Archive for September, 2014

Is It OK to Choose a Theme for a Kids’ Bathroom?

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Sometimes it can be difficult to figure out how to design a child’s bathroom. In these cases, sometimes themes can be a good option because they let you pull together a cohesive room with a built in palette of colors. While themes are always a great choice for playrooms and bedrooms, however, some people hesitate a little more in the bathroom. After all, it’s a little more difficult to swap out tile if a theme becomes outgrown. Therefore when choosing a theme for a kid’s bathroom, consider one that can be timeless or that can grow with your child.

Timeless Bathroom Themes

Timeless themes work well in bathrooms everywhere. Best of all, they are nearly universally liked so they are less likely to hurt resale than a princess-themed bathroom. The key to using a timeless theme is to bring in non-permanent decorative items that can help make it fun for the kids that you can pack up later. Some theme ideas include:

The beach: Use sandstone, limestone, and textured porcelain tiles along with sea glass and shell accents. Make it fun with beach pails and framed dried starfish and shells

The pond: Use green, yellow, and blue colors and include tiles shaped like cat tails, reeds, frogs, turtles, and fish. Make it fun with lots of rubber toy animals that look like they belong there

Grow With Them Themes

If you want a theme that is more personal to your kids, beware of falling into the trap of what their particular interests are now. Instead, make the theme more general and a little wider, incorporating more favorite colors into a theme that relies more on pictures, wall art, and vinyl accents than on tile and fixtures.

For example, Mad Scientist is a fun theme filled with lime green, orange, and red “experiment” colors that can be complemented by test tubes and pipettes that can be removed as they get older. Then, the colors by themselves become the theme of a more sophisticated room.

Remember that while themes are always a fun idea, that kids do grow and tastes change. Keep this in mind when designing your bathroom and have a little fun with the space.

The Difference between Travertine and Limestone Tiles

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Chemically speaking, there is little to no difference between travertine and limestone tile. They are both made up primarily of calcite, and both are sedimentary stones that have not yet been subjected to the heat and pressure that will metamorphose them into marble. That’s where the similarities end between the two stones, however. In fact, many people feel that the two materials are more different than alike.

Origins

While travertine and limestone are chemically similar and are both sedimentary rocks, the places they developed were radically different and helped to shape their appearance.

Limestone was typically formed in shell reefs. This means that often limestone tile is studded with small fossils, pieces of shell, and the impressions of small sea creatures. Some limestone such as Café Pinta are extremely fossil studded with numerous pieces of shell showing through the tile, while other limestone such as Lagos Azul only rarely show shells in its makeup.

Travertine was formed deep inside rapidly-cooling hot springs. There are few if any fossils present in the material, and instead what are visible are the many different holes, channels, and paths that the cooling water vapor used to escape the forming stone. This presents itself as numerous holes of varying sizes on the surface of cut travertine.

Basic Appearance

Both travertine and limestone are fairly limited in color, both ranging primarily in the gray, cream, tan, and brown families. There are some extreme color differences, though, with a very bright red travertine and some shades of green limestone.

Most limestone is too soft to hold a high polish, and therefore the stone is usually found either honed or tumbled.

Travertine also may be too soft to hold a high polish often, but regardless of whether it is honed or tumbled it still has multiple holes in its surface. These holes are either filled with epoxy at the factory to give it a smoother look, or they are filled at time of installation for a more rustic appearance.

Overall, limestone has a softer, more transitional appearance than travertine, which has a more rustic style. Both stones make beautiful additions to any home, however, regardless of choice.

Anniversary Sale!

