by Kelsey Flores
Get involved in community service at the Adopt-A-Beach cleanup or take a look back on Johnny Cash’s unique life story at a showing of the Ring of Fire musical.
Ring of Fire
Ring of Fire – The Johnny Cash Musical Show is a unique story about one of America’s most beloved singer-songwriters. The musical will touch on all sorts of topics, including love, faith, struggle, success, redemption, home, and family. You’ll also get to hear Cash’s classic hits, such as “I Walk the Line” and “Folsom Prison Blues.” Friday, 7:30 p.m., 1802 North Chaparral Building 2, 882-5500, harborplayhouse.com.
Junior League Rummage Sale
It’s time for the annual Junior League of Corpus Christi Rummage Sale. You can find everything you need at the rummage sale, from housewares and clothes to furniture and decor. All of the proceeds raised will be going toward community events sponsored by the Junior League of Corpus Christi. Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., 5302 Leopard Street, 884-3000, jlcc.org.
Since 1986, more than 504,000 Texas Adopt-A-Beach volunteers have been doing their part in helping to pick up more than 9,300 tons of trash from Texas beaches. Now is your chance to help by joining the wintertime beach cleanup. Registration begins bright and early at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – Noon, Rockport Beach Park beach front pavilion, 729-6661.
Hearts & Crafts Young Artist Workshop
If you haven’t bought your Valentine’s Day gift yet, you can make one at the Hearts and Crafts Young Artist Workshop. The Art Museum will provide a variety of materials including paint, glitter glue, and stamps to help you create one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day cards and artwork on canvas. Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – Noon, 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd., 825-3500, artmuseumofsouthtexas.org.
Coastal Bend Boat & RV Expo
Come out and enjoy the largest selection of boats and RVs all under one roof during the 6th Annual Coastal Bend Boat & RV Expo. The expo will include many local boats, RV dealers, specialty vendors, and factory representatives. Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., 1213 Terry Shamsie Blvd., 387-9000, rmbfairgrounds.com.
If you want to do something this weekend but aren’t sure what events are going on, we’ve got you covered. Travel back to the 90's, listen to the tunes of Nina Diaz at the House of Rock, or take a tour or the city’s Centennial House.
ArtWalk Dollar After Dark
If you haven’t seen the Dorothy Hood exhibition yet, here’s your opportunity to remedy that. You’ll get a chance to stroll through the Art Museum of South Texas galleries during special extended hours. The museum will stay open until 9 p.m., with admission at $1. Friday, 5:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m., 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd., 825-3500, artmuseumofsouthtexas.org.
25th Annual Fiesta De Los Niños
Now in its 25th year, this fundraiser features a barbeque dinner, dancing to a national recording artist and silent and live auctions, with proceeds benefiting Driscoll Children’s Hospital. This year’s auctions will include a quail hunt, a chance to see Bruno Mars on tour, and more. Tickets required. Friday, 6:30 p.m., 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd., 694-6401.
Back to the 90’s
The 90s are back (well, except for Beanie Babies and tie-dye shirts), and the revival hits the American Bank Center this weekend. See some of the decade’s most memorable music acts, including Naughty by Nature, Tone Loc, Sisqo, 2 Live Crew, and Biz Markie. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Saturday, 7:30 p.m., 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd., 694-6401.
Nina Diaz with Swedish Ropes and Lady Catherine
Nina Diaz hits the stage at the House of Rock. NPR has called Girl in a Coma’s lead singer “one of the two or three most exciting, scary-good vocalists in rock today.” If you’re a rock and roll fiend, you won’t want to miss this performance. Saturday, 8 p.m., 511 Starr Street, 882-7625, texashouseofrock.com.
Centennial House Tours
If you want to learn more about the city’s history, then the Centennial House tour is perfect for you. The tours allows residents to venture inside the historic home that was built in 1849 by Forbes and Rebecca Britton. The house is open by the Corpus Christi Area Heritage Society every first Sunday of the month. Sunday, Noon – 4 p.m, 411 Upper Broadway, 882-8691.
Catch a showing of Ruthless! The Musical at the Aurora Arts Theatre or head down to North Bayfront Park for some delicious local food truck fare.
