TRASH – Doesn’t Have to be a Dirty Word!

TRASH – Doesn’t Have to be a Dirty Word!

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You have spent countless hours planning and making decisions about your upcoming kitchen or bath remodeling project. The contractor has been hired, the design is complete and the products have been selected. Now, you can sit back and watch it happen.

BUT WAIT! Do you have a plan for the disposal of the items to be removed?

Things that may no longer be of use to you may still have a lot of life in them. They may be very useful to someone else. The adage “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” could apply to the appliances, cabinets and fixtures you are about to part with.

One Man’s Trash is
Another Man’s Treasure

The easy solution is to load everything in the big yellow Eldredge dumpster sitting in your yard, then wave goodbye as it heads towards the scrap yard. Much of the materials will be sorted and then recycled into other products. This is a good thing.

There are also many other ways to find a good home for that “old stuff ”. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore is one of the better known organizations that accepts donations of useable items in good condition. They sell the items to generate revenues to build Habitat Homes. You feel good that your “trash” is making someone else happy. And you may be able to claim a tax deduction. Don’t take your broken pieces of sheetrock to them, as they won’t take everything. Call or check online for items they will accept.

Don’t forget about the many other non-profit organizations in your communit, such as Goodwill Industries, schools, animal shelters, Red Cross, churches, etc. Someone may be in need of a couple of cabinets or a piece of countertop; used furniture in good condition; windows or doors.

Maybe you want to have a yard sale? There may be someone in your community whose house had a fire or water damage and could use a helping hand.

Perhaps a neighbor, friend or relative would be interested in a few of your “castaways”.

The larger point here is that the more we recycle and re-use, the healthier we and the planet become. You don’t have to be an extreme eco-person; just know that every little bit helps.

Now, you can sit back and feel good as your remodeling project becomes a reality.

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Jim Milligan

Jim Milligan


Jim was a real find for us here at Atlantic Design Center. Jim owned and operated his own Kitchen Center in southern Maine for 12 years. With a grand total of 22 years experience as a kitchen designer, Jim brings with him a wealth of practical experience. His calm and steady approach and easygoing nature makes him a pleasure to work with. Jim’s ability to listen to the customer and quickly determine what their needs are, is a testimony to his years of experience. He also has a loyal following of customers and contractors that appreciate his attention to detail and his commitment to deliver great service.

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Magnificent Mosaics!

Magnificent Mosaics!

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This is a re-publishing of our newsletter from January 2013 when we welcomed Mosaique Surface to our line of tile vendors

“Breathtaking” and “exquisite” are some of the words we hear in response to our line of mosaic tile at the Atlantic Design Center. We are constantly searching for cutting edge products to bring to our valued homeowners, architects and contractors here on the East Coast. This time, with the introduction of “Mosaique Surface’ we’ve outdone ourselves!

Welcome Mosaique Surface

Stone mosaics have been around for centuries. Glass mosaics, at first thought to be a fad, have been around more than ten years and still the appeal does not fade. “So what’s so special with this new line?” you might ask. It is truly indescribable…“seeing is believing”. Impossible curves, tiny circles, mixed medium in glass, stone and metal come together in the most unlikely arrangements. Check out the curvilinear pattern “Meadow” made of Vetro Glass in our contemporary kitchen vignette.

beige mosaic tile design

More About Mosaique Surface

Mosaique Surface, founded in 1992, creates original murals, medallions and custom mosaics, offering over 80 choices of stone colors and endless combinations with glass and metal. Considered a leader in the industry, Mosaique Surface serves both the residential and commercial markets worldwide.

Celebrity clients include Celine Dion, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Beal amongst others. Michael S. Smith, designer to the White House has recently completed installations for the bathrooms at The Blair House in Washington DC.

Mosaique Surface is currently working on a project with the interior designer to Buckingham Palace in the U.K.

'mosaic look' wallpaper behind settee

New Technology in Mosaic Tiles

By implementing water-jet technology years ago, Mosaique Surface has perfected the production of highly complex shapes that were previously impossible to achieve with traditional stone cutting tools. This new technology, placed in the hands of a visionary mosaic artist such as Louis Fiset, founder and owner of Mosaique Surface, yields extraordinary results. Louis’ exacting standards are reflected in the work of his mosaic designers, a team comprised of only 12 artisans and 24 sheet designers. Handpicked from all over the globe, they continue to honor their families’ time-honored traditions and heritage in stone.

bathroom with beige & white mosaic tile
flower design - mosaic tile

Get Inspired!

