Friday, May 29, 2015

From the Hoop: Spring Edition

It's been months since I shared some pictures of embroidery projects and the images I want to share are piling up!

First, there are a five images from my friend Samantha Brooke's wedding, taken by Jen Fariello Photography. Samantha had so many incredible, personal details incorporated into her wedding and I loved working with her along the way to embroidery her napkins (the prettiest color!), chair signs (which doubled as signs on the doors of the UVa Chapel), fabric for corn hole bags, and a thank you sign. Working with Samantha made me wish I had my embroidery machine before I got married!

So many people seem to be abandoning paper cocktail napkins and using linen napkins instead. I love this trend and was excited about doing some napkins sets for a few friends...

This next monogram was put on an antique hand towel. I have to admit that I held my breath while I did this one.

I worked with local designer Kathy Davies Donovan on this sheet set and I love how she had me place the eyelets in a whimsical fashion around her monogram. I also love that she went super traditional and used her monogram on the linens instead of a "couples" monogram. 

This next project was a favorite. A woman I know had a baby girl and I wanted to send them a gift. I put the little girl's monogram inside a pretty, floral flame on one side of the blanket. Knowing the new dad was a Phish fan, I decided to put a sweet, positive lyric from a song the lead singer wrote ("and the light shines on") on the corner opposite the monogram and added a few "donuts," which is a motif that is used in some Phish goods.

Towels are a pretty traditional item to monogram, so I don't think I need to give too many notes on these!

I did a few projects for older girls. One is a patch for a backpack and the other is a cute tote bag.

Lastly, I am sharing yet another favorite. My friend Stephanie Marie Garcia is a professional athlete, sponsored by New Balance. She sent me one of her warm-up jackets to monogram. I loved getting a few pictures from her once the jacket arrived back in Greenville, South Carolina, where she trains. If you're interested in following Stephanie's track season, which has been incredible already, check out her instagram. She's amazing!

 That's it from the embroidery studio. Have a wonderful weekend!

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Would You Mix Metal Finishes in a Bathroom?

Did I mention that our new vanity came with almost everything needed to install it? That includes a faucet. I LOVE the size and shape of the faucet because it extends well into the sink area. One of my pet peeves are "short" faucets that have you almost touching the back of the sink as you're washing your hands. Why do they make faucets that only extend a couple inches? It's so odd.

Anyway, the faucet is great...except that the finish is brushed nickel.

The faucet matches the pulls on the vanity cabinet.

 As I shared earlier this week, the flush mount and vanity light fixtures I purchased have a nice, shiny chrome finish.

The metal items still on my shopping list are:
  • shower fixtures (shower head, handles, hand shower)
  • towel bars/ring
  • door hooks
  • toilet paper holder

I'll probably also have some finish options for the hinges on the frameless shower partition we are planning to purchase towards the end of the project.

I'm trying to decide if I should mix metal finishes or not. If I mix, do I evenly mix the finishes? Just let the brushed nickel faucet and cabinet hardware be the "odd" items and match everything else to the light fixtures? Match the shower to the faucet and let everything else be polished chrome?

When I googled "mixed finishes in bathrooms," I found so many pictures that made the mix look just fine.

At the moment, I'm leaning towards buying a new faucet and letting the vanity cabinet hardware be the lone brushed finish in the room. I love shiny finishes and in the grand scheme of things, I hadn't originally planned on getting a faucet with the bathroom vanity.

Do you mix metals in your rooms? Do you notice it when others do? I haven't admit that I can't remember noticing a mix before at someone else's house.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Searching for a Tile Supplier in Richmond

When I met a woman who has renovated seven bathrooms in the last few years (between two houses and some restaurants), I had to pick her brain about her favorite sources for tile. Aside from Best Tile, which we have already visited and loved, she mentioned a store called Floor and Decor in Richmond. She said it was huge, but I wasn't quite prepared. It's an old K-Mart store full of flooring. It's incredible.

My expectations were low, but I was impressed almost immediately with the displays.There was a ton of beautiful tile.

The marble section has a lot of standard items: subway, basketweave, hexagon, etc.

The porcelain options went on for aisles and aisles.

There were even some special tiles I've never seen before.

And after walking around for a while, I found yet another section of marble. 

With marble switch plates!

There was also a clearance section with some pretty impressive deals.

And a special order section of higher-end stone tiles.

 I don't think their marble selection or prices is better than Best Tile's, but their porcelain selection is amazing! Most of the porcelain I saw was less than $4 per square foot. We might use porcelain in our laundry room down the line and I have a feeling I'll be coming to Floor and Decor for it. 

Floor and Decor
5432 Glenside Dr.
Richmond, VA 23228
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