Saturday, October 30, 2010

I'm Dreaming of A...Cozy Lodge

As the leaves fall and the air gets more crisp, I'm dreaming of a cozy lodge to sit by a fire in.

More Ideas for Your Home Spa Environment!

 Check out this exposed pipe shower system...
 A bath built for two...
What kind of a spa environment would you like to create in your own home?
 Your very own waterfall...
 Rain is falling from the ceiling in your own spa, sleeping, and dressing area.  Call it your very own!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Fresh Rugs Designs for Your Cold Feet

Let's talk rugs for a minute, because, if you're like most homeowners today you're putting down hard surface flooring--exotic hardwoods, porcelain tile, or eco-trendy cork.  They're beautiful, they give you just the look you were going for, but something's missing. 

Designer's use a million buzzwords for area rugs.  They say they "anchor a room," "define a space," "add warmth under foot."  But this brings up an equal number of questions for you, the homeowner:
  • How large of a rug should I use?
  • What should I plan to spend on a rug?
  • Why buy quality?
  • What's new and fresh?  I'm tired of the Persian rugs.
  • Is it going to look too busy?
I encounter these questions just about every day, and I like to explain the three different ways you can use a rug with these pictures:

Think of a rug as either a boat or a raft.  If you have a raft (far left image), all of your furniture "hangs on," but not with all four legs.  This anchors a room, creates a more intimate feel, and is a bit more cost effective rug investment.  This is also a more contemporary approach.

If you have boat, all of your furniture "gets on," meaning that the furniture is completely on the dimensions of the rug.  As you see in the middle image, this causes a room to feel larger and is a more traditional look.

Many people make the mistake of purchasing a rug that is much too small, say a 5 x 7 in the living room.  This is what is shown in the third image.  A rug that is too small does very little for a room and fails to make an impact like you would want to.

Check out a few of my favorites that we just got in:
This will liven up your living room!
This is a spectacular, classy graphic floral.  It would look great in your classic or contemporary interior.
The amount of coveting that is going on with this fun rug from the Dharma collection is ridiculous.  Two of our designers just about have this one on order.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

More than Countertops

Love stone or quartz? Already have it on your countertops and looking for other ideas of what to do with it. Thinking just a little outside of the box can get you a few good ideas!
BATHROOMS & BEDROOMS
It is common to use a solid surface for you vanity countertops and tub decks. Why not top your shower curb and bench with the same material? Wrap your shower walls in full solid slabs as well. Bring natural stone into your bedroom by using it as a headboard and/or a footboard. Don’t get stuck using it on just horizontal surfaces – think vertical!

Images: Trends

OFFICE & DINING ROOM
Instead of wood or glass, use a solid natural stone or quartz as your desk top. Use it has your inspiration piece to decorate the rest of your office in both your business and personal office space. Using a solid slab for your dining room table would be a great conversation piece when you have company over for the holidays.
WALL ART
Have you seen some of the artwork Mother Nature has created?! Why not use it for just that? Artwork! Whether you pick up a 12” x 12” granite, marble, or even onyx tile, frame it and throw it up on the wall or you buy a large 5’ x 8’ and get it mounted on the wall – natural stone is beautiful artwork. Onyx is translucent, so back light it for a dramatic effect.

Image: Stand Out Fireplaces

Let me know if you have any more creative ideas. I would love to hear about them!

Fee-Fi-FAUX...FUN!


Your home can be a reflection of your image and values!

Seek a piece that blends old world looks with modern function. The end result is finding that interesting “used” piece of history, ready for use without refinishing or dealing with a faulty drawer.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Look Up! How's Your Fifth Wall Looking?

Picture this: you've got your house just about where you want it.  Your designer has spent hours with you selecting a beautiful paint scheme for your walls, arranged your furniture just so (and supplemented with a few pieces you fell in love with when you visited the showroom), hung the most spectacular window treatments your girlsfriends have ever seen, and scattered unique, conversation worthy accessories and artwork that pull the whole look together.  But something's missing and you just can't quite put your finger on it.

Could it be your ceiling?

My clients often ask me to come up with a paint scheme for their home, but I've never had one ask for a ceiling scheme! I like to tell my clients that the ceiling is their fifth wall and deserves just as much attention as the walls it sits on.

