Four years ago in France, I was visiting with my aunt and uncle about their plans to redo their 18th century French home and they introduced me to some of the most amazing patterned cement tiles. You’ll see them all over France in a variety of colorways and patterns and despite their age (often hundreds of years old), they look as bright as the day they were laid. Often you’ll see similar ones made of ceramic, but the process is different in creating the individual tiles so the ceramic ones wear differently over time (see an interesting breakdown of each here).
I’m seeing more and more of these cement tiles popping up. I shot a gorgeous home here in Oklahoma City a few weeks back that featured this gorgeous tile above in their cabana, and it got me thinking about different ways to use these stunning tiles.
In typical French style, Bouchon (above) in Las Vegas offers a nod to its country of inspiration with some similarly stunning floors (not to mention one of my most favorite meals ever). It’s been a few years since we’ve visited, but I distinctly remember staring at the floor, enthralled with the cobalt blue background and swirling design. Go for the floors; stay for the incredible meal.
In Europe, these tiles are seen in almost any space. I love how it’s used above to create the entryway in an otherwise small space.
The amount of patterns and colorways can be overwhelming, but there are some similar themes. Hexagon shapes are popular, as are more traditional squares with loads of scrolly organic designs and ornate details. I’m partial to the blue ones, especially that cornflower shade above.
Philippe Starck designed a stunning hotel in France (shown above), and the hotel restaurant showcases loads of encaustic tiles throughout the space, again acting almost like area rugs to delineate different areas. This black and white design is uber-chic against all the contemporary furnishings.
I love how subtle the pattern of the floor is above against the warm grey cabinetry. It’s just enough visual texture to keep things interesting without completely overwhelming you with pattern.
In the US, Kismet Tile offers a selection of handmade tiles, most of which can be customized to the colorway of your choosing. That blue above is mesmerizing — again, everything else is kept super simple, allowing the floor to be the star of the room.
Also in the US is CementTileShop.com, based in Florida. I’ve pinned practically everything from their Pinterest account, but maybe the most fascinating board shows the step by step process of how these tiles are made. And like Kismet, they also offer a dizzying array of colors and patterns.
I seriously believe the hardest part is picking which color and pattern to go with. Oh, and if you’re looking for more floor inspiration, check out the Instagram account I Have This Thing with Floors. It’s insanely addictive and you’ll want to redo every single floor in your home!
I always seem to have one too many frames. Whether they’re on sale at Target or marked with a 50 cent sticker at a garage sale, for some reason I continually feel the need to purchase more and more picture frames. Maybe it’s an addiction…who knows?
If you’re like me and have 10+ picture frames laying around the house at any given time, it’s time for a change. Say goodbye to the forgotten frames bought at a thrift store far, far away and say hello to refreshing DIY projects of the here and now.
Little Inspiration gives her favorite Instagram photos a more permanent home with an old frame, floral wire, clips and a glue stick.
Don’t throw out the old, rusty silverware just yet! Instead, repurpose it with white spray paint. Spunky Junky shows us how to transform ordinary silverware into one-of-a-kind artwork with frames and upholstery (found at a thrift store btw).
While They Snooze transforms cheap-looking file cabinets into personalized (and more expensive!) cabinetry. You’re only a fresh set of hardware and a few white frames away!
Save money on paper by making your own dry erase board out of an 8 x 10 picture frame, scotch expressions masking tape and a white piece of cardstock. Two Twenty One shows us how it’s done.
One-of-a-kind artwork doesn’t have to break the bank! Apartment Therapy creates something exciting and new out of an ordinary piece of thrift store art by dipping its canvas and frame in paint.
Learn how to make your own pin cushion with Craftaholics Anonymous‘ easy tutorial! All you need is a frame, paint, fabric and batting.
Who says that picture frames belong on the wall? Instead, use them as magnets on your refrigerator for chore lists, weekly schedules, the kids’ artwork and more! Props to Vintage Glamorous for the idea.
