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DIY BATH BOMBS

DIY BATH BOMBS RECIPE

There seems to be something extremely magical about relaxing and enjoying a nice warm bath in your home after a long day. Want to take your relaxation up a few notches? Try making bath bombs! Bath bombs are extremely popular and there are now hundreds of options available for purchase. There is no particular age demographic targeted for this product because it is truly timeless and people of all ages have confirmed them to be quite enjoyable.

Supplies Needed

  • 8 oz of baking soda or arrowroot which is about a cup’s worth
  • 4 oz of citric acid which is about half a cup’s worth
  • Half of a cup of the salt of choice this comes out to be about 4 oz
  • 4 oz of cornstarch which is about half to 3/4 of a cup
  • 2 tablespoons of your oil of choice (liquid oil)
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract or more water
  • 30 to 40 drops of your favorite essential oils, dried herbs, and color dyes!
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Bath Bomb Recipe Breakdown

1. Baking Soda

Baking soda is the foundation of your bath bomb. This is the most important ingredient! It is an ingredient that is needed because it is alkalizing and it compliments the citric acid you will be adding to the mix.

2. Citric Acid

The ingredient that is not so common in every household is citric acid. This one you may have to leave your house to hunt down. All of the other ingredients are very common household items. Citric acid is used to create the fizzing reaction we all like once you drop the bath bomb in the bath water. It makes it feel like you were bathing in pure champagne.

3. Arrowroot Or Corn Starch

You can use either or. Cornstarch will give you that awesome silky feeling you love. Personally, I’d go with organic cornstarch but you don’t absolutely have to. arrowroot will do the same job except it will not be quite as silky as cornstarch.

4. Liquid, Oil, And Salt

These 3 ingredients are incredibly versatile and you can go with what you have in the home to avoid a trip to the grocery store.

  • Oil: Choose a simple one such as coconut oil, argan oil, olive oil, apricot oil, or any other oil you can find that you can use on your skin.
  • Salt: Go with regular salt in the pantry or with Epsom salt.
  • Liquid: Water will do the trick.

Make Your Bath Bomb Smell Amazing And Look The Part By Using The Scent And Color Of Choice

This is honestly the best part because it is where you can get crazy with creativity! Do you want blue, green, red, purple, orange, pink, yellow, gray, or any other color? Get crazy! Nobody can stop you! This is your bath bomb, do what makes you happy! You can even add in dried herbs and make them scent free if that is your preference.

  • Use any essential oil/s that you want! Orange, lemon, lavender, peppermint etc.
  • Add in natural dyes to create the colorful bath bomb of your dreams!

The Ultimate Bath Bomb Recipe And The DIY Tutorial Instructions To Making Your Dream Bathbomb!

We do not advise that you make this directly on your kitchen countertops if they are granite counters, marble tops, or quartz countertops. You can cover your kitchen counters with a cloth or parchment paper to avoid any damages.

  1. First, you must combine the dry ingredients such as the baking soda, citric acid, salt, and the cornstarch or arrowroot in a fairly large bowl and then you will have to mix it very well until it is all combined
  2. Take a small bowl and add the vanilla extract and the oil as well as the essential oils and then stir it all up
  3. Now you will add in the liquid ingredients slowly and mix everything together.
  4. The mixture should now hold together whenever squeezed without it crumbling. Add more water if the consistency isn’t quite there.
  5. Push the liquid into molds like greased muffin tins or other greased down containers. Now press the mix firmly in and let it sit for an entire day until it is hard. If it expands do not worry because its normal. Just push it down.
  6. Once it dries to make sure to store in a container that is airtight and use it within a span of 2 weeks.

There are endless benefits to making your own fresh batch of bath bomb mix at home. You no longer have to worry about the extra chemical that will break you out or irritate your skin. You can also make them just the way you like. You can add all the colors and scents of choice and create the silkiest awesome smelling bath bomb for you or loved ones.

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A Guide to Countertop Shopping

We know shopping for a new countertop can seem overwhelming, but with the right team behind you it doesn’t have to be. By following these simple tips you’ll be browsing the market with ease and selecting the perfect countertops for your project in no time!

Project Details

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This first step is gathering your project details. If you are just browsing then you may be able to exclude this piece for now, but when it comes to pricing, it is good to know your project’s square footage and basic details. Having this information will also help the fabricator you choose to work with better assist you.

Selecting a Material

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1. Quartz

Quartz countertops offer the look of natural stone without the upkeep. Quartz countertops have become the leading choice for countertop surfaces due to its wide range of design options, durability and low maintenance. This surface is composed of a natural blend of quartz and polyester resin, it is a scratch, stain and impact resistant. So, if you are busy and on the go, this could be the perfect surface for you! We recommend browsing our variety of colors and patterns that mimic many of your favorite natural stones.

