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Designer Q and A for October 27 (Part 1)

Discover where to find a design professional and how to deal with peeling wallpaper


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Tiling in Style

Q: I am having my house constructed and I am planning on installing ceramic tiles with wood designs for the floors. Can you recommend competent tile setters who could install these properly? I want them to be laid out like wooden planks. Or can I just install it myself? If so, do you have any tips on how to install tiles? - Joan Santos

A: I've seen these kinds of ceramic tiles. Some of them really look like wood! I don't recommend installing these yourself, though. Professionals will finish the work faster and more efficiently. Also, skilled masons will be able to deal with leveling or spacing problems and are adept at using risky materials like tile cutters, grinders, and adhesives.

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Nothing More than Peelings

Q: We have been living in the same house for almost 20 years already and the signs of its age are bothering me, such as the ugly peeling wallpaper. We don't have extra money to buy new pricey wallpaper (or even paint!) so maybe you can suggest cheaper solutions, anything to make our walls look decent. - Mrs. A.S

A: It's hard to love wallpaper. It's a hassle to replace, and difficult to clean and maintain. And as in your case, it doesn't age very well, especially in our tropical climate. Unfortunately, if your walls look as bad as you described, you have to spend a little to get the results you want. The first step is to remove your existing wallpaper. Then choose a classic paint color like linen white or khaki, and paint! If you like the texture and patterns of wallpaper, try special paint effects like dragging or stenciling.


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