Miles of Tile

There are so many options when it comes to tile. Not to mention there are so many places for tile in a home. One of my favorite trends is the look of patterned tile- especially in the bathroom. 


Photo: Pinterest
I love the traditional mix of the black and white patterned tile..a crisp kelly green towel would look grand and give a splash of color. I love incorporating brass hardware into the scheme of it as well. This color pattern looks great with white or brown tones of trim and cabinets.

Another favorite of mine is the fresh clean look of blue and white and StyleMePretty nailed it-the wide open feel of this bathroom..I mean just look at all that gorgeous natural light! The balance of the soft blue hues with the brass accents is perfect. 


don’t be afraid to bring a pop of color into your floors with this next photo. I love how the red in the tile warms the room, while the white tile keeps it open and light. 


Photo: Pinterest

There are literally a million options out there for tile..don’t be afraid to go bold, and change things up. Keeping your bathroom updated and inviting can also give value to your home. 

Spring Projects

I often take on projects…well ok if you ask the Mr. He will say I take on TOO many projects! That’s what creative minds do-am I right? Last fall my son and I came across a rather large estate sale, I’m going to be honest and say, it took me a few days to rummage through it all! One of the purchases I made was an intricate vintage dresser, it was a steal for under $60!!
With the chaos of opening a store front ( did I mention that yet?!- I’m super excited you guys! ) and the busy holiday season, I haven’t had a chance to paint it until now.
I want you to know that anyone can do this-it’s really easy to paint older furniture with chalk paint. My favorite chalk paint to use is Annie Sloan, however I was rather anxious-if you know me this is not a surprise! I also use Rustoleum Chalk Paint in Linen White or Gray. The colors are very similar almost identical to Annie Sloan, and at a lower price. OK so I though it would be fun to post a photo of the dresser and have all my fellow followers vote for the wining color. So below is the before and after…I haven’t decided if I will change out or paint the hardware, I do really think the antique brass is perfection! What do you all think??? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Lighting can have such a big impact on a room. If a room is simple and contains little or no decor, adding a chandelier can be all it needs. When you pick out lighting for a room, consider how much light is needed in that space. An office or low light bathroom probably needs more light than a large open great room or bedroom. If you are hanging a chandelier in a great room or open area you may ask yourself

HOW HIGH SHOULD I HANG MY CHANDELIER?

When adding a chandelier to your master bedroom, take into consideration the height of your ceiling. A chandelier or pendant should hang no lower than 7 feet above the floor, to allow for head clearance. If you have really tall ceilings, the rule is to allow 2 1/2 inches to 3 inches for each foot of ceiling height. For example:
12 ft ceilings would be
12 x 2.5 = 30
12 x 3 = 36
This means you should choose a chandelier that is 30-36 inches to tall to accommodate your 12ft ceilings. Often in a bedroom you don’t have to worry about the clearance of a chandelier, due to the bed, however your want to make sure you don’t bump your head when you sit up in bed.

HOW BIG SHOULD MY CHANDELIER BE FOR MY ROOM?

This is a common mistake often made, you have to consider the size of your room when placing a chandelier in it. A general rule of thumb is to remember this formula:

Length of the Room (in feet) + Width of the Room (in feet) = Diameter of the Chandelier (in inches)

I hope that I have given some insight in choosing a chandelier for your room, remember lighting sets the mood!

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Sources from left to right 1. Jacqueline two-tier pendant by AERIN 2. Austin Allen & Company Handley Collection 3-light Iced Gold Chandelier; Overstock 3. Clarissa Crystal Round Drop Chandlier; Pottery Barn 4. Winton Weathered Pine Chandelier; The Lighting Connection

Spring Fever

It was so cold here this week! Anyone else ?? I didn’t let that stop me from gathering a few spring items to add into the mix. I love adding green succulents into everyday items to bring the outdoors in. Where ever you can set a little green around your home-do it!

Lanterns or hurricanes are one of my favorite places to add fresh or faux plants. its instant color to any room-a little green goes a long ways! 😉

Kindly,
Jessica

Organize & Declutter

January can feel long and cold for some. All the holidays have come to an end and guests slowly scatter home. I like to take this time to regroup and organize. One of my favorite items to place around the home are baskets. Vintage baskets add so much texture and dimension to any space. I love finding architectural and unusual finds and displaying them on interior walls. I recently found these large ( I mean ENORMOUS-these could be flying saucers, or so my kids thought so ) antique basil baskets. They were of course a bright cherry wood color – sorry I’m not a fan. So what do I do??? Slather a little stain on them, of course. I love how they turned out. Remember, to be creative, and think out of the box, when rummaging through antique stores or local shops. Baskets of all sorts can be both useful and never go out of style.