2. Granite

Granite is one of the most popular natural stone countertops due to its unique natural beauty and durability. With its heat-resistant qualities, granite is more durable than other surfaces like marble and laminate. Granite countertops come in a wide range of colors and patterns, you can start browsing your options by viewing our live inventory.

3. Compact Surface

A non-­porous material, compact surface is highly resistant to scratches, abrasions, and stains while providing incredible color stability, all in an extremely easy to maintain surface solution. It is made from a sophisticated mixture of raw materials used in glass, porcelain tiles, and quartz surfaces. If your lifestyle demands the most of your countertop, our compact surface countertops may be just the solution.

4. Recycled Surface

Looking for a sustainable but beautiful countertop surface? Are environmental issues and choosing green products on your priority list?  Well, shop no further! Our top-rated eco-friendly stone option is the one for you! Recycled surface countertops are customizable and eco-friendly, countertops from glass recycled surfaces are easy to maintain and will last for the life of your building.

Edge Options

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After deciding on your countertop surface, enhance your design by pairing it with the perfect edge profile. At Cutting Edge Countertops we carry a wide selection of seamless edge profiles that will add stunning detail to your countertops. Browse our options and create the custom countertops that suit your style!

Countertop Height

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Another important detail is selecting your countertop height. You should take into consideration you and your family’s needs when choosing the height. The standard height for a kitchen countertop is 36 inches. Depending on your lifestyle and needs, you can lower or raise the counter height anywhere from 1 to 3 inches.

Samples

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We understand this is a big decision and commitment, so don’t say yes to something you are unsure about. Try testing out options that you are interested in by taking home samples and placing them in your kitchen or bathroom to get an idea of how they will look against your space’s lighting, flooring, and cabinetry.

Now that you have these simple tips on how to shop countertops you are ready to start browsing! To get started on your project check out our wide selection of countertops, see what we have in stock in our live-inventory or contact us! For more design tips and tricks, visit our blog!

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Kid’s Kitchen Time – Confetti Cookie

As we all do our best to stay home when possible, with some extra time on your hands you might find yourself putting your baking skills to the test. Creating treats to indulge in not only keeps that sweet tooth at bay but it’s also a great activity for the kids. These confetti cookies are a great dessert to make with kids, they can help with preparing the dough then they’ll just need more supervision with the baking portion. Give this recipe a try with your family!

What you will need

  1. 1 package Funfetti cake mix
  2. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  3. 2 large eggs
  4. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  5. Mixing bowl
  6. Spoon
  7. Sprinkles (optional)
  8. Frosting (optional)

How to make confetti cookies

Time

  • Prep: 15 min. + chilling
  • Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

Step 1

  • In a large bowl, beat eggs, butter and vanilla until combined. Then beat in the cake mix. After combining all ingredients refrigerate, covered, for 2 hours or until firm enough to roll.

Step 2

  • Preheat oven to 350°. On a well-floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until set. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Decorate as desired with frosting or fun sprinkles! Don’t forget to clean up your kitchen countertops after all the fun is over to avoid leaving behind any crumbs or spills.
  • Optional: If you have leftover dough or wish to only use half you can transfer the dough to a resealable plastic freezer bag and freeze. To use, thaw dough in the refrigerator until soft enough to roll. Prepare and bake cookies as directed and decorate as desired.
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We hope you enjoyed this simple yet tasty recipe! If you try it out, share with us how your final product by tagging us on social media channels! Be sure to follow along on our blog for a new Kid’s Kitchen Time idea every Saturday!

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Kid’s Kitchen Time – How to Make a Bird Feeder

Spring is here and warmer days are approaching. What better way to enjoy the season than with a fun craft that will let your child explore science and nature at the same time. A great thing about this bird feeder is that it will continue to bring joy even after you finish it. You can hang the bird feeder in a spot in your yard where you and your children can enjoy it and watch the birds eat.

Supplies Needed

  1. Bird Seed
  2. Cookie Cutters
  3. Gelatin
  4. Mixing Bowl
  5. Parchment Paper or Baking Sheet
  6. String
  7. Spoon

Directions

Start by pouring your pack of gelatin into the mixing bowl. Next, you will add 1/4 cup of boiling water and mix until the gelatin powder is completely dissolved. Now it will be time to add in around 3/4 of bird seed into the bowl. You can double or triple this amount if you would like to make a larger batch! After adding the bird seed mix all the ingredients together. Note, the mixture will not solidify right away, just be sure to mix it enough so that the gelatin is well incorporated.

