Last thoughts on Back Splash Tiles

We’ve talked a lot about back splash tiles over the last two blogs and in this blog we are just going to throw out some final thoughts and ideas on back splash tiles: Subway tiles add a touch of color and shimmer to any kitchen, and subway tiles come in dozens of colors and are usually pretty easy on the budget, so creating an interesting and inviting kitchen backsplash gives you plenty of wow for your dollar. For example, selecting a simple subway tile with a beveled edge for your kitchen backsplash introduces…Read more …

Blacksplash Tiles Part 2

There are seemingly more tile choices every day. Exceedingly easy to clean and maintain, they are as practical as they are pretty, Eco friendly recycled glass tiles are becoming a trendy option. When used as the primary tile for the backsplash or as an accent, glass tile will add a pop to your kitchen. Ceramic tiles are now available in an unimaginable combination of shapes, colors, and sizes. The tried and true ceramic offers a true value when considering their durability and versatility.  The fact that ceramic pairs exceptionally well with almost any…Read more …

Kitchen Tile Backsplash Part 1

Adding a new tile backsplash is more than just a way to turn up your kitchen's style. Anyone who cooks frequently knows that an easy-to-clean backsplash makes good sense. And the good news is that the beauty and utility of a new backsplash can be yours in a matter of days. With thousands of beautiful tiles to choose from, deciding on your new kitchen backsplash is probably going to be your biggest task. It should also be your most exciting one: this is your chance to show your creativity and style! The kitchen’s tile backsplash…Read more …

Winter Snow Giving You the Dry Wall Blues

When the winter snows unleash it is our houses that bear the brunt of the heavy snowfall, and we are often left with leaks and flooding when the snow begins to melt.  We see the till tell signs of the stained walls and the buckled flooring, and we know that there is damage underneath the surface. One of the most common problems that occurs during winter is frozen pipes bursting and causing flooding and damage behind the walls.  The solution is to first call a plumber to repair the burst pipes to stop the…Read more …

Add a Gardening Room!

Now that the weather is getting a bit tricky outside it’s time to start thinking about taking activities inside.  One way to do this is by adding a Gardening room to your basement.  It can be an inexpensive way to extend your love of gardening to a year-round activity even in the wild and unpredictable Chicago climate!All you need at minimum is about an 8 by 8 foot wide space. First thing we do is lay an easy to clean tile floor, preferably with a drain, but it is but necessary.  Next up…Read more …

Turn Dull Doors into Classy Decor

Like most things in life, sometimes it’s the things that are used the most that are noticed the least. Like all the doors in your home — in and out of rooms, to closets and utility rooms. But after a closer look, the scratches, cracks, old hinges and outdated style can be hard to miss. And so we have arrived at our next home improvement project: Dull Doors.By replacing worn, tired interior doors you give your home an updated look for a relative affordable price versus an expensive remodel. There are actually a…Read more …

Mudroom Part 2

The most important thing when you have a mudroom is to keep it tidy.  Don't let your mudroom become a chaotic catchall for shoes, athletic gear and outerwear.Some things to think about when adding or re-designing a mudroom: If space permits, there is one element every mudroom should have: a bench. A bench is helpful when taking off boots or setting down a briefcase or shopping bags. Bench seating should be open to the floor, which allows someone to sit down and put their shoes underneath when they come inside. Be sure to…Read more …

Mudroom!

With the snowy season fast approaching and with snow comes slush and dirt which can make a huge mess…wouldn’t it be nice to contain all the wet and mess to just one room?  Mudrooms are a fabulous addition to any home.  If you don’t have one you need one. If you have one, you probably need to update or re-organize it.  Either way, today we are all about mudrooms!Every house has a rear entrance. It’s generally located off the kitchen or between the kitchen and the garage, and it’s the primary entrance the…Read more …

Pantry’s

Pantry's come in all shapes and sizes from a small over-stuffed cabinet to a large walk-in closet.  One thing is certain, if you have one you will fill it or more likely over fill it.  If you don’t have one, you desperately need one.  A pantry can fit into a surprising amount of spaces that you may not have thought possible. But once you have taken the step and added the pantry to your kitchen, or enlarged your existing one, you will wonder how you survived so long without it.A well-organized pantry brings…Read more …

Entry Way ReFresh

The first thing someone sees when they enter your home is your entry way or foyer.  Yet this is often one of the most neglected areas of a home.  It is set up once and forgotten.  This often overlooked area is most likely in need of a bit of a refresh.Since this is the area that quite literally welcomes guests into your home, you may want to take the time to take a critical look at this area and determine if it is in need of a little refresh.   First, go outside and…Read more …