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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Butcher block isn’t heat resistant and it can rot and discolor with excessive wetness. This is why I like multiple surface types because then you can use the butcher block on a kitchen island and have the counters some sort of stone. Back to the affordable part, the ever lifesaver Ikea has one that is $129 for 6 feet.
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There are all sorts of info on butcher block over on The Remodelista.

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{images via the Kitchn, Smittens Studio Online, The Grothouse Lumber Company, Erik Olsson, House Beautiful,  House of Turquoise}


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Ever see an interior with something you want…

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…then you come across something similar in store?

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I saw these images on Sukio of Jenna Snyfer-Phillips home and really liked the zebra art pieces. Then I came across one similar at Michael’s.

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So I bought it. When I frame it, I will post…


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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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Boutique Indulgences: Five Hearts in Milwaukee

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Two weeks ago I went browsing the Third Ward area of downtown Milwaukee (which is home to bars, shops, cafes, luxury condos and the river). My consin noticed Five Hearts first which shares a lobby with a salon. Upon entry was a console table of brochures and things happening in the area. Then we walked in…

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An industrial designed clothing boutique for women. Super cute clothes, friendly staff and just a nice vibe overall. We were told that the name came from the owners five daughters….hence….five hearts.

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I really liked all of the storage units…

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Tiny Tot Thursday 4.10.14 bunk loft bed heaven

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{Hgtv}

With this loft bed taking up ceiling space, it gives more floor space for other things and furniture, kind of like this

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{Ken Linsteadt Architects}

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I would totally have a big kid moment and sleep here. Which bed would you want if you could be a kid again?

{Interior designer Jett Thompson architect Peter for the Weber Scarp Ridge Lodge}


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Tuesday’s Tips: how to decorate a narrow room

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So you bought a new house but there’s that one narrow itty bitty room that you struggle with. Well you can create a comfy lounge to simply go to when you want to nap, read, or think. Buying furniture to scale for the space will allow a functional area…

{Image via brittany ambridge for Domino magazine}
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{The Nest Blog}
You will have to edit carefully and ensure each item in a narrow room is needed and functions. Small tables and furniture with legs keeps this space airy and prevents a cluttered feeling…

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