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contents Photos courtesy of (left to right) Traditions in Tile and Stone, photography by Susan V. Hill; Levantina, photography by Tomasz Warek, designed by BNR Builders; The Tile Shop

Tiled in Style Tile is popping up in surprising places and in new materials all over Atlanta. Don’t miss our handy tile comparison chart!

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10 Editor’s Letter 12 Editor’s Picks

Unique home décor shopping on Chamblee’s Antique Row

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Quick tips, expert advice, fun events and more!

18 Garden Inspiration

Check out the 2014 Urban Agriculture Council’s Judge’s Choice Winners!

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What’s in (and what’s out!) with the “softer side” of décor trends

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So this month—which happens to be National Decorating Month—don’t fight it. Embrace that urge to decorate! Pick one favorite room in your house and ask yourself, how can I make this better? It’s not like there’s a shortage of décor options in our big, beautiful city! A quick Google search of “Atlanta home décor” gives you over 20 million results.

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So get your creative sparks flying by reading a few of this month’s features and departments. On page 26, we address any budget constraints head-on with our “Decorating on a Dime” contest. You won’t believe how beautiful $1000 can

First, there are four basic types of material available to choose from, including: • Vinyl – a material that does not age well • Galvanized – is steel with a zinc coating that can rust from the edges • Galvalume – is steel with aluminum and zinc coating, but it could still rust from the edges over time • Aluminum – offers the best option to avoid rust and provide superior corrosion resistance

be! If antique-ing and one-of-a-kind-ing is your style, see

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• Use compatible fasteners to avoid galvanic action (or rust) • Have no obstructions which could cause water damming and buildup of trash • Have the ability to remove a single panel to access areas to maintain the system properly

our Chamblee Antique Row editor’s picks on page 12. (You won’t believe the fun and affordable décor available in that charming little shopping district!) And by the way, decorating isn’t limited to knick-knacks and paint color. Page 46 features a great way to “decorate” your kitchen, bath and much more…with tile! We even decorate your outdoor space in our feature on choosing No matter what area or room you choose, upgrading your indoor/outdoor décor is easier and more fun than you ever imagined. So don’t be afraid to jump in and get creative. This is the month to do it! Happy Decorating,

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In this Issue 4 Things You’ll Learn This Month

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Where can you get some unusual home decor? p. 12 Who won our Decorating on a Dime contest? p. 26

Charles G. Crisp, President and Bella Lizasuain, General Manager

What is an encaustic tile? p.51 What are the most popular grasses in Atlanta? p. 57

Coming in May

Photo courtesy of Emily Followill, photography by Emily Followill

After our brutal winter, we’re all ready to bound around our yards like happy springtime puppies. Check out our features on all the ways you can turn your backyard into a play space, from playgrounds to putting greens to bocce courts! Heading back indoors, we will also feature all the neat ways you can use wallcovering in your home. Also, in honor of National Home Improvement Month, we’ll turn you on to all the new, super-helpful free tools and home improvement apps out there!

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Chamblee’s Antique Row

editor’s

picks

New and notable home improvement products

In celebration of National Decorating Month, we decided to go off the beaten mall/retail store path in search of more one-of-a-kind home décor options. What better place to do this than in the shopping district called “Chamblee’s Antique Row”? While these picks by no means show all the fabulous shops in this area, it’s a great sample of the nifty, thrifty stuff you can find for your home.

