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Montage: 12 Kitchens With Quartz Countertops

When my husband first traveled to Boston to check out at the condo we now live in he basically said, “You’ll love it, except for the kitchen island. You’ll hate the countertop.” He was right. (Do you hear that?  Ha ha, he rarely reads my post, so he’ll never know he’s getting credit.)

Anyway, 13 years later we still have that granite countertop. While granite countertops are certainly durable, I have never liked the look. Luckily, after this many years, I barely notice it. Except in the fall, when I come home from Cape Cod, where everything is a glorious white. Our kitchen on the Cape has a sparkly, speckled white quartz countertop.

I really love our quartz counters. My only complaint, and it’s recent, is that it doesn’t Instagram as well as a solid white surface. But in real life, I love the silver and glass flecks. Quartz is an engineered stone, which means that the manufacturer combines several grades and sizes of crystals, blending them with resin and pigment in a ratio of about 93 percent quartz to seven percent resin. However, quartz is still considered to be a natural stone.

Quartz counters are non-porous and thus don’t need sealants like marble. They are very strong, withstanding heat without issue and highly stain resistant, though we’ve had a bit of issue around our faucet in one spot. I put pots and pans taken right from the flame of the gas range directly onto our quartz counter. No problem.

I may have mentioned that we are finally, finally remodeling our master bathroom. (Which is actually much worse than the granite counter.) We’ve also decided to swap out our kitchen countertops, both the granite island and the wood counters on either side of the range, as well as the backsplash. It will all be one material.

I’m not sure yet exactly what we’ll use, but I am pretty certain it will be some type of quartzite material. Ther are so many different styles now, many of which mimic marble and high end granite slabs.

Here are a dozen kitchens with gorgeous quartz countertops.

Blue Cabinetry And White Quartz Countertop And Floating Wood Shelves

This kitchen by Studio Surface mixes classic materials with clean lines for a modern effect. Blue kitchen cabinetry with brass pulls, quartz countertops that resemble marble, extra long subway tile, floating wood shelves.

Caesartone Countertop in Cinder Floating Wood SHelves

Rustic wood shelves infuse warmth to this otherwise sleek white kitchen with light grey quartz countertops (Caesarstone in Blue Cinder). The schoolhouse globe pendants add a nostalgic touch.

Contemporary Whte Kitchen With White Quartz Countertops

This contemporary kitchen spotted in Dwell magazine features thin white quartz countertops by Caesarstone. Note how the cooktop is perfectly flush. The wood trim around the pantry cabinets keeps the space from seeming too cold.

Bianco Macaubas Quartz Kitchen Counters

Quartz  now has names like marble. This kitchen is sheathed in Bianco Macaubas, characterized by grey/taupe striations. The copper (or rose gold?) cage light picks up on its slightly rosy undertones.

Aquias Blue Quartzite Island With Waterfall Edge And Brass Hardware

Another waterfall style island, this one with Aquias Blue Quartzite. Brass hardware plays off its gold accents.

Kitchen With Slate Blue Island And WHite Cabinets By Coastal Living

This kitchen in the Coastal Living Showhouse has a contrasting blue island with white quartz countertop. Subway tile with black ground and caged pendants lend a subtle industrial vibe.

Cerused Oak Kitchen Cabinetry In Contemporary Kitchen

This contemporary kitchen by the Meshberg Group features rustic style pale wood plank floors, and grey (cerused?) wood cabinetry. The countertops are done in a very grey quartzite with lots of pattern and movement, reminiscent of granite.

Super White Quartz Counters In Contemporary White Kitchen

The blogger behind WithHeart used Super White quartz in her kitchen remodel. She chose a slab with lots of swirling grey patterning to resemble marble, which she knew was too impractical to use. On trend brass lighting keeps the look up-to-date.

Misty Carrera Caesarstone Quartzite Countertop In Classic White Kitchen

This clean and classic kitchen has subway tile backsplash with black grout, farm style sink, and a Caesarstone Misty Carrara quartz countertop.

Quartz Countertops Grey Kitchen Cabinets Kelly Wearstler Roman SHade

Traditional kitchen cabinets are updated with charcoal paint and brass pulls by Feasby and Bleeks. The Kelly Wearstler Roman shade adds a zing, while the marble tile chevron backsplash keeps the movement going at eye level. Black quartz countertops ground the look and are much more practical than soapstone.

