you’ll  ask yourself the final question,  “DIWhy did I think I couldn’t do this?”

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