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Happy February everyone!

So, one of my friends is currently in the middle of a complete kitchen overhaul and has been asking me for advice and opinions on his remodel.  Over the past week, he has been sending me tons of inspiration pictures of kitchens, pictures of products, and backsplash ideas which have inspired me to look up different types, styles, and designs of backsplashes!

Source: Traditional Home

Source: Traditional Home

In a previous post I wrote about my “Do’s and Don’ts When Selecting a Kitchen Backsplash” (that you can read here), so now I thought I would get a little more specific on the overwhelming amounts of styling options that are out there!  …and I wanted to focus on subway tile to start!

I absolutely love the look of a simple white subway tile, it is classic, timeless, and traditional.  You can find this is kitchens and bathrooms from all different time periods and and size homes.

I love how classic and clean the subway tile looks in this Kitchen shown below.  I actually used this same photo in a previous post I wrote about selecting kitchen countertops (here) but think it is such a charming space.

Source: Better Homes & Gardens

Source: Better Homes & Gardens

This classic transitional kitchen is also lovely:

Source: Houzz

Source: Houzz

If the classic white subway tile is just too traditional for you, well you are in luck!  Subway tile comes in tons of different sizes, materials, and colors too!  Glass subway tile typically feels more modern to me but here are some great examples of how to use it in different styled kitchens!

The industrial pendants over the bar and raw wood traditional stools define a more rustic vibe in this kitchen with the gray glass subway tile and white grout.

Source: Decor Pad

Source: Decor Pad

I love how super modern this kitchen below is.  The crisp and minimal cabinets and hardware, with the white paint and minimal light fixture truly makes the tile backsplash the star.  The under cabinet down-lighting is also a beautiful way to highlight the accent tile and make it sparkle!

Source: Decor Pad

Source: Decor Pad

I am totally obsessed with this kitchen below.  The open and low profile cabinetry in the rustic warm gray with the warm gray glass subway tile is just gorgeous!  Contemporary but still livable.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

If you decide to install the tile stacked vertically, this will also achieve a much more contemporary look than staggering the tile which is more typical (shown in the pictures above).  I love the thin rectangular shaped tile used here.

Source: Unknown

Source: Unknown

And the use of the subway tile all the way up the wall is so dramatic and definitely makes a statement!

Source: Decor Pad

Source: Decor Pad

If you need help remodeling your kitchen or bath, or selecting the perfect tile for your space, contact me!

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Source: Apartment Therapy

Source: Apartment Therapy

So back in June I posted about bold front doors painted in fun colors (you can find the post here), so I thought it would be appropriate to post about INTERIOR front door colors this time!  Of course, a colorful exterior color is visible to anyone who passes by your home, but the interior color can be so much more personal since only you can see it.  It also, most likely, will dictate the color palette throughout the rest of your home too!

Source: younghouselove.com

Source: younghouselove.com

 

Here are some very colorful, and beautifully designed Foyers that start with the front door.

Source: Elle Decor

Source: Elle Decor

Source: homedsgn.com

Source: homedsgn.com

Source: huntedinterior.com

Source: huntedinterior.com

Source: brightboldbeautiful.com

Source: brightboldbeautiful.com

Source: shelterness.com

Source: shelterness.com

Source: Apartment Therapy

Source: Apartment Therapy

Source: hunterinterior.com

Source: hunterinterior.com

 

What does your front door color say about you?  If you could change your color, what would it be?

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Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads out there!  In honor of you today, here is an amazing “Man Cave” for you to escape to.

 

 

I love the dark paint with the light wood and cream accents, very sexy and sophisticated.  The antler accents on the coffee table add a strong masculine touch, and what says “manly” more than black leather?

Who says a “Man Cave” has to feel like a college fraternity house with neon beer signs and football posters hung on the wall?  It doesn’t!!

 

If you need help designing your own “Man Cave”, contact me!

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Source: HGTV

Source: HGTV

I know I am a little late with this, but…. the 2014 HGTV Dream Home is here!  I caught it airing on HGTV and is is absolutely gorgeous!  Can I live in Lake Tahoe please?   I was skiing there years ago and remember how amazing it is!

Source: HGTV- Snowy Front

Source: HGTV- Snowy Front

Of course, being in a ski town, the house should feel cozy and inviting!  I love the rustic but modern design that the designers were able to achieve with bright and warm colors, as well as the raw wood and metal accents.  Even the metal framing on the house is really inviting, sort of like a modern ski lodge.

The whole house is also furnished in Ethan Allen furniture!

Source: HGTV- Front Yard

Source: HGTV- Front Yard

Here are some of my favorite rooms.

Source: HGTV- Kid's Bedroom

Source: HGTV- Kid’s Bedroom

Source: HGTV-  Dining Room

Source: HGTV- Dining Room

Source: HGTV- Kitchen

Source: HGTV- Kitchen

Source: HGTV- Foyer

Source: HGTV- Foyer

Source: HGTV- Guest Bedroom

Source: HGTV- Guest Bedroom

Source: HGTV- Master

Source: HGTV- Master

If you want to take the whole tour, it is available on the HGTV website here.

The good news is, you still have 28 days to register to win this beauty.  Good luck!

If you need help creating your own dream home, contact me!

