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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Brass Bathroom Faucet Picks

I have rounded up some top picks for brass faucets in the bathroom. Brass is a big trend now, mixing this metal into your bathroom can change the way the space feels dramatically.
1. Delta Cassidy Faucet https://www.efaucets.com/detail-v2.asp?product_id=3597LF-CZMPU
2. Rejuvenation West Slope Faucet https://www.rejuvenation.com/catalog/collections/west-slope-faucet
3. Newport Brass https://www.build.com/newport-brass-2040-bathroom-faucet/s114277?uid=1343642
4. Delta Trinsic https://www.efaucets.com/detail-v2.asp?product_id=3559-CZMPU-DST
5. Brizo https://www.efaucets.com/detail-v2.asp?product_id=3559-CZMPU-DST
6. Delta Single Handle https://www.efaucets.com/detail-v2.asp?product_id=559LF-CZMPU
7. Tolson Wall Mount https://www.rejuvenation.com/catalog/collections/tolson-wall-mount-faucet
8. Kohler Purist https://www.build.com/kohler-k-t14413-4-bathroom-faucet/s567511?uid=1561767&source=gg-gba-pla_1561767____49842551959&s_kwcid=AL!4215!3!49842551959!!!s!3

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! 

Rustic Loft Living

Recently I was contacted to style and decorate a space for my sister-in-law. She recently moved to a small loft apartment in a big city. Below is a peek at the design board I worked on. Keeping in mind her small space living and style I designed a home she could live, work and entertain in. Using features such as-folding wall scones, storage ottomans, wall shelves, nesting side tables, and a neat adjustable height desk that turns into a dining room table for entertaining.

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jute rug by overstock
brown scroll bedding by joss & main
wall scones by overstock
nesting table by pottery barn
wall shelf hidden by pottery barn
swing away wall scone by potteyr barn
hide rug by serena & lily
charcoal sofa by joss & main
gold hammered coffee table by world market
tile gray pillow by joss & main
grey scroll pillow by joss & main
fiddle leaf fig tree by wayfair
wall shelf wine rack by pottery barn
nesting tables by wayfair
adjustable desk by world market
charcoal side chair/set of 2 by wayfair
turtle pillow by hayneedle
grey pillow cover by wayfair
cream throw by wayfair
storage ottoman by joss & main
wall shelf by world market
tile pillow by pottery barn
metal mirror w/ shelf by wayfair
industrial table lamp by wayfair
underbed storage by pottery barn
galvanized bins by pottery barn
sheet set- white by wayfair
mohair throw by pottery barn
cable knit pillow by joss & main
stay while by pottery barn
wood mirrors by wayfair
wall clock by wayfair
ultiltiy basket by pottery barn
galvanized wall letter by pottery barn
tub chair by amazon
magnolia stem by wayfair
wood vase set by wayfair
glass jug by wayfair
pillow inserts/set of 4 by wayfair
natural linen drape by wayfair

Modern Luxe Living 

One of my favorite metals to mix in is brass. I’ve pulled together a luxe living space that evokes both a feminum and masculine feel. It brings together timeless pieces and mixes in modern ones as well. Sources listed below. Vintage Green

1. Wall paint: SW simple white

2. Chandelier: Candelabra

3. Sofa: Joss & Main

4. Ottoman: LuLu & Georgia

5. Side chairs: Williams Sonoma Home

6. Floor Lamps: Williams Sonoma Home

7. Throw pillows: Williams Sonoma Home

8. Side Table: Lulu & Georgia

9. Lamp: Candelabra

10. Area Rug: Williams Sonoma Home

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. 

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!

CONFUSED? Don’t forget Patina Gray Home & Living offers design services, advice and online consultations. Email me for more info.

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.