For photos and more, please visit mosaiquesurface.com to view the latest information and styles and to get inspiration for your next design project.

mosaic tile detail - black, gray, white geometric pattern

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Mary is our consultant specializing in bathroom design. Irish born, she holds honors degrees in both Hotel Mgt. & PR. Years living in Switzerland and the UK fueled her interest in hotel architecture, planning and design. Exposure to both contemporary & classic resorts and properties are reflected in her European sense of style. Her love of art & architecture brought her to Endicott College in Beverly, MA where she pursued her career in Interior Design. She has extensive residential experience working in soft furnishings, drapes & wall coverings, in addition to the bath and tile design she did in Boston and Acton, MA. Mary is now settled in York, Maine with her husband & children. She enjoys sewing & gardening and “dabbles in paint.” Combining her passion for art & color with the skills of drafting & interior design, Mary creates lasting impressions for her clients in tile and stone.

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Exciting Trends in Tiles

Exciting Trends in Tiles

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Are you tired of that beach sand scratching your wood floors? Do you have pets that give your wood floor finish a workout? How about those harsh disinfectant cleaners? Wouldn’t you really like to get that kitchen floor clean?

Well, guess what? Now you can have it all with porcelain Wood-Look Tiles!

Ragno USA - Cambridge Oak Tile Flooring
Etic_Noce wood-look tile floor sample
Doga Porcelain - Tobacco deck flooring

From Driftwood, to Barn Board, to a more traditional Oak or Cherry wood, there are wood-look tiles that suit any décor. There is even a wood-look porcelain that looks like it has tree-trunk rings in it!

Whether using this tile on the floor or on the wall, it is set just like other large format tile with a minimal grout joint. With stain-free and stain-resistant grouts now available, it eliminates grout discoloration – the number one customer tile complaint.

Ragno USA - Cambridge Oak Dark Tile Flooring
Provenza - Lignes - dark tile detail
Venza - heartwood detail

We encourage you to make an appointment with one of our design specialists so you can receive the focus and attention you deserve!

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Cerim - Wood Essence, Silver Flooring Tiles

Please visit Atlantic Design Center and see these exciting wood-look tiles and the possibilities they can create for your project needs.

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Cathy Rosen

Cathy has been designing with tile and stone for over ten years. Classic to Contemporary, Cathy utilizes the extensive product knowledge and industry experience she has accumulated over the years to create and design large and small projects. Cathy’s philosophy on design focuses in on listening to her clients’ needs and finding them the best products and the best design for their project. Paying attention to the details and communicating with all parties along the way is the key to a successful outcome. “When you love what you do, it shines through!”

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Powder Rooms with Pizazz

Powder Rooms with Pizazz

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It may be the smallest room in the house, but who says it can’t pack a punch?!

Bold paint colors, vessel sinks, glass tile and crystal sconces are just a few design elements to jazz up your bath. That little room tucked under the stairs or along the hall has the power to say, “WOW!”

With a few simple, but well thought out selections, a stylish powder room is well within reach. So, where to being?

blue tile sink
metal sink basin on stone pedestal

Color

If it’s drama you want, a bold paint color makes a strong statement.

  • Painting stripes in a vertical pattern brings height to a low ceiling.
  • Wallpaper and wall covering is making a comeback. A large scale pattern is dramatic in a small space.
  • A richly textured grass cloth lends an organic feel.
  • Highlight only the wall behind the vanity. It could be papered or tiled to complement the countertop and sink, along with the rest of the room.
bath design - sahara

Tile

Tile is a great way to define a particular style.

  • A sleek glass tile behind a gorgeous vessel sink will bring a modern look.
  • Richly textured slate tile behind a stone vessel sink lends an organic feel.
  • An octagon Carrara marble tile on the floor is a traditional style; paired with a bright red vanity with jeweled hardware and you have drama.
white vanity on black pedestal
plum vanity with white inlay

Vanities

  • Can be open below to save space and money.
  • Countertops can go wall to wall to make a narrow space feel wider.
  • Faucets can be wall mounted; always a cool look!
  • Countertops can be natural stone or beautiful grained wood.

Mirrors & Lighting

Mirrors can be sleek or richly ornate. Trim can be painted with high glass paint. Lighting can’t be overlooked. A petite crystal chandelier brings sparkle and elegance. Pendant lights are fun in a small space. There are great light fixtures for every budget and don’t forget they can be placed on the mirror, too.

Accessorize

Accessorize with colorful textured towels! A decorative soap dispenser makes hand washing easier. There are beautiful stone and glass dispensers available.

Mixing styles creates great design. Go big, be brave! Add a little whimsy somewhere, it makes people smile!

