Tile Obsessions

Doing what I do, it is only natural to be looking at tile all the time. Here are some tiles that I have found and can’t stop drooling obsessing looking at. This first one, I found while scanning for red, white and blue tiles a few weeks back.

gold-verdigris-dip-tile

These tiles are so cool, they can be installed as shown above, running in a vertical pattern, or mixed with other tiles from the same collection. Click here for more on these gold verdiris tiles.

Second, these terrapin silver-metal tiles would make a great backsplash for your kitchen or add a great focal point to any laundry room. Click over to the tile bar for more.

Terrapin silver metal tile

Third, I love the soft yet graphic nature of these pretty patterned tiles from Mosaic House. Click here for more info and to see how they look in different colorways.

Mosaic House Tile

What trends have you been loving in tile lately?

5 on Friday|Ready for the Weekend!

Some weeks, the weekends are just more exciting than others.

JC Project Eats

1.This weekend, if you are in New Jersey, driving/train-ride distance to Jersey City, you should stop by! Right outside the town hall there will be LOADS of food, drinks and good times, for Project Eats Food Festival.

2. My Seattle Mariners are in town this weekend playing the Yankees, so P & I are headed out to the game on Sunday and will be clad in opposing teams’ gear. I love going to ballgames, it is always such a good time!

Also this weekend is the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. (I must’ve watched their Instagram post about it on repeat for 15 minutes yesterday.) Here are my picks:

3. Fashion Accessories: What woman doesn’t love a good handbag?! I was in a car accident back in early April, and ever since I’ve been looking for a small cross body-bag is stylish but that won’t weigh me down. These three are perfect. (Left to Right: Vince Camuto “Baily” in Roebuck, Kate Spade “Cedar Street-Monday” in Rose Jade, Rebecca Minkoff “Mini 5-Zip” in Latte.)

The second row is filled with over-sized scarves that look so cozy they’re making me itch for autumn. Classy enough to wear to work, cozy enough to nap in and perfect for jet-setting. What’s not to love? (L to R: Halogen Cashmere Travel Wrap, Halogen Brushed Floral Print Wrap, BP Geo Print Poncho.)

4. For the home, I’ve selected linens & entertaining pieces.

If you have been reading DBK for any length of time, you may already know that I am a bit of a linen snob. I love lush and decadent linens. Any of these would be great to update your master bedroom or refresh a guest bedroom. The bedding on the left is a reversible duvet set, solid either navy or grey on one side, patterned on the other, perfect to get you through the whole year! The sheet sets are simple, lux and cozy. The Creamsicle colored throw is the perfect way to add in a pop of color and texture to any bed or seating. Lastly, it’s always nice to have some decorative patterned towels to mix in with the solid ones, this option comes in a variety of colors to fit perfectly with any scheme.

In addition to my love for linens, I love to entertain. Hosting friends for anything from brunch to dinner, drinks to game night should be a treat, and with the right serving pieces, you can make prepping for any gathering less of a chore. I love these mason jar style serving pitchers, and they pair perfectly with monogrammed mason jars (with straws)! It doesn’t get much easier than topping off a pitcher and letting your guests help themselves! Copper Moscow Mule mugs make the perfect vessel for everything from it’s refreshing namesake to a hot buttered rum in the Fall, no bar cart should be without them!

5. When we aren’t busy shopping, eating, or rooting for the away team, I’m going to be perusing through our new travel books, purchased on Prime Day, they should be arriving today, and if there is one thing I love more than cozy linens and a scarf made for jet-setting, it’s layering on that scarf, crawling into that bed with a glass of wine and a travel book, dreaming about destinations afar.

What are your plans this weekend? Will you be shopping or heading out to any fairs or festivals? Or maybe just grabbing a book and heading to the beach? Whatever you are doing, I hope you get your fill and enjoy the weekend!

Dressing Room Details

Last week, I shared a dressing room in progress with the promise of more to come. So this week, while I await the final details to come together, I want to share with you the furnishing selections and accessory choices for the space.

For this space, offering a seating space –where she could sit to put her shoes on, or he could relax while she was finishing her make-up — was key. But I wanted the seating space to feel inviting enough to act as a place to escape when they just wanted to relax as well.

I had first wanted a settee or a chaise lounge, but for size and space reasons also considered chairs for the space.

Options 1 & 2 felt too linear for the space, like you would always have to sit in them with proper posture. Option 3 is a great shape and option 4 is a good style, though a bit too long and lean, but both were slightly out of reach for the budget on this space. Options 5 & 6 were perfectly relaxed but just a hair too long for the space, both coming in at a little more than five feet in length. Option 7 again, is a bit too straight, but the velvety texture makes up for that. And Option 8 was just right!