Oh Crafts serves desserts on recycled frames. Convert any old frame into a tray like Lindy’s with a coat of spray paint and textured paper placed between the frame and glass.
Provide function for frames and style for shelves by combining the two. See Shanty Chic for a quick and easy tutorial.
Photo via Porch.com
Frames are fun! You’ll be surprised at all the cool things you can do.
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Trend: 15 Small Baby Room Solutions
Back in May my husband and I got a bit of a surprise, we’re expecting our second child! We are beyond thrilled and can’t wait to bring this little love into the world, but we are also realizing that we don’t actually have anywhere to put this new baby. Whoops! Our home is 950 square feet and has exactly 2 small bedrooms. Our first daughter is 5 years old and we feel bad putting a little baby into her room, so we came up with an idea: we will turn our tiny kitchen nook into the smallest of bedrooms, ever. It’s so small, but perfect for a little baby/little kid. We just need to build a wall and door, and we are done.
Since this room is so small my husband and I will need to get a bit creative with how we arrange the room and what we put in it. Below you’ll find 15 Small Baby Room Solutions that have really inspired me to get started on my little baby’s room. Enjoy!
Closets turned into baby rooms:
1) This is inspiring. This 25 square foot closet was turned into the perfect little baby nook. Talk about using the space you have, from Apartment Therapy.
2) I’ve been admiring this little crib in a closet space for years now. So lovely, from Apartment Therapy.
3) If your closet isn’t long enough for a full size crib, buy a mini crib for your small closet, from Lovely Morning.
4) This shared bedroom is so lovely and Melissa shares where most of these items came from (if they were DIY or purchased), from Melissa Esplin.
5) This shared space is so simple and lovely, from Bleubird.
6) I love almost anything Joni does, but this small shared baby and kid room is the best, from Lay Baby Lay.
7) This open closet set up is lovely and perfect for a small space nursery, from Project Nursery.
8) Use all the space in your closet with hanging shelves on the back of the doors, from The Avid Appetite.
9) Maximize your closet space by installing cubbies and drawers, from Project Nursery.
10) Turn a small closet space into the whole diaper changing space, along with other baby storage, from BHG.
11) This changing table is actually a rolling tool cart… so cool. Just roll this thing around as you need it, from Apartment Therapy.
12) When you have a baby there are diapers EVERYwhere. I love this Ikea wall shelf turned diaper storage, from Our Dream Foreclosure.
13) Add wheels to some old drawers and they can sit under the crib full of toys, from Oleander and Palm.
14) Use removable baskets to organize your baby’s dresser drawers, from I Heart Organizing.
15) Make these small space wall bookshelves for under $30, from Just a Girl Blog.
I hope you’re having a wonderful week!
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Summer is in full swing. There are many lovely long summer nights filled with cocktails and good company still ahead. In that spirit these are some of my favorite finds for infusing a little pattern into your summer celebrations. I love these pieces because they can fit so well into your existing accessories. Something as simple as a pretty patterned pitcher like this one found on Waiting On Martha is the perfect way to add a festive feeling to you table while also creating layering, depth and interest. When you are ready to take the party outside and play en plein air (as you should every single minute you can!) this blue and white picnic blanket is the perfect patterned base for creating colorful memories. Bonus – it is waterproof! I just love how simple touches of pattern can really transform the look and feel of your space. Playing with pattern in these small doses with fun accessories is a great way to experiment with low commitment.
On the flip side of the coin – maybe your are the planner. For you the Fourth marks the time to start planning for fall! It is hard not to get into the swing of things really with all those yummy cozy fall floor sets are landing at all your favorite furniture retailers. If you are in this camp, here are a few patterned delights to get you inspired for the golden fall days ahead. First of all, can we talk about this lamp? This is just pure sassy chic fun! It would be the cherry on top in a dressing room, or a fun femenine desk. I can see this little charmer moving around the house from vignette to vignette for years to come.
