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Residential styling

How to love your exterior color

Fifteen very different homes. Not a single white/black color scheme among them.
I think each one of them has the right color selection.
Why?

The color designer followed these rules:

     1) respect for the type of architecture
     2) consideration of fixed elements
     3) establish color harmony
     4) proper use of the color white
     5) proper use of color contrast
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Trend Alert: The Very Latest in Countertops

Pure countertop

PURE countertop at Z-Tile, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

The new sushi restaurant in Rosemary Beach, Florida, sports “PURE” glass counters.

image via Facebook

image via Facebook

The PURE countertop type is so new that it isn’t to be found anywhere on Google.

And, the only fabricating company that I know of installing this product is

in northwest Florida.

A quick check to the staff at Aqua Sushi confirmed that they all “love it.”

It just looks so fresh and clean.  

I am going to say this new product is a keeper.

(A similar product that I have been keeping an eye on is called Nano,

but I am hearing that PURE is a better product).

Bossy granite is what I try to steer clients away from.

Bossy granite = lots of color and/or movement.

“Bossy” elements dictate every other design decision.

Even though granite was all the rage for the last 15 years (after the Corian trend played out),

More and more people are asking, “what can I use besides granite?”

Suzy, the owner of Z-Tile, where I first saw PURE, is Green-Certified. She says that PURE is

considered a very environmentally-friendly product.

I predict we’ll be seeing a lot more of PURE.


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One chandelier or two?

If you have noticed that many shelter magazines are showing not one, but two,

chandeliers over a dining-room table, you are picking up on something.

And, that something is a trend.

Not just a trend, but a trendy-trend.

For a classic, timeless, look, stick with a single chandelier over your dining room table.

Save the pair for a long hall .

Trust me on this one.

This is a trend, it will not last, and in five years it  will announce:

“I decorated my dining room in 2013.”

Save the two chandelier/two lantern look for something like the above.

That is a timeless look that never goes out of style.

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Alabama White Marble

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Did you know that different types of marble have different densities?

The more dense the marble, the less porous it is.

Higher density means less staining.

Alabama White (quarried just a few miles from where I live) is one of the whitest, densest, most beautiful marble types.

It is considered equal to the famous Italian Carrara (frequently misspelled Carrera) marble.

Alabama White marble was used in the Washington Monument.

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The bust of Abraham Lincoln at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda? Also, Alabama White.

(I believe this is the right one, there are several marble busts of Lincoln at the Capitol building)

The Lincoln Memorial?  My source says that the ceiling is Alabama White. Not sure you can see it, though!

U.S. Supreme Court Building?  Interiors are full of Alabama White.

Here is a marble top I just received in Alabama White.

To go on this antique French garden table.

It will be permanently outdoors. I consider it a little slice of history to have Alabama White.

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Alabama White is prized for its crystalline structure. It will be fine outdoors.

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The {movement} is lovely and not too overwhelming.

For a table-top or small counter, ask your fabricator if there is a scrap piece
which is large enough. You will get a much better price than  a slab price.

Alabama White. From my Sweet Home Alabama.
marble-alabama-white
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$12 of happiness

daffodils

Daffodils $1.99 a bunch at my local Whole Foods.
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You can ring my bell

That late 1970s/early 1980s disco song keeps rummaging

through my head.

You see, we just installed this darling marine bell at the beach home of a family member.

marine bell

ring my bell

We installed it to relate to the door, without being too close to interfere

with normal comings and goings.

It has the nicest, most welcoming cling-clang.

Solid brass.

Adorable anchor-motif backplate.

Genuine marine-grade rope pull.

So much more “beachy” than a regular electric doorbell.

You can ring my bell.
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Do your toenails match your bath tile?

Well, if you are Suzy, they certainly do!

Suzy, the owner of a brand-new tile center in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida,

showed me that your toes can indeed match your bath tile:

Susie's toes

Suzy’s shimmery toes!!!

Suzy is hard at work selecting the tile for the upcoming Maison de Vie,

the showhome opening this summer at WaterColor resort in the Florida Panhandle.

Her company is the lead sponsor of the home:

She gave me a sneak preview of some of the hard surfaces she will be using.

Here is the floor tile she has selected for the master bath:

flooring

flooring

It feels incredibly smooth and cool underfoot. Perfect for a beach home.

She will be using this one in the home as well. Loving the soft beach colors:

wall tile

wall tile

Look at the same tile as above with dark gray grout, for a completely different look:

gray grout

gray grout

Another display in the showroom:

Q-tile vignette

Q-tile vignette

I fell in love with this gorgeous cross-cut marble piece:

crosscut marble

crosscut marble

Here are some other beauties:


This one looks like a coastal sunrise.  Subtle and shimmery.  And, very glamorous:

shimmery

shimmery

What about this subway tile with an opacity that sets it apart? Stunning.

opaque subway

opaque subway

Moorish Arch

moorish arch

moorish arch

And another Moorish arch in marble:

marble moorish arch

marble moorish arch

Here is a new product I saw in Suzy’s showroom, which is green-certified, and makes a great surface used as a bath or kitchen slab. Suzy told me that a local fabricator installed this product for her, called “Pure.” It is a glass product which looks like the whitest marble.

I have seen similar slabs called “Nano,” but was not familiar with the “Pure” brand. I will be keeping an eye on this as the next big thing, and  I would love to use this in a bath installation. It really looks like pure white marble:

Pure slab

Pure slab

 

Suzy, thank you for allowing me to take photos of  your beautiful new showroom!

Susie

Susie

Can’t wait to see the showhouse when I come to the beach this summer!


This is not a sponsored post, just thought you would enjoy seeing some of the latest trends in the high-end tile market.
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