10 Ways to Master Your Mudroom

February 15, 2016

MUDD ROOM BUILT IN STORAGE.jpgThe mudroom is the transition between coming and going. It can also be a chaotic catch-all without proper storage and the place that outside dirt congregates. The design process is worthy of careful thought so it can handle the demands of your family. This practical space gives you the ability to also hide clutter when guests drop by so your messier side of living isn’t left at the front door.b35e7184838f9177e7267735355dd7d9

Design a family-functional space. If you want your family to use the mudroom to its full extent, make it easy to use.

  • By creating an open space, rather than a closet, you make it less apt for folks to toss things in and close the door verses putting items where they go.
  • Use hooks rather than traditional rods and hangers. A hook is easier to use, especially for kids.
  • Install floor to ceiling cabinetry to enclose items that are put away for more permanent stowing.

Use easy-to-clean materials. By its very definition, this room is going to get dirty. It helps to use materials that clean up easily and have stellar resilience.

  • Cover the floors with a tasteful yet ultra-durable tile that can stand up to heavy use. You could even consider installing a drain in the center of the floor for easy mopping/drainage.
  • Consider using tile on the walls also. The variety of wall tile is expansive and offers something that’s practical but also visually appealing.mudroom-design-ideas

Include a bench. From taking off shoes to dropping a bag of groceries, a bench is a must-have for the mudroom.

  • Combine the bench area with cubbies for personalized storage space.
  • Use some of the space under the bench for out-of-the-way storage with baskets or pull-out drawers.

mudd room_officeCombine the mudroom with other types of rooms. The mudroom can take on many purposes. Why not let the space do more than one thing?

  •  Consider the efficiency of a laundry/mudroom built right off the garage or rear entryway.
  • Can’t make up your mind between a small workspace and mudroom…why not combine the two? Adding a work station for homework, paying bills or shopping online can offer just what you need without taking up more space in larger living areas.
  • Include a space for “mans best friend”! This is the perfect place to include a built in wash station for the family pet or an out of the way space for the food and water bowl. mudd room_pets

Not only will a well thought-out mudroom keep everything in its place, it will also give you peace of mind. You’ll be able to find things when you need them; keep the kids & pet stuff in one place instead of spread out all over the house and have a space where “messy” meets easy clean-up.

Bathroom Design With Safety In Mind

January 13, 2016

The bathroom can be one of the most hazardous rooms in the house. Anyone can slip and fall in the wet conditions of the bathroom. That’s why when it comes to safety & accessibility, designing for personal welfare isn’t just for seniors, it’s multi-generational. Attractive designs that blend well with standard bathroom amenities are available and look better than you may think. Whether you prefer a sleek, minimal look or favor traditional, you can provide safety without forgoing style.

  • Create point-of-use features like storage right where it is needed—drawers where makeup is applied. Pull-outs in lower cabinets allow for easier access when storing towels and other personal items.
  • Grab bars are helpful when needing to get up and down as well as bracing a fall.  Stylish pieces that match your other hardware are available, creating a uniform look across your space.
  • Walk-in showers keep entering and exiting less hazardous by omitting the threshold.20150908_102251-L
  • Tiled bench seating in the shower makes it much easier for seated bathing & adds a spa-like feature to your project.
  • Installing a removable showerhead can be used by anyone of any height, seated or standing.  In combination with the bench seating in place, this transforms your bathroom into an easy-to-use space.
  • Wide-rimmed bathtubs that users can sit on to get into and out of the bathtub are becoming more popular and aesthetically pleasing.

Picture7When in the design phase of your bathroom, consider how each part of your layout is important.

Ask yourself; is there enough room to comfortably navigate the space without bumping into anything? Is the shower entrance wide enough for all users? Designing your bathroom for safety doesn’t mean you are limited to stark, cold & uninviting. You can create a look that is both sophisticated plus increase safety for every phase of life.