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Nancy Bither

Suzie Getman is our Design Consultant in the Tile & Flooring department. She has been working in bath design for over 8 years. Her specialty is tile design. A New Hampshire native, she holds degrees in Human Services and Education. Her love of design began when she purchased an old Cape Cod home many years ago and began furnishing it by attending estate auctions and scouring consignment shops. She has completed course work in Interior Design and Color and is also certified in ADA and Aging in Place design.

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Show Your True Colors

Show Your True Colors

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NOTE: This is a re-post of a popular newsletter from May 2012.
Be sure to contact one of our designers to see what colors are currently trending.

Sofa, pillows and wallpaper in 'trendy' color, Tangerine

You have waited and waited and waited…and finally you hear, “Yes, it’s a go!” You’ve been watching HGTV and buying magazines for months now. Yeah! You revel in the prospect of starting in to your dream project. So many great ideas! But wait, slowly that feeling of trepidation creeps in. Suddenly it does not seem so easy to commit. We all want something new and hot but it must have staying power. Violets, orange, aquas, citrus…It all looks so right…for other people’s homes. So how do you know that what you pick will not turn out to be the “avocado” of yesteryear?

Recently I attended the “Coverings” Expo in Florida and was fortunate enough to catch the key speaker Leatrice Eisenhart. Her featured topic, “Future Color Trends: Fantasies and Realities” provided many answers to these typical questions. Leatrice is a consultant who has been studying color and trends for years and has written widely on the subject. Which color is the right one to choose? You know if you ask ten individuals you would be lucky to come up with less than ten different answers.

What we do know is that color is the element that we notice immediately. Color sets the tone of the space and can have a positive or negative effect. One tip I can pass along is to study not only home and interior magazines, but to search even wider for future trends. Look to the fashion industry, the automobile industry, the cosmetic industry, the movie industry. They are all on the cutting edge when selecting colors for the season. Manufacturers use color in both product and marketing materials to “coax or cajole, to soothe or astonish us, to renew or replenish” us.

tangerine colored pitcher

During the Second World War, as women took to working in factories, the one luxury they permitted themselves was to buy a hot new lipstick. Color motivates us, makes us feel good. Today the modern equivalent would be to look at nail polish. For the rst time, sales of nail polish outstrips that of lipstick.You will see a wide palette of both hot neons and metallics in burnished gold and silver at any cosmetics counter along with traditional classic pinks and reds. Right now the 2012 color to watch for is “Tangerine Tango”! Lime greens, aqua, oranges are still huge in “pop” culture. Gentile violets, purples and classic claret are all being used in movie sets such as Downton Abbey and others. These trends in other industries definitely cross over into home furnishings and residential products.

stack of pillows in lime and tangerine colors

But besides industry and commerce, just turn to nature. There was a time when mixing more than one shade of green in your home was considered a “no, no” but neutral colors are widely loved in nature. The catch word is that green is “sustainable” and has been shown to promote feelings of good health, helping one to breathe slowly and feel better. Green can be mixed with green. Look outdoors! Mother-nature does it all the time.

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Remember, satisfy your soul.

Don’t shy away. Commit to your colors and enjoy them!

Another way to express yourself with color would be to create a base of neutrals, including greens (yes, green is considered a neutral) and create the “magic” by injecting a punch of color. Accessories, such as pillows, drapes, rugs, artwork, can add contrast and excitement without overwhelming the senses. These accents do not have to be perfectly matched, but must be repeated at least twice or more in the space in order to create a cohesive and valanced environment. That way, if your taste changes over time, you can easily make inexpensive changes and still remain current with color.

So whether you choose to use neutrals or draw from multi ethnic themes, Southwest or preppy old school color combinations, with a well balanced palette, any of these can look good in your home. For more on specific color combinations, you can go to ColorExpert where Leatrice has information and links to her Pantone View color palettes.

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Show Your True Colors

Color is the element we notice immediately; it sets the tone of the space and can have either a positive or negative effect. Learn how you can use color to enhance your space and set the mood. Find out what colors are trending and how to use it wisely in your design. Read more →

Mary Kavanagh

Mary is our consultant specializing in bathroom design. Irish born, she holds honors degrees in both Hotel Mgt. & PR. Years living in Switzerland and the UK fueled her interest in hotel architecture, planning and design. Exposure to both contemporary & classic resorts and properties are reflected in her European sense of style. Her love of art & architecture brought her to Endicott College in Beverly, MA where she pursued her career in Interior Design. She has extensive residential experience working in soft furnishings, drapes & wall coverings, in addition to the bath and tile design she did in Boston and Acton, MA. Mary is now settled in York, Maine with her husband & children. She enjoys sewing & gardening and “dabbles in paint.” Combining her passion for art & color with the skills of drafting & interior design, Mary creates lasting impressions for her clients in tile and stone.

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