Interior Inspiration: The Right Pattern

I like to think of myself as a fairly decisive person, especially when it comes to design.  I know what I like and don’t like and I go from there.  But choosing the tile for our three and a half bathrooms and one kitchen is proving to be my Achilles heel.  I like so many tiles and patterns that I’m finding it difficult to narrow down my choices.  Should I do ceramic?  Should I do porcelain?  Should I do stone? Should I do glass?  Too many choices.  As a result when I go to sleep at night, I feel like I’m playing a game of Tetris with tile, trying to figure out which patterns go together.

My first preference is for natural stone.  I love it’s timelessness, but I don’t love the maintenance required, plus it is the most costly of the materials.

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I think ceramic tile can be really gorgeous and I love how many different types of tiles are available from standard field tiles, to trim tiles. Plus when done right, the richness of the glaze can be truly breathtaking.

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I also like porcelain and glass tile.  I especially like their durability (an important consideration with two growing boys).  The applications can be really stunning, although they often tend to have a more modern feel.

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If price were no object I’d happily pick up all my tiles at Ann Sacks, or Waterworks, or Walker Zanger, or even Heath Ceramics since ours is a mid-century home.  But alas, budget rules, so during my mental tile Tetris, I’m trying to come up with an interesting pattern, while also trying to strike the right balance between high and low materials.

Here are some gorgeous tiles that I am lusting after:

1. Walker Zanger – Marquis Pattern Octagon Field

2. Waterworks – Signet parquet solid mosaic

3. Ann Sacks – large herringbone mosaic in Carrara marble

4. Heath Ceramics – ceramic half hex stack

So far, I have visited seven, yes seven, tile showrooms/warehouses and countless online tile retailers to compare prices, designs, etc and have collected a ton of tile samples to aid my indecision.  Below is the current state of affairs, which is very illustrative of how my head feels about my tile choices.

I would like LOVE to know your thoughts, experiences, preferences on tile.

Julie - Isadora,
. Loved combing through your blog just now. I’m excited to see your home once its finished.

Keith - I am having the same design dilemma. But I’ve narrowed down to 2 basic colors and styles at this point after getting numerous (and still coming) tile samples.

My palette is fairly modern (a new modern house) and the colors are gray, white, off-white, very pale blue and very very very pale green/aqua. The feeling I’m wanting is modern/seaside/beach.

Something I’m designing right now is a tetris-like design with two very subtle contrast square tiles, almost the same color but not quite. I was looking for 12 x 12 tiles with a design system that would allow for endless variation, but they don’t make it, so I figure with two 6×6 tile colors I could do the same thing. My problem with most “tetris” designs I’ve seen online is the fact that they are WAY too contrasty and way too colorful. I want the wall to be something that blends in, not screams at you when you walk into the room. This would be for behind a wood stove, almost like a backsplash, but would go all the way up to the cathedral ceiling, very narrow and long, vertical. I want it to have longevity, so am thinking satin or matte finish, again, the key word is subtle. Still working on a design here, so no picture yet.

isadorag - hi Keith,
thanks for dropping by. I would have replied sooner but have been in the middle of moving hell. Thanks for your comment. Would love to see what pattern you come up with. Maybe you can posted to the ReLocated Living FB page once you are done.

NIcole Calloway - Hi Isadora,
Where did you find the carrerra looking tile in the second picture? I love you. You did a beautiful job.

isadorag - I believe it’s from Waterworks.

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DIY: You Rule Valentine

A year ago I put together a cute non-candy DIY Valentine for my Big Boy’s class.  I originally posted it here.  However, since my original post, it seems this little project has taken the internet/pinterest by storm and I am humbled by all the requests I’ve received about it and all the blogs featuring it, for instance here and here.  So, in case you missed it, I am reposting it here with the added bonus of including a printable this time.  For new readers, this is my new blog in which I plan to feature a lot more projects like this one, so I hope you’ll check back often.

Original directions:1) I scored vintage-looking wood rulers at Target for 47 cents each, 2) I printed the “You Rule” message on some red construction paper, 3) cut slits on either end to slide the ruler through and decorated with a little glitter-heart.

For printable version, I left the name area blank so you can personalize with your kid’s signature.  BTW-This is my first printable.  If you like it, please like me on Facebook so that you can keep up to date on any other projects I post.

For printable click here. Enjoy!



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Stacie - Is it possible to make the downloadable say


Happy Valentine’s Day

Instead of just happy valentine???

isadorag - Thanks for your comment. I’ll do it just for you 😉

Heather - These are SOOOOO cute!! Can I pretty please second Stacie’s request for a printable with the minor change of “Valentine’s Day”???


Kathy Heming - When I download it says Happy Valentine- Can I get the one that says


Happy Valentine’s Day


Jessica - Thank you so much for the template, I am giving these to my students this year! Such a great idea!

isadorag - I’ve added an additional printable download with Happy Valentine’s Day, so you can choose.

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Monica - Thanks so much for the printable! You’re awesome!

Jess - Thank you, thank you! You are a lifesaver! Looking for older kid Valentines and found this. Goes great with my clearance stash of rulers from a few years ago! Knew they would be useful sometime!

MS - Thanks a million for the adorable printable! You’re the best!

Sonia - I wanted to do something different for my daughter’s Valentine’s. I loved your idea rulers always come in handy and are way better than candy. Thank you for sharing and also thank you for the printables. Happy Valentine’s!