White Macaubas Quartzite Countertops Glass Pendant Lights

This white kitchen by Foster Hill Design has a subtle marble chevron tile backsplash and kitchen island topped with White Macaubas quartzite. I love the pale grey striations. This might be in the running for my own kitchen.

Calacutta Marble-Like Quartz Countertops

For die-hard marble fans that just can’t do it, be it for maintenance purposes or price, there’s a Calacutta quartz option that seems just about perfect. You certainly can’t go wrong with such a classic look with such practical functionality.


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Interiors: 22 Rooms With Herringbone Floors

I was a tiny bit obsessed with flooring options for a while, back when I was contemplating an affordable means of replacing the white wall-to-wall carpet in our Florida condo. I gathered all sorts of photos and resources, including all these images of rooms with herringbone floors, which I’d finally like to share.

I ultimately chose cork flooring, which I really love. (Here’s a finished photo plus 24 rooms with cork flooring.) It’s so hard to figure out where to go if you don’t have a personal recommendation. If only there was a mobile showroom like this one by (StyleCarrot partner) Conklin Bros. in San Francisco. Who doesn’t love a rolling restaurant or boutique after all.

Herringbone floors connote a distinctly Parisian style. You know the look—tall skinny windows with a view of the Eiffel Tower, sky-high ceilings trimmed in fanciful (but not overly prominent) molding, glossy black doors, gilt mirrors and crystal chandeliers paired with modern furnishings. Ok enough. Let’s look at these spaces with herringbone floors, from living rooms and kitchens to bedrooms and bathrooms.


Pale Wood Herringbone Floor In Home of Ferm Living Founder Trine Anderson

Photo by Heidi Lerkenfeldt
Ferm Living founder Trine Anderson’s loft has an expansive entry hall with oak herringbone floors and modern furnishings. I adore that wood and leather cot under the abstract painting, plus that little Ferm Living geometric rug in unexpected pastel hues.

Herringbone Floor In Entry of A Townhouse

Photo by Francesco Lagnese for New York Magazine
Noho loft designed by Jenny Wolf has what looks to be original herringbone wood floors that match the live edge wood bench in the entry. I love the tall black entry door and black chandelier. That brass sconce is suspended with horsehair.

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Modern Green Chairs In Sunken Living Room With Herringbone Floors

Photo by Heidi Lerkenfeldt
Interior design by Natalia Sanchez Echevarria of Spatial Code
A sunken living room in a villa just outside Copenhagen with a pair of green Ro lounge chairs by Jaime Hayon for Fritz Hansen.

Earthy Artsy Living Room With Herringbone Floors And Modern Furnishings


This living room has an earthy vibe that channels an Upper West Side psychologist’s office, but with more polish thanks to the herringbone flooring. These don’t look particularly old; there are many flooring experts that can help achieve a similar look.

Parisian Style Interior With Herringbone Floors & Crystal Chandelier


Dark and pitted, these herringbone floors look like the real deal. The tall skinny windows tell me this could be Paris, plus there’s that divine crystal chandelier.

Living Room With Pink Wall and Navy Wall


An eclectic mix of furnishings, plus a funky paint job—who would imagine a black wall works with a half pink wall—along with unfinished wood herringbone floors.

Parisian DIning Room With Statement Photographs And Herringbone Flooring

Photo by Brigitta Wolfgang  for  Bo Bedre
A spare dining room with white oak herringbone floors with extra high ceilings and original moldings is made all the more spectacular with the industrial pendant light, modern dining chairs, Ligne Roset sofa, and statement artwork.

Neutral Modern Dining Room With Herringbone Wood Flooring nd Gallery Wall

Photo by Heidi Lerkenfeldt  for RUM Magazine
Another spare dining room with herringbone floors. Interior designer Natalia Sanchez Echevarria of Spatial Code chose mid century modern bentwood chairs around a modern live edge wood dining table. Clear glass pendant lights keep things airy.


Kitchen With Black Cabinetry Wood Flooring In Chevron Pattern

Photo by Christopher Sturman  for  Elle
Brooklyn brownstone of One King’s Lane VP of Merchandising Day Kornbluth
The kitchen has original 19th century wood floors in a herringbone pattern. The square white tile backsplash adds a utilitarian vibe while the black cabinets dress it up.

Paris Kitchen With Pale Wood And Marble

Photo by Olivier Amsellem
Paris apartment by Rodolphe Parente Architecture & Design designed for a young family with a contemporary furniture collection.