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1. Treasure Hunt

2. Estate Gallery We honestly couldn’t take

3. Consignment Furniture Depot

4. Broad Street Antique Mall

5. The Icehouse

Enter a cavernously cool store called The Treasure

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We may never shop retail

When you first walk in to

much in the “Chamblee

Hunt. We spied some chic

of elegant glass, statues,

furniture again. Store

this store, you find a small

Antique Row” area, it’s

designer-type women

home décor and more.

employees tell us that

retail-feeling space with

definitely something of

perusing the seeming

This shop has a high-end

the (wonderful, chic) stuff

shelves full of beautiful

a departure. You’ll find

acres of cute knick-

boutique feel. Easy to see

they sell here often comes

collectibles and décor. But

vintage goods from the

knacks, collectibles and

why it’s called a “gallery”

from movie sets and other

enter the back area and

50s – 70s. One look at

furniture. No wonder!

with its emphasis on

high-end places. We found

you are transported to

this groovy chair and

The enormous selection

beautiful artwork. We had

so many great, unique

antique furniture nirvana.

you just know they

is a designer’s paradise.

to resist bringing home

pieces like this bright red

Unique pieces like this

carry interesting vintage

We especially loved this

this set of bright blue

corduroy lounger. Stop

leather-topped octagonal

furniture, knick-knacks

swanky hand painted

Asian “dogs.” Go see them

by at 5461 Peachtree Rd,

table are everywhere. Visit

and even vintage-look

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at 3550 Broad St. Suite

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them at 3550 Broad Street,

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homefront Expert Tips, News and Happenings from Atlanta’s Home Improvement Community

Expert Q&A

Green For Sale

Q:

What type of stainless steel countertop

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A:

Three common grades of stainless steel exist

in the foodservice industry and are: Types 304, 316 and 400. The best grade for homes, Type 304, has the necessary stain and corrosion resistance and is easily formed into shapes and welded. Type 316 has higher stain resistance and is commonly seen in high acidity environments, but is much

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more expensive. Type 400 is

Shy spring is peeking its head up (finally!) and Atlanta gardeners are

less expensive but is prone to

rejoicing. Many of them are headed to Decatur this month where they can

rust and corrosion. (Interesting

find the best selection of vegetables, herbs, trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials

side note: 400 grade is magnetic

and much more. The annual Plant Sale Festival is hosted by the

and 300s are not. This is why

Wylde Center at the organization’s Oakhurst Garden, and will

kitchen inspectors often carry

run from Friday to Sunday, April 10–12 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day. All of

magnets with them in

the vegetables have been propagated by the Wylde Center’s horticulture staff, while many of the other plants offered for sale will be provided by

restaurants, to confirm which

local growers and partner organizations. Proceeds from the sale benefit the

type they are using.)

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—Dewey Thomas

See WyldeCenter.org for more information.

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Photo courtesy of Anvil Metalworks, Inc.

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WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS MONTH April 10–12 Dogwood Festival Hours Vary Piedmont Park Dogwood.org

April 18 – May 10 2015 Decorators Show House and Gardens Hours Vary DecoratorsShowHouse.org

April 10–12 Wylde Center Annual Plant Sale 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Oakhurst Community Garden WyldeCenter.org

April 18–19 Sandy Springs Artsapalooza Hours Vary 6100 Lake Forrest Drive, NE Sandy Springs, GA 30328 SandySpringsArtsapalooza.com

April 11 Art on the Chattahoochee 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Jones Bridge Park GwinnettParks.com

April 18–19 Alpharetta Arts StreetFest 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Historic Downtown Alpharetta AwesomeAlpharetta.com

April 24–26 Spring Home and Garden Show Perimeter Mall (770) 844-0213 April 27–30 Design ADAC Hours Vary AdacAtlanta.com/design-adac May 1-3 Druid Hills Home Tour Hours Vary DruidHillsTour.org May 9 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Lenox Square Mall 8 a.m. Atlanta.Info-Komen.org

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In honor of National Decorating Month, what are the newest textile trends? What’s in and what’s out?

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Natural fibers, linens, and linen blends are all trending in fabrics right now. They have made a huge footprint in the design industry. We are seeing linens in every color and the solid neutrals seem to be the most popular. Shades of beige, taupe and grays have a soft elegant look.