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Source: Crate and Barrel

Source: Crate and Barrel

So of course, I was surfing around online looking for accents for my home and landed on Wayfair.com.  This site has so much stuff!  It’s a bit overwhelming, but you can almost always find what you are looking for, or get inspired by some funky products.

Anyway, today I noticed an “Ideas & Advice” link on the home page that offered insight as to what types of pieces people should be spending money on while home decorating, and what pieces you could save on.

This is what I always tell my clients!   It was so great to see it broken down on such a large website so I got pretty excited and decided to post about it (thanks Wayfair!).

Source: HGTV

Source: HGTV

1. The Sofa-

“Sofas should be durable and comfortable. Choose a neutral sofa without a lot of embellishments to ensure that it will fit with your changing style and tastes.
Look for cotton, wool, and leather sofas that will stand the test of time (and kids!). While linen upholstery gives off a casual feel, the fabric wrinkles easily and won’t withstand lots of wear and tear. Silk is delicate and must be cleaned professionally when it gets dirty.”
2. Rugs-
“Since they’re usually placed in high-traffic areas, it’s important to choose a durable rug. Handmade, 100% wool rugs can last a lifetime, while less expensive rugs made from synthetic materials will fall apart after a few years of use.”

Source: valeriederoy.com.com

Source: valeriederoy.com.com

3. The Bed-
“We spend nearly one-third of our lives in bed. So, why not make it the most luxurious and relaxing experience possible?
Selecting a comfortable and long-lasting mattress is the first step. After that, soft and cozy bed linens (such as sheets, duvet covers, and shams) will create a lavish spot to rest your head at the end of the day.”
Source: Arhaus

Source: Arhaus

4. The Dining Table-
“There are two reasons why dining tables make this list: 1. They’re the focal point of a dining room or kitchen. 2. From spills and hot dishes to scratches and nicks, dining tables take a beating, especially if they’re used every day.
Pricier tables can often be the most durable since they’re usually made with solid wood (instead of veneers), thick metal, or even topped with stone, such as marble or granite.”

Source: Elle Decor

Source: Elle Decor

5. Window Treatments-
“Rooms feel complete and more sophisticated with correctly fitting drapes or curtains adorning the windows. Whether you prefer the simple panel, or a more ornate curtain and valence pairing, find the window treatment that’s right for you!”
Yes!! I completely agree with all of these things, and the reasons why!  When it comes to artwork, lamps, pillows, window hardware, etc, it’s O.K. to go the less expensive rout if you are on a strict budget.  These are the accents that are easily changed when you get board and crave new color anyway.

Source: sheridanfrench.blogspot.com

Source: sheridanfrench.blogspot.com

To see the complete post from Wayfair.com and their list of where to save, go here.
If you need help designing your own space, contact me!

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Source: yournestdesign.blogspot.com Gray Wisp

Source: yournestdesign.blogspot.com Gray Wisp

Wow its been a while!  I have just been so busy this month and have had no extra time to post!  Well here it is, I am making up for it now. 🙂

So one of things I have been work on a lot this month are paint consultations for my clients, online and in person.  I guess its the season for changing paint colors throughout the home!

Here are the colors I have been specifying the most (Benjamin Moore)…

  • Coventry Gray HC-169
  • Stonington Gray HC-170
  • Revere Pewter HC-172
  • Templeton Gray HC-161
  • Wedgewood Gray HC-146
  • Bleeker Beige HC-80
  • Manchester Tan HC-81
  • Baja Dunes 997
  • Plymouth Rock 1543
  • Nimbus 1465
  • Seattle Mist 1535
  • Gray Wisp 1570
  • Healing Aloe 1562
Source: Benjamin Moore Templeton Gray

Source: Benjamin Moore Templeton Gray

Source: Maria Killam Coventry Gray

Source: Maria Killam Coventry Gray

Source: thecreativityexchange.com Baja Dunes

Source: thecreativityexchange.com Baja Dunes

It really seems like gray, brown, and taupe neutrals are HOT right now!  Same with blue-gray and green-grays, I just love this cool palette, especially since it is so hot outside this summer!!

Source: Houzz Wedgewood Gray

Source: Houzz Wedgewood Gray

Hope my cheat sheet helped.

If you need help finding your our color palette, contact me!

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Source: Elle Decor

Source: Elle Decor

In 4 days, I am going to Phoenix, AZ to see my family!  I will see my Dad’s whole side of the family and let me tell you, its been a while.  I think this will be the first time in…easily 10 years that “the Triplets” will all be together in AZ and we cannot wait to surprise my 101 year old Grandma!  (She has NO idea we are coming.)

So anyway, to get even more excited for my trip, here are some totally cool Southwestern inspired interiors.

Source: strandinteriordesign.com

Source: strandinteriordesign.com

Source: locatiarchitects.com

Source: locatiarchitects.com

What I really love about this decor is that it reflects the natural environment and heritage of the area.  “Flat roofs, open floor plans and extensive courtyards and gardens are hallmarks of a Southwestern home” (San Francisco Chronicle).

Source: Architectural Digest

Source: Architectural Digest

Source: Architectural Digest

Source: Architectural Digest

Source: HGTV

Source: HGTV

Source: scasamagazine.com

Source: scasamagazine.com

Source: HGTV

Source: HGTV

I can’t wait to share pictures of my trip when I get back next week, so stay tuned!

If you need help designing your own space, contact me!

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