How To Update Your Rental Without Your Landlord

Posted under Decor and Inspiration by on October 9, 2014

Whether you are renting a downtown loft or an uptown apartment, chances are there are a few things that you wish you could change. Without banking the bank, or getting in trouble with your landlord, here are a few fixes on the cheap that will have your rental shine like the Chrysler Building.

1.) Upgrade Your Light Fixtures : I would recommend hiring an electrician or your building’s handy man to come and help you install new light fixtures that you can take with you when you leave. This quick fix will give your space an updated look, and you can have the old light fixtures installed before you move. Most of these fixtures from Urban Outfitters are inexpensive, but look like their more expensive Restoration Hardware counterparts.

2.) Roll Em Up :  Those ugly and dingy white blinds belong in the trash, but keep them to hang back up when you move out. These Matchstick Blinds provide privacy while adding texture & warmth to your space. You can even find them at Lowe’s or Home Depot on the cheap.

3.) Replace the Hardware : If your kitchen & bathroom hardware are that wonderful brass color, take a trip to IKEA where you can pick up stainless steel hardware to enhance your space. You can replace the hardware before you leave, or just leave the new hardware for the new tenant to enjoy since the price is not something to cry over.

4.) De-Dingify Your Tile & Grout : When I move into a new space I am usually scrubbing everything until the cows come home. Save yourself (and your back) the trouble and purchase this Tile Grout Coating Applicator. It will make your grout look white & new in a matter of hours without all labor.

5.) Style Your Floor : If your rental is wall to wall carpet, check out Groupon & Living Social for carpet cleaning deals. You will feel better in a clean space, but if your carpeting is less than desirable cover it up with a stylish area rug. This goes for hardwood or tiled floors too, and feels softer on your feet while defining a living a space.

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Mix & Match : Wood Planks & Marble

Posted under Bathrooms by on October 6, 2014

If you love a casual look, but would like to add texture and dress up your very casual space, then mix & match Wood Planks with Marble Tile. You can opt for real wood planks, or look into our Porcelain Wood Planks that are excellent for wet spaces such as bathrooms. This dresses up a space and adds dimension to your floor. Our Porcelain Planks also have a unique texture that allows for a little extra grip to prevent slipping.

This design creates a trellis pattern that leads you into the space, and the color of the wood planks adds warmth for a clean and simple look. The painted shiplap walls not only add texture, but you are repeating the wood planks for more casual and rustic appeal. With all the pattern and texture happening in this space, choose soft tones such as this sky blue to create serene surroundings. Ask us how to get this look, and you will be one step closer to achieving a designer look!

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Nursery Style Digest

Posted under Decor and Inspiration by on October 3, 2014

In honor of baby Luca Oropeza’s arrival we are talking all about Nursery Style! Many parents are opting to choose a style for their baby’s nursery that can grow with their child. If you are waiting to find out the gender of your baby, go for a Gender Neutral Style. This allows you to prepare for your little bundle of joy without knowing the sex of your child. When you work with neutral and earth tones, you can always add pops of color through accessories and artwork after you bring your baby home.

This Gender Neutral Nursery hit all the targets with a combination of soft grays, touch of blue, and the use of natural materials such as the Jute Rug & Pouf. You can mix contemporary patterns with traditional patterns like this trellis pillow and toile pillow. The artwork is simple, yet tasteful such as script poems or nursery rhymes. Keeping it light and airy will allow you to make changes to suit your baby’s personality later.

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Another trend right now is revamping an old dresser to use for clothing and as a changing table. This saves you tons of $$$ (have you been to retailers such as Babies R Us and seen those changing table prices…please!) You can paint a vintage style dresser for a unique look to add a pop of color, and place a changing pad on top. Viola! Your child can utilize this dresser well into their teen years.

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Apple of My Eye

Posted under Color Trends by on October 1, 2014

We are in the midst of Fall Apple Harvest, and this Green Hexagon Tile could not be more delicious. They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, well this bathroom space would definitely perk me up on a daily basis. The sweet tartness of this color scheme lends itself to playful patterns and vintage finds. This apple-emerald green acts as a neutral base that can be accented with complimentary colors or looks stunning with all white walls and fixtures. Ask us about our Hexagon Tile options so that you too can perk up your space!

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The Simple Life

Posted under Tile Installation and DIY Guides by on September 29, 2014

There is something to be said for less is more, and sometimes it may consist of simple changes with extraordinary outcomes. This simplistic and contemporary all-white look makes for one stunning dining space. From the Herringbone Subways on the fireplace surrounds, to the bubble pendants over a sleek table accompanied by Eero Saarinen Chairs, this look is fresh off the hot press. Get this look with our Glossy Subway Tiles, or add some warmth with our Chevron Calacatta Mosaic. You can’t beat the simple life.

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Fixer Upper: The Gaines’ Farmhouse

Posted under Decor and Inspiration by on September 26, 2014

Are you brave enough to take on a Fixer Upper? If you have caught HGTV’s TV Show Fixer Upper you’d know that Chip & Joanna Gaines with Magnolia Homes are always ready to take on the challenge. I am slightly obsessed with these fixer upper beauts they take on in Waco, TX, and my inner country girl is ready to shiplap and burlap everything. I won’t get carried away, but I get so excited when an unloved old home is turned into a vintage charmer. They just don’t build ‘em like they used to, but with enough hard work, elbow grease, and dedication, you may be willing to take on the challenge too!

Take a look inside their own late 19th Century Farmhouse that they lovingly renovated into one rustic yet comfy homestead. If you like what you see here, take a look at more images of the Gaines’ home and discover Joanna’s Blog for inspiration. The Fall Season is here, and there could not be anything more cozy or romantic than some of these country-living ideas at their best.

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