Luncheon and Lecture by Stephanie Miller
Interested in learning more about an upcoming exhibition at the Art Museum of South Texas? Then you’ll definitely want to check out this luncheon and lecture by Stephanie Miller, the Registrar for the Guild Hall Museum. Miller will be speaking exclusively about the museum’s newest exhibition, The Guild Hall: An Adventure in the Arts, Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Guild Hall Museum. The collection features pieces from the East Hampton Artist Colony in the 19th and 20th century. Friday, Noon – 2 p.m., 1902 North Shoreline Blvd., 825-3500, artmuseumofsouthtexas.org.
Boots & Bling Ball 2017
Help to build a refuge for healing and work towards ending domestic minor sex trafficking with the New Life Refuge Ministries Annual Fundraiser. The Boots & Bling Ball will be a dinner event with a live and silent auction along with entertainment by comedian Mike Williams. Tickets start at $100. Friday, 6:30p.m. – 10:30 p.m., 402 Harbor Drive, 946-6331.
A La Mano - Food Truck Friday
Grab a friend and head down to North Bayfront Park for a relaxing lunch on the Bayfront with the city’s finest food truck fare. The best part? Food Truck Fridays don’t just bring you tasty food – there’s also live music and lawn games. Friday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 1590 N. Shoreline Blvd., 561-2000.
Islanders vs. Wildcats
The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi men’s basketball team takes on the Abilene Christian University Wildcats in this Southland Conference showdown. The Islanders are looking to bounce back from two straight losses, so wear your blue and green and cheer the team on to victory. Saturday, 7p.m., 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd., 826-4700, americanbankcenter.com.
Ruthless! The Musical
If you’re in the mood for a musical, then the Aurora Arts Theatre is where you want to be. Ruthless! is an aggressively outrageous hit that received rave reviews during its long off Broadway run. The musical follows an eight-year-old girl named Tina Denmark who knows she was born to play the role of Pippi Longstocking in her school play and will do just about anything get the part. Sunday, 7:30 p.m., 5635 Everhart Rd., 851-9700, auroraartstheatre.com.
There’s more than one way to keep the New Year’s fun going this weekend. Swing by the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds for the Nueces County Junior Livestock Show or check out the Lombardi exhibit at the Art Center of Corpus Christi.
82nd Annual Nueces County Junior Livestock Show Kick-off Weekend
The Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds will be packed with steer, broilers, and home goods during the 82nd annual Nueces County junior livestock show kickoff weekend. The weekend will hold plenty of activities, from a welding contest and 5K run/walk to a dog show and parade in downtown Robstown. Check the Fairgrounds website for a complete schedule of activities. Friday, 9 a.m., 1213 Terry Shamsie Blvd., 387-9000, rmbfairgrounds.com.
Corpus Christi IceRays vs. Amarillo Bulls
It’s a good ‘ole Texas showdown on the ice as the IceRays and Amarillo Bulls both make late pushes for the NAHL playoffs. Grab your gear and cheer the IceRays on to victory. Tickets start at $11. Friday, 7:05pm, 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd., 826-4700, americanbankcenter.com.
Family Fun Day
The Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History is taking a trip to space. OK, so they’re not really leaving Earth, but they do have an afternoon of various space-themed activities, crafts, and science shows during Family Fun Day. Kids can also create their own planets. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 1900 N. Chaparral Street, 826-4667, ccmuseum.com.
Texas Winter Market
New year, new gear. Shop for Texas-made clothing, food, art, photography, jewelry, home décor, and more at the sixth annual Texas Winter Market. Admission is $3 with your non-perishable food donation to St. Mary Star of the Sea Food Pantry. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 700 W. Wheeler Ave., 888-225-3427.
Artist Bob Lombardi’s work consists of oils and pastels and showcases the tranquility and serenity of the natural world. With bright colors and mixed textures, you won’t want to miss this limited-time exhibit at the Art Center of Corpus Christi. Sunday, 5 p.m., 100 N. Shoreline Blvd., 884-6406, artcentercc.org.
by Kelsey Flores
Tile’s many applications, from accents and backsplashes to floors and shower walls, are well-known. Its technical details, not so much. You’re probably not familiar with things like tile’s coefficient of friction rating or the difference between color body and through body tile. You may not even know that porcelain and ceramic are two different products. No matter what you don’t know, it’s OK: This insider’s guide will have you speaking tile’s language in no time.
