A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family
A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family

New Kitchen: Tile Me Pretty

Hope you had a lovely weekend! We enjoyed our camping trip and the beautiful weather this past weekend brought. Saturday was spent enjoying the sunshine, a few water sports and delicious campfire foods such as – my favorite – s’mores.

Glass subway tile, spanish mission craftsman kitchen

But then it was back to work…

Over the past six weeks we’ve been diligently working on upgrading our teeny tiny kitchen into a modern Spanish version to fit our 1930′s Spanish home. And we’re that much closer! (Here’s a look at update 1, update 2, update 3 and our inspiration board.)

After much deliberation between many different materials for the new backsplash, we decided that a glass tile in kiwi green would fit the look we were hoping to achieve. Our latest dilemma has been to determine the best design for the large space between the cabinets – subway tiles would provide a traditional spin on a more modern material (helping to blend that historic-meets-21st century look we love) but 1″ tiles mixed in might break up a wall of solid tile that’s on the verge of too plain.

Glass subway tile, spanish mission craftsman kitchen

Here’s Kevin and our friend, Dave holding up the new hood prior to installation (isn’t she perty!). A few quick photoshop renderings helped give us a visual of the four backsplash designs we’re deciding between:

1. Solid subway tiles – a clean and polished look that we love.

2. Subway tiles with a 1″ tile inlay that would sit right behind the range, perhaps providing a ‘pop’ for the stove area?

3. A boxed in version of #2 – this design would outline the 1″ tiles in a single row of subway tiles.

4. A beefed up version of design #3 using two subway tiles to border the 1″ tile rectangle.

We sat on these images for almost a week to make sure that our final choice was a well-thought out one. And I’m happy to say that Kevin just finished the last of the installation! I can’t wait to show a full update of the past week or so of work. Stay tuned…

S’mores Mini Cupcake Skewers

Smores Cupcake Skewers, S'more mini cupcakes, chocolate, graham cracker, marshmallow, lollipop

What’s gooey, sticky and oh-so-delicious when paired with chocolate and graham crackers? Mmmmm, toasted marshmallows of course. We are getting ready to head out for our annual camping excursion with friends and these little bites (minus the sticky fingers because of the lollipop skewers – great idea) have me in the mood for a warm and toasty campfire.

Lisa over at With Style & Grace created these layered S’more Skewer Cupcakes for a contest at Pizzazzerie. Check out her post here for the full recipe. And just in case you enjoy this particular combination as much as I do… here is a bit more inspiration on the s’more front:

S’more ice cream, s’more cupcakes take two, s’more chocolate peanut butter dessert cups and s’more pops. Yum.

Happy Friday, everyone!

Fall Wish List: An October Full of Orange & Brown

Fall Inspiration Board, Home, Clothes, Fashion, Wardrobe, Plaid, Rugs, Mirrors

If I could pull together a wish list of any fall-inspired additions I’d add to the home and wardrobe this October, here would be my picks:

1. Brown Mary Janes: These could quickly become my go-to rain shoes with their sturdy 3″ heel (to keep me out of puddles) and the modern leather detailing. These Mary Janes would work great with a skirt and wool tights, or paired with denim jeans and a long cardigan.

2. Eternity Knit Scarf: I love the circular style of scarves right now! This ribbed version looks so warm and inviting.

3. Owl Accessories: I’d update my dining room with a few nature-inspired accessories like these owl salad plates. It would look great solo on a plate stand amongst the shelves of white dishes.

4. Plaid Pencil Skirt: Plaid and herringbone are my favorite fall patterns and this warm, soft wool skirt would look great paired with a cozy turtleneck and heels (maybe those brown Mary Janes?).

5. A Vintage Floral Rug: Okay, so maybe I wouldn’t change out the throw rugs just for the season but I do love the wildflower-esq florals of this beautiful rug.

6. A Patterned Orange Rug: Likewise, I love the bright color and geometric pattern of this orange rug and would be oh-so-happy to add it to a bedroom for a fall lift.

7. Branch Clothing Hooks: I’ve always been a fan of branches – and how neat are these? They would be perfect in a mudroom ready to store pea coats from incoming guests.

8. An Owl Candle: More owl… he seems to be the animal of the season this year and this candle would be the perfect addition to the living room.

9. A White Patterned Ceramic Vase: I have always loved over-sized vases and the intricate square pattern adorning this one makes me think it would be a perfect fit for my space.

10. Cottage-esq Accessories & Vases: Back to the wildflower-esq accessories, this glass bottle and wire basket combo (resembling an old-fashioned milk carrier) would be a sweet country addition to the kitchen right next to the sink. Add a few stems and it would be a nice reminder of spring to come!

11. A Bold Sunburst Mirror: Can’t get enough big, bold mirrors and this is my new favorite. Maybe a splurge I’ll have to consider for above the mantel? It’s a beauty.

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