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Montage: 16 Bathroom Tile Backsplashes

While I’ve been focusing on the Florida condo for the last year or two in terms of my decorating energies, especially when it comes to bathroom tile (I posted on Bathrooms with Contrasting Tile Floors, Bathroom Floor Tile Swatches, and Tiled Bathroom Vanities), I’ve been putting off a tiny bathroom project in Boston—a teeny tiny bathroom tile backsplash above the pedestal sink in our powder room.

We wallpapered the powder room as part of our renovation a few years ago and the wallpaper quickly became dirty right above the sink. Now would be the perfect time to pick out tile for a bathroom tile backsplash and have it done, since Merlin, our wizard of a handyman, is coming next week to paint our bedrooms and bathrooms. (Did I mention HGTV is coming in two weeks to photograph the apartment for the magazine? Nothing like a photo shoot to make you scramble.)

The backsplash tile wouldn’t go all the way across the wall. Rather, it’d be just above the pedestal sink, just enough to add some protection against all the water. We’re talking sixteen-by-eight-inches. I’ve found 16 bathrooms that feature smaller swathes of tile or marble, or just a tiny square of tiles, above the sink.

The backsplash would be installed over my Tres Tintas Barcelona wallpaper. The next question is, what kind of tile to use for this teeny tiny bathroom tile backsplash? Fireclay Tile sent me a press release today with some interesting new tiles. But that’s a whole other post.

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Styling by Rosemarjin van Zandvoort and Barbara Natzjil
Photo by Margriet Hoekstra  •  VT Wonen

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Aaron Hojman  •  Casa Zinc

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Elle Decoration Sweden

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Home of Fiona Doublas of Bluebell Grey  •  Design Sponge

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Chamberlain Javens Architects

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Marie Laure Helmkampf

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Florence Jaffrain  • Marie Claire Maison

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Mally Skok Design

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Sara Gilbane Interiors

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Steven Volpe Design  •  Elle Decor

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Styled by Marsha Golemac  •  Photo by Brooke Holm 

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Montage: 18 Rooms with Woven Wall Hangings

In November I blogged about the revival of the house plant in contemporary decor. Today, it’s about another 1970s decorating phenomenon, woven wall hangings. Woven wall hangings, be they monochromatic macrame wall hangings that look like they came from camp or more involved multicolored multi-textured fiber art extravaganzas, or even just a flat weave rug on the wall with some string pulled out (seriously, I’ve seen that), are everywhere.

Yes, you can find  funky woven wall hangings at Urban Outfitters and several beautiful hand-woven tapestries at Anthropologie, and of course Etsy has a plethora of woven wall hangings. All this weaving is actually referred to as fiber arts by serious artists, and I believe the art is thriving.

When I was visiting a friend in NYC this fall, I noticed a little place on an Upper East Side side street that offered weaving classes. I have a design-oriented friend who was so inspired by the recent spate of wall hangings in decor that she bought her own loom! I can’t wait to see the results. My mother-in-law has a huge, wonderful loom in her attic (she was a weaver before she became painter); perhaps I can get her to stage a revival and whip me something up.

The fiber wall hangings look really beautiful in isolation. I have been tempted to purchase one. But then I wonder if I could really pull off the look. Will it look too wooly? Too hippie? Too trendy? Here are 18 rooms with woven wall hangings that get it right. If you’re interested, I’ll follow up next week with a buying guide. Here’s that buying guide: Get the Look: 18 Woven Wall Hangings.

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Wall hanging in L.A. home of fashion designer/boutique owner Chay Wike
Interior design by Lauren Soloff and Chay Wike
Photo by Brittany Ambridge  •  Domino

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Wool fiber wall hanging by Lisa Garcia of Sonadora x Urban Outfitters

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Wall hanging in California home of Erin Taylor of Bustle Events
Photo by Jessica Burke  •   The Everygirl

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Fiber & feather wall hanging in restaurateur Ali Cayne’s West Village bedroom
Photo by Brittany Ambridge  •  Domino

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Large macrame wall hanging in Brooklyn home  •  Apartment Therapy

Wall hanging for Room 404 in ACE Hotel, Portland, Oregon.  

Wall hanging by Sally England  in the  Ace Hotel, Portland, Oregon

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DIY Copper Wall Hanging  by  Smitten Studio

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Vintage wall hanging in home of photographers Cody Cloud + Julia Galdo of JUCO
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Vintage wall hanging in LA home of artist Karen Kimmel
Photo by Sarah Shreves  •  Design Sponge

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Wall weavings by Rachel of Smile & Wave in home of Arrow & Apple blogger
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DIY tapestry wall hanging by Laura Gummerman  •  A Beautiful Mess

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All Roads Mineral Collection

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Macrame wall hanging in a room by Jenny J Norris Interiors

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Wall hangings by fiber artist Julie of  Hazel & Hunter x Urban Outfitters

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Wall hanging by Brooklyn-based Aussie weaver Maryanne Moodie

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Sally England  •  Ace Hotel, Portland, Oregon

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Platform Pop Up Shop in LA by Justina Blakeney of The Jungalow

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Lena Corwin x Urban Outfitters

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Montage: 28 Rooms With Roller Shades

Yesterday I was having lunch with a friend who also happens to be an interior designer about to embark on gutting her family’s new home. “I hate roller shades,” she said, to which I gleefully replied, “I love our roller shades! They disappear at the top of the window; you can’t see them at all.”