Throw pillow are always the instant go to for changing things up from season to season. Consider thinking this way about rugs as well. They are a fantastic way to infuse great color and pattern into your space especially if you have kept your investment pieces (like your sofa and chairs) neutral. Check out places like Joss and Main, Overstock.com, and Hayneedle to find great options at affordable pricing.
White walls have made a huge comeback and they aren’t just for people who can’t commit to color anymore. White walls set a calm, uncomplicated backdrop for any design aesthetic and makes for a real style statement. I have been wanting to make the jump myself, but like most trends, I like to see how it sits with me for a while before I fully commit. After sitting for a few months on this fresh perspective, I am slowly making some changes. Whether you paint an entire room white or just a focal wall, it is a welcome change that feels bright & cheerful. It’s often those simple changes, that give us a renewed sense of love for our homes & spaces. Being a visual person myself, I thought I would share some of my favorite white spaces, that will inspire you to see color in a whole new light.
Layering white walls with a contrasting wall makes a bold statement and still gives a sense of renewel. Adding in vintage finds, with warm patinas also compliments this color palette.
Using warm, earthy tones against more white, with pops of color & pattern creates a cozy retreat that is both inviting and stylish. I can’t help but love this buffalo art set against this crisp backdrop, it really showcases this statement piece.
White walls will flatter any color scheme. Layering neutrals, with warm wood tones will compliment the white and give a fresh farmhouse feel.
Using white, with pops of bold color and pattern is also visually appealing and makes a big statement. Even when using bright color choices, you can see how different styles also work seamlessly with this fresh hue.
You can also curate your own gallery wall, set against white it offers a fresh perspective that expresses originality. Combine that with some vintage accents, like this sliding barn door and it can highlight your personal style in a whole new way.
Thank you for stopping by for a visit. Have a beautiful week,
The master bedroom is probably the most ignored room in my house when it comes to style. In our old house, the master bedroom was upstairs with all of the kids’ rooms, so aside from the hours we spent sleeping and getting ready for the day, we really weren’t up there much. But in the Dream House, the master bedroom is on the main floor (and oh my gosh, I LOVE IT!), so I actually spend quite a bit of time in there. Since my office in the basement is still a work in progress, when I have time to work, I go to my bedroom. When I have phone calls or video conferences, I go to my bedroom. If I just need a second to relax, I go to my bedroom. So it has started to occur to me that my bedroom is pretty hideous and that it is in dire need of some TLC.
I’ve been really enamored of navy bedrooms lately. I know our walls are gray, which I don’t plan on changing because I love them, but I think gray and navy make a swell color combination. Here are just a few of the bedrooms that have had me swooning over navy lately…
photo from House and Home
I love the brass sun burst mirror paired with the navy walls in the photo. I’ve discovered during my extensive navy bedroom research that at least 75% of navy bedrooms contain at least one star burst or sun burst mirror. I’ve already started looking for mine in preparation.
photo from West Elm
As much as I love the navy walls, I don’t plan on painting my bedroom blue. I spent a lot of time choosing that beautiful gray paint, and I’m gonna keep it! This bedroom is probably more the direction our master bedroom will take, with gray walls and dark blue accents. I love the color combination of dark navy and foggy gray.
photo from Pottery Barn
Here’s another beautiful room with lighter walls and rich navy accents. I love how the dark blue rug under the bed helps anchor the room, and really highlights those blues.
photo from Steven Ford Interiors on Houzz.com
I think this bedroom is so beautiful. The walls are navy and the bedding is navy, yet the room feels light and airy and open. Note to self: achieve this in the Dream House master bedroom!
photo from Lesley Graham
photo from Hello Lidy
These two beautiful bedrooms belong to my friends Lesley Graham and Lidy Dipert. While the walls in both of these rooms are black, they have the same dark wall/bright room effect as the navy rooms that I love.
What do you think of this trend in navy bedrooms? Do you love it as much as I do?