Fireplace Trends & Inspiration 

The fireplace is often the focal point of a room. There so many different options to dress up your fireplace -whether it’s tile, stone or cement, to name a few. Below I’ve gathered a few of my favorites. Whichever you choose always keep in mind that not only can a fireplace be a conversation piece, but also a family space that you often gather around. If only I had enough rooms to place all these gorgeous fireplaces in! 

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                                       CEMENT /STONE

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Countertops-Marble Alternatives 

When considering countertops for your kitchen or bath, consider some alternatives to carra marble. While Carrara marble adds beauty, sophistication and value to your home-it can be very pricey and high matinenace.  Let’s just be realistic for a moment-your little one spills red juice all over your beautiful marble counter tops-you rush to clean it up. Regular marble countertops need proper cleaning, polishing and sealing to protect it often. Below I have listed some beautiful, affordable and durable alternatives ( psssst check out the  new laminate calaccatta marble countertops!!! My favorite! ) 

1. Cambria Quartz Torquay 
This is a beautiful alternative to marble, but is made of quartz. 


2. Helix Silestone -quartz 


Photo cred. Silestone USA

While there are a few other Silestone counter tops- this one caught my eye the most.

3. Princess White Granite ( actually quartzite) 


Lastly my favorite and least expensive is…laminate ( yes, I really did just say laminate!) This stuff has come a long ways – and one company does a great job- 

3. Formica Calacatta Marble – you can’t even really tell its laminate until you touch it! Did I mention it’s basically maintenance free and very durable! 

Tablescape Trends

With Easter ahead, I’ve thought about the table settings for the holiday. Easter has so many spring colors it’s easy to pull together a little color. Grab your favorite flowers ( fresh or faux ) and a favorite vase-perhaps a heirloom handed down to give a traditional feel. Don’t be afraid to mix colors and add in some raw elements as well. Next week I will talk about some napkin folding and place setting examples. I hope everyone is enjoying spring! I’ve been busy working on the store and new design ideas and tips. 

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.