Surprising Home Office Ideas

Surprising Home Office Ideas

We have some surprising home office ideas for you!  Working from home is ideal for baby boomers to millennials and is the most in-demand type of flexibility job seekers are interested in. And because of this they need new home offices! The styles range from traditional to transitional, with locations in the attic, the basement or even a closet. No matter what style of office you choose or where you place it, consider the floor as an integral part of your office design.

The office ideas below have hardwood, vinyl or laminate floors, the most ideal if you have a desk chair with casters on it. Tile carpet can be difficult in positioning your chair without getting stuck in the grout lines or stuck in the pile of the carpet (unless you have a special mat specifically made for these instances).

Here is an office that utilizes some space in the attic.  It is bright and cheery, well organized with ample space to move about even for a few people. Notice the hardwood floors, it provides a natural element and is easy to keep clean. The desk chair with casters is easy to maneuver from one end of the office to the other. (Room by: Signature Properties of Illinois LTD.)

attic office by Signature Properties of Ill Ltd on Houzz

 

This next office is located in the basement under the stairs, truly a smart way to utilize space and function.  They chose laminate floors which are great for the budget conscious. (Photo by: Leslie Goodwin Photography)

Leslie Goodwin Photography desk in basement under stair

 

Don’t have alot of space? This office has been designed in a bedroom closet with vinyl floors where you can close the doors when office hours are over. (Office design by: Cathy Phillips & Co.)

closet office by CAthy Phillips and Co

 

This space (not gender specific) was converted from a dining room or formal living room to conduct business at home. (Office created by: D.A.S Custom Builders)

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We think any man would want this masculine in-house office to call their own. A great view out the window, ample lighting, a place to read the New York Times and plenty of seating for meetings. Notice how the hardwood floor grounds this space. (Office by: Kristi Spouse Interiors)

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Here is a great in-house office idea for you ladies out there! It is warm, inviting, airy and bright with plenty of storage. The hardwood floors are covered by a large area rug (with no pile) adding a little movement to the calmness of this room. ( Office by: Jennifer Pacca Interiors)

Office by Jennifer Pacca Interiors

 

Here we have a small corner office that is great for any member of the family. It can be used just to pay the bills, for the kids to do their homework or a place to read or surf the internet. (Office by: transForm)

office by Transform found on Houzz

 

The last idea is for an office/craft room. Plenty of storage space and working surfaces to get things done! Notice the hardwood floors, they are instrumental to this space! ( Office/Craft Room by: Collaborative Design Group – Architects & Interiors)office:craft by collaborative design group-architects and interiors

 

Thank you so much for visiting our blog this month. We hope you enjoyed it!

In honor of our men and women who died while serving in the United States military, we wish everyone a Happy and safe Memorial Day.

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.

B & C April Bedroom Tile Floor

 

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.

Martha O'Hara Interiors Houzz

 

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!

COLOR

COLOR

Have you ever taken a moment to observe the different colors Mother Nature offers us?

We live in a such a colorful world. Nature unfolds so many pigments depending on the different times of the year, the different times of the day and in different continents on earth. All the colors visible to us are infinately beautiful.

Let’s just take the color of the sky… it can go from gray (on an overcast day), to blue (on a clear sunny day) to orange or red at sunset. The leaves on deciduous trees range in colors of green in the spring and summer to yellows, oranges and reds in the fall. The color options are too numerous to mention, let alone color combinations but it all depends what is pleasing to your eye!

The same goes for colors of floors and tile. At B & C floor Store, we have many colors to offer you. We want to share with you some ideas of using color with hardwood, carpet and tile in any room of your home.

B & C color tileCeramic Tile: Sheen, Colors: Beige, Pink, Orange and Red

 

glass tileWaves Glass Tile,  Color: Ocean Spray

blue tileFresco Tile,  Color: Blanco Brillo

carpetCarpet: All At Once, Color: Snowfall

carpet2Carpet: Liner Weave, Color: Soft Fleece

room_wideplank_gunstockHardwood: Gunstock (Red Oak), Solid Plus Engineered 7″ Width

room_wideplank_hickorysaddleHardwood: Hickory Saddle, Solid Plus Engineered, 6″ Width

More ideas coming!  Come back and visit with us, next month we are going to talk about Fashion in your home!

