Butcher block countertops…

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Butcher block countertops makes a lovely choice for surfaces because it’s affordable and transitions well in all kitchen styles. There are several types but the end grain is the strongest and camouflages knife marks. I like it for its checkerboard pattern. Maple seems to be the most popular but you can also get cherry, red oak, bamboo and zebrawood.

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Sealing will leave a shiny coating whereas unsealed is raw. If you seal the butcher block, you will want to use it on surfaces that won’t be used for food prep like kitchen tables or built-in desks. Some damages can be removed with sandpaper and maintenance requires oiling every 6 months.

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Outdoor spaces and inspiring places

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It finally felt like Spring this weekend here in Milwaukee with Easter reaching 75 degrees (77 according to my phone). I was a happy camper and it made me think of how I need to get my patio life together. Browsing stores like Target and Pier 1 can really make you want to buy-every-dog-on-thing. However a few bright items can jazz up any blah outdoor space.

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Fabric Walls
This makes me want to buy a funky pattern and hang it on the walls of my patio with velcro. Actually, I may just do that. It can also hide unsightly areas. Just make sure you use outdoor fabric.

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Sun Shelter
Scalloped umbrella tables are pretty much everything. They aren’t cheap but worth the splurge if you live in a climate that utilizes outdoor areas more than 4 months out of the year…

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Happy Easter. Pretty egg inspiration…

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These look like cool nail designs…

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I’m sure you can use plastic eggs to paint versus die and decorate with them the entire month of April…

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In the middle of crafting for a party I’m styling, I took a break to make my niece an Easter basket. Dollar Tree had the cutest stuff this year. The glitter eggs and tulips on sticks came from there along with pretty much everything. I added bubbles, sidewak chalk, puzzles, sunglasses, a hopping chick, a stuffed rabbit and some squeezy light up toy. Since my sis n law doesn’t give her candy, I filled the rabbit eared eggs with goldfish and animal crackers.

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I think it’s cute. Hope your holiday is relaxing and filled with good food.


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White and cream bathroom stone, slabs, and tile

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I noticed my Pinterest has such beautiful bathroom tile inspiration. I love a sleek modern wall slab of marble or something. The look is very elegant and simplistic. I figured I would share the style of bathrooms I’m drawn to…

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I like the suspended mirrors. That’s nice design look….

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The wood blades, drawer fronts, and stool legs gives this bathroom a bit of warmth…

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Do you like white or creamier colored stone materials for a bathroom?

{Images Ashley Hicks w/photo by Nicolas Tosi for Elle Decoration, Ryan Street, Tara Bernerd, Denman Bennett}


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Designs and dimensions in tile, doors and furniture

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I saw AKDO’s tile on pinterest and loved the design. I can see this as backsplash for a stove with gold fixtures.  So pretty…

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Then I saw this which is making some patio awfully fabulous. See more here

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This door is amazing. Talk about an entrance…

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The lines of this desk reminds me of the one Kelly Wearstler used here

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This room has a lot of dimension too in the form of the many textures through out: wood paneled walls, woven headboard, quilted blanket, leather tufted bench. Textures gives interest in an earthy color palette or monochromatic design. Do you like dimension or prefer flush smooth surfaces?

{Other images via Arkpad}


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