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Patterned Tile – Is It For You?

Are you looking for a way to add some life to a room? To bring some fun to a otherwise dull space? Then bring on the pattern! With so many choices, there is bound to be a patterned tile that will fit your personality.

One of the best places to add a little flair to an otherwise task oriented room, is the laundry room. Let’s face it, laundry rooms are no longer pushed to the farthest darkest corners of a home but rather placed in the heart of the home. If your’s is down in that corner, then even more reason to add a splash of pattern!

Make this space fun to be in!

 

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photo credit @13thirtydesigns

 

Another place to consider using a patterned tile is in a back entrance or maybe even the front foyer if it is small and a bit of excitement is needed to highlight the space.  Small areas are a perfect place for pattern.

 

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photo credit @marcelledesignllc

 

The key to using patterned tile is to use it sparingly. I would not consider putting a patterned tile in a large shower, it would become overwhelming and potentially date itself very quickly. I would even caution using it on backsplashes if you have a lot of it.

 

A small backsplash area or a small section to highlight an area is totally cool in my book.

 

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photo credit @a_v_interiors

 

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photo credit @total360interiors

 

And don’t forget the fireplace! It’s the perfect place to add some pattern. I just finished my lower level and chose a patterned tile to highlight the main focal point of the room.

 

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So what do you think? Can you handle a little pattern in your life? My advice: use it sparingly, wisely and keep it classic. And have some fun!

 

 

How High Should I Hang A Dining Room Light Fixture?

Many times when I am in a client’s home I notice a few things about the dining room. One of those things is the height that their light fixture is hung above the table. Most of the time it is too high.  In the photo to the right I feel the light is too high but it also is too large for the table.dining-room light too high

I think many times what happens is when people are moving in or out they clip the light fixture up so they won’t hit their heads when the table is gone and then it never gets lowered again. Or people just don’t know how to hang it so I’m here to help!

A general rule of thumb is that the bottom of the light should be about 30-34 inches above the table. Most table heights are 30″ so you are looking at approximately 62″ off the floor if your table isn’t in the room yet.

The dining room light fixture is normally the primary architectural feature of the room besides being the main source of light. So function as well as overall room decor is key.

The general rule I listed above is for an 8 foot ceiling. For every additional foot of ceiling height your light fixture may need to be raised 3 inches. The key word in that sentence is “may”. A lot is determined by the overall size of your light fixture, the size of your table and the size of your room. If you have an overly large chandelier you may need to raise it slightly higher.

In the photo below I feel the light is not only too small for the room it is too small for the table.

 

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The size of your fixture should be a half to two-thirds the width of the table; or one foot smaller than the table width is another way people determine the size. You just don’t want a fixture that is overpowering the table or the room. Likewise you don’t want it to look dwarfed in the space.

I am going to use my own dining room as an example:

My ceiling height is 9 feet, the diameter of the light fixture is 22″ and my table is 44″ wide and 78″ long. It is an open concept home so the height also needs to be adjusted with the overall scope of the area. But although my ceilings are a foot taller than the general rule of 8 feet, I did not adjust my light upwards. I just didn’t feel that was necessary with this pendant light.

 

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My light is 33″above the table. This height provides light down on the table where it is needed and really draws focus on the dining area itself. If this fixture was higher ……it would totally lose the intimate feeling you want in the dining room and feel like a hallway or foyer light.

 

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My recommendation is to use these general rules but then to hold up the light fixture and eye ball it as well. If necessary bring in a trained professional to assist you as once that wire is cut and the light is installed…..you can’t take it back!

 

 

Turning Junk into Jazzy Treasure!

Well….okay it maybe wasn’t actually junk but it was buried under a pile of old rusted pails and tools when I found it. I wish I had a picture of it that day as I found it.

Anyway…I saw a very ‘rustic’ table sitting outside of an antique store that was basically blocks of 2 x 4s nailed together with an old picket fence nailed to the back.

Here are a couple photos once I got it home and cleaned up.

 

 

 

Nothing pretty that’s for sure. It technically was put together to be a gardening bench. A old rusted shovel and bin attached to the back for the dirt.

I painted the base “Smokey Blue” by Sherwin Williams and left the picket fence top distressed in white. I spray painted primer on the dirt bin and shovel and then a couple coats of white paint.

It has turned into the best beverage station on my patio! I have used it a couple times now for entertaining and it not only is the perfect size, it adds charm to my back yard.

 

 

The old dirt bin has become the best place to hold napkins. And the old rusted shovel now holds a cute message.

 

 

Keep your eyes open to the piles of ‘junk’ you see at flea markets and antique stores. One person’s junk is another person’s jazzy treasure for sure. This is my treasure!