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Unusual Flooring Types

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

This blog isn’t going to be about window blinds or window shades. Today will be all about flooring. We found these unusual flooring types so different, we wanted to display them here.

Pebbles
Cemented pebbles and stones are a great fit for bathrooms or hallways. Giving you the feel of standing on a riverbed, it puts you right into nature’s arms. Unusual for sure, different and unique is what you create.
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Coins

The choices are copper or silver. This isn’t truly a flooring type you can order, it is basically coins scattered and sealed in an area of your liking. Also here, bathrooms are a great place for this. Very eclectic and modern, it will certainly be an eye catcher that draws attention.
flooring-coins


Log Flooring

This flooring is a must look at for all nature lovers. Logs placed evenly and sealed create warmth and coziness. A great choice for living areas, it works well in rooms that have lots of light, windows and mirrors.
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Wood and Tile

Here two flooring styles are mixed and could be a great solution for a dining area. Worried about the wooden floor and spills? Simply change to tile in an area to separate itself from the rest. This area stands out and creates an island in the middle of a room. Creative for sure!
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Laminate

We aren’t thinking of the usual laminate, but how about an aqua or turquoise color for a kitchen or sitting area? Giving it country flair and working well with white furniture pieces it certainly fits into the category of unusual.
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Solutions for Small Spaces

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

ShelvesSmall spaces can drive us crazy, they can feel cramped, feel small, and we don’t really know what to do with them. We are talking small bathrooms, utility rooms, closets or other small areas that are tight on space.

Here are some ideas and design tips on how maximize small areas:

  • Use Light Colors – Dark colors will make a room appear more compact, light colors and hues will help to open up a room.
  • Utilize Shelves – An excellent way to utilize small walls is shelves. Invest in attractive canisters to store away bathroom essentials.
  • Get the right Window Treatments – Find blinds or shades that work on small windows; stay away from vertical blinds, instead work with light-filtering cellular shades, light-filtering roman shades or blinds that have a small stack, so when the shade is raised, the eye is able to move beyond the wall and see outdoor space.
  • Add a mirror – An easy and great design trick to make a small space appear bigger is a full-body mirror. It helps to visually expand a space.
  • Choose small space furnishings – Decor and furnishings should be small, since items that are too big can quickly feel overwhelming. Neat pieces, compact frames, clean lines help in these areas.
  • Keep it clutter free - In small spaces any additional visual distraction of clutter and items will feel overwhelming. By keeping decorations and other items to a minimum you help keep the space organized to the eye.

Part Your Window Shades, Think of Cleopatra

Friday, April 26th, 2013

History of window blinds: Old Egypt to modern day

You’re about to indulge in a subject that’s not talked about every day – the history of window covers … a surprisingly wondrous subject worth exploring.

After reading this, you’re going to appreciate the window furnishings in your home every time you part them, roll them up, or tie them in a not.

You’ll think of Cleopatra, laying in her bed, surrounded by leopards and pharaohs … renaissance characters like Elizabeth I, Shakespeare and Machiavelli, writing at their desk and studying court documents in a room decorated with long, elaborate window curtains … and unfortunate events like The Great Depression and the housewives who used rags instead of fanciful drapes to blind the outside light.

 

 

Ancient Egypt: Origins

Ancient Egypt was arguably the first civilization to conceive interior decorating, as we know it today.  From the beds they slept in to the cushions they sat on while playing board games like Senet, they appreciated comfort and custom design.  It was also fairly easy for affluent Egyptians to acquire the look they wanted due to Egypt’s production of certain textiles.

The spinning of linen and flax is native to Egypt and was in large supply back in the day.  After taking an interest in fashioning the home, wealthy Egyptians began accessorizing.  Things like bed drapes, sheets, and window curtains became essential pieces in all homes.

The Renaissance: Same Style, Different Design

Fast forward thousands of years and affluent people living during The Renaissance were decorating their homes with curtains similar to the Egyptians.  Some of them were still made out of linen and flax, but textiles that were easier to obtain like cotton were dominant.  People who were especially rich were able to cover their windows with drapes made from silk.

Although the hanging style didn’t differ from the style used in Ancient Egypt, the design did.  Like the dresses women wore, curtains attained a puffy characteristic.  Much like the women flaunted their wealth with their dresses, the curtains flaunted their light-blinding sill with their balls of fabric clumped together at the top.

The Great Depression: Simplifying

The Great Depression obviously wasn’t the first occurrence that forced people to simplify their homes, but it still serves as a relevant depiction.

In the 1900’s and earlier, interior furnishings became cheaper and more available to people in all financial situations.  Curtains weren’t considered a luxury item anymore – they were considered a natural element in all homes.  But, when The Great Depression struck, window curtains ceased to be considered a natural element.  Things like food, clothing and bedding were prioritized.

Those who were lucky could spare a sheet to block out the early morning sun.  Others, however, weren’t so fortunate.  They needed every piece of clothing and bedding to stay warm during the winter.  Because of this, a new window drape – a worn rag – came to be.

The Modern Day: Options Galore!

Today, there are countless window cover options.  Whether you’re own a budget or swimming in money, you’re sure to find the curtain right for you.

But wait … curtains?

Yes, of course they still exist, but window blinds are the new popular form.  They’re easy to install, easy to control, and easy to clean.  Some of them even provide insulation benefits like cellular window shades.  During the winter, they work with your heater to keep warm air in and, during the summer, they work with your air conditioning unit to keep warm air out.  In addition to looking good, they’re also very practical.

Today, we have so many stylish and affordable options to choose from.  The first characteristic can be attributed to civilizations like Ancient Egypt while the second can be attributed to the modern industrial world.

Whether you’re a fan of Good Housekeeping shades, Bali blinds, or custom drapes, remember this: there’s a history in everything worth appreciating, even window covers.

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