Stunning Tile Shapes

Stunning Tile Shapes

Happy New Year everyone! 2016 is going to be an exciting year and we are thrilled to start our first blog for 2016 on stunning tile shapes.

Let’s talking about how stunning tile shapes can make a difference in your space!

First, we’ll take a look at the Chicago tile – Envision yourself…You’ve just reached the Windy City of Chicago, your walking down the magnificent mile and the scent of the deep dish delight calls you into one of the best known establishments…But wait before you go to take a bite let us show you the Chicago experience of the Chicago tile collection- it’s a glazed porcelain tile that offers urban inspired design. It comes in 4 colors: Old Chicago, South Side, State Street and Wrigley. The collection offers shapes of 9 x 11 hexagon, 4 x 8 city mix field tiles, 4 x 16 stair treads and a 4 x 4 corners.

Below is the Chicago “South Side” tile.
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Next we have the Chicago “State Street” tile.
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The last Chicago tile is the “Wrigley”.
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The San Miguel ceramic tile has a color pallette that showcases the culture and style of Mexico. The browns, creams and turquioses mix well with embosses and rounded mosaics.
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The San Miguel ceramic tile also comes in the following stunning tile shapes for a more high-end look of sophistication.
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The “Contempo” ceramic tile is available in 5 colors and three different mosaic styles: Beveled In, Beveled Out, and Flat. A pencil bullnose and corner are also offered in each color!
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The “Boulevard” porcelain tile is available in 4 warm rustic colors, each with a shading variation that offers a little bit of gritty urban grunge.  The tile comes 3×16 or 8×16 formats and you can be as creative as you want with the installation. Below the deep copper Boulevard tile is installed in a chevron pattern.
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There are so many geometric shaped tiles to choose from such as square, rectangular, circular, octagon, hexagon, diamond and arabesque. No matter what shape or color of tile you choose for your space, it will be a big influencer of your style. but remember, there only good style if it it your style!

The future doesn’t wait and  there is not time like the present to make a difference in your space with stunning tile shapes.

A Stroll Through Hardwood in Autumn

A Stroll Through Hardwood in Autumn

Another season is upon us and like you, we cannot believe it is Autumn already. It is such a beautiful time of the year when everything seems to burst with its last beauty. As you stroll outside you can’t help but capture the warm tones of the colored leaves on the trees. You can feel the cool air on your skin as a slight breeze brushes by. As you inhale the beautiful day, you can smell the rich earth as it decomposes the bountiful vegetation of the summer.

Our topic for today is hardwood and there is no better time to talk about it than the present.

As the leaves fall from the trees you can’t help but notice the hardwood much more than the season before. The different bark on the trees are more apparent showcasing the many hardwood (and softwood) options that are available locally. But most of us aren’t Arborists and cannot distinguish the difference of the tree species just by the bark. So just as mother nature saved up all year for the grand finale of the Autumn color burst, we have saved up a few of our best hardwood floors to show you the different hardwood installations we have done in the past few months. Exciting times!!

Solid hardwood adds warmth, character and value to any room in your home. There are a variety of finishes, colors, widths and options to match your style – rustic to modern. Let’s talk about some of those options.

Back in September, we installed a lovely Baltic Oak hardwood floor in a large family room in Kittery, Maine. The method of installation was a floating floor. Unlike traditional solid wood planks that are nailed down, a “floating floor” is where the planks are snapped together. Our customer had a cement sub floor instead of the usual plywood underlay. This was the best method to transform the cold modern look of cement to that of a rich, warm classic floor. No matter what angle we shot the photo or the time of day we took the picture,  the new hardwood floor works beautifully in this space.