For rugs, an eclectic,

Linens can be printed, and even embroidered.

and remain relevant by

A tone-on-tone embroidered linen gives you a modern but classic look, without being fussy. Even if you choose solid linen you can add a decorative tape/flat braid down the leading edge of panels for a timeless, classic look. We are seeing a wide choice of textures, and colors, from plain linen, to Greek key, or even embroidered tapes. Tapes can also give your pillows and lampshades a tailored modern updated look.

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modern vibe is in these days. Expect to see a more sophisticated look for 2015, especially the surprising return of luxurious rugs, i.e. Oushak rugs, with pale colors and soft textures. Handmade rugs are still a classic utilizing updated colors. Painterly Rug designs resembling abstract paintings are also in, especially those rendered in silk that seem to shimmer and even change color. Finally, there is nothing more “sophisticated” than the cowhide rug for today’s modern, yet approachable design aesthetic. What’s out? Over dyed patchwork and Persian designs. The shaggy Moroccan black-and-whites are also overexposed and out.

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What’s out in window treatments? We often hear from customers who are frustrated with their unsightly, nonfunctioning unevenly hanging shades. So it’s no surprise that more and more of our customers have fallen in love with motorized shades. This is an efficient, streamlined solution that I think will continue to gain popularity in 2015. You can now even operate your shades from your smart phone or iPad! Motorized shades are available in different fabrics and colors, which allows you to customize your shades to match any decor. For colors, we are seeing a trend in window treatments toward blue and gray shades, as well a return to classic, timeless beige.

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If you’re looking to update your bedding here are some new trendy ideas to do just that. Metallics are really hot! Adding metallic embellishments is a great way to bring “bling “into your bedroom. Or maybe you like the beach? Navy blue and white are good choices for a more sophisticated coastal look. Another option is using neutrals with pops of corals, oranges, yellows or aquas. For a more dramatic look, try the trendy emerald green and white. Finally, gathered bed skirts are very out right now. If you want a bed skirt, a nice, clean, straight lined tailored look is what’s “in” for 2015.

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rooms a buyer will focus on, so while these rooms can be the most costly to redo, they’re more likely to pay for themselves. 2. Adding rooms like a new family room or master suite also tends to fare well at resale time. 3. There are other, more specific ways to be judicious when making improvements. New paint, new counters, new appliances, a new sink, new faucet and hardware for the kitchen can change the look and update the home. 4. Simply adding a new bathroom vanity, faucet, showerhead or paint can go a long way. (Assuming the

even make money on the improvement the longer you stay in the home. As with any investment, it’s the quiet power of compounding

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tile or flooring is in good shape.) 5. Spending more money does not always equal more value. Pools and sunrooms are a good example of that. While these items may be something you enjoy, very few people are willing to pay extra for these. 6. Another thing to keep in mind is the neighborhood and home style. Make sure you do not over-improve for the neighborhood. For example: in a neighborhood that has mostly three bedroom, two bath homes, you would not want to add another two bedrooms and a bath, thereby 22

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Atlanta! You knocked it out of the park... In honor of National Decorating Month we issued you a challenge and you really rose to the occasion. For our 2015 “Decorating on a Dime” Contest we asked if you could transform a room for under $1,000. With some creativity, a few repurposed items and a whole lot of vision, our winners made the “old” look beautifully new again. In the next few pages, you’ll meet our winners and learn their stories and see exactly how they afforded it all. We hope their nifty finds and ingenuity will help you with your next project.

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Winner - Alisha Nesbitt

transformed her son’s nursery into this girly, gorgeous nursery for her new daughter Rian for $899.54 Decorating for a princess! That was the vision I had in mind before I started and nothing less than perfect would do for our Rian. I transformed my son’s old nursery into a nursery for my daughter who was born on December 29th.Though the transformation looks dramatic, I actually kept it pretty simple. I only had to wallpaper just one wall plus I changed the paint color and refurbished and upholstered the crib. I ordered the wallpaper from Graham and Brown online and Neal Schwartz is the independent contractor who painted the room and hung the wallpaper! I also repurposed furniture from other parts of the house to cut costs. The mirrored vanity has been sitting in my closet unused for six years. I decided to pull it out of the closet and pass it on to my daughter. The vanity gives the room the perfect touch for a “Princess” themed nursery. So does the pink glitter crown that we recycled from her baby shower!

