There's a reason for the name: Distinctive Paint & Interiors

The current mini boom in home renovation and building in Addison County, Vt., is good news for the owners of Distinctive Paint and Interiors located on Route 7 South in Middlebury.

According to Connie Carroll and Bruce Hier, who started the business together in 2005, local homeowners are much savvier when it comes to selecting paints, tiles, and window treatments than they were just a decade ago. But customers will need to keep up with Carroll and Hier; this dynamic duo are ahead of the trend curves when it comes to meeting and exceeding the needs of todays homespun and commercial decorators.

Thanks to specialty television networks such as HGTV and the Internet, customers have a clear idea about what they want to do inside and outside their homes, said Carroll. Our challenge is to keep up with, and do more for, our customers. We want our customers to buy locally because we have everything they need at competitive prices.

Having just expanded their horizons with a 2,000 square feet addition showcasing tiles, fabrics, wallpapers, blinds and other window treatments, Carroll and Hier now boast one of the best selections of domestic and imported ceramic and glass tilesmany handpainted ones, tooin the state of Vermont. Fabulous tiles from New England, Spain, Italy, England, Mexico and beyond may be purchased there; many are miniature works of old world and new world art.

The Middlebury store displays high quality sundries for tile work, toogrouts, sealers and caulks. While visiting, check out Distinctives selection of domestic (several quarried in Vermont) and imported stones such as granites, travertines, limestones, slates, as well as stunning Danby, Highland and Mariposa marbles.

Carroll sees tile sales zooming locally as homeowners upgrade flooring to include radiant-heating systems. Such heating systems now make luxurious tile floors practical in a northern clime such as ours. Carroll notes that she and Bruce Hier sell radiant-heating timer units that spot heat bathroom and living space floorsyou have to see this unique item to believe it; its one more touch provided by Distinctive Paint and Interiors to make modern living in Vermont an indulgent pleasure regardless of your budget.

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