Go Graphic!

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BASKETWEAVE in Earth/Sky, sold by Filmore Clark

Want to add a little spice to a room? Go Graphic! These graphic tiles prove that art can be added in a multitude of ways, especially with a smooth floor or wall tile. Here are our picks for beautiful graphic tiles that add glamour and style to bathrooms, stairs, home offices and more.

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Tile, Stone & Countertops; http://www.artobrick.com/interior-exterior-wall-floor

Here’s a beautifully designed mid-sized midcentury home office in Los Angeles with a study, gray walls and a built-in desk. The graphic tiles create incredible visual interest and add so much to the space. The geometric design lends itself well to a workspace, and the desk and walls compliment the color of the tiles perfectly. Books add pops of color, while the dark blue chair adds depth.

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Next up, a nook with decorative tiles. Here we have decorative floor tiles that add some sass to the space. With white furniture that plays oh so well with the zebra stripes of the tile, the room looks well put together and ready for fun. With a posh look that gives excitement and glamour, these tiles add that wow-factor to a neat little nook.

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http://www.tttarch.com

This beautiful, rustic spiral staircase offers a new twist on graphic tiles – tiles at every step. The differing designs makes the stairs quite exciting, and the graphic elements give guests a beautiful view as approaching the winding stair case. The subdued black and white work well with the rustic tone of the space, while the tile designs give a modern feel. Candelabras add a little drama to the space and show that this designer definitely paid attention to the details. A job well done with graphic tiles!

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http://www.wbbuilders.com

A beautiful small Mediterranean powder room shows off the beauty of graphic tiles that come together to make larger designs. Here we have a vessel sink, limestone countertops, white tile, cement tile, white walls and travertine floors. Everything supports the design of the tile without interfering with its focus. The mirror adds a dose of femininity to the room and plays well with the design of the tile. We love the simple elegance of the black and white tile, and couldn’t be more pleased with the overall look of this bathroom.

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http://www.us.kohler.com/us/Bathroom-Vanities/content/Bathroom-Vanitie

This expansive contemporary master bathroom in Milwaukee is just lush! With a vessel sink, flat-panel cabinets, dark wood cabinets, pink tile, quartz countertops, an alcove shower, pink walls and marble floors, this master bath is glamour at its finest. While it may not be graphic tile on the floor per se, we are drawn to the geometric patterns created by placing the pink and gray tiles together. The walls have that watercolor look to them, and create a beautifully luxurious look in the bathroom. A lavish look for sure!

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TVs: To Hide or Not to Hide

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www.fraserdesignassociates.com

 

When deciding whether or not to hide your TV, why not consider making the “hide” part of the design? With this pair of rustic sliding doors, you can hide your TV in style and incorporate the doors as part of the design. We love how the doors match the rest of the furniture and we especially love how the doors look so good open and closed. This is our pick for a dramatic TV covering.

 

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Here we see one of our own projects, the art cabinet that the client owned became the inspiration for the entire space. We love this design because the TV cabinet adds beauty to the space, while concealing the TV in plain sight.

 

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http://www.tea2architects.com

 

Here’s a different look: an exposed television set above a fireplace. With this design, we have a beautiful juxtaposition between the lines of the fireplace and the lines of the television, creating a geometric delight. Here there’s no need to hide the TV because it looks so perfectly placed. The squares of the windows add even more geometric visual interest to the overall design, and add natural ambiance around the television. Here’s our pick for an outstanding integrative design.

 

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http://www.tomstringer.com

For a new strategy on hiding the TV, why not conceal it behind the fireplace? A stunning fieldstone fireplace dominates the interior of this relaxing cabin, and to make sure it doesn’t compete with the TV, the screen was hidden beside the chimney. The flat screen is placed on a slider for an easy reveal whenever homeowners and guests are ready to watch. We love the ingenuity and seamless conceal of this look!

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http://www.tomstringer.com

 

We love this technique to hide a TV because it looks so seamless! The paneling swivels around to reveal the TV to unsuspecting guests. Our only critique of this design is that this approach requires a niche deep enough for the board to rotate all the way around. If you’ve got a deep recess, we say go for it!

