Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Affordable can be Fabulous: Granite Groups 1 & 2

Continuing on my blog two weeks ago about our granite groups. I promised to show you some great designs at all price levels.

These granites have been some of the most commonly used granites for generations for a reason! Great for that person who wants earth tones on those items that aren't so easily changable, yet allowing you to have fun with the other elements in the room; cabinets, backsplash tile, floor material, paint colors, window treatments, etc. These great neutral and affordable granites are perfect for house flips or that non-color commital person (aka..me)!

Ubatuba Granite - One that is hard to go wrong with and has been a leading favorite for many years. I have paired it with our walnut stained natural alder cabinets from Eheart Essentials, Allenwood Series. Using a mix of natural travertine as the main backsplash tile with accents of california gold slate to pull in the greens from the granite. To add a little color, pattern and texture I used our new fabric line, Fabricut, 'Eclair' for upholstered bar stools for an island or peninsula.

Here are a few more colors in Group 1 - but not limited too!

Image: Crema Carmel Granite

Image: Santa Cecelia Granite

You will once again be impressed by the wide range of colors offered in Group 2! With great versatility, these granites can be used in many style of homes. Modern, French Country, Rustic and Classic Traditional, etc. Here are just a few options.

Image: Baltic Brown Granite

Image: Tan Brown Granite

Image: Turin Gold Granite

With Group 1 granites starting at $30-35sf installed and Group 2 starting at $40-45sf installed, affordable really can be fabulous! Come into Eheart's and take a look at the other colors offered in groups 1 and 2. One is sure to work for you! Keep posted, I will be covering more groups next week!

Dollop of Cream

"Dollop of Cream" by Sherwin Williams (#7120)

This good-enough-to-eat white has a lovely balance of butter and blush to it, making it perfect for every ultra feminine ceiling you've ever wanted to paint.  Make that ceiling high gloss and you're golden.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Redecorate for Resale: Master Bath

So you're thinking about selling so you can finally relocate to the your dream home?  Take a look around your master bath.  Will it be a feature or a flaw once you put your realtor's sign out front?  When you've lived in your home for a couple of years, you get used to things that might just keep it from selling.  You don't have to spend a whole lot, but why not bring it up to speed so your home sells for what it's really worth?  Master bath's tend to return 120% on your investment!

Essentials of Master Baths:
  • Transitional styling for universal likeability
  • Kitchen height, double sink vanity
  • Updated plumbing fixtures (go for Brushed Nickel or Oil Rubbed Bronze)
  • Hard surface floor (get rid of bathroom carpet!)
  • Updated lighting
Great Upgrades that Sell:
  • Radiant Heat in flooring
  • Solid surface countertops (let us find you a remnant of granite, quartz, or Corian)
  • Glass tile and natural stone
  • Framed Mirrors (forgo the wall covering monstrosity your builder included years ago)
  • Plumbing in a universally loved color, like white or almond
A couple of options under $5,000 for your typical master bath:
Capture that Colorado feel with slate from our warehouse (just $2/square foot!  That's unheard of!), a granite remnant, and oil rubbed bronze plumbing, lighting, and mirrors.

 Keep it clean and neutral with honed and filled travertine (just $2.59/square foot from our warehouse!), shiny white ceramic tile (59 cents/square foot), a granite remnant, and brushed nickle fixtures.

Color Forecast 2011: "Bold Invention" Color Scheme

Concluding our color series...

Images Courtesy Walt Disney Pictures and 20th Century Fox.

Inspired by the bold, digitally enhanced hues we've seen in such popular media as Alice in Wonderland and Avatar, this palette is for the fearless colorist.  This palette draws from global influences, such as the Cynical Realism art movement of Urban China and the carnaval spirit of Rio de Janeiro.  It also takes cues from rebellious grafitti and digitally enhanced technology.  This palette celebrates shaking off what feels safe and familiar in favor of a bolder, more avant-garde scheme.

Our showroom's modestly sized convenience kitchen has been redesigned in the Bold Invention palette and combines the bold colors of Sherwin Williams' final forecasted palette.  Open shelving offers a clean, contemporary space to display shiny white ceramic against an active, multi colored glass subway tile splash.  High gloss, painted gray base cabinets with white laquer counter tops, stainless appliances and Platino Metalwood tile floors offer a neutral, welcome relief to this otherwise color saturated palette.  Unique materials made by 3-form bring new dimension to the space, with a polyester textile ceiling treatment in Green Apple and island panels reminicent of graffiti.  Brightly colored mid century Panton stacking chairs look decidedly modern against a chrome and glass table.  Flexible seating is offered by the bright mustard ottomans beneath the naked window.

