Stencil treatments are a fun way to update a space. This is a method that can be used if you're on budget, or if you're just wanting a quick refresh while you're waiting to do a more in depth reformat down the line. It allows you to dive into your creative side, explore something out of your comfort zone, without having to be fully committed. It's a great way to add visual dynamics to an otherwise bland space.
We all know flowers can add beauty and joy to a space, we see them used as a centerpiece or just to add some color, but their life span is less than thrilling...An amazing alternate to a floral centerpiece are a now, a fan favorite, succulents. Succulents can actually live outside of soil for 4-6 weeks! To add some color, we like to add fruits to the arrangements, clementine's, oranges, lemons and limes are our ultimate favs. We also like to brighten up kitchen and dining spaces with apples, pears, oranges, lemons, your pick! Here are some recent centerpiece creations from our team.
There are basically three types of wood style hardwood floor. There is laminate which is like a photocopy of wood grain on top of MDF or some type of wood derivative, then there is engineered wood which is pictured below, its top layers are wood and its lower layers, below the tongue and groove, are a wood derivative. Last, there is hardwood which is the solid wood through and through for example solid oak or solid teak or mahogany etc.
So we tend to be fans of the engineered hardwood style because it still provides the ability to sand and re-stain up to 3-4 times, so it offers a longer life. The advantage this has over a solid hardwood floor is that the material underneath the wood is stable material as opposed to a solid hardwood floor which can buckle or cup (warp up or warp down), as a result of being in direct contact to the changing temperatures and moisture content of the subfloor. You frequently see concrete with the plywood subfloor and then your wood floor. Concrete can leach moisture which gets into the plywood which then affects the hardwood floor overtime.
Sales people will try to get you to spend up on solid hardwood ($$$) saying you can sand it and re-stain it more times but that’s not actually totally accurate...No one can sand below the tongue and groove level. If you do this, the boards will no longer fit together, so whether it’s engineered or whether it’s hardwood, there are still only three or four sands in the life of the floor. This photo is of an engineered floor, you can see how the top quarter inch is the word and the bottom 3/4 of an inch is a word derivative.