If you're having a tough time imagining anything but ceiling white paint in a flat finish, check out a couple of these ideas:
 What a charming look, a ceiling all clad in white beadboard!
A deep accent color offers welcome relief from the otherwise neutral palette of this kitchen, and contrasts nicely with the glossy white coffers.
 This kitchen's rustic look is completed with weathered, exposed beams.
 A high gloss ceiling could just about make this designer's heart sing.  This one is fun because the scale of the furnishings is so low, it gives the eye a reason to enjoy the whole, grand space.

 Why not tile the ceiling too?
Historic tin ceiling tiles fit nicely into this coffered ceiling and echo the tile floor below.

So, where to begin?  Start where all risky design decisions start: in your powder bathroom.  Clad the ceiling with beadboard, pick out a gorgeous crown, and then pick the most delightful paint color you've ever laid your eyes on.  Not quite seeing it?  I'd love to take a look and give some suggestions!  Send in your pictures and I'll post a response!



Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Practically Eco: Switch out Your Bulbs

Perhaps you've heard, or maybe you haven't, but designers everywhere are despairing over the lighting change that will hit in 2012.  At that time, incandescent bulbs will have been phased out of the lighting market in the United States and will no longer be available for purchase.  Now, Edison had a good thing going when he invented what has evolved into the incandescent light bulb, but "green" wasn't exactly a buzzword at the time.  Because of the government mandated switch, homeowners won't have much of a choice, but there are several benefits to switching to compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs:

Image: Energy Pal

But what about the horror stories?  What about the compromising effect of fluorescent lighting on children in elementary schools?  What about the headaches these lights are blamed for?  The good news is, fluorescent lighting has come a long way.

So, if you're making the switch (and why wouldn't you?!), what do you need to know when you're standing in the light bulb aisle?  Start here:
·  CFLs can appear brighter than a traditional bulb.  Err on the side of caution and drop down to the next lowest wattage available.
·  "Soft white" is the best fit for bedrooms and living areas
·  "Daylight" is a great choice for kitchens and baths
·  "Full spectrum" is ideal for offices and basements
·  Save "bright white" for outdoor spaces
·  Once you get the bulbs home, don a pair of gloves when twisting the bulbs into place to protect yourself from the chemical coating inherent to the bulbs.


  • A single CFL replaces approximately 10 traditional bulbs, lasting 5-7 years! 
  • CFLs use about one quarter of the energy of a traditional bulb.  Make the switch for the next month and watch your electric bill fall.
  • Incandescent bulbs utilize a phenomenal amount of coal.  Switching even one traditional bulb for a CFL saves 500 pounds of coal!

Why Not Start with Countertops First?

A few countertop materials…but hundreds of colors!
Tile…Thousands of colors, textures and patterns!
Paint Colors…Millions!
Wood Species…a few. Wood stains…hundreds!
Lighting, hardware, plumbing…thousands!

Are you overwhelmed and confused with all your options? Let me help!

With every element in a room comes thousands, if not millions, of options for each one! Then the question becomes, “Where do I start?” There are many directions you can go with designing any room. Don’t go into your project thinking there is only a right way and a wrong way. I know that doesn’t help narrow anything down…so let me tell you what I like to do when designing kitchens and bathrooms.

Being a stone geek, I like to use the countertop as my inspiration piece for the rest of the space (normally, kitchens and bathrooms). Countertops are commonly a main focal point, especially with large islands quickly becoming a familiar gathering location for many families. That is where the food is located after all! So let’s start there…

Though there are hundreds of beautiful granite slabs, it is normally a quick process of elimination of what works for your home and what doesn’t. With a countertop choice made, your options have been narrowed down for everything else. (Well, a little bit)! If a couple different granites (or other materials) work for your countertop, take the design a bit further with all of them. Maybe you will have a heard time finding a backsplash you like for one of your options; so eventually you will be able to continue to narrow down your options.