Porcelain vs. Ceramic Tile
There are two types of tile: ceramic and porcelain.
According to the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), ceramic tiles are made with clay, minerals, and water. The tiles are then fired and glazed (which is where the color and look come from) because the ceramic is porous. Ceramic tile is also easier to install and, according to the National Kitchen + Bath Association (NKBA), has a higher water absorption rate of about ½ inch of water, which makes it less frost resistant.
Porcelain tiles, on the other hand, are made from sand-like material and porcelain clays and then formed with pressure and heat. As a result, it’s denser and absorbs less water than ceramic tiles. In fact, porcelain tile is defined by water absorption. If a tile absorbs less than one half of a percent of moisture, it’s classified as a porcelain tile.
Due to its low moisture absorption rate, porcelain tile can be installed outdoors whereas ceramic tile generally cannot. Porcelain tiles are stronger than ceramic and require special tools to install.
Despite their differences, both porcelain and ceramic are durable, easy to clean, and available at all price ranges.
Color Body vs. Through Body
According to Ragno, through body porcelain, also known as unglazed porcelain tiles, is produced using colored raw materials that permeate the entire tile. This incorporates uninterrupted color and pattern features seen on the surface all the way through the tile body.
Color body porcelain tiles, on the other hand, are created with continuous colored stains from the glaze surface throughout the body of the tile. This lessens the visibility of chips and scratches that may occur. The color remains consistent throughout the tile, but the surface design doesn’t extend throughout the tile’s body.
When shopping for tile, it’s very probable that you’ll hear the acronym “PEI” at some point. PEI, which stands for Porcelain Enamel Institute, is the only reliable gauge consumers can use to determine wear expectations for a certain tile application. According to the NKBA, here are the PEI ratings that are recommended by the American Society for Testing and Materials.
Glossary of Terms
What kind of insider’s guide would this be without a glossary of some of the terms that you might come across when discussing tile? (Not a good one, mind you). The WFCA has a comprehensive list of tile terminology. Keep an eye and ear out for these terms:
Rectified Edge vs. Non-Rectified Edge
According to Build, rectified tiles are porcelain or ceramic tiles that have been precisely ground and machined to give them a near-perfect straight edge and exact dimensions. Along with a clean look, rectified tiles allow for smaller grout joints. Though it has a symmetrical look to it, rectified tiles are sharp and prone to chipping.
Conventional non-rectified tiles are called cushion-edged, soft-edges, or pillow-edged, and given the various names, it’s obvious that they aren’t as sharp and don’t chip as easily as rectified tiles.
After you have chosen the tile that you want in your space, the next step is to install it. There are actually several options when it comes to the pattern you chose for installing your tile, according to Houzz.
Brick is a classic pattern that will work for any rectangular tile. Each row of tile is typically offset by half a tile width, which results in long and horizontal lines that can subtly widen a room. A third or fourth of a tile width offset may be better and provide a more stable installation for some tiles. You can use this installation pattern anywhere, especially in spaces where one simple tile is used throughout the space.
Vertical brick is basically the same as the brick installation pattern except that the tile is rotated vertically. In turn this pattern emphasizes the height of the space instead of the width. If you’re looking to elongate the height of a room, such as with a compact bathroom, you may consider a vertical brick installation pattern.
Large brick is another installation pattern that is technically not different from a standard brick pattern. It helps to minimize the visual impact of the grout which in turn allows the tiles to have a more seamless appearance. You can use this installation pattern when you want to create the appearance of a continuous plane of unbroken material.
Another option for installation patterns that is the simplest layout is known as stacked pattern. Basically the tiles are aligned to create a repeating grid which results in a modern look that works well with clean shapes and crisp angles. This installation pattern is best used in modern spaces with rectilinear forms, especially with beveled-edge tiles or bright grout.
Herringbone is a pattern that you’ve probably seen more of in the last five years. Tiles are installed at right angles in zigzag formations. This installation pattern is common in traditional and transitional spaces, but is more recently seen in contemporary and modern spaces too.
Basket weave installation pattern looks like the stitching of a woven basket. This pattern has alternating vertical and horizontal tiles, which creates the impression that the tiles are being woven both over and under each other.
