More than any other room, kitchen updates and remodeling projects are most often the most expensive and time consuming. But in just a few days you can transform your kitchen with a brand new, glass-tile backsplash. Hide from the heat wave, enjoy the air-conditioning and end the weekend with a beautiful backsplash at the same time. You’ll be amazed at how easy this project is, too.
For this particular project, designer Erinn Valencich chose opaque glass tiles, but you can choose any kind of glass tile you want. After prepping the walls and doing a dry layout to double-check tile positioning, you’re ready for the easy-breezy installation process. My favorite part of this project is the freedom you have to choose your tilework and design. Create a horizontal stacked bond design like Erinn, or try a horizontal running bond pattern.
You can find the complete materials list and step-by-step instructions to this backsplash project at HGTV.com. Plus, get additional tips with this installing a glass tile backsplash video.
Come back afterwards, and let us know how your high-end, DIY backsplash turned out.
My internship at HGTV.com is wrapping up, and in mere days, I will be graduating college. While I’m thrilled to be done with school, (term papers, final exams, etc.) I’m also nervous/excited about what lays ahead. As I’m determined to make my parents proud, (and start paying off my student loans) it’s time to launch my career. I couldn’t have asked for better job hunting advice than I received from Erinn Valencich, Brian Patrick Flynn and Michelle Wiebe.
Erinn Valencich :: Brian Patrick Flynn :: Michelle Wiebe
These talented and busy interior designers took time out of their schedules so I could interview them about becoming an interior designer. Huge thank you to them! And I’m sure, like me, you’ll find their advice to be incredibly valuable, whether you’re a recent grad or making a career change to pursue the job of your dreams in this awesome industry.
Portfolios, Resumes + More
I’m an off-season traveler. So for spring break, I opt to stay home. Now I just need a backyard that’s peak-season staycation worthy. Here are my three favorites. Would any of these convince you to avoid hoards of beach-bound sunbathers or long lines for the ski lift?
Exotic Outdoor Rooms by Jamie Durie
Jamie Durie found his inspiration for this design on a trip to Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur. India is on my bucket list, but for my spring break staycation, you’ll find me poolside, sipping a mango lassi and listening to Malkit Singh.
Next Stop: Italy, Then Thailand
On Monday, we asked our Facebook fans to vote on your favorite room from one of our top designers, Erinn Valencich. The votes have been tallied and, as promised, Erinn’s giving you the 411 on how she designed this gorgeous green bedroom.
Erinn Valencich Spills the Beans on Green
Last fall, major designers debuted a range of purples for both tabletop and home. Any of my favorites below would make a gorgeous statement on your holiday table, sofa or bed. Pair purple with silver or gold, and say a chic farewell to 2010. Happy New Year everyone!
Bedroom needing a winter’s lift that will carry you right into spring? Check out Vera Wang’s new line of bedding, available at Bloomingdales. Super chic, and with a great mix of patterns and prints, so it looks like you culled many stores, instead of buying a set. Perfect!
Purple for 2011
The pouf is popular again, popping up in magazine spreads and blogs for months now. I wasn’t sure where to buy them until the interior design gods shined down upon me and I came across the website for Scandinavian retailer Huset. (Norse gods I assume.) And because of my love for you, our Design Happens’ readers, I knew I had to get a Huset pouf for a Freebie Friday.
Featured blogger Erinn Valencich’s inaugural post noted the the knit pouf trend. And Huset wants to make sure you start the new year with extra seating in the form of a free coral Pouf Pouf by Danish-design brand Ferm Living. Just answer this week’s question before 12/11c Monday, Dec. 26 for your chance at this comfy, cozy, dual-functioning footrest/stool.
This week’s question: What’s that special something you do to prepare your home for holiday guests?
Keep your Christmas and New Year’s visitors happy (and keep yourself sane!) with holiday organization tips and hosting tricks from HGTV.com.
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What is the fascination with the skull as a decorating object? (Remember the Alexander McQueen skull-scarf that wrapped every celebutante for the last few years?) Now skulls are finding their way onto the products of the most luxurious decor brands and fashion houses.
Skin & Bones
Celebrated paint purveyor, Farrow & Ball have revisited the elegance of 18th-century motifs with their new wallpaper collection, The Baroque Papers. Block-printed in the firm’s 21 colorways, you are sure to find one that suits.
Farrow & Ball is one of the highest quality paint companies in the world. They’ve been making paint in England, one batch at a time, since 1946 and remain one of a few companies making a full range of traditional and modern paint finishes. And so it comes as no surprise, that their extraordinary collection of artisanal wallpapers made using real Farrow & Ball paint is just as carefully crafted. Each double roll is 21″ wide and costs $230. Visit Farrow & Ball to view the entire collection, as well as see each paper paired with various colors of paint. Fabulous!
