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If you're dying to spruce up your kitchen but don't know where to begin, you can start by creating a fun and cool looking backsplash to give the wall between your cabinets some texture and visual interest. There are many ways of adding a bit of pizzazz to this important part of your kitchen but decorative tiles are one of the most commonly used materials for this project. However, there are several things you need to consider before embarking on a tile-buying spree. Since kitchen backsplashes are subjected to a great deal of use and abuse you want to choose a tile that cleans easily and will not stain — choosing the wrong kind of tile might make it harder to keep the backsplash clean all times. You also need to keep in mind the style of your kitchen so the tiles you select will complement the rest of the room (see ABL Tile & Bathroom for more on this). According to, some people often choose tile murals for their backsplashes because they're different and quickly transform the overall look of a kitchen. But the list doesn't stop here. There are many other quick and clever ways of updating your kitchen backsplash. So if you need help deciding what's your best option, Houzz is a one-stop online source where you can find tips and wonderful inspiration for your kitchen makeover and any other decorating project. Trust me, it can make things go a lot smother.


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I've always dreamed of having a sizable bathroom—one big enough for twin sinks, a tub, a shower and plenty of space to walk around. But being a New York City dweller, that dream is hardly attainable. That's why I almost fell off my chair when I spotted this spectacular ensuite bedroom/bath renovation by Jonathan King and his partner Michael. They've done a magnificent job, especially at making both rooms work so well together by using an open floor plan which, by the way, I find super sexy. Of course, I'm also mad about their choice of black and white as a palette plus their exquisite use of accessories. Oh, and how cool is that headboard made with a vintage map? Simply superb!! I'm so green with envy.

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There's nothing that will keep creative minds from creating, especially when talented ones join forces—like German product designers Eva Marguerre and Marcel Besau, who teamed up to create Studio Besau Marguerre. Besides product design, their services range from interiors design to visual communication and branding. I'm glad I came across their site–it's a wonderful source of inspiration and eye candy. Take for instance this DIY project they worked on for Brigitte magazine. It's overly clever how they came up with these beautiful vignettes of chairs that have been refurbished together with the materials used for the transformation. Plus each of the chairs turned out simply gorgeous and give you some unique ideas to try on your own... right? If you have a few minutes and want to enjoy some of the behind-the-scenes happenings of the shoot, click here.

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• Written by guest blogger Margaret Jules

Your level of indulgence in luxuries is decided by your budget, and giving a new look to your home could be one of those luxuries. Whether an internal or an external makeover, the project might range from painting the walls of your house, to new flooring, and even buying new furniture for your dining room or living room. So if hiring an interior designer is your splurge of choice, then you must take a closer look at your budget so you can get what you need from your designer. However, there are various factors which could help you define your budget. Here are a few tips that will help you get there.

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A Wall is Born

In my line of work, I'm constantly exposed to new and interesting materials and finishes for the home. There are so many out there it's hard to keep track. One that I've been using in some of my projects with excellent results, and have fallen madly in love with, is this modern embossed three-dimensional wall covering by Inhabit. They're lightweight wall tiles that work together through an automatic pattern repeat to create large-scale dimensional walls of any size and shape. I find it to be a great solution to dress up any dull wall in a home. They automatically, and without much effort, add some character and spark to the room. For the longest time, I've been dying to bring this project home and use it on a brick wall which I've wanted to revamp for a while. It was hard to choose from all the patterns they offer, but since I wanted to somehow maintain the feeling of brick, I chose the Seesaw pattern. So I rolled up my sleeves, and with the help of my best friend Luis, we embarked on the perfect weekend project. The result: a slicker and modern brick wall. What do you think? To me, it's the best example of decorating to your heart's content. You can see how it turned out after the jump. 

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Drab To Fab: Console Table

Part of being an interior designer is always being on the lookout for great finds, whether new or with great potential of becoming something wonderful. On a recent trip to one of my favorite places in the city to spot treasures —and after a couple of rounds through the flea market— I encountered this Country French-inspired console table in need of some love. Of course, I couldn't resist and ended up buying it since I already knew the perfect place in my apartment where to put it

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Living In 500 Sq. Feet • Living Area 

Hey guys, I'm back with more behind-the-scenes on our small pad's renovation. On a previous post, I covered the juicy details of our kitchen's transformation so today it's all about the living and dining areas. So here's the scoop. Since the original floor plan of the apartment was very boring simple, we had to get quite creative. After opening up the kitchen we were left with a square canvas to work with. The challenge: create three specific areas in the space, one for living, one for dining and a small home office. The solution: building an L -shaped partition that would not only separate the living from the dining area, but also hold our much needed closets, serve as a bookcase and create a hallway to the open bedroom.

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Living In 500 Sq. Feet • The Kitchen 

For the first time last week, our pint-sized one bedroom apartment debuted in YHL. The response was overwhelmingly positive with lots and lots of compliments. People were amazed how we managed to stretch the 500 square-feet we live in, and make the most out every single inch. The questions were many, but what most people asked about was the floor plan to help them visualize the layout. That's when I came up with the idea of this series through which I'll be sharing with you juicy details about how we maximized the space we have — and to prove the point that small living can be beautiful.

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