For the rugs, the option was to go shaggy or tufted for the texture and solid or patterned with the coloration. Here are the options we narrowed it down to:

The first option is a tonal shag, with a pattern that felt too large in scale both for the space and for the size of rug we would be getting. The second option was beautiful, but again, was just too large scale for the space. The third option, I really fell in love with everything about, but overall the pattern was a bit too abstract for the space we were putting together. The fourth option is shaggy in a super lux and silky texture, which fit perfectly with everything we were aiming for in the space.

The client found this great mirrored vanity for a steal, and we sourced this very similarly detailed stool to accompany the piece:

The last decorative pieces are the window treatments, art and accessories.

I found the art (Audrey|Chaplin) and immediately knew it was perfect for the space, well everything except the size. The prints were too wide! After much searching we found similar prints on art.com that have been ordered. The window treatments were narrowed down to these two options, and although the black and white had a great velvety texture, the silver was the right move for this space. I played around with a lot of pillow and throw options for about a month, online, in stores, you name it. But finally, the day the install started, I landed on the two options above while playing around at West Elm. We quickly decided that the first option would shed too much on clothes while getting ready and wasn’t worth the risk no matter how cozy. The alternate was a great way to incorporate the velvety texture I keep trying to bring into the space, the larger pillow nods to the paint color, while the smaller pillow keeps things feminine, and that throw is incredibly soft.

So, there you have it! Now for the last few little details to come in and we will be home free! Can’t wait to get them in there and finish the space so that I can photograph it and share it with you all!!

Inspiration D’La Féte Nationale

In case you missed it, yesterday was Bastille Day! Or La Féte Nationale as the French would say. So I thought it would be fun to share some fun French spaces for some inspiration!

Bastille Day Paris 2015

There are a lot of incredible things that we have gotten from the French: incredible artists, great fashions, delightful furnishings and interior styles and some really mouth-watering treats.

When I think of France, like a lot of people I’m sure, I think of the romantic imagery associated with Paris, along with the French countryside dotted with vineyards and seas of lavender. So in turn when I think of French decor, I think of cozy spaces, incredible chic traditional details and an overall dreamy quality. How does that equate to an actual interior scheme? Take a look:

Are you a fan of a French-inspired decor?

Image Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.

White Open Kitchen Reveal

I am currently in the midst of a kitchen that is wrapping up, and I was going to share some details of that space today, when I realized, I never shared the last kitchen with you here! It’s so beautiful, I can’t believe it didn’t get its time to shine! (Click on the images to expand view.)

White Open Kitchen

When I first walked into this space, there was a wall facing the front door, concealing the kitchen space from the living space. The plan was to open it up and achieve a better functioning kitchen space with ample storage and better sight lines through the main space.

And that is exactly what we did.

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For a look at where this project started, hop over to their work-in-progress post here, and to see more images of this kitchen, hop over to our Houzz project page for this space here.

Getting Closer

This quote is perfect. Everything in life is and should be about progress over perfection, and that is something that I am always trying to focus on. I try to sponge up all the lessons in life, absorb all the little things that I can learn from and grow. I strive everyday for progress, never perfection, because once you stop growing and progressing, there is nothing left to strive for.

Progress

This weekend, Brantley’s mood improved greatly, and he is feeling a lot better. The vet called back with his test results to let us know that nothing showed up in his labs, but that we should keep him on the meds and watch him over the course of the next week to monitor any changes.

Against All Grain

Also this weekend, I found a great (new to me) cookbook called “Against All Grain” by Danielle Walker. I basically read through it cover to cover on Sunday and can’t wait to start using the menu plans and the recipes from the book. Sunday, I also walked over to our local farmer’s market, so now we are stocked up with fresh local produce for the week. The rest of the weekend I cleaned house, worked through some client details and soaked up time with my boys. All in all, a great weekend! I’m feeling fully recharged and ready for the week ahead! Progress, every day!

Weekend Happenings

This week has been long and sleepless. It has been so good, but it has also been a little trying. I had a big fun project that is really starting to take shape this week (and taking sleep), and all the efforts really are oh-so worth it. Work at the office has also been very busy. This season is typically busy for us, but this week has felt especially hectic.

Brantley Bub July 2015

Our Brantley is feeling a little under the weather, and we took him to the vet today. He lost a little bit of weight, but I think it may just be normal weight fluctuation of a few pounds up and down. He had a little fever, and after a week of diarrhea they are running some tests to see what exactly is going on, but for now we have started him on some antibiotics to help get him back to normal. We should know more tomorrow, but it appears he has a little parasite.

All that said and done, I am ready to get home, change into some comfy clothes, poor a glass of wine and snuggle with my boys. This weekend, I’m hoping (but not holding myself to) to finish some little organizing projects around the house and organize some pictures for the blog. But mainly, I have one client pit stop to make tomorrow after I leave the showroom, and then once I park my car in Jersey City, I don’t want to even look at it until Monday morning–I can walk to anything that is of any real importance (farmer’s market, ice cream, maybe a picnic… )!

