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.
Using thorough, residue-free cleaning techniques, White Glove Cleaning & Restoration's insured cleaners descend upon homes to relieve them of dust, dirt, and grime. Owner Mike Groch boasts more than 20 years in the dirt-busting biz and a track record of serving more than 20,000 customers, who amass annually in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for concentrated happiness. Mike's team of spick-and-span savants pummels dirt on carpets, upholstery, tile, blinds, and mirrors as they diligently tick off boxes on the company's expansive 69-point checklist. In accordance with White Glove Cleaning & Restoration's satisfaction guarantee, cleaners tenaciously scrub homes until each room glistens to customers' expectations, or until grout sparkles bright enough to disorient migrating geese.
When Max Schneiderman began his family’s business, it was a grocery store first and foremost. Then Schneiderman’s began to carry a few furniture items and slowly these grew to overshadow the cans of soup and produce until the furnishings finally swallowed the foodstuffs whole.
Now, Schneiderman's Furniture has spread from the Iron Range to spots throughout the Twin Cities. The showrooms stock local and foreign furniture from more than 100 manufacturers. Many items in stock can be customized in color and texture to match a homeowner's current obsession with plastic flamingos.
Distinctive Cleaning's licensed and insured technicians tidy up domestic and commercial messes using eco-friendly cleaning products and equipment. When they're not rounding up hordes of dust bunnies to sell to the circus, cleaners are sanitizing bathroom and kitchen fixtures, sweeping up crumbs, and banishing dirt and grime from carpet fibers with nontoxic shampoos and a high-pressure extraction system.
After shaking hands with the homeowners who let them inside, Magic Carpets' technicians immediately drop to the ground, where, after a quick nap in a sunbeam, they tuck measuring tape into every crevice and corner. These complimentary measurement sessions exemplify Magic Carpets' devotion to meticulously cut floor coverings, including HGTV’s Home Flooring by Shaw collection, with more than 500 styles of carpets, area rugs, hardwood floors, and laminates. Highly durable carpeting, such as the Fun Event line, swathes floors in more than 30 available colors and dons a foot-pleasing texture protected by a 20-year warranty. More than 200 area rugs cover up cold floors with bold, contemporary patterns. Homesteaders can also leapfrog across Easton laminate flooring, a hearty four-layered material that suits high-tread areas, or stand tall on a hickory-hued Abilene hardwood floor, which is elegant but sturdy, like a titanium top hat.
The Tile Shop—as the name coyly suggests—specializes in tile for every imaginable surface and aesthetic style, making it easy for DIY handypeople to tackle small home projects, such as modernizing an avocado-green and penicillin-pink bathroom floor or re-grouting a small garden grotto. Underscore a kitchen with the appetizing orange of pirita siena ceramic tiles ($2.19 per square foot), then trim the counters in lizett beige ($3.99 each) for a complementary finish. Pick up a honeycomb pattern of hex matte black ($5.29 per square foot)—the quintessential backsplash for a gothy bumblebee—or add a touch of character to a small surface with a deep green verde butterfly mosaic ($11.99 per square foot). With its enormous selection of floor tiles, wall tiles, mosaics, and natural stone, the possibilities are as endless as a drive across Nebraska. The Tile Shop also has a plentiful selection of grout and tools for grouting it all together while grinning groutishly.