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2nd Place Jae Vinson, Blogger at Design O.C.D. transformed her guest room for $260

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Homemade burlap headboard ................... $80 Fuchsia curtains (Amazon.com).................. $60 White bed skirt with navy blue stripes ........ $30 Paint .............................................................. $47 Fabric .............................................................. $3 Sunburst mirror (HomeGoods).................... $40

Inspiration can come from anywhere! Mine came from that pair of fuchsia curtains. The newly painted white wall enabled me to bring in color and interest with new fabric and paint (the existing pieces were refreshed) and a few new accessories were added. I used my original paintings on the wall along with some plates from Target and Crate & Barrel I already owned. Then I purchased a new sunburst mirror. I did not replace the sheets or duvet cover but purchased a new bed skirt. No new furniture was purchased for this makeover. I actually made the burlap headboard with a nailhead trim and painted the dresser. On this miniscule budget, I still ended up with a room that suits my taste. It now feels more modern and even more welcoming.

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Inspired by Lilly Pulitzer! It was time to update the purple, yellow, & orange walled bedroom belonging to our daughter. Her inspiration was a pink floral Lilly Pulitzer duvet cover. My husband and I primed and painted the walls and ceiling. We removed the shag carpet and uncovered hardwood floors. We sanded and sealed the floors and installed quarter round molding. The bi-fold closet doors were replaced with louvered doors and we replaced the BEFORE

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Professional Winner We couldn’t resist this pretty lobby makeover. After all, aren’t our workplaces often “home away from home”? Laura Anzures, Daniel’s Floors transformed this lobby for $748.72

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While this makeover cost a bit more than our limit, we simply had to include the submission from Sunshine On A Ranney Day, which is a wonderful nonprofit organization. They create dream room makeovers for children with long-term illnesses or disabilities. We are proud to help spread the word about this fantastic, inspiring group!

The beginning of the story is tragic. At 4 years old, Brianna Hudson was riding in her family’s car when it was hit head-on by a Corvette driven by a teenager. The driver and passenger in the Corvette were killed and Briana was left with serious injuries to her brain and spinal cord. Through her family’s faith in God and extensive therapy, Briana can BEFORE now get around using a wheel chair. Since Briana needed to be on the main floor, she was sharing her parent’s bedroom. That’s when Sunshine on a Ranney Day, a non-profit organization whose motto is, “We don’t just make rooms, we make room for hope!”, stepped in. Their charity uses professionals to help kids with long-term illnesses. They renovated the garage and transformed it into Briana’s dream bedroom with a wheelchair ramp and handicap accessible bathroom. For more information about this incredible makeover (and organization!) visit http://bit.ly/ranneybriana

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Porcelain planks Need a floor that can withstand your family’s wear, tear and spills? Then consider porcelain, which is available in many different finish options. “Glazed porcelain tiles are much harder and more wear- and damage-resistant than non-porcelain ceramic tiles, making them suitable for any

and more popular and they’re starting to look a lot more like wood—I love this look!” says designer Erica Nicole Illions with Snappy Kitchens. “Wood floors are a great look, but a lot of people worry about having to refinish them and potential water damage issues. Wood-look tiles are an awesome alternative— they don’t have to be refinished, and water won’t hurt them.”

application, from light traffic to the heaviest residential and

Illions isn’t the only one singing the praises of this tile.

light commercial traffic,” say Elisabeth Stubbs and Mallory

Stubbs and Bernard call wood-look tiles a “hot design trend

Bernard of Enhance Floors and More.