 

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Easy Ways To Warm Up Your Home For The Holidays

December 1, 2015

It’s hard to believe the holidays are just around the corner again!  Here are a few projects you can do now to get all the areas of your home holiday ready for family and friends.

1. Seasons Greetings

•  Add a welcome nook near your most used entrance to store winter coats, hats and boots.

•  Add ceramic tile, a rubberized mat, a mirror for checking hair, and extra hooks for hats and scarves.1-entry_497x300

•  Paint interior doors a dark color to hide years of fingerprints, stains and scratches. It’ll add warmth and character while hiding dirt!

2. Kitchen Warm Up

•  Refresh outdated cabinet hardware and give your kitchen a facelift with new cabinet and drawer pulls in seasonal silver or gold.

•  Add counter space for holiday baking! Add a kitchen island – on 2-kitchenwheels – for extra counter space, you’ll gain additional serving space when you need it, and can move it out of the way when you don’t.

•  Now is the time to make sure spices are on hand for holiday cooking. Add pull out storage to existing cabinetry to keep all your spices within reach.

•  Add place setting organizers so that dishes, silverware, and serving utensils will be ready to go when guests arrive.

•  Place recipe books within reach of eyes, but out of reach of messy hands and spills. Now is not the time to be hunting for grandma’s most loved recipes!

•  ‘Tis the season for wine and bubbly. Install a wine storage cabinet so that when guests arrive you’ll be the host with the toasts!

4. Family Room Cuddle Up

•  Decorate the fireplace mantel with festive candles and garland in favorite holiday colors.

•  Warm up cold floors with soft area rugs in warm, seasonal shades of red and gold

•  Create a cozy nook for reading/talking with throw blankets, pillows and a serving tray to hold warm drinks and sweet treats.

5. Guest Bed and Bath Welcome

Upgrade your guest bedroom and bath so that even your mother in law can’t find a thing to complain about!

•  Install a new towel rack or storage shelf and add towels in coordinating holiday colors

•  Place a serving tray on the nightstand, complete with a water pitcher and glass, nightlight and snacks.5-guest-bath

•  Upgrade your lighting. Now is the time to make sure all the light bulbs have been replaced, and replace any outdated fixtures with bright replacements.

•  Time to throw out that old bar soap and upgrade your soap dispenser! While you’re at it, choose matching accessories to give the entire bathroom a mini facelift.

•  A soft rug can do wonders to warm up a cold tile floor.

•  Upgrade worn, outdated faucets and hardware in the guest bath.

•  Add a little luxury with a new showerhead sure to please your guests!

Getting these projects done now will give your holiday décor a clean canvas and free you up later to sit back and enjoy the time with family and friends. So check the halls before you deck them-and start sprucing!

Manly-Man Caves

September 16, 2015

Transform any boring bonus room into the manliest man cave ever by starting with just a few things.

The earth tone appearance of rough, hand-stacked stone can instantly deliver an evocative, clandestine atmosphere.  Create a featured focal poSTACKED STONE COLLAGEint by covering a wall.  You can also install this product around or behind a bar, fireplace or built-in entertainment center.

When it comes to what’s underfoot – you’ll want a floor that’s resilient enough to endure spills, scuffs & the shenanigans that are sure to ensue.  Consider the rustic look of seasoned wood designed for clean-ability in a wood-look format. Depending on your man cave amenities, tiered flooring can be designed into the layout for stadium or theater style seating.

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Finally, let’s “top off” the beverage station.  Whether you’re serving coffee or cocktails – be sure to install a durable countertop that will last many-a-toasts for years to come.  Keep the natural feel by selecting a granite slab with a speckled or solid finish.  This addition will add a functional and practical compliment to even the manliest man cave.

Now that you have the basics to get started, you can focus on other manly projects that only the manliest man could imagine…. Like fixing the garbage disposal.

Choosing The Right Flooring

August 11, 2015

If you are considering installing and/or updating new flooring in your home, take a moment to read these tips to get you started!

