Thursday, July 19, 2012

Cement Tiles As The New Subway Tile?


I'm sure you've stumbled across a subway tile kitchen back splash you've known and loved. Subway tile, to me at least, is becoming a been there, seen that sort of a material. But, as an affordable, appeal to the masses option, you can't get much better. This girl, however, is looking for a little more bing badda bang when it comes to a kitchen back splash, and I think cement tiles are going to give subway tiles a run for their money.

Over the past year, I've seen vintage cement tiles applied in more than one application. In a kitchen, in bars, and on a powder bathroom floor...the possibilities are endless. I really love these tiles because it achieves the graphic nature of some of the newest textiles, but still gives you that vintage French feel which I've long been a sucker for. And that, my friends, is when I realized my past and present got married and gave birth to a little bitty cement tile and that's the most successful procreation I've ever encountered. Well, besides Victoria and David Beckham. They're good at the procreation, too.

Here is an example of cement tile from Chateau Domingue used just as the backsplash behind the stove. This home was on the market here in Houston for some time and I always remember pulling up the listing and recognizing that gorgeous tile.

We've seen a lot of big, bold patterns in home and fashion textiles over the past few years and they don't seem to be getting anymore subtle. The colors in these tiles are subtle enough that they don't distract from the kitchen, but they're graphic enough that you keep looking around at other details. Magicalness.

Metiendo Vivendum
Here, the tile is used as flooring. Which makes me cry with joy.

Metiendo Vivendum

Because it's joyful what is happening here. I would prefer to actually sit on the floor in this dining nook. As close to the beauty as I possibly could.

Cement Tiles USA

And if you can't find this old luxury, you can always buy new...and I guess still incorporate a little subway tile into the equation too. Ain't nothin' wrong with that!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Itty Bitty Living Space

Via Aladdin

I'll be moving soon. To what I would like to consider the equivalent of the Genie's magic lamp. And basically the trickiest living room layout to ever exist...and I do this for a living, people.

I'll also be merging furniture with a mister. Thankfully, these pictures do not reflect any of Will's furnishings as these were the listing photos when Will bought the house.  

The living room has five door openings and a large bank of windows. Leaving me completely and utterly confused about how I'm going to remedy this situation. I'm really wanting to close up that door opening that leads into the kitchen, but the flow from living room to kitchen for a cocktail refill is a flow that is mighty important to this gal and guy team.

Clearly this living room layout was not working. On any level. Ever. But now, I completely understand their confusion. Because there is NO symmetry in this room which completely throws off my chi, harmony, sense of self, etc.
Everything Just Pure Lovely
So, to stop the nightmares, I've been doing my research. This layout is kind of how I have Will's living room all laid out right now. Furniture right when you walk in the room and I'm not sure how I'm feeling it. Especially because there's about seven feet of empty space behind where this sofa is. Which is FANTASTIC for dance parties, but not so much for utilizing the space to its fullest.


This little lassie intrigues me by how they have positioned the chairs. Clearly a pair, but offset, utilizing that tricky corner to the max.

Amy Meier

I'm now thinking I need two sofas. Because the man and I, we have friends. And we need a place for our friends to sit. Logistics, really. I can also tell I love these Schumacher Betwixt chairs. This living room has optimum seating capacity totaling ten (I like to four up on a sofa for cuddle sessions). Plus, it will give the room some serious symmetry in a room full of symmetry-less.

Decor Pad

I also really need to brighten things up with a fresh coat of paint and I plan on using a jazzy shade of white like Farrow & Ball's Strong White. I also need to skim coat every surface of this house. Another topic, another frustration, another blog post.

Ashley Goforth

This situation is what I've been thinking about the most. The sofas are slightly offset, which would work famously for the offset wall and for the large wall of windows facing the front yard. We have no fireplace, just like this room, and will need a place for Will's Fiat sized TV.

Pereira Associates

Playing off the facing sofa layout, I also desperately need storage. Apparently people in the 1950s only owned five shirts, three pots, one pan, and no crap. I, on the other hand, have lots of the crap. And crap that I really can't part with. Therefore, I'm thinking I need to build some bookshelves and maybe some secret storage on the bottom.

Jamie Mears

And to top it all off, I've decided that we need a place to eat in this room. Because if you read my post on Paloma's blog, you know that I eat dinner in front of the TV. I would like to eat semi-dignifiedly (that's a word) and maybe create a dining scenario in our living scenario.

So, there you have it. The biggest question mark to ever face my life. Now, go. Go and draw me the perfect living room layout. The universe will reward you for your good deed.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Admitting You Have a Problem Is The First Step...

...and friends, I have a problem. I am addicted to Pinterest. I would like to say it's affecting my relationships, and it is, but only positively.

I mean, I'm becoming a better chef...


my nails are cuter colors...


my hair is getting all sorts of creative....


and my wedding, well, my wedding board is out. of. hand.

Is it normal to have 582 (and counting) ideas for one event? Mind you, an event that will be taking place in 450 days? I keep saying that I have no idea how brides planned a wedding before Pinterest but it sure does make things confusing for an indecisive bride. Can't I just have 4 different weddings? Mom?

What is your favorite use for Pinterest? Send me your link and I'll follow you!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

La Dolce Vita: Anatomy of a Home - Breakfast Room

Tobi Tobin, Lonny Magazine

 Since I last deserted you, my loyal stalkers, I've started a series over at La Dolce Vita with the sweet Paloma Contreras. I'm blogging about each room in the house and little tips (really just jokes) on how to make a house a home. This week I'm blogging about breakfast rooms. But read my back articles about the foyer, kitchen, dining, powder bath and formal living room.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Watson Wednesday: 49 in Dog Years!

Today was our Watson's seventh birthday and he woke up feeling like a boss. And I didn't stop him.**

He received a few head out the window car rides.

He waited patiently to be seated at his birthday dinner at Barnaby's with his only friend, Levi.
He obviously received a few, "what a cool dog, what is he?!"'s
"Please," he said, "I get this all the time, people. I'm quarter dog, three quarters awesome."

He dined on a fine feast of turkey and sweet potatoes with a petite dessert biscuit and fresh bottled water. Because that's normal. And they had it on the menu.

I mean, anytime is the right time for doggie lunchies...

And lastly, we made a stop at Petite Sweets for a "pupsicle" which turned him into a psychopathic abominable snowman.

His eyes...terrifying. I'm afraid to fall asleep tonight knowing he could be watching me.

MSVhWC on Make A Gif, Animated Gifs

 **DISCLAIMER: I am not a freak of nature dog lady that celebrates her dog's birthday every year and sends out birthday invitations. On the contrary, this is the first time I've ever really remembered his birthday. So, to celebrate my memory, I treated myself to a glass of wine and a cake ball (ok, and maybe a mini cupcake and macaroon. And maybe some of my roommate's cupcake...).

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A Life Update...

...and a promise to stop being so lame and entertain yous peoples again.

Since we last spoke, we've moved Boxwood to a precious new location that's unfortunately next door to delectable candy and chocolate shops. Curses.

Isn't she a cute little pumpkin?

And we also opened up a second nugget shop. And her name is B2. And she's also a precious love bug. 

Oh, then this guy...asked me to play dress up with him...


...for forever. And I said, "um, shyeah!"

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