Now it is time to fill your molds, cookie-cutter or silicon molds work best. You can lay down parchment paper or use a cookie tray to work on. Scoop out your mixture with a spoon and spread it into thin layers, pressing down firmly as you go. You want to be sure to fill all the nooks and crannies! During this step, you can also create a hole for when you are ready to thread a string through in order to hang the feeder or just use a needle. Now that you have your molds filled you will leave them for a few hours till they harden or you can pop them in the fridge to expedite the process.

After they harden, pop the bird seed out of the molds. Now all you need to do is add a string! If you punched out a hole while making the molds you can thread it through or you can use a needle.

Once you add the string your bird feeders will be ready to hang for the birds to enjoy!

These homemade bird feeders will look so cute hanging in the yard and the kids are sure to enjoy watching the birds come to enjoy a treat! The great thing about using the cookie-cutter is that you can customize the feeders to be anything that your children would like!

We hope you enjoyed this DIY bird feeder craft! The best part about this activity is that it’s a great way to get the family together to explore nature. Be sure to follow along on our blog for a new Kid’s Kitchen Time idea every Saturday!

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Kids Kitchen Time – Salt Dough Eggs

It’s Kids Kitchen Time! With Easter just around the corner, today’s fun activity is creating festive Salt Dough Easter Egg Ornaments!

Salt dough can be used to create all sorts of shapes. Once salt dough is dry, the dough is hard and paintable so your art can last for years!

Supplies Needed

  • Salt dough – you need about a batch or two
  • Egg shape cutter
  • Rolling pin
  • Parchment-paper
  • Baking sheets
  • Ruler
  • Spatula
  • Straw
  • Acrylic paint or spray
  • String of your choice – you can use ribbon or twine!

Salt Dough Recipe

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You can follow your favorite salt dough recipe or use the following:

Add 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt and 1/2 cup water in to a large mixing bowl. Stir together all three ingredients until a dough forms. You can knead the dough a couple times to help make it smoother. Once you have your dough roll it out to about 1/4 inch thick and create your egg shapes.

Prepare the parchment-covered baking sheets to place your salt dough eggs on. After putting your eggs on the sheets take a straw and make holes at the top so that you can hang the ornaments. Then bake at 250F for 2 hours.

Painting Directions

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Once the shapes are adequately baked take them out to dry and then let them thoroughly cool. Once they have cooled it’s painting time! You can spray or use acrylic paint to create designs and decorate your eggs.

Be sure to allow the paint to dry so that you don’t mess up your beautiful designs. To further protect the color and design, add a clear coat sealer.

Last but not least, put ribbon or twine through the holes and hang! Now your salt dough easter eggs are finsihed! This will surely get the family in the Spring spirit!

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Kid’s Kitchen Time – What Will Freeze?

Often times when we think of the kitchen in our home we only associate it with cooking, but your kitchen is so much more than just a space for food prepping. It is also a space to create art, conduct a scientific experiment and so much more! With our new blog series, Kid’s Kitchen Time, we are going to help you discover the variety of activities that can be done in the kitchen with your children all while creating lasting memories.

For the first blog in this series, we are turning the kitchen into a laboratory! This simple kitchen experiment can be done with common household items and lets your children see that science is everywhere. The question is: What will freeze first? 

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Step One

First you will want to collect all the needed materials to conduct your experiment. You will need an ice cube tray, your choice of different kitchen liquids, a device to track the time and a freezer. For the kitchen liquids you can use any common household items you would like such as dish soap, milk, vinegar and apple juice! You can also use a measuring cup in order to stay consistent with the amount of each liquid you are using.

Step Two

Begin to fill your ice cube tray with the different kitchen liquids that you chose.

After filling the tray, take this time to ask your children what they know about the liquids you chose and make a hypothesis or prediction. If they chose dish soap, do they think it will freeze? How long do they think it will take? When they make a prediction you can ask “why do you think that will happen?” This will help you will also get a hypothesis out of them.

Step Three

Now it is time to conduct the experiment and put your ice cube tray full of liquids into the freezer! At this time you can also set you timer to go off intervals so that you can check on how the liquids are freezing.

Step Four

Examine how the liquids are freezing. Is the water freezing first? What is happening to the dish soap? Be sure to record your observations!

Step Five

After you collect your results ask your children what they noticed throughout the experiment. Here are some sample questions you can ask them!

  1. Which liquid froze the easiest?
  2. Which liquid took the longest to freeze?
  3. Did one of the liquids not freeze?

We hope you enjoyed this simple kitchen science experiment! The best part about this activity is that it’s a great way to get the family together by doing something educational. Be sure to follow along on our blog for a new Kid’s Kitchen Time idea every Saturday!

