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Playing with Tile

The Jungalow
The Jungalow

If you’re reaching for a high impact decor change, look no further than tile. It’s such a beautiful, practical solution for walls and floors and one of the easiest surfaces to clean. Go the simple, monochromatic look to blend in seamlessly with your home’s current vibe or opt for a bolder, patterned aesthetic that’s sure to be the focal point of the space. With endless amounts of patterns, colors, and styles currently available you can make your tiling as unique as you’d like!

Jean Stoffer Design via Becki Owens

The bathroom is one of the more obvious rooms to use tile, but what you might not think of immediately are the endless possibilities of tile pattern mixing. I love how the room above took a classic herringbone pattern in white and partnered it with a more contemporary Moroccan design on the floor. The blue shade on the wall that’s been pulled from the floor tiles just brings it all together so nicely. (And that sink!!)

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It’s a really great time for tile right now, so many companies have been busy designing with more abstract patterns and textures in mind. If you’re craving something on the quirkier end of the spectrum there’s a vast array to choose from. The kitchen counter above went with a really geometric pattern and paired it with a simple countertop in a similar neutral shade. The end look feels modern but not overwhelming.

Wit & Delight

One of my favorite trends recently is a half-tiled wall that manages to serve as a traditional backsplash as well as a strong design element. The classic medium-size hexagon tiles used in this kitchen with high contrast grout look so incredibly chic! Everything has a seamless look, thanks to the brilliant design decision of matching the grout color with the paint it’s transitioning into.

Kaemingk Design

I’m not sure whether you can call vintage-style bathroom floors a trend since they never really left, but let’s. Penny tile is something I hope to one day have in my own master bathroom. It’s so easy to pop the individual tiles out to replace with another color for a custom look that’s as clean or as intricate as you’d like.

If laying tile isn’t something you see yourself doing in the near future, you may want to consider some textiles that mimic the look. Rugs Direct offers a nice selection of floor rugs that pick up on the trend perfectly.

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How To Get the Right Size Rug

The right rug can make your living room cozy and warm, add color and pattern to the dining room, and give your feet something cushy to sink into when you hop out of bed in the morning. But getting the right size rug for your space is one of the most common decorating mistakes around. Luckily, with a few handy rug-sizing rules of thumb, you can learn how to choose the perfectly sized rug for your space with confidence, every time.

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Domino

Measure your furniture arrangement first. When it comes to the living room, the ideal rug is large enough that all of the living room furniture fits on top of it, as shown above. The simplest way to figure out how much rug you need is to measure the perimeter of your seating area first, and then order the next rug size up from that. For example, if your seating area measures about 7×9 feet, an 8×10 foot rug would be just right. If you can’t swing that, opt for a rug large enough to scootch under the front legs of the major pieces of furniture (sofa and armchairs).

HarloweJames
Harlowe James

Layer up. If you already have a rug you love, but it’s not quite big enough for your current space, feel free to “cheat” by layering it atop a neutral natural fiber rug, as shown here. This is also a great way to be able to splurge on a fancier rug, and yet still get your entire living space covered.

DominoBedroom
Domino

Measure from the foot of the nightstands. In the bedroom, your rug should start just below the nightstands, so take your measurement starting there, and past the edges of your bed by at least two feet on each side and at the foot. As in the living room, you really can’t go too big with your rug, so when in doubt, order the larger of two sizes you’re considering.

AlwaysRooneyBedroom
Always Rooney

Pair a smaller rug with fluffy bedside rugs. As in the living room, if your bedroom rug is too small, no worries. You have options! In this case, the thing to do is pull your small area rug to the foot of the bed. Either place the bottom feet of the bed on the rug, or not, depending on the rug size. Then, boost your small rug with a cozy, fluffy runner or sheepskin on each bedside…perfect for sinking your feet into on a chilly morning!

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My Scandinavian Home

Measure with your dining chairs scooted out. Your dining room rug should be large enough that chairs won’t get caught up on it when you (or a guest) scoots their chair out to get up. To get the right size, add about two feet to each side of your dining room table to allow room for scooting. Or simply pull out the chairs as much as you would if you were going to sit down, and measure on all sides.

WhittenArchitects
Whitten Architects

Go wider than you think in hallways. Leaving a six-inch border of exposed floor on all sides of a runner will make your hallway look warm and inviting. A too-narrow runner, on the other hand, will just look dinky! Measure the width and length of your hallway, subtract six inches from each side, and order the nearest available rug size for a perfect fit.

Right Size Rugs
Rug shopping guide: (Clockwise from top left) Safavieh Amsterdam in ivory and light blue; Safavieh Tunisia in ivory; Safavieh Amsterdam in light gray; Surya Jill Rosenwald Bjorn in dark brown, black, and khaki.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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Going Grey

via Coco Lapine Design
via Coco Lapine Design

Your hair going grey can be seen as a negative thing, as is overcast grey weather. But when it’s in your home it can be game changer of the positive variety. The vast array of hues this color has to offer can turn your space super moody or light and bright – it just all depends on the intensity. Grey’s versatility allows for exceptional layering of tones, whether it’s grey on grey like the living room above or some other color. One of the most beautiful things about this color that’s often seen as cold is just how nicely it plays with everyone else on the spectrum!

