I had the pleasure of joining the Kitchen and Bath Tribe Chat hosted by Marble Institute the other day. The topic; Designing with Natural Materials. These chats are fun, but also very educational and informative for remodeling and home design. For example a maintenance tip when using natural stone; avoid the 3 As – acid, ammonia and alcohol. I would have never known these three are not good for natural stone.
Another tip is what’s trending! A popular choice these days is a full slab of natural stone for a backsplash instead of tile. Gorgeous and smart, because a solid piece for a backsplash is a lot easier to clean than tile. Am I right or am I right?! Look at this seamless look from Discover Marble – I am in love.
More ideas include American Stonecraft transforming reclaimed fieldstone into a line of slabs for serving, cooking and tabletop accessories. Brilliant and functional!
Then there was this by Brasigran. It’s called Blue Agata – mesmerizing and I would sleep in this kitchen. Seriously, come on… Why must you torture me like this?
There is so much more to see and learn in these chats. Scrolling through the hashtag #KBTribeChat is like looking through a catalog, but with tips and tricks of the best and what’s best for you. Go on – See for yourself!
I didn’t think I would have children. When I decided that I would, I prepared my lifestyle and finances, got pregnant and had a baby. Just like that. It has been the best decision I have ever made in my life. However, for some, it’s not that easy.
I recently had the privilege of sitting in on a tweet chat for the Tinina Q. Cade Foundation (Cade Foundation). This wonderful, non-profit organization helps families overcome struggles with infertility. The Cade Foundation offers information and support and connects families who have already overcome their infertility battle with families who are still coping with the challenges this condition presents. In addition to connecting families, the Cade Foundation provides financial assistance in the form of grants to help families with the cost of adoption and fertility treatments as well as hosting hundreds of outreach events.
The Cade Foundation holds events throughout the year such as Pathways to Parenthood, which is a handful of symposiums in various states to include many experts. This year, there is a big event – Race for the Family, presented by Shady Grove Infertility, a 5K Run/Walk with a 1 mile Family Fun Run, a playground for kids with fun activities of face painting, arts & crafts, games and a musician and lots more other family events. This foundation is doing such incredible work and it is inspiring to know these foundations are out there!
I have watched someone struggle with infertility from afar and it is heartbreaking to me because I know this woman would be an AMAZING mother. So I wanted to share the Cade Foundation in her honor and hope that maybe at least ONE person, if at least, connects and gets help.
In just a few more weeks High Point Market will be here and social media will be filled with some of the most gorgeous, luxurious home furnishings – it will be like a show in itself on social media! I love seeing what the designers are bringing to market. There are so many different designs of colors, textures and lighting!
I don’t get to make it to High Point Market because I have work here that needs my attention. However, some of that work is in the interior design industry so I am always present on social media during market to help promote, cheer on and drool over all the beautiful designs.
So visit and follow me on Twitter and I’ll be happy to tweet your designs into the #HPMkt stream! I hope to see you out there!
Looking around my little blog and it appears I took the summer off!
Thankfully, there is no boss I should report to here on my tiny blog. In addition, I often wonder who would even want to read my silly little blog. Although, sometimes when I come back here to visit it seems a little lonely and neglected. Also, I have found sometimes writing here is like keeping a journal and it gives a nice account of what was going on in my life at a specific place in time. I like that.
I do have something to share – Recently, at a summer birthday party I had a sangria that was to die for! If you like watermelon, strawberries, a cold rose and vodka – I promise you will love this sangria! What I loved about this recipe was I only used the above ingredients rather than the whole recipe. It will definitely be something I make and enjoy again!