If It’s Not Baroque…
If buying vintage was a quirky hobby for some a few years ago, it’s now blossomed into a full-fledged design trend. And nothing gives a room personality and charisma like a well-placed vintage chair.
3 More Gorgeous Chairs After the Jump
In the days of email, iChat, Skype and text-everything, a hand-written note is still a treasure. And if you’re looking for a good reason to rush out to the stationary store, John Derian’s new line of note cards for Dempsey and Carroll is just that. Derian, who is a favorite decoupage artist and well known for his chic decorative plates and boxes, offers up a lovely collection pairing hand-bordered cotton-paper cards with envelopes lined with the designer’s signature patterns ($60 for a set of 10).
This marks Derian’s first foray into stationary, and I hope it’s not his last. Available in six graphic prints, including Water Lilies and Sea Urchin, each can be engraved in a complementary color, making them a terrific holiday gift to give and receive.
Indoor/outdoor fabrics are quite the rage these days. With their stain, mildew, bacteria and moisture-resistant properties, staying stylish has never been so easy!
These high-performance textiles are making their way inside the house as well, thanks to their durability, bold colors and fun patterns. I’ve used outdoor fabrics in kids’ rooms and playrooms for years, and as they continue getting softer and add more versatile styling, I can see them being used in an even wider range of rooms (think kid-and-pet-friendly sofas and dining room chairs).
1. Cheetah, 2. Awning Stripe, 3. Umbrella Stripe, 4. Giraffe
Cowtan & Tout recently added a line of indoor/outdoor fabric. Made of 100% solution-dyed acrylic, you’ll still find plenty of awning and umbrella stripes, but you’ll also be pleasantly surprised with softer geometrics and animal prints.
Mixing and matching performance fabrics creates an exciting look. Instead of upholstering all of your dining chairs in the same fabric, mix up the patterns in the same color family for a little flair.
Erinn Valencich has been a long-time friend of HGTV, hosting shows like 25 Great Holiday Ideas, doing exclusive video series on kitchen and bathroom lighting and sharing photo features like Fall Table Settings and Centerpieces.
So it’s with a great big “yay” that we announce she’s coming on board as Design Happens’ industry/trends blogger. Every Tuesday, Erinn will cover noteworthy happenings in the design world, adding her insider perspective to the mix. Check out her first post on knits (I love the crocheted poufs).
Judith Balis founded Nest Instinctual Interiors to provide her community with design services for those who love interesting finds and spaces that reflect each individual’s personality.
See more rooms by Judith in Designers’ Portfolio.
Read on to learn more about Judith’s creative approach to budget decorating and what brings her to the big city twice a year.
1. Which designers influenced you?
My top contenders would have to be Barclay Butera and Erinn Valencich. I could move right into their homes with nothing but my toothbrush. I love David Hicks for his use of deliciously saturated colors and Billy Baldwin for his belief in taking the time to collect and surround yourself with things you truly love. Jonathan Adler inspires me with his brilliant use of shape, color and form while Kelly Wearstler‘s mere existence makes me smile. In addition to these big-name designers, I admire my mother-in-law, a long-time New York design veteran, who taught me that beige is not a swear word.
2. What’s your favorite design style?
Judith’s Answer + a funky room
Erinn Valencich is a sought-after designer who’s worked for Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jaime Pressly and Antonio Saboto Jr. She’s done prop styling for Target and she is one of the most popular designers on HGTV’s Designers’ Portfolio. In this week’s tour, Erinn guides us through a beach house in Los Angeles’ Venice district. Her clients live in Denver but wanted a place to relax near the husband’s Southern California office. They bought this house and chose Erinn to decorate it from top to bottom.
That’s right — we have 25 creative, clever tips to share with you guaranteed to make decorating your home for the holidays and preparing for seasonal celebrations a snap. Designers-extraordinaire Erinn Valencich and Angelo Surmelis bring on the stylish solutions in this one-hour holiday special. Get 8 of Erinn and Angelo’s best tips, see how HGTV fans just like you get crafty when decorating for the holidays and share your own fabulous ideas.
Does the languishing economy have you vacationing at home this year? No worries — a lazy week spent around the house is the perfect time to make a few small but key updates for a home that is a stylish haven year round. Get started with these 14 inexpenive ideas by one of our favorite designers, Erinn Valencich of Omniarte Design. Erinn has teamed with TiVo for the Staycation Sweepstakes; register now for the chance to win an assortment of prizes sure to make your living room into your favorite entertainment destination.
Get started on boosting your home’s appeal with these tips from Erinn:
Easy Update 1: Trade traditonal bell-shaped shades for a more current drum or box shade. The modern shades give even dated lamps a fresh, new look.
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