 

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See a TV in this room?  Neither do we.  Who knew a mirror could disguise a TV so well!  One of our own designs, we love this fresh new take on concealing a television. Here’s a look at the TV when it’s on:

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http://www.lowescreativeideas.com/idea-library/projects/Nature_Inspire

 

How about a family-friendly artsy look? This room went from plain basement to family fun with a fireplace upgrade complete with a sleek wood mantel, stone veneer, a flat-panel TV, and DIY leaf-motif art panels that can hide the television screen. We love to see yet another way to hide the TV – this time with art! The panels add an artsy, friendly vibe to the space and are just the trick to hide the TV.

 

 

 

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Masculine Bedrooms

 www.christinedovey.com

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www.thelennoxx.com

With Father’s Day right around the corner, we’ve got masculine design on our minds. Clean lines, rich hues, and a dose of utilitarianism show us what it means to design with a man in mind. Here are a few of our favorite masculine bedrooms:

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www.digsdigs.com

Exposed concrete, browns, and minimalist furniture all spell major masculine bedroom! We love the way the walls lend themselves to a manly ambiance. The “former factory” vibe gives a certain cool factor, coupled with the neutral colors. The small floating side tables add balance, while the stark lines of the bed add further masculinity to the space. We aren’t all drab and dreary though…we love peeking a pop of color off to the side of the room, with the red dresser, reminding us guys can have fun with brighter shades too! A room well done.

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www.thedpages.com

Imbued with an element of worship, this bedroom invites both spiritual energy and masculinity into the space. The dark green bedding gives a depth to the room, while the red accents add a little sensuality. Made masculine by the deep wall and bedding colors, this manly room can still carry beautiful flowers and religious statues with ease.

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www.thedpages.com

Prepare to relax with some masculine blues! This headboard and bedding make for a gorgeous combination. We love the slate window treatments and the oversized artwork that give this room some real style. The ceiling beams and grasscloth walls also add some masculinity, along with the silver chair and neutral lamp. Just enough detail to add personality, without overfilling the room.

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www.memetics.com

Finally, this masculine bedroom showcases an oversized mirror with a glimpse at a beautiful piece of abstract art reflected in it. The table lamps give balance, while the black and white photographs give a personal touch. The dark walls and bedding make it masculine, and the center decorative pillow and flower arrangement show that a room doesn’t have to be all dark and plain to be manly. And of course, we love the old-school alarm clock!

 

 

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Summertime, Party Time!

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www.designsponge.com

 

It’s summer – let’s party! Add a little whimsy to any get together with these gorgeous hanging terrariums. Nothing says celebration like things that shine, and we just can’t get enough of these! Complete with a beautiful green table arrangement, we are ready to party with this incredible set-up. 

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www.justchrys.com

 

Beautiful centerpieces bring out the best of summer with handpicked flowers. We love these decorative test tube vases that add complexity and visual interest to the arrangement. The height of the centerpieces adds a little drama without creating too much ostentation. We love the delicacy and femininity of this arrangement and would love to see it at our summer event.

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www.designsponge.com

Outdoor chandeliers are just divine! We can’t get enough of this sumptuous table setting for a summer party. The chandeliers add some real glamour to the space and look so incredible up in the trees. The table settings add more green to the look, and provide that balance of natural beauty we can’t live without. 

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www.designsponge.com

 

We love this creative idea for a cooler! If you’re hosting a huge party, why not use the canoe? The ice and drinks look just lovely hanging out in your favorite boat, and is perfect for an ocean-themed summer get-together.

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www.handmadehilarity.com

 

Want to take some gorgeous pictures at your party? This handmade backdrop wins our top spot. We look the shabby chic look of the wallpaper that unfurls, only to reveal more patterns. The lovely floral accents add to the femininity of the shot, making this a perfect backdrop for a ladies’ night of drinks and dreams in the backyard. 

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Mismatched Pillows!

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Nothing brightens up a bed like a pile of gorgeous pillows! Mismatched pillows, especially with a central focal point like the one above, are the perfect way to add style and flavor to any bed or sofa. Here are our picks for this lovely trend.

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www.deborahfrenchdesigns.com

 

Shades of red give depth and harmony to this pale yellow couch, while the different patterns of the pillows offer an exotic feel. This is a most effective use of blending textures and patterns, as stripes, solids and florals all combine together beautifully. Various red objects throughout the room serve to add more balance and accent the pillows perfectly.

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www.raenovate.com

For something a little more neutral, we just love this sofa and pillow combination. The geometric pattern of the area rug mimics one of the pillows, anchoring the space. We love that the pillows are just bold enough to add visual interest to the room, without overpowering the deliciously simple gray couch. We also love the way the hue of the simple window treatments compliments all of the pillows effortlessly.

