Friday, July 11, 2014

Moroccan Tile Has My Heart

Is it just me or are all kitchens starting to look the same?  Why is it that other rooms in our homes are unique and speak to our own personal styles; yet so many of our kitchens look absolutely identical?  When it comes to the kitchen, why have we all {including me} bought into the idea that we must choose between subway tiles and those tiny mosaic glass tiles that already seem outdated?
**Disclaimer: I do love a subway tile back splash - in fact, we have it in our own kitchen.
HOWEVER, I can't help but be drawn to something different when it comes to back splashes.

Enter: Moroccan tiles.

{via Elle Decor}

Game changer for sure!

{via House Beautiful}

Perhaps my favorite supplier of these beautiful and unique tiles is Tabarka Studio.
I've spent hours {way too many hours} dreaming of the perfect tile to spice up our kitchen.
These are a few of my favorites:

{images via Tabarka Studio}

All of these tiles are hand glazed and colors can even be customized.
Guaranteed to make your kitchen one of a kind.

Now, being a lover of all things simple, CRISP, and mostly white, I don't know if I am brave enough just yet to take the plunge and do an entire back splash in tile. 
Baby steps, right?

What I do love is the idea of just an accent pop!
Although this is obviously not a kitchen, just an accent of tile can certainly pack quite the punch.

Or even provide understated elegance on the floor:
{via Lonny}

The only catch?
They ARE a bit pricey!
HOWEVER, there is a more affordable solution:
Glass arabesque tiles such as these pictured above aren't completely unaffordable.
Even stores like Home Depot are carrying it for roughly $12/sq. foot.
Although my favorite source for {marble} arabesque is:
Mission Stone & Tile.
Wonderful selection but slightly higher prices.
You win some, you lose some, right?

How about you....Do you love this look?
What are some other ways you make your kitchen uniquely yours?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

My IKEA Shopping List

Some love you for your yummy cinnamon rolls and big blue shopping bags.
Some are not so in love with your never-ending aisles, hard to assemble pieces, and complete lack of charm.
{I admit, on nearly every day of my life, I fall in to the latter category.}  
It's a maze in there, y'all!
BUT what I cannot argue with is their killer prices!

Now that I have a little one at home, my trips to IKEA are few and far between.   When I do manage to get there, I have some stand-by favorites that I go back to time and time again. 
{Why yes I DO need ten more baskets, two more sheepskin rugs, and of course a million more little tea lights.  Don't you?}

Before I run up there this week to pick up some things for a client {and myself} with baby in tow, I thought I'd share with you my Ikea shopping list.

{via Style Me Pretty}

Handwoven Byholma Basket in Grey

Starting at $6, these little beauties are perfect for organizing, stylish storage, and just about anything!
I can't tell you how many I go through each year....fill them with wine, the makings of a great meal, and some sweet treats; label them with a chalkboard tag and you've got the making of the perfect hostess gift!

RENS Sheepskin Rugs
So affordable and versatile!
We have two in Elle's nursery
 ...but I'd use them in every room if I could.
They also look absolutely perfect thrown over a chair in the dining room for some added texture and interest.
{via Apartment Therapy}

Lack Side Tables
At $9.99, these thrifty finds can become quite trendy.
I love them as is:
{via Apartment Therapy}

Or I can envision them taking a fancier turn with brass corners and nail-heads or even dip dyed legs.
{if that trend's ship hasn't quite sailed yet}

Stockholm Rug
{via Divaani}
I adore all things brass these days and what better to compliment my love of gold than this black & white number? 
I envision it in a future playroom at the Knotts house VERY soon!
{source unknown}

Docksta Table
A close relative to the ever popular tulip table; though this one will not break the bank.
{via TerratElms Interiors}

What I'm intrigued by here is the mix of a classic, traditional style with some quirky IKEA pieces thrown in.  Though it's just not my thing to decorate a whole home with a streamlined, modern look; I could handle an unexpected pop like this!

RIBBA Picture Frames
You can never have enough of these. 
They make the perfect monochromatic gallery wall.

{Via HGTV}

Again with the could even add some brass L-brackets to the corners to spice things up a bit.

That's my IKEA shopping list!
Now if navigating the store was just that easy.....
What are your favorites at IKEA?

