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Neutral flooring allows for versatility (ARA) — Do you pin your favorite bathroom makeover ideas on Pinterest, look for inspirational kitchen designs or dream about new decorating styles for your home? If so, you’re not alone. Many homeowners are opting to makeover their homes this year instead of upgrading to a new one. According to a recent survey by Better Homes & Gardens magazine, consumers rank “style upgrades” as the most important component of their upcoming home improvement plans, followed by storage. For future projects, consumers said their top style upgrades include flooring, countertops, faucets and fixtures. Laminate flooring experts from Quick-Step suggest beginning a style upgrade project by installing neutral-colored flooring. Neutral floors create the perfect canvas to help tie all of a room’s design elements together. What is a fresh, new and widely-popular neutral color within interior design circles? That would be grey. Some of the hottest hardwood flooring designs for 2012 offer traditionally American brown tones that are delicately infused with a

grey influence. Quick-Step offers a variety of styles and options with grey undertones - from rustic oak plank designs and floors with wire-brushed detailing to the same visuals and charm of a hardwood floor constructed from reclaimed, vintage wood. Quick-Step’s Reclaime Heathered Oak flooring complements a wide range of decorating styles. Grey-toned floors provide the ideal backdrop to let your style and favorite colors shine through, and they also transition well as interior design styles and trends change.


and enjoy for a great, healthy family meal. • Stock staples in your cupboard and freezer. Frozen meats and vegetables are easy to thaw and use at your convenience. Rice and pasta take just a few minutes and round out any meal. • Fresh fruit and yogurt make healthy, flavorful desserts in just a few easy steps. Be sure to tuck away a sweet dessert or two for those special occasions. The next time you reach for your car keys or the phone to order take-out, reach into your freezer and cupboard for meals that are good for your family and your soul. For more information about the flavorful options from Kansas City Steak Company, go to:


fruit. “It’s all about time spent sharing stories, sharing events of the day or just quiet time together,” says Scavuzzo. “The meals bring everyone to the table, but it’s family time that brings them back.” Making family meals a priority It’s easy to plan ahead for more family meals together. You can keep meals simple by sticking to nutritional basics and following a few tips: • Purchase ready-made sauces, seasonings or marinades and add chicken, beef or seafood for a great main course. • Cook on weekends and double the recipes. Roasts, soups and casseroles are great options to freeze, thaw



your roof. Just remember that proper installation, according to the shingle manufacturer’s application instructions, is very important. After deciding which method of installation is best for you, it is now time to decide the kind of shingle you will choose. Asphalt shingles are the most common form of roofing shingle used today in the United States. Unlike wood shake, slate, metal and tile shingles; asphalt shingles are a practical choice for most residential uses and relatively inexpensive. Heritage Woodgate asphalt shingles from TAMKO Building Products feature double layers of durable fiberglass mat for strength. Each layer is coated on both sides with weather-



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ing. Just look to large furniture retailers to see how their offerings now highlight grey-based tones. The bleached-out, weathered Scandinavian look is very popular right now, Valencich says. It’s perfect to pair with a new grey floor.

Colors that complement

Don’t be afraid of color when designing a room with a grey-based floor, Valencich says. She suggests one of these color palettes to make a room shine: * 50 shades of blue Grey looks beautiful with Grey is the new brown any shade of blue, from soft Grey is no longer viewed powder blue to vibrant as a trend color in design circles, but is now viewed by professional designers as the new neutral. “Grey is the new brown,” says Erinn Valencich, L.A.-based interior designer and blogger for HGTV’s Design Happens. “I used a grey-based floor in my new design studio because it goes well under a myriad of other wood tones. You don’t have to use grey-based furniture on top of it - grey looks great with all wood tones.” Another benefit to greybased flooring, Valencich adds, is that it’s very forgiv-

ing-grade asphalt and topped with ceramic minerals for excellent roofing protection, and a self-sealing strip of asphalt helps provide added wind resistance. These durable shingles are made in six unique color blends that complement the expansive look and allow for more dramatic color distribution across the shingle. Heritage Woodgate shingles also feature an enhanced shadow line to further intensify the rustic shake-like beauty. For more information on Heritage Woodgate shingles, visit Replacing your old roof is an excellent way to improve the condition and appearance of your home. Don’t be the house on the block that needs some work, improve your home with a new roof and be the center of attention at the next block party.

turquoise to charming daisy blue. * Bananas Foster - A favorite color trio of Valencich’s is yellow, chocolate and cream on top of a grey-based floor. The subtle flooring highlights the rich colors for a bold, decadent look. * Lovely with lavender Lavender is one of this year’s hottest colors and a longtime partner for grey. Valencich suggests adding any color of purple to a grey floor for standout results. “Consider creating a focal point around a muted lavender wall and add some deep, rich, regal purple accents to TURN TO FLOORING ON B26

traffic areas in the home by vacuuming them two to three CONTINUED FROM B8 times a week and the rest of home, the experts in the field your carpets at least once a from Stanley Steemer offer week. these fall tips for maintaining a Outside work effects cleaner, healthier home:


With fall comes the foliage Reduce the amount of dirt and leaves that may get tracked into your home by using indoor and outdoor entrance mats.

A quick pickup

inside comfort Keep your windows closed and turn on the air conditioner when raking leaves and doing other fall cleanup work outside. These activities kick unwanted dirt, dust and pollen up into the air, which can settle into upholstered furniture and carpet.

Remember to act quickly to clean up any spills or stains; consider keeping a professional spot remover handy at all Who should you call? Even the most diligent time or use items commonly found around the home such as person can’t do alone. Get white vinegar and baking soda. help from the pros. Schedule a professional deep cleaning Dirt never quits ... it’s every six months to help maintain the value and like tooth decay Keep up with the high health of your home.


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The Coast News, Sept. 21, 2012  
The Coast News, Sept. 21, 2012  

The edition of The Coast News for the week of Sept. 21, 2012.