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?

B & W bathroom

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!

white & tan bathroom

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.

green bathroom

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.

pebble bathroom

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!

It’s Summertime…

It’s Summertime…

And the living is easy….  As the jazz song goes from play “Porgy and Bess” written by George Girshwin in 1935. Summertime is a great time to kick back with family and friends. If you have a floor or tile home project that is preventing you from having guests over,  now is a great time to tackle those home projects. The days are longer, the weather is perfect and you can pace yourself at whatever speed is best for you.  We are here to help you from a do-it-yourself project to guiding you through the flooring options to the installation done by our experts.

Not only are we going to help you with your floor or tile project, we are also going to help you with summertime no-sweat, no-nerves summer gathering ideas for your family and friends (see below). Have them over once your project is complete or better yet, invite them over and have a do-it-yourself project party where everyone helps to get the project done.

For some ideas for a small summertime project, here are photos from a few of our do-it-yourself customers that just bought flooring from us:

Do it yourself tile flooe

do it yourself wood floor

 

 

american flagSuggested Summertime Entertaining Ideas

Music:
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess
Rosemary Clooney –  “Come On a My House”
Nat King Cole –  “Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer”
Eddie Cochran – “Summertime Blues”
Bryan Adams  – “Summer of ‘69”
Kid Rock – “All Summer Long”
Guess Who – “American Woman”
American Authors -”Best Day of My Life”
Colbie Callait – “Brighter than the Sun”
Lorde – “Team”
Nico & Vinz – “Am I Wrong”

Food:
Mini Beef Sliders with Caramelized Onions, Melted Cheddar Cheese and Garlic Aoli
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
2 1/2 tsp Montreal Steak Seasoning (divide in half)
10 slices good cheddar cheese
1/4 cup butter
1 large red or yellow onion sliced very thinly into 1/4” rounds
2 tbs. butter
1/2 cup good mayonaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tbsp. dijon mustard
2 tbsp. capers
1 tbsp. garlic paste
salt and pepper to taste
1 package mini slider buns

In a bowl combine half of the Montreal Steak Seasoning with the ground beef, and shape into 10 patties about 1/2” thick.

In a large skillet, melt butter and add onions and remaining Montreal Steak Seasoning, salt and pepper to taste. Cook onions until caramelized

In a small bowl add mayonaise, sour cream, mustard, capers and garlic paste, mix well add salt and pepper to taste.

Cook burgers on the grill until cooked to personal preference,  add cheese until melted, place slider on a bun add the garlic aoli. Serve with green salad and or potato salad. Enjoy!

Drinks:
Sparkling Melonade with Min
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5 cups roughly chopped melon (watermelon, cantalope or honeydew)
3 tbsp. fresh squeezed lime juice
4 tsp. pure maple sugar or you can substitute with honey
Handful of mint leaves
2 bottles sparkling mineral water
Vodka optional

In a blender, put the mellon, lime juice and maple syrup and blend on high speed until smooth, add a few of the mint leaves and pulse a few times just to chop the mint.

Fill a glass about 2/3 up of ice cubes add melon mixture and top with sparkling water and stir. Add a mint leave for garnish. Add vodka if desired.

New Tile Flooring Finishes Like Distressed Brick and Wood Add Character and Durability

New Tile Flooring Finishes Like Distressed Brick and Wood Add Character and Durability

Lots of new trends, exceptional products and flooring wow-factors are taking the flooring industry by storm. Talking turkey about the latest and greatest, top-notch tile flooring finishes opens new doors and new tile flooring options in Portsmouth. Ready or not, here they come!

New England Charm Demands Durability

Extreme temperature changes, rain, snow and flooring maintenance concerns can give home owners a lot to think about when purchasing new tile flooring. Durability is a must where foot traffic and seasonal wear and tear come in the picture. Fear not – tile flooring with the designer look of distressed hardwood planks has finally arrived.

The enchanting character that distressed hardwood tile invites into a space offers more than aesthetic appeal. It brings modern style with a rugged twist to the table where no man has gone before. No more warping. No more splinters. No more scratches, cracks and crevices to scrape the dirt and grime from. Owners get nothing but extra tough, traffic-tested, beautiful durability to create the most livable and lovable spaces available today.

Plank sizes come in many different widths and lengths to accommodate the pickiest tastes. Multicolored plank tiles and monotone colored plank tiles each add their own variety of visual and wonderfully touchable textures to suit every space. Grays, whites and browns are just the beginning of appreciated style. A whole host of patina-inspired tiles superbly portrays stunning quality and variety.

