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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 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.

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My internship at 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.

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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.

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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?

Jamie Durie - Exotic Retreat - Taj Lake Palace Inspired - HGTV.comExotic 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

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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

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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

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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

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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…

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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.

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