According to Mohawk, patterns work best when used in proportion to the room. A general rule of thumb is, if you can’t repeat the pattern at least four times in a room, choose a smaller pattern or tile.
The size of the tile you choose will work best in proportion to the size of the room. For instance, smaller tiles will help to make small rooms feel less constricted while larger tiles will keep big areas from feeling overwhelming.
Tile is water resistant and generally easy to clean. It tends to last a lifetime, but with the right maintenance routine you can make sure it’s in tip-top shape for decades.
t’s important to sweep or vacuum floors in order to remove any dust or debris before using any cleaning products. You should also damp-mop your tile floor at least once each week (more frequently for heavy traffic areas) to decrease wear and abrasion from grit and soil.
Here are a few tips for preventing damage to tile:
Though ceramic tiles generally cost less than porcelain tiles, the price of tile varies greatly. Cost depends on the size of the tile, the brand, the quality (color body or through body), and the tile’s pattern.
Standard tile can cost anywhere from under $1 per square foot to $10-12 per square foot. Tile mosaics usually cost at least $8-10 per square foot and can exceed $20 per square foot.
Most ceramic tile costs between $1 and $4 per square foot, but there are exceptions to this price. Porcelain tiles cost between $2 and $6 per square foot. Wood look tile is relatively expensive, especially if it’s porcelain. Expect a wood look to cost anywhere from $4-12 per square foot.
Floor installation will cost anywhere from $2-5 per square foot depending on the company, size of the tile, the installation pattern, and the local market.
The tile trends that were popular in 2016 will most likely carry over into 2017. According to Modernize the following were last year’s top tile trends:
Now for the tile trends for the New Year. According to Tile Mountain, here’s what’s predicted to dominate 2017:
Now you should be better equipped to make decisions regarding which type of tile is right for you and your space. If you need more information or have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment or send a tweet to @tukasacreations.
by Kelsey Flores
Looking for a way to say goodbye to 2016 and welcome in the New Year? Between the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas and the Polar Bear Plunge, there’s more than one way to say hello to 2017.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
Be a part of America’s favorite holiday tradition. Grammy award-winner Chip Davis has created a show that will feature Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics in addition to a selection of his groundbreaking compositions. Buy your tickets today and experience the Christmas spirit come alive. Friday, 8 p.m., 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd., 826-4700, americanbankcenter.com.
Sing-Along Piano Bar New Year’s Eve Bash
Ring in 2017 with the one and only Sing-Along Piano Bar New Year’s Bash. There are several ticket options and each one comes with its own set of perks, such as concert tickets, party favors, and a midnight champagne toast. Saturday, 8:30 p.m., 1724 N. Tancahua, 884.2739, brewsterstreet.net
New Year’s Eve with Splendiferous
What better way to spend New Year’s Eve than to be surrounded by good company, food, drinks, and music by Splendiferous? Join in on the celebration and be a part of the free champagne toast at midnight. Saturday, 7 p.m.-2 a.m., Vino Mio Social Club, 4102 S. Staples St., 728-6445.
Noon Year’s 2017
For those who don’t want to wait until midnight to ring in the New Year, Noon Year’s 2017 at the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History is perfect for you. Bring in the New Year with party hats, confetti slime, firework crafts, stomp rockets, and so much more. Take family photos using 2017 New Year themed props and don’t miss the big balloon drop at noon. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 1900 N. Chaparral Street, 826-4667, ccmuseum.com.
Polar Bear Plunge
Start the New Year off right (or cold, as the case may be) with the Polar Bear Plunge to help support ALS research and awareness. If you don’t want to take the plunge, there are other ways to participate. You can spectate, donate, or join/form a fundraising team. However you choose to participate in the Polar Bear Plunge, know you will be heading into the New Year with a purpose. Sunday, noon, Fajitaville at North Beach, 21 S. Hotel Pl., polarbearplunge.cc.
by Kelsey Flores
If you think homeowners aren’t installing carpet anymore, you’re not alone. With all the talk about wood look porcelain and revamped vinyl planks, carpet might seem like the black sheep of the flooring family. But here’s the thing: Carpet still has a seat at the table. Carpet not only adds warmth and comfort to your home, but it’s also a beautiful, functional, and economic flooring option for many families. Plus, you can’t find another floor that’s as soft on your feet. If you’re buying carpet in the near future, here’s a closer look at the terms you should know, different fiber types, maintenance concerns, the latest trends, and more.
