April Showers

April Showers

April Showers

As the old proverb goes, March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers. Well here we are April 1st, and it is snowing in New Hampshire. But as the month progresses,  the sunshine and April showers will melt the snow away and the sight of the first flowering bulbs will soon be emerging like a jewel!

This month, the month of April showers, we have chosen the color blue as the color of the month.  The color blue is the favored color of most people. It creates a sense of peace and serenity, spirituality and infinity. Did you know that more than half of the flags in the world contain the color blue?  It is the most commonly used color for corporate identity, and of course we cannot forget and blue jeans, they are worn all over the world.

There isn’t a better room to choose to highlight this month than the bathroom, showers to be exact. (A little play on words.) We have provided below, bathroom showers showcasing blue tiles. Which one is your favorite?

Blue Shower #1

The blue tiles in this master bathroom shower encompases the whole shower. The subway tiles installed on the walls are in a brick laying pattern. and the square tiles installed on the ceiling are  installed in a diamond pattern. This lovely shower area is soft and inviting.

The renovation of this master bathroom in a Brooklyn Heights brownstone was done by Ben Herzog, Architect in conjunction with designer Elizabeth Cooke-King. Photo by Michael Lee.
http://www.houzz.com/projects/25957/brooklyn-heights-addition

Designer Beatriz from Byrd Design was the project manager for this 1930 Spanish Revival bathroom (below). The layout of the bathroom was reconfigured to improve circulation and adapt the space to a modern lifestyle while keeping the aesthetics true to its Spanish architectural roots. This white and blue bathroom features blue Moroccan tiles, lined with a white lacquered washstand adorned with aged brass knobs topped with thick white quartz and paired with an aged brass faucet placed under a white Mansard mirror. A glass and brass shower is filled with the same blue Moroccan tiles throughout the rest of the bathroom.

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This custom designed bathroom by TMD Tamara Mack Design provides a clean and airy feeling. The white ceramic high gloss subway tiles adorned with a blue hexagon border that goes throughout the shower and around the room. The shower floor also matches the border providing a cohesive design.

Blue and White bathroom shower

http://www.houzz.com/photos/1860231/Tamara-Mack-Design-Interiors-traditional-bathroom-san-francisco

Happy Easter and Passover, we hope you have great month!
We are looking forward to connecting again for our May Blog!

 

 

March Springs with Color

March Springs with Color

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Sit back and relax, we are about to bring you some ideas to update your home!  We hope they will inspire you to think about how you can make over your space this spring using the color green.

Green is such a wonderful color. It symbolizes nature and peace, and evokes a positive feeling. Light green offers a soothing, calm emotion where as a bright green stimulates a more enthusiastic energy. No matter the shade,  the color green is pleasing to the eye and provides a sense of renewal, harmony and freedom!

In the bathroom below, we have Artic white ceramic tiles on either side of the soaking tub area and straight on, the featured wall and the area in front of the tub is a Tropical Mosaic Glass tile. This Streamline Collection offers a  mix of matte and glossy ceramic wall options, colorful glass mosaics, and attention-getting decos and trims, Streamline features a wide option of  design possibilities.

Green glass mosaic tile

 

In the next 3 photos, we featured a textured tile called Waves. It is a 4 x 16″ tile that looks great in both a bathroom as well as a backsplash in a kitchen.

B & C Waves Green TileWaves tile, Color: Ocean Spray

bathroom with green accentsWaves tile, Color: Winter Lake. Green accents adorn this bathroom to give a spa like feeling.

green glass tile kitchenWaves tile, Color: Surf Green. This kitchen is inspiring to eat healthy!

The last image is of a kitchen with green tiles that offer 4 different textured tiles scattered throughout the entire backsplash providing a modern look. The collection of these glossy tiles is called Sheen.

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Wishing you all a Happy Spring and a Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy this spring month!

 

Red

Red

Welcome to our February Blog!  We have chosen the color red for this months blog in honor of  St. Valentine’s Day. When we think of the color red, we think: PASSION – Red roses, ENERGY – Red sky at night, POWERFUL –  Red stripes in our American Flag.

We also think the color red as warm, positive and energizing. Red excites the emotions and motivates us to take action. On that cue, we would like to present the color red added to different rooms by way of tile and carpet. You will notice in the photos below that red exudes a strong and powerful energy and gives a pop of vibrance much needed in a monocromatic setting.

