To Waterfall or Not To Waterfall

April 23rd, 2015

Yesterday I returned from a quick trip to visit the folks in Las Vegas and check on the progress of the fixer upper, things are moving along in the kitchen, I found my dream backsplash and the fabricators I hired came out to make the template for the new countertops. I finally made a decision on the solid surface, I envisioned white quartz from the start so I’ll be working with Caesarstone in Pure White, it will be so beautiful when complete, I’ll share that next month.

Meanwhile I have a decision to make on the edge of the peninsula and whether I should add a waterfall edge or not, here’s a quick iPhone pic I took this week (see actual colors of the cabinets and another view of the peninsula here.)

kitchen counter template

I have the choice between a classic horizontal surface that ends here or I could have it drop down to the floor with a waterfall edge. The style of this kitchen will be more contemporary so a waterfall could look amazing – it would be striking to look at you enter the kitchen, and would have a return where two counter stools sit on the other side.

I’m torn for reasons shared below, but first a look at some waterfall edges to collectively drool over.

marble waterfall island countertop

space architects and planners

waterfall island edge in kitchen

blansfield builders

marble waterfall countertop edge

style at home

marble waterfall edge dark cabinets

john maniscalo architecture

waterfall edge island marble countertop

chelsea atelier

waterfall edge kitchen island

rosemount kitchens

kitchen countertop waterfall island edge

style at home

Here is the look of Caesarstone quartz on islands with a waterfall edge, I die they’re so purty.

pure white quartz waterfall edge

 

waterfall edge island caesarstone

And on a straight peninsula.

waterfall edge caesarstone

images via Caesarstone

I lean toward the waterfall edge since 1) it’s awesome and 2) it will hide that contrast between the blue/gray cabinet and pony wall. I lean against it because of the angle of the peninsula, I’m not 100% convinced it will look right since it will only be on this one side and it requires a return. Personally I prefer the look of a waterfall edge when the look is two sided and symmetrical on an island. Also are waterfall edges trendy? Will we still be loving them in 10 years, or are they a new classic?  What say you?

Spring Porch Decor with Dash & Albert

April 22nd, 2015

Hello everyone, don’t mind me I’m just feeling the softness of this new rug under my toes! I’ve been the biggest fan of Dash & Albert rugs for years, oh yes I’ve got one in my dining room, one in my living room, one in my son’s room, and I used a Dash & Albert striped runner on this staircase makeover.

The Poppy Leaf outdoor rug is my latest acquisition – part of the new PET line of rugs from the Annie Selke company bringing all of us stylish rugs that are family and pet friendly. These rugs are fabulous quality, easy to clean, and so soft I marvel at how they are washable outdoor rugs!

dash and albert poppy leaf outdoor rug

And there’s a cozy Citrus throw to go along with it in another pretty shade of green, a hue I never tire of since the verdant color is everywhere we look outside. I was invited by Annie’s team to style a few of their new products for spring on the small porch at the Las Vegas fixer upper house since I recently painted the front door and replaced the door handle so I happily accepted (I moved the previous rug to the rear sliding door.)

For the porch I chose the Poppy Leaf rug for pattern, the Mingled Turquoise pillow for color, and the apple Nautilus pillow for fun.

front porch dash and albert poppy leaf rug

succulents and throw

fresh american pillows

green poppy dash and albert rug

You too can get your hands on some goodies from Dash & Albert and they carry not just rugs but also throw blankets, poufs, tote bags, pillows, pet beds and more.

dash and albert products

Right now Dash & Albert is hosting an amazing giveaway with big prizes in shopping credit  – one $1,500 grand prize, one $500 second prize, two $250 third prizes, and ten tote bags.

pinterest contest

It’s a Pin to Win Contest, click on the image above for the details or right here to enter!   

*This post is sponsored by Dash & Albert, all opinions and the pink painted toes are mine!