On Choosing Bathroom Tile

Shopping for tile just might be one of my favorite things. There are SO many great patterns, colors and materials out there! The only problem is that whenever I shop for tile at a design center I'm always blown away at the prices. It can really add up quickly!

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Then, earlier this year, when I started working on my parents remodel and we needed lots of tile, I stumbled into Floor & Decor for the first time. It took about 30 seconds of looking at their great marble tile inventory to realize that we were set! We literally bought every tile we used in the house at Floor & Decor! They had every style we envisioned for each of the bathrooms, the laundry room and the kitchen. And now I'm using their tile in a couple of client projects, too. It feels like my not-so-secret, secret source! :) The best part is they have all the tile in stock in their stores, so you can handpick the sheets or tile pieces you like the best (SO important when using stone, especially, with all the natural color and pattern variation!).

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Their stores are HUGE and they carry almost every style of hard surface flooring (including wood) and decorative tile you can imagine. They also sell all of the supplies and tools you'll need for installation. It's a DIYer's (and designer's!) paradise.

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Given how into Floor & Decor I've been these days, you can imagine how excited I was when they reached out to invite me to share some of my favorite tile selections with you! I've learned that because there are so many classic and on-trend options available, that's a task easier said than done! But when it comes to choosing tile for a bathroom or kitchen backsplash, there's a high likelihood I'll be going with one of my three favorite tiling options: subway, penny and/or marble.

DIY Faux Marble

I love it when readers share their home projects with me! Recently Yael emailed me a link to her post on faux marbling. I loved how she used resin as a top layer - I felt like that really made the countertop look like stone!

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We needed a new top for the vintage credenza for Ali's house and this faux marble idea seemed like the perfect, super inexpensive solution!

DIY Lucite Frame

When it came to figuring out art for Evie's room (remember she requested butterflies?), I knew I wanted to try this great tutorial from Honey and Fitz. I've used oversized acrylic sheets for framing wallpaper before and I loved it, but I really like the look of double-paned acrylic rather than just the one sheet against the wall.

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I had no idea that you can buy smaller sheets of acrylic at Lowes! Such a helpful tip! I picked up four of these 30x36" sheets for about $20 each and then I got started on the artwork with my girls.

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I found this butterfly book at an antique book store (it can be found here too).

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It has about 50 color plates of butterfly sketches that I referenced to draw random butterflies on two sheets of lilac colored art paper that I cut to be just a few inches shorter than the acrylic sheets.

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I outlined the sketches in black sharpie and let the girls color them in however they wanted. My two older girls used acrylic paint and Evie went with markers.

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After they finished coloring in the butterflies, I mounted the paper to the back acrylic sheet with double-sided tape and then marked where I wanted my screws to go. Then I heated an extra large nail with a long match until it was hot enough to melt the acrylic. This is a much easier way to make holes in the acrylic than screwing with a drill. Acrylic is pretty brittle and can break in the drilling process, but the hot nail is easy and pretty painless!

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Then all you do is thread the holes with a 1/2" long machine screw and a nut to sandwich the two boards together.

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You can use picture hanging wire wrapped around the screw underneath the nut to hang your new frame.

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The wire will show a little on the side middle screws, but it's not really noticeable. 

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I love how this project turned out and the girls really loved working on it with me! :)

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Before and After: Ali's Entry

My sister and her family recently moved into a new home close to ours (!) and we're all so excited about it. The house is a really cool property on a great piece of land. It needs some updating, but everything is in good shape and is totally livable as-is, so Ali and her husband have plans to chip away at projects as time and funds permit. Such a smart approach!

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Here is what the house looked like right after they closed. It was dark and outdated for sure, but can't you just see the potential here?!

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Decorating a new home or apartment can be so daunting! Where to start when there are so many new spaces fill?! With Ali's new home, she basically needed to find enough furniture to fill a front room, a large foyer and a bigger dining room. She and I were so excited to team up with Target to see what we could do with only a bit of paint, a few thrift store finds and some beautiful Target goodies over the course of a weekend.

Here's what we came up with along with some of my best tips for decorating new spaces on a budget:

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1) Keep walls and trim neutral and accessories colorful

Ali and her husband will be replacing their flooring sometime soon, but we thought it would be worth it in the meantime to paint the stained wood floorboards and stairs. Isn't it scary to paint over wood? That first brush stroke can be terrifying, but what a difference white paint can make! We haven't finish all of the downstairs yet, but everything feels so new and fresh already! The beautiful Gray Owl wall color is perfect in this space too. I love it.

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2) Cheery new pillows help freshen up the look of vintage furniture

We tried to make big statements with the new and thrifted furniture pieces we bought. Ali found a pair of slipper chairs at a thrift store that she would like to eventually recover, but the colors in the existing fabric look so pretty in the room now! All the chairs needed was a good steam clean. I think they look great with my old green velvet Baker sofa, which I was happy to share since we weren't using it.

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We picked up a pair of the cool geo print bolsters at Target to go on the Baker. And that navy chevron pillow goes in the Target hall of fame for me! They are on clearance right now and I want to go around and buy them up to hoard them for future clients. They look so good in any room! 

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3) Cocktail tables are like jewelry for a living room! 

Ali and I about died when we first saw this little gold-leafed side table. Not only is it the perfect size (not too big or bulky, but not ridiculously small), the gray stain on the wood top is beautiful and right on-trend! It looks like we could have dropped hundreds on just this one piece. It has quickly become another favorite-of-the-year find from Target. They have so many great side tables right now though. (That copper drum one? So cool.) 

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4) Put your new furniture front and center

Since it's the first thing you see when you walk in the door, we really wanted to add a statement bench to the entry area and this one fit the space and style of the room perfectly! We painted the curved arch legs to shake things up a bit and I'm really liking it! I especially love the pretty gray linen fabric.


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5) Hide the less-than-perfect aspects of the space with beautiful top-layer accessories

We picked up one of these 7x10 indoor/outdoor rugs to cover up as much of the tile as possible in the huge entry and to add a little color and texture to the space. And Ali's giant tree and thrifted brass planter are doing wonders for the room! I feel like plants and greenery instantly make a room feel alive and more finished. Major bang for your buck there!

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Just to the right of the front door, we put a thrifted console table layered with this cute little ottoman. I love the natural wood next to the bright chartreuse color of the fabric!

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I need to show you some before photos of this console table - it's come a long way, but it was practically free and we loved the inlay design on the door fronts.

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The enameled glass lamp and square shade are both from design-genius Nate Berkus. I really, really love the soft blue color! I'd love to pick up a pair of these lamps for my guest bedroom.

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The water hyacinth tray is a great size for our console and is the perfect place to coral mail and keys. The mirror came with the house and was really nothing special until we painted it gray and added little dots and dashes on the moulding to give the frame an inlaid look. I love the new texture here!

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There is something SO satisfying about a weekend makeover! We didn't spend a ton of money on this quickie decorating job, but I think Ali's new home looks like a million bucks! It was so fun to see the space transform before our eyes!

PS Victoria over at SF Girl by Bay threw the most gorgeous house warming party and shared her photos and tips here! Check it out!


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