Powder Room Three Ways + The Passion Project

July 11th, 2013

Do you know what you’re passionate about? Have you identified it, wrapped your heart and soul around it, and decided to act upon it?

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My passion is great home design and improving lives through improving spaces. The thing that wakes me up in the morning is the idea of renovation and home decorating to fit personalities and lifestyles – it’s effect on the qualify of life is profound. Sure it’s fun to make spaces pretty, but it goes beyond that.  Great home design matters – it’s how we express ourselves and shows how we live in a meaningful way by making our homes a reflection of who we are and what we love.

I see a plain bathroom like this one that I spied in a home on our list for possible purchase and all I can think of is “that bathroom could be amazing if I ever get my hands on it.”

bathroom before

I see plenty of beige but sooooo much potential for a stunning space with some stylish fixtures and pattern combinations (and a few weekend DIY projects!)  

Introduce classic style and high drama with a black and white palette…

dramatic black and white powder room

  floor tile / vanity / wallpaper / mirror / sconces/ charcoal print

   

… or a cool it down with a soothing coastal vibe…

coastal powder room

whitewash wood tile / vanity / mirror / sconces / print

  

… or warm it up with a contemporary vanity and mixed metal finishes.  

modern metallics and wood tones powder room

  floor tile / vanity / mirror / pencil sconces / stencil / abstract art

    

Home renovation and improvement is my passion. What’s yours?

 

  diy passion projectWhatever it is, the team at American Express wants to hear about it today as part of the Passion Project.  Are DIY and home improvement your passion like me?  Are you an artist, a creator, an innovator. a mold breaker? 

Share your passion for a chance to win $500 gift cards to Home Depot. Tweet about your passion project today and include the hashtag #PassionProjectTHD.  All the contest details are here and entry is simple! 

 

Oh and my four tips on how to become great at DIY are shared on the American Express Tumblr page today.

  

*This post sponsored by American Express Rewards. I was awarded with a Home Depot gift card. All opinions are my own.

 

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June Roundup + Sponsor Spotlight

July 10th, 2013

I swear, summer makes me so forgetful. Must be all the extra sunshine and lazy days… I forgot to post a June roundup, so here goes, the top ten posts from June!

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I beefed up a set of Billy bookcases in the bedroom and shared a tour of one of our favorite wine tasting spots: the Alexander Valley! A bench got a mod makeover, and the spotlight was on dine-in libraries.

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I shared my two favorite sets of slipcovered furniture and how they’ve held up all these years, and also a tour of my childhood home. I have an incurable obsession with virtual makeovers, and the summer mantel got a little glitzy gold restyling. We hosted a sangria party and I shared the best mixed berry preserves recipe.

 

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Sending out a huge thank you to long time sponsor Shades of Light for their support, hop on over to see all the new arrivals from mirrors to rugs to decor!

shades of light home decor

Don’t miss some of the newest fabrics added to the fantastic collections available at Tonic Living, one of my favorite sources for modern fabrics for your furniture, windows, and home accessories!

tonic living fabrics

 

Please welcome JamieShop – an online access to luxury "to the trade only" manufacturers at designer wholesale prices (plus a 25% fee). If you’ve got your eye on furniture, tile, fabric, or casegoods that are traditionally “to the trade” only, send Jamie’s team an email and they will get you a quote within 48 hours. 

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Upgrade your ordinary bathroom mirror with a custom frame by MirrorMate, so quick to assemble and install (I’ve done it!), you’ll love the difference it makes!

mirrormate upgrade

 

Visit Home from India for exotic textiles, pillows, and a selection of hardware for your ktichen, bath, or furniture makeover!

home from india decor

 

If you’d like to be a sponsor of Centsational Girl, there’s a summer special going on right now for all 125 px ads, 15% off with the code CGSUMMER (click on ‘your ad here’ in the sidebar).

And thanks so so much to all of you who left such thoughtful comments on yesterday’s hardwood v. lookalike tile post, you gave me (and others who are considering the product) so much information, I’m so very grateful! The 100+ comments are a must read if you’ve ever considered tile that looks like wood!

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Hardwood v. Lookalike Tile

July 9th, 2013

Question friends, what do you think of all the wood lookalike tile that’s available to homeowners now? The house we’re considering purchasing in SLC needs all new flooring and as much as I adore and I mean adore true hardwood, I’m drawn to the idea of a lookalike tile product, especially in the entry that flows into the kitchen and breakfast nook.

Lookalike wood tile caught my eye last year in a restaurant in Canada and I thought it was so cool I got down on my knees to caress that floor, no joke. I’ve seen it installed in restaurants in the Bay Area too which makes sense since it looks like reclaimed or hand scraped wood but has the benefit of repelling moisture while maintaining a great look, even with tons of traffic.

wood look porcelain tile

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Like wood, you can install it in side by side plank formation or get creative with a herringbone pattern.

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south cypress wood look tile

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dana frieling tile floors

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And have you seen some of the barnwood and shapely options for floors and walls?

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If you’ve ever wanted the warmth of wood in a bathroom but the practicality of tile, this product seems to be just the thing to get the best of both worlds.

ariana floor tile

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Tile is cold and hard underfoot which is fine by me in summer but in winter not so much, so radiant heat is definitely a consideration (and additional expense). I love the fact that up close it looks pretty amazing, and when grout lines are tight or close to non-existent, the tile looks so much like the real thing.

hardwood lookalike tile floor

The idea of a surface that will take the wear and tear of foot traffic, pets, and kids has a lot of appeal. But there’s always that lingering question of how it will affect resale value and whether the product will stand the test of time.

I’m curious what you think. Is wood lookalike tile fakey faux or modern and fab? Have you installed a wood lookalike porcelain tile in your home? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

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