Terms You Should Know
Before we go any further, let’s define some key terms that you’ll hear once you enter the world of carpet. We mention most of these terms throughout this post. We recommend that you glance at these definitions now so that you’ll understand when you read them in context.
Berber: a looped style of carpet that features bulky yarns with characteristic color flecks
Backing/Primary Backing: this provides a base cloth to hold the yarn in place while tufting occurs
Carpet Cushion: also known as padding. It’s the cushion that lies between the carpet and the
floor or foundation
Carpet Dying (Continuous Dyeing): a process in which color is applied to the carpet face by
spraying or printing. It’s often used to create multicolor or pattern effects
Density: the measure of how tightly the yarn is stitched into a carpet’s primary backing
Face Weight: the measurement in ounces determined by the amount of fiber per square yard
Matte/Crush: an entanglement of fibers and tufts that results from weight and high traffic
Nap: a carpet or rug’s pile surface
Screen Printing: a common method of carpet coloring where color is applied from one to as
many as eight silk screens
Shearing: a manufacturing process in which carpet is drawn under revolving cutting blades in
order to produce a smooth face fabric
Shedding: a natural part of any new carpet where individual fibers come loose from the base
Sprouting: the protrusion of individual tuft or yarn above the pile surface
Textured: a popular cut pile carpet with alternating crimp, loops, or other modifications of yarn
that result in a two-tone appearance
Transition: the spot where two different floor coverings meet, such as carpet and hardwood
Tuft/Tufting: the cut or uncut loop of pile fabric and the first step in manufacturing carpet
Yarn Dyeing: yarn that is dyed before being fabricated into carpet
Yarn Dyeing-Beck: an alternative dyeing method used in the manufacturing of carpet that
involves the application of color to yarn after the carpet has been tufted
According to the World Floor Covering Association, carpet isn’t like other flooring products because it doesn’t have dozens of options to choose from. Instead, carpet only comes in three basic styles: cut, loop, and cut and loop pile. Don’t worry – we’ll explain what each of these terms mean.
Cut pile, also known as plush or textured carpet, is created when the loops that result from weaving are cut at the same height and are allowed to slightly tuft. This results in a carpet that’s dense with a soft appearance. Cut pile carpet has a firm grip on the residential market and comes in four subcategories:
Loop pile carpet is uncut and usually made from nylon fibers, which gives the carpet a more textured appearance. It’s primarily installed in commercial settings.
Like the name suggests, cut and loop carpet is a combination of both cut and loop pile. You can find plenty of different patterns that result from the variations in surface textures.
According to Pro Flooring Brokers, there are four basic fibers that are used to make or manufacture carpet: nylon, polyester, polypropylene, and wool. There’s also a fifth one, known as Triexta Polyester.
Nylon carpet fibers are perhaps the most versatile of all the fibers. Because nylon provides durability and flexibility, you’ll find that it’s the most used carpet fiber. Nylon can be dyed in a range of colors and is one of the softer fibers, which gives it a luxurious appearance. Although nylon is not the most stain resistant, many manufacturers add a stain resistant treatment to protect against stains. This stain protection, however, can wear off over time with foot traffic and cleaning treatments.
Polyester (also called PET) carpet fibers are a great choice for rooms that will see low to medium traffic, such as bedrooms. Polyester comes in a wide variety of colors, is as strong and durable as nylon, and performs well over time. It’s also naturally stain and fade resistant, which makes it an ideal choice for those of you who have kids. It can show matting more easily than nylon, though.
PTT or Triexta Polyester carpet fibers feature good resiliency and excellent inherent stain resistance. We’ll talk more about how it’s made under the Mohawk section.
Polypropylene or Olefin carpet fibers will not absorb water. Unlike other carpet fibers, which are dyed after production, it undergoes a solution dyeing process. The color of the carpet fiber is an intricate part of the final product that won’t fade even if exposed to intense sunlight, chemicals, or other contaminants. Since this carpet fiber isn’t as strong as other fibers, it’ll have a loop pile construction.
