But first an update on Mission Small Business. We’ve crossed the finish line thanks to all of you who voted and told others to also. We’ve reached that magic 250 vote number but are still running in pursuit of 300. Voting continues until midnight Friday, so if you know of anyone else to ask to vote for Casart, we’d appreciate it. Here is the link again. missionsmallbusiness. Click on support on right hand side of page. Sign in, type in casart and search. When name comes up, click on the vote button. We don’t know how many or what type of businesses will be amongst the competition coterie. We will hope to receive some sort of update from Chase and Living Social. Thanks again for your support and keep your fingers crossed that we will be one of the lucky 12 winners. We’re off and running to the next leg of the race. $250,000 is a nice size purse!
Tiles are available in all shapes and sizes and can realistically mimic stone, wood, marble and much more. In addition to traditional ceramic, tile is now made of materials such as glass, cork, and even leather. No longer is it confined to just kitchens and baths. It can be found in any room and may even be used on an entire accent wall.
Melissa Rayworth, in an article for Associated Press that appeared in Inside/Out in the 6/9/12 issue of the Times Picayune, says that with all the possibilities, the biggest challenge is to find something you’ll love for many years. Because once it’s up, unlike paint or wallpaper, it isn’t something you can affordably or readily change. Matthew Quinn, of Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio, says, “There’s so much decorative tile out there now. Some of it, you can just tell in three or four years this is not something you’re going to want to see every day.” Quinn and designers Brian Patrick Flynn and Mallory Mathison all favor using tile on an entire wall. “It makes the entire room more cohesive, and it can also give the illusion that a space is larger than it actually is.” says Flynn. He has designed kitchens with floor-to-ceiling tile. Mallory Mathison suggests tiling one entire wall in an entry. “You think of tile more in utilitarian applications but it can be a beautiful accent. Glass tile is very popular because it’s translucent. Mathison uses it in small bathrooms. “Your eye kind of looks through it, so it doesn’t create a boundary”, she says. All three designers are in agreement that you should hire installers and not try to remove or install tile on your own. Flynn’s advice-“When clients ask me where to spend and where to save in bathrooms and kitchens, I always say, ‘We can save on materials, we can save on fixtures, but the one place we always must splurge is on hiring the right tile installation professional.’ ”
If you love tile but all of this sounds too complicated, overwhelming, expensive and you don’t want the long-term commitment because you like changing your decor or are renting, then Casart’s Faux Glass Mosaic Tile may be the answer. Don’t want to live with it forever? Just easily remove it, return it to the backing sheet, roll it up, put it in its mailer and store away until ready to use again. Don’t want the expense of tile? Worried about breakage? And replacement? And professional installation expense? With Casart, these are non-worries. Want to tile a backsplash? We can do that. Want to tile stair risers? We can do that, too. Don’t see the design or color you want? We can customize it for you. I’ve said all there is to say to persuade you, so will leave you with some pictures.
– Lorre Lei