Cheap date night with tapas and tile!


Last Thursday, Porcelanosa had a grand opening party for their new showroom. One of the perks of my job is that my vendors have events from time to time – there is always good food, music and drinks. We get a babysitter and have a cheap date night out! It’s always fun! Porcelanosa is a Spanish company, so the party served tapas and had Spanish music and dancers for entertainment.


This grand opening party had more guests than any other vendor event I’ve been to. Guest were very chic, too! I tell you, designers are some stylish people – there was fashion inspiration everywhere! I learned a new thing or two!


I really like Porcelanosa tile – I haven’t used it yet, but I’m going to get more familiar with it. The store manager made me a sample kit a few weeks ago with a bunch of pretty gray and white tiles. Porcelanosa has a more contemporary European feel, which is just gorgeous in the right situation.  Here’s a pretty gray and white bathroom with Porcelanosa tile. That’s an impressive shower, isn’t it?



I like the texture of this tile running vertically. It’s a nice way to add interest while still keeping with white tile (you know how I love a white backsplash!)
Here’s another gray and white bathroom. I like the soft variation of grays in the wall tile.



Here’s another bath with this textured tile. It’s pretty obvious I like this tile, isn’t it? Do you think you could use textured tile in your home?





Spa like retreat – green glass bathroom



Here is a bathroom that I recently finished. The existing bathroom was white, but it had 80s finishes  – it was brass, but not in a good way. My clients wanted a bathroom that was not white, and they wanted it to have a spa-like feel.




There are two vanities facing each other – one about 72″ and the other one is 36″. Guess which one belongs to the wife? 😉




My clients fell in love with carrara marble and had to have it on the counters. It’s so pretty, isn’t it? I love the floor tile they picked- it works so well with the cabinets and marble. We did a 1/3 offset running bond pattern for the floor. I love the sweet little knobs on the vanity – I’m so glad we didn’t go with any pulls – this is so elegant.








Doesn’t the glass tile feel like sea glass? It’s so pretty in person.




Isn’t this shower amazing? It’s about the size of my whole bathroom! It’s huge!!!!




Wouldn’t you love to use this shower everyday – it’s like a spa retreat in your home!



Cathedral Tour of Homes


This past Sunday, my mom and I went on the Cathedral Tour of Homes, which is a part of St. Philip’s Cathedral’s charitable fundraising efforts. There is a week-long antiques show and two tours of homes. The previous Sunday was the tour of “starter homes.” I put that in quotes because the starter homes are nicer than the homes of most people I know!!! They were really pretty and all of them obviously used a decorator. I didn’t take any pictures because I feel weird posting someone’s private home without their permission. Big trends I saw were gray walls and colorful accents through fabric. Monogramming and colorful trim on pillows was big, too.


I am sooooooo lucky that my favorite home from the tour this past Sunday has already been published, and I can post the photos. These are great photos, but they just are not the same as walking through this house. This house is so well done, down to the tiniest detail. It is the home of Michael Ladisic, a luxury home builder, his wife and four daughters. It is decorated by designer Sherry Hart, who has the hilarious blog, Design Indulgence.  She is so talented. Everything in this house is so pretty. What my mom and I liked is that this is obviously a VERY high-end home, but it still feels welcoming and not precious, even though only the finest materials are used everywhere.


This is the front entrance. I love how steel doors and windows are used everywhere.


The light fixtures used throughout are just gorgeous.


Look at that light fixture! I love how Sherry kept it traditional with an edge. Love the details like the ceiling and the wood nook.

Isn’t the brass edging on the coffee table pretty?



As you walk past the formal living room, you come into the dining room. I love the muted colors in here. If you were standing here, right behind you is the bar. Check out those stairs. They are pretty, but I would have to change those. I am not a fan of heights, and it was not fun walking up those stairs and feeling like you are going to fall through them!



Here’s the bar area.  Notice the brass details. It’s hard to see in the picture, but the molding on the outside of the bar is edged in brass. Look how pretty the tiles are around the window. I love the color of the paint, too. Too sexy!


You can see the brass edging the trim here. The amount of attention to detail in this house is just crazy. It’s so gorgeous.


Here is another view looking into the formal living room. LOVE the french doors!!! The views from this house are really nice. The lot is not terribly big, but the backyard is done up nicely with a pool, pool house and two little outbuildings that house a shed and a bathroom. The landscaping, of course, is well done. If I remember correctly, these doors look out to a courtyard.





