Spring Attic Project

Posted under Porcelain Tiles by on March 7, 2014

Since Spring is for cleaning, why not clean out that attic space and make room for your children’s play area? During those rainy spring days or future hot summer scorchers, your children will need to retreat inside. This revived attic space donned with playful paint and wallcoverings even has a fun and adventurous way to enter through the sliding barn doors!

For easy cleanup go for Porcelain Flooring, and if you want to stick with the rustic yet classic look, choose our Wood Plank Porcelains. They can handle even the roughest playtime, and stand up to the abuse of Crayons. Be sure to choose bright and playful colors, and who knows when the children grow up, this fun attic space could be turned into a family movie room!…Or your own private retreat.

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Get Your Garden On

Posted under Decor and Inspiration by on March 3, 2014

While many of us are still living in the deep freeze, thaw out with these Succulent Garden Ideas! Succulents are hardy plants that can survive in some of the warmest climates, and they are becoming more popular due to their almost “drought-proof” characteristic.

Not only do succulents require minimal care, their organic and beautiful shapes and colors make for amazing potted plants too! Between taking an old dresser or fountain, and turning them into botanical succulent gardens, the creative ideas are endless!

Whether you have a small patch of earth between your home and the walk way or plenty of space, you can discover the different species and heights that succulents offer. When planting a garden, you want to plant your highest growing plants in the back, and then stagger the low-lying plants in front. This inset table arrangement is perfect for all summer long, and depending on where you live, these succulents could last a lifetime!

You can also take some clippings of succulents from your friend’s yard, and then plant in a pot at your house and watch them grow! You can create modern and beautiful potted or planted arrangements with succulents, and the plus is they just may weather the storms.

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Oscar Party Predictions

Posted under For Fun by on March 2, 2014

It is that time of year again where the red carpet is rolled out for all the glitz and glam, graced by Hollywood’s Elite. Whether you are hosting an Oscar party or simply cuddled up on the coach, you can mix up some cocktails that will set the mood for tonight’s possible winners!

Flash forward to the future with Sandra Bullock as Best Actress for Gravity, and mix up this Molecular Concoction and it will send you to the moon! While Leonardo DiCaprio along with Sandra Bullcok are not unfamiliar with the Golden Man and his red carpet, you can live like royalty with a simple Champagne Cocktail. Taking a step back in time with 12 Years A Slave, an Old Fashioned should wet your whistle as you are swept away by this Best Picture drama hopeful.

Congrats to all tonight’s Oscar Winner’s; who will you be rooting for? Enjoy the Oscars with these Cocktail Pairings, and drive safe tonight!

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Design with Color & Pattern In Mind

Posted under Kitchens by on February 26, 2014

When it comes to your kitchen, you want everything to look orderly, clean, and most of all appealing. After all, if you spend a majority of your time cooking, you will be much happier in a space that is welcoming. Painted cabinetry has been a popular trend in kitchen design, but why stop there? Whether it is Jade Green or Grey, simply painting your Kitchen Island a different color while keeping the rest of your kitchen cabinets white makes the Island look like a piece of custom furniture. Like this Jade Island with Golden Pulls, the counter is a clean Carrara Marble, while the rest of the cabinets are white, but there is one more surprise! The Moroccan inspired blue & white Backsplash compliments the rest of the kitchen, without stealing the show. All of these elements harmonize the space.

The Red Orange Butler’s Pantry is a perfect updated color choice for this small space. While all cabinets are painted this vibrant hue, a mirrored backsplash is a rather traditional approach to the design of a Butler’s Pantry, but similar to the Jade Island Kitchen, add some Pattern to the Backsplash, but opt for a subtle color choice, such as our Carrara Marble Geometric Mosaic. These two new kitchen looks are easy to achieve with paint, pattern, and updated color choices!

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Go for Golden Accents

Posted under Decor and Inspiration by on February 24, 2014

Designing a room is very similar to baking a cake.  There are many ingredients that need to be combined with the perfect amounts to ensure a deliciously baked cake. You set the timer to make sure you do not burn the cake, and then you must frost the cake. Many of us can measure, mix, and time correctly, but if you over bake the cake or frost it incorrectly, not only will it taste horrible, the presentation is not appealing.

Once the cake is baked, very much like once a room has all the main elements needed for functionality, the frosting must now be added. In many spaces, whether your home is traditional or eclectic, the frosting is where people get in trouble. How do I decorate a coffee table? How do I dress a bedside table? What to do with all these accessories? Color is a major factor when it comes to frosting a space.

I am obsessed with Golden Accents, as well as pops of color and patterns. Golden Accents can spruce up a completely white and neutral color palette, as well as compliment jewel toned and pastel hues. There are many unique items on the market, or you may have picked up a golden vase or memorabilia from your travels. Accessory or not, it must reflect your style. Naturally inspired elements such as golden faux coral or comical bookends create interest, and make for a unique story.

When clustering your accessories, always plan on odd numbers, such as 3 vases or a vase and one larger and one smaller item to group. Do not be afraid to stack or create layers with pattern dishes, or vases or bowls set upon your favorite books. There are many ways to play with your accessories to add just the right amount of frosting to your space.

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Unique Bathroom Wall Trends

Posted under Bathrooms by on February 20, 2014

If you are considering a bathroom makeover in 2014, consider unique and designer-worthy bathroom wall designs. Going up the entire wall with tile or wallcoverings looks beyond chic. These three ideas take the traditionalist out of the box, and up on your wall.

Not only have wallcoverings made a comeback in a big way, the zig zag of the Chevron & Herringbone Patterns are up to date on their classic designs. Metallic options through wallcoverings with a complimentary metallic finish on the ceiling, or our Stone & Glass Chevron Mosaic offer that shimmer factor for the fashionista in us.

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Mix classicisim and bold statements with dark chocolate Subways on your walls, and the classic Hex Floor & White Fixtures. The high contrast gives you that punch your bathroom has always desired!

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Move over Europe, these stone bricks weren’t made to build bridges…just bathroom walls! The traditionalist in you screams for a change, and these skinny Marble Bricks mixed with glass and simple fixtures creates a custom and updated look.

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