What’s on your docket for this July weekend? Isn’t it so nice to just enjoy some time at home with the ones you love?! I’m so looking forward to this much needed down time.

Greek Island Dreaming

As I’m sure everyone is well aware, Greece is having a major financial crash right now. Which means property is quickly becoming more and more affordable. P & I spent a week of our honeymoon on a Greek Island cruise, hopping from island to island, each stop more breathtaking than the last. It was one of the best weeks of my life.

That said, my bestie and I are trying to decide if it would be worth the investment to buy an adorable Greek Island home. Maybe rent it out to tourists for the bulk of the time to cover the mortgage when we aren’t at the house (and then cleaning and upkeep between visitors) and then have the most picturesque vacation home when we are there. The only question is, which house do we buy?!

Found in Santorini: (House 1|House 2)

Found in Mykonos: (House 1|House 2)

Found in the lesser known Cyclades: (Naxos House|Paros House)

Doesn’t look like it would be such a bad life, and certainly not a vacation to be frowned upon. That said, we would only have to each sell off all of our investments, cash out our retirement plans and drain our savings to make it happen in the ideal house and setting if we go in on it together. Totally doable, right??

So in all seriousness though, it’s not going to happen. But hey… a gal can dream. And just looking at all of these stunners, I can’t help but reminisce about our honeymoon… I really should go through all of our pictures from the trip and categorize them and do a little recap post to share on the whole trip. I cannot wait to go back.

Most images are watermarked with original source information, and the links next to the island location will link you back to the sale listing for each place, just in case you can’t live without a Greek Island getaway in your lifetime. Send me a postcard!

WIP|Dressing Room

One of the projects I am really excited about right now is a dressing room I’m working on for a great couple. The house is an older home with tiny existing closets, but at the top of the stairs to their second level, there is a larger bedroom to the left, the master, a bathroom directly across from the stairs, a linen closet next to the stairs on the right and a smaller bedroom on the end of the hall just past the linen closet.

A look at the exiting extra bedroom just after moving into the home:

Since they have two additional bedrooms on the first floor, we’ve decided to convert the second bedroom upstairs into a large walk-in closet, or dressing room, creating a full master suite upstairs. The room has stunning hardwood floors, an existing closet, and for resale purposes it may need to be converted back into a bedroom, so we are anchoring all of the shelving into the walls which can be patched and painted easily enough when the time comes.

Personally, I think that the dressing room would be an excellent sales feature on its own without being converted back, but resale won’t be for a while.

The first thing we did upon my first visit to the home was take a look at all of the shoes, clothing and handbags that they were hoping to house in the dressing room. I then needed to see the space. I took my measurements and hit the drawing boards.

I came up with two options for them in the space calculating the number of items each could potentially hold and presented each to them. To help them better envision how each would feel in the space, I measured out some of the key pieces and marked them with blue painters tape on the floor, and once we could all really see how the space would lay out, a plan was very easily selected.

From the plan, we began furnishing the space. The largest piece of the dressing room is obviously the cabinetry, which had a lot of research involved. Although similar in many ways, the cabinetry for closets are very different from kitchens and baths.

That said, we began looking into a happy medium between big-box stores and Ikea options which turned out not to be customizable enough to fully customizable cabinetry lines. We found our happy medium with a local shelving systems company, Bella Systems, who thus far has been a breeze to deal with.

It took some back and forth between all the parties involved to find the exact right use of space and components involved before we settled on the final layout (the above left floor plan) and placed our order. While we wait for the cabinetry to come in, we are working on selecting seating for the space, a new makeup vanity and coordinating stool, new jewelry storage, art/details for the walls and other accessories.

I promise to update with some selections soon and I can’t wait for this space to come together! It is going to be a dream for the homeowners and the envy of all of their friends and family (myself included)! All digitally created images provided by Bella Systems, some modifications have been made from these plans to fit the current plan moving forward… I can’t wait to share this space with everyone!

Red | White | Blue | Waffles

As promised (and sorry it is so late), here is our fun patriotic breakfast in honor of this past weekend!

Strawberry Blueberry Waffles 1For the 4th of July, I thought it would be fun to do a little red, white & blue breakfast, and I happened to find fresh strawberries and blueberries at the farmer’s market, so it was meant to be. I broke out the waffle maker and got to mixing!

I love blueberries mixed into waffles and pancakes, but I prefer the strawberries as a topping. If you haven’t tried roasting fruit, it’s a must-try, especially if you are entertaining. The flavor becomes very full bodied. For these strawberries, I simply cut them, sprayed them with coconut oil, mixed in some vanilla and popped them into the oven at 325 degrees. You will be able to smell when they are finished, but expect it to be around 20 minutes.

Once the waffles came out of the waffle maker, I just placed a few on plates, topped them with the roasted strawberries and voila, breakfast of champions. Such a great way to start the day. Not only is it a beautiful breakfast with all the colors, it is healthy and easy to make too!