Tag Archives: Home Improvements

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!

 

 

 

An Outdoor Spring Cleaning Checklist!

I know everyone has their Spring cleaning checklist for the inside of the house but what about the outside? This is so important as many of us are coming off a harsh winter and things are looking a little beat up. Here are the things I do:

#1 and My Most Important – WASH THE WINDOWS!   windows

There is nothing better than getting the grim off the windows in the Spring. I would include the inside of the windows at the same time as well as the screens and window sills. I don’t clean my windows myself as most are too high so a professional window washer is so worth the money for me. I called mine yesterday and have him already scheduled!

 

#2 and Almost as Important as the Windows – SPARKLE UP THE OUTDOOR LIGHT FIXTURES!

You really don’t even notice how dirty the outdoor lights are until you clean them. Wow what a difference. It literally brings a brightness to the exterior of your home that is hard to beat. At the same time check that all light bulbs are in working order and that ALL light bulbs match. Don’t use warm light (yellow tint) and day light (blue tint) at the same time on the same side of the house. It just looks bad, sorry. It’s a little thing but it matters. I prefer warm or soft light versus the day light.

 

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# 3 for A Big First Impression – SCRUB THE FRONT DOOR AND ENTRY CEILING!

To be honest the front door needs attention all year long as far as brushing off the cobwebs and such but in the Spring scrub inside and around the door sill, fix a punctured screen door and perhaps a new coat of paint or stain on that front door is needed. Look up, is there a covering over your front door that likewise needs to be scrubbed or painted?

 

#4 is So Important – CLEAN OUT THE GUTTERS!

This can be a tough job and again one that you may want to hire a professional. Although dirty and filled gutters are not always noticed, getting them cleaned may save you some bigger issues down the road like water leaks inside your home, foundation issues, rotted wood and even ice dams in the winter months. gutter

 

Of course there may be many other items on your list for your outdoor Spring cleaning such as your outdoor furniture and it may even be time to pressure wash your siding. But in general, take a walk around the outside of your house this Spring and have a critical eye. If it is dirty, clean it, If it is broken, fix it. HAPPY SPRING!

 

2022 Color of the Year – Sherwin Williams

It’s the first day of 2022 and what better time to look ahead to the projected colors that will take this year by storm. Will they be accurate? Who knows…..I have seen colors come and go and some are embraced and some are a flash that last a few weeks.

Evergreen-fogBut lets take a look at Sherwin William’s 2022 color of the year. Evergreen Fog (SW 9130), a versatile and calming hue of green-meets-gray, with just a bit of blue.

This gray-green hue is “a sophisticated wash of color for spaces that crave a subtle yet stunning statement shade,” said Sue Wadden, the director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams, in a statement. “Evergreen Fog inspires us to begin again and is a great choice for modern interiors and exteriors.

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This shade really can go anywhere. Out of all the ‘Color’s of the Year’ the last few years, most that I did not care for, I like this one. I wouldn’t paint my whole house this color but it would be pretty as an exterior color or in an office. It would pair nicely with the warm neutral Accessible Beige and/or Shoji White. I am a huge fan of the their 2021 Color of the Year, Urbane Bronze (still going strong I will add),  and this pairing would bring a very luxurious feel.

 

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Evergreen Fog is part of the Method palette in the Sherwin-Williams 2022 Colormix® Forecast.

Give me your thoughts. Thumbs up or down?

 

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***All photos credits to Sherwin Williams