How to Find Your Spirit Colors

Dressing your home in colors that embody your personality calls for reflection, inspiration and a readiness for risks

 August 5, 2018
Houzz Editorial Staff. Lover of architecture, history, dogs, the Chicago Cubs, crowded…More
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There are plenty of places to look if you’re interested in finding out which color choices might mean that you’re creative or quiet or calm. Online quizzes, books and color psychology forums crank out potential explanations for the colors you’re drawn to, but when it comes to decorating your home, the shades you use should really be felt, not analyzed. “Above all, color is a reflection of personality and provides the means to express our emotions,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, where experts annually determine a color of the year.

Here are a few hints for homing in on a combination of colors that really says you.

We have been busy!

Sorry, I have not posted on a while. We have been wonderfully busy.  When life gets hectic, staying organized is paramount.  I wanted to share this wonderful Formica laminate option that helps me with my TO DO lists.  Try it!

Formica® Writable Surfaces are a collection of durable, easy to clean, worry-free surfaces to personalize and stylize your home to fit you.

The Formica® Writeable Surfaces collection includes four markerboard and two chic chalkboard designs.

This collection is ideal for personalizing your home, and offers an ever-changing surface for doodles, notes, and more, with the added benefit of being simple, sturdy, and easier to maintain than other writable surfaces.

  1. Smooth Writable Surface: Paint, whether chalkboard or dry erase, is typically applied to a drywall or wood surface.  Drywall, even at a premium finish, will have small pits which become places for marker and chalk to become embedded over time.  Older homes will have added issues of patching and wear, creating a surface that will never be perfectly flat. Formica® Writable Surfaces offer a consistently smooth finish not easily achieved through other writable products.
  2. Inherently Scratch & Impact Resistant: All Writable Surfaces from Formica Group are also inherently scratch resistant and impact resistant. This is a major plus when considering a writable surface for any high traffic areas of the home such as the kitchen or an entry. And let’s be honest, when did kids start caring about how precious our walls can be?
  3. Easy to Clean: Formica® Writeable Surfaces can be easily cleaned with a cloth or an eraser. (See in depth cleaning directions here for Formica® Writable Surfaces.) Writable paint should be washed weekly to avoid permanent ghosting. The continuous washing also wears down the paint overtime and it will need repainted with constant use and cleaning.
  4. Horizontal & Vertical Application: The versatility of Formica® Writeable Surfaces collection is truly endless. Its unique ability to be installed on most vertical and horizontal surfaces cannot be achieved with paint. Adhere your writable surface across an entire wall, any piece of furniture, cabinet fronts, desks, counters and more.Personalize you’re home and allow your entire family to do the same with one piece of chalk or a marker.

Start the conversation space in your home. A special note or sketch is the personal touch we all crave. More creativity, more inspiration with Formica® Writable Surfaces anywhere in your home.

Maybe you aren’t sure where to begin? Check out inspiration from Formica’s professional design team in the slideshow.



Refreshing Solid Surface Countertops


Tips on how to remove mild scratches and stains from Solid Surfacing.

Could your hard-working solid surface countertop use a facelift? Part of the beauty of Formica® Solid Surfacing is that it can be restored. If scratches are stealing that just-installed shine from the finish, follow these simple steps to bring your bathroom vanity tops back to their original glory.
Here’s how to remove mild scratches or stains from solid surfacing:

1. Pour a mild abrasive liquid, such as Comet® Cleanser or Soft Scrub®, onto a soft damp sponge or damp cotton cloth.
2. Rub the area you wish to repair in a circular motion using mild pressure.
3. Rinse the area thoroughly with water and completely dry the surface.
4. If the damage has not been repaired, repeat the three steps above.
5. See your solid surfacing shine.

If you have deeper scratches in your solid surface, call us!  We can professionally sand your countertops!

Pullout hampers, pet-washing stations and roll-out shelves are among the great ideas in these popular laundry rooms

December 21, 2017
Houzz Editorial Staff; writer, design enthusiast, reader, softball player.
There might be no way to make you love doing laundry, but the features found in this year’s most-loved laundry rooms can definitely make the task more enjoyable. Here’s a look (in reverse order) at the most popular laundry rooms uploaded in 2017, as measured by how many Houzz users saved them to their ideabooks.

Top 6 reasons to choose solid surfacing over granite

Is granite really all it’s cracked up to be? When it comes to surfacing materials, not everyone thinks so.

Whether it’s time for a kitchen remodel, a new bathroom vanity top, or building a new home, increasing numbers of homeowners and designers are considering a range of options, including solid surface countertops.

