Weekend Reading

Hello friends, whatcha up to this weekend? Tomorrow morning, I’m driving a group of my fitness buddies to the Tough Mudder in Sacramento. I’m just a spectator for the event but perhaps they’ll inspire me to give it a go next year! 🙂

Sunday I’m flying to Vegas for a few days, I’m overseeing the kitchen cabinet installation and appliance delivery on the flip house and narrowing down my backsplash tile options. Gotta finish that house!

Favorite links below:


The Spanish tile in this kitchen is so pretty!

I love the mix of modern and traditional in this mostly white home tour.

You’ve seen Faith Hill and Tim McGraw’s island home right? Wow.

This is a lovely outdoor scene and a fab DIY stenciled cement patio.

Selling your house? Make more money by painting your bathroom this color.

Don’t miss the new cheerful blue kitchen cabinets in this remodel.

Another favorite black + white remodel of a kitchen and dining room.

These DIY fabric pool floats are so fun!

Ireland is at the top of my travel list, and now so is this cottage.

15 words to eliminate from your vocabulary to sound smarter.

13 women who made travel history (love the illustrations).

7 lessons to teach daughters.


Have a fantastic weekend friends!

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Stack Bond Tile

Up in the studio above my garage there is a little kitchen and I was looking at it this week thinking it’s time for a few upgrades in that space. I painted the cabinets white a few years ago and I’m still happy with that, but I believe the kitchen could look better if I replaced the countertops and light fixture and added a counter to ceiling tile backsplash.

I remember when I photographed my friend’s kitchen last year that she had installed beveled white field tile in a stack bond format in her kitchen. The client I’m working with now also chose a gray glass tile stack bond installation for her kitchen (I’ll be sharing her home soon!)

Stack bond installations are gaining popularity for those who seek a contemporary look in their bathrooms, kitchens, or commercial spaces. The more I see it the more I consider it for my studio’s kitchen too. Stack bond is different from brick pattern installation which has more movement because the grout lines are offset. Stack bond is a straight grid format, below are some horizontal stack bond tile installations:






imola ceramic

avocado sweets


melissa davis


coco cozy


style at home


westside tile

Vertical installations have an elongating effect and feel very contemporary.


amber interiors



bicker design


boro new york

I’m still on the fence and still looking around at tile in search of “the one” that calls to me. What do you think of this stack bond tile installation? Does it feel fresh to you, or do you prefer the more traditional flow of brick pattern or herringbone?

See also alternatives to white subway tile and subway tile pattern options.

Catching The Wave

Hello and welcome summer! Mine will be filled with a lot of empty days and some road trips too. I’ve enrolled my children in a few summer camps to keep them occupied. To kick off summer, I spent the weekend in Santa Cruz on the beach, it was a great place to soak up some California sunshine and take a walk along the ocean with my toes in the sand.

I am always inspired by the colors and sounds of the ocean, so much so I continually incorporate them into my living spaces. On my drive back home from a relaxing day at the beach I thought I should include more wave inspired decor in my home so I downloaded a printable from Etsy to hang above the bed in the guest room. I’m also thinking it’s time to give my powder room a new look using wallpaper instead of paint so I have my eye on one of the wave print wallpapers shown below.



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For my downstairs powder room, I like these four wave wallpapers but I’m especially fond of the one on the top left.


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The lure of the coast makes it easy to understand why in summer we long for a relaxing beach vacation and why we browse through coastal living magazine swooning at the seaside villas and cottages dreaming of escaping to those places and spaces. You can capture the feeling of those vistas by the seashore by bringing wave inspired art indoors!




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Whether you’re decorating your beach cottage or just adding wave inspired art to your abode, take a peek at these prints they may give you the look you crave.


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Weekend Reading

The last week of school is always the craziest week, isn’t it? There is always so much to do at the schools before the kids are released for summer vacay. Once they’re out we’re headed to Santa Cruz for the weekend. I haven’t visited that beach town in a few years and it’s always fun to hang out at the Beach Boardwalk and kayak under the pier so I’m looking forward to my weekend escape.

Favorite links from the week below:


Wow, what a unique and pretty kitchen backsplash.

I love this apartment’s coastal vibe.

This is a beautiful living and dining room makeover.

Style tips on how to create the modern farmhouse look.

Good advice on mixing wood finishes.

Great comment section in this article on minimalism.

A list of 50 books to read this summer.

The philanthropic billionaires who are giving away their money.

Have a fantastic weekend friends!

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