When I remodeled my kitchen, I chose a classic white brick pattern ceramic tile, however whenever I spy an incredible patterned kitchen backsplash I pause to admire it for its striking effect. Opting for a bold pattern in a kitchen takes commitment and courage, but the risk is rewarding given the stunning result.

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Mesh mosaic or brick pattern tiles in neutrals or pale hues are common choices in many remodels, but there is a bolder and braver alternative – an intricate ceramic tile installed high up on the wall so the pattern becomes a focal point that demands attention. 

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We’re fortunate in modern times to have countless tile options available and in various colorways, and there is always an opportunity for creativity such as combining neutral and colorful 3 x 6” tiles in a herringbone pattern.

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If you love the idea of pattern but want less of it, minimize the impact of the repeat by keeping it contained only to the section of wall between lower and upper cabinetry.

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Perhaps you’ve fallen in love with a patterned ceramic tile or exotic motif  – why not pull a color from it and repeat it on the cabinetry?

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For those less inclined to use patterned tiles for an entire kitchen backsplash surround, incorporate a smaller section behind the range to satisfy your craving and to also add a dash of color in one contained spot. 

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A white backsplash is a timeless choice and complements any cabinetry color, but there is always the alternative of a unique or unexpected shape. Consider a white Moroccan inspired motif which satisfies a desire for clean, light and bright, but still includes an pattern with character and movement.

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What style of backsplash do you have in your kitchen?  Have you opted for something simple or do you also crave something with pattern or detail?




I was analyzing all the ways I organize around the house and as I looked in each room I noticed they all have one thing in common – there’s always a basket that is storing something from blankets to pillows to smaller necessities. Talk about versatile, baskets in all their shapes and varieties are our best friends when it comes to organizing all those things we treasure.

Baskets are made with plant materials, often woven from grasses, and because of it are one of the many ways to add texture to your home. Here’s a look at a few of the smart ways to use them in the rooms all around your house.

Mudrooms and entries are drops zones and one of the best places to use baskets to store flip flops, extra shoes, or pet leashes. Consider assigning one to every family member for easy sorting.

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In a reading nook or corner, baskets corral your favorite magazines for that moment when you finally sit down to savor your favorite publications. 

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Using baskets in a playroom or kid space makes perfect sense. Store toys, games, and books, or get creative and assign a letter to a series suspended on a wall for a reminder where to keep those extra special things.

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When styling bookshelves, baskets fill empty spaces in between your favorite pieces on display and also hide the less than pretty things you want to keep for future use.

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In the bathroom a series of dark baskets adds stylish contrast to all white shelving and collects everyday necessities such as washcloths, soaps, lotions, and toiletries.

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In the home office or craft room, a basket will hold just about anything from supplies to mementos to materials for correspondence.

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Grab extra storage space in the bedroom by keeping off-season linens in woven baskets under the bed.

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Pantries are perfect perches for a collection of baskets, house apples or onions or potatoes, napkins and paper plates too!

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In the kitchen, use a woven tray to corral culinary essentials in an attractive collection.

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I’ve shopped for affordable baskets at several retailers including Pier One Imports, World Market, Target, Wal-Mart, and Michaels craft stores. Crate + Barrel, Pottery Barn, and The Container Store are also excellent sources for a wide variety of stylish storage solutions.

Where do you shop for baskets for your home, and in what ways do you use them around the house?



I was contemplating painting or recovering the barstools in our kitchen so I went in search of inspiration and look what I found! Seven different styles of kitchen barstools to inspire a fresh change if you’re seeking one too.

Classic. Criss cross or straight up and down slats are the hallmark of a classic barstool. With some varieties you can remove the seat cover and change it to a fabric you prefer, others are designed to attach chair pads to their seats.

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Industrial. Made of metal and often backless, and industrial style stool brings edgy contrast to a kitchen space filled with painted and wood surfaces. 

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Leather.  Leather is a forgiving, easy to clean hide and its surface adds a warm patina to a kitchen space. Find them in both square and round shapes for tucking under islands or peninsulas.

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Cottage.  Sometimes called a farmhouse or country style, cottage stools often have rush seat chairs and ladder backs. They’re commonly available in black, white, and wood tones, but also look charming when painted bright colors.

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Retro. Inspired by the diners of the 1950s, a retro barstool is chrome with rounded tubular supports. They’re a nostalgic and fun addition to kitchens and bars.

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Contemporary.  Kitchens with clean lines and modern finishes call for contemporary stools to complement the style of the space, and their sleek and chic shapes add a sophisticated touch.