She reasoned we must have had a good installer, rather than the cheapie versions meant for homeowners to pop in themselves. Nope. My husband put them up, and did a damn fine job. It’s pretty easy to get a great look out of a roller shade on your own, assuming you can measure (and re-measure) accurately and are semi-handy with a drill. Neither are strong points of mine, but luckily my husband is good at this sort of thing.

For the nurseries back in our bungalow in D.C., and then for the boy’s bedrooms in Boston I ordered white duck Roman shades from Smith & Noble. They worked out well; I particularly like the wooden piece on the pull cord (what’s that called anyway?).

Then I discovered The Shade Store. I ordered a zillion roller shade samples in every kind of white, from blackout to solar to papery linens, and made my picks. I used bright white blackout roller shades in the bedrooms (we face East… the sunrises over the Atlantic Ocean and is blinding). If you look at the first photo below, carefully, you can make out the shade rolled up neatly at the top of the window. Basically invisible, right? (I realize the shade on the door is hardly ideal, but I couldn’t come up with another solution.)

Ready to measure: Have a look at my post “Workbook: How to Measure Windows for Blinds

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Master bedroom in our house on the Cape

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White roller shades over wood framed doors  •  Champion Blinds

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Laura Garner  •  GKW Working Design

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Vermont Integrated Architecture

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White roller shades in Portland, Maine bedroom
Whitten Architects  •  Photo by Rob Karosis

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Solar shades on sun porch windows by The Shade Store

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Black solar shades in contemporary Charleston, SC living room
All About Windows Inc.

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Bismut + Bismut Architects  •  Photo by Francis Amiand

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Black roller shade in the kitchen of Rita Hazan’s home
Photo by Brittany Ambridge for Domino

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Gradient blind DIY project  •  Bambula

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Mountain shade DIY project  •  Bambula

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Cortinas roller shades by Hunter Douglas/Luxaflex

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White roller shades and a sheepskin rug  •  Design Sponge

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Solar shades in contemporary dining room in Chelsea,NYC
Brett Beyer Photography  •  Drew McGukin Interiors

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Ikea Urban blind with added red trim  •  Bambula

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Nursery with white shades in Amsterdam  •  Apartment Therapy

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White roller shade in pastel living room in Rotterdam  •  VT Wonen

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 Rattan chairs, oak flooring and white roller shades
Photo by Mia Linnman • Solid Frog

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Tree roller blind in blue by Bodie and Fou

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Victorian home in London  •  Air Space Locations

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Eichler home  •  Apartment Therapy

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 Black roller shades at American Blinds

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Roller shades built into wood framed windows in Brooklyn brownstone
Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture

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Large white roller shade in Grand Rapids, Michigan kitchen
Green Apple Design  •  Solomon Building Group

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Roller shades in contemporary kitchen with Wishbone chairs in Toronto.
Croma Design   •  Michael Graydon Photography

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Stenciled roller shade  •  Photo by Tjitske Lions  •  VT Wonen

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Montage: 20 Fall Tablescapes for Thanksgiving

We’ll be spending a blissfully low key Thanksgiving at home this year, free of travel and extended family dynamics (not that there’s much drama, but still, there’s something to be said to sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner in one’s pajamas).

It will just be the four of us, with a turkey prepared by my handy kitchen husband. While I love the idea of creating an earthy and modern Thanksgiving table, I won’t put in much effort since I’ll spend this spare time working rather than playing. (I will however be styling a home bar for Absolut, so stay tuned for that in the next few days.)

Just because I can’t muster the time and motivation to style a creative Thanksgiving table, doesn’t mean I don’t love to look at them. (Pulling tablescapes from Pinterest takes much less energy after all.)

I’ve been perusing Pinterest for fall tablescapes for a blog post I did for Fall River, MA-based bedding brand Matouk. Since they make beautiful linens as well as (the most comfortable) sheets, we do a fair number of tablescape stories. Recently, my Matouk co-blogger Meredith Barnett met up with Boston interior designer Gary McBournie to learn how to fold a napkin, which you should definitely check out. You can also find all sorts of how to set the table infographics on my “For Your Information” Pinterest board.