White Kitchen With Moroccan Style Tile Backsplash

Pacific Palisades home with interiors designed by Kishani Perera has a classic white kitchen with herringbone floors and a Moroccan style tile backsplash.

Contemporary Kitchen With White Oak Cabinetry And Marble Island

Apartment in Barcelona restyled by Katty Schiebeck has an open kitchen with pale  herringbone floors, sleek white oak cabinetry, a sculptural marble island, and brass accents.

French Home With Grey Kitchen And Open Shelving

Photo by Felix Forest
Apartment in Lyons  with well-worn herringbone flooring. The open kitchen has sleek white cabinetry and a marble island with an adjacent dining table.

Kitchen In Stockholm Apartment With Grey Cabinets & Brass Faucet

The galley kitchen in this Stockholm apartment has herringbone floors, clean lined grey cabinetry with polished brass knobs, and a brass gooseneck faucet.


New York Apartment With Black Wall Mounted Trough Sink

Photo by Francesco Lagnese for  New York Magazine
Jenny Wolf  designed this New York apartment. The herringbone floor in the bathroom looks to be wood rather than tile. I love the black wall mounted double vanity.

Herringbone Floor In Bathroom WIth Black & White Wallpaper

The black and white floral wallpaper stands up well against the herringbone floors with a medium brown stain. The black toilet seat is a nice touch.

Black Powder Room With Gold Accents


This moody powder room with dark grey green walls features a Corian sink that resembles marble. The French styling of the brass fixtures is perfect with the dark herringbone flooring.


Cozy Bedroom With Traditional Styling And Painted Black Flooring

A cozy bedroom with rustic herringbone flooring painted black and a black iron bed.

Parisian Style Bedroom In New York City

Photo by Jason Busch
French furnishings and herringbone floors in a townhouse in London’s Chelsea neighborhood.

Amsterdam Loft Bedroom With A Swing

Photo by C-More
This Amsterdam loft seems like the real deal with its slightly damaged herringbone floors and tall windows plus skylight.

Bedroom With Pale Wood Floor & Green Accents


Pale oak flooring sets the stage for bright green furnishings.

New York City Apartment Dressing Rom With Fireplace

Photo by Willliam Waldron for Elle Decor
Fashion designer Giovanna Randall hired interior designer Fawn Galli to do the interiors of her Greenwich Village apartment. The white oak herringbone floors have a smooth sheen. The dressing room features vintage ’70s sconces by Philippe Lambert flanking an 1820 Austrian gilt mirror above a Louis XVI fireplace. The walls are upholstered in a floral fabric by Abigail Borg.

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Interiors: 20 Bedrooms with Statement Photography

As you likely already know, I love statement photography. We have a couple of great ones in our living room: a portrait of a young African American albino girl from a South American photographer and a black and white by Portland, Maine based photographer by Winky Lewis, that I first picked out for the model apartment I decorated at the Troy Boston.

When I was putting together the post about Emily Henderson’s new book a few weeks ago, I became absolutely smitten with a photo she used in a post on her own blog, illustrating the creation of a gallery wall in collaboration with Etsy and Framebridge.

I am now officially obsessed with Austin-based photographer Suzanne Koett. I love so many of her pieces, and purchased two large scale ones from the same series that I may hang in our bedroom once (if) it is finally renovated. (I will definitely do a full ARTmonday blog post on her too.)

In the meantime, let’s look at 20 bedrooms with statement photography, from airy loft-like rooms with a feminine bent, to bedrooms with pulled together classic decor, to masculine style bedrooms. Each has statement photography that makes a definite impact, setting the tone for the room.

White Bedroom With Statement Photography

Montreal loft designed by Nathalie Bouchard and Annie Horth of Creative Flats
Photo above the bed by Malina Corpadean for FASHION Magazine
Maison & Demeure

