Valentine’s Day

Don’t let Valentine’s Day be the same old holiday it is every year. Getting your special someone flowers, chocolate and all the other stuff she doesn’t really want, and is so boring.

 

After you take her to see Fifty Shades of Grey, come in this weekend to see us for our Warehouse Flooring Sale and we will continue to blow your mind and improve your home! It secretly is what every woman wants…New flooring at a great deal! Every time she looks at her beautiful new floors, she will think about how lucky she is and how much she loves you. You will think about how much you love us for saving you time and money.

 

Flowers fade and chocolate makes her feel guilty right after the last bite, so do the loving thing this year and get her new flooring! 

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How Many Shades of Grey?

Shades of Grey. Seems to be a hot topic lately. What shade of grey is your favorite?

 

Grey is an easy color to incorporate your home décor because it is so versatile. We have shades of grey hardwood, tile, marble, and carpet. We haven’t counted to see if we have exactly fifty shades of grey but feel sure we are pretty close. Come see us and we will help you find a floor in your favorite shade of grey. 

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Valentine’s Day Playlist Songs That Include the Word ROMANCE in the Title

Valentine’s Day is definitely a holiday that is more enjoyable with the presence of music. This could be romantic mandolin playing softly near your dinner table at a restaurant. Or fun tunes at a dance club where you and your girlfriends have gone for the night because you want to celebrate the fun of being single. In either case the challenge is finding music that represents the holiday well, because it’s not necessarily associated with specific songs. Surely romantic music is a given, but that’s a vast range of possibilities! So, we created a playlist for you that specifically includes songs that have the word romance in the title.

The word romance has so many different definitions. It can be love, a novel, a character quality, a way of communicating, or a way of treating someone. Its origins are thought to be around the 13th century and it has French, Romanic and Latin influences. With such a rich history we think it worthy of its own playlist! To be fair, we’re including some songs that are less than appreciative of Cupid’s efforts. Let’s face it. Valentine’s Day isn’t always a welcome thing!

  • Bad Romance by Lady Gaga
  • My Romance by Chris Botti
  • Goodbye to Romance by Ozzy Osbourne
  • Divine Romance by Phil Wickham
  • Romance Is Dead by Paloma Faith
  • The Swiss Army Romance by Dashboard Confessional
  • Cowboy Romance by Natalie Merchant
  • A Certain Romance by Arctic Monkeys
  • Third Rate Romance by Sammy Kershaw
  • Segundo Romance Medley by Luis Miguel
  • Runway Romance by Brad Paisley
  • True Romance by Citizens!
  • Romance In Durango by Bob Dylan
  • Romance by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Whether it’s a true romance or a bad romance you now have song to express your opinion!

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How To Put On False Eyelashes

This may not be a skill you’ll need on a daily basis, but there’s a good possibility that at some point a special occasion will come up that merits some extra flutter and glamour! If you’ve always loved the look of “falsies” but been intimated by the prospect of applying them, here is your chance to discover that it’s not as hard as it looks. The most important thing you can do is to have patience. It’s tricky work, but if you take your time and don’t get flustered you’re sure to succeed. Ensure two things:  1.You have plenty of time to do the job. Leaving it to the last minute before you walk out the door never ends up well. 2. Practice ahead of time. Buy more than one set of lashes and learn to perfect it before the day of you big event. On the other hand, if you just KNOW you’ll love them as soon as you figure out the secret, buy lots of them because they are addicting!

Supplies:

False Eyelashes – Avoid celebrity brands and major over the counter cosmetics brands. They are nearly always too heavy and inflexible because they don’t specialize in lashes. You need lashes that are lightweight like your natural ones, and easily bent and formed to the shape of your eye. You can find these in major drugstores or specialty cosmetics stores.

Eyelash Glue – The glue sample that comes with the lashes isn’t ideal. You can now find over the counter adhesive that was originally intended for surgical procedures but is now manufactured specifically for false eyelashes.

Tiny Scissors – It is rare that a set of lashes is the exact size of your eyelid.

How To:

Remove one lash set from the package. Do so slowly or you’ll bend them out of shape by tugging too hard. Bend the lash around your finger to cause it to curve. Hold it like that for 30 seconds. Line it up with your natural lashes to see if it needs to be trimmed to fit, and then do so.

Run a thin bead of glue along the base of the falsie. Don’t overdo it or they’ll come off later when the glue warms after wearing them for awhile. Blow gently on the glue. It should be tacky rather than wet. This makes a huge difference!

Guide the falsie behind your natural lash and lower into place near the center. The gently tap one side into place, and then the other side. You’ll be able to readjust them before the glue dries so feel free to slide them around a little until you’re satisfied. Then, quickly, before the glue dries, use a fuzz-free q-tip to wipe away any excess glue above the base of the lash.

Repeat on the other side.

Voila! You’ll be shooting movie-star stares all night!  

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How To Expertly Apply Self Tanner

We all know that the health of our skin is directly correlated to one big decision: ‘fake’ or ‘bake?’ You should ALWAYS opt to use a self tanner over extended exposure to the sun. But going to the salon for a professional spray tan is expensive and time consuming. Achieve the same thing at home by following this simple guide.   

Supplies

  • Self tanning spray mist
  • Lotion
  • Cotton balls
  • Shower cap
  • Hair blow dryer
  • Powder puff

Start with clean, exfoliated skin. Put on a shower cap to protect hair, and insert cotton balls into your ears. This will prevent buildup in ears and product from entering your ear canal. Next, protect nails and cuticles by dabbing a bit of lotion them. Then, stand on a towel. Not only to protect the floor, but also to ensure you don’t step in residual tanner while you’re moving around and end up with stained feet.