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How to decorate with T-shirts

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It seems like every time you turn around, a new t-shirt is in your closet or laundry. Perhaps you purchase them regularly, or maybe you’re the just the unassuming recipient of wearable promotional giveaways. No matter the source, t-shirts are part of the American way of life. They are worn frequently, and some are even treated with the greatest of care.  Yet, all t-shirts reach a point at which they need to be retired. But what if you absolutely love the shirt and don’t want to throw it away? It might have sentimental value, or monetary value as a collectable. If so, don’t stash it away in a dark drawer where you can’t enjoy it. Use it as part of your home décor! Here  is a list of some shirts that you might have lying around:

  • High school and/or College teams
  • Professional sports teams
  • Concerts and shows
  • Luxury labels or popular brands
  • Promotional swag handed out by vendors
  •  Themed or graphic tees
  • Vacation souvenirs

Hopefully our list motivated you to dig through the drawers, and we bet you found more shirts than you thought. Now, what to do with them:

  • Cut them at them to size, sew three seams, insert a throw pillow, and sew up the fourth seam
  • Purchase a glass-encased memorabilia frame and permanently mount the shirt and hang it on the wall
  • Gather as many of them as necessary and sew an amazing memory quilt
  • For something avant-garde, buy a torso-up clothes mannequin and put a different shirt on it every week or month (you can add accessories too!)
  • Use photographs related to the t-shirt to create a multi-media collage. For instance, if you have a souvenir shirt from your summer vacation, cut off the arms and collar, stretch it over foam board, and pin your vacation photos to the board.

There are numerous options for repurposing your t-shirts, and we’re pretty sure we only mentioned of few. If none of our ideas quite fit your vision, use them as inspiration to think outside of the box and come up with something innovative on your own. If you do, please return to our blog and tell us what you devised!

Using Chalkboard Paint

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Add some functionality to your kitchen, kids’ bedrooms, or playroom with a little chalkboard paint. This versatile material can be quickly added to any wall in your home to turn it into an instant useable chalkboard.

What Is Chalkboard Paint?

Chalkboard paint is a black, latex paint that goes smoothly onto wood, drywall, previously painted surfaces, and some laminates. When it dries, it can be used exactly like a regular chalkboard – you can color and write on it, then wipe it clean with a damp cloth to write on it again.

Uses for Chalkboard Paint

Once you get started with a can of chalkboard paint, you may be surprised at all the various uses you find for it. These are just a few of the things you can do with this paint inside your home.

Make a Kitchen Chalkboard Wall

Paint a large chalkboard onto a wall in your kitchen and you now have a place to write down grocery lists, menu ideas, and notes to family members. It’s also a fun place to play impromptu games of tic-tac-toe while you wait for dinner, and to teach small children their letters and numbers.

Make a Chalkboard Cabinet

If you like the idea of a chalkboard in your kitchen, but don’t want to take up a whole wall, consider a chalkboard cabinet. Paint the panel of a cabinet either on the outside or inside of the door. An outside panel can be used to decorate with seasonal drawings or to write that evening’s menu, while an inside panel makes a convenient place to put a shopping list or hidden notes to family members.

Chalkboard Wainscoting

Encourage your kids to draw on the walls by making some wainscoting out of chalkboard paint in a bedroom or playroom. Just paint the lower half of a wall with the chalkboard paint and top it with a chair rail. Keep pieces of chalk handy on the chair rail, and your kids now have a place to draw to their hearts’ content. When they outgrow the chalkboard wall, a coat of primer will cover it up and you can paint it in an attractive accent color to match the rest of the room.

Components of a Tuscan Kitchen

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Tuscan style kitchens are beautiful and comfortable, evoking the hills, colors and style of Tuscany. No matter where you live, you can bring some of that beauty and style to your kitchen by using a few of these decorating ideas.

Tuscan Colors

The rich colors of Tuscany are the inspiration for the Tuscan kitchen theme. The colors of the hills, sky, plants, and buildings are what show up again and again throughout the Tuscan kitchen.

When choosing your palette, look for sun-kissed colors such as:

  • Apricot
  • Gold
  • Ochre
  • Olive green
  • Sky blue
  • Pumpkin

You can also choose materials that embody these colors as well, such as terracotta tiles for the floor or limestone for the backsplash. This helps ensure that the entire room stays cohesive. Remember to use the contrasting cool colors – blue and green – as accents to make them pop out against the warm background.