Wool carpet fiber is known for a rich look and feel. A traditional favorite, it remains a premium choice that is found in upper lines and styles. While wool tends to clean well and has beautiful colors, it wears down more easily, especially in high traffic areas. In fact, in some cases bald spots may occur in high traffic areas, and although it is naturally stain resistant, it does require a high level of maintenance.
What's the Best Carpet for Your Home?
Now that you’re aware of the different carpet styles and fibers, you’re probably wondering which carpet is best for your home.
Let’s start with which carpet is best in bedrooms. According to the World Floor Covering Association, the best carpet depends on whose bedroom it is. For instance, a master or guest bedroom is not likely to have much foot traffic, soiling, or staining, so just about any fiber in a plush or texture style will work.
Children’s bedrooms pose a greater risk of spills and stains, so stain-resistant nylon or polyester fibers are your best bet. Also, keep in mind that solid color carpets are less forgiving than carpets with multi-colored fibers.
When it comes to your living room, your lifestyle and personal tastes come into play. If your living room is formal, then it’ll be best served by a classic cut pile Saxony or a sophisticated cut and loop patterned carpet. On the other hand, if your living room is busy with kids and pets, it’s best to have a solution dyed or stain treated product with some type of odor treatment.
Family rooms are typically high traffic areas, especially if you have kids and pets. It’s recommended that you use a multi-colored, dense textured looped carpet style because they’re more forgiving of everyday messes.
Where people gather to eat and drink, there’s bound to be stains and spills. PET polyester carpets are best for dining rooms, as they have advanced stain resistant properties.
Hallways and stairs can be tough on carpeting because they tend to be high traffic areas. People turn their feet at the bottom and top of stairways, which can cause additional stress on the carpet. A low, dense pile carpet is recommended for both spaces.
The Life Cycle of Carpet
Wondering how long your carpet will last? There’s no set answer. According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, carpet can last anywhere from 8 to 10 years on average. However, that isn’t always the case. Life span can change depending on several factors, like the amount of foot traffic the area gets, how well and often you take care of your carpet, and if you’re staying on top of stains.
We would be remiss if we didn’t talk about Mohawk’s SmartStrand and EverStrand carpets. Each is unique in what they offer homeowners.
According to Mohawk, SmartStrand Forever Clean is made with a fiber that is engineered to resist matting and crushing. That trait is built into the fiber at the molecular level, which causes the fiber to bounce back and maintain its beauty over time. SmartStrand Forever Clean combines permanent stain resistance, advanced spill protection, maximum durability, all pet protection, and superior softness into one carpet.
The process to make EverStrand includes taking premium PET from the highest grade polymer, strengthening the fiber, and removing dirt-attracting residue with a multi-step purification system. The end result: a carpet that resists the dirt, grime, and residue that can create a dingy appearance over time. As if getting a durable, long-lasting carpet wasn’t great enough, EverStrand also contributes to a cleaner planet, as it’s made with up to 100 percent recycled content.
Carpet isn’t necessarily a chore to keep clean, but it does require more attention than other flooring types. According to Mohawk, following these tips will help your carpet last as long as possible:
*Always check vacuum recommendations with your carpet manufacturer. Some vacuum cleaners may not be compatible with your carpet.
Pricing depends on several factors: the type of fiber you choose, the density of the carpet, and the brand. Olefin, for instance, normally starts around $1 per square foot. Entry-level nylons and polyesters will cost $1 to $3 per square foot, while higher quality nylons, polyesters, and Triextas can cost anywhere from $3 to $5 per square foot. Patterned carpet and high quality Triexta carpet can exceed $5 per square foot. Wool will cost upwards of $6 per square foot.
According to the Wood Floor Covering Association, most, if not all, carpet and flooring is sold by the square foot, which means in order to calculate a cost, you need to determine how much carpet you will need.
Solid neutral tones are always a safe choice, but more and more homeowners are looking to make a bold statement with their carpet. More vibrant or bold colors are in right now, such as reds, oranges, dark browns, or greens. So are bold multicolor combinations in graphic patterns, such as color blocking and stripes.
Patterned carpet is popping up in more homes, with designs ranging from classic pin dots and basket weaves to modern geometric shapes and linear designs. Homeowners are also looking for carpet that incorporates natural fibers that help contribute to a cleaner carpet and planet.