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8×32 Wood Look Tile – Kitchen

How Will You Use The Space?

Functionality is vital when it comes to the selection of flooring. After all, every second you are in that space, something – whether it’s furniture or feet – is always touching the ground.

It goes without saying that different rooms in your home will have distinct needs. A kitchen will probably require a harder surface that is easy to clean and can rise to the occasion of constant use, you may want to focus more on softer and warmer materials for bedrooms.

What’s Your Sense of Style?

Naturally, you will need to pick a flooring material that you love. The first step, as with any design project, is to look for inspiration and guidance on how to recreate your favorite interiors. You may also consider taking an initial trip to our showroom where you can get a feel for the product and the proper upkeep as well.

In addition to making sure that you love the material, you should also ensure that it blends with the other flooring in your home. Choose something that will help your home’s design scheme transition effortlessly from one room to the next without appearing dysfunctional to the eye.

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Acacia Wood

Be Realistic About Durability

Unlike changing paint colors, as you pick the material that you want to install in your home, you want to be sure that you focus on something that will be able to grow with you and your household for years to come.

For instance, if you’re a growing family with young children who are prone to unexpected drops and spills, it may be more practical to focus on surfaces that are durable and resilient.

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Finally, love and live in the new space you have created!

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If These Walls Could Talk

June 30, 2015

DT_Serenade_RES_01Your walls are much more than a canvas for family photos and shelves.  An accented wall is a simple way to add a touch of character to your space. Whether you’re looking to introduce some color into the design or remodeling your entire room, stacked stone, mosaic tile, or wood look tile could be that finishing element.

Mosaic tile can turn an ordinary wall into a complimenting backdrop.  Used more widely than just for your kitchen backsplash, these stylish accents have made their way into spaces all around the home.  Mosaics create great focal points in the living room, bathroom and even bedrooms.

The natural handcrafted look of stacked stone gives the appearance of professional masonry with the simplicity of a panel system. Decorative wall panels offer numerous styles and color options that are perfect for accent walls in kitchens, bathrooms, man-caves, fireplace hearths….the possibilities are endless.

Reclaimed wood-look tile is realistic and durable, low maintenance and easy to clean.  Its versatile application allows you to transition from floor to wall for a seamless look and takes the worry out of warping due to wetness and humidity.  Enjoy the wood-look accent in your mud room, entryway, laundry room, kitchen, or bathroom.

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To help open your imagination, we have created a look book to help inspire your next accent wall or backsplash project.  For more information, visit our showroom and speak with one of our professional and creative Account Managers.

INSPIRATION LOOK BOOK

PROJECT: Inspire

May 29, 2015

Picture2Some homeowners and business owners know exactly where they want their next project to take them, but why not lead them with a little inspiration.  That is why we have developed the online Projects Submission Form.  Here you can upload before and after photos, descriptions and even product information.  Here are some tips on how to best capture a great Project image.

1. Emphasize The Room… Avoid showing people or product close-ups.  When you acquire the concept of the entire space, it allows the viewer to piece each element together.  This creates a visually appealing image that best represents your work.

2. De-clutter… Remove irrelevant items from countertops or surrounding areas.  An everyday lived in home or office will most likely accumulate items that would be less desirable to feature in your newly redesigned space.

3. It’s Showtime… Make the room look its best through staging.  This process is most effective after step 2.  Allowing you to create focal points, drawing the eye into certain areas and making the room look more spacious and stimulating.Picture3

4. Focus, Please… Aim for a high quality photo that is free of blurs or poor angles.  You can achieve this with most smartphones these days.  However, if you have access to a quality high resolution camera, this will most likely be your best option.

5. Be Enlightened… Ensure the room lighting is bright and even, free of shadows or shaded spaces.  Accent lighting can sometimes help or hinder this step depending on the angle.  You may also want to take into consideration the natural light that seeps in throughout the day.

When you share your best Projects with ProSource, we will feature your work on our website to inspire those requesting Project ideas and professional help to get the job done right!  We may also occasionally use them for other marketing pieces, social media and blogging.