Mix It Up with Distressed Brick and Cobblestone Finishes

Chicago - Old Chicago 8 x16

Chicago – Old Chicago 8 x16

Chicago Stateside 9 x 12 Hexagon

Chicago Stateside 9 x 12 Hexagon

Chicago Southside 9 x 11

Chicago Southside 9 x 11

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today, tile flooring appreciators are re-awakening to the sophistication and demand for highly functional flooring. Gorgeous, distressed brick flooring adds a solid statement of strength, consistency and energy to any room, patio or driveway.

Nothing captivates that old-fashioned feel more than brick and cobblestone touches. Days of old fashionable and alluring detail with charismatic flooring appeal.

Clay brick tiles sporting natural color sprays within each brick is nature’s way of providing tough, yet stunning flooring capacities. Cobble stone flooring choices exhibit another breed of fabulous flooring options all their own. Adding the flair of authenticity by donning a well-worn look delivers a daring yet hopelessly romantic magnetism to all types of living spaces. Various textures, colors and sizes make for truly intriguing flooring design.

Today’s flooring selections offer more promise and satisfaction than ever before. With savvy style and superior tile durability on your side flooring problems are no longer under foot. It’s time to get creative using the newest and greatest tile flooring finishes you’ve been waiting for. The only distress you will experience is the amazing tile finishes you love.

Making a Statement in Your Kitchen with Just a Backsplash

Making a Statement in Your Kitchen with Just a Backsplash

Stratham, New Hampshire Couple Chooses a Beautiful Backsplash for their Kitchen

Some rooms simply function and others tempt you never to leave. Whether you are remodeling or just thinking of making a transformation to your your kitchen that offers richness and texture – we suggest tiling your backsplash as your captivating feature.

Our Stratham, New Hampshire customer has lived in their beautiful neighborhood for about 10 years. And for them, resale value is always considered when doing any renovation project to their home. They always try to balance what is best for resale and what they like sometimes this can be a difficult task. When we met them they were ready to take on a new project.

As many of us homeowners know there is always something that needs attention in the home, and it is always good to have some extra cash at hand for those projects. Our customer had built up their slush fund and decided that their next project would be a new backsplash for their kitchen. They were tired of the paint on their backsplash and wanted more of a pop to give more personality to the space.

They love working as a couple and they both searched the internet (no particular site) looking for tile ideas that would look good with their dark cabinets and Galaxy black granite counter-tops. They both love natural stone and neutral colors but they also wanted something that cleaned up easy. The husband loves to cook and wanted something with a bit of a commercial feel, maybe using a stainless steel element on the backsplash. His wife wanted to stay traditional. They wanted to keep it simple but did like having a design feature over the stove and decided that is where they wanted to add the stainless.

We worked very closely with them on this project. We guided them on the size of the tiles to choose – to be in keeping with the dimension of the area, we kept within their budget and offered suggestions to combine their styles. We provided them with several tile samples to take home to make sure it was exactly what they wanted for their kitchen.

Stratham NH backsplash tile

The final choices were Porcelain Tile Marmol, Color Cr.me Brulee 4 x 4 & 2 x2 with Tec Grout, Color Birch, Natural Stone Switch plates for all their outlets, Color Sand.

The majority of the backsplash was 4 x 4 tile installed on a straight lay. Over the stove we switched to a 2 x 2 set on a diagonal surrounding the Daltile Urban Metal 6 x 6 Stainless Tile which is centered in the middle. The Daltile Ellipse Stainless Liner .” x 12” encircles the area around the porcelain 2 x 2 tiles & 6 x 6 stainless tile.

Our customers were most pleased with our installers Steve and Sonny. The wife felt comfortable being around them while she was home alone with the kids and they were great with her older dog. Both of which are very important to her. She loved the fact that we were flexible and easy to work with and most important we were able to help her put her vision onto her backsplash. We truly enjoyed this project!

Stratham NH backsplash #2

Give Your Home a Face Lift with New Flooring!

Give Your Home a Face Lift with New Flooring!

We are the flooring showroom NH residents trust! Our enormous selection includes all the most popular flooring products available today. You will find hardwood, carpet, tile, vinyl, green flooring and stair runners in a variety of styles and colors so there’s always something that matches your budget and home décor taste!

Flooring has a major impact on the look and comfort of any home. Aside from the ceilings and walls, the floor is one of the largest parts of any living space. Its color, texture and overall appearance can completely change the tone within a room. Make an area cozier with the rich wood grain found in classic hardwood or create a new, exciting space with ceramic and glass tiles.

Flooring Advice You Can Trust

Our high quality products aren’t the only reason we are the flooring showroom NH families prefer. Our knowledgeable staff understands the importance of picking out the right type of flooring while staying within budget. We can provide expert advice and make recommendations that will help make your floor shopping experience as stress-free as possible.

