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Glass Tiled Bathrooms

We’re adding a wall of glass blue tile to our hall bathroom in the next few weeks as part of an ongoing remodel and so I’ve got glass tile on my mind.  It’s been popular for a decade now for its cool texture and watery reflective qualities.

There’s something so stunning about a bathroom covered in gorgeous glass tile from ceiling to floor, the look is one incredible design statement!

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Whether you choose a mesh mosaic or larger pieces installed in an offset pattern, glass tile wrapped around bathroom walls is visually striking and brings gorgeous contrast when paired with warm wood.

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Making a stylish statement with glass tile doesn’t require tiling all the walls.  Just an accent wall or backsplash behind the vanity is equally beautiful and more affordable since you’re covering a smaller area.

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Consider the shower stall as another place to use glass tile to add color and pattern to your bathroom space.

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Mix complementary patterns in varied scale to add texture and color.  Make the medley more interesting by using different tile from the same manufacturer’s palette and installing the mesh tiles in various patterns around the space.

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Glass tile also mixes beautifully with other tile products including ceramic, porcelain, stone, and marble.  Accenting more traditional tile with a strip of modern glass is yet another way to add contemporary flair with glass tile and preserve a bathroom’s timeless style.

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If you’re looking to spruce up your bathroom with a fabulous glass tile accent, here are 12 favorites!

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From top left:   Neutral Blend by AKDO; Blue Mirage by Ann Sacks; Matchstick Twilight at Glass Tile Store; Escape Blend, Oceanside Glass Tile; Loft Ice Cave Circles at Glass Tile Store; Epoch Glass Blend, Home Depot  Vicenza Hand Cut Glass in Verde at Cooltiles; South Beach Frosted blend by AKDO; Lume Sticks in Amber, Ann Sacks; Epoch Contempo Black Mosaic at Home Depot; Pearl Glass by Vidrepur; Offset Glass Tile in Spring Green

 

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7 Spaces for Built-In Benches

We installed a built-in window seat in our home a few months ago and we’re loving the comfort it brings, plus the bonus of additional storage below.  Built-in benches have a way of communicating to everyone “it’s time to sit and stay awhile” and they always make a home feel more welcoming. 

There are plenty of places to squeeze in a built-in bench, whether it’s one you install yourself or hire out with the service of a professional.  Either way, the end result is a cozy place to sit and get comfortable.   Here are seven different spaces to consider for including a built-in bench in your own home.  

The entry is a perfect place for a built-in – squeeze it in underneath the stairs as a place to store outerwear or as a perch for removing shoes.

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A perfect way to start your day is curled up in a cozy bench that is built into a breakfast nook.  Pull up a table and a few chairs and the space becomes an instant gathering spot for breakfast or brunch.   

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Bathrooms are another place to wedge a small built in bench for the purpose of daily grooming.

 

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I’ve mentioned before the benefits of a multitasking mudroom.  Large or small, a built in bench is a natural fit in a space designed for transitioning from indoors to out.  

 

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A nook with a window seat in a bedroom is desirable to most.   If space permits, consider adding a built in bench to a niche to encourage lounging and daydreaming in a bedroom retreat.

 

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A main living space will certainly benefit from a window seat bench where you can add decorative pillows and store reading material nearby. 

 

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Last but never least, don’t forget the great outdoors!  Something as simple as stacked cinderblock can become a perch for lounging on lazy summer afternoons. 

 

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Do you have the good fortune of a built-in bench in your home?  Where is it and how much do you love it?

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Curb Appeal: Paint Your Front Door!

One thing that will certainly cheer up your porch is a fresh coat of paint on the front door.  Last year I painted our front door with a shade of pale gray to complement the yellow stucco exterior, but there’s no need to choose a neutral if you don’t want to.  Be brave, be bold, choose green, yellow, red, blue, black, anything goes!  

How do you paint your front door?  It’s easy!  Painting your front door is a weekend project that’s sure to increase the curb appeal of your home and refresh the appearance of your residence with minimal effort.

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There are two ways to paint a front door, the first is by removing it from the doorframe or even painting a new door before it’s installed.  The second is by painting a door in place. 

I prefer the latter because if you live in the residence, you need to be able to close and lock your front door at night!  However, if you’re working with a front door in an unoccupied residence, you certainly can remove it and prime/paint it at your leisure.

Here are the basic steps for painting your front door in place:

1.   Select a few paint samples and purchase testers in the colors you like.  Paint large test swatches on paper, cardboard, or poster board and allow it to dry.  Examine the colors suspended on the front door in different light to decide which shade looks best in both morning and afternoon.

2.  Determine if the paint on the front door is oil or water based paint with this simple trick:  soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and rub it across the existing paint.  If the paint comes off, it’s latex, if it doesn’t, then it’s an oil based paint.  It’s important to know for Step 4 and 5!

3.  Remove the doorknob or tape it off and the knocker or other hardware with painter’s tape. 

4.  If your door is stained wood, or previously finished with oil based paint, it will need a coat of primer before your paint.   Coat your front door with one coat of quality adhesion primer.   Note that water based primers and paints allow for expansion and contraction outside among the elements far better than oil based paint, so work with water based primers and water based latex or enamel paints designed for outdoor use.

5.  If your door was previously painted with latex paint, degloss it first with a deglossing product to prepare it for another layer of water based paint.  Use a quality angled 1 ½ or 2” paintbrush to apply the latex or enamel paint to your front door, using thin coats to avoid drips and also speed up the drying process.  Some paints cover in two coats, often it takes three, but it’s best to work with thinner coats so that the layers dry quickly. 