Tuscan Materials

Using natural materials whenever possible will help pull your Tuscan kitchen together. In addition to terracotta and limestone, consider incorporating the following into your kitchen design:

  • Natural wood for the cabinets, ceiling beams, soffit, table or floors
  • Wrought iron
  • Marble, granite, or soapstone for the countertops
  • Glass either as cabinet inserts or accents
  • Clay pottery for display
  • Linen, burlap, and cotton for curtains, dish towels and other fabrics in the room
  • Copper as a farmhouse sink, cabinet pulls, or faucet finish

Tuscan Accents

While the colors and materials that you use will primarily envoke the Tuscan theme, if you want to take it a step further, use accents scattered throughout the kitchen such as:

  • Wine, grape, vineyard, or olive themed tiles, backsplash, or decorations
  • Terracotta pots
  • Fresh mediterranean herbs growing on the window sills
  • Wall art that displays scenes from the hills and homes of Tuscany

Warm Up Your Kitchen

The end result of your Tuscan kitchen will be a warm and inviting space that makes visitors feel cozy and right at home. Decorate your kitchen in the Tuscan style and create a welcoming environment there.

Ideas for a Wine and Grape Themed Kitchen

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Make your kitchen more interesting with a theme – some type of cohesive element or image that can be used throughout the space for easy decorating. Wine and grapes make a great theme for many kitchens that use Tuscan and Mediterranean styles and colors. They also work well for wine enthusiasts looking for ways to incorporate some of their collection and passion into the kitchen. Thankfully there are many great ways you can easily incorporate this theme into your kitchen seamlessly.

Backsplash Mural

There are several different ways you can create a decorative backsplash that incorporates your theme. One of these ideas provides a great way to get some detail into the kitchen:

  • A mosaic wine bottle or grape mural over your range
  • Three-dimensional relief tiles in grapes and vines incorporated into your tile pattern
  • Hand painted tiles that piece together to form a larger picture of vineyards, vines, grapes, or wine bottles

Stencils and Paint

If you want some detail that’s a little more subtle than a tile backsplash, consider stenciling some vines, grape leaves, or grapes onto either your soffit, the upper portion of your cabinets, or the area where your wall meets the ceiling around the room. Because you need to look up to view them, this makes the effect a little softer. It’s also easier to change if you want a new look.

Built Ins

If you have a wine collection or a wine cellar, consider bringing some of it upstairs and putting it on display. Build a rack or mini “cellar” into a portion of your kitchen, and use it to showcase your favorite wines. Add some decorative glasses, and maybe even incorporate some natural stone such as slate that will complement the colors of the bottles. Consider putting a niche lined with stone into the kitchen with a wine fridge inside it. Complete the look by filling it with your favorite wine elements to create a small “wine cave,” capturing the interest and attention of anyone that walks in.

Accessories

Finish your wine and grape themed kitchen with several appropriate accessories such as pottery, towels, plates, and pot holders. Mix in some green and purple solids with the themed items to keep it from being overwhelming, and watch your kitchen come to life.

Selecting the Perfect Coffee Table

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Coffee tables get a lot of use, making them an important part of any living or family room design. They also take up a prominent position within the room itself, which makes their shape and size as important as their use. When you select a new coffee table for your home, take the time to consider these different factors to find the best fit for the room.

Size

Coffee tables can come in a many different sizes. It’s important that you measure your sofa carefully from end to end when it’s time to start shopping for the coffee table. Ideally, the table should take up about 3/4 of the length of the couch. Any larger than this and it becomes harder to navigate around it to sit down. Any smaller and it makes it more difficult for people sitting on either end of the couch to reach it.

When considering the width or depth of the coffee table, pay attention to the overall size of the room. Large, square coffee tables work well in big, open floor plan spaces that have a lot of room to walk around in, but that same coffee table would simply get in the way in a small room.

Take a sheet of cardboard and lay it on the floor as if it were the coffee table and try walking to all the areas of the room around it. When it begins to get in the way, scale back a bit; this is the largest size coffee table you should purchase for your space.

Style

The shape and style of your coffee table should be consistent with the overall interior design you have in the room. If the rest of your furnishings have very clean lines, an ornate table would look out of place, for example. Therefore, try to follow the look of the other furnishings; curves go with curves and straight lines with straight lines. This way even if the coffee table isn’t a perfect match for the rest of the room, it still blends well.

Put some thought into your coffee table purchase. The right piece will make the rest of your room flow better and add an extra spark to your space.