From Loud to Proud

Sep 18
Jessie Best
Upcycling is a great way to stretch even the smallest of budgets when it comes to adding another dimension to your decorating. If you are unfamiliar with this concept, upcycling is taking everyday objects and repurposing them in other ways that fit your needs or lifestyle. MORE

Filed under: budget, decorating, DIY, remodeling, upcycling, wood

Help! We Need a New Logo!

Today, Empire’s embarking on a new adventure. I’m excited to announce that we’ve launched a “We Need a New Logo” crowdsourcing contest at https://99designs.com/logo-design/contests/logo-empire-today-usd-249071! We understand a new logo project can be a big undertaking. Getting a logo through an online contest may be a little unorthodox for Empire, but we feel this will help us reach out to a lot of talented designers who we may never have come across by going the more traditional “agency” approach. MORE

Filed under: at, carpet, carpets, ceramic, day, empire, flooring, hardwood, home, installation, laminate, next, shop-at-home, Treatments, Vinyl, Window

How to Care for your Hardwood Floors

Sep 16
Larry Gantt
Few things can match the look of a new hardwood floor. The inherent beauty of wood combined with the natural variation in graining, results in a look that simply can’t be matched by vinyl or laminate flooring. MORE

Filed under: floor, flooring, hardwood, kitchen

Renovation Reality: A Series about Transforming an Older Home

There is nothing I love more than the opportunity to breathe new life into an older home. The suburban area just north of Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan, is filled with homes built in the early 1900’s. Many of these homes have architectural details and charm that are very hard to find in today’s newer homes.  MORE

Filed under: carpet, home, new, old, renovation, shutters, windows

5 Tips for Selecting the Right Kitchen Floor

Sep 14
Frank Worth
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It's not just about the kitchen floor. It's about the whole kitchen and how you use it. The flooring you choose should showcase your style and coordinate with the rest of your house, yet it should be practical. MORE

Filed under: ceramic, flooring, floors, hardwood, laminate
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