6.  If you encounter minimal brush strokes or drips between coats, use a fine grit sanding wedge to knock down those edges.  After two (or perhaps three) coats of outdoor latex or enamel paint, step back and admire your beautiful new front door!

 

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Painting your front door isn’t difficult, and what a difference it makes in just a day!  Have you changed the color of your front door? What color did you choose? 

 

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Multitasking Mudrooms

One thing I long for in our home is a larger space I can officially call a “mudroom”.  We have a very small closet near our back entry and we use it as a place to kick off our shoes or hang up coats, but it would be really nice to have a unique space dedicated solely to the task of corralling all of our shoes, boots, and outerwear each day.

A true mudroom is a dream come true for many families with children enrolled in sports or involved in the daily activities of coming and going from school.  What are the essentials for any multitasking mudroom space?  Here are five of my favorites.

Bins and Baskets in Lockers or Cubbies.   A labeled basket and locker or cubby specified for each family member is a great way to keep it all organized!  Avoid the frantic search for jackets, shoes, or backpacks when everyone has a space of their own.

 

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Handy Hooks for Hanging.  Hooks maximize the use of vertical wall space and provide grab and go convenience for when you’re ready to head out the door.

 

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12 Ways to Maximize Kitchen Storage

Of all the spaces in our home, the kitchen is one where we all crave the smartest storage solutions.  Any kitchen designer will tell you having a place for everything is the key to organization and efficiency.

If you’re fortunate enough to be designing a kitchen from the bare walls, the best thing to do is make a list of everything you plan to store in your kitchen and create a space for those necessities in the design plan.  Absent that luxury, there are still organizing solutions that can be incorporated into existing kitchen layouts.  Here are twelve ideas to consider for maximizing storage in your home’s kitchen space.

Multitasking Baskets. Pull out baskets break up a long row of cabinets and introduce another texture while also serving the purpose of storage for frequently used items or food that doesn’t require refrigeration.

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Ready to Go Rods.  You can find mini metal storage units designed for spices or utensils at many retail stores specializing in home organization, or create one of your own with a basic metal pipe and brackets from a home improvement store.

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Behind Closed Doors.  The back of a cabinet door is the perfect place to install a memo board for coupons, reminders, or even office supplies.

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Well Designed Disposal.  Trash and recycling fill up quickly in kitchens, so rather than purchasing freestanding bins, dedicate or convert a cabinet into dual purpose trash and recycling center.

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Practical Pullouts.  Reaching for a pot or pan couldn’t be easier with a smart pullout system built into a multitasking cabinet.

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Cutting Edge.   We all need a place to store cutting boards – dedicate a small cabinet with vertical racks or dividers for grab-and-go convenience.

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Harmonious Herbs.   A spice drawer next to the cooktop is a chef’s best friend, especially one with drawer organizers designed for this purpose.

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Appliance Garage.  Life’s everyday appliances need a special storage spot too.  Squeeze them into their own garage for easy access when blending, toasting, mixing, or juicing.

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Divide and Conquer.   The power of separation is a great tool for keeping drawers uncluttered.  Make yours just as organized with cleverly placed dividers or pegs.

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Not So Lazy.  Corner cabinets can become wasted spaces, but with some help from a lazy Susan, storage of mixing bowls, colanders, and platters becomes more efficient.

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Extra Extra!   Anywhere you can think to squeeze in an extra drawer for kitchen miscellaneous is a smart design element especially for towels, placemats, cookie sheets, or other flatter necessities.

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Close At Hand Cleaners.  Sanitation and cleanup are key in any kitchen space so install a rack inside your sink cabinet to house your daily cleaning essentials.

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A well organized kitchen makes cooking, cleaning, socializing, and meal sharing much more enjoyable.  What savvy storage solutions have you incorporated into your own kitchen space?


Dressers as Bathroom Vanities

I do a lot of second hand shopping and every now and then I’ll spy a great dresser in a thrift store or on Craigslist and think to myself, “That would look fantastic in a bathroom!”  Traditionally designed for the bedroom to store clothing, dressers are rebelling and finding their way into spaces outside the boudoir.  

Clever homeowners are now adding character to their bathroom spaces by choosing dressers as vanities instead of standard cabinetry.  Often you must sacrifice the utility of the top drawer to make room for the sink bowl, but what you lose in functionality you gain in style.  Here’s a peek at this gallery of dressers transformed into vanities in bathrooms! 

A white solid surface countertop supports two sinks with reproduction vintage faucets in this elegant bathroom with a repurposed white dresser.

 

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Gray paint and porcelain knobs turn this elevated dressing table into a functioning vanity in this serene bathroom filled with vintage touches. 

 

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Contemporary clean lines and pulls take the spotlight in this bathroom nook where a nine drawer dresser style vanity wears a marble top. 

 

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Curvy drawers coated in black paint coupled with vintage brass pulls equal drama in this sophisticated powder room.

 

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In the mood for fun and feisty?  Coat your second hand find with bright colored paint and add a modern towel bar to the side for a one of a kind pretty pink vanity. 

 

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Clean and classic is the look in this bathroom where white paint and glass knobs share a timeless quality.  

 

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Converting a dresser into a vanity is simple when you follow these DIY instructions.

One final tip, pay attention to your height when shopping for a dresser to use as a vanity.  A standard vanity is 30” but many adults find that height to be too short, and prefer a more comfortable height between 32” – 36”.   Bring your tape measure with you and be sure to factor in the additional inches added from your chosen countertop.

Next week, we’ll take a look at how dressers are being used outside the bedroom in kitchens, entries, and living spaces, stay tuned!


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