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This kitchen couldn’t feel more inviting if it tried. The grey on the bottom cabinets play the ideal middleman between the white subway tile and farmhouse sink and the black countertops and grout. Because it’s tinged with yellow the tone feels warm, rather than cool like we’re accustomed.

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I do love a good concrete floor, but what’s more in this bathroom is the texture the medium grey walls and divan bring to the game. By adding a light wood to the supporting cast, this space manages to bring even more texture and a nice contrast into the picture. The natural light the large windows allow in go a long way toward warding off any dreariness as well.

Avenue Lifestyle

This light grey is the color I have in my own home, literally my entire home. If you like your belongings to be the stars of the show, this is the way to go because this silvery hue acts as a nice neutral canvas for everything to make its mark upon. Very light grey is also a hallmark of Scandinavian chic interiors and many a minimal space. This bedroom feels like a great place to relax and wake up refreshed!

Tracey Ayton

Let’s not forget about one of the most popular members of the grey family – deep charcoal. The white moldings and picture frames paired with it in this lengthy hallway are doing everything right and playing off of the dark neutral beautifully. You would expect it to feel dark and imposing, but the effect is actually just the opposite!

If you’re not looking to redecorate and entire room or paint at the moment, another way to integrate grey into your space is through a floor rug that ties in with what you’ve already got.

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How to Simplify Your Life in 2018

Say goodbye to chaos, clutter, and overwhelm, and hello to breathing space, simplicity, and a wider margin to your days. Sounds delicious, right? If simplifying your life is at the top of your resolutions list for 2018, but you’re not sure where to begin, start here. Put these 5 tips into practice, and you’ll be on your way to a more spacious home and schedule before you know it.

Avenue Lifestyle
Avenue Lifestyle

Tip #1 — Decide how you want your home to feel

Instead of getting hung up on how your home looks, zero in on how you want to feel when you are spending time in your home. For example, would you like your home to feel peaceful, spacious, and clean? Or creative, welcoming, and warm? Aim to choose three keywords that capture the essence of how you want to feel (and how you hope others feel) when you enter your home. Once you have your words, use them to evaluate your space and everything in it. For each item in your home, consider whether it contributes to, or detracts from, the feeling you wish to create.

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Avenue Lifestyle

Tip #2 — Name your essentials

Once you’ve let go of some of the clutter that doesn’t mesh with how you want your home to feel, it’s time to move on to the experiences you want to have in your space. So consider this: What are your essentials? What activities, rituals, and routines bring you joy and peace? For me, this includes waking up early so I can sip coffee from my favorite mug in peace and quiet, reading great books, and having cozy game nights with my family. Perhaps for you it’s yoga, knitting, and playing the cello! There are no right or wrong answers here, but do keep your list short and sweet. And then make these items your top priority. To find extra time, pare back on non-essentials that don’t feed your soul, like aimless internet browsing and scrolling through social media feeds.

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Vivian Johnson for Shira Gill

Tip #3 — Choose quality over quantity

Throughout the year, whenever you need to shop for something new, make ‘quality over quantity’ your new mantra. Making this one change means you’ll choose items that you really love, and stop filling your home with clutter. For example, pick the one lovely leather bag you love, rather than three so-so bags that you bought because they were on sale.

Tip #4 — Schedule regular clutter clearing dates

There are regular times throughout the year when we get new things: birthdays, holidays, back-to-school shopping, but we hardly ever make regularly scheduled times to clear out the old things. No wonder we end up with cluttered homes! So grab your calendar, and pencil in at least three dates when you can commit a day to clearing clutter from your home. With these in place, your space has a much better chance of staying clean and clutter-free throughout the year (and beyond).

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Vivian Johnson for Shira Gill

Tip #5 — Make small choices that add up

The little things really do add up to big results, and this is definitely true when it comes to decluttering and simplifying your life! Aim to pick up just one tiny new habit at a time — for example, opening your mail immediately and recycling all the junk — and once it’s fully integrated into your routine, add another tiny habit, like doing a ten minute tidy up before bed each evening. To keep your awareness on simplifying, I highly recommend keeping a simplicity journal where you record your thoughts on new habits you’re trying, and the progress you are making. You can do it!

Rug Roundup
Rug Shopping Guide: 1. Surya Jill Rosenwald Orinocco Webs in black and cream; 2. Jaipur Rugs Naturals Lucia Mayen in white and tan; 3. Surya Contemporary Pillows Teori IX in ivory and light gray; 4. Loloi Rugs Justina Blakeney Kahelo in ivory and aqua; 5. Loloi Rugs Phoebe in white.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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