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Classic Subway Tiles Reinvent Themselves

FROM HOUZZ.COM:White 3-by-6-inch tiles, commonly known as subway tiles, are a staple of kitchen and bathroom design. It’s no surprise that homeowners and designers both love this classic tile: It’s affordable and uncontroversial — and best of all, it’s usually in stock.
White subway tile is ever popular, but a style that has been gaining in popularity in recent years is to pair white subway tile with dark gray grout in a running-brick pattern. The resulting look defines the outlines of each tile, adding depth and interest to a space. The wider set the tiles are, the more pronounced the outline effect becomes and the bolder the look.
Gray grout is also a wise choice because it is easy to maintain, unlike white grout, which can easily yellow or stain. Here are 10 interiors with white subway tiles installed with gray grout. From kitchens to bathrooms to laundry rooms, it’s a versatile look that would fit right into many homes.”

Read the full article and view the slideshow at: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/1613366?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u71&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery8

Reconfigure A Cramped Basement For Living Space


From Houzz.com:
“When a young family needed more space in their 1920s bungalow, they thought about renovating the basement, but the low ceilings, leaky stone foundation, hanging wires and hodgepodge of structural poles hampered their hopes. Then architect Ryan Duebber came up with a plan. He helped turn their once-cramped space into an open family room and bar, and incorporated secondary spaces including a laundry room, storage closet and dream steam shower room.
Rather than fighting the challenging elements, Duebber used them as elements of industrial style for a modern space that suited the clients’ tastes. The result is a sleek and open space that mixes old and new elements and highlights the places where they meet.”

Read the full article at Houzz.com: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/5266676/list?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u190&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery1

Unearth Your Attic

Attic Refinish

Colorful Girls' Getaway in New York

Even the smallest attics have great potential to be renovated into one of the most charming spaces in your home. Usually attics represent the often odd intersections of your roof which creates all sorts of interesting little spaces that you don’t find in the rest of your home. As well, since in most cases attics are not really included as legal living space, you can be a little more flexible as to what level of finish you renovate the area. Attics with low headroom can be ideal as alternative children’s bedrooms (with proper egress) or play rooms and can offer an enviable escape from the rest of the household. The same ideas hold true as a home office area or studio or even as a pied-de-terre in your own home.
These four attics started out as cluttered and dark spaces. But with a little planning and elbow grease, they were transformed into bright and efficient rooms, adding value and space to the home:
“Katie O’Hagan wanted to transform the attic in her Beacon, New York, home into a bright and cheerful space for her two daughters. ‘We had to move from a house they really loved into a relatively cramped space, so my main goal was to create rooms that would make them excited to move in,’ she says” [……] See the full article at: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/1644093?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u66&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery19

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