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Above we have a white kitchen with an accent wall that is “Love at first sight”.  The glossy, glamorous sheen of red, orange and pink captures your attention. As you run your fingertips across the smooth pieces of 5×13 wall tile, you want to secretly whisper to this bold and seductive ceramic collection, “Where have you been all my life?” [The tile collection in this photo is called Sheen|

 

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The tile above is intense and energetic like a romantic sunset on a clear summer night. It provides vibrant bursts of color converging to create a solar effect; this is the inspiration for this ceramic mosaic tile called Evoke. The red mixed with objects of marine colors (white and blue) provides a contemporary approach, allowing this striking glossy ceramic tile collection to pop and reach your heart.

 

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This family room is sexy, warm and inviting. The architect/designer/homeowners choice of muted colors offers a relaxing atmosphere but by adding a rich red tile around the fireplace, it provides  pop of color to prevent the room from being too vanilla. Who wouldn’t want to share this room with a loved one, enjoying a glass of wine and listening to the piano by a warm fireplace?

Domiteaux + Baggett Architects, PLLCGreenbrier Residence   Photo Credit: Chuck Smith Photography. Red tile on fireplace.

 

Wow, what do you think of when you hear “red carpet”?  Yes, it denotes extremely high status, style and opulence. Please consider us your home’s red carpet guide to floor and tile ideas, stock and installation. We always provide privileged treatment to all of our distinguished visitors and customers.

Red Carpet stair runner

Photo: Allen Construction. Red wool stair runner.

Tine Barclay, Interior Designer

Photo: Tina Barclay, Interior Designer. Wool Area Rug

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

2017 – Happy New Year!

2017 – Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!  As we look back at all the warm memories in 2016, we are feeling proud of our achievements and ready for another new year with new beginnings. WOW, 2017!  Another 365 days of all that is good… with family members, good friends and new acquaintances.  Happy New Year!

We are excited our monthly blogs this new year. Each year we try to bring you something different. In 2014-2015, we brought you our floor and tile installations highlighting different projects in towns and cities across New Hampshire and Maine. In 2016, we also brought you our floor and tile installations and provided some great ideas by various designers throughout the US.  We captured floor and tile ideas by room of:  kitchens, bathrooms, sunrooms and the like. In 2017, we will bring  you floor and tile installations based on color – we will highlight a different color for each monthly blog.

Our color for this month is white. When we think of January, we think of  white snow and January white sales.   Although white is not defined as a color in physics, it is considered a distinct color in visual art. The color meaning of white is purity, innocence or wholeness. In color psychology white is considered the color of new beginnings, wiping the slate clean, so to speak.  So for January 2017, we are highlighting rooms showcasing white tile!

Let’s take a look!

WHITE CERAMIC TILE

This lovely spa is adorned with a glossy white Lucente ceramic wall tile, 8″ x 24″. It also comes in a 4″ x 24″ bullnose,  8″ x 24″ wave pattern and a 2″ x 2″ Mosaic. This line offers a wide range of ceramic wall tile with coordinating porcelain floor tiles in a variety of colors.

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WHITE PORCELAIN TILE

Below is a  porcelain tile series called Drift. It flows freely across the floor creating a comforting, almost lazy sense of contentment. Great for a beach house or an area that you want to create a space that is light and airy. The tiles come in 8″ x 45″ in a natural or polished finish.

Drift tile

WHITE PORCELAIN TILE – LARGE FORMAT

This porcelain large-format tile creates a restful backdrop for those seeking to balance modern, everyday living with a crisp, fresh look. Bold and beautiful as a world covered in a blanket of fresh snow; as a gentle reminder of peace and purity…this is the inspiration for Illume. The tile comes in 24″ x 24″ ‘Field Tile, 12″ x 24″ wall tile, 3×24 battiscopa, 2×2 Mosaic COLOR: Super White, Finish: Glossy

Illume Tile

White is the perfect color for any room that you want to create a sense of lightness, an ethereal feeling. You can change the style immediately with accent pieces and accent colors. Don’t be afraid to use the color white in your home.

We hope you enjoyed this month’s blog and again, we wish everyone a Happy New Year!

 

 

Small Projects Done in 1 Day

Small Projects Done in 1 Day

Transform A Space In No Time, Just 1 Day

Summertime has left us and fall is settling in. As the cooler weather arrives, we start to spend more time indoors and this is the perfect time to tackle small projects in your home, We are talking about small projects that can be done in 1 day! Oh yes… how about a new backsplash for your kitchen or bathroom, a new mudroom floor, spruce up entryway with new hardwood or tile or add a new stair runner to the stairs. Other great ideas would be refacing your fireplace or prettying up a powder room with new tile on the floor or accent wall. It is true, each of these projects can be done in a day and we are excited to show you some ideas we have in mind for you.