on the rise,” and note that the tiles come in a variety of

“Full-body porcelain tiles carry the color and pattern through the entire thickness of the tile, making them virtually impervious to wear and suitable for any application, from residential to the highest-traffic commercial or industrial applications,” Stubbs says. The front entryway is also a popular location for porcelain tile installations, although, according to Seble Mengistu of Pineapple House Design, you need to consider the adjoining rooms. “In Georgia’s high-end homes, the material used in the entry generally continues to the other main-floor areas.”

plank lengths, mimic many different species of wood and even offer a handscraped aesthetic. The tiles are made of porcelain, which is one of, if not the most durable tile material available, and today’s inkjet technology means that, “until you touch them, these planks are pretty much indistinguishable from hardwood,” says Lisa Laube of Floor & Decor. “Not only are they low maintenance, but these woodlook tiles can go where it’s impractical for hardwood: think basements, bathrooms, utility rooms and more.”

So if you prefer wood flooring in your living room, Mengistu

Go big or go home

recommends installing a tile and wood mix in the entryway.

“Bigger is better when it comes to today’s tile trends,” Laube

Speaking of mixing wood and tiles, you can now have the

says. “We have 24-inch tiles and bigger flying off the shelves.

best of both worlds with tiles that have been made to look

A 32-inch tile can seem overwhelming, but in reality, a large

like wood planks. This material has been gaining popularity

tile is actually less distracting than smaller, traditional tiles

and improved offerings over the last couple of years, and now

because there are fewer grout lines. Plus, less grout lines also

it’s the hottest trend in tile. “Wood-look tiles are getting more

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Local experts all note that this “the bigger, the better” trend is here to stay, and that the previously standard 12-by-12inch square tiles are now outdated. However, the installation process for these larger tiles can be tricky. “If you’re installing a 12-by-24-inch tile, make sure you have a tile layer who is proficient at installing this tile,” says Ann Wisniewski

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of AJW Designs Inc. “Ceramic in that shape bows slightly during firing, and when you lay it, you have to alternate the seams, otherwise they will not lay evenly.” Theresa Minkoff with Moda Floors and Interiors also advises laying large-format rectangular porcelain tile in one-third stagger brick joints instead of half-stagger brick joints to avoid “lippage” that results from bowed tiles.

Patterns and textures

Some homeowners are using several different natural stones in a tile pattern or doing a mixed-media application by adding metallic and mirror accents alongside the stone tiles for a unique design. But even those who want to stick with one tile material are no longer constrained to a typical grid pattern. Designers are now creating one-third brickjoint patterns, along with herringbone, offset, Versailles, hopscotch and chevron motifs. Feras Irikat of Lunada Bay Tile adds, “It’s moving tile from a simple, practical surface into a realm of art.”

Textured or molded tiles are also becoming very popular in the design world. Minkoff notes that these tiles can have fabric, wood and leather textures, as well as molded

Hue cues

waves, offering a unique look (and feel!) to your home’s

“Try color!” Irikat exclaims. “In the past, people relied on

walls.

earth tones to decorate their spaces, and now people are

Another new material trend is patterned concrete tiles,

getting bolder with their color choices. You’re seeing vibrant hues, soft pastels, metallic finishes and everything in

beautiful, unique designs and patterns,” says Berk

between.” Ozbarlas agrees, and advises homeowners not to

Ozbarlas, of Arketype. “In the manufacturing process, the

be afraid of expanding their horizons past white or beige tile

paint actually goes through the tile, so even if you sand

options. “There are so many great color options out there

the surface and reseal it in the future, you will never lose

in ceramic, porcelain and glass. Even pairing white tile with

your design. This is a great option for floors that receive a

a colorful feature, such as a glass mosaic backsplash, can

lot of wear and tear.”

provide new life to your home.”