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Colorful.  No one can argue that a dose of color adds a cheerful touch to a kitchen and- basic barstools can easily be spray painted to add a happy hue.

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What style of barstool do you have in your kitchen?



I have outdoor spaces on my mind this week since a new rug arrived for the courtyard and some  bower vine plants are awaiting transplant so they may grow up and over trellises against a wall. Now is also the time retailers begin revealing their new outdoor collections and how refreshing to see fresh patterns and bright colors once again available for our outdoor rooms.

The benefit of warmer weather means we can extend our living areas beyond our interior walls into the great outdoors, to our patios, porches, courtyards, and lawns. Adding comfort and style to those outdoor rooms means applying many of the same principles as you would to interior spaces.  

Gather Round.  An area rug is a great way to anchor a sitting room – look for indoor/outdoor versions that will maintain their beauty while exposed to elements of sun, moisture, and occasional debris. 

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Comfort + Color.  We crave both comfort and doses of color in our interiors – repeat those same elements in your outdoor spaces too. Nature isn’t shy about putting on a colorful show so follow its cue and combine your favorite hues to create an inviting outdoor living room.

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Time to Entertain.  Sunshine and weekends put everyone in a celebratory mood, combine good eats, tasty beverages, and invite a small crowd over for a relaxing party steps from your back door.

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Yesterday I gathered a group of glass vases together to display some seasonal flowers in the kitchen window – one of my favorite ways to decorate is with random bottles or vases collected together and filled with fresh flowers. Earlier this season, blue glass appeared on the mantel to welcome spring tulips and in other corners of the house to display branches in bloom.  

Decorating with the things you love and the finds that make you happy brings your personality to your home and makes it more welcoming, even if those things are as simplistic as a collection of glass bottles.

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Glass in all its hues is universally appealing, especially when grouped together. Display a collection on a mantel, filling a few with whatever is blooming in the yard.  

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Large recycled glass jugs reminiscent of antique European versions make a subtle but colorful statement when displayed on cabinets or shelves.

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Create an instant centerpiece for your alfresco entertaining by corralling glass bottles in various heights and hues and inserting blooms from the yard or farmer’s market.


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Most of the glass bottles I’ve collected over the years have come from discount stores or flea markets, some are leftover from store bought beverages. Grouping anything together on a shelf or in a tray, even simple colorful glass, makes a more dramatic statement than if scattered around the house. 


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If you’re looking to add to your colorful glass bottle and vase collection, here are a few favorites available in stores and online.

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from top left: turquoise glass vase, $55, Horchow; green glass bottles, $25 set, Pier One; genie vase, $39, Wisteria; high neck bottle, $30, Terrain; isla hurricane, $85, Crate + Barrel; woodbine vase, $49, Crate + Barrel;


Do you collect or decorate with glass bottles in colorful hues at home? 



The blooming plants are beginning to show their color now that spring is in full swing. Once the fair weather is here for good, extend your living area outdoors by arranging seating on your deck or patio for lounging and entertaining into the evening hours.

Take a cue from nature’s colorful show and welcome it to your outdoor areas with brightly painted seating. A gathered grouping of colorful chairs provides a focal point and also a welcoming place to gather with friends and family.

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Outdoor spaces filled with color communicate “good times happen here”. Resist the temptation to be hum drum or play it safe with neutrals and welcome vivid hues for a vacation in your own backyard.

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Scatter colorful chairs all around your outdoor space to make the message clear, nothing formal happening here!

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In these modern times, colorful outdoor chairs are available in many styles, from casual European bistro chairs, to retro inspired shapes that evoke nostalgic memories from the 1960s, they also include American favorites like the classic Adirondack.

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Even rustic outdoor tables can benefit from a color injection and a mixed rather than matched set is aesthetically pleasing – find painted metal seating in various places from flea markets to retail stores.

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To add an dose of color to your backyard, here are twelve chairs guaranteed to bring instant flair to your alfresco space. 

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From top left: Kruger, $179, Crate + Barrel; Acapulco Chair, $250, Modern Lighting; Allweather, $229, Brookstone; Red Adirondack, $249, Pottery Barn; Metal Bistro, $198, The Garden Gate; Retro Tulip, $59, Amazon; Beulah Rocking Chair, $169; CB2; Bend Chair, $249, West Elm; NIcolett Stripe, $25, Target; Zuo Juju Set of 4, $605, Hayneedle; Ixtapa, $229, CB2; Cadiz, Set of Two, $99, World Market


How do you add color to your backyard spaces? With accessories? Spray paint? Colorful chairs like the ones above?



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