Lets start with backsplashes –
When we think of a backsplash we automitically think of a kitchen, but why not a bathroom? Here we have a bathroom backsplash installed with classic white subway tiles that are versatile and easy to find. But it is not your average installation with straight grout lines. Here the designer from Studio Z Design suggested this layout to her her clients so that the tile corners formed right angles. It is like a traditional herringbone pattern set on a diagonal.

bath-backsplash                             Bathroom photo from: Studio Z Design

Next let’s talk about mudroom floors. We suggest using a tile or natural stone for your mudroom. These products stand up to standing water and are the most durable. If you want hardwood be sure to put a mat or boot tray at the entrance to keep the wear and tear at a minimum.

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Refacing a fireplace can make such a statement in a room. There are a lot of options to choose from but here is a stunning tile that might spark your interest!
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We hope you enjoyed this months blog! Our topic for next month, November, will be dining rooms.  We thought it was appropriate for Thanksgiving time. We hope you join us!
September is a Good Month for Tackling Big Projects

September is a Good Month for Tackling Big Projects

OUR PROJECT SPOTLIGHT FOR SEPTEMBER:
A New Home in York, Maine

We Are Up To Any Big Challenge!

Our project spotlight for this month is a new home in York, Maine. We were hired to provide new tile and floors throughout this beautiful new home. We installed new carpets in the bedrooms and loft area creating a soft, soothing experience under your feet.  New hardwood floors were installed in the kitchen, dining area, living room and entryway offering a warm, rich feeling as you enter each room.  Gorgeous new tiles were selected in the master and guest bathrooms providing an unforgettable spa like feeling.

Join us, as we share with you the different tile, carpet and hardwood installations we did in each of the rooms of this York, Maine home. For your convenience, each photo has a caption detailing the products our customer chose.

September is a great month for tackling big projects in your home. The summer festivities are winding down, the kids are back in school and the weather is getting cooler. It is just a perfect time to get things done. Even if you are not up for a big challenge, contact us here at B & C Floor Store….We Are Up To Any Big Challenge!   We will help and guide you throughout the process.

We hope these new home photos offers you inspiration. Please don’t hesitate to call us at 603-436-9686 with any questions.

September Project Spotlight:  HARDWOOD FLOORS

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The ENTRYWAY

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The KITCHEN
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The KITCHEN/DINING ROOM

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The LIVING ROOM

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September Project Spotlight:  The STAIRCASE

 

Stair Treads Stained to match hardwood, Risers Painted by Customer

Stair treads stained to match hardwood. Risers painted by customer.

 

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September Project Spotlight:  TILE

 

The GUEST BATHROOM

Guest Bath Lucente 8 x 24 Waves Color White on Shower Walls

Guest Bath: Lucente 8 x 24 Waves, Color: White on Shower Walls

 

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Guest Bath Carrara Marble Threshold

Guest Bath Carrara Marble Threshold

 

Guest Bath 2x2 Porcelain Carrara Tile with Bright White Grout

Guest Bath 2×2 Porcelain Carrara Tile with Bright White Grout

September Project Spotlight:  CARPET

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Guest Room, Master Bedroom and Loft: Shaw Carpet Style; Cashmere III, ccs03-color-106-santa-cruz-2

 

The MASTER BEDROOM

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The GUEST BEDROOM

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The LOFT

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Sunrooms

Sunrooms

Sunrooms were believed to be first constructed in the 16th century in Italy. At that time they were referred to as Giardini Botanici which in English translates to Botanic Garden. It was used to house exotic tropical plants that were brought back into Italy by explorers.

As time went on, sunrooms became favored with nearby countries and before you knew it,  sunrooms spread throughout Europe. In England, they were called conservatories because they were used for conserving flowers and plants. In France, they were used for keeping oranges from freezing and they were called orangeries. As the demand of pineapples increased, they were called pineries.

It was popular belief that sunrooms proved to add value to the human health and then was created for human use. They were given the name solaria, derived from the Latin word sol, meaning sun. Sunrooms were built on homes and were constructed of 3 walls of windows from floor to ceiling. Solaria (sunrooms) became a common feature in hospitals as well and they were used as places where patients would sit and focus in recovering from illnesses. Whether the patient suffered from a terrible cold, pneumonia or tuberculosis, doctors often advised patients to spend quality time in these rooms as often as they could to get well.

