Recently I’ve seen Antilocarpa pop up on blogs and in magazines, while this isn’t the Latin name for a genus of the species it is the name given to a pattern of carpet and it’s beautiful. Antilocarpa is from Stark Carpets and it’s meant to mimic the coat or hair of the Antelope, and I’m thinking this may be my new favorite “neutral”. This pattern looks great with everything, it can be used in conjunction with modern home decor as well as traditional decor and design. An Antelopes hide has browns and gold in it with white spots, the Stark Carpet version has several colorways available that I’ll share with you today plus show you how it’s being used in homes. I would love to have this as a living room rug or a runner down our hallway, it’s definitely something to add to the “must have” list, Enjoy!!!
June 21, 2016
June 13, 2016
For a long time, I’ve had this idea that I want a walk-in shower and a bathtub in the same space, not just in the same bathroom but occupying the same area. It started out with the idea of having a walk-in shower, one where you can just walk in and not have to step over the edge of a bathtub to shower, one of the things you think of as you and your family get older. But then you hear “experts,” say you need a bathtub in a house for resale value, not that we’re planning on selling, we’re very much planning on working with what we’ve got and making it better. Down the road we hope to be able to build onto the back of our house with a master bathroom being a part of the plan and I think a walk-in shower with a tub would be a great addition, I don’t sit in the tub often but a nice hot soak is very appealing occasionally. I went on a hunt to see if this concept had been done much and the answer is yes and it’s glorious, so today I want to share what I found, surprisingly this concept can, of course, be done in a big way or a relatively small way, I’ll show you both. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
March 23, 2016
Michael S. Smith is a designer known for combining worlds, he loves to mix the classicism of the old world into modern settings and that mindset definitely shows up in his tile designs for Ann Sacks. Smith is known for the redecoration of America’s Executive Mansion, the White House, after the Obama’s moved in, here you can see how he likes to combine time periods, styles, and colors in ways that the average mortal might not come up with, combining the worlds of Old Europe with Modern America. Smith says that a lot of drive to design comes from not being able to find certain things, so he creates them. I’m loving what I’m seeing in the way he combines traditionally shaped tiles and bright metallic finishes or the use of traditional shapes like the Greek Key into a modern looking border. Join me for a tour of Smith’s designs at Ann Sacks and prepare to be inspired, Enjoy!!!
March 22, 2016
I’ve always enjoyed the work of designer Marty Lawrence Bullard, he’s always over the top and colorful so I was excited to see his tile collection at Ann Sacks. Bullard says his collection does two things, first, it honors and pays homage to the great decorative history of tile and both inside and outside of buildings as well as “embracing” the future of design with some more contemporary designs. Bullard has four collections that are available from Ann Sacks, all of them inspired by regions of the world and times in history, with names like Eastern Promise, Hermitage, Mousharabia and Urban Armor. I want to share some of my favorites with you today and when you have a chance be sure and check out the complete Martyn Lawrence Bullard collection at Ann Sacks. Enjoy!!!
March 7, 2016
There are SO many choices when it come to flooring, you have wood, carpet, laminate, tile, the list goes on and on. We recently decided to go with a wood look porcelain tile for a large area of our house and ordered the tile this week, but when it come to tile there are a ton of choices. One of the choices that I’m seeing a lot of is concrete tile and even more specifically painted concrete tile. I occasionally get to watch Fixer Upper on HGTV and several times now I’ve seen Joanna Gaines use painted concrete tile in backsplashes in kitchens and I believe on kitchen floors. The tiles are beautiful and when I started researching for more information I found lots of pros for this tile. Concrete tile is very budget friendly, it can be used indoor on floors or walls as well as around fireplaces and on countertops. Outdoors, concrete tile can be used on patios, swimming pools and on building facades. So if you’re looking at doing some tile work around your home concrete tile might be an option you’ve been looking for, I know I’ll check into it as we continue on with our remodel plans. In the meantime, here’s a look at concrete tile, Enjoy!!!
February 10, 2016
We’ve talked A LOT on Tabulous about the color gray, as you can guess it’s one of my favorite colors as both an accent color and the main color and, of course, we all know it’s the new neutral. On Monday, we talked about wood look tile and I told you we had found one that’s gray that I would like to use on the floors in a major portion of our home. So today I thought we would take a look at gray floors and what’s available to cover our floors in the color of storm clouds, after all, what’s on our floors is just as important as what on our walls and ceiling. Whether you choose tile, wood or carpet it’s all available in gray, Enjoy!!!
September 7, 2015
Hello everyone and Happy Labor Day!!!! It’s days like today I wish I had a place in the country to go to, a secluded house somewhere, surrounded by trees, wildlife, peace and quiet. Luckily for some people they’ve found that dream, and one of those people is Martha Stewart. Now, I’ve always been a fan of Martha’s, even after her unfortunate incarceration, I mean come on, the woman built an empire, went to prison and came back to running an empire and never seemed to miss a beat. I admire her work ethic, her creativity and her ability to keep going. One other thing I admire is her country home in Maine called Skylands.
Skylands is a 35,000 square foot home originally built by Automobile Magnate Edsel Ford on Mt. Desert Island in Seal Harbor, Maine and it’s amazing. The home is all stone on the outside as well as some on the inside while the home is huge and glamorous it also has a rustic feel to it. I’m always bowled over when I see pictures of the huge outdoor terrace as well as all the beautiful furniture and artwork. Today Stewart says she spends much of her Summers at Skylands as well as returning throughout the year as often as she can, join me today for a Labor Day trip to Maine and tour this country home, Enjoy!!!
March 26, 2015
Last week I was at a client’s house and I noticed her neighbors were getting a new circle driveway poured in front of their home, when I came back later it was much more than just a concrete driveway because they had done stamped concrete. Stamped concrete is when a design is pressed into the concrete before the concrete totally cures or hardens. You can do any number of patterns to make it look like individual tiles, cobblestone, big pieces of flagstone and now even wood planks. Stamped concrete is very popular outside of homes and is seen a great deal on driveways, around swimming pools, sidewalks and patios, but more and more people are using it inside their homes to give their floors the look of stone or wood without out the cost of buying and installing the stone or wood products.
Stamped concrete has been around since the 1950’s and was used mainly in commercial areas, it gained popularity in the 1970’s and can be seen everywhere today, especially in new construction. If you don’t like the grey color of concrete they have that covered as well, the concrete can be stained many different colors to match your color scheme to more realistically resemble the stone or wood look you are trying to get. Take a look at these examples of stamped concrete and Enjoy!!!