Month: April 2015

Turquoise & Beige Color Combination

April 28, 2015

A beautiful color combination I love together is beige and turquoise:

beige & turq bedroom

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All shades of turquoise work well with beige:

beige and turq


beige & turq room


Your pinky beige is immediately updated just by adding a few turquoise accessories:

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beige & turq den


beige & turquiose


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beige & turq rooms


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So, do you agree beige and turquoise is a beautiful color combination?

Hexagon Mosaic Tile

April 25, 2015

Looking to update your bathroom tile floors? For a beautiful timeless look, try Hexagon Mosaic Tile:



hex tile


Extremely popular right now is the Carrera Marble Hexagon Mosaic Tile:

carrera tile


This tile starts at a 1” size up to a 12” size. It is sold in hexagon pieces mounted on 12″ x 12″ mesh tile sheet.

For bathrooms, most people use 1″ or 2″ hexagon inside the shower, so that the floor is less slippery (more grout lines):

shower hex tile


shower hex


Another idea I have seen a lot of lately is hexagon tile on the floor with subway tile used on the wall:

hex floor


hex and subway


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I love the look! And not only for bathroom floors:

hex tile wall


hex wall


red and gray hex tile


Very amazing floor! What do you think of this kitchen backsplash?:

kitchen hex


Gorgeous! And a totally new look is mixing wood floors with hexagon tiles:

wood and hex tile


wood and hex


wood & hex tile


Very awesome, don’t you think? I think it is very unique and remarkable. Would you use this idea in your home?

Have a great weekend everyone!

Tiny Houses Movement

April 19, 2015

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A new generation of home buyers are opting for living simply in small places:

tiny house


Tiny houses are built on trailer platforms and are typically between one hundred and three hundred square feet.

tiny house loft


It fascinates me, this trend of extreme downsizing. The houses are adorable but they are so small!

tiny tree house


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People who live in tiny houses, or aspire to, appear to fall into one of three overlapping categories. The first consists of young people who see a tiny house as a means of owning a place while avoiding property taxes and maybe rent, since they can often find places to park their house free. The second group includes older men and women who have either sold or walked away from a house they couldn’t afford. A subset of this group is retired couples whose children are gone, and who want to live more simply.The third group is composed of people determined to live environmentally responsible lives––to live “lightly,” as they put it. source

tiny treehouse


That looks like my tree house in Costa Rica where I stayed for a week! That was really small.

tiny house interior


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They are so cute! I can’t help but watch “Tiny House Nation” on DIY Network. HGTV also has a show helping homeowners find the tiny house of their dreams called, “Tiny House Hunters”.

tiny house hgtv


tiny interior


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Wow. Don’t you think they are fascinating? God bless them. They are definitely making the world a better place for our future generations. Do you know anyone that lives in a tiny house? To give you an idea how popular small is growing; This weekend’s two-day conference is sold out at the Holiday Inn near the Portland Airport:


Some of the Tiny Houses on display at the Tiny House Conference in Portland, April 18, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

Revere Pewter With Oak Cabinets?

April 16, 2015

A reader recently wrote asking if I thought Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter paint color works well with oak cabinets. Here is a nice example I found on Houzz:

oak cabinets


I think it works very well in the room above which has the oak cabinets. Since I could not find other photos online, I took my large color sample to see how it looked with the lighter stained wood:

revere and oak

revere and oak 2

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I think Revere Pewter and the light wood work well together. The green undertone in the paint and the yellow undertone in the wood are playing very nice together. I also like the combination of Revere Pewter with the darker stained wood:


revere and wood

revere and wood2

One reason I have always loved Revere Pewter is because it is such a versatile and adaptable color. If you have noticed, a room that has been painted in Revere Pewter and the room has a lot of sunlight, the walls will read more gray. In lower lit rooms, the  Revere Pewter walls take on more of a beige color:

gray revere pewter


beige revere pewter


And another big reason that I love Revere Pewter is because it works with most all other colors. Such a perfect color! So yes, Diane, I think Revere Pewter works well with oak cabinets. But be sure to sample in your lighting! Such an important step because the paint color will look different in the day and the night lighting and you want to be sure you love both!


Excessive Architectural Details

April 13, 2015

Sometimes a good thing can be overdone. That’s what I found when I visited a model home this past week in Sarasota, FL. The designer had used quite a bit of molding to stage the home: model dining room In my opinion, it is a little too much in the room above. Maybe if the high wall treatment and the trey ceiling were not both done so ornate. Do you agree? Or do you like how the room looks with all of the molding? Interesting to hear your thoughts. I love the color choices.  (I do think they should have put a little more budget into the window treatments as they are quite thin now. I would suggest much fuller panels to help soften up the room.) What do you think of this decorative fence in the bedroom?: fence I think it is creative, but is it an accident waiting to happen? Especially in a boy’s room. I can just see my son Kyle when he was young. He would try to pull them off the wall and probably poke his eye! I do think this molding width and height is a bit too big and bulky for this room: blue bedroom I do love architectural molding! I am just pointing out what is not working in these examples. As I am going through the pictures I took at the model home, I am having a hard time not critiquing for you. This was not how the blog started. I am showing you examples of molding not done correctly and not pleasing in the room. What do you think of the molding in this bedroom?: sarasota master I do like the color combination. One of my most popular posts ever was Creating Architectural Details. It is about a reader who shared her spectacular and original architectural design with us using molding: Kathleen Now this is molding done right. Just beautiful! She did a  great job making the room unique. This is a good example of good architectural design. In that post I displayed many photos of rooms where the molding was done right. One more photo of molding I do not find appealing: mirrored molding I think the wall would have been much prettier left alone without the molding. And if you where wondering if these photos are all from the same house, yes they are. Too much or just right? These comments are all my opinion. They may not be shared by all. Thanks for stopping by!

Peek Into Nina’s New Living Room

April 7, 2015

nina after

I have been working with Nina in her new home for a couple months now. This was her living room when she first moved in:

nina before

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Such a beautiful home! It has been such a pleasure working with her. We kept her sofa, wing back chair, and coffee table to use in the room. The walls are painted with Ben Moore Edgecomb Gray HC-173 and Revere Pewter HC-173 in the cubby.

This is her design board we have put together so far:

nina design board

And here is a little peek of her new living room:

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nina after2

Nina is so pleased! She will send more pictures as items arrive and I will share with you. Did I mention this is an online design plan? Every purchase has been made online with free shipping. What do you think so far?