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Form Interiors by Erika Bierman Photography

 

Now for something fabulous! We are tickled pink by this gorgeous bedroom and luscious wallpaper, but the bed wouldn’t be complete without satin and velvet pillows to add even more sensuality to the space! The details on the pillows just add to their appeal, and we can’t get over the designer’s boldness of throwing in some animal print pillows for even more pizazz. Even the browns and silvers of the solid pillows add complexity to the room, drawing out the depth of the painting above the bed.

 

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http://www.shopsocietysocial.com/products/fuschia-peak 

Now this one suits us just perfectly. Such an artsy high-end look for a living room! Contrasting patterns capture the eye of any beholder, and turn the couch into a work of art. The daring abstract paintings behind the couch only add to the overall feel of the space as modern, fun, and full of energy. The table lamps help to offset some of the volume of the pillows and lend themselves well to balance. We love how in spite of all the different patterns of the pillows, the size of them create a pleasing sense of balance on this sofa.

 

 

 

 

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The Art of the Office: Making Space for the Feminine

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Hmmm… this is NOT our idea of fun. For a posh taste of working out of the home, try these unbelievable home offices that bring new meaning to the word “housework.”

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Kelly Wearstler


This dramatic office space feels like a party! With an over-the-top rug that anchors the space, this room marries function and form in a most vivid fashion! The round table works well with the rhythm of the rug, and the round backs of the pink chairs. The boldness of the multitude of textures conveys confidence and fun, while the photographs lining the walls add fun and flavor.

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www.netnewengland.com

 

Taking a cue from the trends at High Point, here is an office that loves the blush. Pink accents pair well with white, adding just enough color to make the room pop. We love how the artwork matches the lamp and chair perfectly, and the fresh flowers give that ultra-feminine feeling we crave. The chair cushion adds a touch of avant-garde to the space, and the geometric wallpaper gives even more dimension . Top it off with a line drawing and a stack of hot pink books on the desk, and you’ve got yourself one deliciously feminine office.

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www.netnewengland.com

Short on space? Try this tiny piece of elegance with a view! The juxtaposition of the Ikea Desk with the Louis XVI chair is wonderfully girly. The rug choice brings a touch of traditional with a wonderful punch of color. There’s that blush and white again, this time with gold accents for a touch of glamour. We love how lit candles and flowers can add instant femininity while still leaving space to work and create magic. The Chanel art is nice, but it’s the vision board that lets us know this is a practical area for creative dreams to become manifest.

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www.thefhd.net

Make it glam with a little shine! The gold room divider is a perfect backdrop for this feminine space that marries function and design. A large table allows for spreading out, or enjoying a quick snack in between projects. The shiny mirrors add round art to the space and creates a sense of balance with the room divider. We love the boldness of the texture combination choices, from the tigress pillow to the layered animal skin and geometric rug.  Again, fresh flowers are a must and we just love the way pink is used sparingly here for a touch of girly without overdoing it.

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www.decoist.com

This space is our favorite for simple elegance. We are in love with the gold art on the back wall, as well as the beautiful balance struck by the two table lamps. . The warmth let off by these two lamps adds a glow to the space, crafting a relaxed vibe to in which to work. We can’t get over how well this backdrop works with the simplicity of the chair, creating an understated look of pure sophistication.  The stool allows guests to drop by, but does not take up un-needed space in the room.  The woven rug lends a textured feel, grounding a room well done.

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www.cdn.freshhome.com

This office is a beautiful pick for those who really need to spread out in a relatively narrow space. With plenty of room, this office offers an expanse of seating. The traditional Damask print on the modern low slung swivel lounge chairs adds a grounding feminine appeal, while the iconic Verner Panton cantilevered stack chair (1960) at the desk add a sculptural feel to the space. The view to the outdoors gives a nurturing view, while family photographs and knickknacks give a personal touch to this cozy home office.  

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Before They Were Trendy: Bold Blue Walls

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This year we are seeing bold blue walls everywhere, and they remind us of a beautiful project we did a few years ago. Bold blues add instant depth to a room and really make lighter colors pop, whether soft treatments or lighting. We love to see this trend taking center stage this year….

