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Whatever the Color Preferences, Get Going With the New Versailles Porcelain Tile Collection

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Some families love bright and bold colors that exude a wild energy while others are content with the neutral and the monochromatic. Whichever category you belong, everybody is agreed upon something. The gentle muted shades of gray, beige and tan are the ultimate crowd pullers. Neutrals maintain the balance in homes whether combined with harmonious color schemes or contrasted with the daring colors. Play the compare and contrast game with dazzling colors and favorite designs. The new Versailles porcelain tile collection feels at home in all environments!

The inspiration in the form of patterns comes from the Palace of Versailles. France it is that practiced aesthetic tastes in decoration, food and wine down the ages. We continue the timeless legacy with a few memorable imitations. All the way from the royal château that stands in the Île-de-France region of Europe comes the designs to grace the home. The kits come with tiles of several shapes and sizes that suit any installation plan in a variety of settings.

The natural stone look appropriately suits both the antique and modern styles. Express life and feelings with the pretty, regally stunning practicality of the Versailles collection. Check out a range of lovely neutrals in porcelain that are easily maintained. Each has a particular feel and movement that brings intense feelings of royalty, reminding of the palace where they originally occurred.
Castle Beige Porcelain Tile

This pattern presents the enigma of clouds that gently move before rainfall plummets down. The halo of creams and beiges blend into a scintillating design that haunts the senses for a long while. It reminds of castles of the medieval world and the natural stone tiles found there. You end up with moments of awe, respect, and ecstasy. Feature walls and floors, countertops and backsplashes, even on building exteriors, the tile go a long, long way. Contrast it with darker shades or let it stand by itself to impress either way.

Estate Naturale Porcelain Tile

Imagine the mighty walls that grace the countryside manors. The Estate Naturale Porcelain Tile is grand and spectacular. The movement presents a gentle effect of swirls and vertical lines. Shades of light and warm cream grace the eye and mind. A realistic representation of natural travertine that is yet quite easy to maintain, and a beauty that lasts through the ages. Grace the walls and floors, countertops and backsplashes with this travertine look porcelain.

Manoir Cafe Porcelain Tile

Find this shade in many modern homes. By greige, we mean something between gray and beige. This resourceful shade that spells tranquility looks gorgeous with white surroundings. Combine it with wood and stone too. Evoke memories of the eternity of stone decorations in Rome with the depiction of the natural charm of travertine. Available in three sizes, create pretty surfaces in the home anywhere convenient like on walls, floors, and countertops.

Manoir Grigio Porcelain Tile

Interior decorations often use the magic of gray in all its heartwarming shades along with beige and white. We have been busy with the neutral color game of balancing the grays with whites, yellows, and metallics. Manoir Grigio Porcelain Tile works intensely well both around neutral or contrasting shades. This porcelain is a no-nonsense variety that is easily cared for. Cast pretty patterns on your walls and floors and elsewhere.

Manoir Crema Porcelain Tiles

The charming travertine has graced many homes and businesses. The porcelain wonder with the exact appearance of travertine brings joy, life, and vitality to the surroundings. Bring home the best of two worlds. Creams and greige in a variety of shades mimic the distinctive natural poise of travertine. Grace the walls and floors besides countertops with the pretty, multipurpose porcelain.

Neutrals never looked so good. Creams or beiges, grays or beiges, get them all in the classic patterns of the dreamy Versailles Porcelain Tile Collection. Along with the incredible appearances of naturally graced stone comes the long lasting quality of easy to maintain porcelain. Style and practical concerns, grace and beauty come together in a single package called Versailles. Decide upon the overall room décor like color matching or contrasting across all the fittings, furniture, carpets and curtains according to preferences.

Continuous Home Maintenance: A 6-Point Checklist

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Since, for most individuals, their home represents their single – largest, financial asset, doesn’t it make sense, they should do all they can, to effectively protect this investment? Doing so, does not mean, wasting a lot of money, or doing massive programs, at one time, but, rather, developing, creating, and using a clear – cut plan, which includes scheduled maintenance, etc, so they minimize potential problems, etc. With that in mind, based on personal ownership of both my home, as well as investment properties (owning and managing multi – family houses), and my over a decade, as a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, in the State of New York, this article will briefly propose a suggested 6 – step, maintenance schedule and checklist.

1. Exterior paint, and/ or maintenance: If the exterior of your home is wood (such as wood shingle), you will need to paint it, on an ongoing basis, to keep it, in the best possible condition. Depending on your location, climate, and proximity to salt water (ocean, bays, seas, etc), this schedule will vary. Once you know it, inspect regularly, to determine the best schedule. Don’t put it off, because delay generally means, a bigger job will be necessary, and thus, increase your costs. If your exterior is vinyl or metal, you won’t need to paint, but must power – wash the exterior, on a regular schedule, often determined by your grounds, trees, and geographic region.

2. Interior paint: You don’t need to paint the entire house, at once! Rather, understand, certain areas, such as kitchens, bathrooms, dining room, dens and living rooms, as well as children’s rooms, often need refreshing, more often than other areas. Follow a schedule, and do a little, at a time!

3. HVAC Tune – up: Most components have a certain, useful life. Generally, for example, the water heater has a life of about a decade, while other components far longer. Have your supplier, technician, etc, do an Annual Preventative Maintenance, including cleaning the unit and filters. Check, clean and/ or replace your air conditioning filters, on a regular basis.

4. Walkways and patios: In colder climates, these areas take far more abuse, than in warmer climates. The salts, we use to melt the snow and ice, as well as the expansion and shrinkage, which occurs, when temperatures widely fluctuate. Regular maintenance and prevention, will often extend their useful lives!

5. Driveways and roofs: Most driveways are made of asphalt, while some are concrete, paving stones, or other materials. The useful life of asphalt, is often expanded, by using something, known as Blacktop and Sealing, which fill smaller cracks and imperfections, and thus extend use. Examine the leaders and gutters, and keep them clean, and debris clean. Consider a system, if cost – effective, which may minimize challenges to these areas. When cleanings are done, inspect the roof, and keep it clean, and well – maintained.

6. Tree pruning, and gardening/ grounds: Have your trees pruned and thinned – out, to minimize potential damage, and keep the trees healthy! Have a regular schedule, to maintain your grounds, and improve the appearance of your gardens!

The key to home maintenance and repair, is to do a little, at a time! Smart homeowners use the concept of preventative maintenance!