When Layl McDill's daughters were little, she would carry small bricks of polymer clay in her purse for them to play with. Over the years, the pastime evolved into a serious profession for her. Forming ropes of the colorful, malleable material into millefiore canes, McDill honed her skills, creating patterns, pictures from the carefully sliced clay logs. With the help and support of her husband and fellow artist, Josh Blanc, Layl founded Clay Squared to Infinity in 1996, where today she not only creates and displays her own artwork, but also leads classes for clay-curious artists of all ages.
For more than three decades, Gregory’s Carpet Cleaning's technicians have traveled to homes and businesses to gussy up rugs and upholstery using as few chemicals as possible. They kick off the fiber-cleansing procedure by spraying spots with an activated conditioner to loosen soil and stubborn residue spawned from foot traffic and greased-pig contests. They then scour surfaces with a mixture of Fabronite and ProLiminator to brighten fibers and keep odors away.
Gregory’s Carpet Cleaning For more than three decades, Gregory’s Carpet Cleaning's technicians have traveled to homes and businesses to gussy up rugs and upholstery using as few chemicals as possible. They kick off the fiber-cleansing procedure by spraying spots with an activated conditioner to loosen soil and stubborn residue spawned from foot traffic and greased-pig contests. They then scour surfaces with a mixture of Fabronite and ProLiminator to brighten fibers and keep odors away.
Harnessing the power of truck-mounted equipment, Great Guys Cleaning’s bonded and insured team thoroughly cleans everything from carpets and air ducts to chimneys, upholstery, and wood floors. When refreshing carpets, they use eco-friendly products that won’t leave any chemicals behind, while vents and chimneys get scoured free of debris and allergen-producing contaminants with a nylon rotobrush. Their skills also extend to mending tattered carpets and rugs.
When Mercedes Austin sees a piece of artwork, her imagination immediately breaks it down into pixels and rebuilds it as a tile mosaic. Recently, she executed this process by making a mosaic of a wall mural: She fabricated jagged tiles, arranged them to resemble the original, and grouted the piece together. The resulting mosaic speaks to her intuition as an artist, and also to the years she?s spent honing the craft.
At Mercury Mosaics? studio, Mercedes and a team of ?tile elves? share their passion in two ways: through mosaic classes and custom installations. Classes explore all facets of mosaic creation, from cutting and gluing to grouting tiles into a pattern that resembles a real-life object or fuzzy television screen. Installations, which are fully customized to the client?s specifications, add a distinctive flair to commonly tiled areas such as bathrooms, backsplashes, and fireplaces.
Harsh soaps. Reappearing stains. Strange residue. These are just a few of the things inexperienced carpet-cleaning companies leave behind after they've packed their gear and left. Zerorez Carpet Care's staffers take great pride in their ability to get rid of carpet stains and dirt without leaving remnants of soaps and detergents that can be harmful to kids, pets, and ghosts who prefer to walk instead of float. They fight grime with their patented Empowered Water system––a truck-mounted apparatus that spruces up floors with a nontoxic formula. Although carpet cleaning is their forte, Zerorez also visits homes and businesses to perform air duct cleaning, water damage restoration, and other industrial cleaning services.
Castle Building & Remodeling, one of Remodeling magazine’s Big 50 of 2011, hosts a team of professional designers and builders who overhaul interiors with historically inspired concepts. Two design-selection studios display the custom craftsmanship, showcasing a 1940s–style kitchen with cherry cabinets and a 1910s–style bathroom with hex tile flooring and a sink full of Teddy Roosevelt's mustache trimmings.
The remodelers create a mockup of each project using 3-D CAD software, noting any desired changes before installation. They realize projects with the help of artisanal manufacturers such as Clay Squared, whose artists craft custom ceramic tiles using time-honored methods.