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Another hardwood floor project we did last month was in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The customer chose Sommerset 7” engineered wide plank hardwood floor Color:Mist for their kitchen, dining area and staircase. The hardwood floor installation was the standard method of nailing the hardwood to the wooden subfloor instead of using the method used above.

The look and feel of these new spaces are light and airy. Have you ever noticed that walking into a brightly colored room can lift your spirits? In the same way, flooring design elements like colors, styles, textures and finishes influence the way a room feels. Vast rooms can be made to feel cozier with matte, warm tone floors. Add sophistication with a dark hardwood floor. Use light colored floors to make a room feel more spacious and airy as was done with this project.

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The third hardwood floor we would like to share with you was in a home in North Hampton, New Hampshire. This month we worked closely with the Powell Builders in Hampton, NH (http://powellbuildersllc.com) and our customer on this hardwood floor project. Our customer chose Maple Natural Bistro, Coastal Grade 3 1/4” wide throughout the foyer, kitchen, dining room, 2 bedrooms, 2nd floor hallway and a sitting room.

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Your Carpet Installation Was Perfect. Now What? – Extending the life and quality of your carpeting

Your Carpet Installation Was Perfect. Now What? – Extending the life and quality of your carpeting

carpet-photo-01a You selected the carpet for your home, and it’s now been installed. You are excited about the end result, and now you want to maintain it. Just how do you go about extending the life of the carpet in your home and protecting your investment?

What are the four types of cleaning?

There are four different types of cleaning that the carpet requires. The most basic form of cleaning is vacuuming. The carpet has to be regularly vacuumed to remove the dirt regularly. In high traffic areas, the carpet may need to be vacuumed more often. If done regularly, up to 95 percent of the dirt could be removed from the carpets. Spot cleaning is performed when there is a spill. This could involve blotting a spot with a damp white towel. Spot cleaning should never include rubbing or scrubbing because this could cause the stain to settle further into the carpet. Interim cleaning is another form of cleaning. This form of cleaning targets soiling, and the equipment used is capable of targeting dirt buried deep into the carpet. Restorative cleaning is a deep cleaning treatment process that is performed by professional technicians as well. Households with pets, young children and members with allergies may need restorative cleaning more often than other households.

How to extend the life of the carpet in a home

There are several things that one can do to extend the life of the carpets in the home. How long the carpet lasts in a home depends on how often the flooring is cleaned. In following these tips, one can extend the life of the carpet.

Carpet Installation & Maintenace (Maintenance) Tips

Deep cleaning should be done periodically. Periodically deep cleaning should be done on a semi-annual schedule. Annually to semi-annually is the recommended cleaning schedule for most households.

Eliminate spots and spills immediately. The spots are removed immediately with a spot cleaning solution. These cleaning solutions are available at most grocery stores and are often quite effective in removing the initial stain.

Use carpet padding throughout house. Carpet padding in homes is used to absorb some of the impact created with regular traffic. The impact of daily traffic causes the fibers to become weaker, and padding addresses this by limiting the impact from walking and running.

Use matting near entries. Every area should have matting at every entry in the home. Giving people the opportunity to wipe their feet at each entry point offering access to carpeted areas limits the amount of dirt an area is exposed to over time.

Upgrade the vacuum in a home. A quality vacuum protects the piling in the carpet from wear and tear. More dirt can be removed on a much deeper level if the right vacuum is used. Generally speaking, the more expensive vacuuming systems are much better at targeting dirt well beneath the surface.

Establish no carpet zones. In preventing people from wearing carpet in a high traffic areas, oil, dirt and grime is less likely to make it to the carpet. The carpet is cleaner because it is exposed to dirt far less often.

A professionally installed carpet is the first line of defense in protecting the flooring. The real work comes with regular maintenance. Regular maintenance includes vacuuming, spot cleaning, restorative cleaning and interim cleaning. All forms of cleaning are necessary to keep the flooring looking its best for a longer period of time.

