If you love a new twist on an old classic, then you are going to fall in love with this Kid’s Bathroom Makeover featured on Domino! Our Hex Appeal steals the show, and we are oohing and ahhing over this vintage vanity. The mix of marble, copper, rustic wood elements, and textured subways takes form in this 1920’s inspired bath. The fresh take on the Hexagon is what appealed most to the homeowner, and we couldn’t agree more that this is one fun bathroom to brush your teeth in!
With Halloween a week away, we have rounded up this year’s Top Ten DIY Halloween Costumes that will either win you a prize, or at least make you look like you made an effort!
1.) Calling all members of T. Swift’s Squad! No Bad Blood here, just rockin DIY costumes from Brit+Co that you can probably find at your local Forever 21 or Hot Topic.
2.) Great Scott! The year is 2015, and you can go Back to the Future as Marty McFly this year! Find out what you need plus other men’s movie greats on Esquire.
3.) If you are a photographer and want to capture the Halloween party while in costume, then this fully functional DIY Nikon costume should do the trick, plus win you a prize for major creativity.
4.) Who doesn’t love a mermaid? Especially a gorgeous and easy DIY mermaid costume like this one from Lauren Conrad. Oh, LC, you did it again!
5.) Live in a warmer climate, or need a work appropriate costume this year? You’ll look delectable in this DIY Ice Cream costume from DIY Studio!
6.) If you looking for something on the sweeter side, this DIY Gumball Machine costume from The Joy of Fashion is colorful and cute!
7.) Think pink and go as a DIY Flamingo! Adorable and easy to create, find out how to at Love, Lipstick, & Pearls.
8.) This Fairy Garden Tulle Light Up Dress is just, well, amazing. You could definitely win a prize or cast a spell with this costume!
9.) Who doesn’t love a pizza pie? This easy couple’s DIY pizza costume is good enough to eat from DIY Studio!
10.) Looking for a quick costume change after work? Find a yellow frock, and create this DIY Pineapple costume from DIY Studio.
Looking for a wood porcelain tile that offers something different than the rest? Look no further, introducing Type 32 Porcelain Tiles by Diego Grandi. These French inspired designs offer all the beauty of timeless herringbone floors in Parisian flats with a contemporary twist.
Install these porcelain tiles on the floor, or install them on the walls for a new take on the plank wall. Rustic in nature, and uniform in design, these geometric designs will take your look to the next level. The natural wood look is screen printed on the porcelain tile, and then layered with one of the four patterns for a custom design. Ask us about how you can achieve a timeless look with these unique designs!
Sweater season is upon us, and there is nothing better than coming home to warm up and unwind after a long day. Your master bedroom should be a place of retreat and relaxation. Keep it comfy with these top 5 tips for a cozy master bedroom! Creating a comfy space that calms your mind will aid in a good night’s sleep, so consider these tips so you can feel well rested.
1.) Bedding. Nothing says welcome home like a soft and comfy bed that is inviting. This doesn’t mean run out and buy tons of throw pillows, unless that is what you desire. Playing around with accent pillows is one thing if you opt for neutral tones. Stick with a white, ivory, grey, or taupe bed spread or comforter that you can add color or texture to with sheets, throw pillows, and throw blankets.
2.) Lighting. Set the mood for a comfortable night’s sleep. A chandelier adds interest, and a light dimmer switch adds ambiance. Why wake yourself up more with bright lights when you get home to change? A dimmer will help your body adjust at night and in the morning when you wake.
Black out drapes are must for light sleepers, but research has shown that allowing some natural light in will keep your circadian rhythm in balance with day and night, making it an easier adjustment to waking well rested.
3.) A Plush Rug. Arranging a wool or silk rug under your bed not only will add detail, but the soft and cozy feeling under your feet is comforting. For hot sleepers, a silk rug under your bed will help you sleep cooler throughout the night too.