Certainly granite has gotten plenty of buzz in recent years, but people aren’t as quick to talk about its downsides. And some designers believe its popularity is already on the decline. Style-wise, granite might not go the way of shag carpet, but it’s arguably become more about “keeping up with the Joneses” than truly being a practical, real-world option for many homes.

In addition to finding a look you love, you’ll want to consider each material’s inherent properties and how each will fare under the demands of everyday living.

Naturally, we’re biased in favor of Formica® Solid Surfacing over granite, but we believe consumers deserve to know some material facts to help inform their remodeling ideas and decorating decisions.

Natural Concrete

Six good reasons to consider solid surfacing:

1. Solid surfacing is durable and easy to clean.

Granite is prone to cracks and chips with use over time – and breaks are not uncommon.

Heat-resistant and stain-resistant, solid surfacing is designed to endure many years of use. After all, there are good reasons why it’s a material of choice for many commercial environments: It’s both stylish and easy to clean. Solid surfacing often plays a starring role in restaurant interior design, hotel industry trends and beyond.

Not sure? Formica Solid Surfacing comes with a ten-year guarantee.

2. Solid surfacing is non-porous.

Because solid surfacing is non-porous, it does not require sealing – unlike granite, which must be resealed regularly to prevent stains and bacteria growth. Granite maintenance is a drawback for many busy families who don’t have time to worry about resealing their kitchen countertops at least once a year.

3. Solid surfacing is renewable and repairable.

Granite is rarely repairable. Whether it’s stains, chips or cracks, once damage is done to granite, the damage is generally done. Solid surfacing can be renewed, as small knicks and scratches can easily be buffed out. Learn more about refreshing solid surfacing.

Ashen Concrete

4. Solid surfacing loves seamless integrated sinks.

Due to its material nature, granite doesn’t allow for the modern, streamlined elegance of seamless integrated sinks. Learn more about solid surfacing and seamless integrated sinks.

5. Solid surfacing goes easier on the environment – and on the budget.

Granite is a natural quarried material from mines. This allows the product to be unique, but that comes at a cost to the environment, such as consumption of natural resources and quarry waste.

Looking for green building materials? Formica Group is the first major solid surfacing manufacturer to create a range of recycled products that use both post-industrial and post-consumer waste: eSeries by Formica Group.

Our eSeries collection features 15 percent total recycled content, five of which is post-consumer in the form of polystyrene. Each sheet of eSeries contains an estimated 1000 Styrofoam cups.

Many solid surfacing colors feature decorative stone looks containing recycled content. And solid surfacing offers many design options that are both aesthetically pleasing and more affordable than granite.

6. Solid surfacing is decorative and offers many design options.

Granite can be shaped or carved, but a solid surface countertop can be:

  • Routed
  • Shaped
  • Sculpted
  • Engraved
  • Sandblasted
  • Backlit

In short, because color goes all the way through the surface, it allows for almost endless design, edge and inlay possibilities

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Tips on how to clean both simple and tough stains on laminate countertops.

Part of the beauty of laminate for kitchen countertops or bathroom vanity tops is that it’s easy to clean and maintain.

Follow these five steps for effective laminate countertop cleaning:

  1. For simple cleaning, use a nylon-bristled hand or vegetable brush, along with a mild liquid detergent-and-water solution or household cleaner.
  2. For tough stains, use full-strength Fantastik®All Purpose Cleaner, Formula 409®, Pine-Sol® (original formulation) or other mild household cleaner.* Apply the cleanser and allow it to draw out the stain.
  3. Clean the soiled area using a rotating motion.
  4. Blot with a clean, damp, non-abrasive cotton cloth.
  5. Rinse and dry the surface.

When it comes to cleaning laminate, less is more. Never use abrasive cleaners, powders, scouring pads, steel wool, sandpaper, etc. These can damage the surface finish and make it susceptible to staining.

*We recommend testing the cleaner on a small, discreet area first; Formica Corporation cannot be held responsible if a cleaner changes its formulation and it harms the laminate. For more information, please refer to our Use and Care Warranty.


Our new website!

We understood website design is not our forte and we turned to a pro, Eric at Web Pros Inc was great to work with.  I know I could have made a website for us but it would not have turned out as well as this one.  My theme for today:  if you want the best result, ask a professional.  (Did she just tell me to seek professional help?!)

I recently changed the counter tops in my kitchen.  I won’t even tell you how many samples I took home before I decided on my color.  For me it is much easier to help others decide.  I really love to work with clients to find the perfect counter top to pull together the flooring and woodwork.  I love it when clients bring in their floor, wood, paint samples and pictures of their project.  We run around pulling samples and having a great time.

I can assist you in your DIY project or we can do the removal and installation for you.  I look forward to working with you on your kitchen or bath design.

Amy Bromund, Design Consultant