We want to work with you to ensure that you find the perfect product that meets your needs and exceeds your expectations. No matter what your requirements may be, our staff is always available to listen and suggest the best flooring to achieve the look you want in a product that will last. We also can create beautiful area rugs and stair runners that will enhance visual appeal and add a layer of protection that will prolong the life of your floors.

Professional Floor Installation with Options

We also offer reliable floor installation services that are available to residential, new construction and light commercial customers. Our hardworking team makes sure that your flooring is installed the right way so you can get back to doing the things you love with minimal hassle. Customers who visit our flooring showroom in our Portsmouth NH location can also purchase products from us for self-installation projects. Whether you want to handle it on your own or prefer to have a professional do the work, we can accommodate you!

Find the Perfect Floor Today!

If you haven’t visited our flooring showroom in our Portsmouth NH location, now is the best time to stop by! You can see many flooring types featured and feel the quality of each product. We will even loan floor samples for free so you can see the product in your home before making a decision.

New floors can increase property values and make your home more inviting. Start the process of improving your living space by visiting us for a free consultation with one of our flooring experts!

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Our Journey to Rye New Hampshire

Our Journey to Rye New Hampshire

The Perfect Entryway

The search for the perfect entryway started with Houzz and ended with us.  This Rye, New Hampshire customer wanted to welcome her guests with more than just her open door.  She wanted a warm, stylish entry to stand the test of time and  her choice… classic polished hi-gloss black and white tiles.

The histrionic floor pattern consisted of 12 x 12 Roca Orion Polished (hi-gloss) tiles in the colors of Anthracite and Nieve with Bostik French Gray Grout. The tiles were installed on a diagonal from the front door to the small bathroom at the end of the entryway (including 3 closets). Our Rye, New Hampshire customer was thrilled with the final installation and we are thrilled to share the outcome with you (photos below).  Black and white flooring fits the bill in so many different interior design styles and in this entry and small bathroom, the dramatic sightline feels classic and glamorous. The perfect entryway!

Rye New Hampshire Black & White Tile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black and white tile floors were very popular in the Art Deco era and a perfect example is seen in the photo below of the Clariges in London with the original tiled floors. Elegant, timeless!

black and white tiled floors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

black & White tiled floor

 

Here is another example of a black and white diagonally laid floor (original to this c1917 house)

by Kim Hendrickson-Radovich of
Kim E. Courtney Interiors, in her own
historic home in Huntington Bay, NY.

 

 

 

 

Tile

Tile

Gray new neutral head

 

 

Gray tile samplesIt was not too long ago when tan, taupe, beige and ecru were the most popular neutral colors. Today interior designers, decorators and stagers are advising their clients that GRAY is the new neutral. Not only does it visually expand the space but when paired with bright accent colors it provides a refreshing space that makes you want to stay.

Just as E.L. James novel, 50 Shades of Gray, is flying off the book shelves, so are different shades of gray tile rocking sales at B & C Floor Store! Many of our customers are coming to our showroom asking for marble tile for their back splashes and walk-in showers and we are pairing it with glass or metal accent tiles. Gray tiles, provide a chic and contemporary style.

With many beautiful tiles to choose from and complimentary design help from Carol & Brett Burgard you can create a look that is yours and yours alone. Join us as we share with you some of the projects completed using gray, the new neutral!

Gray tiled kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B & C Floor Store in Demand in Hampton, New Hampshire

Gray Tiled Bathroom

Bringing this bathroom into the modern era meant that our customer just about started from scratch. A new vanity, walk-in shower, flooring and fixtures were a must so our Hampton, NH customer hired Diamond Hill Builders for their bathroom renovation, and… we were hired for their flooring and tile needs. Not too long ago, we did a few rooms for this customer and we were delighted to have had the opportunity to team up with them again.

Diamond Hill Builders worked very closely with the customer throughout the bathroom renovation and we guided them throughout the process of choosing the right tile to the final installation.

To balance the soft white cabinets and the light blue painted walls, a warm gray porcelain tile for the floor was chosen: Ottomano Argento 12” x 12”  with Silverado grout. The shower floor was laid with Ottomano Argento Mosaics 2” x 2” tile and we installed a custom corner bench with 3” x 6” Florida tile in Streamline Grey. The decorative tile used in the shower is a Bliss Iceland decorative with Carrara Marble and glass 4”. To tie in all the tiled surfaces we installed a wall cap with Carrara Marble.

We were all so pleased with the outcome!

