Archives for March 2010

Beautiful Glass Tile Inspiration

Beautiful Glass Tile InspirationWritten by: Tim Layton (aka Remodeling Guy)

Tim’s love of creativity and design mix with a perspective built on a career as a remodeling contractor.He can also can be found at his blog,

Beautiful Glass Tile Inspiration

Vibrant colors, limitless shapes, and a silky smooth surface are some of the reasons glass tile is one of my favorite materials. Using glass tiles, ordinary backs plashes, wall and floor surfaces become real works of art.

Nothing can duplicate the depth of brilliant color glass tile affords. The reason for this is that the color is on the back-side of the glass and you look at it through the glass. This dimension, combined with the apparently flawless surface invariably causes the same reaction in guests: they reach out and touch it.

You know you’ve done something right when people want to touch your kitchen.

One Color Or Mosaic

You tell me… do you like one color or mosaic better? Here is a very similar kitchen done with smaller tiles in more than one color:

Beautiful Glass Tile Inspiration

I love both kitchens, but I’m partial to the all-one-color school of glass tile design.

Unless, of-course, the design on the wall is just pure out-and-out sculpture, like this picture from a post I did last year:

Beautiful Glass Tile Inspiration

That’s just truly amazing to me! I’d forgotten about this picture and seeing it makes me want to run out and buy the materials to do exactly this. I love it!

Not As Expensive As You Think

While designer glass tile can still cost a bundle, a strong search effort will almost always yield great results. In other words, if you look hard enough, you can find what you want for a very affordable price. Sometimes not a penny more than ceramic or porcelain!

So, what do you think?
Small tiles or large? Solid color or mosaic? Or do you say skip the glass and go with stone!

(as always, if you have a question, technical or otherwise, let me know in the comments and I’ll answer it there)

Sweet, Simple & Crafty Spring Idea from Anthropologie

Sweet, Simple & Crafty Spring Idea from Anthropologie

I went to Anthropologie over the weekend and loved this sweet little idea for a spring plant. I gathered up a bunch of other Anthropologie decorating ideas to share with you later, but I thought this crafty one was worthy of its own post.

Sweet, Simple & Crafty Spring Idea from Anthropologie

Sweet, Simple & Crafty Spring Idea from Anthropologie

I can think of so many ways to use this project. A DIY housewarming gift, a casual party, wedding or shower decoration, a teacher’s gift, a hostess gift or a little something just for me?

Sweet, Simple & Crafty Spring Idea from Anthropologie

So simple and yet it has that handmade touch that makes it unique and special. And those buttons, SWOON!

I have a bunch of little pots that could use a quick makeover with a scrap of fabric and a cool button.

Sweet, Simple & Crafty Spring Idea from Anthropologie

How about you?

So many of you are asking about those wood buttons. Here are some options for you to try (from our friends on twitter!)

One great idea from @cupcakes5 (Cupcakes and Crinoline) was to make your own buttons! Find a tree trimming service that would give you small branches, slice and drill holes! Fairly easy and free! Yay.

Or maybe check these Etsy Shops!

Natural Birch Buttons

Oak handcrafted buttons

Spalted oak buttons

More spalted oak buttons

Handmade Cherry wood buttons

Have fun! Come back and show me what you make with them, will ya?