Interior Design

My Favorite Spark

Decorative Tile

Ever since I returned from my trip to Portugal, I have been obsessed with decorative tile.  There are so many amazing options that range in budget – prices run from $3 to $10 per square foot.  They can be used in a big way – like an entire floor or for smaller areas like a back-splash or a portion of a back-splash to make a statement.  They can also be used to highlight a single wall or create a small floor pattern.  If you live in a humid area, then tile is a great mildew resistent option, which is another reason that it is  perfect for high moisture areas such as kitchens and bathrooms.

Below are centuries old tiles that I photographed during my trip to Portugal:


For inspiration, here are some samples of decorative tile patterns from


From left to right:

Geometric: Cordoba, Jacinto, Sevilla

Traditional: Saigon, Churchill, Toledo

Modern: Orbital, Nova, Volta


Interior Design

Spark of Color

Olive Green

While I am in a fall state of mind, I turn my attention to one of this year’s trend colors – Olive Green.  Nothing speaks to tranquility like this shade of green and yet it also lends a sophistication that could work well with traditional décor, a cottage-style bathroom or a more contemporary design – all pictured below:


Here are some other ways to add olive green to your home décor:

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  1. Branch with leaves art print,
  2. Feizy Nizhoni collection olive green area rug,
  3. Orla Kiely print collection two color stem curtain fabric,
  4. Coach small green olive tote,
  5. Block print stripe wallpaper,
  6. Hand blown solid color glass vase,


Interior Design

Trends from the Nest

Floating Shelves

Floating shelves are an easy way to add to dimension to any wall as well showcase your favorite accessories.  The current trend is floating shelving in kitchens, however there are many rooms where they can be both practical and decorative:

Bathroom: store lotions and notions along with folded towels.


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Office: showcase books, binders, photos and small plants.


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Living Room Photo Gallery:  feature artwork, family photographs or some combination of both.


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Above a Fireplace:  adds a clean modern look and place to showcase decorative items.


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