Once you walk through the dining room you come into this kitchen. Just incredible. It’s hard to tell from the pictures, but the tile on the back wall is incredible. It looks like handmade tile – it’s in this gorgeous light gray color. Do you see the wood bar with the waterfall sides? It’s movable. You can totally take it off the island. I don’t know if there is a functional reason for having it movable, or if it was just done to look nice? Maybe you can move it and use it to hold food when you are having a party? Don’t you think the homeowners love to entertain with a house like this?  If you look to the right of the kitchen you see two built-in fridges. When you walk between them, you enter the butler’s pantry.



Here is looking into the butler’s pantry. The windows look onto the backyard. Love that David Hicks pendant! I love the bold use of color, too! How many of us are brave enough to use deep red like that? I think if you are of means to have such a fabulous house, you can take more risks with the colors of your cabinets. I would imagine, for these homeowners, if they get sick of the red, it’s not a big deal to change the cabinets out, or have them painted. For most of us, though, we will renovate our kitchen once. That’s why I think for the most part, sticking with neutrals is best. Even though I LOVE this kitchen!


On the other side of the kitchen is the family room. The doors open out to the back yard. The door to the left of the fireplace goes to the master bedroom. Look at the trim on the wing chair. Like I said, the attention to detail is just stunning. Love how Sherry brings nature in with the wood side table. And those pillows – aren’t they just gorgeous!!! Like I said before, it’s obvious this is a really nice house, but it doesn’t feel fussy or formal – it’s decorated with the finest of things, but it feels very welcoming and approachable.

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Here is the patio (I think loggia is more accurate) right outside the family room. We have great weather 9 months of the year in Atlanta – if this were my house, I would be spending all of my time here. I can totally see Parker hanging out here on a Sunday, with the fire going and golf on tv!




This is a little coffee bar in the family room. It feels so glamorous to me with that marble and those brass strips. Incredible! Isn’t it so pretty? It has a bit of a French vibe to me.




Here is the master suite. The barrel vaulted ceiling is just incredible. The wood on it really warms it up. The french doors look out to the back yard. If you look closely, you can see one of the two little houses in the back yard that house a shed and a bathroom. I love how serene this room is – Sherry did a beautiful job of carrying the neutrals and soft blue throughout the house. Wouldn’t you love this retreat?




Here is the back yard. The two little buildings are to the right.




Here is the master bath. The window behind the tub looks into the shower. The window behind the shower looks onto the back yard and has NO window treatments. My mom and I were crammed into the shower with a bunch of older ladies examining the window trying to find out if there was some fancy way they get privacy. Like maybe there is a screen that comes down between the panes of glass. I thought maybe it is one of those windows that has some gas that comes out between the panes to create privacy. We couldn’t find anything. I asked the docent about it and she said there is no window treatment. Hmmm….hopefully their neighbors don’t have a direct view!!!




This was just a spectacular home – everything was truly amazing. I feel so fortunate that I was able to see it in person – there are so many details that you see in real life that you may not see in photos.  My favorite thing about this house (obviously!) is the details – the brass trim, the trim on the pillows, the tile.  What do you like best about this house?

Progress on the Penthouse

We are almost finished with the Penthouse remodel. We should be done with phase two next week. All of the stone has been installed – we did travertine in the two bathrooms and statuary marble in the kitchen.

You can see a bit of the stone here in the backsplash. This was a vessel sink the owners already had that they wanted to use. We picked oil rubbed bronze finishes to coordinate. The sconces are going to be mounted through the mirror frame. You can see where the guys drew the outline of the frame on the wall.


Here’s another bathroom. The stone is protected, so you can’t see it. We used a Brizo wall faucet and a pretty sink. My client loves vessel sinks. I’m in love with that faucet. Too sexy!


The guys have tiled all of the floors and they started on an accent wall of tile in the dining area that we added. They finished the kitchen backsplash and the white glass tile is tha’ bomb! It looks so gorgeous. I think it’s the bling in the kitchen along with the faucet.



This is my favorite faucet right now – the Delta Trinsic. It looks as great in a traditional kitchen as a modern one. Check out the marble – we keep it protected, so you can only see a little, but isn’t it pretty? Isn’t that sink awesome? I love the sharp corners.


I am just in love with this tile. It’s so pretty. We will be done soon – I can’t wait to see it finished and all cleaned up!



Bring the exotic into your home – cement tile floors

I’ve never been to Morocco, but I’ve always wanted to go there. I love the blend of French and North African cultures. What Morocco is known for is the tile work – it’s absolutely gorgeous. About the closest I have come to experiencing the feel of Morocco is when we went on our honeymoon to Istanbul – there is some incredible tile work there in the mosques. I can only imagine how gorgeous it is in Morocco!


A trend I’ve noticed lately in design is Moroccan-style cement tiles in bathrooms and kitchens. For some inspiration, here is Yves St. Laurent’s Marrakech home which is a Moroccan dream. Isn’t the design just beautiful?


