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I have been sponsored by the Glidden® brand paint for PPG to do this video but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.



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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It's that time of year when we all have a list of small projects around the house to get it ready for holidays and our guests. One that I have been putting off for a while, but I knew I couldn't procrastinate any longer, was revamping this cute little vintage desk I found a few months back in one of our many trips upstate New York. Don't get me wrong, the desk was in pretty good shape but I felt a fresh coat of paint will liven it up and give it a new fresh look. As a contributor blogger to MyColortopia, I came across this amazing Glidden Trim & Door paint that I knew would work wonders for my project. Since it's an oil base paint, I knew it would give it the glossy, lacquer-like finish I was going for.

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•• Sorry, but entries for this giveaway are no longer accepted. ••

As promised, here's the giveaway to celebrate our first year blogaversary. Unlike previous giveaways, this one is quite personal. If you've been dying to restyle a room in your pad but need some design advice to make it happen, this is the perfect opportunity to do it. The lucky winner of this unique giveaway will enjoy an online design consultation for ONE room in his/her home from yours truly. This is my way of giving back some of the love you guys have shown me this past year.

The winner will receive a Design Mood Board including my recommendations for furniture and accessories to meet your style, color palette and design solutions to make the space look its best. This will be a wonderful guide to help and motivate the winner to take on this room-lift. Details on how to enter below the jump.

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Living In 500 Sq. Feet • The Bathroom 

I know, it has taken me a while to post more juicy details about our pad's renovation. But don't worry. Today I'm giving you all the fun background on our itty-bitty (4’6” x 7’8”) bathroom facelift. For me, the bathroom is one of the most important spaces in a home. I remember when we went to see the apartment for the first time and took a glance at the bathroom , I almost fainted. It was sooooo 70's. The bathtub and toilet were olive green and the vanity white Formica. But wait, the best part: the toilet seat was black, yeap, BLACK! I knew right away everything had to go.

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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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The Brick House Project

What started as a renovation of a 1951 foreclosed brick house
in Hemet, California has turned into a blog, The Brick House, about products, great finds and design inspiration. Morgan Satterfield and her boyfriend Jeremy Chlebik started the remodeling back in 2008 and it's still a work in progress. For Morgan it seems like it'll probably never end — and that's a good thing!. “I'm going to be tweaking the house forever. We do almost everything ourselves with help from family and friends on lucky occasions. I'm typically in charge of the overall design and make all the decisions. I look for inspiration in thrift stores, in movies, books, on other blogs, from friends, etc”, she says.

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Home At Last!

I remember how hard it was moving into a new city and having to start from scratch, especially putting together a new place and making it feel like your own. A dear friend of mine recently moved to New York into an adorable 300 square-feet studio in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. It is the perfect white canvas with great bones and wonderful natural light, very hard to find in the city. She had asked me to help her figure out a way to transform her new pad into a place she could call home — of course, on a budget.

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