So upload your Project photos to share details and attract new clients!  Here’s how to get started:

– Upload images, details and products on your own at www.prosourcewholesale.com/projects

– Need a little help?  Send your photos, details and product info to your Account Manager.

– Or, you can always send them direct to marketing@psflooring.com

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Kitchen & Bath: Stone Countertops

April 28, 2015

When choosing countertops for your space, take into consideration functionality, practicality and intertwine that into your vision.  We have selected the most popular stones, offering more insight and knowledge to put toward your next project or renovation.

Granite Countertops

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With its heat-resistant qualities, granite doesn’t blister and is also unlikely to scratch.  A vibrant stone when polished, its’ grey to dark tones form movement in many slabs and can be dramatically striking.  Granite is a natural, quarried material and therefore comes only in certain sizes.

Marble Counters

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Marble is a popular choice amongst designers if only for its aesthetics.  Marble is one of the more porous of the stones, which is why it’s susceptible to staining.  On the positive side, marble is heat resistant, strong, and generally doesn’t chip or dent.  It’s flowing white base with majestic patterns blend well with diverse styles and a wide variety of kitchen elements (stainless, wood, tile).

Quartz

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Quartz countertops, otherwise known as engineered stone countertops, is a man-made product crafted from natural materials, resins, polymers, and pigments.  This allows flexibility when it comes to coloration and movement in the final product.  It does not stain or scratch, which makes is a great selection for families with young kids.

The overall goal is to create a space that is well-designed and purposeful; Providing the end user with comfort and confidence to live fully in the space built with intention in mind.

Bathroom Transformations: Huge Changes on a Small Budget

March 10, 2015

If a major bathroom overhaul isn’t in your budget, simply updating portions of your space can still leave a substantial impression. New flooring, cabinets or fixtures can give the room a whole new look.

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Tile floor and shower. Stone half wall and upgraded fixtures.

Flooring:  It’s not an overwhelming amount of space, so replacing or upgrading your bathroom floors is more affordable than you think.  A floorcovering that is impervious to water like tile or vinyl is ideal to install. With so many styles and colors to choose from, this option is practical for any “wet area” in your home.

Cabinets:  Updating your cabinets can make a bold statement.  Because the bathroom cabinet system is typically small in comparison to an entire kitchen, the investment is often fairly low.  If replacing is not an option, consider adding eye catching hardware.

Fixtures & Accents:  Sometimes the most obvious choice is in the details.  Replacing outdated faucets, lighting and updating towel bars is a relatively small investment to give your bathroom the facelift it needs.  This option could result in savings with environmentally friendly water flow systems, light bulbs and other “green” selections available.  Backsplashes aren’t just for your kitchen.  Consider adding a mosaic border behind the sink, in the shower…even take the tile or stone vertical creating a focal point out of a ordinarily plan wall.

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Tiled wall, upgraded faucet and sink.

To summarize and get the most out of your transformation, keep in mind the use of the space and focus on one or two things at a time.  The long term enjoyment and/or return on investment will make this project the inspiration for the rest of your home!

Are You Faux Real?

February 12, 2015

One of the fastest rising trends in tile comes in a charming style you know too well. Wood look tile shares the visible similarities and “feel” of natural wood but its’ porcelain and ceramic make-up allows for much easier cleanup and resilience.

It has been taboo for wood and laminates to lay in wet areas like kitchens, bathrooms and laundry areas for fear of water damage.   Now the faux look is popping up in spaces that before were unthinkable.

No longer limited to traditional sizes, tile can now be manufactured in what are called planks, or tiles that are rectangular in shape. Thanks to this technology, we have the ability to offer an exquisitely genuine wood look tile–bringing the realistic look, texture, and grain of natural hardwood to durable, water resistant porcelain and ceramic.

Whether contemporary, rustic, traditional or modern, our selection will have the product that will fulfill your most inspired projects.

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