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Here is a beautiful bathroom that brings in a bit of the exotic in the floor. I love the gray variations of the tile. It’s a pretty traditional look with the woodwork and the tub – I feel like the brass and the tile glam it up.


Here is a room by Steven Gambrel – I love the geometric quality of the print on the tile. It almost feels like a rug. Really pretty. Yes, Steven Gambrel is a master!

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I LOVE this kitchen – the dark gray/black cabinets are so glamorous. The brass accents and the floor are so fresh. This feels very California cool.



I love the floor in this bathroom – it feels very much like an ikat. I like how it feels organic and still very modern. I’m not totally sold on the cement look walls. I think it competes a bit with the floor pattern. What do you think?



This floor almost feels like an oriental rug to me, which works so well with the vintage feel of the bathroom. Love the dark grout on the wall tile.


The perfect California patio – I can see spending lots of time out here. What do you think, are Moroccan tiles a go, or a no?


Something pretty…

I’ve been crazy busy this week – I’m sure you have been too! The holidays seem to be a time accelerator, right? I have a post written about my Christmas decorations, but each afternoon I’ve been getting home just past twilight when there is no light for photos. I normally get home at 3:30, but this week it’s been more like 4:00 or 4:30.

So, I leave you with some inspiration photos for current projects. This week, I started working on a basement reno for a 1930’s house. My clients want to create a “rumpus room” for their three boys where they can play air hockey, video games and be generally loud, as boys will. Having three boys myself, I am intimately aware of how energetic boys can get – we call ourselves the Loud Family!

My  client loves shiplap and brick – these are some of our inspiration photos. Isn’t this such a charming mudroom? With three boys we have wayyyyyy more stuff than this – maybe you could just super-size the idea?



LOVE the basket weave pattern of the brick below – gorgeous!



I love how this entry has an equestrian feel. The herringbone pattern of the floor is spectacular. Love the contrast of the bell jar lamps and the rough beams.



I’m also working on a master bath reno. The clients want a spa-like serene feeling. They are going to have a shower with frameless glass and a heated soaker tub. Counters are going to be carrara and the floors will be a soft grayish white 12×24 tile.

This is very similar to the layout of the shower and soaker tub we are doing:


This is my inspiration photo for the style we are going after:



Wouldn’t you love to heat up this tub and soak your cares away?

Getting ready for the holidays…

My handy husband installed our new microwave and garbage disposal this week. They both pooped out at the same time, and we were without them for about two weeks. You really don’t notice how much you use a microwave until you don’t have one! I kept going to our prep sink by habit, but couldn’t use it because there was no drain. We gave our old garbage disposal to our metal recycling guy, Clarence, before we got our new one, so there was no drain for awhile. I had to stick a piece of paper in the sink so I wouldn’t turn the faucet on.


Aren’t those flowers pretty? I got them from Trader Joe’s for something like $4. I also got my boxwood wreath from TJ’s on the same trip. If you don’t get them right when they come in, the boxwood wreaths will be gone – they fly off the shelves. Here it is on my back door. I need to make a bow for it – maybe something rustic? These sconces used to be on the front of the house and we moved them back here. I still haven’t ordered sconces for the front. I need to get on it!


When I was deciding about which microwave to get, I was on the fence whether I would get a Whirlpool or Frigidaire. I asked my rep at Ferguson which is better -she said they are both good, but the Frigidaire has a larger capacity. Decision made! I got the Frigidaire because I like being able to put a 9×13 casserole dish in there.

For the garbage disposal, I upgraded to the Insinkerator Pro 880 because we use our prep sink all the time. I’m so glad we will have it in time for Thanksgiving. We do a big meal, and we will work that garbage disposal for sure!


Even though we are getting into the holiday season, things are still cooking along with work. The penthouse phase one is almost done. Here are the pulls on the master bath drawers – aren’t they sexy?



Here is the master bath vanity. I love how the sconces turned out. Sinks are by Kohler.


The cabinet doors came in Friday. I’m going Monday to see it finished, I can’t wait!


Didn’t the fireplace wall turn out gorgeous? Love this tile.


Here is the custom cabinetry in the master. This will hold art and art books. Notice the crown and ceiling are the same color as the wall and cabinetry. We did everything in Sherwin Williams Accessible beige. The walls and cabinetry have the 100% formulation. The trim is 50% and the ceiling is 25%. I’m really glad my clients decided to do this. They have a very colorful art collection, and I think this neutral background will make the art pop.


This project has been so fun to work on. I love a shaker kitchen with black or marble counters as much as the next person. But, I have to say, it’s been really fun to work on a different, non-shaker project. Even though my style is pretty traditional, I love contemporary, and I’m itching to bring some into my home.