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Here’s another shot from the same room showing off the blue wall trend before it was big. We have platinum furnishings to give the space a sharp contrast.  The artwork gives depth of texture and a sense of provenance to the space. The contemporary pillows and fabric on the chairs bring a touch of contemporary to the traditional forms.

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www.bubbleista.com

Here’s a triple-dose of blue, with blue furniture, blue artwork and blue walls! Again we see beiges and neutrals sprinkled throughout the room to offer some contrast. The mismatched pillows are another hot trend and look great paired against the velvety deep water blue of the sofa. The walls themselves are luxurious, deep and dark, with bookshelves painted to match. We love the distinct feel of this room created by the cocoon of blue.

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Another great way to use the bold blue trend is to use another primary color in the artwork. Yellow pops against the dark blue hue, creating a beautiful focal point for the wall. The simplicity of the art lends itself well to the intensity of the paint, and the blue sofa just adds even more depth. We love to see the mismatched pillows again, and are thankful for some more color and complexity against the bold blue.

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Feeling a little intimidated about splashing blue paint all over your walls? Opt for a simple blue chair instead. We love how the beige wicker looks against the blue cushions of this chair, giving us those deep blue hues without all the commitment. We love this chair and the flavor it brings to the whole pool area! If you’re not sure about the big trend of the season, try blue pillows, chairs, and artwork to add the blue beauty that’s needed to brighten up any space.

 

 

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Opt for Great Outdoor Lighting!

 

With the weather heating up, the urge to dine and spend time outside is growing by the day. Want to enjoy the outdoors even after the sun goes down? Here are our picks for creative lighting to light up your life outside!

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www.trendir.com

This gorgeous lamp works perfectly for late night reading and relaxing. The sheer size of the lamp adds drama to the space, while also addressing utilitarian concerns. The large lamp offers enough soft lighting to illuminate the whole table, even after dusk. There is a certain art to the structure of the lamp itself, making it such a great pick for a dreamy reading spot. 

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www.designsponge.com

Happy Morocco! Described by the homeowner as “Moroccan Modern meets English library by way of a flea market,” this outdoor set-up is so layered and playful – just what we love! The string lights and lanterns give an exotic feel that matches the décor perfectly, adding a delightful sense of being transported to another land entirely.

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www.guidinghome.com

For lighting of a different kind, try this super creative set-up at the outdoor bar. (Do you think guests’ legs might get hot? Or could these be heat regulated?) The double illumination creates a beautiful aesthetic while lining the bar with soft, unobtrusive lighting, which makes for a stunning effect overall.

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www.ziqmi.com

Need a new place to add some outdoor lighting? Try the stairs! These long, sleek lights give radiance just where we need it – on the steps. It also helps give the stairs an artistic feel, improving the aesthetic of the space as a whole. The backyard also utilizes some creative landscape lighting, with many of the plants being well-lit too. This place just looks ready for a party!

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www.thedenimloft.com

Speaking of party, this gathering gets a taste of romance and whimsy with string lights overhead. Adding a healthy dose of sparkle to the evening, string lights can make even the most mundane night seem decorative and special. Well-lit tables also add to this affair, enhancing an atmosphere of uniqueness and love.

 

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www.homedesigninspiration.com/ Outdoor Lighting Atlanta

For something a little more out of this world, try these outrageous lighting fixtures lining an equally dramatic walkway. Part lighting, part art installation, these sculptural pieces set the tone perfectly for a distinctive home, letting all guests know they are in for a surprise or two as they approach the front door.

 

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Trend Report: High Point Market

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For impact, energy, excitement, and sheer size, no other show matches the High Point Market.” www.highpointmarket.org

Fresh from our trip to the High Point Market, we are more enthused than ever! We were busy finding unique items for our clients, but along the way spotted some interesting trends, and would like to offer up a few of our favorite styles from the Market. From elements of shine to fresh, new color palettes, High Point is never short on inspiration.

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Photo by Joann Carlozzo Kandrac

Brass is back in a big way! Check out the latest trend from the market: brass arm-chairs. An alloy made of copper and zinc, brass certainly makes a statement due to its high shine and unique finish.  It feels modern and warm all at once.

It takes some bravery to embrace the patina than comes from unlacquered brass elements, but this trend was everywhere we turned at High Point. The fluid/living nature of unlacquered brass and nickel were recently shown by Kohler Plumbing as well.