Finishes Featuring: 3-form Parametre Hexa in Apple Green, Metalwood Tile in Platino, Eheart Essentials Leightonwood Cabinetry in Deep Caviar on Maple (Square Raised Panel with 3.5" stile and rail), Glass Reflections subway tile in GR03, GR05, GR06, GR14, GR16, Hanstone Aurora Snow solid surface, 3 form Eco Resin VAria Connection in Passion, Julien Glassic 0201 Stainless Sink with integrated faucet.  Range by Richmond Stoves 1100 DFT Duel Fuel Range in Sushi.  Successi Cabinet Hardware in High Gloss White by Atlas Homewares

Furniture and Accessories Featuring: Panton Stacking Chairs, Flower Table by Global Views, Trapunto Ottoman in Mustard, 9002 Stratosphere Chandelier by Currey and Company, Pop Art Mirror in Blue, Orange, Yellow, and Red by Global Views.

Missed our other forecasted palettes?  Catch up with Gentle Medley, Restless Nomad and Purely Refined.


In honor of Missy's favorite color, let's finish off our color series with a couple of whites not to be lived without.  Afterall, for a designer "white" is a color with innumerable options. 

"Biscuit" by Sherwin Williams (#6112)

This almost-white is so rich and warm and can accept just about any color as a complement, but would look stunning with butterscotch or cognac.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Practically Eco: Tile

To help you along your “becoming a little more green journey” here are a few of my favorite green tile products.

With great versatility Oceanside glass can be used for many style applications. The recycled content can range anywhere from 30-97% with post-consumer, post-industrial, and pre-consumer content. With 26 colors, 3 different finishes, 14 mosaics, a large line of individual glass tiles and decos, and custom blending; finding the perfect tile is not a problem. You don't have to compromise style to earn your LEED points with this product!
Image: Oceanside Glass Tile

Image: Oceanside Glass Tile

Made right here in the USA, these porcelain tiles are great applications for floors, shower walls and countertops. Containing up to 40% recycled material and an eco-compatible production process, that minimizes the negative impact on the environment. For under $4.00 sf - who says you can't have an inexpensive great look and be green at the same time?!
Image: Florim USA - iStone, Walnut
We have many more recycled products for your "becoming a little more green journey" I would love to show you! Email me if you if you have questions on any of our green products.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


" Rosemary" by Sherwin Williams (#6187)

This rich green is perfectly balanced by its grey undertones.  It would look stunning in a masculine office, offset by ochre colored accessories and cognac or tobacco leathers.

What wE Love Now!!!


Check out the Plank Table.  It extends from 80" to 116" with two 18" leaves.  The brilliant function of this diversified piece is that it is transitional!  The Plank accommodates everyday use but also is unique in the sense everyone can sit together during holiday feasts.  It's subtle distressed characteristics eliminates the worries of scratching or damaging your new dining table.  It is made to be used.  Doesn't this encompass what the holidays are all about - furniture with all the function and without any of the worries.  Not to mention the fashion ... Crafted & Distressed.

Take this table and incorporate it into your style: rustic/industrial/lodge/cottage /casual or country.  You define it by what surrounds it!

We've paired the Plank with our generously proportioned Goddess Chandeliers, bar stools, a hand-crafted Acacia Wood bench, and glass decanters.  This piece is without boundaries & best of all, you cannot beat the price considering the size and quality. 


Monday, November 22, 2010


This week, our daily color selections will have names that remind you of your Thanksgiving feast this Thursday.  Don't be fooled, though, they're great colors--not just perfect names!

"Yam" by Sherwin Williams (#6643)

We'll start out bold with this rich, just enough red, orange.  Though bold, I think this color could look decidedly sophisticated against espresso or ivory furniture.  Try it on a single wall.  Why not?!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Color Forecast 2011: "Purely Refined" Color Scheme

Continuing our color forecast series from last week and the week before...

