Archive for the ‘Favorite Things’ Category

Cork Mosaics

Choosing the right tile to fit your style and installation needs can be difficult. Outside of visual cues most tile does not vary in performance and benefit. However, when looking, cork is another option that adds not only a fun look but many advantages over traditional materials of porcelain or ceramic. Yes, cork; a natural, green product that can be used in many applications!

Actual cork slices are taken and  set on a mesh mosaic, grouted, and sealed to provide a water tight surface. The installation is very similar to that of tile. However, instead of a cold surface you have an insulator that will keep your floor at 70 degrees year round. The benefits of using a natural product such as cork are endless. It is a renewable resource making it green, it has naturally anti-allergenic, the cork is softer than tile to give a little cushion without flexing, and it provides sound deadening. If the natural finish is not your taste you can stain it to suit your needs.



Pillow Talk

Christmas is getting closer…

Having a hard time figuring out the perfect gift for a few loved ones in your life? What a better way to spice up someone’s life with a little bit of color! Leyla’s Felt Pillows are some of my favorite accessories and they seem to work for almost everyone in my life. A friend with a new baby, even a bachelor that needs some color and softness in his pad – while still being manly, of course.

Maybe you know a tree hugger or nature lover. The uniqueness of Leyla’s felt pillows get layered on with great dimension, colors and textures.

If you can’t find the perfect design/pattern, you can always spell it out! These pillows might be the finishing touch they were looking for to complete their space. If they weren’t looking, trust me, they will be very thankful!


Beyond Utility Utility Rooms

Why not make your utility room something you enjoy going into to spend time?

Utility Rooms can be areas for many home functions. You can have a place to drop your jacket, shoes, skis, or a place to do your laundry, ironing, sewing, painting, crafts, or do your household accounting. Think about the things you have to do at home that you would love to have a more functional work space in which to implement and plan from. What are the specific tasks? Those are the things you can plan your utility area around.
This is an area you can do unique features in that will just make you smile! You can be a little out of the box in this area! Paint the space your favorite color, feature pictures of fun events, calendar of family or personal schedules, vacations etc. Just make this a place you really enjoy spending time or passing through.
Give us a call if you would like to have Utility put back in your Utility Room! Make us your Master of Organization Coach! After all, you deserve to have it the way you want it!

Timeless Styles…Damask and Stripes

Tile, Fabric, Lamps…you name it and you have seen Damask and Stripe Patterns on all different elements of design for, well, centuries. Both of with are on my list of timeless favorites.


With the style of tile changing so dramatically in the last 5-7 years, manufactures had to come out with those timeless pattens that we all love! 12″ x 24″ Damask Tile from Interceramic will provide you with that timeless bathroom wall you have been dreaming about; or what about the wall behind your headboard?! Get creative and have fun with some vivid color stripes in your kids bathroom or brighten up your laundry room with Aquarelle also from Interceramic.


Traditional, Contemporary, Transitional….you name it and Damask and/or Stripes normally works with any of them! Take a look at this mix of Massoud Furniture and Fabric in Damask and Stripes on different styles of furniture.


Another design element that has changed dramatically from what most of us remember. Using different materials, textures and designs wallpaper is the perfect way to finish any room. Once again in our timeless styles that we just can’t get enough of!

Now that I have you thinking, do you have a wall for tile or wallpaper or a piece of furniture that needs some timeless Damask or Stripes?

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.