Mediterranean Tile

I was contacted by a local publication, St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles, to weigh in on their Classic vs. Craze section for an upcoming issue. The subject – “Mediterranean Tile in the Bathroom.” Do you see it as a timeless element or will it fade as quickly as it became a trend? For me it is definitely a “Classic”.

A BRIEF HISTORY

Mediterranean, or encaustic, tiles have been produced and used since the late 19th century throughout urbanized areas of the Mediterranean, using the same techniques invented by the Arabs over ten centuries ago. These tiles have truly stood the test of time. With today’s interiors trending towards white and grays I can certainly see why these tiles are making their way into our kitchens and baths.

Today’s Popularity

We are currently surrounded in white. White cabinets, white countertops, white shiplap, white trim….. Don’t get me wrong, I think that look is beautiful but not many of us live a lifestyle that affords us the time or energy to maintain that pristine look you saw on the cover of your favorite magazine. Using a tile with color and pattern make these spaces feel more inviting and livable. In kitchens and bathrooms in particular, we as designers are faced with the unique challenge of incorporating essentially all hard surfaces making the need for textural interest even more important.

 

THINGS TO CONSIDER

Even a classic element can be a trend! If you are considering these tiles due to the current exposure they are receiving on your favorite TV show or magazine, you may want to sit this one out. It is also important when selecting your tile that you are sticking with the style and architecture of the space you are using it in. If you decide to embrace this timeless element the possibilities are endless and the impact is undeniable.

Here are a few of my favorite installations.

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Have you used this type of tile in any of your spaces? We would love to see your photos!

Emily’s Kitchen Reveal!

It’s been more than a year since I began my kitchen renovation and I’m finally ready to share the “AFTER” photos of the space. The renovation itself took a few months to complete. My husband, Justin, and I did most of the work ourselves in the evenings after our full-time jobs and on our free weekends. It’s taken me a while to get all of the finishing touches just right, but this space was well worth the wait. We are so happy with our new dream kitchen!

Let’s take a look back at where we started… The room was closed off, the soffits were a total eye-sore, and I felt like we weren’t using half of the kitchen.

Here’s a look at our wet bar area, located just off the living room, before the renovation. We never used the sink and needed upper storage for our glassware.

And now, our completed renovation:

Removing the wall between the kitchen and living room helped so much in opening the space and creating a better flow. I love how light and bright the room now feels. When we entertain, everyone gathers around the island (which has seating on both sides).

I really wanted to incorporate opening shelving somewhere in the kitchen. We ended up creating a “coffee bar” area next to the refrigerator with shallow base cabinets and warm wood shelving above. It’s the perfect place for our morning coffee routine and I love how the decorative shelves serve both form and function. We are able to quickly grab a coffee mug, grab a tea packet (in the blue ginger jar), and also display pretty artwork and accessories.

The former wet bar is now a dry bar. We have so much storage for all of our glassware in the upper cabinets. Below, we can store larger items like punch bowls and board games.

I also wanted to share photos of our living room which adjoins the kitchen. The two spaces really work well together.

Now for another look at before and after photos shot from similar angles.

BEFORE

I’m so glad that wall is now gone. It makes such a difference!

AFTER

BEFORE

AFTER

Now for the wet bar turned dry bar!

BEFORE

AFTER

I hope you enjoyed the little walk-through of my new favorite place in my home! If you have any questions or comments I would love to hear them!

All after photos taken by the incredibly talented, Megan Lorenz.

www.meganlorenz.com

We’re Moving!

IT’S OFFICIAL!

In just 5 short years Schaub+Srote has quickly outgrown our beloved office in Kirkwood. Though it is bittersweet to leave our Kirkwood home so soon, we are very excited to start a new chapter just a few miles down the road in Brentwood! We are thrilled to have ample room to continue to grow and provide our clients with exceptional customer service.

Our new address:

2900 S Brentwood Blvd.

Brentwood, MO 63144

 

Our new building will soon undergo an exterior renovation to look like the above rendering. We hope to be in the new building very soon!

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Our Kirkwood office is currently for sale. Check out the listing HERE.

1045 N Harrison

Kirkwood, MO 63122

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Red Carpet Inspired Interiors – The Met Gala

I thought I would squeeze in one more round of Red Carpet Inspired Interiors, since they are so fun to do! The annual Met Gala was held on Monday and this year’s theme was an ode to Commes des Garcons founder Rei Kawakubo. The gala is a fundraiser and launch party for the museum’s spring fashion exhibition, which will display 150 of the designer’s garments.

First up is Rihanna in Comme des Garçons. You can always expect her to wear something controversial and this look is no exception! It’s completely eccentric – which is what this event is all about!

Patricia Altschul’s historic home in Charleston.

Rihanna’s dress reminded me of this traditional southern bedroom: the ruffles, the florals, the shades of pink, green and touches of blue.

Another bold look was Zendaya in Dolce & Gabbana.

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Zendaya’s gown reminded me of the Chinoiserie style, which favors exuberant decoration and a references to Chinese culture.

Gigi Hadid, 2017 Met Gala Arrivals

Gigi Hadid in Tommy Hilfiger. The look is simple and tonal.

When furnishing the home, Smith relied on local vendors and affordable large retailers. “We actually purchased a lot of items on island, and then from online vendors with inexpensive...

I love how simple this space is. The varying neutral shades and textures keep the look interesting while maintaining a clean aesthetic.