4.) Bedside Tables. Make sure your bedside tables are functional. Tables that offer storage will keep the tops clutter free, and leaves more room for water glasses or freshly picked flowers. Natural plants or floral arrangements liven up your space, plus something sweet to smell in the morning is an added bonus! I grow lavender in the garden, and cut stems to help calm me at night. Essential oils will also do the trick, but aren’t as pretty to look at now are they?
5.) TV or no TV? If you are like Carrie & BIG from Sex & The City, then TVs in the bedroom are supposed to just be for watching old movies in bed. I couldn’t agree more. While watching mindless TV is what we do sometimes to unwind before bed, it also acts as a stimulant, which leaves us overstimulated and overtired. If you can live without a TV in your bedroom, I suggest you do! Reading in bed is one thing, but creating a relaxing atmosphere is better left served by an in room fireplace where you can snuggle up and read in a chair before bed, or simply hop into bed in the dark and let a sound machine lull you to sleep. Being comfortable is one thing, but having too many distractions will only lead to less sleep.
Before you and yours are thrown into the holiday season, give yourself the gift of a bathroom remodel. It is not too late to get started, and we love this luxe look for less with our Mate Chevron Marmo Nero porcelain tile! This stunning bathroom wall features natural marble in a chevron pattern paired with brushed brass fixtures. You can see the rest of this luxurious Manhattan loft on The Decorista.
While we love natural stone tile, it does weather and wear with time and use. Our Mate Porcelain Tile collection mimics the beauty of natural stone without the fuss. Offered in charming chevron and arabesque shapes and sizes, the pattern and end result of an installation are just as stunning as the real deal. Make your appointment today or visit our store online to see how you can achieve this luxe look for less!
Backsplashes are the underdog of kitchen design. Some homeowners overlook the importance of a well-designed kitchen backsplash, but without one, kitchens appear overly basic and dull. To pull your kitchen together, installing a backsplash is a must. Moreover, the functional purpose of the backsplash is to make cooking spills and splatters easier to wipe, so why not simplify your cleaning routine?
Unfortunately, a painted wall design or faux stick-on to mimic a real backsplash isn’t going to impress buyers or increase the value of your home. Rather, opt for a real backsplash with either granite, marble, ceramic tile, stainless steel or glass.
If you’re unsure of your design preference, consider the pros and cons of various backsplash materials. Glass tiles provide a reflective surface that tends to brighten darker kitchens, but can scratch easier than stone. Ceramic tiles come in a wide range of colors, textures and finishes, but grout must be cleaned often to resist stains. Solid granite must be resealed twice a year to stay water-resistant, but delivers a seamless look when combined with a matching countertop. Marble is trending in the design community at the moment because it exudes luxury while brightening spaces, but tends to absorb grease and dirt more easily. Finally, stainless steel is easy to clean but is pricey in tile form at $200 per square foot, and also scratches and dents easily.
The primary purpose of the backsplash is to protect walls from food particles and stains. If you’re accustomed to cleaning with steel wool or another abrasive material, don’t bother with stainless steel or copper as both tend to scratch. High-quality backsplash tiles are practical for almost every budget, depending on the material you choose. Just remember, wiping grout before it has a chance to settle in and absorb is a must. Once you’ve settled in with your new backsplash, wiping it down becomes a part of your nightly, after-dinner cleanup routine, much like doing the dishes or scrubbing the stovetop.
Determine Installation Method
The average homeowner might have trouble installing a backsplash on their own, but that mostly depends on their previous experience and willingness to learn. Hesitant do-it-yourself (DIY) homeowners may prefer to hire a professional to ensure accuracy and longevity, especially when opting for an intricate pattern or hard-to-handle material. When going the DIY route, make sure to purchase materials from a well-qualified tile distributor. After all, saving money on installation affords you a more luxurious backsplash. With a little research, some determination and a lot of patience, applying your new subway tiles or artisan glass designs can be done by yourself.
To make sure your tile choice matches your interior style and existing kitchen elements, check out kitchen designs on Zillow Digs, where homeowners can browse a variety of interior themes to determine which backsplash fits their personalities best.
By Jennifer Riner of Zillow
Photography Credit: Alex Bonds Photography