Tile & Marble Designs

I could actually spend hours and hours in a tile showroom looking at the various and numerous selections of tile and marble. To me, tile is like a piece of art. There are thousands and thousands of selections alone. Then you factor in the combination of two or more tiles together, the design and direction of how the tile is placed, the grout color, etc. and you now have endless possibilities.

 

Great tiled Wall in Bathroom

Bathroom Tile Design

 New Ravenna Mosaics

Tile and marble can be used for flooring, walls, and backslashes and can be the” art” for most any space or room. A good tile design can tell a story; it can add dimension and color, or it can be textural. It can be simple yet exquisite.

Black and white is a classic color combination. This marble tile had been cut into chevron pieces and designed perfectly for this hallway.

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This cream, black and white marble floor in this foyer is very simple yet elegant. It is classic and will stand the test of time.

 

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You will generally see kitchen designs with backsplashes made of tile yet sometimes marble or granite slabs are used. Currently the marketplace offers so many unique and interesting tiles for the kitchen and bath, that is simply hard to choose.

 

Kitchen Backsplash - All white

 

Tiling just the back wall in a bathroom can add lots of color and interest to a somewhat bland space.

 

Tiling the Back Wall in a Bathroom

 

Tile on One Wall

 

Mosaic Tile

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You can also combine different types of tile or marble or even different colors and shapes. This bath combined honey-combed shaped wall and floor tiles with marble slabs for the shower.

 

Marble for the bathroom

 

Glass Tile in Bath

 

Love this black and white penny tile they used in the vestibule of this residence. What a clever idea…

 

Tile in Foyer

Excellent Exteriors

It is rather simple for me to say what makes for a great exterior of a home. It is the attention to the details that makes one home stand out over all the others. I love all types of architecture… from modern to traditional to Spanish influences… and everything in-between. With an emphasis on all things visual, I do have to say that the design is in the details.

These quaint but modern farmhouses feel charming and elegant but in a relaxed, approachable sense.

 

Exterior Excellence

 

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Fluid lines and modest materials are an ideal starting point. Add in the simple beauty of the surrounding landscape and it warrants my attention. Every element and detail needs to be thoughtful and purposeful.

 

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Great Exteriors

 

 

Gone are the days when the homes and barns were built in the dogtrot style. Dogtrot floor plans date back to the late 19th and early 20th century. Typically is consisted of two cabins under one roof-line with an open area or breezeway in the middle. Because of the heat and humidity in the southern states, this style home would allow for continuous air flow.

 

Dogtrot Modern Home

 

Dogtrot Style Home

 

Dogtrot Floor Plan

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Whether it is stone, brick, timber or concrete, these homes have a welcoming vibe that captures my interest.

Great Modern Home

 

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Exteriors that are Superb

 

Southern Charm Exterior

 

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Some homes you feel you must see the inside to get a true sense of space. The exterior architecture is so intriguing  therefore what a great treat it would be to peek inside.

 

Excellent Exteriors

 

 

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For the Love of…Steel Doors and Windows

As a designer, there are many areas of a home that I sometimes feel are overlooked and under appreciated. The doors and windows have great potential and really add more character and personality than one might think. When the budget allows, consider my all-time favorite…steel doors and windows.

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Steel doors and windows are so classic and timeless, in my opinion. They offer a minimalist feel which is ageless and memorable in all respects. They are ideal for most traditional and contemporary settings. Not every window or door of the home needs to be made of the same material. If done correctly, a steel door or grouping of windows can be added to the exterior. Homeowners tend to think that all the windows in a home have to match one another. Depending on the fenestration, the arrangement of doors and windows, you can have more than one style of window or door.

 

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There are some areas of the home that can be more defined. These steel doors and walls can define two areas while still allowing the space to feel open and the flow to be uninterrupted.

 

 

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The kitchen is an ideal location in the home to add this style of window. Steel doors can also be used in the bathroom; even used for the shower door. Any room in the house truly has potential for steel door and windows.

 

Steel Window in Kitchen   Steel Doors in the Bath

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Be My Guest…

Not all hotel rooms are created equal; and that saying may be true for most guest rooms. If you are having family or friends stay in your home, consider making it as inviting as any upscale, hotel suite.

 

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First, determine what size bed is ideal for your home. It may depend on the size of the room. But it also may depend on how the room will be utilized to its maximum potential. Twin beds are ideal for any homeowner tight on space, meaning there is only one room available in the home and it has to meet the needs for a variety of guests. Twin beds are perfect for two people who would likely share a room together but maybe not the same bed. Twins, as well as full beds, can be purchased in extra long lengths if necessary.

Guest Room Ideas

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Custom daybeds are a refreshing choice for any guest suite. You can use a twin, full or queen mattress depending on the design of the bed. Daybeds can be used as a bed but also serve as a comfortable place to read or watch television.

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Murphy beds are a great way to turn any room into a bedroom if space is limited. Murphy beds, or wall beds, are hinged at one end to be stored vertically. This bed folds right up into the closet.

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Two beds can have one headboard as shown in this photo. This approach is so refreshing and adds some character to the space.

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If you think your attic space may be too small, think again. Lining the beds up on one wall can give you a new guest room that you didn’t know you had.

Guest Room with Twin Beds in Attic

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Top Trends: Open Shelving in the Kitchen

It is more popular than ever…open shelving in the kitchen. Admired by some homeowners and somewhat controversial by others, open shelving is taking over the kitchen. Personally, I feel in the right home and kitchen, it can make the space feel new and fresh.

 

Example of Open Shelves in Kitchen

 

For those that want to highlight some of their dinnerware, glassware or collectibles, this is a great avenue.

I do like a combination of your typical upper cabinets and some shelving. Those items that need to be hidden can be, and those items used on a daily basis or decorative can be seen and easily accessed.

 

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Using a contrasting color or material for the shelves will create a more eclectic look in the space. Utilizing an industrial or traditional style shelf in a contemporary setting, for example, is a concept that works. It adds variety and interest and can bring a more relaxed and casual concept to the kitchen.

 

 

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In a small kitchen or pantry, shelves can actually open up the room and make the space appear larger and more spacious.

 

 

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This kitchen is so inviting to me.! I love the use of stainless steel shelving next to the range instead of having upper cabinets. The shelves help open up this space that would otherwise feel heavy and weighted with closed cabinetry.

 

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