Concrete

This may sound strange but I just love concrete.  What’s not to love about concrete?  Concrete is a composite material with countless uses ranging from building foundation to kitchen countertops.   Not to mention it’s cheap.  Much cheaper than, say, marble.   You could say that concrete has an advantage over marble because it gives that rustic/industrial look that marble can’t quite achieve.

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#concrete #vanity #countertop

Darryl Carter

Darryl Carter

#concrete #vanity #walls

#concrete #countertop #shelves

#concrete #shower

#concrete benches

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Jeanette Whitson

Jeanette Whitson

Stephen Sills

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#concrete #countertops

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#concrete waterfall #countertop

#concrete waterfall #countertop

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Photos of the Day: Black and White

It’s Monday again!  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Mine was not long enough, as usual.  How about a few black and white vignettes to get your Monday off right?

Summerfield - Lonny

Summerfield

Summerfield

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I need these stripes in my life.

After Monday’s post I’ve decided to incorporate more stripes in my life.  Why not?  They’re timeless and classic.

I can’t believe I didn’t include a picture of West Elm’s Striped shower curtain in Monday ‘s post, Big Bold Stripes.  I think I’m going to have to order one in Navy or Gray for my apartment…  It also comes in yellow but I’m not really a yellow person.

West Elm's stripe shower curtain

West Elm's stripe shower curtain

I also wouldn’t mind incorporating stripes in the form of these Kate Spade wedges

Kate Spade's Irina wedge

I did just order this striped sweater.

ASOS sweater in stripe with button side

I’ve always been a fan of Dash & Albert’s striped cotton rugs, especially the Yacht stripe… And you can’t beat that price!  Unfortunately, I’ve run out of places to put a rug in my tiny apartment.

Dash & Albert Yacht stripe

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Photo of the Day

This sweet vignette of a bathroom makes me happy.   I’m ready for this rain to stop and the sun to come out!

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From Lonny magazine October/November 2009.  Interior design by Kate Simpson.

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Beautiful Brass

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Brass finishes are a huge trend right now and I’m so glad.  Most of the time I absolutely prefer a brass finish over any finish on hardware, lighting, plumbing and furniture.  I especially love an antique brass finish.  However, I would be a little hesitant to use brass hardware and plumbing in my own home (as if I have a choice in my apartment!).  I think I’m scared that it’s too trendy and I’ll get sick of it after a while.  But if you think about it, replacing the knobs and pulls in a kitchen or bathroom is really not that big of a deal.  My kitchen and bathroom cabinets don’t even have hardware, otherwise I might consider ordering some of these gorgeous brass pulls from Restoration Hardware:

Gilmore Pull

Utility Latch

Or this pretty antique brass window hardware

And now some pictures that might inspire you to add some antique Brass to your life…

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Urban Grace Interiors’ Coastal Living house.  Notice the brass faucet on the sink – love it! [source]

those brass chairs!  [source]

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John Derian’s NYC bathroom [source]

Have you ever seen such a gorgeous hood? [source]

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Diane von Furstenburg Brass (or Gold) flatware… available from Neiman Marcus

West Elm also has a less expensive collection of Brass (or Gold) flatware

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[source]  Notice the Hicks pendant over the sink :)

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Most Pinned

Sooo I was looking through my pinterest boards last night (a little bored), trying to find inspiration for future blog posts, and I realized that one particular pin was repinned wayyyy more than any other pin. It really surprised me how much attention this one pin received… There are so many other pins I like better. But people are weird…. Oh well. Funny enough, this is from my “bathroom” board. Don’t get me wrong, I love everything about it and I know it’s gorgeous, but I wonder “why this one?”!? :)

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from Elle Decor (I think)

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