Hot Trend: Floating Vanities

One design trend I’ve noticed taking shape for 2016 is the modern floating vanity in bathrooms.  These can be done with more traditional paneling and door fronts or a very contemporary sleek look.  I think in certain applications these look really fantastic (this first image is particularly fetching)- but you do lose quite a bit of concealed drawer storage by using this style. So it seems to be best for those who don’t have six mascaras (ahem) or are okay with open storage like baskets and shelves.  What do you guys thing- yay or nay?
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The Best Shower Curtains

Some days it’s SO hard to come up with good blog content.  Thinking back of the thousands of posts I’ve done, it truly amazes me sometimes that I’ve had that much to write about.  So it’s been great to see you guys chime in in the comments section about specific ideas and needs for posts.  Just yesterday two of you suggested I write about finding stylish shower curtains, something I would not have thought would be particularly helpful.  And seeing as I had no other genius ideas for today, I thought “why not?” So here it is- ask and you shall receive. :)

I like to keep shower curtains relatively simple, preferring white, classic styles to overly cute.  But sometimes in a very plain bathroom, you can really inject some style with a nice pattern or a touch of color.  Here are my current favorites when it comes to the almighty shower curtain. Click the pictures for links!

Plain, Bordered and Embroidered

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If you want to go really (and I mean, really) crazy, this custom Leontine Linens curtain at left is the Rolls Royce of shower curtains. I bet you didn’t know there was such a thing. :)

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These would be so cute in kids bathrooms!

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Let’s Discuss: Patterned Cement Tile

I’ve noticed a lot of kitchens and baths lately boldly employing patterned tile floors, walls and backsplashes. These tiles, mostly examples of Moroccan cement tile, are both contemporary and vintage and when mixed with modern cabinetry and details, can result in a truly showstopping look. But I have to wonder, will this look be timeless? Is it a risk worth taking in main space like a kitchen? Lets take a look at some examples and talk it through.

This room just uses the patterned tile behind the range, which I love in combination with he rustic beams, brick and the sleek counter and cabinetry.

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My Bathroom: The Look for Less

A lot of you have been very kind with compliments on my new bathroom shots on Instagram and here on the blog.  I love how it came out (or, is coming out rather, there are some final touches happening this week) but know for a lot of people the cost of this room is a bit high.  So I wanted to show how to get a bathroom with a similar look using items from big box stores and discount retailers.

To refresh, here are some mediocre pictures taken this morning (the left part of the vanity is being repaired so ignore that as well as the low-light grainy shot! But you get the idea.)

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Bathtub Love: Black Beauty

I saw this AMAZING shot of a black bathtub in the newest Rue Magazine and it reminded me how much I love the look of a classic tub outfitting in my favorite colors. As we were planning our new master bath we had to forgo a tub, mostly because of space restraints but also because I rarely take baths (however, which comes first, a love of baths or an amazing bathtub?) I hope someday I can have a tub like this but for now a girl can dream…
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So I rounded up my favorite images of black bathtubs for some inspiration…

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( I mean, the cuteness is too much!)

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