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Is your kitchen feeling a little dull lately? Maybe your fireplace could use a little design Botox to freshen up its look. Quite possibly, you may have one of those dreaded nooks lingering within your walls, sitting empty and ignored because you have absolutely no clue what to put there. As a designer, or the insipid interior eliminator I fancy myself to be, these are all design dilemmas I get to cure daily for the masses… or at least those willing to call me…Just takes a phone call people, Facebook message, email…Bueller… Any who, I am here to breathe life into your rooms once more with the addition of one simple element- Tile!

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Adding a tile backsplash can totally transform your kitchen in a day’s time. In the past, installing tile meant applying an industrial adhesive like Mastic or thinset with a trowel and then hanging the tile on the wall. This process, although still the most common method, is both messy and time consuming. Thanks to modern marvels, like SimpleMat Tile Setting Mat, installing a tile backsplash can be an easy DIY project conquered by all. It’s simply a double sided adhesive sheet that sticks to, both the wall and tile, by first peeling off the paper and then applying it to the desired surface! This process was used by our very own Savvy contractor to install the mixed media mosaic for an island inspired sunroom designed by, yours truly, and pictured in the attached slide show of pics. One need not wait additional days to then grout the tile, like with the troweled adhesive concoction. Just stick up the tile and grout immediately. Voila- tile backsplash complete.

Now that you have successfully pimped your kitchen, it’s time to move on to the fireplace. Whether yours is located in a living, family or great room, it’s never a bad idea to update it with a fab new tile selection. Using tile in place of stone or brick is a great way to add color or life to your room with little investment. I use tile often to create faux fireplaces, if you weren’t blessed with one upon your homes purchase. Take a look at the two pictured in the slideshow for examples of faux fireplaces I created with tile and electric fireplace heaters. This is a very inexpensive way to add ambiance and extra warmth without having to construct a chimney or run a gas line. A chic new tile design will instantly update a tired brick fireplace in a matter of days with very little mess or inconvenience in your home.

My final favorite spot to add a little tile is to those pesky nooks or display areas that are recessed into the wall. These are unfortunately favored by builders, making them extremely common in newer construction. These anomalies leave many new homeowners in a lurch when it comes to the room’s décor, as they now feel the need to place something “special” here. Let’s be honest, most of us don’t have rare or priceless statuary lying around awaiting a “nook of importance” to finally shine. So, unfortunately, more often than not, these ridic areas are left empty and plague angry homeowners with each passing. Allow me to eliminate this design conundrum. Add some fancy tile, a small accessory and call it a day! The tile may be a bright vibrant hue to add the necessary punch of color the room is lacking, or a mirrored option to add depth and reflected light. A mural or raised patterned tile could be especially attractive but costly. Either way, by adding tile, you have just given this place of honor the importance it was created to bring.

Now that I have bestowed upon you this little snippet of confidential designer code, you should be canvassing your homes for a place to add tile! The actual selecting process of the tile itself is probably going to be the hardest part of your new Savvy design assignment. When all else fails, call me, your fav Savvy designer, and together we will bring new life to your tired kitchen, fireplace or other random space begging for a little design Botox. Ciao!

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