 

 

 

A Sense of Place: A Home Transformed By The Use Of Tile

A Sense of Place: A Home Transformed By The Use Of Tile

If redecorating is your way of brightening up the end of a long winter, let us share with you our story of how we did that for a customer with tile! 

Couple with moving boxes.

A lovely couple from Stratham, New Hampshire downsized their home to a condo and updated their new kitchen and two bathrooms with beautiful tile.  

This winter our customer was downsizing from their 4400 s/ft home to a 2200 s/ft single dwelling condo and was thrilled to be making the transition. They loved everything about the condo but wanted to update the kitchen with new cabinets, countertop and tiled backsplash. The 2 bathrooms were kinda stuck in the 80’s and needed updating as well. They wanted to create their sense of place that was their own warm, inviting and functional. That is where we came in.

This lovely couple came to our showroom needing some guidance not only with types, styles and different sizes of tiles but with creative placement ideas that would suit their new home and taste. They wanted to do the installation themselves but wanted us to provide the tile, decorative edging, grout.

Believe it or not, the kitchen and the guest bathroom was the easiest rooms for the couple. As for the master bathroom… well, we’d like to mention that when they saw their shower tile, they fell in love with it but was struggling to find a complimentary tile for the decorative and the floor.  The shower tile was a strong color so we felt they needed a more subdued floor tile.  They wanted a decorative element but they wanted the wall tile to be the star.  So they chose to add a 2” x 2” decorative row in the shower that matched the floor.  We successfully helped them with their selections after meeting several times and we are thrilled to show you the results!  Our customers couldn’t be happier and we couldn’t be happier!

Please click on the video below showcasing the tiles we used in the kitchen, master and guest bathrooms.

 

Kitchen
Anatolia Capri Beige 3 x 6 Tiles with Bronze 5/8” Decorative Tile Edge, Brick Lay
Cambria Quartz Countertop

Kitchen Williams Backsplash with Cambria Quartz Countertop

Kitchen Williams Backsplash with Stainless Switchplates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Master Bath
Shower: Cliffside 13 x 13 Tile, Color: Ocean, Decorative Tile:  2 x 2 Laufen Equinox, Color: Mosaic Mix
Floor Tile: 12 x 12 Laufen Equinox, Color: Sienna
Grout Color: Tec Pearl #988
Walls: Benjamin Moore, 2141-40 Creekside
Featured Wall: Benjamin Moore, 2141-30 Army Green

Williams Master Bath Bench

Williams Master 2 x 2 Deco Laufen Equinox Color Mosaic Mix Williams Master Cliffside 13 x 13 color ocean

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Bath
Shower: 12 x 12 tile, Color: Aida Brown, Grout Color: Tec Sandstone #961, Installation: Straight Lay
Floor Tile: 12 x 12 Celtic Flare, Color: Beige, Installation: Brick Lay, Grout Color: Tec Light Chocolate #944

Williams 1 Guest Bath Floor 12 x 12 Celtic Flare BeigeWilliams 3 Guest Bath Aida Brown 12 x 12 with Tec Sandstone Grout #961Williams 2 Guest Set on a brick lay, Grout Tec Light Chocolate #944-1

 

Tile Patterns For Your Floor

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Most people come in looking for the perfect tile but don’t think about how they would like their tile installed.  There are many choices but the most common are the straight lay where the tiles are set one on top of the other as in photo #1 and on a diagonal  as in photo #2.  The straight lay showcases the tile while the diagonal makes the room feel larger.   The brick lay pattern breaks up the grout lines and gives you a nice visual even if you have a standard 12 x 12 tile.  The Hopscotch or Pinwheel pattern has more of a designer feel.  There are many more to choose from and will depend on the size / shape of the tile.  Come and visit us and we can help make it easier!

Radiant Heat Mats

Radiant Heat Mats

Crawl Space[1]I sleepily walk to the bathroom and then realize I forgot my slippers.  Ugh!  I hate it when I forget to put them by the side of the bed.  The tile floor looms before me.  There’s only one thing to do—hop from rug to rug on my tip toes.  Have you ever stepped on a tile floor in the middle of a winter night without slippers on?  The word that comes to mind is chilling!

If our bathroom remodel hadn’t taken on a life of its own, we might have thought to add an electric radiant heat mat under the floor.  The truth is I was so excited to get rid of my 60’s bathroom with the blue green tile (everywhere) and gray fixtures that I completely forgot how cold tile can be.  We do this for a living, right?  How many customers have told us this?  What do I tell them?

Well, there’s no help for our bathroom but there is hope for yours.  We can install radiant heat mats in your kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, basement family room or any room you want to be a little cozier.  Now you can walk bare foot on your tile floor no matter what season it is.  No more tip toeing around the subject!