Now it’s time to tan! Always opt for a mist instead of lotion because it is much easier to apply and it’s easier for you to avoid streaks. Stand with legs a little wider than hip width apart and softly bend knees to keep tanner from creasing. When you are ready to mist your bum, push it back slightly to avoid missing the area where the bum meets the thigh. Start from the bottom up and go very light on the tops of your feet. Your biggest priority when doing your own spray tan is very even coverage. So, no matter how deep you want your tan to look, think layers!

Begin by coating your whole body lightly and then start over again to build coverage. When doing your face keep in mind that you likely wash it more than the rest of your body so you might want to layer on just a touch more self tanner. Or, reapply it sooner to keep it looking the same as the rest of your body. Inspect everything closely when you’re done and if you find an area that’s blotchy use the powder puff to smooth it out.

Last, use your hair dryer to ensure that the mist dries completely. Don’t take a bath or shower for 24 hours. Then bathe to remove any residue. Don’t wear light colored garments during the first 24 hours to avoid staining them. Within a day you’ll look like you just returned from vacation!

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How To Make DIY Pictorial Light Switch Covers

If you love eye candy in a room, then you won’t be able to resist this project – especially if you enjoy expressing your personal artistic taste. If that sounds like you then plain light switch plate covers are a horror! Fix that problem cheap and easy with this smart project.

Supplies:

  • Printed image you like (magazine page, scrapbook paper, etc.)
  • Flathead screw driver
  • Tacky glue
  • Clear acrylic spray coat
  • Craft mat
  • X-Acto knife
Start by finding a picture or print you love. This could be torn out of a magazine or a sheet of scrapbook paper would work well. The one condition is that it can’t be anything too thick or it won’t adhere to the plate properly.
 

Remove the switch plate from the wall using a flathead screwdriver and clean it, or buy new plates. They’re very inexpensive and can be easily found.

Lay the plate on the part of the image that you want to use. Experiment with turning it sideways to see if you like the image better that way. Don’t forget, you’ll be cutting the center out so that part of the image will be lost! Trace around it using a pencil or white sewing pencil if the image is dark. Using the X-Acto knife, cut around the plate on all four sides, but DON’T cut at the edge of the plate. Cut aprox ½ inch away from it because you will need the excess for wrapping around the back of the plate. The cuts don’t have to be perfect, because no one will see them. Don’t pull the knife edge to hard or fast because this will make the plate move and possibly tear the image. If it does move, re-center it using the outline you traced.

Next, lay the image over the top of the plate to ensure it is the right size. Then, use a foam paint brush, and coat the front of the switch plate with tacky glue. Do this thoroughly and evenly, not forgetting the sides and edges. Now, place the newly cut image on the glue, being sure to center it. Use a credit card to very gently smooth it down and ease out any large air bubbles. Use your fingers to press it down at the side edges.

Next, fold the edges to the back like you would when wrapping a gift. Snip corners a little if needed.  If the image doesn’t stick completely around all of the edges, apply a tiny bit more glue and seal them down. Let it dry a little. Flip the plate over and use your X-Acto knife to cut out the center piece using the same rule of a ½ inch away from the edge. Then cut a diagonal slit at each corner to ensure the image wraps tightly at the inner edges. Line each edge with the glue and press down. Next, cut a small X into both of the holes where the screws go. Last, go to a well ventilated area and spray it with an acrylic clear coat to set it permanently and give it a finished, glossy look.

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Choose a Kitchen Backsplash…

Which backsplash would you choose?  Let us know!

Geo Flecks by Dal-Tile

Granite Radiance by Dal-Tile

Endeavors by Dal-Tile

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I’m So Sorry! I Just Spilled!

These are terrible words to hear at any get-together, but even worse when it is in your own home!  Nothing can ruin a mood more quickly.  But don’t panic!  Just a few steps can give your carpet the help it needs.

Follow these general guidelines to prevent carpet blemishes whenever you have a mishap.

Basic Cleaning Steps For All Food and Beverage Spills

  1. Scoop up as much of the spill as possible, with a towel or a spoon.
  2. Blot the spot, don’t rub or scrub. Gently press clean cloths into the stained area to remove moisture. Scrubbing can damage the fiber and set the stain into the carpet.
  3. Apply warm, not hot, water to the stained area and blot until the stain stops transferring to the cloth.
  4. If you can still see the stain, make a Detergent Solution by adding 1/4 teaspoon dishwashing liquid to one cup warm water. Don’t use too much soap, because it’s difficult to rinse out of the carpet.
  5. Apply the detergent solution, let sit five minutes, then rinse with clear warm water. Repeat until all the detergent is removed.
  6. Place layers of white paper towels on the spill to absorb the liquid. Weight down the towels with a non-staining glass or ceramic object. You can let them sit overnight.
  7. When the carpet is dry, vacuum to restore the texture.
  8. If you can see the stain after all this, repeat steps 3 through
  9. It means the stain penetrated deep into the pile and has wicked up to the surface.
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Virtual Room Designer

Do you want to see how that new carpet would look in a living room?  Do you wonder if your wall color would complement a particular floor tile?  Or would you like to see how these items would look in your own home?  

Virtual Room Designer is a powerful design tool that allows you to combine many different options from the store.  We have multiple rooms for you to use in your decorating combinations, or you can upload a picture from your own home to see how your favorite choices would look together.  

Combinations are endless with Virtual Room Designer!  

 

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Warmest Wishes

We wish for everyone to have the warmest and happy holiday season with your friends and family.

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