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The Best Way To Clean Granite Countertops

Granite Countertops

Granite is a top choice for natural stone countertops due to its variety of rich colors and natural patterns. Another popular characteristic of granite is that it is highly resistant to everyday wear and tear, particularly against scratching and heat. That is if you take proper care of it! Here are our top recommendations on caring for your granite countertops!

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Important Things to Know About Cleaning Granite Countertops

1. Make sure your granite countertop is sealed

A part of the maintenance for granite countertops is ensuring that they are sealed regularly. This step in keeping your countertops clean is the most important because unsealed or weakly sealed granite will soak up spills and stains. If you are feeling unsure on whether or not it is time to have your granite countertops resealed you can conduct a simple test at home. You will want to leave a few drops of water on the surface and if after a few minutes the water has soaked into the granite, then it’s time to reseal the stone. Be sure to contact a professional for information about resealing your countertops to avoid any further damage.

2. Use a gentle cloth

A gently cloth is key when wiping down your granite countertops daily. You will want to avoid abrasive sponges that can potentially scratch and damage your stone over time. We recommend using warm water, mild or gentle soap and a microfiber cloth.

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3. Do not use harsh cleaners

Popular household cleaning items such as Windex, bleach and vinegar may be tempting to use on your countertop but these harsh chemicals can cause damage. Regular use of acidic cleaners or anything with ammonia will cause your countertop to lose its shine and quickly weaken the sealant. Remember, warm water, mild or gentle soap and a microfiber cloth is the perfect combination for cleaning your countertops daily!

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4. Granite safe cleaner

If you are interested in a granite cleaner you may be overwhelmed with the amount of options on the market. Our knowledgeable staff can help you sift through the options and ensure that you are getting a safe product. We also offer a product for purchase in each of our Showrooms.  Contact us with any questions you may have!

Following these guidelines will help you not only keep your countertop clean but maintain their beauty by avoiding abrasive and harsh cleaning products. Be sure to follow along on our blog for more helpful tips, stone information and design inspiration!

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5 Easy Kitchen Cleaning Tips

Are you ready to put that sparkle and shine back into your kitchen? Here are our top tips on how to maintain a clean space!

1. Cleanse and Clear Your Countertops

Start off by decluttering those countertops. Remove any small appliances, decor and cooking utensils from your surface. After removing everything, give your countertops and backsplash a good deep clean. Wipe away all the dust, crumbs and grime that may have been missed over the past few months from cooking.

If you have quartz countertops, use a soft cloth with mild liquid soap and warm water, or a quartz cleaner. With tougher stains, you may need to use a non-abrasive brush and srub lightly. To remove soap scrum, use a non-acidic scum remover to avoid damaging your countertops. Finish by giving your quartz countertops a good wipe down with a clean damp cloth and towel dry in order to prevent spotting.

For compact surface countertops, you can follow many of the same rules that apply to cleaning quartz countertops. Clean your compact surface countertops with a compact surface cleaner or if you don’t have one use a soft cloth using a mild liquid soap and warm water. If soap scum is an issue, be sure to use a non-acidic soap scum remover. For more difficult stains, use a non-abrasive soft bristled brush and scrub lightly. Always rinse and towel dry to finish up.

Natural stone countertops such as granite and marble you can use a natural stone cleaner to remove most residues or a soft cloth using a mild liquid soap and warm water. For stubborn stains, use a soft non-abrasive bristled brush and scrub lightly to avoid scratching the surface. To remove soap scum, use a non-acidic soap scum remover. Be sure to rinse and towel dry the surface to prevent the countertop from absorbing any leftover liquids.

2. Clean Your Appliances

After cleaning your countertops, you don’t want to ruin all your hard work by putting dirty appliances back on them. Give your small appliances a good wipe down to remove any dirt and dust that may have accumulated over time. Then move to your stove, over and fridge. Give those burners new life and be sure to take out the fridge drawers. It’s time to get off all of that baked-on gunk and remove those stains.

3. Fabulous Floors

Sweeping the floors is a part of many homeowners daily routines but now is a chance to really clean and disinfect. Go the extra step of washing your rugs and be sure to mop! When mopping pay attention to cracks, corners and the grout in your flooring. You’ll feel like you have a brand new kitchen afterward!

4. Reorganize Your Kitchen Drawers

When we are in a rush to clean our kitchen we often resort to dumping everything into the drawers. But over time crumbs and dust accumulate under all those kitchen items that we have tucked away. It’s time to go through them, purge all the junk and give the insides a wipe down. This is also a good time to clean and reorganize any utensil drawer organizers!

