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Crazy for Tile!

I love, love, love picking out tile. So many choices and  not enough rooms. HA! Have you seen the tile available these days? The textures, the patterns the colors!

Whether  you are renovating to live or updating to sell, tile can add a touch of whimsy, make a bold statement or create a sense of luxury.

The tile on the right is one of my latest selections for the back wall of a double sized walk-in shower. You just want to touch it to see what it is. The patina finish, along with the modern yet classic subway tile that will go around it, is the perfect combination.

 

The printed black and white tile in this photo is going on a kitchen backsplash. It will give the feel of having been around a while in an otherwise very sleek white kitchen. It’s the unexpected.

 

Check out some of these patterns and textures:

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Photo Credit: The Tile Shop

 

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Photo Credit: The Tile Shop

 

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Photo Credit: The Tile Shop

Subway tile, like you see in the tub area above,  is timeless and classic. It is a good balance with  almost any patterned tile to keep it from getting too busy.

No matter your project or purpose, take the time to check out all the great tiles out there and have fun!

 

 

 

My Top 5 Organization Tips

Are you good at organizing? I can’t say that I am but I find myself wanting to be more organized lately.  I really am starting to not like having so many things on counter tops and I am tired of not being able to find things because I just stuffed it somewhere.

If you are selling  your home you definitely need to get organized and hide the clutter. Here are a few of my favorite things to do to get organized:

1) Kitchen:

I love using collapsible storage cubes. You can get them at just about any big box store and in many colors of fabrics. I use these in my pantry and like how they pull together all those messy things. I have one for small baking items, one for dried packets or grains, one for munchies.

You can pull out the bin, grab what you need and slide it back in. Items aren’t getting crunched, smashed or lost in the back of the pile. The reason I like the cloth cubes over baskets is that they collapse making it easy to fold up and store if you aren’t using them and really easy to pack when moving! Plus, they are much cheaper than baskets.

 

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2) Bathroom:

Do we ever have enough space in a bathroom and feel organized? One thing that may help is using the inside of your cabinet doors for additional storage. Things that you use daily are still easy to reach yet not laying all over the counter top.

 

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*Photo credit Better Homes & Gardens

3) Bedroom:

Under bed storage is my tip for the bedroom! This is a great place for off-season shoes, Christmas sweaters or those jeans you are waiting to fit back into. If you use a bed-skirt or your comforter comes all the way to the floor,  I recommend using clear storage containers that you can slide out and easily see what is in them. If you have an open bed frame don’t worry! There are so many cute under bed storage solutions. Wood drawers, industrial, white and if you are in the market for a new bed frame, consider getting one with built-in storage underneath.

 

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*Photo Credit Get Laid Beds

4) Office:

I think the number one thing for getting more organized in your home office is to get items off the top of your desk. You will just feel calmer without clutter everywhere and you can still make things handy to reach. The best way to do this is by using wall space. My favorite is floating shelves. They come in so many styles and colors that you can make them an actual design element of your office space. They are great for holding books, binders, small containers of supplies, and family photos.

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PS….an extra tip….if  your printer is wireless it does not need to sit on your desk. Put it in the closet or cabinet and give yourself more work space!

 

5) General Living:

There is nothing as convenient to me for organizing than the basic 3-ring binder. The great thing is they aren’t basic and ordinary anymore! They come in so many patterns and colors. I suggest having a binder labeled in each category of life. Medical, Auto, Pets, and School Activities are a few examples. I have a couple binders designated just for recipes that I print off the internet. They sit with my cookbooks so they are nice and handy.  Be sure to put empty plastic sleeves in each binder so you can easily slip in the new piece of information without hunting for the plastic sleeves.

 

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I hope these simple tips were helpful! Happy Organizing!

 

Why Visit the Parade of Homes Spring 2022?

The Parade of Homes Spring 2022 is upon us! It started last weekend and goes through April 10th. Many people are not even aware when the Parade of Homes is in progress or feel that it doesn’t affect them as they are not building a home. I believe there are so many reasons to attend and here are a few:

If You Are Selling Your House:

1) The Parade models will give you a great example of how your home should look. Not that you have a new construction home to show off but pay attention to what they have and more importantly what they do not have.

2) Look to see how the beds are made, what they have on counter tops? How many accessories are you seeing?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If You Are Renovating Your Home:

1) These homes bring a wealth of information right to your finger tips for you to see live and you don’t have to imagine what it will look like. How are wood tones being mixed? How about metals…do they all match or are they also being mixed?

2) If you are making updates to your home prior to selling pay attention to what are in these new construction homes as they have their ears to the ground of what is not only on trend but what buyers are looking for. Look at the light fixtures if you are replacing yours, look at the color of the wood floors if you are refinishing yours. So much information in this homes!

3) Touch and feel the selections, the tile, the counter tops, see the colors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If You Are Re-Decorating Your Home:

1) What a perfect place to get decorating ideas! From artwork, nick-knacks all the way to large pieces of furniture.

2) Check out how the furniture is positioned. Many people think all furniture needs to touch the walls but look to see if furniture is being floated in the room, away from walls. How is this working and how does it affect the coziness of the room?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So many take-aways from attending The Parade of Homes but a really good reason to visit the Parade of Homes is to dream and have FUN!! Check out Parade #295, #314, and #316 as we were blessed to be able to stage those homes! Every Thursday – Sunday Noon-6:00 PM through April 10th.