Brass is back in a big way! Check out the latest trend from the market: brass arm-chairs. An alloy made of copper and zinc, brass certainly makes a statement due to its high shine and unique finish.  It feels modern and warm all at once.

It takes some bravery to embrace the patina than comes from unlacquered brass elements, but this trend was everywhere we turned at High Point. The fluid/living nature of unlacquered brass and nickel were recently shown by Kohler Plumbing as well.

We are particularly fond of pairing the dark colors of the chair with the brassy arms and legs.

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Brass Chippendale-Style Side Chairs – Traditional – Armchairs and Accent Chairs 

This simple chair has an elegant geometric ‘bamboo’ backing that offers much visual interest to the room. The brass legs are on trend and they create incredible contrast with the dark cushion. We are left with a gilded effect that is sure to bring shine to any space.

Blush

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Apartment Therapy

Pink, rose and blush were everywhere this year, from textiles to wallpaper. Blush was often paired with white or beige for an ultra-feminine look that still delivered that pop of color.

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Photos taken at Century Furniture – Blush and gray. 

Two years ago you would have seen these paired with silver, but now there are brass touches everywhere. A pink sofa looks divine with white and gray, creating a beautiful feminine ambiance to the space.

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This Mimou wallpaper is blush and art all at once with fascinating geometric patterns and a gorgeous color palette. Again, the warmth and pops of color create eye-candy for the walls and allow for a beautiful backdrop for a dramatic room.

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Taken in the Bungalow 5 Showroom

We just LOVE this wallpaper that helps to bring the outside in with trees and a touch of blue. Paired with table lamps and eclectic mirrors, we see the power of wallpaper to serve as its own form of art.

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www.interiorsbystudiom.com spotted at High Point Market

Speaking of wallpaper, watercolor wallpaper was all the rage this year, and was seen throughout the market. This blush paper shows how gestural lines are giving yet another ultra-feminine twist to a room and add a highly artistic tone to otherwise traditional furniture. The interplay between white/beige and blush can be seen yet again in this room.   This particular BlackCrow Studios watercolor look was all over market – very hot trend in the oversized print world.

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High Point Market Picks – www.restylesource.com

For a spellbinding wallpaper, try this peacock feather design spotted at High Point by www.restylesource.com. Block color upholstered furniture only adds to the allure of the paper by allowing it to take center stage. The patterned peacock imagery gives an exotic feel to the space while the dramatic mirror gives the room depth and texture. Yet another example of how wallpaper becomes art when done right.

 

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Super Size Me!

 Want elegant simplicity with a touch of retro style?

Try supersized tiles! Check out a few of our favorite examples of this hot trend for baths.

 

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www.iaap-gwinnett.org/

Look at the size of those tiles! Gorgeous tiles find a beautiful home in this modern bathroom, complete with a rectangular tub and square windows. These extra-large tiles have a reflective quality to them, which helps the space appear larger. Custom tiles were used around the door, giving this room an even more high-end look.

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www.motiqonline.com

For something a little more glam, try these larger bathroom tiles with incredibly useful pull out drawers! The drawers have sparkly handles that invite an aura of opulence into the space, and beautiful size that pairs well with the oversized decorative mirror and chandelier.

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Topps Tiles 

These subway tiles from Topps Tiles make this bathroom look so smooth and fresh with such a beautiful pop of color! The pearly white grout plays well with the porcelain tub, and the aqua blue tiles make the room appear fun, yet classic!

 

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http://www.roomh2o.co.uk/tiles/

Luminous tiles line the floor of this ultra-posh home, complete with a view that’s to die for. Gorgeous tiles offer smoothness and serenity to the space, and the sheer size of the tiles are right on trend. A perfect choice for a wide open living room.

 

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www.artistictile.com

Not so subway, these tiles are for the artistically inclined. Sea green with a touch of mauve, these tiles add dimension and beauty to the space. The enormous size really makes a statement, while the color keeps them from appearing too overstated. The gold mirrors really bring out the accents of the tile and pull the entire room together.  I especially like that they were placed vertically rather than the expected horizontal installation. 

 

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http://worldoftilesbendigo.com.au/

This space with oversized tile walls and floor just scream classy! Our first matte finish, these tiles have quite a different look without the shine, but with plenty of elegance. The colors compliment each other perfectly and the matte finish pairs so well with the mod artwork. Just another unique example of how chic the large tile look can be! 

 

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