Preppy Bedroom With Statement Photography

Interior design by Steven Sclaroff

Masculine Bedroom With Statement Photography

Home in São Paulo
Interior design by Mauricio Arruda

Minimalist Bedroom With Statement Photography

Home in Brussels by interior designer and architect Muriel Bardinet

Colorful Bedroom With Statement Photography And Quilt

AD Espana

Astronaut Space Photography In Moody Bedroom


Bedroom With Landscape Photo By Amber Interiors

Interior design by Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors

Serene Blue And Cream Bedroom With Seascape Photo

Interior design by Steven Gambrel

Blue And White Bedroom With Art Photo


Masculine Bedroom With Art Gallery Wall

Interior design by Ryan Korban  •  Lonny

NYC Home of Photographer Douglas Friedman

NYC apartment of photographer Douglas Friedman

Oversize Black & White Photography In Industrial Style Bedroom


Abstract Horse Photo In Bedroom Of Fashion Designer Francisco Costa

Francisco Costa’s NYC apartment
T Magazine

Fox Photo Over the Bed in Modern Bedroom

Interior design by Rethink Studio

Black And White Portrait Photo In A Bedroom By Homepolish

Home of interior designer Tali Roth of Homepolish


Aerin Lauder’s Aspen ski house
Interior design by Daniel Romualdez


Interior design by Jean-Louis Didiot


Home in Venice Beach, California
Interior design by Ashe Leandro


Interior design by Consort Design


Artist and interior designer Dina Broadhurst’s Sydney apartment
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Montage: 14 Living Rooms With Televisions Above the Media Unit

It used to be that you needed an armoire or built-in cabinetry to house your TV. With the advent of the flat screen, armoires became obsolete and shelving didn’t need that bump-out. Of course, lots of people were (and still are I suppose) hanging flat screen televisions above the fireplace. I’m just going to leave that at no comment.

The current craze seems to be incorporating the TV into a gallery wall. This can work if you don’t mind the busyness, and if it doesn’t distract you when the television is switched on. Sometimes though, a TV hung on a wall can seems to float, even when surrounded by artwork. I think it looks better hanging above sort of shelving, credenza, or media unit, which grounds the space.

The 14 spaces below are a mix of approaches to hanging a television above a cabinet. One uses a dark wall to help camouflage the TV, while others incorporate the TV into a gallery wall. Some just have the TV hanging solo, with plenty of space around it, over simple shelving. I think all of these approaches of hanging the tv above a unit, whether the wall is left bare or decorated, work quite well.

If you are on the hunt for a cabinet, have a look at my past post 53 Credenzas, Sideboards, and Buffets, which I hope to update soon with additional options and new sources I’ve since found for purchasing TV units.

Green Media Cabinet With TV On A Gallery Wall

Skona Hem    Photo by Ragnar Omarsson

This contemporary green media unit offsets the black rectangle of the television and colors in the artwork on the gallery wall nicely in this Brooklyn loft. Using artwork as large as the television itself helps the television blend in.

White And Wood Living Room Designed By Amber Lewis With TV Above Credenza

Amber Interiors    Photo by Tessa Neustadt

This wood and white living room designed by Amber Lewis is perfectly restrained without being boring. The TV floats above the white and wood credenza. There is little embellishment, save for the dual finish of the furniture itself, the wood bowl, and plant, but the vignette looks beautiful.

Stylist Susanna Vento's ALl White Living Room With Gallery Wall and TV

Stylist Susanna Vento  •  Photo by Petra Bindel

Stylist Susanna Vento went with the minimalist white with some color pops theme in her own home. She incorporates the TV into a gallery wall using an asymmetrical arrangement of fun prints and family photos around the television. That there is a turntable below adds balance.

TV In a Gallery Wall Over A Floating Wood Credenza

Bolig Magasinet

Here the television hangs above the arrangement of artwork leaning against the wall on the credenza rather than hanging around it. That is probably the result of the slanted ceiling, but in any case, it works.

Scandinavian Style Living Room With TV Hanging Over Floating Shelf


A simple floating open shelf acts as a base for the television, while three simply framed pieces hang around it, plus some antlers for three-dimensional earthy interest.

Bohemian Living Room With Gallery Wall Bar TV Juju

Lonny March 2012

The TV seems to be a bit of an afterthought here, but it works above the dark chest, with a vibrant gallery arrangement stealing the spotlight on the adjacent wall.

Blogger Anne Sage's TV + Gallery Wall

Anne Sage

L.A.-based blogger Anne Sage goes for a narrow plain cabinets below the TV, with colorful artwork around it, and a mod brass light fixture above.

Wood Shelf On Simple White Cabinets Makes A TV Console

Stacey Kouros Design

The television is large but the niche in which it hangs is larger. I love how the cabinetry runs all the way across, and stays simple and low, giving the television plenty of breathing room.

