DIY STENCIL PAINTED FLOOR ROUND-UP (AKA FAUX CEMENT TILE)

Hello Lovelies!  Here's a follow-up to my last post about my obsession with cement encaustic tiles.  As I was writing that post I remembered a great stenciled floor reader DIY that my fave design blogger Jenny Komenda from Little Green Notebook posted a while back.  It was a pretty good approximation of the type of Moroccan-looking cement encaustic tile that I am so in love with at the moment!  




(You can see the full tutorial for this stenciled floor here.) 

That got me mining through Pinterest for other cement-tile-looking painted floor DIYs, and I turned up some beauties!  I love all this human ingenuity!

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So there you have it ... those are some pretty pretty floors.  Happy Monday!



INSPIRED BY CEMENT ENCAUSTIC TILE

Hello all!  We've been away on a little family vacation to my home state of New Mexico where we had a ball visiting family and friends and making the rounds to all my favorite places.  I can't wait to show you the photos ...  they don't call it the Land of Enchantment for nothin'!

Now it's back to work, and in addition to launching a client's kitchen remodel this week (which you'll soon be seeing plenty of), I'm also just beginning to turn my attention toward working out the design details of my own upcoming house renovation!  It's not all that often that I get to design for myself, so this is ultra exciting for me!  We're in the middle of drafting floor plans with our architect now, and in the Fall we will begin construction.

So this is what's consuming me right now: handmade cement encaustic tiles!  I'm obsessed with them.  Our house is a 1923 Spanish, and I love the idea of using some of these lovely, graphic, geometric floor tiles in our mudroom entry and in both bathrooms.  In the master bath I'm planning to use a clawfoot tub as well ... I love this combo!

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While cement tile comes in some fantastic colorful patterns that can make a serious statement, I find that for the tile in my home I'm most attracted to a neutral palette of blacks, ivories, greys, with possibly some accents in other muted colors ... I just want it to be a strong yet quiet canvas or backdrop for everything else I know I will be bring into the space in terms of art, fabrics, furniture, etc.  I also prefer the larger scale patterns to the smaller, more busy looking tile designs.

 (all images below via http://www.cementtileshop.com/)
















I'm off to order some samples.  Hope your week is off to a great start!

MORE KIDS' SPACES: INSPIRED BY COLOR!

I've long been inspired by the kid spaces that Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day has created for her little boys as they've moved around from Paris to San Francisco (which by the way is a great story of trust and mothering and travel and family adventure, if you're into that sort of thing :)  
 
Anyhow, her kids' rooms are always colorful, whimsical, and ultra creative.  They make you want to unleash your inner child, which is exactly what a kids' room should do!
 
 
The first baby nursery I designed when I was pregnant with my son Benicio was an ultra classic "little gent" nursery for him, done in navy blues, reds, tans, and brass tones.  Think Paddington Bear meets Wright Brothers meets National Geographic.  Between the hot air balloon wall art, the globe mobile, and the diy wall mural I made from a vintage engraving of a mama and baby elephant framed by old maps, it, definitely had a "little explorer" vibe going.  
I combined classic mattress ticking fabric with burlap trim and vintage numeral and typewrite key fabrics to give it an old-timey feel.
 

(diy cubby box tutorial here)
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It was warm and cozy and we loved this nursery, and spent those precious early months and years together enjoying it to the fullest.  And then it was time for the next chapter ...

Recently we moved into an interim apartment while the renovation of our next home gets underway.  My now-two-year-old is on a major art kick (or lifelong vocation ... only time will tell :) and I wanted his new space to both facilitate and show off his mad skillz!  This colorful little art nook in the corner of his nursery is what I've got so far ...
 

 
This time around I'm loving all the super saturated neon and primary colors against a bright white backdrop.  It feels so fun and fresh and energized!  Not surprisingly, it's the same color palette that all the inspiration photos I had gathered from Oh Happy Day seem to share as well ...







 








Aren't those just the sweetest spaces ever?  I'm really looking forward to finishing Benicio's room and showing you what I come up with!



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