Idea #1: Wanting an updated traditional look I used Painted Sage Green with Chocolate Glaze from Eheart Essential Cabinetry and a 2” x 4” milk chocolate glass as my backsplash. The countertop will have a calming contrast with the cabinets allowing both to be individual focal points. The chocolate glass gets pulled both from the chocolate glaze in the cabinets and brown veins running throughout the slab; being a subtle element it continues to allow the granite countertop to be the main focal point. Once again, not wanting much of a contrast I went with a light/multi color quartzite for the floor. (Image Above)
Idea #2: Wanting a brighter splash of color and a bit more modern style. Pulling auburn from the slab, the 2” x 4” auburn glass backsplash will definitely catch your eye. I changed the cabinet to a Coffee stained Lyptus Wood, with a recessed flat panel door, to compliment the granite allowing the granite and backsplash to contrast each other for my main focal points. (Image Below)

With those decisions made, all the other decisions; paint, hardware, fabric, etc., should come a little easier. Always keep in mind the overall style you are aiming for, that will help narrow down your options.
Your spaces should be just as unique as you. There are many elements in a room and many choices to be made, email me and let me help you pull them all together to create the space you have been dreaming about! – sarahWATSON

Monday, October 18, 2010

Designer Dreams, Never Realized

I think if I weren't a designer, I would find whatever is going on the mind of one utterly perplexing.  As a result, it doesn't come as a surprise to me on the rare occasion when a client just can't quite visualize what I'm proposing for her home.  Trusting a designer with your home (and your home improvement budget!) can be a challenge, especially if you've never worked with her before.  Rest assurred, your designer thinks about your home obsessively, sometimes wakes up at night and jots notes to herself, and is constantly refining your design to make sure it gets executed beautifully.  Or, at least, this designer does!

Visualizing your designer's concept for your space can be a challenge.  Since the entertaining season is just around the corner, take a peek at a few dining room concepts I've designed that never did get executed as they're shown here:


This client came into our store on a whim with a girlfriend one day. She had a family of eight and had written off the possibility of finding a dining table that could seat her family and another, should she ever find time to entertain! She was greeted in our store with a spectacular table, 116 inches long, and large enough to seat her whole crew (and more!). As I sat down with her, she communicated that she wanted an eclectic look--a refined, tasteful mix of urban contemporary and classic pieces. I pulled together this look for her, letting a fabulous rug that we had just gotten in dictate the nomadic color scheme.

This client was looking for a casual, "stay awhile" dining room. She and her husband entertained frequently, but they entertained over meals that were simple and served family style, not with multiple course, fancy foods. She wanted her guests to enjoy one another over a casual meal, and she needed a dining room that would help facilitate this. My jumping off point for this room actually began in selecting three colors of casual, durable, playful Fiestaware for her to use as her "company best." Once my pallette of lemongrass, ivory, and butter had been chosen by the dishware, I softened the look with warm gray neutrals. To keep the room from feeling too predictable, I contrasted the lighter tones of the fabric and walls with an ebony sideboard and mirror. I took a hint from her existing finishes and wanted to see a piece of the same quartz used in her kitchen over the sideboard so that she could serve hot foods or liquids without having to worry about the piece of furniture.

So, what rooms are you dreaming up?  I'd love to hear about it!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Create a Getaway...Right in Your Own Home

Have you ever wondered or thought about why you leave home to go to the spa?  You could create your own spa environment to treat yourself to everyday.  Just a couple of trips to a resort spa could put a big dent in your home spa renovation budget. 

Just think about the great amenities you could surround yourself with for your own personal use.  You could be soaking in a air and water jetted deep tub, sitting in your steam shower, letting the rain drizzle down your face in your rain shower, grabbing your warm towel from your towel warmer, put your warm wet feet on the heated floors, and relaxing those tired muscles with your own massage therapist using your massage table that fits right on top of your freestanding tub.  When you complete your daily ritual you can lounge on your nearby chaise to read or listen to your piped in music while you experience a facial...what else could make your day any better.  Take a few minutes and ask yourself, "Are you worth the attention?"  "How would you feel if you had these experiences on a daily basis?"  I would love to hear your thoughts!

Take a peek at the retreats I've created for past clients:


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Best Projects for Resale

Look around your house.  Do you see any 8x8 floor tile?  How about shiny white 4x4 tile?  Do your neutrals look a bit pink?  *Sigh.*  What were those builders thinking twenty years ago?!  Before you put your house on the market, it's time for a little facelift!