 

Which look was your favorite or made you do a double-take?!

The Principles of Design – Unity & Harmony

Have you ever walked in a home where each room had its own color scheme or style? It can feel a bit overwhelming and disjointed. Many of my clients may not have a clear vision of what they want their space to look like they always tell me they want it to feel cohesive and inviting. With the direction in new construction over the last 10 years leaning towards large open spaces versus the separate, clearly defined rooms of the past, unity and harmony are move important than ever.

UNITY & HARMONY

Unity in design occurs when the elements in a space work together in such a way that the resulting look is balanced and harmonious. It is difficult to achieve unity without harmony.  Harmony is accomplished by the repetition of a particular design element, such as color, shape, texture, etc… that harmony is what creates the sense of unity. DIY’ers beware, too much unity in a room can lack personality and interest.

So what do unity & harmony look like in interior design?

Designed by Kelly Wolf Anthony

This space would definitely not have the same feel if the designer had used a red sofa! Through the use of similarly colored and textured materials this space is a great example of harmony.

Designed by Schaub & Srote

Unity and harmony are achieved through the use of repetition in the colors and the materials used.

Designed by Schaub & Srote

Using the same color in different intensities and items in a similar scale give this room a restful feel with visual interest.

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Unity is found in this space through the use of the same chair and repeating the colors of the chairs in the artwork.

Make sure to visit SchaubSrote.com to see how we incorporate unity and harmony everyday into our own projects.

Eggs-ceptional Easter Eggs!

Today I wanted to share some fun ways to decorate Easter eggs!

MATISSE-INSPIRED

Matisse eggies:

I have always loved Henri Matisse and his Cut-Out era artwork. It translates so perfectly to an Easter egg DIY! Simply cut Matisse-inspired shapes out of tissue paper and paste onto the eggs!

MARBLED INDIGO

DIY Marbled Indigo Easter Eggs

These might be the prettiest Easter eggs I ever did see! This method uses nail polish and can be a bit messy. I would try this on some faux-eggs so they can be reused as decor each year. Read the tutorial HERE.

FLORAL

This DIY is inspired by the beautiful Orangerie fabric! Check The Hunted Interior for the full tutorial. Another idea is to use leftover wrapping paper or wallpaper with this method!

EMOJI

DIY Emoji Easter Eggs

And now for the most FUN Easter eggs! How cute are these guys?! Full tutorial can be found HERE.

 

Do you have a favorite? What’s your favorite way to decorate Easter eggs?

Fine Fabrics

Today I wanted to share some fabric designers I have been loving! Lots of block prints, pretty colors (perfect for Spring), and soft linens to peruse.

BROOK PERDIGON

Brook Perdigon Textiles is based in LA and was founded in 2015. The designer is actually a graduate of Wash U here in St. Louis! Each of her collections is hand-printed and rooted in art history.

See more of Brook Perdigon’s designs HERE.

IMOGEN HEATH

Imogen Heath is based in the UK. Her designs encompass both geometric and organic motifs and I love her use of color!

See more of Imogen Heath’s work HERE.

MARESCA TEXTILES

Maresca Textiles is run by designer, Kathryn Maresca. Her designs are inspired by a mixture of the Savannah, Georgia architecture around her and the history of the southern low-country – but always with a modern edge!

See more of Maresca Textile’s designs HERE.

LISA FINE TEXTILES

Lisa Fine Textiles are always colorful and chic! Her designs are hand-printed on eco-friendly fabrics and inspired by her worldly travels.

See more of Lisa Fine’s work HERE.

Do you have a favorite? It’s so hard to choose!

Cardinals Opening Day!

Well we’ve made it through the long cold winter and it’s finally time to dust of your jerseys and ball caps! Opening day is about to arrive!

The St. Louis Cardinals home opener against the Chicago Cubs will be held this Sunday, April 2nd at 7:35PM and will be carried exclusively by ESPN.

Looking to celebrate downtown?

Opening Day Block Party will be held from noon to 6:30PM and is free to attend. The rally will feature food, drinks, games and giveaways!

Head to Ballpark Village for the One Nation Pep Rally, which supports both the Blues and Cardinals. From noon to 4:45PM celebrate your favorite teams in the outdoor Busch II Infield Stage. Then head inside FOX Sports Midwest Live! to catch the indoor pep rally from 5PM until game-time!

Wherever you decide to celebrate, remember to wear your Cardinal Red.

Happy Opening Day! Go Cards!

Nate Berkus Spring Pieces!

Nate Berkus’s new Spring line for Target just debuted this week! As always, there are several chic and affordable accent pieces. Here are my 5 favorite pieces to mix into your home!

This basket would be perfect for a large indoor house plant, holding extra throws or storing toys in a nursery!

 

This metal wall hanging looks like a modern wind chime. Hang it in the corner of your living room to bounce around the sunlight.

Love this neutral yet fun and fresh bedding! Perfect for a young girl’s or boy’s bedroom!

I love finding pieces that have both form AND function! This pretty file storage box is just that. Love the tassel detail, too!

This is a mirror that you can proudly display on your counter or vanity.

 

Check out the full line here or at your local target store.

Outdoor Living Spaces

Mother nature is a cruel, cruel lady! After teasing us with beautiful weather last week we got snow all weekend long! I’m hoping this will be the last of winter. Until then I’ll be day-dreaming of lounging in one of these Schaub+Srote outdoor spaces!

Have a great week!