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also known as encaustic tiles. “Encaustic tiles offer

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About the grout

consistency.” Wisniewski agrees, adding that she highly

When shopping for tile, you can easily become captivated by the tile designs and materials and overlook the grout, deciding

recommends grout with pre-mixed sealer added. “There is a urethane grout that is wonderful,” she notes.

on this seemingly insignificant part of the project at the last

Want to avoid the grout as much as possible? Shop for

minute. But it’s not insignificant! Just the color of grout can

tiles with rectified edges, Illions says. “Rectified edges

alter the look of the whole installation! “Always upgrade the

allow tiles to lay very close to each other so grout lines are

color of the grout!” Minkoff says. “There are so many great

much smaller, but this also increases the complexity of the

new grouts on the market, touting stain resistance and color

installation and is often more costly.”

What’s Your Type?

Use this chart as a “rule of thumb” guide to choosing the right tile for your home. As always, we recommend you consult an expert before making any final buying decisions! Tile

Best Uses

Average Cost

Vinyl

Kitchen flooring

Sheet vinyl: $2 per sq. ft. Luxury vinyl tile: $3 per sq. ft.

Comfortable to stand on; quick installation; bendable material works well for floors that may experience movement or cracks

Not known for beauty or durability; should not be installed in areas where constant moisture is expected, such as a shower or tub surround or exterior applications

Laminate

Flooring for laundry rooms and mudrooms

$2.50 per sq. ft.

Inexpensive; low-maintenance; easy to install

Less water resistant than other tile options

Ceramic

Floors, interior feature walls, backsplashes, decorative accents, shower surround

$3 per sq. ft.

Common, affordable material; easy to cut for DIYer

Hard, cold surface when compared to vinyl and laminate options; unlike natural stone where edges can be left raw, ceramic-tile edges require finished bullnose pieces

Porcelain

Floors, interior feature walls, backsplashes, decorative accents, shower surround

$4 per sq. ft.

Water absorption is less than 0.5 percent, making this tile nonporous and ideal for wet conditions; offered in wood-look designs; fire resistant; can be used over radiant heat; some manufacturers, such as Crossville, incorporate recycled material into their porcelain tiles

Dense and brittle when cutting (not for an average DIYer)

Slate

Floors, walls, backsplashes, design accents, interior and exterior applications

$5 per sq. ft.

Timeless aesthetic; water resistant; textured (not slippery); durable; easy to clean and maintain; dark color of slate tiles camouflages dirt and pet hair; antibacterial; can be used over radiant heat

High maintenance (can stain, requires special cleaners, requires annual sealing)

Travertine

Floors, walls, backsplashes, design accents, interior and exterior applications

$5 per sq. ft.

Classic, versatile and multipurpose stone with texture and neutral tones; a lightweight alternative to marble; stands the test of time (it was used to build Rome’s Colosseum!)

Polished tiles are too slippery for flooring (use porous, honed or tumbled travertine instead); can be damaged by acidic liquids—clean up spills and pet accidents quickly to avoid issues

Glass

Feature walls, backsplashes, decorative accents, shower and tub surrounds

$10 per sq. ft.

Reflects light, making small spaces look larger; mildew resistant; stain resistant; offered in recycled materials for the eco-conscious homeowner

Expensive; requires installation by a skilled contractor; not many floorrated options available

Concrete

Floors (bathroom, kitchen, mudroom, laundry room)

$10 per sq. ft.

Durable; pattern is built through entire tile so it can be sanded and resealed as needed

Thick material—area may need to be adjusted to accommodate

Carrara marble

Bathroom counters, floors and shower surrounds

$20 per sq. ft.

Similar in appearance to Calacatta, only with softer veining; easier to find than Calacatta

Though not as costly as Calacatta, it is still more expensive than many other types of tile, and requires regular maintenance

Calacatta marble

Bathroom counters, floors and shower surrounds

$30 per sq. ft.