A few years ago, the housing market was booming.  Houses sold just because they were on the market, with little regard to what had to go into the house for improvements.  Today, buyers are looking for customization, high style, and a minimal move-in "must do" list when they're searching for a new place to call home.  In this market, sellers must make improvements at the front end in order to sell their homes for what they deserve!  A bit of a paradigm exists here, though, because sellers don't want to invest in a property they are trying to get rid of.  Take this bit of advice from a seasoned professional: spend a little to make a lot.  So, where's a homeowner to spend?  Here are my top five projects for resale:

1. Bathroom Remodel.  Updating your bathrooms (especially your main level bath and master bath) is the best and most profitable improvement you can make on your home.  If you put $15,000 into two or three of the bathrooms in your home, you'll be looking at a return of 130%.  That's a gain of about $5,000!  Focus on updating your faucets and upgrading your counter surface.  In a master bath, upgrade to a double sink kitchen counter height vanity.  There are cost effective ways to do this!  Let me help you update your bathrooms with remnant granite, stock tile, and a few accents that really make your home look custom.  You don't have to spend a whole lot to make a world of difference!
2. Basement Refinish/Remodel.  Especially in this area of the country, finishing your basement, or updating the existing finishes, is a fantastic way to invest your money.  Investments in your basement return at 108% when your home sells.  Recently, I helped a couple do flooring for their entire basement (1,000 square feet) for less than $3,000--including installation.  When I did my final walk through, I would have never known how budget concious the client was.  Let me help you do the same!
3. Kitchen Remodel.  Kitchen's used to be king for resale investments, but today they rank third!  Still, the kitchen is a worthy place to make some improvements.  For starters, update your counter surface, sink, and faucet.  Updating the backsplash doesn't have to be a tremendous investment to really pull your look together.  Removing some of your upper cabinets to open up the space and adding an island or peninsula (if space allows) are other great ways to bring your kitchen up to date.  Remove bulky or outdated light fixtures and opt for recessed can lighting.
4. Exterior Paint Scheme.  Before a buyer ever sets foot in your home, they see the exterior and make a judgement call.  Is your exterior paint scheme scaring away buyers?  Updating your exterior paint scheme is a great way to give your home an inviting look and welcome them to take a look inside--or make an offer!  If you can't afford to paint the whole house, maybe updating your trim paint and front door color will be enough to sell the home.  Let me help you pick a paint scheme!
5. General Improvements.  While the four areas above are the most worthy investments for resale, making a few general improvements never hurts!  Here's a few ways to improve:
·         Add crown mouldings in living room
·         Update fireplace and mantel
·         Update ceiling mounted lighting fixtures
·         Remove popcorn ceilings
·         Remove wallpaper
·         Update living room flooring
·         Hardwood in Master Suite if possible
·         Go for overall likeability
·         Float furniture in the room

Once you've got your home improvements done, a great realtor will help you sell your home in no time--even in this market!

Furniture: Don't Get Stuck, Colorado!

Colorado, Are you tired of shopping for furniture and finding the same old boring leather couch? Do you want more than 10 cup-holders as the “wow” factor? You have a choice and we encourage you to find your style without losing comfort. You should not be scared to venture into the realm of style, after all your furniture is what you see everyday and have to live with. Whatever piece you decide to go with it does not have to be bland to stand up to changing style. Don’t walk into your home to find the same furniture you see everywhere else.
We strive to find the best in quality, value, and style for this reason. We choose brands for numerous reasons and here is what we found to offer timeless classics that you can live with and not worry about being stuck in the 2010’s in 20 years.


Do not forget about the dining room table. We are creeping up on the holidays and you should ask yourself, do you want to use the table cloth to add color, or just hide that table? I encourage you to spice up the dining room with something different. Going with a quality piece of furniture is a sure bet way to have a comfortable and beautiful centerpiece to your family gathering. From traditional to contemporary a new table is a great showcase for the one time of the year you do not eat in front of the TV. An oak table has always been the staple, but with the growing number of options in wood species and style why settle for ordinary? Take a look at a few of these picks:




If a new table is not in your budget this year, try changing the fabric of your cushions. It is cost effective way to freshen things up.
Still cannot find anything you like? Maybe you want a contemporary look that is with this season’s fashion and like changing every year.  Our designers are here to help you make the best choices and the selection to find that perfect piece - or set to complete your home. As always, if you have not seen anything you like, we custom order and can get many brands before the holidays.

Thanks for reading and I encourage you to push your style limits. Nothing ever changes when you are stuck!  - Missy E.