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Natural Stone

Natural Stone

Every year stone and tile companies continue to challenge themselves when it comes to the design of new products. They are continuously improving and expanding their product lines be it a new pattern, shape or size. But no matter how many tile product lines are added, there is one constant and that is natural stone. Who doesn’t love the look and feel of natural stone? Most do and there are many benefits! It’s natural, eco-friendly, it looks modern and luxurious at the same time and it adds a certain elegance that captures everyones heart.

When you visit our showroom, you will notice we showcase many tile samples of both natural and manmade stone. At a glance, it is hard to tell the difference…. but which one should you choose? Typically, it is your budget that will lead you to the right path of natural vs man made stone.

We are so excited to share with you a project we just finished in North Hampton, New Hampshire. Chris Howlett from Diamond Hill Builders spearheaded this project remodel. It consisted of a master bathroom all in natural stone and 2 other bathrooms (one for each daughter) in man made stone. Can you tell the difference?

We thank Diamond Hill Builders (http://diamondhillbuilders.com) again for thinking of us as their tile and installation company of choice!

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The master bath is all Crema Marfil Marble, 12 x 12 on the bathroom floor, shower ceiling and shower walls, some set straight and some set on a diagonal separated by a bursa beige mini brick decorative. 1 x 1 tiles are on the shower floor and there are also 2 pencil rails,  2 corner shelves and 2 wall niches. Grout Tec: Unsanded Pearl with Grout Boost: a grout protector.

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The 2 kids bath have Alaska White 3 x 6 tiles on the tub walls with Bright White Grout, 1 Niche each.  The floors are Roca Bianco 12 x 12 with Antique White Grout.

Kids Bath before

Kids Bath After

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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:

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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.

HARDWOOD FLOORS INSTALLED In MAINE

HARDWOOD FLOORS INSTALLED In MAINE

We Floored You!

Who doesn’t love hardwood floors! You can always find a variety of choices in hardwood flooring to enhance your decor and add richness to any room,  no matter what decorating taste or lifestyle you have. Hardwood floors come in a wide variety of wood species, colors, finishes and widths, which means that you don’t have to have the same as your neighbors or friends.

We want to share with you today, 3 hardwood installations we did in Maine, 2 were in York and the other in Kittery. Each of them chose a different species of wood; One chose 3 1/4” Solid Natural Hickory in the Family Room, the other 3 1/4” Solid Yellow Birch, Coastal Grade in the Kitchen, Hall, Bedroom (and adding tile in an entry that abuts the new wood floor)  and the third chose 3 3/4” Solid Natural Strand Woven Bamboo in the Living Room, Hall and custom made stairs treads.

Take a peek…

When you are looking to renovate or update your home, your floor is often the best place to start. Changing the flooring in your home will add style and function with ease. There are so many different types of wood to choose from and Hickory floors are gaining popularity, it is becoming the go-to-choice for many homeowners that are concerned with style and cost.  It is important to understand that durability and strength are a must when you are searching for the best floor option. You want your new floor to be able to stand the test of time no matter how much foot traffic your home sees. There are many exotic hardwoods from around the world but Hickory is known as the second hardest type of flooring found in the United States.

It is almost impossible to go wrong with hickory flooring. It is lighter in color, which is what many homeowners like most about this hardwood type. It has the ability to add warmth and light into just about any room.

York, Maine – 3 1/4” Solid Hickory Natural

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3 1/4” Solid Yellow Birch, Coastal Grade

Yellow Birch,  Coastal Grade is a popular choice among those desiring diversity in a floor’s appearance. The richest option for those looking for color contrasts, character and intriguing grain patterns, this grade will show an occasional mineral streak or a knot, which we feel only add to the species’ character and charm.

Yellow Birch Hardwood

 

3 3/4” Solid Natural Strand Woven Bamboo

Twice as hard as oak, strand bamboo is an optimal choice for busy homes when durability is needed to stand up to the wear and tear of family foot traffic, active kids and even pets. Here are some before and after pictures:

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