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Installation advice Finally, when you’re ready to install the tiles you’ve chosen, extra care should be taken. “Never underestimate the installation process for tile,” Stubbs says. “Tile is the most permanent type of flooring—the only way to fix it is with a sledgehammer.” To begin, first check that your subfloor is ready for tile. If it’s not completely level, the tile installation will fail, resulting in cracked flooring. Then, if you’re installing natural-stone tile (where no two pieces are exactly alike), blend pieces from multiple boxes to avoid having areas that are noticeably different than each other. After the tile is installed, make sure you educate yourself on its proper maintenance, and keep up with regular cleaning and sealing. Finally, Ozbarlas says, “Don’t cut costs when it comes to selecting tile. High-end material will likely last longer and provide a more timeless look that can be enjoyed for years.” RESOURCES: AJW Designs Inc | AjwDesignsinc.com Arketype | Arketype.us Capital Floors | CapitalFloors.net Crossville Tile & Stone | CrossvilleTileAndStone.com Enhance Floors and More | EnhanceFloors.com Floor & Decor | FloorandDecor.com Johnny Rhino Residential Remodelers | JohnnyRhino.com Levantina | Levantina.com Lunada Bay Tile | LunadaBaytile.com Moda Floors and Interiors | ModaFloorsAndInteriors.com Pineapple House Interior Design | PineappleHouse.com Snappy Kitchens | SnappyKitchens.com Traditions in Tile and Stone | TraditionsInTile.com The Tile Shop | TileShop.com AtlantaHomeImprovement.com

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can be enjoyed year-round. This means more weeks and months of traffic. More wear, more tear. So it’s even more crucial that Atlantans educate themselves on which grasses or groundcovers are ornamental and attractive, yet still hardy.

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By far, the most prevalent choices for grass in the metro Atlanta area are fescue and zoysia with some bermudagrass thrown in. “Their popularity comes from their suitability for our climate and providing durable lawn options,” says Meredith Jedlicka of Plants Creative Landscapes. ATLANTA HOME IMPROVEMENT APRIL 2015

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Clockwise from top left: Mondo grass, Creeping thyme, Creeping Jenny, Blue star creeper, Creeping phlox, Liriope, Wintercreeper, Asiatic jasmine, Vinca vine and Pachysandra

“Zoysia and bermudagrass are the most recommended

well in the Atlanta area. Others include Vinca vine, Asiatic

because of their lower water requirements.”

jasmine, Wintercreeper and Liriope. These are popular

A growing selection of zoysia varieties means more options

because they spread quickly and help choke out weeds.

for homeowners to personalize their yards. “Emerald zoysia is a fine-textured form that’s been around for a long time,” says Hillary Thompson of Super-Sod. “Newer types of zoysia include Zenith—a medium-textured type—and the brand new Leisure Time zoysia, which is medium-fine in texture.” Zeon, St. Augustine, Raleigh and Floratam are other types of zoysia. For those looking at groundcovers, Mondo grass, Creeping thyme, Creeping Jenny, Blue star creeper, Creeping phlox and Pachysandra are just some of the many options that hold up

Money Matters Of course, for many homeowners the choice of grass and/or groundcover comes down to budget. Because every yard is different—square footage varies, landscape is not universal, prep work differs—there is no exact price for purchasing and installing grass and/or groundcovers. Add in different costs for different breeds, and the expense can change dramatically yet again. Todd Guilmette of Unique Environmental Landscapes says Zeon zoysia is usually the most expensive type of grass, based on availability. Bermudagrass and fescue are second most expensive options. On average, homeowners should expect to pay between $1.50 and $2.25 per square foot for the most popular grass choices. Price ranges also differ for groundcovers based on type, quantity and size of plant when installed. Asiatic jasmine is fairly inexpensive compared to other groundcovers, with Mondo grass also a pretty affordable choice. Jedlicka says a broad range would be $1.25 for a smaller plant and up to $8 for a larger plant.

