This time of year, people get exceptionally ambitious and their homes are no exception.  This month, we’re equipping you to take what can sometimes be a short term sense of resolve to finally do it this year. 

Face it, you’ve been dealing with your too small kitchen for years, compromising your dream master bath, and letting your home improvement wish list weather this economic downturn.  Make a change this year!  Let this be the year you finally tackle one of your big projects–finishing your basement, creating your dream kitchen, enlarging your master bath.  Or, tackle a smaller one, like upgrading your counter tops, replacing some of the oak in your home, or replacing a tired piece of furniture.  It’s time.
Here’s what we’ve got planned for the month:
  • First On the Block.  Every Tuesday, check out our designer’s ideas for things that take you just a bit out of your box.  Your design can be as unique as you are–you don’t have to do the same thing your neighbor did. 
  • *Not* Doing it Yourself.  We continue to hear our clients tell us that they are so glad they didn’t tackle their projects themselves and that they saved time, money, and their peace of mind by engaging a designer at the front end.  If that’s an unfamiliar idea to you, we’ll be sharing what is involved in working with a designer, how to prepare to work with one, and explain the design process.  Look for this feature on Wednesdays.
  • Resolve to…  Every Thursday, our designers will be sharing ideas for making your cabinetry, window treatments, and lighting work for you and make a huge impact in your space.
  • Personal Spaces.  Perhaps you’ve tackled your kitchen and bath in previous years.  Let this be the year to make something beautiful out of your home office, carve out a cozy reading corner, or have wine tasting space.
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Favorites: Oceanside Glass Tile

How enjoyable it has been to share some of my favorite things with you! Oceanside glass tile has twenty-nine colors, with three finish options; glossy, iridescent and matte. Along with liner bars and accents in any color and/or finish. Pick a blend they have created, or create your own. You are sure to find what you are looking for! My favorite is the Geologie and their newest series Harmonia, in which glass meets stone. Words don’t justify Oceanside’s beauty, but pictures sure help! I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.

Here are just a few up close examples of colors, sizes, decos and trims available. These are Oceanside’s newest additions! Harmonia is their newest series for the 2011 year, mixing travertine with some of their finest glass colors. These are just a few of many options available in this new line. I can’t wait to use these in someone’s home!

These next nine different mosaics are the shapes and sizes available in the Tessera series. Once again all sizes are available in any of their twenty-nine colors and three finishes!

Geologie is a series I introduced you to in a previous post, where slate meets glass in wonderful colors, shapes and sizes!
I mentioned decos and trim at the beginning, so here are a few just as a little teaser.

Favorites: Carrara Marble

There are a few things I am consistently drawn towards. Carrrara Marble is one of those timeless classics I love for almost every design. Open any design magazine and you are guaranteed to see Carrara in there somewhere! Scroll through the pictures and notice the subway tiles, herringbone pattern, hexagon, basketweave, trims and moldings all in Carrara Marble; and that is just the beginning!

With so many sizes and shapes available, your design options are endless. Here are just a few unique tiles I love!

12″ x 24″ Textured Carrara Tile & 8″ x 16″ Multi Textured Carrara Mosaic
(Up close this multi textured mosaic is the perfect combination of polished, honed and split face finishes)
12″ x 12″ Carrara Basketweave and 12″ x 12″ Weaved Basketweave (Yes! It really is dimensional!)
12″ x 12″ Bullet Carrara Mosaic & 12″ x 12″ Magic Carrara Mosaic
12″ x 12″ Carrara/Glass Mosaic
(Add glass and quickly discover a timeless modern edge)
Add last but surely not least, here are a few pictures of some great Carrara fireplace surrounds.

Let your imagination run wide with one of my favorites! How can you incorporate Carrara in your house?!

What wE Love Now!

Many people would say Ralph Lauren has been an influence in our lives for decades.  Think about it… fashion or furniture whether it’s been your thing during one phase or another – typically we have all been influenced by this classic brand.  Whether it’s clothing (Oprah featuring a Lauren cashmere sweater as a favorite thing)/ a classic Polo shirt, accessories, furniture etc. when I close my eyes this line has me envisioning the rustic, casual and sophisticated look Ralph Lauren represents himself.  Picture him – the perfect pair of jeans, his cowboy boots and a perfectly tailored blazer this is SO all American.
Whether you prefer the fresh look of the Hamptons…
a ranch inspired by Colorado…
or a chic Manhattan apartment this line fits it all!
This line is as unique as you are.  If you want to see what piece fits you, come see us!

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Invite: A Holiday Wrapping Party

This time of year, it’s easy to use busyness as an excuse not to have people over.  Why not do the opposite and use it as an excuse to invite people into your home?  Your friends and neighbors are probably longing for a few hours to finally get their holiday packages wrapped and their Christmas cards addressed.  Why not get together for cookies and warm drinks and tackle these tasks together?

Repurpose your chic leather umbrella holder to corral festive holiday papers, store shirt boxes in a magazine rack, or use special “Grinch” boxes (all by Global Views) to avoid wrapping all together!  A contemporary tiered tray is the perfect place for ribbons, bows, tape, and scissors and dozens of delicious whoopie pies!

The trendiest food going right now is most certainly the whoopie pie.  A hint of nostalgia, this cookie is sure to be perfect for this time of year–especially if it has a holiday twist to it!  Try this gingerbread one at your next get together (our installers just enjoyed these as a take away at their annual holiday breakfast last week):

Gingerbread Whoopie Pies:
from Whoopie Pies by Sarah Billingsley and Amy Treadwell (the book is adorable–you must own it and display it–it’s a conversation starter every time!)

4 cups flour
1 1/2 t ground ginger
1 1/2 t ground cinnamon

1 t salt
1 t baking soda
1/2 t ground cloves

1/4 t nutmeg
1/2 c (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
4 T vegetable shortening
3/4 c (packed) brown sugar
1 large egg
3/4 c molasses
3/4 c buttermilk
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.  Sift together dry ingredients and set aside.  Using the paddle attachment on your stand mixer, whip butter, shortening, and brown sugar until fluffy and smooth (about 5 minutes).  Add egg and beat until combined, then add the molasses.  Add the buttermilk and flour mixture alternately until combined.  Portion dough using a heaping tablespoon, placing about 12 cookies per sheet.  Bake at 325 for 10-12 minutes.  Allow to cool completely before filling:

Maple Cream Filling

1/2 c butter (room temperature)

2 c confectioners sugar
1 T milk

2 T maple syrup
Beat the butter on low speed until creamy.  Slowly add remaining ingredients and whip 3-4 minutes, scraping the bowl sides frequently.
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