By Jennifer Ott. Get the feel of spring all year round with a tiled, painted or glass backsplash in colors from pale celery to deep olive
By Jennifer Ott. Go soothing without slipping into yawn territory, with purples, blue-grays and more on bedroom walls
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I became a huge fan of penny rounds after working at the design firm Jamie Bush & Co. in Los Angeles several years ago. Jamie’s signature style included plenty of pennies; they gave a nice vintage-yet-modern vibe. These beautiful blue penny rounds from Merola Tile are available from Home Depot at a nice price of $6.95 per square foot. I can see these working well in a bathroom—as a backsplash and/or shower wall or floor tile. Use a light gray grout so the blue is set off nicely.
By Jennifer Ott. Zero in on a kitchen combo you’ll love with these strategies and great countertop-backsplash mixes for inspiration
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David Trubridge is one of my favorite lighting designers. I just stumbled upon his elegant Floral pendant in aqua and I’m in love! Made of painted bamboo ply, the fixture arrives in a flat-packed kit that you assemble yourself (cutting down on shipping costs). According to Trubridge “This form is based on the structure of a geometric polyhedron” and was inspired by a flower he photographed in Australia. Order one for yourself from Lumens.com.
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I’m a huge fan of IKEA kitchens for their low price yet high quality, but I don’t always love their cabinet door and drawer front offerings. I was therefore pleased to see their new ORSA kitchen cabinet door/drawer front. It’s solid birch with a clear lacquer finish. You can customize the look by sanding off the finish and then painting or staining any color you desire. For further details on painting your own cabinets check out my Houzz article on the subject. If you aren’t handy or don’t have the time to spend on the project, find a reputable painter to do the job for you. You might be surprised by how affordable this entire project can be.
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Happy Halloween! A little bit of Dragon’s Blood or Jack O’Lantern will go a long way to bring warmth into a room. Or combine them via an abstract design or pattern on an accent wall or partial accent wall. Just be sure to balance the whole thing out with a heavy dose of Pumpkin Seeds or another light neutral hue.