TV Over Mid-Century Modern Credenza Fiddle Leaf Floating Shelves

Creative Director Christina Loucks    Photo by Heidi Geldhauser

The beautiful Danish modern credenza and fun articulated brass table lamp steal the spotlight in the lower half of the space, while the shelves above the TV draw the eye upwards.

White And Pale Wood Living Room With Makeshift Media Console


Simplicity reigns in this Nordic room with low white cabinets topped with a nice slab of oak. The TV hangs just a few inches above it. The leggy floor lamp and branches provide movement, drawing the eye to either side.

Jessica Alba's Turquoise Office At The Honest Company

Lonny   Photo by Jessica Sample

In Jessica Alba’s office at The Honest Company the TV has been framed in wood. I’m not sure that was necessary—it may be drawing more attention to it than acting as a camouflage.

New Darlings Living Room With Moroccan Rug And TV Over Mid Century Credenza

New Darlings

This neutral living room belonging to the bloggers behind New Darlings has a lived-in feel with a Danish modern vibe. The neutral colors and clean lines mean the TV can hang where it needs to. The plants, wall hangings, and patterned rug take the focus off the expanse of black.

Living Room With Dark Blue Walls And Library Card Catalog As A Media Unit Plus Gallery Wall


By painting the wall a deep, dark blue, the black television blends in. Incorporating the TV into a gallery wall with artwork hung practically level above and beside it keeps things on an even keel.

Neutral Living Room With Flat Screen TV On The Wall

Lindye Galloway Design  •  Domino  •  Photo by Jasmine Star

Orange County California interior designer Lindye Galloway skips the fanfare and simply mounts the television over a snazzy chevron credenza. The room is tailored and neutral, so the large black rectangle isn’t much of a distraction.

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Montage: 15 Modern Wall Fountains

When I drove past the newest shopping center on the corner of a busy intersection in Delray Beach last week I wondered, “Why does every halfway decent collection of stores (that is to say, glorified strip malls) have a fountain?” Indoor malls have long traditions of water features. I suppose the rushing water is relaxing. That doesn’t address the existence of the requisite stone fountain on the outer edge of a shopping complex of a busy suburban intersection. Only cars can see it and nobody can hear it. (Pause while I Google.)

“Why do malls have fountains” is a popular search (the first few hits are about some woman who fell into a mall fountain while texting though). According to National Real Estate Investor, mall fountains are good gathering places and apparently shoppers associate them with cleanliness. Some surveys show that fountains make for better ambience and better ambience increases sales. So there you have it.

I have plenty of memories throwing pennies into mall fountains as a kid. It’s still a thing. In 2008, patrons tossed $30,000 into the fountain at the Mall at Short Hills in New Jersey, which the company used for charitable donations. Perhaps a backyard fountain could replace the GoFundMe or Kickstarter campaign you’ve been contemplating.

On the heels of these scintillating tidbits of knowledge, I am following up with some actual high end, contemporary water features. Last year I did 20 Reflecting Pools + Fountains; this post concentrates solely on modern wall fountains. If you don’t have the dollars to hire a landscape architect, here are some roundups of readymade models: 20 Modern Outdoor Water Fountains and Top Outdoor Wall Fountains for 2016

Contemporary Water Feature Wood Slat Garden Wall With Stainless Steel Fountain

David Harber

Contemporary Water Feature Wall Fountain

Alchemie Landscape Architecture

Contemporary Water Feature Stone Wall Fountain

Randy Thueme

Contemporary Water Feature Red Wall Fountain


Contemporary Water Feature Wall Fountain Pool Lighting

Anthony Exter

Contemporary Water Feature Modern Wall Fountain

Rolling Stone Landscape

Contemporary Water Feature Wood Wall Fountain

Utopia Landscape Design

Contemporary Water Feature Orange Wall Fountain

Moose Country Gardens

Contemporary Water Feature Contemporary Wall Fountain

Lutsko Associates

Contemporary Water Feature Mirrored Wall Fountain

David Harber

Contemporary Water Feature Contemporary Vertical Wood Wall Fountain


Contemporary Water Feature Contemporary CorTen Steel Wall Fountain

Urban Exotic Landscape Architects

Contemporary Water Feature Contemporary Wall Fountain

Debora Carl

Contemporary Water Feature Contemporary Wall Fountain

Luciano Giubbilei

Contemporary Water Feature Wall Fountain Made With Gutters And Buckets

Elle Maison

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