First, scroll through these 20 Thanksgiving table ideas. If I were to spend the time and creative energy styling a Thanksgiving table, it would be inspired by these autumnal displays of flowers, leaves, and harvest happiness.

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Moody fall table with cheery leaves by Dabito of Old Brand New.
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Modern black & white Thanksgiving tables by Kristin Murphy.

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Rustic fall tablescape by Simone Lennon
Delbarr Moradi Photography

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Rustic autumnal table by Erin Hiemestra of Apartment 34  •  Photo by Aubrie Pick
Magnolia leaves garland & floral arrangements by Natasha Kolenko

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Harvest rustic farm tablescape by Jess Canovas
Tomatoes and dahlia centerpiece by Love N Fresh Flowers
Love Me Do Photography  •  Green Wedding Shoes

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Country harvest tablescape with gingham runner and gourds centerpiece.
Jillian Event Design •  River Flowers
Photo by Robert Sukrachand   •  100 Layer Cake

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Mums in mini pumpkins on textural twig placemats.
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Organic white fall table with leaf on plain white plate.
Photo by Kathleen Stalzer Bly  •  DesignLoveFest

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Feather and rosemary spring on scalloped edge plate, gray linens.
Stylist Kara Rosenlund

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“Farm to Table” tablescape by Clayton Austin of The Sparrow & the Crow
Flowers by PANACEA   •  Awake Your Soul Photography

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Translucent leaf placecard from Pepperologie workshop.
Photo by Sara Haile  •  A Daily Something

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Fall tablescape with succulent at the place setting by Matthew Robbins.
Photo by Tory Williams

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Thanksgiving table  with copper striped pumpkins + copper striped candle holders
Homey Oh My

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Simple fall tablescape burlap napkins, and a leaf.
Design and photo by Tracey Leber of French Larkspur

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Tree bark placemats, gold flatware, white faux bois plate.
Martha Stewart

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Food styling workshop with blogger Émilie of Griottes

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Thanksgiving table by SF Girl By Bay blogger Victoria Smith
Design Sponge

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Autumn tablescape with ticking runner, tree slice chargers, and dusty green gourds
White Buffalos Style Co.

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 Black and gold Thanksgiving table by Smitten Studio

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DIY Thanksgiving placemat  •  Skies of Parchment

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Montage: 27 Rooms with Boucherouite Rugs

What is a boucherouite rug you ask? Boucherouite rugs (pronounced boo-shay-REET) have been a thing for a while, infesting design blogs and Pinterest for well over a year.  They’re the colorful Moroccan rugs that seem to have replaced the now ubiquitous Moroccan Ben Ourain rugs that are ivory with sparse black diamond-shape markings.

 The New York Times published a piece about boucherouite rugs in 2010, though it was an art review of the show  “Rags to Richesse: Rugs From Morocco”  at the Cavin-Morris Gallery, not a decor story. According to the NYT article, “boucherouite” means torn and reused clothing. Boucherouite rugs, the author points out, are really just a variation on the “humble rag rug” made by semi-nomadic Berbers. (Berbers, by the way, are an indigenous people of North Africa.)

Apparently, the style is relatively new, growing out of the collision of global interest in Berber culture and design and a scarcity of wool, given that Berbers have become increasingly less nomadic, herding fewer sheep, and producing reduced quantities of wool. In a resourceful turn, weavers began adding recycled fabric and less expensive, un-naturally dyed, brightly colored synthetic fibers into the mix. The results are celebratory. 

Here are 27 rooms with boucherouite rugs (and boucherouite style rugs), and a little shopping widget at the end, for those who must have one now.

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Photographer Julie Ansiau  •  Secret Berbere  •  Miluccia

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Home of Tina Seidenfaden Busk
Photo by Louise Desrosiers  •   Milk Magazine

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Home of stylist/photographer Anne Millet  •  Handmade Charlotte

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Beldi Rugs

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Photo by Wichmann + Bendtsen  •  Bolig Magasinet

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Milk Magazine

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Photographer Julie Ansiau  •  Secret Berbere  •  Miluccia

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Browns Focus by Studio Toogood

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Stylist Sander van Eyck  •  Photographer Pam Kat  •  Carpet of Life

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Stylist Sander van Eyck  •  Photographer Pam Kat  •  Carpet of Life

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Matchbook Magazine

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Home of Dusen Dusen designer Ellen Van Dusen
Photo Maxwell Tielman  •  Design Sponge

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The Beetle Shack

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El Ramla Hamra

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Ideat Magazine

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Pink Rug Co., Etsy

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San Francisco Girl By the Bay

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The Apartment

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The Apartment

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The Apartment

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The Socialite Family

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Photographer Julie Ansiau  •  Secret Berbere  •  Miluccia

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BCN Locations

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Fossik

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HK Living

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The Design Files Open House  •  Photo by Brooke Holm

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