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Monday, January 3, 2011

If You're Not Moving Forward, You're Going BackSPLASH

Happy New Year!!!!  It's back to reality and instead of making grand resolutions promising large changes & improvements, we're going to kick off the new year with a short series about small changes you can make to your house.  These changes will improve the marketability of the home whenever you decide to list it, but just as importantly, it will make it more enjoyable to live in NOW.  

We all know that kitchens & baths are wildly important and have a great return on investment when it comes to putting the "for sale" sign up so if you've got the time and money, I definitely advocate updating your kitchen if you are going to put your house on the market.  But if you just want a quick pick-me-up, and already have decent countertops (read: any type of stone or stone like material...NOT formica), consider this quick weekend project.  Here are some ideas:


I love this.  It's stainless steel-ish, wouldn't you agree?  And these tiles are deceivingly simple to install AND at a very nice price point.  They aren't really tin but look exactly like it AND are eco-friendly because they are made from recycled materials.  You can get a variety of patterns & colors or can even paint your own (although I recommend sticking with their color samples for a more genuine look).  Check out more options and order HERE.

Another relatively simple option that will give you a lot of bang for your buck is glass mosaic.  There are many options, here are a few:

This is a nice, muted and calming mosaic that I found at the fabulous blog
 Stagetecture.


Glass subway tiles can add some color.
 I found this picture HERE - I'm obviously not the only blogger hot on the backsplash!


A local manufacturer:  DalTile


These are just two of my favorite styles...we didn't even touch on porcelain, ceramic, slate, terrazzo, or concrete....  What is your favorite option?

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