Backsplash Tiling Thoughts

Here’s how you update your completely boring kitchen with a minimum investment of time and cash: install a tile backsplash. You don’t need to paint, rip anything out, move appliances or buy a whole lot of expensive and hard-to-use equipment. Tile comes in pre-glued sheets along with a nearly limitless array of shapes, sizes, colours…

Layout Ideas Using Wood Blinds

Wood blinds may not seem right for every room or home, but you can often make them work very stylishly. Such window treatments add texture, style and warmth into the decor. Just take a few wood blind design hints and flip them into your own to match your space. Inside or Outside Mount If your…

7 Ways to Find a Cool Industrial Edge Anywhere

A home’s foundation — exposed beams, brick, metal and other construction components — may also function as the foundation for industrial style. This look evolved from the massive factories of the 19th century, which were finally abandoned and remodeled to havens for architects, artists and other creative professionals, who enjoy the interesting architecture, open space…

Decorating Ideas for a Loft Bedroom

A loft bedroom in a house or condo offers openness to the living space below, but lacks the solitude of a conventional bedroom with four walls and a doorway. The loft space has to address the problem of privacy from the living spaces, be a sleeping area and still harmonize with the rest of the…

Give the Vintage Globe Trend a New Spin

I have been looking at trends (such as classic typewriters and suitcases) that were sweeping design blogs once I began at many years before, calculating their tipping points and how designers’re freshening them up after their ubiquity. Globe collections also have hit their peak, but are they over? The fad: Collectors really like to group…

5 Edgy Trends in Today's Tile

Cutting-edge design can cover a variety of appearances, from the glamour of polished alabaster into the grittiness of a graffiti-covered urban road. Whether inspired by the mainstreaming of subculture via films such as Exit Through the Gift Shop, the prevalence of converted lofts, the prevalence of Tony Duquette inducing cravings for malachite, or the ’70s-luxe…