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With Nuheat’s Mats, stepping barefoot on a bathroom floor is a warm experience.
With Nuheat’s Mats, stepping barefoot on a bathroom floor is a warm experience.

Design challenges occasionally present themselves, but a little bit of ingenuity, creativity, and engineering can overcome these problems. MDC’s showrooms have several solutions to solve your décor dilemmas.

Stepping barefoot into the bathroom or kitchen, only to experience the discomfort of cold tile or stone, can be solved easily with Nuheat’s Mat Floor Heating Systems. Similar to an electric blanket for the floor, Nuheat Mats bring even, consistent warmth under tile, stone, laminate, and engineered wood floors – with no cold spots. They can even be used for shower benches. What’s more, Nuheat Mats heat the entire room, not just the floor. Available through Beaver Tile & Stone, Suite 101.

A frequent design conundrum is finding a table with versatility and beauty. That challenge is solved with An Antique from the Hall, from the Castle Bromwich collection for Theodore Alexander. With its Regency style and distressed surface, it looks like an attractive center table, and it can certainly be used for that. It’s also suitable as a dining table for two. But what if you’re hosting a dinner party? The quick and easy solution is to pull out the table’s leaves, which resemble wedges of a pie, and the fold-out extenders. Closed, it’s 38 inches in diameter; opened, it’s 47.25 inches. At Theodore Alexander, Suite 30.

Many people love the look of window shades, but those with young children or pets are discouraged by the hazards of pull strings. Others simply don’t want to deal with the hassle of lowering or raising cords every day. However, the new cordless Sonnette Cellular Roller Shade from Hunter Douglas overcomes those concerns. A battery-operated soft-touch button easily raises or lowers the shade without having to yank on a cord, and its curved shape gently diffuses light. Also, the wand can be easily removed for a clean, sophisticated look. Available in 48 colors and four textures. At Huntington Window Fashions, Suite 96.

Traditional center-drain showers require small tiles and four slopes for draining. But if you prefer the look of larger tiles, that doesn’t mean you don’t have options. FreeStyle Linear Drains, from Michigan-based Noble Company, provide design flexibility. Linear drains allow the use of large-format tiles and can be used at the entrance or back of the shower for better drainage. Further, linear drains require the shower floor to be sloped in just one direction. For those with mobility or safety concerns, linear drains obviate the need for the “curb” step in the traditional shower. They can be used at the entrance or back of a shower, and the sleek, minimalist look is attractive to many designers and homeowners. FreeStyle Linear Drains are available in six lengths and have a removable internal strainer for easy maintenance. At Beaver Tile & Stone, Suite 101.