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Traffic Report Another consideration for homeowners when choosing grass and groundcovers is how well the plants will hold up to daily wear and tear. This includes foot traffic, shade, drought, winter temps and so on. “Zoysia is very durable for kid and pet traffic,” says Mark Erbesfield, of PaverStone Construction and Greenmark Landscaping. Zoysia, a 58

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“warm season” turf, will go dormant and turn brown during

with zoysia, bermuda or fescue is fairly routine. “I suggest

the winter season.

cutting most grasses about one inch, two inches for fescue,”

Zoysia also has the ability to repair itself because the

says Mark Schisler of Legacy Landscapes Inc. “I also suggest

species spreads moderately via aboveground stolons and belowground rhizomes. Bermuda shares this trait, as well as going into dormancy for the winter. However, bermudagrass has the tendency to spread more than zoysia, so it could stray beyond the borders the homeowner prefers. Fescue, on the other hand, contradicts zoysia and bermuda. Unlike zoysia and bermuda, fescue handles the shade well and stays green year-round. However, its love of cooler temps can lead to problems during Atlanta’s hot summers. “During the hottest months, fescue lawns tend to die back in sunny areas and develop bare spots in heavily traveled spots,” Jedlicka says. “Due to its clump-like nature, it does not aptly fill back in on its

a good slow-release fertilize twice a year with iron.” In addition, he said bermuda requires only .5 inches of water per week, with zoysia needing about one inch of water per week. ”Most homeowners overwater,” he says. “Definitely install a rain sensor on your irrigation system so it won’t come on after a rain.” Fescue, though, does require more maintenance than the others. This is because it needs more frequent watering during the summer months as well as chemical treatments and fertilization to keep it healthy. Jedlicka says, “Fescue is prone to fungal problems, so it is recommended that preventative treatments are made to prevent infection

own, requiring yearly core aeration and overseeding in the fall

because, once infected, it declines quickly.”

to fill back in patches lost to the summer heat.”

The maintenance of groundcovers generally consists

Among groundcovers, Blue star creeper handles foot traffic

of regular weeding to preserve a clean appearance and

well, plus holds up in full sun with some shade. Guilmette

pruning to stop the spread into other plants or outside the

also suggests Creeping phlox if homeowners have full sun

desired area.

with light foot traffic. If the landscape receives partial sun

Having a landscape that you not only love but also enjoy

and shade, he recommends Mondo grass or Creeping Jenny.

depends on choosing the most appropriate grass and/or

In fact, as a spreading groundcover, Dwarf Mondo grass

groundcover. With some research, you are sure to find one

makes a great steppable groundcover ideal for pathways

that best suits both your needs and your budget.

and in between stepping-stones, Jedlicka says. “Dwarf

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diybloggersbeat Repurposing Old Lockers for Toy Storage We don’t know what we love more about Decatur blogger Karen Cooper. The fact that she calls herself a “recovering lawyer” or that she named her blog “Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza.” All we know is that we were struck by the ingenuity of this neat project and wanted to share it with our readers. We want to try this now…don’t you?

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Find old school lockers. This is actually the

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Clean the lockers using mild dish soap and water or

disinfecting wipes. Let dry. If you want to paint the lockers different colors like I did,

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Paint the lockers using spray paint designed for metal. Let dry completely. Once you’ve put the lockers in place in your home, attach them to the wall so that they don’t topple over.

I did this by attaching a cleat to the wall (a

Karen is the owner, writer, photographer and chief DIYer at Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza, a DIY/home blog. Before becoming a full-time blogger, Karen was an attorney for more than five years and a legal writing professor for 12 years. Now Karen calls herself a “recovering lawyer,” and focuses on her blog and being a mom to two amazing kids and two adorable dogs. You can read all about her DIY adventures (and why her blog is called “Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza”) at www. dogsdonteatpizza.com.

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Read Atlanta Home Improvement magazine April 2015 for timely and helpful tips and information about your home and garden... Features includ...

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Read Atlanta Home Improvement magazine April 2015 for timely and helpful tips and information about your home and garden... Features includ...