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.

Sources:

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

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