If you need more information about carpet or have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment or tweet us at @tukasacreations.
by Sam Ferris
Yard lights aren’t quite an art form, but they’re close. If you’re looking for Corpus Christi’s greatest Christmas light displays, swing by these five destinations this weekend.
Four Decades of Christmas Lights
A tradition for 47 years now, homeowner Victor Salter’s yard has more than 23,000 LED lights. Need we say more? Friday through Sunday, sunset to midnight, 623 Carmel Pkwy
Candy Cane Lane
It isn’t quite Christmas without a trip down Candy Cane Lane. With 300 houses clad in Christmas lights and pop-up yard displays, the beloved neighborhood is always the place to be during the holidays. Parking on surrounding streets is recommended due to traffic. Friday through Sunday, 6 p.m. – midnight, Everhart Rd. and Donegal Dr
The Best Nativity Scene You’ll See
No nativity scene in town rivals the one on Willowbrook Drive. We can’t resist the life-like figurines and live animals. Neither can you. Friday through Sunday, 4823 Willowbrook Dr.
Mr. Bill's Wonderland
This one’s as interactive as they come. Bill Cox has filled his yard with handmade animatronic decorations every Christmas since 1998. From pop culture icons to classic Christmas characters, there’s something to see for just about every member of the family. Tots and their parents can pose for pictures in a stationary train set and venture across the street to find a nativity scene and life-size choir display. Oh, and you might just catch Santa there, too. Friday through Saturday, Kensington Ct. & Hampton St. (Brighton Village)
A Cruise Down Ocean Drive
The city’s most prestigious street has sprawling lawns and glittering Christmas lights for miles. Follow the lights all the way down to Shoreline for a pit stop at the massive Tree of Lights. Friday through Sunday.
by Kelsey Flores
Whether you need to control glare or simply want extra privacy, finding a window covering that matches your home décor and meets your practical daily needs is a balancing act. Shutters, roller shades, sheer shades, and blinds all vary in terms of style, cost, durability, and maintenance. Here’s a quick rundown of their pros and cons so you can start planning your new window coverings.
Shutters can give any room an historic plantation–style look and feel. With a versatile selection of shutters to choose from, including hardwood, hybrid, and polysatin, there’s a material that suits every lifestyle.
Hybrid shutters combine the look of real wood with the stability of advanced modern-day materials. According to Plantation Shutters, hybrid shutters are made from medium density fiberboard (MDF); the MDF shutter components are wrapped in a polypropylene film. Polysatin shutters, on the other hand, are made from a UV-resistant polysatin compound that guarantees the shutters will never wrap, fade, chip, peel, or discolor regardless of extreme heat or moisture, according to Hunter Douglas.
You’re not short on options, be it real hardwood or materials constructed with a UV resistant compound. This opens up possibilities for shutter installations in showers and other wet zones. Shutters offer quite a bit of customization. They can be built to fit any window or door type. That’s definitely a mark in the pro column.
Shutters also increase the value of your home by adding high-end style and controlling the amount of light you let into your house, which protects furniture, carpeting, and artwork from fading due to long-term sun exposure.
The downside to having shutters is the price tag. Since they’re custom built to your specific window specifications, expect the cost to be on the high side. Hardwood shutters will cost even more than hybrid shutters due to the fact that they’re made out of real wood.
Shutters require more maintenance. You’ll need to clean them consistently because they tend to accumulate dust. For hardwood shutters, you may need to tighten the louvers due to both changes in temperature and typical daily usage.
Roller shades lend a clean and contemporary look to any room. They offer ease and simplicity for any and all homeowners. Thanks to an impressive range of sturdy and distinctive fabrics, you’ll be sure to settle on a design that complements your home’s style.
Roller shades are not only simple to use, but they also combine that simplicity with hundreds of fabric choices, including various patterns, textures, and colors. They have UV protection and are available in various levels of opacity, which let you control how much light you let into your home. This makes them a perfect choice for patios and sunrooms.
In terms of cost, roller shades are the least expensive option, especially when compared to real wood shutters. They’re also durable and easy to clean.
Since roller shades are made out of fabric, they don’t have much insulation like window coverings that are made from wood do. Because of this, roller shades are not insulated enough for weather conditions such as extreme heat or cold, as well as noise reduction. Some homeowners might want more than detail in their window coverings than roller shades can provide.