Redefining luxury to reveal it's pedigree through clean, classic lines, exquisite tailoring, and handcrafted heirloom quality, the Purely Refined palette proves that pared down is the new upscale.  Understated neutrals, layering, organic textures, and subtle detailing add to the natural elegance of this timeless look.
Our showroom's modestly sized convenience kitchen has been redesigned in the Purely Refined palette. Handcrafted Leightonwood cabinets in a rich sage finish with a mocha glaze anchor the space with a splash of color that isn't loud or pushy.  An island finished in deep gray tones down the colors of the room. Rustic hickory floors in a soft navy finish are an unexpected yet tasteful choice for flooring.  A handmade pedestal table with a multi-step glazing process and a driftwood bunching chest polish the room's furnishings and offer texture.  The finishes are laid out in the showroom--come check it out this week! 
Finishes Featuring: Floorcraft Hickory in Carbine Bolero, Cabinetry by Eheart Essentials in Leightonwood Sage Green and Deep Caviar with Chocolate Glaze on Maple, Crossville Savoy Subway Tile in Sea Mist, Interceramic Glow Accent Tile, Countertops in Concrete Bespoke color 607 by Sonoma Cast Stone Company.
Furniture, Fabrics and Accessories Featuring: Rug by Kathy Ireland Home in Royal Shimmer by Shaw Flooring Company, Drapes in Borzoi Honey Sage by Fabricut, Chair Seat in Bakery Linen by Fabricut, Chair Back in Drakes Pearl by Fabricut, Twilight Bay Bunching Chest in Driftwood by Lexington Furniture, Serpentine Table in Blue Denim by Lorts Fine Furniture, Summerhill Upholstered Cameo Side Chair in Ivory by Universal Furniture, Vinatta Faucet in Stainless by Kohler, Olde World Appliance Pulls in Pewter by Atlas Homewares, Legacy Distressed 332-P by Atlas Homewares, Symposium 5-Pendant Light by Europhase Lighting Illuminations; Medium and Large Amethyst Fluted Vases by Bassett Furniture.

Saturday, November 20, 2010


"Macadamia" by Sherwin Williams (#6142)

Quite possibly the most uncommitted neutral I've ever put on a wall, this color offers just enough color to know it's there, without committing your palette to warm or cool tones.  If you're not sure what look you're going for yet, but want to get the walls cozied up, this is your overall neutral.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Rock Your Babe In Your Crib

Are you ready for week 3 of “Rock Your Babe In Your Crib”?  What did you discover from last week's exercise?
This week we are going to continue the adventure of discovering your style with some other questions and exercises. 
Which of the below pictures do you gravitate to upon first glance?  You might want to print out a page and circle the ones that get your attention.  Try not to think about them.  Just go with your gut instinct at your very first glance. 
Which would you say best fits your lifestyle or the lifestyle you would like your living or live/work environment to support?

Which Bar Stools could you see in Your Crib? 

Which of the above single chairs could you see actually using?

Which bench or ottoman could you see yourself using as a ottoman to put your feet up, extra seating for special quests, a bench to put on your shoes or a place to fold down your bedding at night?

Which of these luxurious beds could you see yourself spending long hours catching up on your shut eye?

Which chair and ottoman could you see yourself sitting by the fire, reading or just relaxing in?
Which of these sofas would you spend time lounging, partying, sleeping or reading on? Which is your favorite and why?
Which cabinet could you see using for your flat screen and or entertainment center?  What size is our flat screen and specifically what components would you need to house in the unit?

Of the items you've circled, which five would you consider for yourself?

Just a few other things to think about…
What is your absolute favorite color?
What is your budget?
What is your timeline goal to have your project complete?
Would you like to do your complete Crib to Rock Your Babe all at once or do you want to stage the process?
What type of textures do you like?  Slick flat, soft, hard, contrasting etc…..
Do you like a lot of light or not very much?
As other items come to mind….. jot them down and have some FUN with this!
After you complete this small exercise and know what you would like to start implementing in your home give me a call, send me an email, or post a comment and let’s get started!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Reconcile With the Way You Live (and other designer adages)

Just like your mother always told you to grab a coat for cold days such as this one, designers at Eheart frequently say the same phrases to their clients.  My personal favorite?  "Reconcile with the way you live."  Just what does that mean?

I was once doing a design consult in a client's home when she brought me into her relatively polished master bedroom.  She stared at the bedside tables discontentedly, sighed, and said "I need bigger lamps."  I said, "Tell me a little bit about the way you use your bedside tables."  She looked at me, puzzled, and responded.  "I put books, reading glasses, prescriptions, the day's mail, my kids' school papers that need looking over... on it" 

"Exactly," I said.  "This is the way you live, and that's ok!  But, if we put a larger lamp on your bedside table, you won't have room for all of the things that end up here by the time you crawl into bed.  What you need is to take your lamp off of your bedside table, get one that goes on your wall, and free up space for all of your things!"

So, we did something like this:

My other favorite comes when clients ask me to help them pull together their living room.  It never fails that more laid back clients cringe when they see coffee tables.  "It's beautiful.  But, my kids put their feet on our coffee table all the time, I know it wouldn't last."  My response to this is always, "No problem! An upholstered ottoman will be a great look!"  So, we might do something like this:
Design is meant to beautify the space you occupy in consideration of the way you live.  There is nothing magical about redecorating your living room--if your kids put their feet on the coffee table now, they'll still want to, despite the pretty penny you spent on getting it to be just-so.  So reconcile with the way you live!  It can be beautiful and functional!