5. Let in the Light and Fresh Air

Last but certainly not least, open a few windows to allow fresh air to circulate through your home. Outdoor air can remove any unwanted odors that may be lingering and is also great for your health. Opening up your windows will also let in some natural light which will help show off the beautiful sparkle and shine to your clean kitchen!

Take it step by step, you don’t have to clean it all in a day! Now, get out there, clean and start enjoying your fresh kitchen!

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How To Prepare For Stone Countertops

Upgrading your home with natural stone countertops is a thrilling home renovation project. The first step to bring your vision to life is choosing the right material for your lifestyle and decor. Next, you will get ready for the installation and if you have never installed countertops before you may not know how to prepare. Today we are breaking down how to prepare for the installation, what you can expect during and after the installation is complete.

Pre-Installation Prep

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The first step is having a measurer come to your home. They will take measurements of your entire room so the fabricator can fit the stone to your unique space. Prior to templating your fabricator will also need to know the exact make and model of any sinks, faucets and appliances that will come in contact with the countertop. Other design details such as edge details, backsplashes and rear wall treatments should also be discussed.

After the template is finished and approved, the stone will be cut and fabricated into the countertop at the workshop and the installation date will be set. If you have old countertops already in place they will need to be removed prior to the installation. This will ensure there is enough time to make repairs if anything becomes damaged in the process.

Installation

The big day is here! Expect at least two installers who will deliver the prepared countertop and put it in place. Depending on the job size, it may require more people. To help this day go as smoothly as possible, try to clear the pathway for the installation team so they may easily enter your home. It is also a good idea to remove any valuables or breakables from the area.

Installations can take anywhere from four to eight hours. Larger projects may take more than a day. A strong adhesive will be used to cement the pieces together if the countertop has seams.  Then the countertops are adhered to the cabinets.

Post-Installation

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Once the installation is complete, you will need to schedule a plumber to come and reconnect the water source, an electrician to reconnect drains, water, gas, and electrical hookups. This will generally happen the day after installation so that the countertops have time to set. If you will also be installing a backsplash that should be scheduled after the countertops have been installed.

After a good cleaning, your kitchen will be ready to go! While this process requires a certain amount of prep work and attention the finished product is well worth it! You are investing in a piece that will last for years to come with the proper care.

Have more questions about the installation process? Contact us or schedule a design session! Our team will be happy to assist you.

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5 Home Design Trends You Will See In 2020

A new year brings hope, excitement and mystery. What the next year, months and days will bring is anyone’s guess. One thing remains: The modern home and how society continues to live in it will always be changing. If you’re planning a renovation in 2020 check out these home design trends predicted to excite homeowners this year.

Backsplashes

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Slabs: If you find yourself lost in the endless choices of tile backsplash or the thought of having grout lines makes you hesitate, consider taking your countertop material one step further. A slab backsplash with a unique pattern or a lot of movement will make for an eye-catching design statement in your kitchen. If you are looking for something a little more abstract you can mix and match the backsplash slab with the countertop.

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Quartzite: Quartzite is rising in popularity amongst homeowners due to its beauty and durability. Quartzite is harder than granite and each slab is unique. This surface is also heat-resistant and more scratch resistant than engineered quartz.

Cabinetry

Three-tone Kitchens: We all have heard the term “two-tone kitchen cabinets” where the upper cabinets are one color and the lower cabinets another. This style dominated kitchens in the past couple of years. It is only natural that designers are building on the trend rather than moving away from it. With a three-tone kitchen, one more color is introduced to create an asymmetry in the color palette that helps define areas of the kitchen or functions.

Islands

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Multifunctional Island Centers: Kitchen islands have always been a part of the home but they have certainly been evolving over the years. Many homeowners have taken kitchen islands beyond just storage and a place to sit. Islands are getting bigger and taking on more of a function than ever before. Data shows many homeowners will add in or renovate other features of an island such as a microwave or cooktop. This shows how islands are becoming multifunctional features of the kitchen.

Bathroom

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Floating Double Vanities: Choosing to float a vanity frees up floor space which gives the appearance of more room. It also makes cleaning the floor easier than with a furniture style vanity that has legs which can trap dust. So it easy to see why many homeowners are opting for this style in their bathrooms!

These are just of a few of the many great home design trends of 2020 we expect to see. Now it’s your turn! Which of these trends are you excited about? What trends are you predicting in 2020?

Schedule a design session with our experts and learn how we can work with you to provide a truly differentiating solution tailored to meet your distinct needs and ideal vision.

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