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Friday Find: Kilim Rugs

I have to say....I don't hate the Kilim rug trend!
They add a splash of color and a dash of boho - making any room instantly happier.
{via Amber Interiors}

A bit of "Kilim" history for you . . . this type of rug weaving migrated from Turkish tribes to parts of present-day Iran, Turkey & Afghanistan.  Some evidence of kilim woven textiles dates back to 7,000 B.C. - making it one of the oldest traditions in rug design in the world.

What sets them apart from other rug weaving traditions is two-fold:
Kilim are flat woven and have no pile. {unlike Persians}
They always incorporate some geometric design.

The best part?
A kilim will work with any design style and in ANY room!
I love how sharp they look in contrast to white interiors, especially.
{via Apartment Therapy}

{via Apartment Therapy}

{via Lonny}

{source unknown}

{via Lonny}

Suffice it to say, kilims have stolen my heart {and perhaps lots of my dollars too}
But that's why I wanted to show let you in on a little budget friendly Kilim secret:

Just type "kilim" in the search bar and you'll be amazed.... I promise!
These are some of my current favorites on Etsy at the moment:

What I'd really love to do is collect a few and someday create this:
I adore the contrast of the dark formal architecture and the bright boho chic-ness  
{that's not really a word, is it?}
of the Kilim remnants pieced together.

Happy Shopping & Happy Friday!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Elle's "Big Girl" Room Inspiration

I just walked into our little Elle's room and suddenly she didn't look like a baby anymore laying there sleeping soundly in that crib. 
They grow so fast, don't they?   
Everyone spoke these words to me in the first few months of her life; although, at that point, nothing seemed farther from the truth.  The first few weeks and months seem to be endless.  Long nights, lots of bottles, and TONS of diapers!  But we're past that now.  Now I know these wise people were telling the absolute truth: It goes so fast.
Before I get teary just thinking about it, I wanted to share my vision for Elle's "big girl" room.  
Since we didn't find out if she was a boy or a girl when I was pregnant, I designed a very neutral nursery.  I still love everything about it.  In fact, if I could do it all over again, I wouldn't change a thing.  Not one thing.
But suddenly I have a GIRL to design a room for.  And honestly, I think I can make a room that screams "Elle"now.   

the spirit of the client....
And in this case, my tiniest client has such a vibrant and colorful personality, she must have a room that sparkles with whimsy - just like her.

If you've seen our home, you would know that this is a stretch for me to even THINK about. 
I gravitate towards a neutral pallet ALWAYS!

Here's what I envision for this little client of mine:
{Sources from top to bottom right: Lonny magazine, Real Simple, Dash & Albert, One Kings Lane, etsy shop: House of Belonging}

Though only the rug and the "sparkle" sign are ordered, I think we have  have plenty of time to let the rest  come together naturally -collecting it over time- as I believe all rooms should be!

{Perhaps with an accent wall of grass cloth wallpaper - IF I can convince my husband that wallpaper really, truly is cool again}

Friday, May 16, 2014

The Friday Find: Framed Intaglios

{Hampton Hostess}

My ever-trendy mom helped me fall in love with the look of framed intaglios recently.  
I know some people aren't drawn to the repetition and the simplicity of the look; but, personally, I'm a fan of the sculptural and artistic presence they bring to a space.

{I adore the contrast of the white and gray in this framed intaglio piece}

I'm especially drawn to their history, their unique qualities; and the fact that they allow you to showcase a collection in an elegant way, without being too cliche.
I fear it's the OCD coming out in me that loves decorating in a series like this.  The grid, the symmetry, the clean lines....LOVE it!

For those of you, who like me, find yourselves in new territory with this intaglios thing, here's a quick history: 
Intaglios were originally sold in Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries as souvenirs for wealthy tourists to remember their holidays.  The  plaster medallions were often numbered and documented with notes about each city or attraction they visited:

These travelers might never have guessed that one day these pieces would be displayed on the walls of some of America's finest homes.

{Suzanne Kasler for Architectural Digest}

Suzanne was one of the first to use intaglios as decor.... in the picture above, she's brought them into her bedroom and grouped them together for a bit of drama!

The sad part is, it's still incredibly hard to find them at a price point that's affordable.
Oh how I love the world wide web for this very reason!!
I found a seller who is well priced; and, although he ships from the UK, it still comes in way under most intaglios that I've found this side of the pond:

Mine came in yesterday and I'm SO very excited to begin the hunt for the perfect frames:

Happy Weekend!