Mandi - Thank you soooo much for the idea and printable!! I am so excited to be able to send my boys to school with sugar free / non food valentines that are also awesome!

Rachel - So thankful for this printable. Really glad to have my daughter give a cute, simple, homemade valentine that doesn’t have an overly commercialized character on it or attached to more sugar.
Thanks so much!

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Alice - What kind of paper do you recommend using? I am a little scared to try construction paper in my printer.

isadorag - Hi Alice,
Red construction paper worked for me, but if you’re scared to put it through your printer you can always get some red cardstock from your local craft store. Ultimately it needs to be a paper that has more weight than a regular sheet of paper, because you want it to hold the ruler comfortably. I used construction paper because I had it within reach.
Good luck and thanks for stopping by.

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Victoria - Hi! Congratulations on your internet success. You’re EVERYWHERE! Do you mind telling me what fonts you used for the words “you rule” as well as the “happy valentine” part? THANKS!

Jennifer - Hi! I love this idea – thank you for the printable! I’m going to use it for my second graders. Question – what is the best way to make the slits in the construction paper to slide the rulers in?

isadorag - Hi Victoria,
“You rule” uses Arial Narrow and “Happy V Day” uses Impact Label Reverse. I downloaded the latter from one of the Free font sites.
Hope this helps.
Thanks for stopping by.

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Maude - Thank you for this lovely printable. What a cute non-candy gift for classmates!

Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet - Just realised you have a new blog and wanted to come over and say how much this idea rules here as well !!!

Save On Everything - Hi Isadora! Just stopped by to let you know we featured this on our recent blog post. Such a cute idea!

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Sara - This is awesome!! Thank you sooo much!! I got the rulers at the 99 Cent store, 4/$1.oo.

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anon - Would it work on 5 1/4 size?

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isadorag - Hi,
The sleeve is intended for a 12″ ruler, however, if you reduce the size when you print or photocopy, I’m sure you can scale it to your needs.

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kimberly - hi! I absolutely love this. What a great idea! Can I please ask you to if you could put happy valentines day? for me, I want to do for my son’s class.
Thank you Kimberly

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isadorag - Hi kimberly,
if you click on the download, you will see it already says “happy valentine’s day”. 😀

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Interior Inspiration: Luxe Master Bathroom

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There are a number of things my hubby and I are really looking forward to in the new house.  A functional kitchen is #1, but coming very close behind is a master bathroom retreat.  We’ve never had a “real” master bathroom, the kind that is attached to the master bedroom and is your exclusive retreat.  So, I’ve been gathering inspiration for this important room.

Here are a few chic designs that I adore.  You will probably notice they have a few things in common:

1) The color scheme is a classic white and grey

2) The use of Carrara marble tile (a.k.a. Carrera Marble)

3) White cabinets with chrome fixtures

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I haven’t taken the time to have a nice bubble bath since I was pregnant with my first son.  It is a luxury I miss.  As is the case for many moms finding the time to bathe can sometimes be a challenge, so quick efficient showers are your best bet. So I am intent on making the master bathroom, but more specifically the tub, a luxurious experience and we’ve agreed to splurge on a gorgeous sculptural freestanding tub.  Can’t wait for my first soak!

At this point I can safely say, that I am going with carrara marble tile, a white vanity. But the devil is in the details and in this case I am struggling with the right pattern for the tile and what sconces will best complement the fixtures.

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Interior Inspiration: Red, White and Blue

My Big Boy has really grown up a lot in this past year.  By that I mean that he is less a baby and more a boy.  He started doing things like skateboarding, loves to explore the science of things through shows like Mythbusters, and CAN READ. I think that our move to the new house is a great opportunity to give his bedroom a new Big Boy vibe and I am strongly leaning towards a red, white and blue combination.  However, I feel that I need to walk a fine line with this strong color scheme so that the room can still be a haven for rest.

Here are a few red, white and blue designs that have peaked my fancy.  I am particularly taken by the Union Jack flag, not only for its graphic qualities, but also for its not so subtle salute to my boys’ nationality.  (My hubby and both boys carry British passports).  Truth be told even though the house is still studs, I purchased a Union Jack rug.  It was on special on Joss and Main at a price I couldn’t pass up!

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Vintage Finds: Nice Legs

We have to start buying things that will go in the house once all the construction is done.  But I have to be careful about what I get for two reasons, 1) budget and 2) storage.  An interior designer I recently met shared with me these words of wisdom, “Spend less money the further away you move from the walls.”  By that she meant, spend money on the plumbing, windows to get them right.  Then spend money on things like tiles, and light fixtures that are attached to the walls.  The further out, the less money.  Didn’t hurt that her husband owns a lighting company. 😉

That said there is some truth to what she said because stuff that is close to the walls or in the walls, tends to be permanent.  Therefore replacing or moving these items will be expensive.  I intend to get nice lights and nice tiles, but we’re not there yet on the construction side of things.

In the meanwhile, I came across this sweet desk at a local thrift store.  When I saw it, I knew that if the price was right I had to have it: nice peg legs, original hardware and clean mid-century lines. When the clerk told me the desk was a mere $40 I knew I would take it home.  Space or no space, I couldn’t pass up such a good deal!

Wanna know what plans I have for the desk?  Well, you’re just going to have to come back and see.


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