Today, sunrooms, are a popular addition to our homes in the United States. Not only do they increase the value of your home, but they also increases your own personal enjoyment of your home. It gives you additional living space for relaxing, dining or entertaining that can be used all year long. For those with a green thumb or a love for exotic plants, it will allow you to plant a variety of plant species regardless of our cold winter conditions here in New England.

Depending on your use of your sunroom, there are a variety of floor options to choose from. If it used as additional living space you can choose anything from carpet, hardwood, tile, natural stone, laminate or vinyl. If you are going to use your sunroom as part of the outdoors in the warmer months or use it as a type of greenhouse the best choices are tile, natural stone, laminate or vinyl.

We have provided below inspirational images of sunrooms that hopefully will give you some ideas for your sunroom update.

B & C Serenity

Notice the stone brick flooring. A durable but classic look!
Photo: Houzz, Richard Leo Johnson from Historical Concepts.

 

B & C Carefree

The tile floor adds warmth from the sun coming in and the color choice is lovely!
Photo: Houzz, Bartelt. The Remodeling Resource

 

B & C Joyous

The hardwood floors provide warmth and is a natural element in this sunroom. The scatter rug offers color, personality and style!
Photo: Houzz, Diggs Design Company

 

B & C Cheery

This sunroom also has tile in a neutral tone allowing the the furniture to make the statement.
Photo: Houzz, Elizabeth Swartz Interiors Seaside Residence

Garden Style Sunroom

Natural stone is a great choice for a sunroof that contains plants.
Photo: Houzz, Dennison and Dampier Interior Design

The Joy of June

The Joy of June

Ah yes, The Joy of June! The month of June brings much joy to everyone in so many ways. Everything is blooming, the school year is ending, summer vacations are close by and we cannot forget to mention weddings. June is one of the most popular months for wedding ceremonies – it is from these new beginning celebrations that we got our inspiration for this months blog. Much time and effort is spent planning a wedding and before you know it your special day has come and gone. We would like to present to you ideas of how to incorporate your wedding theme into your new home renovations.

For all you newlyweds or soon to be newlyweds, we have taken many elements of a wedding celebration and paired them with tile choices to provide you and all our readers with ideas to freshen up any bathroom in your new home. We have used popular June wedding color schemes of wedding invitations, flower bouquets, bride and bridesmaid dresses and wedding cakes as our guiding light.

Let’s start with a wedding invitation.
Below we have a beautiful wedding invitation (designed by Celeste Simpson from Impress Me Designs [impressmedesigns.com], Photography by: Elizabeth Kelly Photography) with the colors of white and teal.  We paired it with a small but stunning updated bathroom with the striking glossy ceramic tile collection of Evoke. The mix of marine colors of white, aquamarine, teal, blue and light blue have been reinterpreted with a contemporary approach.

Teal Bathroom

Next we found photos of a black and white wedding and a white Anemone wedding bouquet as our inspiration (photographs from elitebridal.blogspot.com.au). We paired it to an updated classic bathroom using glossy Medley tiles in an array of accent pieces of  2” x 5”, 5” x 5”, 1/2” x 10”  and  a 2” x 10” tile molding. Don’t you think that every time you would step foot in this fabulous bathroom it would be reminiscent of this amazing black and white themed wedding?

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Ladies, who isn’t blown away by gorgeous wedding dresses even if you are already married.  We just happened to come across this beautiful wedding gown from modwedding.com. The glamorous fabric draping and surpurb fit with couture finishings just caught our eye.  As we perused our photos of  luxurious  bathrooms to pair with the wedding dress we couldn’t help to think that this bride would love to come home to a bathroom such as this one.

The Lucente tile line comes in glossy ceramic wall tiles and glazed textured porcelain floor tiles. The ready to satisfy every color comes in neutrals to bolds and whites to pastels. The sizes come 8” x 24”, 16” x 16” and 2” x 2” mosaic. This bathroom is perfect spa retreat for this newlywed!

