An Inexpensive Way To Update Your Kitchen
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Kitchen backsplashes are often overlooked, as a quick refresher they can make your kitchen look fresh and guess what it won’t break the bank. A backsplash can be the focal point of a kitchen and there are different options. A backsplash can expand the perimeter of the entire kitchen or you can do an accent wall.

Check out some of the backsplashes installed by Looney’s Tile & Grout and contact one of our tiling experts at 703-999-19333.

Deidre N. Victoria
Realtors: Start Thinking Spring
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If I stand on one leg, say the word spring 10 times with one eye closed maybe spring will come right now! Look at you trying it. Aww, didn't work. Probably should have closed both eyes. 

We all know spring brings warm air, plants begin to bud, animals loose their winter coat, but what about your clients home?  Realtors, we know that spring is a busy season.  If your clients need a regrout, cleaning or retiling now is the time to start scheduling.   

Our calendar is filling up and we want your clients home to look ahhmazing!  Are you unsure of what your clients bathroom needs?  Schedule a free estimate!  Our estimators know their "stuff" and they can type up a plan for you.

Realtors....start thinking spring!

Deidre N. Victoria
Funny New Years Resolutions

We made it 2019!! Here are some of the funniest new year’s resolutions:

  • My New Year’s resolution is everything I said my New Years resolution was last year and the year before that I still haven’t done

  • Still working on 2018 new years resolution

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  • I have like 9 New Year’s resolutions and I’ve already mentally given up on about 6 of them

    Share your resolution on our Facebook page! We would love to hear it!!

Deidre N. Victoria
Tiles are Popular!

You may have been popular in high school, but who would have know that tiles have groupies.  Don't believe me? Check out these facts that you need to know!

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1,056,000 Swedish Tiles

That’s right! The famous Sydney Opera House sails are made of tiles. Each year over 10 million people from all over the world travel to see this beautiful house. Pretty popular, I’d say.

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13,171 Miles of Tile

The Great Wall of China was built with stones, bricks, tiles and earth as well as of wooden material. The wall was completed in 1644 and it took more than 2,000 years to build. It is one of the world’s top tourist destinations with over 4 million visitors each year.

If you find yourself in a situation where six fully grown African Bush Elephants come trampling through your house; your ceramic tiles will survive! Ceramic tiles are resistant and strong! They can withstand between 22 and 44 tons per square inch. No wonder this is a popular tile! Impressive!!

Deidre N. Victoria
Is Your House Ready For Winter?
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When we think of getting ready for winter, we make sure we have our gloves, hat, scarf, deicer and so much more! Raise your hand if most of the time you can only find one glove? Glad I’m not alone. Focus Deidre! Okay! What about your precious (expensive) baby? Your house! Unless someone can make a blanket to wrap around your house (I know you are seriously thinking about it) then there are some things we must do!

Step 1: Plumbing

Who really thinks about their pipes until something goes wrong? You do? That is awesome! The rest of us can start with draining water from outdoor faucets and garden hoses. Inside the house, look for “problem” pipes that are prone to freezing and consider using heat tape to keep them warm. Everyone in the family should know how to turn off the water at the source.

Step 2: Fireplace & Heating System

Be sure to have your chimney inspected by a professional (not your friends cousins uncle’s neighbor) before the first frost. Also, have a professional perform a routine check of the heating system and as an added benefit pull out the vacuum to clean the vents and other heating components. Check your furnace filter; it may need replacing.

Step 3: Seal the Leaks

Install storm windows and doors. Add or replace worn weather stripping around the doors and windows and caulk any gaps. If doorstops are worn, replace them. If any pipes or ducts travel through an exterior wall, be sure to use caulking and weather-stripping around all entry points. These steps will block any potential entry points for cold air.

Have a safe winter with lots of snowball fights!!

Deidre N. Victoria
The Best Decorating Apps!

Realtors! We're doing our homework again and we found the best decorating and designing apps! Help your clients by using one of these design apps and you will be designing like a pro!  

  • Mark On Call - Created by interior designer Mark Lewison, this app lets you create a professional-style floor plan on a grid where you can arrange your furniture and decorations to scale. You can even take pictures of patterns and finishes and add them to your plan.

  • Chairish - For those who dream of discovering a pristine Eames chair or a perfect Saarinen tulip table without wading through fuzzy Craigslist photos, this iOS app is a beautifully photographed virtual flea market for vintage furniture and decor. Haggling is welcome. 

  • iHandy Level - Hanging pictures, or a TV mount? No need to drag out the toolbox: This free app turns your smartphone into a level. In fact, it's so accurate that it will tell you if you're even a degree off.

  • BrightNest - Built to both feed your inspiration and keep you on task, this app contains heaps of home design, DIY and maintenance projects, and it can remind you to complete them, so your home maintenance stays on schedule.

  • SnapShop - Want to know how a piece of furniture would look in your house, without lugging it home? Take a picture of a room, choose furniture from SnapShop's library and lay it into the image. If you like the piece, you can click to buy.

  • Benjamin Moore Color Capture - Choosing colors you love in real life is easy. Sifting through paint chips is hard (is that grayish-white or whitish-gray?). Next time you see something in a shade you adore, snap its picture through this app. You'll discover its closest match among Benjamin Moore's 3,500+ paint colors.

Deidre N. Victoria
Let's Get Ready for 2019! The latest tile trends.

Are you ready for 2019? Maybe not, but we are! We are educating ourselves on the latest and hottest trends for 2019. We’ve did our homework and we know what’s in! Click the pictures below to see examples. Which one is your favorite?

Hot trends:

  • Patterned Tile

  • Honeycomb Tile

  • Color Pattern Tile

  • Espresso Toned Tile

  • Long and Narrow Subway Tile

  • Fish Scale Tile

  • Vertical Tile

Deidre N. Victoria