Monday, October 11, 2010

SUBWAY TILE: ALL AROUND CLASSIC

Covering the walls of the New York City Subway System, rectangular, white ceramic tile was introduced to the world in 1904. Quickly gaining popularity, designers started regularly using 3” x 6” white subway tile to create timeless designs in many kitchen backsplashes, bathroom walls and even fireplace surrounds. The trend of using subway tile in many areas of the home continued for decades; evolving into much more than white 3” x 6” ceramic tile.
CLASSIC TRADITIONAL TO CLASSIC MODERN…WELL, JUST ALL AROUND CLASSIC
Image: HGTV
With a classic material and layout on the floor, the 2” x 8” natural stone subway in a herringbone pattern keeps the soft classic traditional element in the room. While, stacking a longer subway tile on the walls, the 2” x 12” glass quickly turns the bathroom into a classic modern design. (All shown in image above)
Image: Walker Zanger
Using the original 3” x 6” ceramic tile with a splash of color and a beveled edge, subway tile quickly added a subtle texture and dimension to this kitchen backsplash. Once again, giving subway tile the ‘All Around Classic’ title.
A few more quick thoughts….
LAYOUT
· Think vertical instead of horizontal
· Stacked instead of staggered
· Herringbone (as seen in the above photo)
SIZE
· 12” x 24” isn’t too big! They are great for floors and shower walls!
· Try a longer rectangle like a 2” x 12” or 3” x 8” to create that classic modern design
· Mix sizes…every other row can be 2” x 12” alternating with 4” x 8”
MATERIAL
· While ceramic will always be the original subway tile keep in mind other materials. They might be just what you need to create the exact look you are going for! Take a look at last weeks post – TILE: IT’S NOT WHAT IT USE TO BE to give you more ideas on what materials are available
· Natural Stone – Travertine, Marble, Slate, Granite and Limestone
· Glass and Metal
ALL AROUND CLASSIC explains why subway tile has been a favorite for designers for so many decades and continues to make its presence known. While 3” x 6” ceramic subway tile is still very commonly used in many homes to create that classic design; don’t be afraid to venture out and see all the other possibilities! Please email me if you are looking for that timeless design, I would love to help!



Cozying Up Your Home for Fall

Is there anything better than that first chilly day that hints at fall?  Fall is a great time to add some cozy details that hint at a coming winter to your home.  This time of year, you're absolutely inundated with the typical mums, pumpkins and gourds of every shape and size, and tacky Halloween decorations.  What's a classy homeowner like yourself to do?  Here's a few thoughts for stylish ways to take the chill off this fall:
  • White pumpkins and gourds.  Even in a modern interior, a white pumpkin feels classic and seasonally appropriate.  How about a collection of white gourds in a tall cylindrical vessel?
  • Image: Country Living
  • Fall folliage.  This is the time of year to swap your spring/summer flowers for tastes of fall.  How about crab apple or aspen branches in a galvanized vase?  Or, think beyond flowers and try braeburn apples or bosc pears.
  • Texture.  Autumn brings a tremendous amount of texture to nature this time of year.  Think about the sensory experiences of a fall day: the crunch of leaves underfoot, the rustle of drying grasses in the wind, the vivid colors of the leaves before they fall from the trees.  Add texture with tweedy chenilles or fur throws.
 This fun, light weight fabric by Massoud is an elegant nubby silk with a contrasting jute overlay.  This would make stunning under curtains in your dining room!







This fabric is the most spectacular combination of neutrals, grays, golds, and browns in an incredibly soft, high texture chenille by Massoud.  We're so obsessed with it, we're wearing it out!







This rich velvet by Lexington has a unique wood grain texture to it.  What a great way to add texture and softness--just by switching out a throw pillow!










  • Color.  Fall has a spectacular palette worth trying out in your home.  Add rich caramels, pralines, and chocolates to your neutral palette.  Try out a pumpkin orange or pick up on the colors of fall produce.  Paint is inexpensive and easy to change (yes, even seasonally!), so put a couple of coats of one of these colors on an accent wall in your dining room so you can enjoy it when you have a houseful for thanksgiving!  (Clockwise from upper left: Sherwin Williams' 6390 Bosc Pear, 7709 Copper Pot, 7740 Messenger Bag, 2837 Aurora Brown.)

  • Do away with the hum-drum.  Forgo the over done collection of fall accessories found everywhere this time of year in favor of unique items that will have people wishing they could cozy up in your home instead of theirs!  Try a couple of these from our unique accessory lines:

This large scale vase hints at fall with the veining of a leaf.
Scatter these porcelain pine cones on your coffee table or mantle for a more modern take on traditional pine cones.

Need a second set of eyes as you pull together your fall decor?  I'd love to help!  Email me a picture and I'll post suggestions.