Sheer shades are another common type of window covering. There are several different categories of sheer shades, including cellular (or honeycomb) and Roman shades. Sheer shades are a great way to create beautiful effects with diffused natural light. Honeycomb shades offer original and energy efficient designs, while roman shades provide an elegantly tailored modern look for just about any room.
With sheer shades, one key advantage is that you’re able to rotate the vanes, which gives you unlimited degrees of light control and privacy. They also have UV protection that counteracts the harmful effects of the sun. Honeycomb shades have an impressive range of light control fabrics ranging from sheer to opaque plus hundreds of colors and textures to choose from.
Another perk to sheer shades is that they’re energy efficient. According to Houselogic, honeycomb shades are energy efficient because they feature a layered design that traps air in individual cells, which in turn creates a temperature-transfer barrier between the window and any room. Roman shades offer a luxurious selection of fabrics (including cotton, silk, and linen) and various colors.
A drawback to sheer, honeycomb, and roman shades is that you can’t move them side to side like you can with vertical blinds. You’re limited to up and down movements only. Sheer shades will also tap into your budget. Most styles tend to land on the expensive side.
Another downside side is that, depending on the material you use in your shades, they can be hard to clean. Silk, for instance, is a delicate fabric that households with kids and pets may want to avoid.
Blinds are a classic choice. You can choose between vertical and horizontal. Vertical blinds are ideal for wide window expanses, patios, and sliding glass doors, while horizontal blinds are good for various places in your home, such as the bedroom, living room, dining room, and so on.
Much like the other types of window coverings, blinds offers a large selection of hundreds of materials, fabrics, and colors. They also have a smooth and quiet performance, so you won’t have to worry about making noise every time you open and close your blinds. They’re also constructed from the various woods, alternative woods, and aluminum materials, which lets you diversify the style of your blinds to fit your lifestyle and budget.
While the quality and durability of blinds can be top-notch, there’s a downside to this: Cost. When you get into the premium quality materials, you pay more. Another con to having blinds is the maintenance. You will need to clean your blinds every so often if you want them to look nice because they will gather dust.
If you’re still unsure about which window covering is right for you, check out the Hunter Douglas Product Recommender. It asks for information about the windows you’re looking to treat and recommends a product for your unique needs. If you’d like more information or have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment or tweet us at @tukasacreations.
by Kelsey Flores
Explore the Enchanted Holiday Forest at the Port Aransas Civic Center or feel like a kid again at the Insane Inflatable 5K.
Enchanted Holiday Forest
Join in on the holiday fun by participating in the Enchanted Holiday Forest. You can decorate a tree or just take a stroll through the holiday décor inside the Port Aransas Civic Center. Either way, you’re sure to leave with a little more holiday spirit than you started with. Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Port Aransas Civic Center, 749-4158, portaransas.org.
In the mood for some laughs? Then Kevin Farley’s contagious sense of humor will be sure to fit the bill. He’s an accomplished actor, writer, and director who has established himself as a comedic presence both on the big screen and television. Friday, 9:30-10:30 p.m., 429 Schatzell St., Comics Live Downtown, 887-4777, comicslivedowntown.com
Insane Inflatable 5K
A 5K made up solely of inflatable obstacles? Count us in. A creative way to burn calories, the Insane Inflatable 5K boasts some of the largest inflatables in the world. If you’re ready to feel like a kid again, get registered. Saturday, 8:30 a.m., 1213 Terry Shamsie Blvd., Robstown, insaneinflatable5k.com.
Food Truck Christmas Village
Bring the whole family to Heritage Park for a Christmas celebration. Several food trucks will gather on location to offer all of your favorite foods. Bring the kids and take pictures with Santa, drop off your letters to Santa in the special mailbox, watch Christmas movies on the lawn, or take a tour of the historical homes. Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., 1581 N. Chaparral St., 444-9566.
"Dorothy Hood: The Color of Being/El Color del Ser"
The Art Museum of South Texas has the privilege to document and honor the life and career of the 20th century American artist and Texas Modernist Dorothy Hood. Her life and work will be profiled in an exhibition titled “Dorothy Hood: The Color of Being/El Color del Ser” and will fill most of the museum. Sunday, 1-5 p.m., 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd., 825-3500, artmuseumofsouthtexas.org