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The bridal party of June weddings are usually dressed in pastel colors. The bridesmaids are wearing green Miracle Dresses by Vanessa Lundborg (photo by Brides.com) a very popular color for 2016. I think we paired the bathroom below very well with the theme of this bridal party. The Streamline by Florida Tile offers the hottest new colors for inspired interior design. With a mix of matte and glossy ceramic wall options, colorful glass mosaics, and attention-getting decos and trims, Streamline features a full gammet of design possibilities. The tile used in this installation is 3” x 3” Artic (glossy) and the mosaic tile called Tropical comes as 1/2” x 1/2” mosaic.

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FOLLOW THE PEBBLES… Many destination weddings are oceanside and we found this photo of a sculptural three-tier cake featuring a layer of real summer blooms by Sweet Indulgence and photographed by Amilia Photography to be just that. This photo looks to be one of those oceanside destination weddings where you follow the pebbles to a lifetime of happiness.

To pair this destination wedding theme, we discovered this beach retreat bathroom with arduously arranged mosaics seamlessly united in visual perfection. Every pebble set rightly in its place. Sensible and pristine, this collection comes in sliced, round or oval formats. Undergo these captivating transformations in your home with Pebbles stone tile. Ah, you can hear the water splashing as you lift your foot from the tiled floor into a sea of tranquility.

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Well, we hoped you enjoyed this month’s blog! Next month’s topic will be kitchens and entertaining. Until next next time… Enjoy all that June has to offer. Congratulations to all you June brides!

SPRING INSPIRED  Fresh Ideas for the Bedroom

SPRING INSPIRED Fresh Ideas for the Bedroom

 Renew Your Bedroom

The bedroom is where you take rest, renew your energy and begin and end each new day. It is the most private room in the house, it is where our innermost selves can emerge. Because the bedroom is our respite, it is essential that we add the right elements. The secret is creating this very private space to your personal needs. The end result will be a retreat within the already safe confines of your home, a sanctuary like no other.

We have spring inspired, fresh ideas for the bedroom that are not only simple but will make the biggest difference in your bedroom.

The bedroom below has a beach retreat feel. The wood look porcelain tile adds warmth and is most ideal for a waterfront beach cottage. It is such a fresh idea for this bedroom.

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This tranquil bedroom with an inviting seating area was designed by Martha O’Hara Interiors. The soft color palette provides a calming effect as soon as you enter the room. The walls were painted with Benjamin Moore Silver Gray 2131-60 and the trim is Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17 . As for the neutral wall-to-wall carpet, B & C Floor Store has  many carpets to choose from to create a restful bedroom of your taste and style.

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Here we have a bedroom, designed by Jenny Martin Design, with a dark hardwood floor and accenting this stylish bedroom is a modern area rug. The hardwood is a 5″ engineered oak with an espresso stain. The walls are painted with Benjamin Moore – Lockport Gray. Stop by our showroom and we can show you many possibilities for a custom area rug that captures your eye.

Jenny MArtin Design

 

In this blog we have provided you with 3 ideas for your flooring in a master bedroom –  one with tile, another with wall-to-wall carpet and the last one hardwood floor with an area rug to add warmth and design. We hope you have enjoyed this month’s blog and hope you will visit our showroom for more spring inspired fresh ideas for the bedroom!

Next months blog we will showcase home offices.

Yes, Fashion for Your Home

Yes, Fashion for Your Home

Fashion is about inspiration, aspiration, change and creating various innovative trends. It is about a blend of different things coming from all different directions – color, style, material, manufacturing, technology, and cost.

Fashion is not only for the haute couture world, it is also for your home. When we think of fashion for our customer’s home we think in terms of tile, carpet, hardwood floors, stair runners, area rugs, vinyl, eco-friendly and natural stone.  In order to guide and provide our customers with fashion for their home we need to ask the important questions:  How does our customer live? What is their daily routine? What is their style? Do they like a simple modern look, traditional maybe or ornate? What colors are they drawn to? How much light is in their space? What is their budget?

The home fashion dreams of our customers and the concept of putting it all together does becomes an art piece when the project is done. For us it’s not just a job, it is a joy – we make it new and create something different for and with each customer, this is what we live.

So this is our moment to share with you some fashion dreams and end results of tiled kitchen backsplashes and tiled bathrooms.

Fashion for Your Home, Kitchen Backsplashes and Bathroom Showers

Kitchen backsplashes are trending in the gray tones.

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Niches are the rave in bathroom shower areas now-a-days. Gray tones are also the go-to colors for the bathroom as well.

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We hope you enjoyed this months blog. Stay tuned for next month, we will be talking about spring inspired, fresh ideas for the bedroom!