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! 

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