If you’re like me and just love the idea of natural stone in a bathroom, your first thought is probably to use marble tiles or counters. That's great- stone will totally bring your renovation up a notch. Last week though I checked out Unik Stone and I just had to share with you these new ways of incorporating natural stone into your project. They’ll give your bathroom an instant edge!
Can you believe it was carved out from one single piece of stone? It’s like almost 6’ feet long! This bath truly stands out amongst all the white freestanding tubs we’re used to seeing in magazines yet still manages to suit a modern space as much as a more rustic setting. The stone acts similarly to cast iron so basically it’s cold to the touch at first but warms up quickly once you fill the tub with hot water and actually helps maintain the temperature. Oh and by the way, the finish is HONED. So it’s totally soft, I am serious you might find yourself petting it..
Stone Shower Base (new grey marble!)
I often have clients tell me they feel stuck in a way because they like how easy an acrylic or polymer shower base install is but find it looks sort of cheap. Choosing a shower base made of a single slab gives you peace of mind instead of worrying about water leaks and keeping those grout lines clean. And it definitely doesn’t look cheap! To complete the look, in the original grey limestone, you can get the stone shower niche or even the 12x24 tiles of the same color which is so practical if you want your whole floor to be one color throughout.
Stone Powder Room Sink
If you have already shopped for a compact sink you definitely know that the options quickly start to look similar. Lots of white! If you want a warmer feel or just something that will make your guests talk, this little one is super affordable and can be easily wall hung. Another idea would be to install it on a narrow counter. If you have more room, there are also integrated sinks with counter space (as always made from one solid block of stone!).
If you have any questions about these products please don’t hesitate to contact the friendly crew from Unik Stone here.
Or perhaps you fell for one of these products but don’t know who to make it work in your space? A little interior design magic might be what you need! Check out my services here.
If you are following me on instagram, you probably already know that I was recently in Portugal with my boyfriend Simon. We didn't see a cloud in the sky for two full weeks, soaked up every ounce of sunshine we could get, walked a ton and took too many photos! Here are 6 decor accents that totally remind me of our trip.
1. Bunny Side Chair
This chair has just enough geometric interest and its bright color is just as welcoming as the homes painted yellow in the small town of Afurada De Baixo. By the way- best smoked sardines are at Taberna do lao Pedro.
2. Kiri Fish Bowl
Oh for all the fresh fish I got to eat! YUM.
3. Oversize Seagrass Basket
All the wicker furniture at the restaurant I fell in love with in Porto: Flow.
Ok I know it's starting to sound like I basically just ate the whole trip but I swear it's not the case.. or is it? :)
4. Miradouro tile
Don't worry, I could have never forgotten to include a classic Portuguese tiles. I picked up a few authentic ones from a market as souvenirs. So much old world character!
5. Artificial Baby Cycas Palm
Mostly brings me back to a day we spent in Sintra, just a 30min train ride away from our Airbnb in Lisbon. These short palm trees are everywhere and mix with other gorgeous greens and old palaces. It's pretty magical.
6. Swallow Art
Or andorinha in Portuguese as we learnt in Porto. These little staples are often an inspiration to local artists. We brought back a ceramic one from A Vida Portuguesa.
You will be using your kitchen faucet every day. So- what’s going to make it great?Here are a few points to think of when shopping for a kitchen faucet.
Location location location
(Yes I have been watching way too much HGTV!)
If your faucet is not located on an island, make sure to measure how much space you have until any obstruction like your upper cabinets. Where does the faucet land in your sink? There’s nothing more annoying than knocking your dishes against the side of your sink because the faucet doesn’t extend enough.
If this is a bar faucet then 1 aerated (regular) spray is fine.The main sink though should have both aerated and vegetable spray. I’m totally into Kohler’s sweep spray which come out as a straight blade. So useful if you’re like me and are obsessed with perfectly rinsing plates before putting them in the dishwasher!
If it’s a pull down faucet, try putting it back up. Does it clip or lock into place with a magnet or does it hang awkwardly. If it’s a chef style faucet with spiral, move it around -does it feel stiff? Are there separate hot and cold handles? Do you prefer a single handle for faster use?
News flash- You don’t have to match stainless with stainless! It’s not because you went with stainless appliances like 99% of the world that your faucet can’t be a bright chrome or trendy back matte. Shiny finishes like chrome are nice to add glam but show finger prints easier which might bother you. Test this out in the showroom! You’ll notice a brushed finish doesn’t need as much maintenance. Be fun and try polished brass or rose gold for a bold look!
Pay attention to where the handle is located on the faucet you love. If it’s on the side, will it bang against your backsplash? If so, you can always ask your plumber to turn the faucet so the handle is in the middle facing towards you. You’ll totally get used to handling it this way don’t worry!
So next time you are shopping for your faucet and all of these key elements work out- AND you love the look, you, my friend, have found the one.
Want your kitchen renovation to be amazing? A little professional help could do the trick. Contact me here so we can discuss your project!