Friday, October 8, 2010

TREND ALERT!

Vickie, our resident trend expert says...
Rough Luxe is the new term being used in the field of innovation and interior design.  The term describes the Trend of timelessness, luxury, nature, environment as well as comparing objects and thinking of their lineage.  The idea of luxury is about creating environments which support the interactions of the people within the spaces with a sense of warmth, charm and authenticity in a Rough Luxe scheme.  Simplicity as a background and style within an interior space while featuring luxurious finishes, fabrics, lighting, cabinetry, furnishings and art is characteristic of this style.  The vivid contrast of distressed wood, crystal chandeliers, rough antiques, contemporary wall finishes, barn wood, velvet, chenille, soft leather would describe some of the examples of this style.   The theme of pampering oneself in the home environment with home spa bathrooms, exquisite kitchens for exceptional cuisine preparation and refined but comfortable living spaces will continue to be part of the interior environment well into the next decade.   To sum it up authenticity, reuse and sustainability (from the perspective of not redoing in the future) is the new luxury.
Image: Architectural Digest, Oct 2010

PRACTICALLY ECO: YOU'LL LOVE CORK, EVEN IF YOU DON'T HUG TREES

About a year and a half ago, I (Emily), took the LEED accreditation exam.  After hundreds of hours of studying and preparation and a two hour exam, six letters now follow my name…which mean very little to the bulk of the population.  LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and deals with putting that buzzword “green” into practice.  LEED was started by the United States Green Building Council to provide guidelines and standards for making “green” a less elusive term and setting it into practice across the world.

But you’re probably a homeowner, just wanting to pull your house together so that the neighbors compliment you relentlessly when they stop by and so that your friends believe that you, yes you, really have done it all—carting the exceptionally bright kids to competitive sporting events, having your dream job and being phenomenally successful at what you do all while having a spotlessly clean home that should really be pictured in a major interior design magazine!  Right?  Isn’t that what you’re going for?  Not all this eco-business?

This weekly feature will introduce you to tips, terminology, and products that actually matter to the average homeowner (even if you could hardly qualify as casually “green”) and save you money.

This week, I’d like to introduce cork flooring.
First off, here’s what it looks like installed:
Cork works its way seamlessly into this fairly traditional kitchen, providing the warmth of wood with the practicality of a resilient floor in an area that sees a lot of standing.

Cork flooring is exceptionally versatile, coming in planks or tiles, which can be combined to create beautiful wood looks (first image) or tile looks (above).
These cute penny round tiles would look adorable in your kids bath or powder bath, don’t you think?  They can be stained most any color, offering the look of a mosaic floor or ceramic penny rounds, with the resilience of cork!
Believe it or not, it’s cork!  You can even get an exotic or traditional wood inlay look with this product.

What makes it green?
·         Long lifecycle.  The majority of cork flooring is made of recycled cork.  Very little waste is produced in its production.  What is can be recycled for insulation or other purposes.  Cork has a long life (50-75 years), can be refinished (just like wood!), and is completely biodegradable when it’s time for a change.
·         Maintains heat and cold, so you don’t spend your Christmas fund on your outrageous utility bill.  And, it’s warm underfoot, so you can forget icicle toes on the cold kitchen floor while you try to make your morning cup of coffee.
·         Cork oak trees can be harvested more frequently than hardwood, harvesting three times for every hardwood harvest.  Whoa…cork comes from a tree? you may be saying.  Yep, see?
Cork is what is under the bark on the cork oak tree.  The tree can be harvested of cork without harming or falling the tree!
Why is you NEED it in your home…
·         Cork is naturally hypo-allergenic, insect resistant, and fire-resistant.
·         Cork is insulative, making it great for maintaining room temperature, providing a sound barrier, and reducing impact on your bones and joints.  It’s a fantastic sound barrier, making it the perfect choice for your teenage boy’s disaster of a bedroom/gaming epi-center/aspiring music studio.  It’s equally great for your rec room, your kitchen, or your bathroom.
·         Cork can be installed above or below grade—meaning that you can install this in your basement if you’d like and you won’t hear that annoying hollow sound other flooring can produce, you’ll create an insulative barrier in one of the colder areas of your home, and provide a surface resilient enough for the casual living that takes place in basements.
If you’re thinking about replacing flooring in any area of your home, stop in or send me a quick email—let’s see if cork might be the perfect fit!